1 Timothy 5:19
Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
Note 8 at 1Ti 5:19: Paul gave Timothy instructions here that deal with allegations against elders. The first thing Paul told Timothy to do was to reject unsubstantiated accusations. If the charges couldn't be attested to by more than one person, then the matter should be dropped. This is a reference back to the Old Testament law of corroborating everything in the mouths of at least two or three witnesses (De 17:6, 19:15; Mt 18:16; Joh 8:17; 2Co 13:1; and Heb 10:28). If this simple rule was followed, many church problems would evaporate.
Note 9 at 1Ti 5:19: The Greek word that was translated "receive" in this verse is "PARADECHOMAI," and it means "to accept near, i.e. admit or (by implication) delight in" (Strong's Concordance). This means allegations that don't have the support of more than one person are not to be considered and certainly aren't to be investigated.
Any charges against elders that don't have more than one person making the accusation are to be ignored. Elders who have two or three people bringing charges against them are to be investigated. In the next verse, Paul told what to do with the elders who are found guilty.