For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers,”
– Titus 1:10
When looking for someone to enter into leadership, consider:
A deceiver is one who purposes to mislead another’s mind. They try to seduce a person to an opinion which is not according to truth. This effort of misleading is an attempt to take truth which is offensive to a worldly point of view and rein in that truth’s effect or curb that truth’s expression of control over a spiritual person. Its effort is to fence in or silence truth and the truth bearer. The purpose is to cheat another of the blessing of truth. They want to delude them to another point of view. That is to lead them from truth or into error.
For examples, a retailer may delude a costumer by raising the price and advertising it as a deep bargain. A public issue is presented in deception in opinion. An artful man deludes his followers. We are often deluded by false appearance.
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“. . . the gainsayers.
For there are many unruly . . .”
– Titus 1:10
Characteristics which fail the test of leadership.
The gainsayer is one who is inclined to dispute or refuse the doctrine of truth which is in Jesus Christ. What does it mean that he is unruly?
One who is unruly is unsubdued. He is insubordinate (in fact or temper). Why the description “unsubdued”? People fail to understand that before salvation one is in the slave market of sin. In salvation you are purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ, who died on the Cross to save them from the penalty of sin, to be Sons of God and to live free from sin’s penalty. But the unruly cares not for the Saviour and will not be holy but “reverts” or purposes to remain in the desperate and wicked ways of the world.
The unruly will not be ruled by the pure ways and provisions of a Holy God. He will not learn the doctrine or ways of God. Instead, he is insubordinate in his ways, both to fact (the knowledge of God) and in temper (to moderate or to mix a new life in Christ with holiness).
Insubordinate? Too many people think that if they are in leadership that they are the ultimate authority. All authority comes from God. So failure to be in subjection to His power is to be unruly.
Webster says – Disregarding restraint; licentious; disposed to violate laws; turbulent; ungovernable; as an unruly youth.
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“For a bishop must be . . . temperate;..” – Titus 1:8
Leadership is defined for Christians by the term temperate. Temperate comes from a two part word – en and kratos. The prefix “en” denotes (a fixed) position (in place, time or state). It also suggests a relation of rest. “Kratos” indicates great vigor.
A person who is temperate is strong in a thing. He is self controlled. Because of his vigorous stance regarding a matter, he is not easily swayed or flippant by outside pressures and opinions. He is able to be stable and not riled or extreme in response. There is reason for rest of emotions when one is fixed in his positions and understanding of a matter and the end of a matter. There is ability to moderate or gain freedom from ardent passion.
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“For a bishop must be . . . but a lover of hospitality,..” – Titus 1:7-8
Christian Standards for leadership is specific. This phrase begins with the conjunction “but.” It moves from a negative list to the positive in verse 8.
“Lover of hospitality” is one Greek word translated as a phrase. The prefix is the same as used in Philadelphia. Such a person is fond of guests. He is hospitable. People are dear to him. He is actively fond of them or friendly.
The core word is “xenos” or a word indicating that which is “foreign, alien, or perhaps a guest.” He chooses to entertain them.
From this comes our English concept of being “hospitable.” As Webster’s dictionary states it, ” Receiving and entertaining strangers,with kindness and without reward; kind to strangers and guests; disposed to treat guests with generous kindness; as a hospitable man.”
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For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine,..”
The standard for Christian Leadership requires that the leader is “not given to wine.”
Strongs defines “given to wine” as “staying near wine, that is tippling (a toper).” This word is two part. The prefix speaks of what is near, beside, at or in the vicinity of, or to the proximity of or with.” As it might affect behavior it might relate to “on account of.”
The second part speaks of wine. Biblical wine has three senses – vinegar, the juice of the grape, and alcoholic. Since only one of these affects behavior readily, this context would refer to the alcoholic beverage. Ephesians 5:18 and context would explain the purpose of this admonition. “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;..” Wine prevents spirit filled living. Because we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, indwelt by the Holy spirit, we should be filled with the Holy Spirit.
The word “not” is very specific. There is no approval given.
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“For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry,..” – Titus 1:7
In the standards for Christian leadership, comes the description “not soon angry.” Strong’s Concordance describes the word angry as being “irascible.” The transliterated Greek root word is “orge,” or “desire (as reaching forth or excitement of the mind), violent passion or ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence.” – Strongs
Irascible is a description of one who is “very susceptible of anger; easily provoked or inflamed with resentment; irritable; as an irascible man; an irascible temper.” – Webster 1828
It would appear to be an expression of one who lacks self control and needing a measured response to a matter.
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“For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled”
– Titus 1:7
This characteristic of Leadership is a negative. This characteristic does not look good in a leader. Selfwill works against the character of a steward. It destroys the cooperation that should work between those being managed and the manager. Selfwill is like a baffling wind buffeting those one should be working with. Selfwill displays sensual delight in one’s personal selfish ways, displacing the interest a leader should have in the well being of those he is leading. He is dominantly self pleasing and arrogant.
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“If any be blameless,…” – Titus 1:6
This is the first of a list of standards required of one before being chosen for Christian leadership.
One who is blameless is one who is not accused, that is by implication one who is irreproachable. Such a person will not be called in to bring to account such as one would call in a debt or demand. This is not a person to criminate, accuse, to charge with a crime; to allege to be guilty of a crime, offense or wrong.
Such a person will do things in such a manner as to not merit censure. He will be without fault. He will be innocent. He will be guiltless.
In morals or deportment, he will not deviate from propriety. He will not neglect duty or propriety, resulting from inattention or want of prudence.
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“…that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting,..”
– Titus 1:5
In any locality when there is a possible gathering of God’s elect, there needs to be an organizing for their spiritual welfare. Believers in that place are to become as a body representing the person of Christ. This body needs a head, signifying the importance of leadership and coordination for growth, consistency and protection. This leadership needs to be qualified by certain characteristics.
It is difficult to conceive a reasonable body by seeing a head rolling around a room here, a hand flopping over there, a leg quivering by the chair, a knee bending by the table, and a foot stomping near the door. A proper body has a connectedness. The leadership comes from the head and then by the spine. Everything works together in a coordinated fashion. What we see to be normal in life regarding the created physical body is reasonable to presume and observe in the body of Christ.
Anything lacking among believers should be set in order in every city. So in Crete, Paul appointed Titus to go about this task. Paul was in Crete for a short time. Believers were called out, but the work of securing the believers had not been accomplished.
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