“One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, . .” – Titus 1:12
Leadership is destroyed when those who want to be leaders are always liars. This is a characteristic of a gainsayer. This does characterize a carnal or worldly person. He resists things which are spiritual and will falsify matters for his own seeming carnal advantage. To do so, one must utter untruths. Their ideas are contradictory to truth. An obsolete definition includes treachery; and want of fidelity.
The suggestion here is that one would take spiritual concepts and make counterfeit proposals of a worldly nature and attempt to pass them of as being obedient to the Lord. They will try to give an deceptive appearance of spirituality. He invents a falsehood.
Note the difference. Deceivers are mind misleaders. Liars directly utter what is not true.
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“A bishop must be blameless,..” – Titus 1:7
A bishop is a superintendent, an overseer, a director over the spiritual and physical lives of people in the church. He is the one who keeps the souls of men pointed towards our Glorious God and His Righteousness. He is the one who is concerned that people separate from the grave dangers of secularism and its resultant destructive carnality. He guides people into the Word and will of God to feed and thrive. When one thinks right, he acts right.
The superintendent must have pure intentions, not criminal, deceitful ulterior motives. He must be blameless.
1Peter 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
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When we need advice, where should we turn for this advice?
The first place is the Scriptures. Because the Scriptures have been given to us by the Almighty, Eternal, Omniscient Creator. It is always relevant, always true and unchanging. Sometimes we get the wrong notion that the Bible is old and therefore outdated, old fashioned, and lacking in usefulness in our day. But the truths of our eternal God never grow out of fashion nor usefulness because they manifest His character.
A second place to go to obtain advice might be our brothers and sisters in Christ. As we consider advice from them, we need to be sure that they hold to the ultimate standard in giving advice. This means that they are well studied in the Scriptures. The advice they give needs to come out of the scriptures as it is literally understood. Their advice cannot contradict Scriptures. It is never right to do wrong. Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23) The foundation of faith is the evidence of the sure Word of God. (Romans 10:17)
It is always wrong to try to found righteous decisions upon the advice of the atheist, the heathen, the idolater, or any unbeliever. These sources or persons do not have knowledge concerning right things to do. In fact they technically have no knowledge at all. (Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 2:1-9) All they can share with you are observations and experiences. But because they fear not God they cannot put form or shape to these observations and experiences. One necessary form is that of righteousness. Another is perspective. They do not know right paths and are ever stumbling in the darkness of sin.
For a Christian to give advice which is questionable, or contrary to direct statements of Scripture is also a grievous thing. (1John 2:10) A spiritual person should be able to discern between the spirits and to know when others might be leading them the wrong way. (1 John 4:1) The big question to ask is would God make this same decision? If not, then we ought not make that decision either. One of the most common errors today is to imply that something is right because other “Christians” do it. All this needs to be measured and quantified by what the Scriptures actually say and teach. Yes Paul the apostle called disciples to be “followers of me.” But the condition is “even as I am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 4:16; 11:1) But be aware that “for many walk…are the enemies of the cross of Christ:) (Philippians 3:17-18)
So the call is to be perfect minded in Christ Jesus. Make right decisions. Make those decisions because they agree with Christ. Do not fall from the place of blessing. Know your decision is correct because you fear God above all else.
Making Spiritual Preparations for the Fall College Semester
It won’t be what you expect.
While you were in High School or even in your local community college but living at home, you lived in a protected spiritual environment. Being at home, you had a support group who encouraged you in your beliefs.
Loss of your support group
When you come to a college where you will be living in a totally strange community, your support group is now gone. You will be able to develop such a support group only with great difficulty. Some never enjoy that same degree of luxury the rest of their lives.
Core Belief Foundations
Now you will have to depend upon your core beliefs. Hopefully you have already established them. You should have gotten them firmly in place by the time you were 12 or 13. Then the teen years should have been the time to apply these beliefs to the challenges of life. You have to know that your faith system is unshakably secure.
It Can’t Be your Parents Beliefs
Your belief system must be made up of those things worthy to die for. These are things which you will not compromise no matter what it costs. If your room mate suggests things which go against your core beliefs, you will not budge. Right is right and wrong is wrong. You know what you believe and you know why. You know that real truth can never be compromised. You know your belief system comes from God your Creator and He never changes. He is the source of all knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. He who contradicts God is acting foolishly. And you do not want to walk the walk of a fool.
Your Beliefs WILL be Challenged
From the minute you walk onto your new campus, your beliefs will be attacked. They will be attacked subtly and sometimes openly. They will be attack beginning your first day of college orientation. It is likely psychologists will tell you that all beliefs you came to college with are childish things. College is the place to put away childish things. They may say that it is a time to grow up and think for yourself. They will tell you that you will set aside many of your superstitions. You will rework and reestablish belief systems and become and adult. They will do everything in their resources to take away from you your belief system and substitute it with their belief system. If you do not KNOW that your beliefs are right, you will be shaken to the very core of your foundation.