“One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;”
– Titus 1:12-13
It is highly important that people be healthy in their moral conviction – their faith. Today, hosts of others make great effort to corrupt good men. Their efforts of persuasion are intense and come from every corner.
How should we respond to them? Take the truth and then “rebuke them sharply.” What does this mean? We need to confute them. We need to disprove their words. We need to prove why their words are false, defective or invalid. We need to overthrow their erroneous reasoning. We need to admonish them with the truth. We do this by notifying and warning them of their fault. We need to counsel them against wrong practice. We need to caution or advise them. Once you know their purposeful objective in speech, they need to be cut off abruptly and even peremptorily. Few people are practiced in this. many people need to learn.
A sound and healthy faith must be practiced and defended. The corruption of faith and sound doctrine is all too frequent.
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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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Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the
gainsayers. – Titus 1:9
A leader needs to be able to call another near, that is to invite, invoke (by imploration, horation or consolation). The purpose of this action is to advise; to warn; to caution. He uses earnest supplication. This is to exhort one.
Just to have another in your hearing is not sufficient. It is also important to convince them regarding doctrine. This body of truth is the Word of God. It is the yard stick by which all is measured. The effort is to persuade or satisfy the mind by this evidence. The objective is to subdue the opposition of the mind to truth.
It is the gainsayer which is the focus of this verse. He is one who is inclined to dispute or refuse the doctrine of truth which is in Jesus Christ. The gainsayer will take the position which is opposite of God. He may be one to lay forth another position, a systematic or set discourse, an unhealthy position, instead of that of sound doctrine.
#exhort #convince #gainsayers #doctrine #Jesus #Christ #truth
“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, . .” – Titus 1:9
Whether is has been in the past or even in the present, many people tend to change what they have been taught to things according to the ways which they would wish it to be. When it has to do with the knowledge and ways of God, all truths are absolute. God demands obedience not democracy. ONLY His ways are ways which lead to righteousness. So elders who were assigned the duties of bishop have been taught God’s ways and God’s truth. They are not to be inventive and teach those things which seem right in “their own” eyes. “Hath been taught” also indicates that they are not to be novices who are not instructed or unproved, but those who will show that they will be faithful.
The question which needs to be asked, “Should not every believer and anyone in any kind of leadership rise to this same standard?”
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“For a Bishop must be . . . holy, . .” – Titus 1:8
This standard for Christian Leadership, or any manner of leadership for this matter is ignored by altogether too many people. Holy character is essential.
Holiness [hosios] is properly right. Rightness is intrinsic or divine in character.
- Rightness should be distinguished from equitable [dikaios]. Equitable has to do more with human statutes and relations.
- Rightness should be distinguished from sacred [hieros] which denotes formal consecration.
- Rightness should be distinguished from hallowed [hagos] which relates to purity from defilement.
Right must adhere to the standards of God. It is not repugnant to the laws of God. It must be pleasing in the sight of God. It must be compatible to the will of God. It must be in accordance to God’s perfect standard of truth. In the literal sense, right is a straight line of conduct, and wrong is a crooked one. Right therefore is rectitude or straightness. Perfect rectitude is found only in our infinite God and his will.
In morality, rightness of principle or practice; uprightness of mind; exact conformity to truth, or to the rules prescribed for moral conduct, either by divine or human laws. Rectitude of mind is the disposition to act in conformity to any known standard of right, truth or justice; rectitude of conduct is the actual conformity to such standard. Perfect rectitude belongs only to the Supreme Being. The more nearly the rectitude of men approaches to the standard of the divine law, the more exalted and dignified is their character. Want of rectitude is not only sinful, but debasing. – Webster
#right #rectitude #truth #character #God
“For a Bishop must be . . . just, . . ” – Titus 1:8
Christian leadership requires a man to be “just.” One who is just is equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy. This includes being right (as self evident). He embraces justice (the principle, a decision, or its execution.) This is something which shows and is not hidden. – Strongs The standard of measure is the will of God.
If he is equitable, he is equal in regard to the rights of persons. He will distribute equal justice; giving each his due; impartial.
To be right, “one is just; equitable; accordant to the standard of truth and justice or the will of God. That alone is right in the sight of God, which is consonant to his will or law; this being the only perfect standard of truth and justice. In social and political affairs, that is right which is consonant to the laws and customs of a country, provided these laws and customs are not repugnant to the laws of God. A man’s intentions may be right, though his actions may be wrong in consequence of a defect in judgment.” – Webster
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For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: – Titus 1:5
For what cause?
- “the faith of God’s elect, and
- the acknowledging of the truth
- which is after godliness;
- which God,
- that cannot lie,
- promised before the world began;
- But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching”
– Titus 1:1b – 3
In this phrase, we see a clearly state purpose of ministry of Paul in Crete. We also see this to be a purpose statement which should be the flag by which all believers need to follow in their walk in Christ. This is what we need to be organizing our lives about. We need to be taking this message and ministry to those around whom we live. This needs to be the standard and purpose of our personal lives.
#faith #God’sElect #truth #godliness #EternalLife #lie #WordOfGod
Proverbs 15 begins with a description of the use of the tongue.
When people go about their business of holy living, others can be offended by the lack of wickedness in your life style. You do not participate in their form of twisted humor. You do not laugh at their stories because of the content. You do not back up their distortions of truth.
When they display anger at you in their response, “A soft answer turneth away wrath:.” This is a proper use of the tongue. But if you reply with “grievous words” you will stir up anger. Watch the response of those with whom you speak. Their response will help you evaluate if you have made proper use of your tongue. Have you used knowledge aright?
The mouth of the fool pours out foolishness. Their response is perverse. It turns away from truth or responsibility in some way. It will handle truth in a light hearted and insincere way as though it really does not matter.
You may say in your heart, it does not really matter. No one will see! But “the eyes of the LORD are in every place beholding the evil and the good.”
You call yourself holy? If you really are, you will be concerned about your tongue and its use. “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach of the spirit.”
When the true, the pure, the real basics of Christianity are destroyed, how can one expect it to survive? Truth is either truth or it is nothing at all. That is the way Christianity is being treated, as nothingness and worthless. Destroy the foundations and the structure becomes useless.
The following link describes the issues at hand. Except there be some who will read and understand what is written, there will be none to distinguish and remind others of the true.
Post Fundamentalism: Part 1
For the full article in pdf
There is a conference pending which will emphasize “Preserving the Truth“.
This conference will look at the reasons for serious aberrations in the church today and discuss why. But the more important matter is the discussion of what we must be maintaining and why.