SUNDAY, JUNE 5
Scripture: Titus 1:7-11
In the epistle of Titus, Paul sets forth the foundation of a leader. And he says, “For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.” Isn’t it interesting that one of the primary foundational building blocks of Christian character necessary to become a leader is that through sound doctrine, we may be able to exhort and convict those who contradict. Paul told Titus that there are many who are insubordinate. There are many deceivers. There are many mouths that must be stopped by the straight Word of God. There are many who subvert whole households. There are many who teach things they should not. And there are many who teach what they teach for the sake of dishonest gain. If I choose to never talk about anything that might offend somebody and tell them that God loves them, and God will bless them and set all the covenant advantages without every talking to them about covenant responsibilities, I would fall in that category. That is seeker-sensitive Christianity. That describes the largest churches in America who refuse to talk about abortion, who refuse to talk about the issue of innocent blood, who refuse to talk about the sin of homosexuality. And they are 100% described in Titus 1:10-11. When will we wake up, smell the roses and realize that we have to separate ourselves from the counterfeit and the impure. It is an issue of survival for the days ahead.