In every generation there are those who twist the teaching of the Word of God into vain and empty platitudes, which seem to offer Christ Jesus, as through the God of the Universe needed men to soften the Gospel or make it Seeker Sensitive or more friendly. But the source of such teaching is not the Word of God, but rather the teaching of men, fables made to sound good, which exchange the truth of God for a lie (Rom 1:24-25).
Paul’s emphasis to Titus and the Church in Crete is upon correction, sometimes called admonishment or rebuke, provides a rich background which focuses upon the needs of the flock of God for proper leadership and being rooted in the Word of God, or what Paul calls, sound doctrine.
Paul’s goes back again and again to the “Signs of the Leadership” and of a “True Church”. Just why is it so important to have leadership grounded in the Word of God, to look for such leaders and value them? Paul spell it out very clearly. Continuing the theme which begins in v5, which leads to the emphasis of stated purpose found in v9:
“9holding fast to the word according to the faithful teaching, so that (purpose or reason) he may be able both to exhort with sound doctrine and to reprove those who speak against it.”
- Recognizing the Lies
(Acts 20:29-31; Rom 16:17-18; 1 Tim 6:3-5)
- The Necessity of Rebuke
(Rom 16:18; 1 Tim 4:2; Jude 8-13)
- The Pure vs The Defiled
(Rom 1; 1 Cor 13, 11:19)