June 16, 2019
If the culture of Crete in Paul’s day was a bit like The Pirates of the Caribbean (as Jackson said two Sundays ago), the situation of these early church communities on Crete was a bit like towns in the Wild, Wild West. In the absence of “sheriffs” (i.e. elders), false teachers were going unchecked and causing havoc within these fledgling churches.
Elders were “deputized” not just to “give instruction in sound doctrine” but “also to rebuke those who contradict it (Titus 1:9).” This is Paul’s first agenda item for Titus and the elders he was to appoint (Titus 1:10-14), to guard these churches from false teaching.
Grace might not be a sledging church in the Wild, Wild West, but that doesn’t mean we are impervious or immune to false teaching. J. C. Ryle’s observation still holds true.
“No fact in Church history is more clearly proved than this – that false doctrine has never ceased to be the plague of Christendom for the last eighteen (now twenty-one!) centuries. The plain truth is that false doctrine has been the chosen engine which Satan has employed in every age to stop the progress of the Gospel of Christ. Finding himself unable to prevent the Fountain of Life being opened, he has labored incessantly to poison the streams which flow from it. If he could not destroy it, he has too often neutralized its usefulness by addition, subtraction, or substitution. In a word he has corrupted men’s minds.”
C. RYLE, Knots Untied
Join us this Sunday as we continue our series Titus: Called to Order in a Disordered World with Titus 1:10-14. Kenny Clark will be preaching this Sunday and Jeffrey Hubbard will be leading our sung worship. Would you read the passage we will be studying and pray for each as they prepare and for all who will be at Grace for each of these services?
See you Sunday. Come hungry!