The book of Titus is a very short book, only three chapters but it is packed with good food for the soul. It teaches us how to live as Christians, what to teach our youth and how much God loves us. I think the book of Titus holds true today, more-so than you think. The book is Paul writing a letter to Titus whom he left on the island of Crete. The people of Crete were teaching false doctrine in the Church so Titus was there to help cleanup the false teachings and appoint new elders.
The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. – Titus 1:5
What is an elder? It is used synonymously with pastor throughout scripture. It is also used alongside deacons. Now that we know what an elder is we now need to know what are the qualifications? It tells us what these are in verses 6-9 the elders need to be:
“An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” -Titus 1:6-9
In this day we face a lot of false prophecy and false teachings, this is seeping its way into our Churches. It is turning away many Christians from the faith and making them rebuke the Church because of all the corruptness. This is turning people away from the Church, they get fed up with the false doctrine they go to a different religion. I have seen this on many accounts through meeting people at my day job. Titus does offer a solution though.
“For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.” -Titus 1:10-16
The word tells us to rebuke those who teach false doctrine sharply. We are to test those who are teaching falsely, we need to call them out on it so that they will know the truth. Since we need to challenge them we need to make sure our doctrine has a strong foundation on Biblical knowledge so we will not be called liars. We need to be able to defend out position with sound doctrine. We need to appoint elders (pastors) who will teach good biblical principals. This is the way to end corruption in the Church.
“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile” – Max Lucado