“Trouble-Shooting With Titus”
“His Doctrine” 1:9
Each and every elder, pastor of a church is a man who holds to this word, he is a man who knows it, and who stands upon it. He is willing to live and die by it. But this is not just for himself, but for the congregation he is appointed and called to serve (Titus 2:1). So to encourage, comfort by healthful, wholesome (what is meant by sound) doctrine. A man with no or a poor regard for Scripture is not fit for such a position in the church. I recall some years back a man who occupied such a position in a church, who stood to speak. He read a few verses from the Bible, closed it, then threw it on top the piano next to him and declared jocularly “that’s enough of that.” The congregation laughed with him, he then proceeded to speak. The attitude toward the Scriptures was made clear, he thought it a light thing to read and try to explain the word of God. Such a man has no place in the leadership of the church of God’s covenant people.
This man who be an elder, pastor is man with the ability to stand up and say, when called to do so, that is not what the Bible says. Then to proceed to say exactly what it does say, about God, his great being character in love, holiness and righteousness. About man in his fallen and totally depraved condition in sin, his iniquity, and transgressions. And ultimately about God’s salvation by grace through faith in Christ and that alone. I would emphasise this in a day like today when there is so much unbelief and confusion even in the church. Error prevails why? Because there are elders and pastors occupying the offices of the church who are not sufficiently grounded in the Scriptures to be able to teach the truth and to refute the errors and heresies of others.
(© James R Hamilton, written September, 1998)