Why is it so important that elders be men who know, teach, and live the truth? Paul explained that godly leadership is a matter of spiritual life or death for the church. Elders must teach God’s Word clearly so that the people under their care may be sound in faith and able to confront counterfeits in their midst. Warning against shallow religiosity, Alistair Begg helps us see that God desires not external lifestyle changes, but heartfelt devotion and love.
10For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party.7 11They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12One of the Cretans,8 a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”9 13This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. 15To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
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