October 26

Paul argues that the false teachers, referred to in verse 10, need to be “silenced.” This is not a call for violence, which would conflict with the qualifications for leaders given earlier (Titus 1:5–9). Instead, the emphasis is on stopping the spread of this false teaching within the house churches on Crete. Prior verses explained that Titus was to “rebuke” falsehood as a way of correcting it.

Paul also provides a compelling reason to oppose these pretenders: they are dividing families and taking advantage of people. These men were deceiving for financial gain, by spreading false teaching. These three problems were already addressed as character flaws which would disqualify someone becoming an elder (Titus 1:5–9). Paul refused to let such men serve in church leadership.  ~ BibleRef

Jeremiah 49:23-50:46
Titus 1:1-16
Psalm 97:1-98:9
Proverbs 26:13-16

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Titus 1:1-16

Summary: Qualifications for Elders

For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.
~ Titus 1:10-11



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 Titus 1:10–11
Part of the ministry of leadership in the church is to silence certain men.  They must be muzzled, gagged, made dumb.  And apparently a fairly large group of them existed on the island of Crete in the various cities there and in the churches.  And young Titus – who is now in Crete and is left with the responsibility, according to verse 5, of setting in order what remains and of ordaining elders there – has as one of the formidable tasks for himself and the elders and the churches the silencing of these false teachers because of their deadly and destructive teaching.  Obviously this issue, described in verses 10 to 16, is one of the compelling reasons why you have to have elders who are qualified by the qualities in verse 9, as I noted.  God is not going to supernaturally cut out their tongues. The church can’t do that.  We can’t go around cutting the tongues out of people that we disagree with.  God has decided to give them a little bit of space before He silences them physically.  But we now have the task of silencing them until God silences them.  He may silence them by salvation, making the tongue of their former life cleave to the roof of their mouth and causing them only to speak His truth. He may silence them in death.  


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