Accompanying John MacArthur sermons: Men Who Must Be Silenced Part 1 and Part 2
Accompanying Robert Rayburn sermon: Controversy
I actually listened to all 3 of these sermons and they were all so good. So much is packed into these passages.
Note the very first word - "for". It's the link to the previous section. The reason Titus had to appoint elders of strong character who held firmly to the Word and was able to instruct and rebuke with sound doctrine is because there were many false teachers inmeshed in the churches - Jewish false teachers (the circumcision party).
Part of strong spiritual leadership is silencing people who should not speak.
MacArthur contends that you can silence them by not giving them a platform from which to speak - if it's within your power to do so, don't publish their books, don't have them as a guest speaker, don't put them on the radio, don't give them the opportunity.
You can also silence them by overpowering them with the truth. We need to be knowledgable so that, when given the opportunity, we are not the ones embarrassed.
You can also silence them by living holy lives to back up the truth you are speaking.
Unfortunately, as this text says, there are many of them. Many false teachers who are rebellious and deceitful, spewing empty lies. When someone falls for their deceit it creates chaos in the home and in the church. And they do it for money.
Paul has some very harsh words for these people - detestable, disobedient, worthless.
We need to know the truth in order to spot the error. We need to be ready to rebuke with the truth - in love and compassion. And, in particular, we need leaders who are willing and able to do so.
Rayburn closes his sermon this way.....
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Titus 2:1-5