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OUR DIVINELY APPOINTED DUTY TOWARDS REPROBATES

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18/05/2015

OUR DIVINELY APPOINTED DUTY TOWARDS REPROBATES

Titus 1:10-16

One of the responsibilities of Titus as a pastor and an overseer in Crete was to distinguish between those who are commissioned and sent by God and those who are condemned and not sent by Him. As a leader in the church, ordained for the approval of the godly and the disapproval of the ungodly, he must be committed to the truth and have the mind of Christ. He must know the Scripture and also be full of the Holy Spirit. To approve the true ministers and remove false ministers, he must not be governed by deceptive outward appearances but he must see with the eyes of God. Such a leader charged with such great responsibility must walk so close to God so as to maintain the conviction and courage necessary for his divinely appointed task.

Appointing a cowardly and compromising Aaron to be the leader of Israel for 40 days had a devastating effect on the nation. Even wise and seeming peaceful Solomon needed more than his reputed wisdom to keep the nation together under God and in the worship of the true God. There were princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown in Moses’ days who sought the priesthood (Numbers 16:2,10) but they were not appointed by God because God judged them unsuitable for the ministry. Titus would not have been able to faithfully carry out the positive and the negative aspects of the ministry without spiritual discernment and courage.

 

  1. RECOGNITION OF DECEPTIVE PREACHERS

        Titus 1:10,11; Matthew 24:11-13,24,25; 1 John 2:18,26; 4:1; 2 John 7-11; 2 Peter 2:1-3; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; Isaiah 44:20; Jeremiah 49:16; Ephesians 4:14; Romans 16:17,18.

 

There were many deceivers in Crete and these false, deceptive preachers wereunruly and vain talkers. The average member in the congregation could not recognise or disprove them. Before the coming of Titus as pastor, teacher and leader, they had done a great damage; they were so clever and crafty and they exercised such authority and influence to subvert whole houses, destroying the faith of Christian families,teaching thingscontrary to the truth, for filthy lucre’s sake, for their bellies to feed their covetousness. They trained themselves to teach lies as religious, professional liars and as evil beasts”. They entered into the churches not to bless but to deceive, destroy and damn the souls of the members. Their deception, exalting the commandments of men above God’s transforming truth, was to turn from the truth. These deceivers were not deceiving others, they were defiled, abominable and disobedient”, “their mind and conscience were hardened, seared and defiled, they had become reprobates. Yet, the church could not recognise or discern their deception or defiling influence. Titus would have to possess sound spiritual eyes to see into what the members of the church could not see.

 

Doctors must be well-trained to diagnose deadly, contagious diseases whose symptoms are not obvious; diseases that are not attended with immediate painful signs. Proper diagnosis is necessary before there can be proper prescription and treatment. Church leaders must be so taught and trained that we become so skilful in the word of righteousness and have our spiritual senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:13,14). Only then will each be able totake heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it (Colossians 4:17; 1 Timothy 4:15,16). Having diagnosed the disease, the doctor must treat, heal and deliver the patient. Having discerned the deception and discovered the deceivers, Titus as well as contemporary church leaders must deal with the situation and deliver the church.

 

  1. REPUDIATION OF DISQUALIFIED PASTORS

        Titus 1:11-14; Nehemiah 13:27-30; 2 Chronicles 15:16; Psalm 31:18; 63:11; Ezekiel 34:10; Hosea 4:6; Matthew 22:34,46; 1 Peter 2:15; 1 Timothy 6:5; 2 Timothy 3:5-9; Titus 3:10,11.

 

Whose mouths must be stopped. To repudiate is to disown, disapprove, disclaim, deny, renounce and reject. Preachers who teach error and falsehood, who overthrow the faith of believers, who teach lies against God and confuse men concerning the way of salvation, are dangerous enemies of the never-dying souls of men. The mouth of false prophets and false teachers is a devastating force for evil. They cause immeasurable damage and sometimes irreparable damage. Their mouth MUST be stopped. It may not be easy to stop the mouths of wolves, wild dogs or vipers but this is an assignment a leader cannot avoid. It is better for a leader to suffer persecution temporarily than to allow multitudes of souls to be deceived, damned and to suffer eternal punishment in hell.

 

It is the duty and the responsibility of divinely appointed leaders who are committed to the truth to silence preachers under their leadership who pervert God’s truth and corrupt God’s people. Leaders are to discipline and stop preachers who sin, cover up sin, compromise and encourage sinning, excuse false doctrine, support falsehood and error or preach false doctrine. And godly leaders must know the truth, be skilful in teaching the truth clearly, convincingly and effectively to overpower false teachers by truth and sound doctrine. We must not be afraid of opposition, false accusation or name-calling by false prophets and their followers. We must revoke the right and privilege of false teachers to preach, teach, minister or exercise any ministerial role. We cannot support false teachers and their spurious teaching in any way if our single or sole desire is to please the Lord who has ordained and established us in the ministry.

 

  1. REJECTION OF DEFILED PROFESSORS

        Titus 1:15,16; 1 Samuel 15:22-26; 16:1; Psalm 106:39-42; Jeremiah 6:28-30; 7:28,29; Hosea 4:6-9; Zephaniah 3:4-7; 1 Timothy 4:1,2; 1 Peter 4:3-5,17,18; Revelation 21:8; Hebrews 12:15-17.

 

The false prophets or false teachers do not only subvert houses and families, they also pervert themselves; they are not only deceivers, they are deceived and deluded; they are not only vain talkers and teachers, they are vile transgressors; they are not merely liars, they are also licentious; they do not stop at turning others from the truth, they themselves have turned away from the truth; their conscience is defiled, their lives abominable, their character disobedient, their profession empty and worthless. By their works they deny God and God will deny them on earth and throughout eternity.

 

False prophets and teachers continue in error and falsehood until they internally believe that evil is good and good is evil. They zealously contend that darkness is light and light is darkness. They have brainwashed and convinced themselves that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter (Isaiah 5:20-23). They eventually become reprobates and zealously run after error. They have rejected the saving truth and the Lord has rejected them. They have ruined themselves; we must not allow them to ruin innocent, ignorant souls.

 

They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him. We cannot defend those who are denying the Lord. How long will thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him?” “The Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul. Such a minister, having not the Spirit (Jude 19), can only destroy the flock of God if he is allowed to impose himself on God’s people. Since God has rejected false prophets and false teachers as reprobates, report them, rebuke them, renounce them, refuse them, restrict them, reject them and remove them. We are to appoint those who are approved of God and to remove those who are rejected by God.

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Congregational Song:

 

IN TIMES LIKE THESE

  1. In times like these, you need a Saviour,

In times like these, you need an anchor;

Be very sure, Be very sure,

Your anchor holds, and grips the Solid Rock!

 

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One,

        This Rock is Jesus, the only One;

        Be very sure, be very sure,

        Your anchor holds, and grips the Solid Rock!

 

  1. In times like these, you need the Bible,

In times like these, O, be not idle;

Be very sure, be very sure,

Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

 

  1. In times like these, I have a Saviour,

In times like these, I have an anchor;

I’m very sure, I’m very sure,

My anchor holds, and grips the Solid Rock!

 

       This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One,

       This Rock is Jesus, the Only One,

       I’m very sure, I’m very sure,

       My anchor holds, and grips the Solid Rock!

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