Titus’s Work in Crete
I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you.
An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who don’t have a
reputation for being wild or rebellious. An elder is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life.
He must not be arrogant or quick tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money.
Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must
live a devout and disciplined life. He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be
able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.
For there are many rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others. This is especially true of those who
insist on circumcision for salvation. They must be silenced, because they are turning whole families away from the truth by
their false teaching. And they do it only for money. Even one of their own men, a prophet from Crete, has said about them,
“The people of Crete are all liars, cruel animals, and lazy gluttons.” This is true. So reprimand them sternly to make them
strong in the faith. They must stop listening to Jewish myths and the commands of people who have turned away from the truth.
Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because
their minds and consciences are corrupted. Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are
detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.
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