The Church Is Under God’s Order
Rev. Dr. Adam Koontz, assistant professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Titus 1:10-16.
Those who refuse to live under God’s order in the church and the world fall into vanity and deception. Though they may give the appearance of order by all that they command, they only follow the commands of man and so prove themselves insubordinate to God. This teaching showed itself in a demand for circumcision in Paul’s day; it shows itself today in a demand for obedience to any human command. Titus was stationed in Crete to silence such teaching, even though Paul reminds him not to be surprised when it pops up in multiple places. He, and all faithful pastors, must give a sharp rebuke to this false teaching, lest such deadly doctrine lead to bear fruit in an ungodly life. Though the false teachers think they know God, their works prove otherwise. Paul gives such a sharp rebuke because the stakes are high. Only the healthy doctrine of the truth in Christ brings eternal life.
“The Word is Trustworthy” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the three pastoral epistles: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. These three letters are named after their recipients, two young pastors in the Christian Church. St. Paul gives instruction to these two men concerning the doctrine and life of the congregations where they are given to serve. In these epistles, the Apostle teaches both pastors and congregations of all times and places that the sound doctrine from God’s Word is faithful to save sinners in Christ Jesus.