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Trouble In The Church

Updated on September 19, 2015

The Way the Truth and the Life!

In Paul’s epistles to the Church, he addressed a diversity of people and problems. The problems and people were not very much different than we have today. One place in particular was the Island of Crete. It was populated with many types of ethnic groups. Whenever there was trouble in the Church Paul would write a letter, go him self or he sent trusted appointees. At this time the Church met in the homes of the many saints. On this particular occasion Paul had left Titus who was one of his many trusted son’s in the ministry on the Island of Crete. Titus was a trouble shooter as well. Crete was an island that was known for its gluttons and liars it was considered a very carnal place.

Paul wanted Titus to straighten out some of the many things that he had left unfinished. Paul had given Titus the assignment to appoint elders in the various towns as well. Paul told Titus that he had particular standards that he wanted him to look for. He wanted Titus to stress the importance of daily implementing God’s principles in their lives. It was important that they be trustworthy, not after dishonest gain, not quick tempered, not drunkards or violent. These characteristics were prevalent in many of the Cretans. It was important that they learn to love what is good, be self controlled, not given to much wine, disciplined, upright and holy. He wanted to instill in them the need for good righteous living. It was also important that they know the Gospel message correctly in order to encourage sound doctrine to others.

The Church at Crete is a great example of what happens when the Word is set aside. There were many brutal Cretans who were known to be liars and gluttons and their testimony was not true. There was concern that some would fall prey to myths as well as false doctrine. They claimed that they knew God but their behavior displayed otherwise! There are many that are more concerned about controlling others rather than teaching them about GOD! Just like now there were then many talkers and deceivers that were running about and teaching what was Not considered sound doctrine! Because of this Paul said To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact both their minds and consciences are corrupted.” Paul really wanted Titus to teach them sound doctrine. He also wanted Titus to rebuke those in error sharply so that they would become sound in their faith. The Church at Crete had many immature Christians. Many participated in idol worship. He wanted them to know the Truth of the Gospel. Titus was genuine in his concerns. This is why Paul wanted him to appoint elders over the various cities. This is why it is so important that sound doctrine is taught today as well.

Paul encouraged Titus to teach them sound doctrine. Titus was to firmly exercise his authority. Paul knew what was necessary to put the Church in order. He was to exhort, refute false doctrine and encourage good deeds. He was to demonstrate in his own lifestyle godly moral principles as he lived to "Please God!" Through Jesus Christ we too are given the authority to rebuke, exhort, teach, preach, encourage and also to embrace godly principles wherever we go. He warned against those who distorted the Truth. Titus had advice for both the young and the old. He wanted the younger and older women to be subject to their husbands and love their children. He wanted them to be self controlled, pure and not slanderers. He wanted the younger and older men to be self controlled and to set examples by their lives of what was good. In other words he wanted to make sure in today’s terms that they were “walking what they were talking” in order to be effective. By doing so they would make the idea of becoming a Christian attractive and without hypocrisy. He goes on to say that “The grace of God teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives.” This was not only for then but is true and necessary now.

Today many overlook and lay aside the very principles that Titus stressed. Titus knew that when properly applied God’s principles would bring about true deliverance and transformation in the life of the believer. He knew that in order for the Church to continue to grow spiritually and in numbers, God’s principles must be embraced. Titus starts out by telling us that “GOD CANNOT LIE.” Therefore God would not tell us to do something that is not possible! Jesus gave His life to redeem us from the curse of sin.

The Cretans did not readily have the Word of God in the form of the “Bible” as we do now! We now have this precious advantage. We in America, have the advantage of freely studying the Word of God and worshiping God that many in other countries still do not possess. God truly has blessed us in many ways. We should relish the time we have and readily study and embrace the Word of God. It is our life’s road map. It is our resource instructional manual for life and good righteous living. As believer’s we are given the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit. We must learn to nurture and cultivate an internal environment for His Spirit’s infilling abiding presence.

Paul stressed clean healthy living. He wanted them to devote their time doing what was good. He also wanted them to “avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments……..” He realized that their were many divisive people He knew then just like it is now that there are those who will do just about anything to get their way. This is why he instructed Titus to handle things in a godly fashion.

Why do we have all the trouble in our places of worship today? God never intended for His Church to become a mere social club with various activities to serve the whims of a manmade hierachy. God’s principles are often laid aside. Many do not realize that the true Church actually consists of a multiplicity of men, women, boys and girls who are His children from many diverse backgrounds, ethnic and non ethnic groups and cultures ALL over the world! Collectively functioning under The Holy Spirit whose agenda is to share "The Gospel of Jesus Christ!" The building is the actual place that the Church uses to congregate or come together to commune and fellowship. What really needs to be stressed is the importance of having a personal relationship with the Lord and the significance of living in His presence daily.

We really need to listen and take heed to God’s Word! Today almost everyone wants their way now, just like they did on the island of Crete. Some want to lead without taking heed or to instruct and not live out the principles therein. They want the Church to grow but instead use divisive tactics. God has a better way. There are also on the other hand many wonderful men and women of God who pastor, serve and minister that; truly love the Lord and work diligently to teach, preach, evangelize and equip the saints! They need to be commended for their sincerity!

This is why it is very important to know God’s Word so you will know the difference. Doing things God’s way is always the best way. A sure way of growing the Church spiritually is to handle situations or any trouble that arises in a way that pleases the Lord. The Spirit of the Lord will draw and add when His presence is truly welcomed! The Word of God is not just a "Message" to be delivered. It is inclusive of a lifestyle to be lived daily! We NOW have His WORD compiled in the Bible! It is milk and meat for all our souls. It is spiritual food to be digested for our spiritual nourishment. It is manna from heaven. It is “quick and powerful……..” It is alive! I Peter says; Like newborn babies crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation Pure spiritual milk for living and enduring through life challenges and applying the Word of God.

God’s principles are meant to become incarnate in the life of every believer! Too often things are instead done impulsively and hurriedly to make a point rather than foster a healthy worship environment. When the opportunity arises, rather than embrace God’s principles they are all too often laid aside in order to satisfy the desires of those who are most demanding. This is true regardless if it is right or wrong. This is the very reason so many remain stagnated, confused, and harnessed by sins grip on their lives. God wants us to live a better way. Paul too realized that he was dealing with a diverse group of people from all walks of life and of every age group. This is why he sent his trusted friend Titus to put some things in order. He gave them sound doctrine to remedy the problems that existed. But just like today God’s way is grossly overlooked.

Paul really wanted them to “Repent” so they could experience a certain quality of life. He wanted them to allow the Holy Spirit to do His work. Through the power of the Holy Spirit regeneration is possible. God has given us important messages through Paul’s epistles to add to His Church. They contain pertinent information that tells us how to effectively grow the Lord’s Church both spiritually and in numbers. It is so important to know; The CHURCH is the people not the building! God has promised to meet all of our needs. Remember “God cannot lie!” As Christians our home life should also be a learning place and an extended reflection of the principles given by God in His Word lived out. Did you know that before the Christians were called Christians in Antioch they were referred to as “The Way?” God’s Word is true. Jesus still today isthe Way the TRUTH and the Life .”

God did not save us because of the righteous things that we have done. He saved us because of His love and mercy. “He saved us through the washing and rebirth and renewal, by the Holy Spirit whom He poured out generously through Jesus Christ our Savior so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” God’s Word is “EXCELLENT and profitable for everyone.” To GOD be the Glory!”


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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Stars, Thank You for stopping by to share! I hope that you and your lovely family are able to attend a worship service soon! In HIS Love, Grace, and Joy! May the Lord's Peace & Blessings be with you!

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful hub Mr.s Deborrah. Learning about Titus , and other Christian leaders of the church is informative. You are write that the church is for many people. Going to church , and sitting down in a church gives me a wonderful since of peace. It makes me feel like I am in the right place to think of God , and Saint Mary. God Bless You Precious heart, and Your Wonderful Loved Ones. Love You, And All You Love .

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Esllr, Thank you so much! You are so right there is no shame in Loving the LORD! We must be real with the LORD! He really does know if this is the case!

      You are so on point here about what is going on within the Church as well! As God's children we must be aware that the world and its systems often works against us! It wants to put out our Light! But PRAISE GOD! As you so POWERFULLY stated: "Gods truth will keep us free as long as we stay in HIS LIGHT and keep IT in us. Or we will be in darkness!" THANK GOD FOR HIS HOLY SPIRIT!

      I too agree with Tina V. We are not to be of the world... Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your insightful & inspiring comments! Please do come again! Peace & Blessings!

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      esllr 8 years ago

      A very enlightening hub, as usual you are very passionate and honest. I love it! No shame in loving the Lord!So many peoples eyes are wide shut or their back is turned.

      The Churches remind me of some of the kingdoms in the bible. They were destroyed when they did no obey GODs laws and grew and multiplied when HE was honored and obeyed.

      This world can devour us but Gods truth will keep us free as long as we stay in HIS LIGHT and keep IT in us.Or we will be in darkness!

      I like what Tina V said also." We were taught to go out to the world but not to be with the world."

      God Bless!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Tina V, Yes, indeed we who are God's people are His Church! I agree "to be in the world but not of the world!" Thank you much! Your visit is appreciated and thank you for sharing your comments, Please do come again! Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Lady E, You are quite welcome! It is interesting how "right on" the WORD is!

      Yes, It only as we daily implement what God says can we grow spiritually... Just think for a moment GOD is OMNISICIENT ~ meaning HE knows everthing and certainly HE knows what is BEST for us! "Practice becomes permanent" As we begin to put into practice what we learn it becomes a part of who we are! As we FEAST upon HIS WORD we exercise our spiritual muscles. Yes as you say: "May GOD give us GRACE" Thank you as always for sharing, It is always a Pleasure, Much Love & Blessings!

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      TINA V 8 years ago

      The people, and not the building, is indeed the church of God. We were taught to go out to the world but not to be with the world. You do write inspirational hubs.

      Happy New Year!

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      Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for another edifying Hub. You said (wrote) it as it is. "Why do we have all the trouble in our places of worship today? God’s principles are often laid aside."

      I believe a lot us are just hearers of the Word. If we could be hearers and doers, there will be no trouble in the Church. May God give us grace.

      Best Wishes, :)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Justcallmeleroy, You are quite welcome! Spending time with God is invaluable! It really is quite amazing how you can read the same passage of Scripture again and The Holy Spirit show you another facet that you had not seen before! Yes, the Scripture is "ALIVE" & POWERFUL!

      Thank you for sharing your womderful comments and I Pray The Lord continues to Bless you as well. Thank you my brother in Christ Jesus, Blessings!

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      Justcallmeleroy 8 years ago

      Deb, Thank you for the encouragement and it is so true that we have such a advantage today in the study tools. We can look up something in a flash on the internet. But just sitting down with the Word of God and being led by his Spirit to see things like you never saw them before. And to feel the Spirit bring the Scripture to Life. Praise His Holy Name. And I Pray that he continues to Bless you in all that you do. My Sister in Christ Amen

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      ALL of GOD's promises are true! What is happpening all about us confirms the POWER in the TRUTH of His WORD! Yes, my brother we can be confident "the gates of hell" will NOT prevail! I like your idea... Yes for "GOD'S GLORY and for the GOSPEL's sake..." Much love to you as well Bob, Blessings!

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      Robert E Smith 8 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Church planting today, like in the early days, is a tricky business. But God promises that even "the gates of hell" will not prevail against it. We will storm the gates of hell and together, hopefully, we will rob the ones destined to go there. For God's glory and for the Gospel's sake so they can go home with us instead. Love ya DeBby

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      iTakins, I agree! I believe that the home is the first church. The home is in fact where the early church met.

      I think it is much more effective when your children know that you really believe in God. They see Him in you... Just think if each home did this how wonderful it would be when we all got together.

      I appreciate you sharing your comments and concerns. It is happening here in America as well throughout the church. You are right about the "rotten apples" it is so true. There are so many things going on behind the scenes. I think it is important that we openly discuss it. This hinders it from growing further in the background and spreading...

      On the other hand we can see the scriptures are fulfilling themselves! Therefore we do not have to be afraid. But we must as you say "listen attentively to His aspirations!"

      It is amazing how patient God is. Jesus really is oming back for His Church! This is why we need to be mindful that He really does see all and know all. This is why Paul wrote to the Church. He shared his concerns!

      It is important to know where we are! By not denying that there is a problem is a good thing... I agree I know that the Holy Spirit will guide us as well! And yes again, we must be willing to listen and follow His lead..

      Thank You! I always enjoy your thought provoking hubs! Thank you for sharing and bringing attention to the fact we really must pay attention! Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

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      itakins 8 years ago from Irl

      DeBorrah K-

      I read this great hub several times before commenting-yes we are the church,and I believe the first church is in fact the home.

      Here in Ireland,there has been so much turmoil of late in the R/C church-hopefully it is a cleansing, and we can go forward with a less top heavy 'organisation'.

      I do find it very sad though,how a few rotten apples can infiltrate and do such harm ,not least by distracting attention away from 'Him'.His patience with us in indeed infinite!

      I know the Holy Spirit will guide us,I just hope and pray we listen attentively to His inspirations.

      Your hubs are just so refreshing ,balanced and truly Christian.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Creativeone, Thank You! "The Lord is my LIGHT and my SALVATION..." In His service, Blessings!

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Lady D for a very uplighting hub. I agree that serving God is a every day walk with God. Thanhk yous for sharing. Blessings to you. creativeone59

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      godpreacher, It really is quite amazing! When you carefully read one must ask "What is going on? Did God not say..." The Word of God is AWESOME!

      Titus as many others in the WORD gives us Sound Doctrine. You are so right my brother we can not grow without proper spiritual food; which is Sound doctrine! And yes! DOING it = applying it in our lives! Not in a rigid legalistic way. God has a better way. He said He would write "His laws in our hearts..." We must focus on GOD not man!

      If God is your co pilot then who is your pilot?

      The Word is our "Life Manual" Do we really believe "that the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof?" We must allow God His place in our lives daily! Christianity is meant to be a daily lifestyle. Yes as you say "He wants to drive" Praise God!

      Thank you for sharing, Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Rev Lady, Amen! He really did want them to know the TRUTH!

      YES! We too must hold to "The TRUTH of HIS GOSPEL" as there is so much deception about us! One need not be afraid but aware! We must TRUST GOD! This is why it is important to know that His Promises are ALL TRUE!

      Thank you as well my sister in the Lord. We have much to be thankful for! But we must always check ourselves in Light of the Lord's WORD! PRAISE GOD, for HIS Holy Spirit!

      Thank you for your wise and spirit led comments. Titus really gives us "Food for Thought" to keep us on Track...

      In HIS service, Much Love & Blessings!

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      godpreacher 8 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      When do we become alarmed at how history is repeating itself in God's church, and amongst the body of Christ. And it is also imperative for us understand, that we cannot grow and mature without sound doctrine, and DOING the will of God for our lives. We are oftentimes like our forefathers, wanting to do our own thing. I can even remember seeing people with tags on their cars that read, God is my co-pilot. Reality is, God is not and will not be your co-pilot. God wants to drive.

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      RevLady 8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      "He wanted them to know the Truth of the Gospel." - In a day filled with all kinds of odd doctrines and weird cults, we need to heed the words of the Apostle Paul to Titus and hold fast to the Truth of the Gospel.

      It is so important to know; The CHURCH is the People not the building! The building is the actual place that the Church uses to congregate or come together to commune and fellowship. What really needs to be stressed is the importance of having a personal relationship with the Lord and the significance of living in His presence daily. - This is absolutely correct according to God's Word. People tend to think buildings are the church when in reality the church is flesh and blood not stone and mortar.

      Thank you DeBorah for this hub summarizing Titus and encouraging us to examine ourselves to be sure our practice is consistent with our profession of faith in Christ. Awesome work!

      Forever His,