Confused About Christianity?: Titus 2, Real Christianity, and the Pastoral Epistles

Confused about Christianity?

Let’s wipe out all the confusion in one blog post.

Yes, deliverance from all the competing doctrines of Christianity, and a straightforward, you-will-agree-with-this, Biblical description of the Gospel.

Are you ready?

Titus 2:1-10: Sifting Down to Sound Doctrine

I talk about Titus 2:1-10 all the time. It says what sound doctrine is.

It’s not the sort of thing you’d expect …

Sound Doctrine According to Titus Two

  • Older men should be serious, sensible, self-controlled and good at faith, love, and patience
  • Older women should live holy, avoid drunkenness, and teach good things
  • Younger women should love their husbands and children, be chaste, good, and keep a good home.
  • Young men should be serious and sensible
  • Titus himself should be an example of good works and teach this doctrine in sincerity without changing it.
  • Employees should obey their employers, please them, not talk back, and not steal.

Is that what you’ve heard sound doctrine is? Is that on your church’s statement of faith?

Maybe we have some things to change.

Before we get back to the rest of Titus 2, let’s talk about what sound doctrine isn’t

1 Timothy 6:3: What Sound Doctrine Is NOT

This blog’s title mentions the pastoral epistles. All this wonderful, freeing, confusion-crushing information comes from Titus and Timothy.

In 1 Timothy 6:3 Paul tells Timothy that everyone ought to consent to "sound words." (Whatever English word your Bible uses, the Greek word is the same as Titus 2:1. I’m using sound in both cases.)

He also says that everyone ought to to consent to the doctrine which is according to godliness.It’s probably not too hard to figure out he’s talking about the sound teaching found it Titus 2:1-10. Be serious, live holy, love, be patient, obey your employers, love your children, etc.

When we get stuck on other things …

Which would be the things modern Christians are stuck on …

And we call those things sound doctrine …

Then …

  • We are proud
  • We don’t know anything
  • We have a mental illness causing us to obsess about questions and arguments. (Really, that’s how the Greek reads. The NASB calls it a morbid obsession.)
  • We produce envy, strife, suspiciousness, slander and numerous other things

So, let me ask …

Doesn’t practical experience prove Paul right? Aren’t we obsessed to the point that it could be called psychopathic with arguing about questionable issues, while we ignore patience, faith, raising children, and being sensible of mind in following Christ? Isn’t the result envy, strife, suspiciousness, and slander?

I’d like to suggest that this is what Paul said it was …

The result of ignoring sound doctrine.

2 Timothy 3:16-17: The Whole Point of the Bible

Let’s keep this section short.

The point of the Bible is to equip you for good works.

That’s what 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, right?

Titus 2:11-14: What Grace Is and Why Jesus Died

According to THE BIBLE, grace—the real grace that brings salvation—teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts and to live sensibly, righteously, and godly.

According to THE BIBLE, Jesus died to purify for himself a people that would be zealous for good works.

That’s what it says, right? Am I missing something?

What Grace Is NOT

Grace is not an excuse for loose living. Grace is not a reason to reject the admonition of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

"Are you the Holy Spirit? Why are you rebuking me? Remember, WE’RE UNDER GRACE."

How many times have you heard that nonsense.

"Yeah, exactly, brother. That’s why I’m rebuking you. Grace has destroyed sin’s power over you (Rom. 6:14), so I know when I admonish you, you have the power to obey."

Last Little Bit

I hope I’m not exaggerating when I say today’s post has the power to change your life.

The Bible isn’t written to solve the useless issues in your systematic theologies. It’s written to equip you for good works!!!

No wonder none of us have been able to resolve all those doctrinal things denominations fight over.

We’re supposed to ignore them!

And get busy being those people that are zealous for good works.

This is a faithful saying, and I want you to constantly affirm these things, that those who have believed in God would be careful to maintain good works. (Tit. 3:14)

‘Nuff said.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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2 Responses to Confused About Christianity?: Titus 2, Real Christianity, and the Pastoral Epistles

  1. Benjamyn says:

    This is an awesome post Shammah. Thank you so much for not holding back what Christ has poured into you,

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