Touching on a taboo subject

To Titus, my own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. For this cause I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed you… Titus 1:4-5

In most religious organizations it would be considered rude or inappropriate to ask the leadership to give a sound Biblical justification for their specific claim to spiritual authority over God’s people. The question would be taboo, and Christians so dumbed-down that they would probably never consider asking the question.

How could such a vital question become off-limits?

True men of God welcome such questions, they don’t hide from them.

Many today would just assume that any ordination will do, even if the organization is corrupt. Such naivety dishonors God. It is the bad fruit of a superficial approach to the Word of God.

And please note the above text, that ordination is of elders, plural. There is not one NT precedent where an elder was ordained to be the head of a church. That would be a false ordination, as it is unbiblical. (Elders/Pastors/Shepherds/Overseer-Bishops are the same gift in the NT)

Biblically, ordination was only done under Apostolic authority. There a number of men mentioned by Paul as being apostles, like Timothy, Titus, Barnabus etc. but there is no mention that they were specifically ordained as apostles. They were ordained as elders, and then later began to function as apostles.

I will leave it with this question: Do we have a sound Biblical foundation for our expression of church and our understanding of spiritual authority?

Do we realize how serious it is for men to claim to have God-given authority over God’s people? And how more serious it is when Christians naively submit themselves to unbiblical expressions of spiritual authority?

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