How to Be Protected from Worldly Church Leaders

One major reason for The Titus Mandate is that it is God’s plan for keeping dangerous men out of church leadership. In the early 1990s, a large evangelical church in California went through horrible heartache and public shame because of just such a man. For over fifty years, this man had been known by Christians for his unrepentant child abuse. Then he was appointed an elder. Eventually, through some of his victims in the church, his crimes were made public, and he was arrested amidst intense media publicity that exposed him and the church. If only that church had followed The Titus Mandate and not their worldly practices, great suffering, sin, and shame would have been avoided.

This whole idea of elders and qualifications may be new to some readers. Most churches today do not practice eldership, so these sections of Scripture are perhaps not well-known by their members. Such churches may be dangerous places indeed! The reason is simple: if they are not using Christ’s own criteria for church leadership, they are not only spiritually unhealthy, they are in downright disobedience.

So too were many of the churches on Crete. Many were led by men who failed to meet the criteria of the list above. What’s more, many of these church leaders made money from the offerings (Titus 1:11). More than anybody else in the church, they had the greatest motive to reject The Titus Mandate: greed. The Titus Mandate, and its stringent leadership requirements, exposed their short-comings and hypocrisy in front of their people.

Men who love money and reject 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 suffocate Christians, deceive the simple, and control churches so that the Lord’s work is hindered. Paul described these church leaders as rebellious, insubordinate, defiled, deceivers, liars, and disobedient (Titus 1:10–16). Christians who live in churches led by these men don’t get good biblical teaching and won’t know the blessing of having men shepherd them who model Christ the Good Shepherd. Such Christians are being misled, but they do not know it.

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  1. There is no doubt you are touching a very important subject. There have also been church leaders that have lived double-lives, and suddenly exposed. Always, such leaders will claim it’s just opponents who made their claims for either money or because of envy etc.

    Such cultic reactions are almost sent out by autopilot because power-hungry leaders want to discredit the messenger instead of solving the actual problem.

    So it is an exciting topic indeed.

    PS: Just say the word if you need proof-reading or a comment/review of your book. :-)

  2. Ron Tedwater says:

    Great work keep it coming

  3. Ted Bigelow says:

    Thanks Ron. It should be out in December, January at the latest. Check back as able.

  4. Ted Bigelow says:

    Yes, I like it. It’s been a while since I got it – if memory serves, it came from some of there recent release stuff.

  5. Ted Bigelow says:

    Hi Henrik,

    Thanks for the offer – the book is in final proofing right now – it should be published in December/January. I’m going to get the first chapter up for free. I hope you enjoy the book. –


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