Is Your Church Losing The Gospel? 

Article by Ted Bigelow, author of The Titus Mandate -

by Audra Jennings Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Is your church losing the gospel? If it makes its decisions using the world’s methods, the answer is absolutely “yes.” It’s already involved in a losing proposition and is a dangerous place. It has already bought into the Satan’s age-old trick of smuggling in a lie with the truth. If your church appoints its leaders like the world, it has rejected the priesthood of every Christian – probably while telling you it is actually promoting the priesthood of the believer. Ahh, how subtle. Well, I’m sorry for the grim diagnosis, but the disease appears to be at an advanced stage, and your church is probably terminal. Have you updated its will lately?

You know – your church’s will? Oh, it has one, but it might have layers of dust on it. It’s the Bible, God’s will and testament for your church. If your leaders wait to read God’s will and testament until after the autopsy, it will be too late. You guys better dust it off now and read it. And if you do, and if you will obey it, you might just save your worldly church from Jesus Christ’s own pronouncement of death.

Oh. Have you never read it? It’s in Revelation, chapter 3. He says of the church of Sardis that even though a lot of Christians regarded it as an alive church, it was flat out dead (3:1). As in, stiff and decomposing. And listen. That was even with true, born again Christians in it (3:4).

So how does a great church lose the gospel? They lose it because they not only smile at disobedience - - they institutionalize it. You see, if your church makes appoints its leaders in opposition to The Titus Mandate, it foolishly places disobedience at the top and substitutes danger for safety. Like they say, "it’s going down."

A great church writes its own epitaph when it makes leadership positions a matter of popular vote and not biblical qualification. Leaders are relegated to consultancy not shepherding, while their policies are up for public review and possible censure. The kind of men who succeed well at popularity are never those who confront sin and error, and yet this is exactly what God requires from a church leader. The Titus Mandate relieves the stress of complying with the world’s methods and enables both leaders and those led to put into motion all the competency and power God’s Word grants them.

And who knows? You do believe in resurrection, don’t you?

Titus 1:5-9

This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you-- if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

About the author:

Ted Bigelow is Lead Pastor of Grace Church in Hartford, CT, USA. He has been in full-time ministry since 1997, serving in both established and new churches. He has preached the gospel of Jesus Christ in the former Soviet Union, Africa, Western and Eastern Europe, and Central America. He has taught at the seminary level both in the United States and abroad, and carries on ministry correspondence with missionaries around the world. He received his Masters degrees in Divinity and Theology from The Master’s Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

About The Titus Mandate:

Thousands of real churches—perhaps yours—have been infiltrated by dangerous men. Many Christians have been so hurt by these wolves that they have left church, vowing never to return. Other sheep, unaware of what they are witnessing week by week, pay the wolves to preach their error.

You’ll follow Paul’s special attaché Titus and his dangerous mission on the Mediterranean island of Crete. You’ll learn for yourself what Titus experienced as he went toe-to-toe with the wolves, carrying out God’s very public mission that rescues Christians and churches from danger.

Through The Titus Mandate, you’ll be equipped to spot the wolves and protect yourself and those you love from Satan’s most prolific form of spiritual danger.

Audra Jennings is Senior Media Specialist at The B & B Media Group. Since 1987, The B & B Media Group, Inc. has used its broadcasting, marketing and advertising experience to provide the specialized and strategic publicity necessary to achieve the public relations goals of each client. The Barnabas Agency, a division of The B & B Media Group, Inc., is a proven provider of exceptional public relations and personal management services for authors, speakers, ministries and organizations.

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