For what end Titus was left in Crete.
Titus 1:1 Paul a seruant of God, and an Apostle of Iesus Christ, according to the Faith of Gods Elect, and the acknowledging of the trueth which is after godlinesse, Titus 1:2 In hope of eternall life, which God that cannot lie, promised before the world began: Titus 1:3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed vnto mee according to the commandement of God our Sauiour: Titus 1:4 To Titus mine owne Sonne after the common faith, Grace, mercie, and peace from God the Father, and the Lord Iesus Christ our Sauiour. Titus 1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordaine Elders in euery citie, as I had appointed thee.
How they that are to be chosen ministers ought to be qualified.
Titus 1:6 If any be blamelesse, the husband of one wife, hauing faithfull children, not accused of riot, or vnruly. Titus 1:7 For a Bishop must be blameles, as the steward of God: not selfewilled, not soone angry, not giuen to wine, no striker, not giuen to filthie lucre, Titus 1:8 But a louer of hospitality, a louer of good men, sober, iust, holy, temperate, Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithfull word, as hee hath beene taught, that he may bee able by sound doctrine, both to exhort and to conuince the gainsayers. Titus 1:10 For there are many vnruly and vaine talkers and deceiuers, specially they of the circumcision:
The mouths of evil teachers to be stopped:
Titus 1:11 Whose mouthes must be stopped, who subuert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthie lucres sake.
and what manner of men they be.
Titus 1:12 One of themselues, [euen] a Prophet of their owne, said: The Cretians are alway lyers, euill beasts, slow bellies. Titus 1:13 This witnesse is true: wherefore rebuke them sharpely that they may be sound in the faith; Titus 1:14 Not giuing heede to Iewish fables, and commandements of men that turne from the trueth. Titus 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure, but vnto them that are defiled, and vnbeleeuing, is nothing pure: but euen their mind and conscience is defiled. Titus 1:16 They professe that they know God; but in workes they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and vnto euery good worke reprobate.