Ms 67, 1900

1900

Ms 67, 1900

Words of Instruction to the Church

NP

November 29, 1900 [typed]

Portions of this manuscript are published in TDG 342; 3MR 40-41; 5MR 449. +Note

There is a decided work to be done in our churches. Those chosen as elders of the churches are to be men of experience, who have a knowledge of the truth and are sound in the faith. Ms67-1900.1

In his letter to Titus, Paul points out the qualifications which should be possessed by those placed in charge of the flock of God. “To Titus, mine own son after the common faith,” he writes, “Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee.” [Titus 1:4, 5.] Ms67-1900.2

“If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God, not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convert the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, especially they of the circumcision: whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” [Verses 6-11.] Ms67-1900.3