It all comes down to this: living a Christian life has but one purpose – to lead others to Christ.
For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. Titus 1:7-9
If you’ve stayed with me, you’ve been exposed to the same verse over and over for two weeks.
It all culminates with the final sixteen words – that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.
The church leader must live by all the other attributes of the verse in order to accomplish the final.
Living a genuine Christian life has but one purpose – to exalt Christ through love, life, and living the scripture. This will lead others to Christ.
If you fail to live by the other items in the list, then it gives an excuse for someone not to take you seriously when you exhort and convict those who contradict.
You will seem to be contradictory yourself and appear hypocritical.
I realize none of us are perfect. But there is a difference between blatant sinning and accidentally sinning without premeditation.
The true Christian seeks to avoid sin. But when it does happen he/she is quick to seek God in repentance.
Sound doctrine is the Bible! When you know it and live by it, it is sound, that is, solid and strong, free from error and fallacy.
When truth is tempered with love and grace it is hard to argue against it.