Titus 2:11 – 15
The grace of God has dawned for the salvation of all mankind, teaching us to renounce godless and earthly lusts, and to live sensible, upright, and godly lives, now, in this age; awaiting our blessed hope, which will come with the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own possession who are zealous for good deeds. These things are your themes; urge and argue them with all authority, which no one can disregard.
In Louisa Mae Alcott’s book “Little Women,” her fiancé – Prof. Bhaer wishes to encourage her.
She has the gift to write, but she is writing “cheap literature”
He cries, “You don’t have to shout ‘Me Too!’ You are greater than this. Stop being what they want.”
The verb in our text “dawned” is often translated appeared V. Epefa,nh (epephanê) – “To illuminate” Epiphany.
This appears often in the message of the church:
… To give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, when the day shall dawn upon us from on high, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
“Me Too-ism” enters every facet of life. It calls for conformity of tastes. No matter how weird. No matter how obscene or ‘earthy.’ Creates commonality of language.
Lives with key phrases – “Everybody loves it!”
“Me Too-ism” dictates:
How we talk
What we are to talk about
Fifty Years of Church Conformity
The past half century has seen the church say “Me Too!”
It has the formal name of syncretism.
Conforming to culture instead of transforming it.
The church playing catch-up, iInfluenced instead of influencing.
There seem to be no boundaries – no end in sight.
Losing sight of Titus 2:14
He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own possession who are zealous for good deeds.
This recalls his ‘High Priestly’ sacrifice — The purpose of his ministry, cleansing from sin – not in sin.
1 John 1:7
If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
Though all the world be driven by its lust, he purifies a people for himself.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Surely you know that the unrighteous will not possess the kingdom of God. Make no mistake: no immoral person, no idolater, no adulterer, no sexual pervert, no thief, no one who is greedy, no drunkard, no slanderer or swindler will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you, but you have been washed, you have been sanctified, the Spirit of our God has made you right before God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
They are to be different – not uncouth.
They are peculiar – not eccentric (strange).
They are simple – not backward.
The uniqueness of God’s people is not found in their race or diets. They may eat Italian or Spanish food.
The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
They may be republicans or socialists.
A people uniquely his.
So, Titus, receives from Paul – you need not shout “Me Too.”
You Must not say “Me Too” to social evils.
Today the Anglicans ordained a gay bishop.
There will be schism.
The end results of political correctness and marketing.
The lottery is now law.
It is socially acceptable.
Will you say “Me too?”
Divorce is now a common solution.
Do all of the scriptures need to be rethought?
What do we do with this?
The standard of church leadership. The ideal for the church.
I left you behind in Crete for this reason, so that you should put in order what remained to be done, and should appoint elders in every town, as I directed you: someone who is blameless, married only once, whose children are believers, not accused of debauchery and not rebellious.
Don’t say “me-too” to false doctrine. In our church or in the church.
2 Corinthians 11:3
I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by its cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
The trend today is to blend multiple doctrines. Remember the goal of church and doctrine. Never lose the simplicity.
My children, with whom I am again in the labor pains of birth until Christ is formed in you.
Since you have received Jesus as Lord and Christ – live (walk) in him. Be held firm in the faith you were taught – rooted in him, built upon him, excessive in thanksgiving. Be on your guard so that no one captivates you through the empty lure of a philosophy or speculations in the tradition of men, based on the principles of this world and not after Christ.
We are in the business of church promotion.
Do not be lead astray.
We gather for every form of get-together, from socials to sport, from teas to weddings.
But can we learn the appetite of Jesus?
“I have food to eat of which you do not know. My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.”
Don’t say me too to complexities. Life can enslave us. Even religion can move from romance to bondage. Just refuse all the complexities.
It is for freedom Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery… Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Don’t say “me too” to all that systems put on you.
Walk daily in the love of Christ.
Dress yourself in your Lord and Live.
Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, making no provision for the flesh, to gratify its lusts.