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Should non-leaders also refrain from practicing the negative things forbidden for overseers in Titus 1:5-10?


Titus 1:5 - 10

NKJV - 5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you - 6 If a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination.

Clarify Share Report Asked December 30 2016 Mini Sylvester Tanihu

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, although the positive virtues or qualities that Paul outlined in Titus 1:6 and Titus 1:8-9 were desirable for all Christians (both leaders and non-leaders in congregations or the Church), or attributes for which all Christians should strive, and the negative attributes that he discussed in Titus 1:7 and Titus 1:10 were qualities that all Christians should likewise avoid, Paul was saying that the presence of the positive qualities and the absence of the negative qualities were absolutely essential for those in leadership positions at all levels of the church. 

Paul was implying that the absence of the good qualities and/or the presence of the bad qualities might be tolerated in a non-leader (although even a non-leader should be working toward maximizing the good qualities and minimizing or eliminating the bad qualities). However, it was a mandatory requirement that those in leadership positions possess the good qualities, while (especially) exhibiting none of the bad qualities.

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