The Higher Liberty
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The Higher Liberty
by Gregory HHC, d
Minister of His Holy Church
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The first chapter of Titus is talking about appointing elders of good reputation. These elders were men of age sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. These men are elders of families brought together in congregations of tens and a network of hundreds and thousands of families to form an alternative government composed of titular leaders who cared for each other based on love and the hope of charity and good will for one another.
When the New Testament speaks of elder or old men it is talking about what the Greeks called presbuteros. All they are talking about is an elder, of age, or the elder of two or more people. Since the Family was God’s sacred institution it was the eldest members of families who were being appointed to the heads of congregations. These elders only held positions of service and had no power to rule over other families like the governments of the world.
Since the days of Cain’s City State it has always been God’s desire to return every man unto his possession, and every man unto his family.1
Previously we see in Titus 2:14:
“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
The word peculiar is from periousios [periousiov]. It appears once in the Bible here in Titus and is defined “that which is one’s own, belonging to one’s possessions... a people selected by God from the other nations for his own possession”.
In order to be a free people it is still necessary to have leaders. Men and women will still have to attend to the functions of government and be compensated for those services. In a voluntary society the support of the workers must be by free will offerings. In such society virtue must reign supreme or all hope will be lost and society shall crumble for wantonness and neglect.
It is not what a man says, but what he does and the elders of a family have fruit by which we may judge their fitness for office. If his family is not in order that is a sign that he may fail in godly service.
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