πŸ‘‘ Hold Fast or the Gainsayers Will Get Ya!

As the Apostle Paul came to the end of his list of qualifications for the ministry, he closed by insisting that pastors should always be

“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers” (Titus 1:9).

Here we know that Paul is talking about the faithful Word of God that Pastor Titus had been taughtΒ of him,Β for he told Pastor Timothy to “hold fastΒ the form of sound words,Β which thou hast heard of me”Β (II Tim. 1:13). If you’re a pastor, and you’reΒ notΒ holding fast to the form of sound words found in Paul’s epistles, you’ll never be able “to exhort and to convince the gainsayers” (II Tim. 1:9).

Of course, if you’reΒ notΒ a pastor, you’re probably wondering, “What’s a gainsayer?” A gainsayer is someone who contradicts what you say. A gainsayerΒ in the BibleΒ is someone who contradicts what God says in His Word. And each time the wordΒ gainsayΒ is used, it is used of men who opposed God’s WordΒ dispensationally.

For instance, Jude talked about “the gainsaying of Core” (Jude 1:11). If you don’t remember who Core was,

“… Korah… and Dathan and Abiram… gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them…Β allΒ the congregation are holy,Β every one of them…Β wherefore then lift ye upΒ yourselvesΒ above the congregation…?” (Num. 16:1-3).

In the Law, God had made it clear that He had sanctified Moses and Aaron, setting them apart from all others in Israel as holy unto Himself. But Core chose toΒ gainsayΒ His Word by insisting thatΒ allΒ the people were holy. This was a dispensational error. All the congregation of IsraelΒ willΒ be holy in the coming kingdom of heaven on earth. God has promised that they will be “an holyΒ nation”Β and “a kingdom of priests” (Ex. 19:6). But they weren’t in Moses’ day!

Over in the New Testament, the Lord promised His followers, “I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able toΒ gainsayΒ nor resist” (Lu. 21:15). He made good on that promise at Pentecost, when “they were all filled with the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:4). Stephen was one of those who were filled with the Spirit (Acts 6:5), “and they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake” (Acts 6:10).

But the people of Stephen’s nation stubbornly clung to the old dispensation of the Law, and refused Peter’s offer of the new dispensation of the kingdom (Acts 3:19) when they stoned him. That’s how they became “a disobedient andΒ gainsayingΒ people” (Rom. 10:21), people who contradicted God’s Word dispensationally. Only men like Peter seemed willing to change. When the Lord told him to go minister to a Gentile, something that was “unlawful” under the Law of Moses (Acts 10:28), Peter obeyed this new dispensational command “withoutΒ gainsaying” (Acts 10:29).

The gainsayers in Crete, where Titus was stationed (Titus 1:5), were the “unruly and vain talkers… of the circumcision” he mentions in the next verse (Titus 1:10). They were “unruly” because they refused to recognize Paul’s new dispensational “rule” (Gal. 6:16) that “in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision” (Gal. 6:15). They were making the dispensational error of thinking that circumcision was still part of God’s program, and contradicting the faithful word that Titus had received from Paul.

Beloved, the only answer to dispensational error today is “holding fast the faithful word”Β that we have heardΒ from Paul.Β Pauline truth alone can save us from any and allΒ otherΒ dispensational errors. Let’s hold it fast! source

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