. . .once justified, the process of being sanctified begins. And it is a process of freedom. That is to say, it is a process of being stripped of the bondages of sin and freed from its entaglements, so that our faith might not shipwreck itself on the rocks of doubt.Along a similar line, David Opderbeck has posted a short reflection on the book of Titus and the importance of purity in Christian leadership:
We often are drawn to leaders who are smart, attractive, accomplished in business, wealthy, or "conservative" in appearance and demeanor. The first thing God requires in a leader, however, is purity. In fact, Titus 1:6-9 tells us twice that church leaders must be "blameless"David also offers a bit of sensible advice on pursuing that purity.
Update: Responding to these posts, John Schroeder asks a few questions on sanctification and leadership.