In Titus 1:5-6, Paul writes the following to Titus (NKJV, emphasis added):
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—if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination.
Titus should appoint elders in every city "if a man is [...] having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination" (NKJV). What does this mean? Here are two interpretations of which I'm aware:
- As long as a man has faithful children at all, it doesn't matter if he also has rebellious children. For example, if a man has four children--Ron, John, Dawn, and Louie--but Ron and John become ungodly rebels, the man would still have "faithful children" who are "not accused of dissipation or insubordination" (NKJV)--namely, Dawn and Louie. Thus, the father would meet the qualification.
- "This verse teaches that a man must have at least one child 'that believes' (ASV) and he must not have even one child 'accused of riot or unruly.'" This position is quoted from a commentary written by Marshall Patton and published by Guardian of Truth. From how I understand this view, the aforementioned father would meet the "having faithful children" part of the qualification due to Dawn and Louie but would fail to meet the need for his children to "not [be] accused of dissipation or insubordination" (NKJV) due to Ron and John. Thus, the father would not fully meet what Titus 1:6 has in mind.
Which of the interpretations above, if either, is correct? For clarification, I'm not asking about candidates for the eldership who lack children. Rather, I'm asking about fathers who have some faithful children and some insubordinate children.
Note: As a reminder, this is a site for hermeneutics. Therefore, although outside sources are permitted to supplement our understanding of the text, the answers given should primarily reflect the meaning of Titus 1:6 itself, preferably by examining its grammar and syntax.