In The Cross and the Crescent Dr. Francis Steel of the North Africa Mission predicts an eventual union between apostate Protestantism, as represented by the World Council of Churches, and Islam. We quote his warning in full: Two lines seem to be converging. One represents the var … More
Since the Cretans usually met in private homes, it is easy to see how “whole houses” (v. 11) could be upset by false teachers. Even when we hold Bible study classes in our homes today we need to be careful that visitors do not come in with strange doctrines. There are sects and cults who have their agents looking for classes where they can move in and gain converts.
The Cretans, Paul affirms were particularly susceptible to this type of error. He characterized them as morally irresponsible and more concerned about their bellies than their souls (v.12). With this in mind swift action was needed to stem the advance of heresy. The best time to attack false doctrine is at the beginning, before it has a chance to spread. False doctrine is like yeast: It only takes a little, it grows quickly, and it permeates completely (Galatians 5:9).
Paul is blunt. This spreading infection had to be checked at the source. These false teachers had to be exposed as frauds. Furthermore, their converts had to be rebuked, not gently and ineffectively, but sharply (v.13). They were being taught “Jewish fables” (v. 14) which probably included a fanciful interpretation of the genealogies in the Old Testament.
Television is one of the big ways this happens today. That is one reason why I have to be very careful what I allow to come into my home by way of the radio, TV, internet or reading materials. Whenever I see something questionable on the TV I need to be quick to turn it off. The same is true with the internet with pornography etc.
One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons." This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth.
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Titus 1:6-9Qualifications Of a Christian Leader
Titus 1:10-11Don’t Pretend to Be Something You Are Not
Titus 1:12-14False Doctrine Will Spread Rapidly
Titus 1:15-15Nothing is Pure For an Unbeliever
Titus 1:16-16Profession Does Not Mean Possession
Titus 2:1-2Salvation Must be Built on Sound Doctrine
Titus 2:3-5Instructions For Women
Titus 2:6-8Young Men Are to Be Good Examples
Titus 2:9-10Common Sins of Christian Employees
Titus 2:11-12Only by God’s Grace Can we Live The Christian Life
Titus 2:13-13Are You Anticipating The Lord’s Return?
Titus 2:14-15Made a New Creation in Christ Jesus
Titus 3:1-3Doing Helpful Things
Titus 3:4-7The Basis For Our Salvation
Titus 3:8-8How to Show That You Are a Christian
Titus 3:9-9Stop Fighting Other Christians
Titus 3:10-11How to Treat a Divisive Person
Titus 3:12-13God Has The Right Person at The Right Time
Titus 3:14-15How to be Productive For The Lord