False Doctrine Will Spread Rapidly

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Heresy

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.

Application

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.

Titus 1:12-14 (English Standard Version)

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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