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Everything is pure for someone whose heart is pure. But nothing is pure for an unbeliever with a dirty mind. That person’s mind and conscience are defiled and polluted (v. 15). This verse is one that some people may try to use in defending their sinful practices. Warren Wiersbe tells about a teenager he was trying to warn about the kind of literature he was reading. The young man replied by saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Your heart must be filthy if you see sin in what I’m reading. After all, to the pure all things are pure."
Paul certainly did not have this kind of thinking in mind when he wrote this. In fact, he had just the opposite in mind. He was refuting the false teachers concerning what they were teaching concerning dietary laws. They were trying to say that if you ate certain food you defiled yourself, but if you refused that food, you became holier. These teachers were the ones that had defiled minds. When they looked at these innocent foods they saw sin, because sin had defiled their vision. Those who have pure minds know that all foods are clean. It is not the foods that are defiling the teachers but the teachers who are defiling the foods!
When reading this verse it is helpful to use the word “purified.” The purified person sees the pure aspect of things around him “but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure.” Paul is simply writing to Titus, urging him to impress upon the people the importance of staying away from mud holes.
For a believer to read pornographic literature on the internet or watch sex movies on television and claim that it is O.K. because his heart is pure is an attempt to use the Word of God to excuse sin. I must make sure that my family is not reading or watching things that they shouldn’t be?
To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled.
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Titus 1:1-5Paul Gives His Purpose For Living
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