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Paul warned Titus to avoid people who like to argue about unimportant things (v. 9). Some of the things to avoid are foolish questions, genealogies of the Old Testament and the spinning of stories about some of these people. Striving and fights about the law and heretical Jewish teachings were rampant on Crete. The reason for avoiding these are they are useless and morally fruitless, hence unworthy of time and serious consideration.
I am afraid that much time is spent in Christian circles today debating issues and preferences that have no real value in the light of where people are going to spend eternity. Just yesterday I saw an article in a Christian periodical that took up several pages trying to prove that a certain Christian leader of our day is neo-evangelical (whatever that is). I know both the person who wrote the article and the person who it was written about and in my opinion there is very little if any difference between their basic doctrinal beliefs. They both are trying to reach souls for Christ. What a waste of God’s money and time to take up space in a Christian magazine, besides the damage that may be done to the character of the person being accused. Satan must be very pleased to see the cause of Christ hindered by this sort of thing. Many, who should know better, spend their time fighting other Christians when they should be fighting Satan, winning souls and building up the saints.
What do I spend your time doing? Is it fruitless or fruitful in light of eternity and what is being accomplished for the cause of Christ? I don’t want to be guilty of spending my life tearing down people when I need to be building up the Lord and looking for ways to encourage those who are serving Him around the world.
But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.
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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