March 1, 1992
No matter the time or place, false teachers always fit a similar profile. Alistair Begg unpacks Paul’s warning against false teachers in Titus 1, which explains their essential nature: they’re numerous and driven by corrupt motives; though their words may have the ring of truth, they proclaim a false message; their character is dreadful; and they bring destruction to those who follow them. God’s people must not listen to these rebels but instead rebuke them for their errors.
10For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party.7 11They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12One of the Cretans,8 a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”9 13This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. 15To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
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