Titus 1:10-16

False Teachers

Titus 1:10-16

False Teachers (Vs. 10-13a, 14-16)

  • Identifying False Teachers (Vs. 10-11)
    • Those who add some special spirituality to people.
    • Those who are in ministry simple for the money.
  • What kind of people were the Cretans? (Vs. 12-13a)
    • Epimenides, 600 B.C.
  • The Vanity and danger of False Teaching (14-16)
    • Destroys homes (vs. 11)
    • Turns from the truth
    • It doesn’t matter how good it is, the inside is filthy.
    • Sounds pretty but is empty.

The hope of sinners is a transformed life (vs. 13)

  • Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.
  • False Teachers and the outright sinner.
    • Rebuke is not arguing. (Shepherds call to sheep and scare wolves).
      • It is reprimand, chastisement, criticism.
      • Reproof, admonishment, or correction.
    • Why do we argue?
      • Some people argue and debate simply because they want to be seen as right all the time.
      • Some people argue and debate simply because its their contentious nature. – James
    • Paul says we rebuke, not to shame, not to be right, not because we like to argue, but because we want total transformation of the individual.
      • Sick to Healthy (sound in the faith).
  • The problem is that many people do not want to submit to the authority of Scripture.
  • But, this is the optimism of Paul and us today.  People who are false teachers and are leading people away from faith can be changed the Gospel.  Individuals who have the worst of natures like the Cretans can be changed by the Gospel.
    • John 8:31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 33They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? 34Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 35And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 36If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Are you truly free?  Has you life been changed?  Is your faith sick and weak?