Titus 1:11

Thursday, 31 May 2018

…whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain. Titus 1:11

These words are referring to the “insubordinate” of the previous verse. Paul says that they are “both idle talkers and deceivers.” He then said this was “especially those of the circumcision,” meaning Jews. He now says of them, “whose mouths must be stopped.”

The Greek literally reads, “whom it is necessary to silence.” They are spreading falsities, and what they say can only bring harm to the saved, and keep the unsaved from ever knowing the truth. The idea then is to plug up their mouth so that they cannot speak. The imagery is that of bridling a horse, capping a wind instrument, or pigging a pipe to keep it stopped up. And the reason for this is that they “subvert whole households.”

Paul speaks of this in 2 Timothy 3:6 by saying that these ungodly people “creep into households and make captives of gullible women.” The idea is that they normally start with the women, who are susceptible to deception, and then they work their way through entire households. The faith of these people is overturned, and their foundation is destroyed. In order to stop this, the bishop is to be trained in Scripture, and he must be able to refute them directly from the word of God. Paul then explains why this so. They are those who are “teaching things which they ought not.”

There is the truth of Scripture, and from that arises sound doctrine. Anything contrary to the word of God, as it is properly handled (in context), is to be rejected. It is a false doctrine. Christ fulfilled the law, and thus we are not under law. What is normally on Paul’s mind at such times (he has already mentioned the circumcision) is a reinstatement of precepts of the law. However, Paul also addresses other heresies in his letters, such as Gnosticism.

One would ask why anyone would set aside the grace of Christ and teach such false things. Paul completes the verse with the answer. He says it is “for the sake of dishonest gain.” Here he comes back to the root of the matter. The lust for wealth is a strong inducement to ensnaring others and holding them in spiritual bondage. When you control another’s spiritual life, you will normally have control over his physical earnings as well. Thus, the teaching is introduced that the ultimate goal of this physical life is to “earn” what comes after it. And so they are brought into a type of bondage, passing on their earthly wages in order to secure what they believe is heavenly surety. But grace is a gift. It cannot be earned.

Life application: Of course teachers are willing to convey false teachings! The more bondage, the more likely profit will be gained. False teaching is a big and profitable business. Watch out for false teachers!

Lord God, there are so many varied views on doctrines found in Scripture, and yet in each category, only one can be what You intend. Grant us wisdom to pick up Your word, read it, and contemplate it always. In this, we will have a better idea of what is false. This will keep us from those whose doctrines are faulty. And Lord, guide our steps away from them in the first place. Keep us on a straight and sound path in our walk with You. Amen.

5 thoughts on “Titus 1:11

  • Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 10:08 am

    I have to shake my head in disbelief when I see these false teachers telling their congregation that he needs a forth private jet at 90 million $$$ and ask them to cough up the money like it nothing and expected of them.! How in the name of God can people be so blind to this and yet they are!! Charlie the day you ask for a jet is the day I’m gone lol. Just kidding there is nothing that can drive me from you and your Godly inspired teaching! You help to keep me sane and focused on the lord in this insane world. I can’t wait to be In Our true home with the lord and if we don’t get there soon. You may have to put me in a straight jacket as my paticance for this world is at an end
    Grace Mercy and Peace on you and yours
    God bless my friend

  • Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! I could use 90 mill Gordon , I could finally afford to have some cents , lol . Really though is trying and tiring to see some of the obvious frauds and even not so obvious frauds. But when I found Charlie and the superior word church preaching Jesus in every sermon and study I stopped looking for a church to attend . JESUS is the truth the way and the life , how can some call themselves a church and not preach that? It is a comfort to see that are some who do , but it is sadly few in number it seems. The world is a little brighter with what I consider my church family here, even if I’m the black sheep in it .

  • Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Lol Sean you are far from being the black sheep of the flock! Non of us shine (yet) we are all pretty much dingy gray wool on the hoof waiting for our turn in the washing machine of life! The fee to get it working has been paid by Jesus now we just await him to throw us in with a dash of his blood and make us bright and shining the way we were intended to be from the beginning 🙂
    Yes that 90 mill could solve a lot of problems for me too., but to be honest I am happier with out it! I just feel ( not that it’s a bad thing) having all that money would work against me an my walk with the lord! I had a friend that was part of a church a few towns away from me and he was very instamental in my moving forward with my Christian life! Long story short his church was growing big time so big they were building a 1,500 seat chapel. That became the glory point for him so proud of the growth and the new big church that the church growth became the dominant topic of conversation..what happened to Jesus??? Oh ya they need more money to maintain this building now. It’s probably just me but I associate Big with Problems that take away from the lord! That is why I love the Superior Word it’s big ” by my standards” on the internet but yet there is still a feeling of community when watching Charlie or Sergio and Rhoda. The opening statment it all just feels right to me and the focus is laser sharp on Jesus. Yes it’s an emense blessing to have found Charlie and the superior word!! Don’t let this go to your head Charlie. No jets for you but I would consider chipping in on a pair of sandals if you weer so inclined to askLoL. God bless my friends we are almost home AMEN

  • Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    How ever-relevant and eternal God’s Word is and how never-changing from age to age is the sinful state of man’s heart without conversion. There’s nothing new under the sun!

    Sean and Gordon – I enjoyed your replies and had to laugh when I read Gordon’s first reply as I was thinking “private jets” too when I read Charlie’s comments of today’s verse. We both must have read/watched the same news story (LOL).

    May we continue to be found faithful!! And may we always be praying for our Lord to lead us and guide us in His Truth.

  • Friday, June 1st, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Ha! This is so funny. The first thing I thought of when I started reading Gordon’s comments was “Jessie’s Jets.” I guess we are all thinking the same thing. Have a blessed weekend, each and all of you! <3


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