- Chapter One
THINKING BIBLICALLY - Part 2 Page
Alright, we have seen "The Powerful Proclamation"
and "The Prescribed Pattern", now let's see the "Phony
The Phony Profession
V.10 ** How large is the army of fakers that is trying to draw
men away from the true gospel and our Lord?
"...there are many..."
** What are their characteristics?
They are "rebellious, empty talkers and deceivers.
** During the ministry of Paul and Titus, from where did most of these
false teachers come?
"...especially those of the circumcision..." these were the
Judaizers that we met last week in Acts 15:1 who said, "Unless
you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be
V.11 ** Why must they be silenced?
"...because they are upsetting whole families..." by teaching
** What is their motive?
"...for the sake of sordid gain..." cf. V.7
V.12 ** What was the reputation of those who lived on Crete?
"...Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons..."
** Who said that?
"...a prophet of their own..." According to historians, somewhere
between 630 and 500 B. C., a man know as Epimenedes (E-pim-e-knee-dees),
which Plato considered to be "a divinely inspired man", wrote
about the Cretans terrible reputation. It continued right down to the
day of Paul and Titus.
V.13 ** Even though this "testimony is true", how could
they be turned around?
If Titus and the elders were to "reprove them severely" with
the Word of God, they would become sound in the faith. cf. 2Timothy
V.14 ** What two things were they doing wrong?
1) "...paying attention to Jewish myths..."
2) "...[paying attention to] commandments of men.."
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