DAY 10 - Read Daily09-11-2019 | Josh Brown | YOUTH
Day 10 - The danger of false teaching
10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. 11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”
Questions for application:
- Have you ever heard false teaching being shared before? What damage did it do / could it have caused?
- How can we best be prepared to stand against false teaching?
- If someone was to suggest that they can get to heaven due to their good works here on earth, how would you respond? (See Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:1).
Devotion Transcript (Watch on Baptist Youth Youtube Channel)
Have you ever seen a young child attempting to do something that could be dangerous? Maybe they are helping their mum or dad with the cooking, working with knives and hot water. If you saw this happening, what would you do? I hope that you’re the type of person that would warn and show them how to be safe - teaching them how to handle these things properly. We would never dream of showing a child how to use these things dangerously – harming them or others around them. How would a child know the right way to handle these things if they aren’t properly taught?
Here in verse 10 to 12 of Titus, we see some Cretans aren’t handling God’s Word properly. Just like the knives and hot water, if we don’t handle God’s Word with care, we are going to harm ourselves and others. We saw how Titus was left in Crete to bring order by appointing elders in each town back in verse 5. We now see why all this was necessary. Some of the Cretans are teaching the young believers harmful views that are damaging the early church. It is so important to understand the dangers and signs of false teaching. We cannot take everything we hear to be true; we need to search and back it up with scripture. Just like the early believers, we need to be cautious and wary of these false teachers.
We don’t know exactly what the false teaching was, but from Paul’s statement in verse 10, “especially those of the circumcision party,” we can guess these are people who claim that faith in Jesus isn’t enough. According to this idea, Jewish rituals and traditions must go alongside faith. Obviously, this is adding to the gospel. This way of thinking destroys the foundation on which our faith is built on. It completely undermines the death of Jesus and the sufficiency of his work on the cross.
We mustn't be fooled into thinking that our works can help us get to Heaven. That was a common myth amongst the Jewish people. They thought that their Jewish heritage and practices would be of benefit in having their sins forgiven. However, Paul says in Philippians Chapter 3 verses 4 - 7
4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
Paul’s reputation was something the Jews would have been proud of, but he counted as loss for the sake of Christ. In other words, Paul is saying that, in spite of my impressive Jewish CV, it does nothing in terms of my right standing with God. Only faith in Jesus is required. Today, have confidence that Jesus is enough for your salvation and safeguard your heart from false teaching that may undermine his power.