June 7, 2018
Titus 1:15… To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; both their minds and their consciences are defiled. They profess to know God but they deny him by their works. They are detestable and disobedient, unfit for any good work.
“Both their minds and their consciences are defiled…” An unbeliever is incapable of discerning purity. He can only think in terms of relative purity. Relative purity is not purity in God’s world.
“They profess to know God but they deny Him by their works.”
Once again, as I have noticed often in his letters to Timothy and Titus, Paul denounces the practice of living by confession(profession) and not by works.
I guess it has always been a problem… living by confession in Christ, but without changing. That practice is a bad mark against Christianity. The outside world looks at it and decides that Christianity doesn’t work.
“They are detestable and disobedient, unfit for any good work.”
Paul doesn’t pull any punches in his evaluation. Professing to know God works against us if we don’t have good works that back up our confession. We are hypocrites. But good works are also misleading. Many people have gotten involved in causes like “save the whales” but don’t believe in God. They may be interpreted to be good people, but the end of their days might end in hell.
One cannot please God without believing His Son and living for Him.
Believing God ought to result in good works. Not believing God results in an inability for good works. Confessing God is either honest or dishonest. When honest, good works will follow. When dishonest, good works will not follow. It is an example of sowing and reaping, cause and effect. Be cautious when you are evaluating someone. Look carefully and honestly at your own life. Do you confess God, but without good works? Do you seek good causes but not God?
Based on Paul’s evaluation at the top of this page, this can’t be left unaddressed. You are either a Christian or a non-believer. Know who you are; know God. Don’t leave your relationship with Him up for grabs.