“He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group”
Paul’s letter to Titus was written just less than 2000yrs ago. Nothing is really new since that time. We might not have “circumcision group” (or do we have?) but the bottom line is that there are differences among Christian dominations, among Christian individuals and for sure there are false teachers.
Therefore, what Paul recommends in the beginning of the verse is very essential. We need to hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it HAS BEEN TAUGHT.
There are a lot of preachers and teachers in the Christian world. I think sometime that preachers and teachers are more than any labourer! (I, one of them!) Anyway, the point is that there is so much written and taught all around the Globe and we are exposed to those teachings through internet, TV, books, CDs and so on, through any kind and type of mess media.
How do we know that what we read, hear, meditate on is the right teaching? We need to remind ourselves that there is a Book, the most important Book in our lives, the Book called Bible! Often, we read all other books and we forget the base of all: the WORD of God. Anything we listen to, we are taught in our Churches, we read in various media, we need again and again to compare it with what the written word of God says. We need to pray asking the Holy Spirit – who is our Teacher and Counsellor – to guide us as we read and give us insight and understanding.
Please, pay attention to the above. It is so important and so vital. Following this fundamental value, we will cover easier the gaps among us. Ask the questions, wait for the answers. Discuss with others, don’t quarrel, just talk and address all points upon what the Word says. It is a good, healthy practice! Amen!
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