“For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.” Titus 1:10-11
The false doctrine of the unruly, vain talkers and deceivers sounds right as it lays waste entire households. Many strong men have been slain by the harlot (Proverbs 7:26).
“13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the Truth.
15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” Titus 1:13-16
Instead of sharply rebuking the vain talkers, most will turn a blind eye in order to not offend. As the Brethren lead other Brethren into a yoke of religious works, their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him.
“This people draw near unto Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.” Matthew 15:8
With their conscience defiled and minds reprobate, these vain talkers exhort many wonderful works; works which are disobedient, abominable and reprobate.
Loudly proclaiming their profession, they are workers of iniquity who believe in their defiled hearts their works are good yet sadly, the Lord will profess unto them that day “I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.”
“22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name? and in Your Name have cast out devils? and in Your Name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:22-23
Still, despite all of the warnings regarding false teachers and the exhortations in the Word of God to rebuke, to warn, to come out from among them and to judge their fruit, there remains on the pews untold thousands of willfully ignorant professing Believers who do not seem to notice. Seeing, they see not; hearing they hear not and neither do they understand (Matt. 13:13). The fact of the matter is they are lukewarm and the Lord would rather see them cold (or hot) than lukewarm.
“I know thy works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you were cold or hot.” Revelation 3:15
The ‘cold’ do not profess the Lord therefore they do not bring reproach to His Name. The lukewarm profess Christianity yet their works are abominable, their minds reprobate and conscience defiled.
Rebuking such a one is not done out of pride but out of love and concern for their eternal souls. The Cross of Christ Jesus will have It’s intended effect when It is lifted up among the camp for all that we need. Why then would we allow another way to be brought in among us?
Beware of vain talkers and deceivers. Their doctrine sounds right but it’s intended purpose is to direct our faith away from the Cross of Christ for all that we need for victorious Christian living. A life of spiritual defeat, which is always and without fail the fruit of these many wonderful works; works which are disobedient to God’s Will and purpose for your life, can lead to the destruction of one’s faith in the Cross of Christ for Salvation…such is the devil’s intent.
Many a strong men have fallen under the curse of false doctrine.
Jesus Christ and Him crucified, be determined to know nothing else among you.
-Donna Clark Warren