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Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.

Our Blessed Hope

A Defiled Mind

Titus 1.15-16

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[Titus was commissioned by Paul to stay in Crete and Set Things In Order.  He was charged with ordaining Pastors, Elders, or Bishops (all designating the same office) for the various Churches in the various cities.  The qualifications for a Pastor are given helping Titus and the Church of our Lord to discern who would make a good pastor.  Then Paul warns about deceivers finding their way into the Church.] 

[My brothers and sisters, deceivers and false doctrine are a fact of Christianity.  The many Christian sects, denominations, and religious systems are the result of deceivers and unsound doctrine.  The Bible is replete with warnings about deceivers and false teachers.  Our Lord Jesus Christ warned His disciples about false teachers.  Our Lord Jesus Christ said,] 

[Matthew 7:15-20 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.]

[If the Bible gives so many warnings about false teachers and deceivers, then why have so many found their way into the Church of our Lord?  How is it that they have so deceived the people of our Lord?  Paul, in writing to Titus gives him and us some insight into the heart and mind of deceivers and the deceived.] 

Notice In Our Text, 

A.     Their Want (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. – The problem with deceivers is that they are likely deceived themselves.  They sincerely believe that their unsound doctrine and unfounded beliefs are right.  There are some deceivers who just know that they are lying and striving to take advantage of people, but most deceivers really believe that they are right.]   

[Illustration - Take an ordained woman pastor as an example, she probably believes that she is doing God’s work, and what makes a woman any less capable than a man.  She likely prays and searches the scriptures more than many male pastors, she is likely very eloquent and able to gather a large following.  So, what makes her wrong in respect to her work in God’s kingdom?  Only the revelation of God or the Word of God.] 

[Titus points out three things that are foundational to a deceiver and deception.]  Notice what Pauls says about, 

1.      The Pure (vs15, Prov 21.2; 30.12; Isa 64.6; Psalm 119.9; Eph 5.25-27; 1 Pet 2.1-2; Prov 4.23) [- Unto the pure all things [are] pure: . . . – In reading this brief statement we must understand that purity matters.  Purity is foundational in our fight against deception and false doctrine.  So, just what does it mean to be pure?] 

[Pure - καθαρὰ (Gk) - Clean, pure, clear, in a natural sense unsoiled, unalloyed. Related with aírō (142), to take up or away. . . .(III) Clean or pure in a spiritual sense from the pollution and guilt of sin (Matt. 5:8, sincere, upright, void of evil; John 13:10, 11, metaphorically in the Levitical sense; 15:3, cleansed, pruned, see kathaírō [2508], to cleanse, from katá [2596], down and aírō [142], to take, take down; 1 Tim. 1:5; 3:9; 2 Tim. 1:3; 2:22; Titus 1:15; James 1:27; 1 Pet. 1:22; Sept.: Gen. 20:5, 6; Ps. 24:4; 51:10).[1] ] 

[One of the biggest problems in measuring purity is understanding the measure of purity.  What is the standard that makes one either pure or impure?  If it is left up to each individual then no one is ever impure for we can almost always find someone who is worse off than we are.  But, we are not the measure of purity.  The measure of purity is God and God alone.] 

[Proverbs 21:2 2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. ]

[Proverbs 30:12 12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. ]

[In a real sense no one is truly pure.  The Bible says,] 

[Isaiah 64:6 6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. ]

[Since we are all sinners we are all impure, but through Christ, and repentance we can become pure through the forgiveness of God.  Hence, all of us need to be purified.  How do we purify our hearts and lives?] 

[Psalm 119:9 9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.]

[Ephesians 5:25-27 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.]

[When we are willing to hear and heed God we become pure.  Hence, when our text says to the pure all things are pure, it is referring to those who have heard and responded to the Word of God.  You cannot be pure in the first place until you hear and heed God and receive the Lord Jesus Christ.  Purity starts with our salvation.  Once, you learn to hear and heed God you are likely to continue to heed God and hence your purity will continue.] 

[The Pure love and obey the Word of God.]

[Peter wrote,]

[1 Peter 2:1-2 1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:]

[Only God can lead us into true purity.  God does that through His purifying Word.  Love the Word and you will walk in purity and in the way of God.]

2.      The Putrid (Jer 17.9) [- . . . but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving [is] nothing pure; . . . – There are many deceivers and deceived that have developed their own standard or measure of purity.  Their purity is a defiled and unbelieving purity.] 

[Defiled – μεμιασμένοις (Gk) – To stain with color as the staining of glass, to tinge, pollute, defile. Trans.: (I) In the Levitical sense (John 18:28; Sept: Lev. 5:3; 22:5, 8). (II) In a moral sense (Jude 1:8). Pass., to be polluted, corrupt (Titus 1:15; Heb. 12:15).[2]]

[Unbelieving – When a person stops believing God or the Word of God then they have no real way of determining right and wrong.  Everything becomes a matter of opinion.  They do what feels right to them.  These people start following their own hearts and minds.  The problem with following your heart is,] 

[Jeremiah 17:9 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?]

[Sinful people who follow their sinful heart will go in sinful ways.  Their purity is an impure purity because they are pure in their own eyes.  When God is no longer your standard for purity, then your test for purity is a corrupt test.] 

[They are pure in their own eyes (Prov 30.12) and to them that is all that matters.  However, their purity is no purity at all.  Purity is always, only measured by God.] 

[Because these refuse to hear and heed God then they can never achieve purity, hence to them nothing is pure.  There is no such thing as holiness, for to them holiness does not really exist.] 

[One will find these asking things like,] 

·        [What makes sex outside of marriage wrong?  How can something that feels so right be so wrong?]

·        [What makes drugs and alcohol wrong?  They are natural things and they feel so good.]

·        [What makes one religion right and another wrong? After all one holy book is no different than another holy book.] 

[These cannot be pure, because there is no measure of purity for them.] 

3.      The Psyche (vs 15, Prov 4.23) [- . . . but even their mind and conscience is defiled – This deals with the way one thinks or ones mindset.  There is a carnal mindset and a spiritual mindset or biblical mindset.  We often talk about common sense, is it possible that there are different types of common sense?  Not only is it possible, but it is inevitable.]  

[The Word defiled here is the same word used previously in this verse.  Notice that the deceivers mind and conscience is defiled.  The way a deceiver thinks is defiled.  The way a born again Christian thinks is different from the way the lost in our world thinks, and is different from how deceivers think.  We have different ways of thinking.] 

[The Pure, or the born again Christian, if he is pure, will have a biblical mindset.  He will measure himself by the Word of God because his purity is founded in the will of God.  Without the Word of God one cannot be pure.  So, the pure loves and cleaves to the Word of God.] 

[The deceiver will love and cleave to a different kind of truth or a different test of purity, just as the lost in our world do.  Their mindset or way of thinking is different.  Their thinking in mixed, alloyed, syncretized, or as our text states it “defiled.”]  

[Our Youth and Young Christians will struggle with the battle for their minds.  They will hear the worldly and the deceivers saying things that are contrary to the Word of God, yet appealing to the desires of the flesh.  Then when a young Christian sees them holding a Bible, claiming to be a Christian, and appealing to their worldly desires, they start asking, “Who is really right?” ]  

[My Christian fiend, are you convinced that the Word of God is always right?  Will you believe the Word of God and be pure in the sight of God?  God and God’s Word is always right!  Believe God!  Believe God’s Word!] 

[This is why the Bible warns,] 

[Proverbs 4:23 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. ]

[This is why the battle for the Bible in its inerrancy and preservation is so very important.  Every thing that claims to be a Bible in our local book store is not the Word of God.  You must, if you will prevail in purity and godliness, hold the Word of God, and cleave to the Word of God.]

[The way a deceiver thinks is defiled and impure.  The way a deceiver thinks guides the way a deceiver teaches.  Their minds and conscience are defiled.  They are not pure.] 

[The Want of a deceiver is purity, and purity in the sight of God based on the Word of God.] 

B.     Their Words (16; James 2.19; Rev 12.10) [– They profess that they know God; . . . – We now come upon this profound and often confusing statement.  They say that they know God.  How can it be that a deceiver says they believe in Jesus?  Isn’t that all that is necessary to be a Christian.]   

[Let us never forget what James wrote,] 

[James 2:19 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.]

[Does the devil believe that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary?  Does the devil believe that Jesus died on Calvary’s Cross?  Does the devil believe that Jesus physically rose from the grave? Yes, yes, and YES!  The devils knows and believes all of these things.  How do I know this?  Because the devil was present at each of these events and must stand before the Lord Jesus Christ to accuse us of our sins.] 

[Revelation 12:10 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.]

[Yet, no devil or demon will find their way into heaven.  So, a deceiver will,] 

·        [Carry a Bible]

·        [Quote Scripture]

·        [Say the name of Jesus]

·        [Will stand in a Christian pulpit and preach] 

[A deceiver is a deceiver because he does all of the Christian pastoral things, but he teaches unsound doctrine, he teaches lies.  They profess that they know God, but they lie and deceive.] 

[Don’t be deceived my Christian friend, deceivers look a lot like me, your pastor.  So how do you discover a deceiver?] 

C.     Their Works (vs 16; Matt 7.15-20, 1; John 7.24) [- . . .but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. – Notice these words in our text, . . .but in works they deny [him].  They say they know God but what they do says they don’t know Him.  In other words their actions speak louder than their words.  In essence our text says that you will know them by their works or fruits.  Do you remember what our Lord Jesus Christ said in Matthew?] 

[Matthew 7:15-20 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. ]

[You are going to have to be a fruit inspector.  What will a deceiver say as soon as you start inspecting their works?  They will say,] 

[Matthew 7:1 1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.]

[If one takes this verse out of context it can be wrest to mean, never judge another person.  But our Lord, in context meant, don’t judge by unrighteous judgment.  For Jesus also said,] 

[John 7:24 24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.]

[The only way that we can judge righteous judgment is the compare actions to the revealed will of God or the Word of God.  We must judge the actions of others if we will discover a deceiver when he or she is in our midst.] 

Consider what we will discover about a deceiver. 

1.      They are Resolved (vs 16; Prov 6.16-19; Psalm 14.1; Rev 21.27) [- . . . being abominable . . . – What is an abomination?  Notice in our text these deceivers will be abominable.] 

[Abominable - βδελυκτοὶ (Gk) - to abominate. Abominable, detestable (Titus 1:16; Sept.: Prov. 17:15). That which is an abomination to God. Does not occur in Class.Gr.[3] ] 

[They purposefully seek out those things that are detestable to God, and do them.  They justify the sins that God has singled out as abominable.] 

[Other than the dietary laws of the Old Testament.  The Bible reveals that,] 

·        [Sexual immorality and adultery is an abomination (Lev 18)]

·        [Homosexuality is an abomination (Lev 18.22; 20.13; 1 Kings 14.24)]

·        [Worshipping False Gods is an abomination (Deut 12.30-31; 13.13-14;17.1-6; 27.15)]

·        [Human Sacrifice is an abomination (Deut 12.31; 2 Kings 16.3)]

·        [Second best sacrifices or offerings are an abomination (Deut 17.1)]

·        [Witchcraft, Necromancy, consulting spirits is an abomination (Deut 18.9-13; 2 Kings 23.24)]

·        [Cross dressing is an abomination (Deut 22.5)]

·        [Cheating and Stealing is an abomination (Deut 25.13-16)] 

[Proverbs gives us a list of abominable things that encompasses nearly all of the things I have mentioned.]

[Proverbs 6:16-19 16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.]

[Where do their abominations begin or find their root?] 

[Psalm 14:1 1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. ]

[When a person rejects God, the will of God, and the Word of God they are on their way to abominable disobedient works.  But our text says they say they know God.  So how can they say they know God and reject God?   They say they know God, but their god is a god of their own making.  You just do not hear what they are really saying.] 

[What does God say about the abominable?] 

[Revelation 21:27 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.]

2.      They are Rebellious (vs 16; 1 Sam 15.22-23) [- . . . being abominable, and disobedient, . .  – They are purposefully Disobedient. To be purposefully disobedient to God reminds me of the words of Samuel, who said,] 

[1 Samuel 15:22-23 22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.]

[To willingly obey God is an indication that you belong to God, that you are really His.] 

3.      They are Reprobate (Job 15.16) [- . . . being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. – To be reprobate, in this instance means, that every good work that God would ask of them is worthless to them.] 

[Reprobate - ἀδόκιμοι (Gk) - from the priv. a (1), without, and dókimos (1384), acceptable. Unapproved, unworthy, spurious, worthless. In a pass. sense meaning disapproved, rejected, cast away (1 Cor. 9:27; 2 Cor. 13:5–7; Heb. 6:8 [cf. 2 Tim. 3:8; Titus 1:16]). With an act. usage meaning undiscerning, not distinguishing, void of judgment (Rom. 1:28); although in this text it may be understood in the pass.: a reprobate abominable mind, a mind to be abhorred by God and man. Spoken of metals such as silver (Prov. 25:4; Is. 1:22).[4] ] 

[My friends when the Word of God becomes worthless to you then the things of God will be meaningless to you.]

[Job 15:16 16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?]

[The tough part about examining the fruit of a deceiver is that they will not admit that they are being abominable, disobedient, or reprobate.  They will argue convincingly and compassionately that they are being obedient to the Word of God.  But in reality they wrest the scriptures.  How will you find them out, compare them and their ministry to the Word of God, and cleave to the Word of God.] 

[Holding, loving, and cleaving to the inerrant, infallible, perfectly preserved Word of God is the key to living in purity with God and discovering the many deceivers in our culture and in the Church of our Lord.] 

[As we enter into Chapter two of Titus we will discover just what a pastor ought to teach the people of the Church and how deceivers work against the revealed will of God and God’s plan for you and your life.] 


CrossRoads Baptist, Sept 12, 2010

[1]Zodhiates, S. (2000, c1992, c1993). The complete word study dictionary : New Testament (electronic ed.) (G2513). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.





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