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The Profitability of Rejecting Evil

Series: Titus

Speaker: Jeremiah Greever


The Profitability of Rejecting Evil

Titus 3:9-11


  1. That which is Not Profitable
    1. Errors Concerning the Law
      1. Paul begins verse 9 by immediately addressing the opposite of verse 8, and we know this by the very first word, “But”. This word signifies a change is being made.
      2. Being obedient to God because of salvation in the Gospel leads to good works and profitability. But not everyone will do that.
  • If engaging in good deeds is profitable for Christians, then the opposite would be true as well – engaging in bad deeds (foolish deeds) is not profitable.
  1. The opposite of good deeds is foolish deeds. And instead of carefully engaging good deeds, the opposite is to be argumentative with other believers.
  2. Paul says to avoid what he first calls, “foolish controversies and genealogies”.
  3. Apparently the same thing that was happening in Ephesus was happening in Crete.
    1. 1 Timothy 1:3, “As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith.” So what was going on? What was the problem that these churches were dealing with that Paul is having to rebuke them from doing?
  • Apparently, the Christians at Crete were looking into the Old Testament and finding things to disagree upon.
  • They were arguing for the validity of their own specific views, perhaps on issues such as the lineage of Abraham, Moses, or even Jesus.
    1. Whenever we let certain issues, such as the end times, become divisive amongst us, then we’re doing exactly what these Christians were doing.
    2. However, there are issues that must be divisive because the Bible says it must be.
  1. So on one hands these Christians were arguing about genealogies, and now they’re arguing and disputing the Law.
    1. They were only focused on the minutia of the Law that was never intended to be eternal and continuous.
  2. The Errors are Unprofitable
    1. Paul says specifically that they are “unprofitable and worthless”.
    2. Believing and following God is profitable, but wasting time in useless arguments is worthless!
      1. Maybe it never be said of us here at this church that we are a church divided by bickering and arguing.
      2. Don’t Waste Your Life”.
    3. Handling Sin in the Church
      1. Reject an Argumentative Man
        1. “What do we do with someone who lives this way?”
        2. Paul says, “Reject a factious (argumentative) man”.
  • Paul is saying that our love for each other as a church and more importantly our love for the sanctity of Scripture, should urge us on to fighting for the unity of the body of Christ and the virtue of Scripture.
  1. Reject a factious man after a first and second warning.” Notice the grace that Paul is advocating? Paul’s advocating grace and love.
    1. We need to be kind to one another.
    2. A third intentional controversy means this individual is not making a mistake, but is advocating a life style of causing division.
  2. The Sin of the Argumentative Person
    1. Paul says that person who is constantly argumentative is “perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.” If a person is not wanting to be unified with other believers in the church, then they’re obviously not following God – they’re following sin!
    2. This is the state of someone who enjoys and seeks division. He is perverted and Paul says definitively, he’s sinning!
      1. Does this describe us?
  • And the final thing that Paul says is that this person is “self-condemned”. Paul says that they know that what they are doing is wrong.
  1. Application
    1. Those who believe in God obey God and are profited, but those who don’t follow God make their own pleasures through controversy in the church, and it is worthless.
    2. The most important thing is that we are preaching and proclaiming God’s Word, and that the believers here in this church are unified together through the common bond of salvation through and have fellowship with one another.
    3. Do we love obeying God or do we love not obeying God, and thus leading to other sinful pleasures?

Tags: genealogies, greever, jeremiah, profitability, reject, titus, unity

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