10AM Sunday 7/28/19 – “Pure or Defiled” Titus 1

Titus had to confront deluded people who believed that nothing is pure. They denied the new Christians in Crete basic & Godly pleasures that were not sin. (Titus 1)      Timothy had to deal with the same kind of people. Paul wrote Timothy about those “forbidding Christians to marry, and commanding them to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe, and know the truth” (1 Tim 4:3). Paul knew that if a Christian walked in the purity of Christ, all these things were pure to him. But to legalists (defiled & unbelieving), nothing is pure. The problem was with their defiled minds, not with the things. When Paul says “all things are pure” he does not mean pornography, illicit drugs, etc. are pure. Paul means those things which are permitted by Scripture, but forbidden by the defiled minds of legalists.     “To the pure all things are pure, and they will be kept in purity. To the impure, and defiled every one of them may be seen as an act of impurity.” Morgan

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