May 23, 2013 by lellielieb
” To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.” Titus 1
These verses are frightening to me. Sin is so deceptive. Elsewhere in scripture we’re warned that it’s just when we think we are standing rightly that we have to be careful–lest we fall.
It seems, from these verses, that pure hearts are positive hearts. When we get all negative and judgmental, when we point fingers and turn up our noses, we should probably check our consciences for filth, and maybe go to God for a clean up.
Worst of all, scariest and most damaging, is the phrase I emphasized. I do not want my works to deny God. I want them to praise and glorify Him. The context of these verses is the circumcision party–the legalists–the ones who said you had to become a Jew in order to become a Christian. This was the equivalent of saying that you must clean up your act before Jesus does it for you. (As if we could!) It’s evil, but it’s evil that masquerades as good. Jesus called people who operated by this principle “whitewashed sepulchres full of dead men’s bones.” Ugh!
Lord, keep me pure; keep me positive; keep me humble! I can’t do it, but You can!