“For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group” (Titus 1.10 NIV).
Paul writes to Titus warning him that many of the circumcised religious people were rebellious with their words and their deception. These people were outwardly spiritual, yet their hearts were not circumcised by the Holy Spirit. Circumcision is a demonstration of obedience and separation—an outward confirmation of an inward transformation. Yet for these religious gossipers and deceivers, this symbolic conversion was literally only skin deep. It’s a sad truth, but many religious Christians today have hardened their heart to the Holy Spirit. They have fallen into the temptation to act and look perfect before others, but God sees our hearts. He knows that we each have our struggles, and we all make mistakes. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect; otherwise, we wouldn’t need the saving grace of Jesus. If we simply admit our mistakes and repent when the Holy Spirit convicts us, we don’t have to constantly keep up spiritual pretenses. Christians who are always looking for flaws in others may be compensating for personal issues that they keep ignoring. This is a sure sign that they do not have a humble spirit and are not sensitive to the Holy Spirit. They use damaging words to make themselves feel better instead of dealing with their own problems. If they continue without repentance, they can cause chaos and division in themselves and in the people and places around them.
“They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain” (Titus 1.11 NIV).