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For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. Titus 1:10
St. Paul writes of a group he would later call “detestable.” (vs.16) He uses pretty strong language—and all this for a group of people who are “upstanding” members of the church. It was the group that sought to mandate everyone following the old Jewish customs still (here circumcision).
The greatest enemies of the church still come from within. There is great danger when groups within the church lose sight of the gospel and try to mandate things that Jesus does not. Watch out for those who say you must worship a certain way, read a specific Bible translation or hold to a cherished tradition. Keep Jesus the focus in the church. Our greatest enemies are not always on the outside.