One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.…
I. CHRISTIAN REPROOF SHOULD ALWAYS BE BASED ON A CERTAIN CONVICTING. Mere hearsay insufficient; general rumour unreliable. Inquisitorial curiosity different from faithful watchfulness.
II. CHRISTIAN REPROOF SHOULD BE THOROUGH AND EFFECTIVE. A cutting rebuke need not be unkind. Sarcasm, satire, scorn — these are unbecoming a Christian teacher. Soft words break hard hearts; warmth melts, while coldness freezes.
III. CHRISTIAN REPROOF SHOULD BE FOR THE SINNER'S GOOD — "That they may be sound in the faith." Wrong motives: —
1. To save appearances.
2. To maintain dignity.
3. To gratify revenge.Right motives: —
1. To save the purity of the Church.
2. To prevent the spread of contagion.
3. To restore to spiritual life and privilege.
Parallel VersesKJV: One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.