For there are many who rebel against right teaching; they engage in useless talk and deceive people. This is especially true of those who insist on circumcision for salvation.
They must be silenced. By their wrong teaching, they have already turned whole families away from the truth. Such teachers only want your money.
One of their own men, a prophet from Crete, has said about them, "The people of Crete are all liars; they are cruel animals and lazy gluttons."
This is true. So rebuke them as sternly as necessary to make them strong in the faith.
They must stop listening to Jewish myths and the commands of people who have turned their backs on the truth.
Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are defiled.
Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are despicable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)