they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for sordid gain what it is not right to teach.
It was one of them, their very own prophet, who said, "Cretans are always liars, vicious brutes, lazy gluttons."
That testimony is true. For this reason rebuke them sharply, so that they may become sound in the faith,
not paying attention to Jewish myths or to commandments of those who reject the truth.
To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure. Their very minds and consciences are corrupted.
They profess to know God, but they deny him by their actions. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
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