Titus 1: 10 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. 11 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. 12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons. 13 This saying is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith …”
In Titus chapter 1 we see Paul through the inspired word giving Titus the qualification of elders and instructing Titus to correct “rebellious” people. What we do not see is just how challenging this must have been. For Crete, as Paul alludes in v.12, was known throughout the area for the peoples’ corruption. In fact, Crete’s behavior is the basis for our word “cretin” which means “a stupid, vulgar, or insensitive person.”
Just reflect for a moment on Titus’s challenge!