Empty Talk: The Dangers of Deception

George M. Coon

READ : Titus 1:10-16

They profess to know God, but deny him by their actions. (v. 16)

We expect people to try to deceive us, don’t we? We expect the telemarketer to exaggerate the effectiveness of the product she’s selling. We expect the used car salesman to tell us that he has the deal of the century if we only buy the car today instead of next month. Like it or not, we live every day with people who offer us half-truths, exaggerations, and outright lies.

What truly hurts, however, is when we are deceived by someone close to us, someone in whom we have placed our trust and confidence. While the vast majority of church leaders today can be trusted and have authenticated their faith with their life, there are, sadly, some impostors out there. They claim to know God, yet their actions show their speech to be deceptive.

Paul encourages young Titus to watch carefully for leaders who use the right language on the outside yet whose deeds reveal a wrong motivation on the inside. Of course, we all can be deceived. Yet Paul states that a person’s actions will eventually expose who he or she truly is. We must be careful to not fall prey to religious deception.


Lord, please keep us from those who desire to deceive us, and give us discernment to avoid their deception.