They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
Paul condemns some of the people on Crete with a harsh observation. He accuses them of believing that God to them is nothing but a metaphysical embodiment of belief that we project our wishes upon. This God does not change the way the Cretians live. God is not an existential hope but a living being to be interacted with and known. God is not just someone we proclaim belief in, but rather, by the power of his Holy SPirit, someone who affects every area of how we live.
I was challenged by this this morning. Do I profess all the write things with my mouth but then deny the existence of God with my lifestyle? Sometimes it becomes hard to detect the areas of our lives that are not in line with the gospel of Christ. I wrote this question in my journal: if Paul was to write an epistle to me today, what areas of my life would he challenge and address as out of line with the gospel?
Holy Spirit, convict me of the patterns and behaviours I have absently engaged in that deny your existence in my life. Help me to strive and to live in a way where you are glorified and made known in my every action. Amen.