We are now going to deal with a very brief passage that has been repeatedly used to claim believers do not need to get physically circumcised.
The passage in question are verses 10 and 11 which read:
1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
I don't know how many times I have heard Christians use this verse against Torah keepers. The assumption is that anyone who teaches the commandments of Yah, including circumcision, must be "of the circumcision".
But let's take a closer look.
We know from the past parts this series has dealt with that "the circumcision" does not always refer to those who believed in circumcision, but more commonly referred to the Talmudic Jews who enforced man made Jewish traditions rather than the Written Torah of YHVH.
The orthodox Talmudic Jews are "the circumcision" Paul refers to here in Titus. How do we know this?
From the above verses we know that those who are "of the circumcision":
1. subvert whole houses
and, just a few verses later read:
1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
So, those of "the circumcision" also:
3. Give heed to Jewish fables
4. And teach commandments of men which turn people from the truth.
Now, is the Written Torah a Jewish Fable? Does the Written Torah subvert people? Is the Written Torah a set of man made commandments?
The answer, of course, is no. The Psalms declare that the Torah is PERFECT in converting the soul. How can something perfect in converting the soul subvert people?
Now, it is clear that Paul is referring to the orthodox, Talmudic Jews who were, for filthy gain's sake, trying to bring believers into the slavery of man made Jewish fables that actually nullified the Written Torah.
Titus 1 is actually an excellent passage to prove who "the circumcision" were and that they most certainly were not the Torah loving, circumcising commanding believers who loved YahShua with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.