“Not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth” (Titus 1:14).
Even though Paul is in the middle of describing the failures of some in the church in Crete, he provides exhortation about dealing with any who either follow the traditions and practices they had before becoming a Christian or who just refuse to submit to the moral teachings proclaimed by the messengers of the gospel.
Paul has just said “reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,” speaking to church leaders about unruly Christians. Then in verse 14, he gives an example of the kind of teaching that has crept into the church and has made void the commandments of God.
The lesson is clear: the same directive of not giving in to “commandments of men” comes down to us today. Rather than giving in, we are to stay with sound doctrine that is taught clearly in the New Testament.