Do Not Receive those who Deny the Truth (2 John 10-11)

 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. 11 Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.

Today we have a short passage.  John gives more specifics on how to handle the false teachers.  To understand this passage, we have to understand hospitality in the culture back them.  If you were to invite a person into your home it would also include giving them a place of honor or status.  Since the early church did not have separate church buildings most churches were held in people’s homes.  So, if a false teacher came to town who claimed to be a Christian you should not give them a place to speak in your house.  It would then give the appearance that your church agreed with and supported what this person was teaching.  John is wanting them to make sure that the local church was not giving a helping hand to these false teachers.

In today’s culture it would mostly apply to giving a false teacher the pulpit on a Sunday morning.  Pastors need to be careful who they let in their pulpit and make sure they would not be teaching things that are contrary to Scripture.  Followers of Christ have to be consistent on the message of the gospel.  We want our local church to stand firm on the gospel and have a good reputation in the community.  We do not want to be a blemish on the gospel.  God wants us church to be pure.  Pray for your pastors as they are leading the church that they make good decisions on who they invite into the church.  That people who come in are glorifying to God and are preaching the true gospel.