Posted by: missionventureministries | June 25, 2012

Abide in the teaching of Christ – 2 John 1:7-11

For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. 9 Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds. – 2 John 1:7-11

This letter was written to the believers and John was warning them about false teachers and the danger of becoming associated with them. We have to remember that Satan comes as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:13-15), as a result believers must be on guard against error by having an intimate acquaintance with the truth of God’s Word. John told them that: many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. He calls them deceivers and antichrists and stresses the need to stand on guard against false teachers.

One of the marks of a false teacher or a cult is that they do not accept, believe, and teach about the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. For example the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe, He is an “angel” (the archangel Michael), a created being. To the Mormons Jesus is the “spirit brother” of Lucifer, not eternal, but created. There are many cults proclaiming falsehoods in this world and they will try and bring believers outside of the confines of the truth of God’s Word. Beware!

We need to be cautious when speaking to someone about religion. The first question we should ask is: “What do you believe about Christ; is He God come in the flesh?” Sadly we will encounter many that will say He is simply human; these are against Christ’s deity and therefore are antichrist. We should: not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist. (1 John 4:1-3) As we read John’s letters, we become aware that anyone teaching against Christ and His doctrine is an antichrist.  Many people will confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh but they refute and rebel against the following fundamental principles of the Gospel.

  • The virgin birth and deity of Jesus Christ – when Jesus lived on earth He was fully God and man. After His ascension He is fully God.
  • The substitutionary death of Jesus – He died and paid the sin debt for every person.
  • God physically raised Jesus back to life after He was in the grave for 3 days.
  • The holy inspiration and complete accuracy of the Bible.
  • Jesus Christ will return to earth, to defeat His enemies and judge every person.
  • Every true believer will admit that Jesus paid their sin debt – believes that God raised Him from the dead and confesses verbally that Jesus is the absolute Lord of their life.
  • Every believer will desire “to be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19)

John warns believers to watch out and not to be deceived in verse 8, because they would loose their reward if they started following false teachings. We need to remember what Jesus said: Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ (Matthew 7:21-23).

In verse 9 does John state clearly that those that do not walk or abide in the doctrine of Christ do not have God. This basically means that those that do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God and those that deny Christ’s divinity and Lordship are not saved believers and therefore are antichrists.

Verse 10 goes on to say: “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting.” The context of this passage clearly refers to those cults who come knocking on your door. We need to be aware of these people’s teaching and are commanded not to receive them into our house. The reason being is that this greeting would be seen as approval by neighbors and fellow Christians who see us doing so, or hear of it and would give a false approval, basically saying that it is OK to participate in their evil deeds.

We need to understand that hospitality to strangers is not forbidden. However, it is forbidden to receive a false teacher in such a way as to give them opportunity to teach their heresies. Jesus spent much time with sinners, (Matthew 9:10-12) yet not with Pharisees. The reason Jesus did not spend time with Pharisees, but with other sinners, was that in their pride and arrogance they did not see what they were lacking and in need of. Jesus didn’t waste time or give weight to their message by spending time with them because of their false teachings.

Please be aware that to support someone who is working against the true Christian message makes those who greet them accomplice to participating in their evil deeds. That is what the Bible teaches us: If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching (the message of Jesus Christ), do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds. Christian fellowship and hospitality is to be denied to anyone that does not teach according to the doctrine of Christ.

 

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  1. Jehovah’s Witnesses proselytizing is a false Gospel. “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!” (Gal. 1:8)

    Straight up doctrinal facts on Jehovah Witness.

    The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach preach that Jesus had his return aka second coming October 1914,then they spin all sorts of doctrinal embellishments on that date.

    They teach only 144,000 go to heaven,on and on and on with made up man made dogmas……They have infighting,crime and child abuse as bad as any church out there.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses promotion of their Watchtower sect has the net effect of stumbling and turning people off to the real Gospel.

    Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte; and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves” (Matt 23:15)

    Danny Haszard born 3rd generation Jehovah’s Witness
    *Tell the truth don’t be afraid*
    FMI dannyhaszard(dot)com

    • Thank you Danny for your comments. We have sent you a separate email and praise the Lord that you are free. Blessings. David & Helena Russell
      Anytime, Anything, Anywhere for Jesus because He is so worthy.


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