Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Everyone who goes on ahead and does not remain in the teaching of Christ does not have God. The one who remains in this teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house and do not give him any greeting, because the person who gives him a greeting shares in his evil deeds. 2 John 1.9-11
If you have ever had friends that were faithful to the Lord, but have left the truth behind and followed other teachings, this passage calls for some serious reflection. Somehow we seem to get the idea that if we go on ahead and add things to make the gospel more “attractive” to people, God will be pleased. After all, the changes that we tweaked have brought more people into the fold.
John, the apostle who wrote this letter, could not disagree more. When we add things, we do not remain in the teaching of Christ. If you do not remain in the teaching of Christ, you do not have God.
The rest of the message is also hard for us. If someone comes to your house, even that long-time friend that has fallen away, and does not bring this teaching, I should not receive this person or even greet them. By greeting him, I share in his evil deeds. It sounds so hard, even cruel, to our ears. But John has more wisdom that we have. If we reject the friendship that was once precious to us, perhaps it will cause them to stop and think about what they are doing and repent before it is eternally too late.