Tuesday, June 30, 2009

How Should We Deal With False Teachers (2 John 1)?

Here are comments from pastors and Bible teachers on the plain meaning of 2 John 1:1ff.:

C. Those who depart (2Jn_1:9).

The word "transgress" here means "go beyond." That is, these false teachers are not content to stay within the limits of the Word of God. They are "progressive" and "modern," preferring to go beyond the Bible and "improve on" what God has written. This is the wrong kind of progress! While Christians are to progress in their walk, they must never go beyond the limits of the Bible. We are to "abide" in the doctrine, affirming the fundamentals of the Word of God. John warns us not to entertain these false teachers in our homes or even to greet them. Any aid that we give to false teachers is a share in their evil deeds.
(Wiersbe's Expository Outlines)

10, 11 This is the heart of the Epistle. It gives us valued advice on how to deal with false teachers who come to our doors. John does not refer to casual visitors but to anti-Christian propagandists. Should we invite them in? Give them a cup of coffee? Help them financially? Buy  their literature? The answer is that we should not receive them or greet them. These people are enemies of Christ. To show them hospitality is to take sides with those who are against our Savior. It is possible that sometime we might let such a person into our house without knowing that he denies the Lord. These verses would not apply in such a case. But when we do know a man to be a false teacher, it would be disloyal to Christ to befriend him. These verses do not apply to visitors generally. We often have unbelievers as guests in an effort to win them to Christ. But here it is a question of religious teachers who deny the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ. 

F. Hogg explains:

Nothing should be done to give the impression that the offense against Christ is a matter of no great moment, or to put the delinquent in the way of influencing others. 
(Believer's Bible Commentary)

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