Devotion: “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him, for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.” 2 John vs. 10-11
Through the years I’ve had Jehovah’s Witnesses come to my door. One woman wrote me a letter, trying to persuade me to convert to a Jehovah’s witness . You see; even though she believed she was proclaiming the truth; there is blatant false doctrine, interwoven into the fabric of JW’s theology. It is less than sound.
Paul speaks of the importance of having sound doctrine in the first chapter of Timothy. There is a strong commandment imbedded in 1 John 3:10. We are not to invite into our homes, anyone claiming a “false doctrine.” JW’s deny the doctrine of the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. The members of this cult are plausible, persuasive and persistent. They will argue their beliefs for hours on end; if you will stand and talk to them.
You must excuse yourself, close the door and go back into your house. Although it seems rude; that is what Jesus commands us to do. The Bible says, we should not even shake their hands or bid them “God speed.” The harsh reality is that Jesus calls anyone who does not walk in sound biblical doctrine; enemies of the faith.
As a believer, to invite a cultist into your home, is to be disloyal to the Lord, whom this person denies. It grants the intruder an opportunity to expose one’s family members and the local church to false teaching, and helps confirm the cultist in his false doctrine.
We are a tolerant culture, but sometimes to our demise. Christians are afraid of being labeled fundamentalist or being called “un-Christ like”, so instead many disavow the truth of 2 John 10-11.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord, may I realize the seriousness of this commandment. Help me to be strong in You and in the strength of Your might. We want to protect our homes from any dangerous cults. Thank You Jesus for making this so clear in Your Word. In Jesus Name. Amen