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2 John 1:9-11

 

Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God.

But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.

If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ,

Don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement.

Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.

 

At first glance, lots of people dismiss John as the most uneducated of the apostles.  After all, he was just a fisherman.  He had no other schooling that we know of in his life.  Yet, God chose John to pen five books of the New Testament, including Revelation.  Today, John relays some of the most important advice God has to offer us.  Notice that when we wander away from the teaching of God, John says we have no relationship with God.  Stop and think about that statement for a moment.  John goes on to clarify for those of us that still don't understand, the power of what he said.  He says that the converse of this statement is also true.  If we remain in the teaching of Christ, we have b a relationship with both the Father and the Son, through the Holy Spirit.  If these statements were not powerful enough, John gives us the answer to a question that many Christians wrestle with every day.  What do we do about people who preach a gospel that simply is not Biblical?  We can't ignore them and say everything is okay.  John says not to invite them into our home or encourage them in any way.  Many pastors resort to tasteless jokes in order to get people to listen to their sermons.  Apparently, they believe that the Bible is boring.  The Bible is many things, but never boring!  This is exactly what John means about departing from the teachings of Christ.  Now, here is the hard part for us to listen to about what John says.  Many of us sit in churches every Sunday, laughing at these tasteless jokes.  In an attempt to be humorous, these pastors offend every possible affinity group with their ill-conceived, impromptu "humor," at the expense of others.  When we laugh, we are encouraging them to continue doing these things.  We become "evil partners"  to those that would teach falsely in the name of God.  Some of you have probably stopped reading by now because the truth needs to be told and we often don't want to hear it.  This kind of teaching and preaching is simply not acceptable and John points that out.  I wish I had time to share with you how many people have been deeply hurt in churches by pastors who are "wanna-be" stand-up comedians.  If you read the Bible carefully, you will discover that it has its own brand of humor that is totally appropriate.  Many of the situations that Jesus experienced in the New Testament have amazing, ironic humor.  Even in the Old Testament, the idea of Noah building a huge boat in his front yard, when there was no water around anywhere, can bring a smile to anyone's face, never hurting anyone except those that did not listen to God's message through Noah.  Listen to John today.  Stay in fellowship with God and His teachings.  Don't encourage false prophets and those that would not preach the truth of Jesus.  Let's join together to avoid ever being "Evil Partners!"