“The Relationship between the Deceivers and Believers!”
For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 2 John 1:7
Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 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 1:9-11
In John’s first letter to the TRUE believers, he spoke to them concerning false teachers or false prophets. John was concerned that the work of Christ in the lives of the believers were being threatened by the false doctrines that were being touted by these deceivers of God’s Word.
In his second letter he strongly refutes their message, concerning the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ, by denying that Christ came in the flesh. John addressed them as a ‘deceiver and an antichrist,’ not “the Antichrist,” a false prophet or false teacher was sometimes classified as an antichrist, but NOT referring to the ‘end-time’ Antichrist.
John clearly states that one who does NOT abide in the TRUE doctrine of Christ, which the TRUE BELIEVERS had been taught, does NOT have God. But those who DO abide in the doctrine of Christ has BOTH the Father and the Son. Then he gives them instructions on what to do when they are confronted by a deceiver of the TRUE doctrine of Christ. These instructions may seem a little extreme, but John was adamant about the security of the TRUE believer’s FAITH. He did NOT want them to be led astray by a FALSE doctrine. So he told them; “do NOT receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.” By greeting them, would be like saying, “I am glad to see you” or “I wish you well.” Why would a TRUE believer, who is grounded in the TRUE doctrine want to wish a FALSE teacher well in spreading a FALSE doctrine?” Therefore, in doing so one would be giving the impression that they AGREE with the FALSE doctrine.
Today, we are faced with MANY FALSE teachers and doctrines, which do not FOLLOW the TRUE doctrine of God’s Word, but they alter or add to, or take away from the TRUE Word of the Living God, and are a HUGE threat to the TRUE SALVATION of mankind, to deceive and lead astray those who are searching for the TRUTH. We, who are TRUE believers need to heed the words of warning from the Apostle John, and let these FALSE teachers know that we do NOT agree with their false doctrines and DO NOT GREET or WELCOME them into our homes.
If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to GOD and are being deceived and led astray, you are in DANGER of spending an eternity in Hell, the place of torment, torture, pain and misery, for ALL of eternity. But God is giving you the opportunity NOW to change your destination by coming to God and CONFESSING your sins to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and become GROUNDED in the TRUTH of God’s Word by joining a BIBLE-BELIEVING, BIBLE-TEACHING, Church. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!