Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 2 John 1:9
Confusion! In 2 John 1:7-11 John is addressing confusion over who Christ really is. One of the greatest struggles I have watched in the lives of people caught up in strongholds and addictions is confusion about God. One person has taught them one thing and another person has taught them another. They want help, but where does the help exist? Who is Jesus? Is my sin too great for Him to forgive? Does freedom really exist? Confusion soon leads to anger, frustration and greater strongholds and the death spiral continues.
Confusion is a powerful tool of the devil. John says in verse 7 “This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” Then in verse 8 John gives you and I a strong warning—“Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.” John is saying, “watch out!” I may start out right in my Christian faith, but I must finish strong! I must keep pressing that I may “receive a full reward.” Deceivers are coming—be ready!
Perhaps early in my Christian walk I stood strong on soul winning but now people have taught me “that just doesn’t work anymore—our culture has changed.” No--the Bible says GO! The Bible says reach people for Christ. Perhaps I once tithed faithfully, but some false teacher has now taught me differently and my giving is limited to what I have left over—if anything at all.
Today’s false teachers have caused the church to become more concerned with results rather than obedience. Business models have replaced Bible doctrine and obedience and the power is leaving our pulpits and pews. John says in verse 9 that we must not believe those that have transgressed or crossed the line of the doctrine of Christ.
Just as in John’s day, we tend to welcome false teachers that appeal to our flesh—but John says have nothing to do with them. Don’t listen to them and have no fellowship with them! I was recently involved with two strong Christian organizations but both now teach false doctrine surrounding Christ. They both found more support and a bigger crowd by adopting worldly addiction recovery methods, thus they had to water down Christian doctrine. I can tell you they have money and they have a crowd, but as one man recently told me who deals with both organizations—their struggling people have no hope. They have crossed the line and verse 9 says that they “…hath not God.”
What lines am I crossing?