2 John 10-11 “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
The practical side of the Word of God comes in many forms.
Here, in this passage, it is a strong command of who NOT to welcome, NOT to be polite, or who NOT to receive into your home. Some would say, “That’s not very Christlike!?”
Do you mean like this?
John 2:15-16 “And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.”
When we put forth an application of how we should act, what we should do, or what should be said, Jesus’ example should be followed when it is clear. One of the main things that stirred up the heart of the Savior is those who led others astray.
He vehemently went after the religious crowd because they were teaching contrary to what the Father had told them to do. You may ask:
“Did Jesus not want them to be saved?”
He came for all men and wants all to be saved.
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
So, why the disdain? Why the anger?
Jesus tells us why he drove out the moneychangers from the temple that day:
Matthew 21:13 “And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”
“It is written…” Jesus stood to those who opposed the Word. From Satan when he challenged Him in the desert, to the Pharisees who questioned His deity, and His message.
So, is it no wonder that God would tell us not to bid those who preach false doctrine a pleasant journey or even say, “God bless?”
The main reason we struggle is that we do not know our doctrine well enough to refute the beliefs of the cults or understand what they believe in, realizing they are in opposition to God’s will and His message of salvation by grace through faith.
We wrongly give them kindness and sweet words when we are not to wish them well by God’s command. It does NOT mean that we should treat them harshly, devoid of love. But in love, tell them where they are wrong and leave the division to cause them to think why.
Lastly, it must be by the Word of God. Jesus’ example shows us again:
Over twenty times, Jesus said, “It is written…” and every time, it was to expose error and reveal the truth. Most importantly, he gave us:
Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
We must not shrink from what we are to do. Nor should we wrongly apply how we should go about doing what we are told. Yes, we are to show Christ’s love and allow the image of Christ to shine through. In no way, shape, or form are we to compromise what is clear in His Word.
Let us take up the admonition given Timothy by Paul;
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
But also have the heart of David, who, when zealous for God and feeling righteous anger and hatred in his perspective; checked it with God by praying:
Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
As we look upon those caught in the web of false doctrine, may we pray that their eyes are opened to the truth, by the truth of the Word of God – not by our angry, condemning response.