Does 2 John 1:9-11 forbid hospitality outreach in our homes?

 

  • Over at Triablogue, in an article about the Dr. White/ Dr. Qadhi “Inter-faith dialogue controversy and Dr. Qadhi’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood type of agenda:

    A Christian commenter who goes by “Royal Son” wrote:

    We are not even supposed to invite people into our HOMES if they want to teach heresy  2 John 1:10,  so your point about the dedicated temple is simply a smokescreen.

     

     My response:
  • One of the main ways to reach Muslims is through hospitality and having them in our homes with a meal and then having a discussion. (both oversees in their culture and here in USA) Street preaching and passing out tracks is fine, but those are not the only ways to do Biblical outreach. I don’t think 2 John 1:10    applies to evangelistic outreach to new and unreached unbelievers. It does apply to people who where church-members, claimed to be Christians, started teaching false doctrine in the church or tried to, and were then either ex-communicated or left the fellowship, as in 1 John 2:19. “going too far” and “not abiding in the doctrine of Christ” 2 John 1:9-11 seems to be about apostate false teachers who are deceptively trying to enter into the church (again); not about totally new unbelievers and false teachers.

    2 John 1:11 cannot mean “don’t greet a Muslim” or other false religionists, that would contradict Matthew 5:46-47.

    Even someone who has been disciplined and ex-communicated; it is possible to still talk to them, only that the church member makes it clear up front that the only thing they are going to address is their need for repentance and reconciliation. (Matthew 18:15-20)

    see my 2 John 1:9-11 roundup posts, if interested:

    https://apologeticsandagape.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/2-john-9-11-roundup/

    See my other comments about the civilizational Jihad and Muslim Brotherhood type stuff:

    https://triablogue.blogspot.com/2017/07/shilling-islamist-propaganda.html?showComment=1500661898871#c733252005687705278

Also, I have written on “Civilizational Jihad” or “Stealth Jihad” before, back in 2011:

https://beggarsallreformation.blogspot.com/2011/01/you-become-like-what-you-worship.html?m=0

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About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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