Sunday’s Ponderous Point

7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. 9 Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.

Want to hear the verse in context? 2 John
What is this about?

2 John is done and dusted and I got to say I loved this little book. In this mornings service I quoted two Anglican/Episcopalian bishops. One comment conforms to 2 John 7 – 11 and the other stands in conflict with it. Two guesses which bishop I think is the bees knees.

“If you must make a choice between heresy and schism, always choose heresy. As a schismatic, you have torn and divided the body of Christ. Choose heresy every time.”1

“Controversy in religion is a hateful thing, It is hard enough to fight the devil, the world and the flesh, without private differences in our own camp. But there is one thing which is even worse than controversy, and that is false doctrine tolerated, allowed, and permitted without protest or molestation”2

1 Lee, Peter 2004. Heresy better idea than schism? Washington Times.

2 Ryle, J. C. 2000:141. Evangelicalism Divided. Ed. Murray, Iain. Banner of Truth.


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