Saturday, May 6, 2017

Do we have clear biblical instruction to not bring Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses into our homes when they come knocking?



2 John 7-11 reads: “I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.”


This particular passage was talking about a traveler, who brought with them a philosophy or teaching that basically opposed the Christian doctrine. To "take them into your house or welcome them" meant that you should not provide them with support and hospitality. Many travelers (including Christians) back in the day relied on the hospitality of people they were teaching, etc. In other words, these travelers could not go on unless they had food and rest. It does not mean that you can't be in the comfort of your own home and contend for the faith (Jude 3).
Does it suggest that when a J.W. or Mormon comes to your house and if you want to contend, that you should go outside? I think a study of historical background is helpful here, which suggests that we are not to support them in a manner that keeps them going. If we invite them into our house solely to plant seeds of doubt, then we are not "taking them into our house or welcoming them," but practically the opposite. Do not support them by any means. You do not want to be a part of sharing something deceiving.


Written by Nace Howell through the grace of the Lord Jesus


Arguments for the existence of God and other apologetical resources


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The link below answers the question of whether or not Atheists can have any type of morality:
 http://theologicalcommentary.blogspot.com/2016/08/talking-with-atheist.html


An explanation on why the New Testament is treated as guilty:
 http://theologicalcommentary.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-new-testament-innocent-until-proven.html


Answering 5 questions that cause people to struggle in their faith:
 http://theologicalcommentary.blogspot.com/2014/01/five-tough-questions-that-cause-people_9.html


Read this to learn about salvation:
 http://theologicalcommentary.blogspot.com/2012/12/on-knowledge-of-salvation.html