I wanted to write a brief note this morning based on a passage from 3 John. In this letter John is writing to Gaius a dear friend of his. In this letter John warns Gaius not to imitate the evil that he sees in some part of the church.
3 John: 10 So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church. 11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.
Do you know anyone like this? What it looks like to me is that John is talking about loving all brother and sisters in Christ and welcoming them. We as a Church must head the warning of John here and welcome other believers. Note what John calls evil.
1) Not welcoming other belivers
2) Trying to stop others from welcoming them.
When I read this it looks as though John will expose this evil when he visits the place of his friend Gaius. So, this morning I hope you will join me in confessing that the practice of exclusion fellow believers is evil. Encouraging other to also exclude them is evil. And that we should welcome fellow believers in the name of the Lord whenever we get the opportunity.