Neither Bid him God Speed

II John 1:10+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 bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”

It’s a sunny Saturday morning; you’re out working in the yard when you see a sedan carrying two men and two women pull up to the curb at the end of the street. You watch as the four individuals get out and split into two groups heading for opposite sides of the street. You know what’s coming: the Watchtower Society (read Jehovah’s Witnesses or Russellites) is about to knock on every door and hand out their blasphemous literature. What do you do?

If you’re like most of us you’ll do one of two things:

1. Retreat into the safety of your home, ignoring the knocks and waiting until the sedan eventually pulls away.
2. Prepare yourself to do battle with the individuals when they make the mistake of setting foot in your yard.

Either/or is fine with me. In fact, if you don’t know your scripture well enough to reason with them it’s probably better for you to simply retreat into your house and wait for them pass by. To those of you who think this is the cowardly thing to do, you might want to open up Acts chapter 19 and read the story about the sons of Sceva. Those poor saps were ill-prepared for dealing with the devils and they paid the price for it. Don’t risk your own faith by going up against Jehovah witness or Mormon proselytizers if you don’t know your Bible well enough. Remember, these individuals train extensively in evangelism techniques before they are ever unleashed on your neighborhood. They know the way around their “holy books” and they know what to expect from Christians.

As for today’s text, John tells us not to invite such individuals in our homes or to bid them God speed. Let’s deal with these one at a time.

Do Not Invite Them In

When it comes to inviting such individuals (those who preach a false gospel) into your home one only need to understand the cultural setting of the day. Back then, when you invited strangers into your home and you were offering them a hand of friendship and fellowship at the same time. It was just assumed that once they were welcomed the first time, they would also be welcome during subsequent visits in the future. John advised Christians not to allow those who brought a false gospel into their homes because they would then be dealing with those individuals in perpetuity.

Though that was the culture of the day, it’s not so far-fetched today. I personally know of two individuals who welcomed Mormon disciples into their homes for a brief discussion. Neither of these individuals was instantly ready to become Mormons after the first visit, but the disciples kept pestering them with weekly visits and regular phone calls. After about the third week one of the individuals had convinced his wife that the two should go visit a Mormon church the following weekend. It was only the grace of God and the intervention of another born-again Christian that prevented the couple from going through with it.

In the other case the man kept entertaining these Mormons for about six weeks until he eventually joined in. His wife followed soon after, and then his kids. Now here’s the interesting part: the first couple were not born-again Christians at the time though they did get saved shortly thereafter. The second couple were professed Christians who allowed themselves to be led astray by false doctrine.

Do Not Bid Them God Speed

As for bidding these false prophets God speed, John says we’re not to do it otherwise we are part and parcel of their evil deeds. Why? Because when you’re bidding someone God speed you are wishing them well in their endeavors. The same thing can be said when we offer things like”have a nice day” or “God bless.” No matter how you phrase your farewell statement, if it’s anything positive or encouraging you are helping those individuals along the way to their next victim.

Here’s a question: if you knew the meter reader at your front door was really a criminal disguised as a legitimate utility company worker, would you wish him well as he left your house on his way to your neighbor’s? Of course not! You’d call the police. The same thing could be said if you were talking to a serial killer, rapist, a child molester, and so on. If we don’t bid these individuals God speed or “have a nice day” why do we show such honor to those who carry a false gospel?

The answer to that question is one of civility and politeness. In our day and age it’s considered rude to send someone off with anything but a nice parting statement. In fact, you may be reading this post and thinking in your heart and mind that I’m rude for even suggesting we don’t send Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses away without some sort of kind parting word. But my friends, take a look in the Old Testament and find out what the punishment was for being a false prophet.

More Than Just Cults

Lastly, we’ve talked about Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses through the entirety of this post. But it’s not limited to just these two cults. Any time someone is pushing false doctrine on God’s people they need to be shunned. Listen to the words of Paul the apostle:

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” [Gal. 1:8+9]

Listen, the gospel message is the power of God unto salvation according to the book of Romans. The gospel message that is perverted with even a sliver of falsehood loses its power altogether. If one part of it is false how can we expect the nonbeliever to accept any of it as being true? The same goes with the doctrine we follow as believers.

For example, how many of you have heard that all Bible translations are legitimate because the only perfect Word of God is in the “originals?” If that’s true, and there’s really no perfect Word of God we can read, all of our translations must have errors. And if that’s true, how can we know what’s correct and what’s an error; indeed, how can we trust any Scripture?

Folks, false doctrine is a dangerous thing. Don’t entertain it even for one minute. All of us, me included, are capable of falling for the devil’s lies. Save yourself the trouble and don’t take the risk. Don’t have any spiritual discussions with false prophets.

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