2013-06-23 - Avoid Giving Aid to God's Enemies
2 John ~ Part 10
Verse 11: The point John makes here is that to even assist someone who is antichrist is becoming an accessory to the evil being done. When we give support or comfort to the false teachers, we advance their work. Those who try to come up with all kinds of arguments to justify their support of those presenting false doctrine, don't seem to understand that they might as well be propagating the false doctrine themselves. Jesus Himself said,
"He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters (Matthew 12:30)."
Those who deny the incarnation, no matter how much they talk about Christ, are against Him. And even believers can work against Christ, when they assist those who function in the spirit of antichrist.
It is vital that we never compromise truth. We must judge all that we hear and see, and discern if it is of God or of Satan. Ignorance is no excuse. As we saw in the previous letter, we are individually responsible to stand for and understand truth.
"Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1).
John makes it clear that believers can advance the work of Satan, by supporting, no matter how ignorantly, those who carry out his work. Where we have been supporting someone who's testimony was sound, but later turns from the truth, we are not accountable. Of course we must no longer give aid,after learning the truth.
Previously, I gave you and example of a woman who left a substantial amount of money, in her will, to a local church. At the time she made the will the church was relativity sound. She gave with good intent. The money was so substantial that it has aided the church in its work for many years. Unfortunately, today that church is so far from truth, that it is pathetic. And the good Christian woman's money is still being used today. I believe, though, that since she gave at a time when the church was serving the Lord, the fact that it isn't sound today doesn't invalidate her gift.
But second, when we do aid the antichrists, we damage our relationship with the Lord, and risk losing that which we have done for him. The loss isn't of salvation, but a loss of rewards.
In summary, John's warnings to believers can be identified in two simple statements. (1) Don't be deceived by false teachers. (2) Don't give aid and comfort to the enemy.
To be continued.
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