With the Bible’s emphasis on hospitality as an indelible mark of Christian life, it is surprising that 2 John warns us to withhold it. As Solomon noted, “for everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven… a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.” Deceptive heresies were being brought into the church by guest preachers. While faithful pastors were being denied opportunities to preach. The very truth of God is at stake. This deception is no mere trifle. It is heresy of the most insidious kind, denying the deity of Christ and the necessity of the cross. It is the preaching of anti-Christ. John exhorts the churches to refuse hospitality to these peddlers of poison — to deny the enemies of Christ any “aid and comfort.”
How discerning are we? In our exercise of hospitality are we careful not to provide “aid and comfort” to the anti-Christ? Where do we draw the lines? Join us this week as we examine 2 John and wrestle with the question of when to withhold hospitality for the sake of the gospel?