Today's encouragement comes from 2 John, v. 10, where we read these words:
"If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him."
These are interesting words from the tender and sensitive "apostle of love," (John). Is it not the case that sweet-natured people are to listen to just about anyone? Are we not to be open to everyone's take on God? Actually, no. The best love says, “You are coming to my house with a false gospel of works. I serve the God of heaven, who gave His Son for my sins. I do not need, nor will l tolerate your doctrines of demons."
Does this mean we do not try to reach these people? No, it does not mean that. Here is the rule to go by: inform all heretical works-righteousness people that *you*, not they, will do the talking. If they want to listen, fine; if not, "adieu."
[Puritan quote of the day: "A great part of the pleasure and delight of the Christian life is made out of the observations of Providence.” —John Flavel, in, "The Mystery of Providence"]