“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds” (2 John 1.10-11 NKJV).
John is a huge advocate of love, but loving others doesn’t necessarily mean we support everything they do. During John’s time, when Christian preachers spread the Good News of Jesus Christ, they would stay in different homes of various church members as part of their missionary travels. John warned the Chosen Lady that many so-called teachers and Christian leaders were spreading false doctrine. Obviously, these individuals were not spending time with the Lord, and they had begun preaching what sounded good to them and to others instead of preaching the Truth from God’s Word. John goes so far as to call these false teachers a type of anti-Christ, people teaching the opposite of what Jesus taught. John tells her boldly not to allow these people into her home or to support and encourage their work. Many times we fill obligated to support “Christian” work because the label “Christian” has been added to it. The people asking for help may have become so deceived to their own motives and actions that they seem really genuine in their requests. But we must look at the fruit of any Christian work before giving it our stamp of approval with financial and moral support. If the Holy Spirit puts up red flags into our spirit about individuals or ministries claiming to be doing God’s work, we must carefully consider how we respond to them. We can continue to love them as we are called, but our love doesn’t mean we must condone their work and open up our wallets to support them.
“You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?” (Matthew 7.16 NLT).