2 John 9-11, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.  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.”

Doctrine.  Doctrine is defined as a belief or set of beliefs held and taught.  The beliefs that are taught come from God and can be found in the Bible.  In church, these beliefs include the Ten Commandments, the words of Jesus, prophets and apostles and many more.  The fact is that the Bible is the basis of doctrine for all Christians.

If we don’t live in the doctrine of Christ, we do not have God.  We must follow the beliefs of God in order to follow God.  Anything less than perfection is contrary to God.  This, of course, is an impossible ask.  God knows this and sent His Son to die and take our punishment.  Jesus fulfills all that God requires of us to follow Him.  We can try to follow all that God requires but we will fall short.  Jesus carries us the rest of the way that we can’t accomplish.

If we live in the doctrine of Christ, we have God.  Not only do we have God the Father but also the Son of God.  In order to fully follow God, we must have Jesus.  In order to follow all of God’s law, we need the One that came before us, lived on this Earth, and was perfect.  The perfect sacrifice for us.  Jesus is the key that unlocks the door to God.  Without Jesus, we do not have access to live with God in Heaven.

There are people who preach Christ.  There are people who teach from the Bible and do not try to add anything to or take anything out.  These people are preachers of Word of God.  There are also preachers who do not preach the truth from the pulpit.  They are false teachers.  They live to spread the ministry of the devil.  The Bible tells us in this passage not to invite them into our homes or even greet them.  We are not to give them the time of day.  What they have to say is not worth the time.  In fact, listening to them makes us guilty of evil and sin.

Stay with God.  Avoid preachers who preach contrary to the Bible.  Read the Bible to know what is and is not true.  This is the best defense against evil.  No matter what happens, God is there for us.  He cares about us.  Live for God, not against Him.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the Bible.  This is Your Word.  This is the truth.  We long to know the truth and it is right in front of us.  We need You, Lord.  We need Your Son as well.  Without Your Son, we cannot have a relationship with You.  Help us to know the difference between good ministers and bad ministers.  Good words and bad words.  We know that You are truth.  I pray that we all chase after this truth and do not stray from it.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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