If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting. 2 John 10 NASB
This teaching – John gets nasty. If someone comes to you with a message that doesn’t square with the truth of the Messiah, don’t let him in the door. Don’t even say, “Hello.” Send him away!
But we don’t listen to John, do we? A member of a false cult comes to our door pedaling their deliberate misinformation about Yeshua. We think we must be nice to them. We listen. We talk. We make them think that we might somehow be interested. They leave literature and go away promising to come back later. What! Are you kidding me? Did we think that somehow we would “evangelize” them? There is no transformation in words, only in deeds, and all we did was confuse the message. We didn’t point to the mezuzah and tell them that we serve the God of Israel. But, of course, we didn’t say that to the visitors from the church either.
What teaching is so important that John tells us to practice unsociable behavior? “This teaching” (ten didachen) is the claim of the humanity of Yeshua. It stands in utter opposition to the gnostic claims circulating in John’s time. Is this all we have to worry about? Doesn’t the humanity of Yeshua entail His Torah obedience (isn’t that what the stories are about?) and doesn’t that imply our commitment to the same teaching? Aren’t we supposed to be like Him? If someone comes to you and says, “Oh, I believe that Jesus was human and He is God,” but then he goes on to tell you that “Jesus didn’t keep kashrut,” or “Jesus taught that we aren’t under the Law and it doesn’t apply to us,” would you not be concerned? Would you treat that person as if they were in fellowship with the Father and in agreement with you? Would your social etiquette outweigh your commitment to the truth? We can easily identify those who are “heretics” according to the Church. After all, we learned all this sitting in the pews. But even so we don’t usually close the door on them. And we certainly don’t close the door on the ones who, perhaps in ignorance, continue to teach what only the Church invented in its fervent attempt to not be Jewish. What’s wrong with us? Are we content to completely ignore John’s warning? Or do we parcel it out so that all we have to worry about is Docetism and no one we know is Docetic these days.
Let’s back up a few verses to see what “this teaching” includes. How about verse 6? “And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments.” Does that mean just the commandment of love? The verse continues, “This is the commandment just as you have heard from the beginning.” Does John mean from the beginning of Yeshua’s arrival, or does he mean “In the beginning was the Word”? Can you have “in the beginning was the Word” and not have what Moses delivered? Maybe we need to get better at nasty evangelism.
Topical Index: this teaching, didache, Docetism, Torah, love, 2 John 10