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Should we allow false teachers into our home?
Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 1:00pm

Preface: This story I originally wrote back in May, 2009.


I'm mowing my lawn and come into the house for a drink of water. A quiet knock on the door, and I go to see who it is. Two sweet ladies toting what appears to be bibles, greet me with smiles.

They told me they were from the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, commonly called the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They inquire if anyone from their group had visited me before, and I told them they had. They want to know if I am religious. I say I don't think much of "religion", but I do have a "personal relationship" with God. They ask me if I read the bible. I say every day. They ask me if it is useful. I say it is essential!

Now we're still standing there with the door wide open, and my mind flashes to my Dad who always admonished us to "shut the door ... you born in a barn?" So I ask the ladies if they would like to come in and sit down while we talk.

Usually by now, Vicki makes herself visible to put any guests at ease. But not today ... and the ladies exercise due caution and we stay on the porch. I leave the door open.

Our conversation continues, and I let them discuss several verses in their "bible". They ask if I attend any church, and I say we regularly attend, worship, and are members of a local church. The lady doing the talking wants to lead me to another scripture in Corinthians, and I ask her if we could look at her Bible in John 1:1. (This is the most well known of all the New World Translation perversions.)

She turns to it. It says: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god." I explained to her how her Bible is corrupted. The original Greek text translated into English reads, “the Word was God.”

They mistranslate the verse as "a god.", because they deny who Jesus is and they have changed their Bible to make it agree with their theology. I explained to them that there were scores of other bible translations (KJV, NKJV, NIV, NASB, etc.) that are accepted by true, historical, orthodox Christianity, and that God had said in both Revelation and in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy ... not to add to Scriptures.

(Although I did not quote the chapter and verses... The warnings are very clear. ... phh (1)

§  "I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book;" Revelation 22:18

§  "Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it." Deuteronomy 12:32

In another example of scripture twisting to fit their theology, The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society denies that the Holy Spirit is alive, the third person of the Trinity. In Genesis 1:1-2 they have changed the correct translation of "...the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters," ... their NWT says "...and God's active force was moving to and fro' over the surface of the waters."

(And, No ... I didn't bring up Soul Sleep! ... Yet! ... phh)

They ask me if I want someone to come another time where he (or she) could sit down with me and go over the verses where they had made "corrections" in their bible translations. I said that I already had invited them into my house, and we could do it right now. They started backing away.

As they made their retreat, I asked them to at least consider this:

Their bible was adjusted to fit their theology, resulting in a different Jesus, and a different Gospel. Since we are both staking our eternal security on two opposite belief systems, we might both be wrong, but in no way could we both be right.

Off they went to the next house.


Now let me get back to the point of my title ... Should we allow false teachers into our home? This is addressed by the Apostle John, who wrote 5 books of the New Testament: Gospel of John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and Revelation.

In relation to false teachers, John tells us:

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; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds. 2 John 10-11

The Apostle John is referring specifically to bringing a false teacher into your home in the sense of giving him a place to stay. Allowing a false teacher to stay in your home and “set up shop” in your home is wrong. To do so would be sharing in his wicked work.

Although many have tried to apply it to those who knock on our doors today to peddle their own brand of the gospel, this verse does not specifically command against allowing cults such as Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses, or even Armstrongites (though I have never known them to go door to door), etc. to come into your house for a visit, or allow such a person who happens to be a friend or acquaintance into your house.

The focus is on giving such a person a “base of operation” from which to spread their false teaching. We should always be wary about even allowing a false teacher into our home in that sense, but we are not necessarily commanded to prevent a false teacher from stepping foot into our home.

Finally, a warning must be given to any who are unprepared to talk with those who come to our doors to discuss the Bible. It would be best to ask them to come back another time and invite a strong Christian to assist in talking with them about the Truth.

I cannot greet a person ... as a Christian ... who is not a Christian ... nor, should I condone their false doctrines.

Whether it is in my front living-room, office, front porch or back yard or wherever - we should "always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks" concerning our hope and our trust in Jesus Christ.

"... sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;" 1 Peter 3:15

By Preston Hazzard


Footnotes: (1) Besides Revelation 22:18 and Deuteronomy 12:32, You can also see the same admonitions in Deuteronomy 4:2, Proverbs 30:6, 1 Corinthians 4:6 ... phh


Source: Adapted from an article at www.gotquestions.org


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