Whoever Abides Not in the Doctrine of Christ- Part One
"Whosoever (Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, Mormons, Islam, Jesus Only Apostolic) TRANSGRESSETH and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ hat not God. He that abideth in the Doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son"- 2 John 9.
Each week for the next few weeks I will be posting a portion of this series. I hope you enjoy it.
As we begin to delve into 2 John 9-10, we would like to point out two or three major points. The key word is transgresses as it conveys the idea of "going beyond" the second major point, that being the doctrine of Christ. These two points are instrumental in the understanding of this text and if one does not abide in the doctrine of Christ, Scripture makes it abundantly clear that they do not have God either. "No one comes to the Father except through the Son"- John 14:6.
What many Christians might miss is what is involved in this doctrine of Christ. They also might pass over who the audience in question might be? It should be pointed out that my ministry does not take "easy believers" lightly as there are all too many in the Christian church today that believes they can accept Jesus Christ without obeying Him. They live just as the unsaved world does. "If anyone comes to you, and does not bring this doctrine (the doctrine of Christ) receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed"- 2 John 10. Verse 11 adds the clincher in that one can become a partaker of a cults evil deeds if they do biddeth them God speed. You might want to check out the word "deeds" as it is in the plural form making it clear that there is more than one evil deed on a cultists mind when they come to see you.
The word transgresses in 2 John 9 in the Greek language is Parabaino and it means to go by the side of or of something that passes over the rule and standard of doctrine. Many cults do this very thing. The Mormons, for example, say, "We bring our doctrine to the Bible". That makes it clear that Mormons do not believe in Bible doctrine as they have a repackaged doctrine that is addressed by their additional three standard works, those being the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. Mormons need to have "their" doctrine support the doctrine of the Bible. In effect, they have passed right over the doctrine of Christ to one of their own making.
Part Two in about a week!