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2 John 1:10-11: Exceptions to Hospitality

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 1:10-11 In the first century, showing hospitality to travelers was very important - especially to spiritual
teachers who did not necessarily have a lot of money, and were dependent on the good will of the community when traveling to share their message. Jesus, for instance, instructed his disciples when he sent them out in Luke 9 (c.f. Mt 10; Mk 6), to find someone to take them in, and stay with them for the duration of their visit. In my post about 3rd John, I talked about the importance of hospitality. It is important to show hospitality to strangers, because:

We might be entertaining angels unawareThe hospitality we show to others, we also show to God In this passage we see however, that this is not a universal principal. There are actually times when it is inappropriate to …