ARE HOLY HUDDLES BIBLICAL?by Dr. Philip Zimmerman [DrZ]
#102 Straight to the Point | 2&3 John and Jude --
When you read the book of Acts and the epistles the reality of false teachers entering the early church gatherings is palpable. One way to prevent false teachers from entering the flock is to keep all others out of their gatherings.
John addresses this in 3 John 9-10 – I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10 So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.
The type of flock protection addressed by John is what many consider holy huddles today. Whether it be in the church or a small group the leaders usually dictate who gets in and who goes out. This was no different in the early church.
I encourage you to study the passage closely and identify exactly what the issues are that John is concerned with. Then check your church or groups response to these same issues and adjust accordingly. You want to let the light come in and keep out the darkness.
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Grace and Peace,