The Apostle John condemned the unacceptable behavior of a man named Diotrophes, who exemplified the idea that a bad attitude plus a bad ego, left unchecked, equals chaos. Alistair Begg explains that the problem is not necessarily one of belief, but of behavior—a lifestyle that reflects an absence of relationship with Christ and His commands. Although counter to the modern culture of self-promotion, the Bible asks us to consider ourselves with sober judgment, especially when in positions of leadership.
9I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10So 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.
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