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Word for Today / The Spirit of Diotrephes

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The Spirit of Diotrephes

'Diotrephes ... loves to have the preeminence.' 3 John 1:9 NKJV

Some people are so insecure and easily threatened that they feel a need to tear down anyone they perceive as a competitor. Consider Diotrephes, one of the New Testament church leaders. He found himself in a real dilemma when John recommended some gifted teachers of the Gospel to come and speak at his church. Plagued with insecurity, Diotrephes feared their visit would threaten his own pre-eminence, so he refused to allow them to come.

John, upset with Diotrephes’ behaviour, outlined to his friend Gaius how he planned to deal with it. ‘I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church. Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.’ (3 John 1:9-11 NKJV) The sad truth is that you’ll find the spirit of Diotrephes alive and well in both secular and sacred organisations.

They cast aspersions on newcomers perceived as threatening. They accuse bright, talented women of getting ahead by means other than their skills, talents and qualifications. They look for chinks in their victims’ armour. But contrary to what they think, diminishing another person’s image isn’t going to enhance theirs. The origin of our word for ‘devil’ comes from diabolos, which is literally translated as ‘to slander’. To slander, then, is to do the devil’s work!

written by Bob Gass
 
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The early church made practice of allowing congregants to tell of visions they had or other experiences. They would be listened to and were for the edification of the body. Today it is hard for people to share what God has shown them. Preachers and Pastors try to protect their pulpit with what I will call here "Diotrephes" style exclusion. Pastors are scared to death that someone will steal their thunder.
 
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The early church made practice of allowing congregants to tell of visions they had or other experiences. They would be listened to and were for the edification of the body. Today it is hard for people to share what God has shown them. Preachers and Pastors try to protect their pulpit with what I will call here "Diotrephes" style exclusion. Pastors are scared to death that someone will steal their thunder.
I know some that are not like that, but they are admittedly very few these days. I can remember when there were more... Help us dear Lord!
 
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I am in an especially rough position. My book "God's destiny for America" is on very controversial ground. You can only understand the prophecies correctly in Isaiah and minor prophets if you understand who the so called "lost tribes" were, where they went and where they are today. If you haven't studied that and accept it then you will never believe the book. Most of mainstream Christianity has not been taught this wonderful truth. It is foreign to them. So you can imagine how hard it is to share what God has shown me.
 
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if you understand who the so called "lost tribes" were, where they went and where they are today.
It might be interesting to start on thread on that. It seems the "lost tribes" are different under different circumstances
depending on who you talk to.

There was a change in the original twelve. (for various reasons)
But it seems that we lost the tribe of Levi altogether. We also lost the tribe of Joseph in a way,
but gained Ephraim and Manasseh, (who were sons of Joseph).
 
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It might be interesting to start on thread on that. It seems the "lost tribes" are different under different circumstances
depending on who you talk to.

There was a change in the original twelve. (for various reasons)
But it seems that we lost the tribe of Levi altogether. We also lost the tribe of Joseph in a way,
but gained Ephraim and Manasseh, (who were sons of Joseph).
And the tribe of Dan is left out of Revelation chapter 7!
 
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