The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth;
and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;
For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the
Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we
have received a commandment from the Father.
(5) "Love one another."
Except for all those antichrists (non-Christians), that is. Stay the hell away from them.
(See verses 7-10)
(7) "Many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.
This is a deceiver and an antichrist."
Non-Christians are deceivers and antichrists. What the Bible says about non-Christians
(10) "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed."
Don't associate with non-Christians. Don't receive them into your house or even exchange greeting
with them. This is the biblical justification for "Disfellowshipping" among the Jehovah's Witnesses. Should believers discuss their faith with non-believers?
And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto
thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we
love one another.
And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the
commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in
7For many deceivers are
entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the
flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought,
but that we receive a full reward.
9Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth
not in the doctrine of Christ, hath
not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father
and the Son.
10If there come any unto
you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither
bid him God speed:
For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and
ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may
The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.