October 10th, 2016
Reeling in “Spiritual Tyrants”
I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church. (3 John 9-10 KJV)
“Spiritual Tyrants” line the pews of churches. Persons of conflict are not new in churches. Diotrephes was a trouble making church member planted on the pew in biblical times.
Diotrephes was assertive and brash towards others. He railed unkind words to members faces and spoke behind their backs causing much grief, strife, and division amongst the entire congregation.
He portrayed himself a man of importance but was actually spiritually poor and in desperate need of the humbling characteristics of God to work in his life. He habitually preyed upon and poked others rather than humbly coming to God concerning the stark condition of his own heart.
Pray for those, like Diotrephes, who allowed pride to get in the way of having meaningful fellowship, godly love, and service by rather seeking to oppress and dominate other believers. Continued fellowship amongst others in a Bible-based church is the best place for a spiritually wayward person to come to the understanding of the error of his ways but requires much love, patience, and steadfastness among members.
If a spirit is teachable and disciplinable the Bible gives instruction for church leaders enlightenment in such glaring spiritual situations (2Timothy 3:16, Matthew Chapter 18).
“Spiritual Tyrants” do exist in many churches today. They need a shower of unconditional love, prayer, and biblically based intervention to eternally alter their spiritual dysfunction with a huge helping of godliness and grace.