I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.
– 3 John 1:9-10 (NIV)
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
It should come as no surprise that people use the church for their own agendas. This passage shows us that this problem has been around as long as the church has been in existence. But notice what the apostle John is doing; instead of avoiding the issue, John hits it head on. Leadership has great privilege, but it also has great responsibility, and therefore, accountability. The church is the bride of Christ; are we willing to guard what belongs to God?