Isaiah 28 & 2 John

Isaiah 28

    Ah, the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim,
        and the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
        which is on the head of the rich valley of those overcome with wine!
    Behold, the Lord has one who is mighty and strong;
        like a storm of hail, a destroying tempest,
    like a storm of mighty, overflowing waters,
        he casts down to the earth with his hand.
    The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim
        will be trodden underfoot;
    and the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
        which is on the head of the rich valley,
    will be like a first-ripe fig before the summer:
        when someone sees it, he swallows it
        as soon as it is in his hand.
    In that day the LORD of hosts will be a crown of glory,
        and a diadem of beauty, to the remnant of his people,
    and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment,
        and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.
    These also reel with wine
        and stagger with strong drink;
    the priest and the prophet reel with strong drink,
        they are swallowed by wine,
        they stagger with strong drink,
    they reel in vision,
        they stumble in giving judgment.
    For all tables are full of filthy vomit,
        with no space left.
    “To whom will he teach knowledge,
        and to whom will he explain the message?
    Those who are weaned from the milk,
        those taken from the breast?
    For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
        line upon line, line upon line,
        here a little, there a little.”
    For by people of strange lips
        and with a foreign tongue
    the LORD will speak to this people,
        to whom he has said,
    “This is rest;
        give rest to the weary;
    and this is repose”;
        yet they would not hear.
    And the word of the LORD will be to them
    precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
        line upon line, line upon line,
        here a little, there a little,
    that they may go, and fall backward,
        and be broken, and snared, and taken.
        Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers,
        who rule this people in Jerusalem!
    Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death,
        and with Sheol we have an agreement,
    when the overwhelming whip passes through
        it will not come to us,
    for we have made lies our refuge,
        and in falsehood we have taken shelter”;
    therefore thus says the Lord GOD,
    “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion,
        a stone, a tested stone,
    a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation:
        ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’
    And I will make justice the line,
        and righteousness the plumb line;
    and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
        and waters will overwhelm the shelter.”
    Then your covenant with death will be annulled,
        and your agreement with Sheol will not stand;
    when the overwhelming scourge passes through,
        you will be beaten down by it.
    As often as it passes through it will take you;
        for morning by morning it will pass through,
        by day and by night;
    and it will be sheer terror to understand the message.
    For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on,
        and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in.
    For the LORD will rise up as on Mount Perazim;
        as in the Valley of Gibeon he will be roused;
    to do his deed—strange is his deed!
        and to work his work—alien is his work!
    Now therefore do not scoff,
        lest your bonds be made strong;
    for I have heard a decree of destruction
        from the Lord GOD of hosts against the whole land.
    Give ear, and hear my voice;
        give attention, and hear my speech.
    Does he who plows for sowing plow continually?
        Does he continually open and harrow his ground?
    When he has leveled its surface,
        does he not scatter dill, sow cumin,
    and put in wheat in rows
        and barley in its proper place,
        and emmer as the border?
    For he is rightly instructed;
        his God teaches him.
    Dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge,
        nor is a cart wheel rolled over cumin,
    but dill is beaten out with a stick,
        and cumin with a rod.
    Does one crush grain for bread?
        No, he does not thresh it forever;
    when he drives his cart wheel over it
        with his horses, he does not crush it.
    This also comes from the LORD of hosts;
        he is wonderful in counsel
        and excellent in wisdom.

(Isaiah 28 ESV)

2 John 

    The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:

    Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father's Son, in truth and love.

    I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.

    Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

    The children of your elect sister greet you.

(2 John ESV)

2 John: False teaching about Jesus Christ must not be accommodated among the Christian community. Those who confuse the name of Jesus Christ confuse what it means to be a Christian and therefore compromise the souls of those they influence opening up the door for condemnation that the deceived never saw coming. We are to show hospitality to all people but never at the expense of losing the pure truth of the gospel.

John warns his audience to “watch yourselves.” He goes on to warn the Christians that accommodating false teachers is the equivalent of endorsing their false teaching. The risk is just too great. Therefore, those who remain silent in the face of doctrinal error and go as far as to accept those who promote such errors will have blood on their hands when it comes to their fellow Christian brothers and sisters. May we contend for the pure truth of the gospel that has been handed down to us from the saints and stay on watch for those who might work to compromise and confuse what we might call authentic Christianity.