The Dangers of Diotrophes – Pastor D. A. Waite – BFTBC

On Sunday, January 25, 2015, Pastor D. A. Waite preached a sermon entitled: "The Dangers of Diotrophes" from the texts of 3 John 1:8-14 at Bible For Today Baptist Church of Collingswood, New Jersey.

Pastor D. A. Waite
Bible For Today Baptist Church
900 Park Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108

3 John 1:8-14

8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth. 9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 10 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. 11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. 12 Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true. 13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee: 14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.

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The Bible For Today Baptist Church is a unique church. We hold to all of the doctrines taught in the Bible that Baptists have always believed. We are a fundamental, independent, unaffiliated, pre-millennial, separated, Bible-believing Baptist church.

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(1) As distinguished from many other churches, we preach from and defend the King James Bible. We believe it is the only accurate and faithful English Bible because of its superior Hebrew and Greek texts, its superior translators, its superior translation technique, and its superior theology.

(2) I believe in expository preaching and teaching. As the pastor-teacher, I take books of the Bible and teach from them verse by verse and Word by Word. Since our church began (October, 1998), we have studied in this manner the books of Romans, 1 Peter, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Philemon and 1 Corinthians. This is distinctive among churches.

(3) We are not striving to build a mega-church! We do not want to compromise the Bible’s teachings for the sake of numbers. On the contrary, we wish to be faithful to the whole counsel of the Bible, trusting the Lord to bring in the "numbers" He leads our way.

(4) Our music does not reflect the modern "Contemporary Christian Music" so popular in many churches today. On the other hand, we sing hymns and gospel songs that exalt the Lord Jesus Christ and the truths of the Bible. Our pianist, Mr. Dick Carroll, is one of the most accomplished musicians in the United States of America. Our church loves to sing the old, God honored "Hymns of the Faith."

(5) Unlike other churches, we are meeting presently in our home pictured on the front of this pamphlet. It is a warm atmosphere where Christians who love their Saviour and one another enjoy sweet family fellowship. Some drive from Delaware, Pennsylvania, as well as from north and south Jersey, (taking as long as an hour and fifteen minutes) in order to worship with us.

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Those who never trust in Christ will be judged for their sins and condemned to hell forever. ". . . them that know not God and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, . . . shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord. . . ." (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).

Christ died for sinners. ". . . while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom. 5:8).

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