Opposition of Diotrephes

This elder described his conflict with Diotrephes, who does not acknowledge his authority.  This Diotrephes was excommunicating those people who welcomed missionaries.  There was also a mention of a previous letter written to this church.  However, Diotrephes suppressed this letter.  This elder intended to visit that church and confront Diotrephes.  The dispute between Diotrephes and this elder seemed to be based on church leadership and authority rather than doctrine.  This elder never accused Diotrephes of teaching any heresy.  Most scholars do not connect the letter that the elder mentioned in 3 John with the letter of 2 John, since there is nothing about a doctrinal controversy.  Have you ever been involved with a church dispute?

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