Context ,context ,context.

Johns personal greeting to Gaius.3rd. John 1:2
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
For years I was taught by some that John was talking to the Church.However,when I started digging deep into study,it revealed that He was only greeting Gaius,one of His friends.
I believe this is why that We need to keep everything We read in the proper context.
Many W.O.F.(word of faith),and name and claim it preachers,use this verse as a solid gospel fact for the whole Church.
Common sense and reasoning would conclude,that when using a proper noun such as Gaius,that would mean that He is the subject,and not the church.
Since “church” is not even mentioned ,then it can’t be the subject,in this case Gaius ,whom John was describing.Remember context matters.
I am not saying that God,does not want His children to prosper and be in good health,but this scripture cannot be misused,or confused as meaning of the Church as a whole.

I believe this is where many false doctrines come into being.Some read one or two scriptures out of context,and bang,boom,a new church,or “cult” has surfaced.The bible is so rich with scripture about false teachers,it would do each believer good to read them.
Sammy Smith.

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