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Diotrephes, meaning loved by Jove (Jove, also known as Jupiter, was the name of a pagan god - see Sun Day, Moon Day, Tiw's Day) was an arrogant and personally-ambitious professed-convert to Christianity who somehow became a leader of one of the churches (i.e. a local group of the one True Church - "churches" never correctly meant the highly-divided and often-opposing corporate entities of today, nearly all of which were started by ambitious men or women to perpetuate their own self-serving doctrines and interpretations, in the name of Christ, while calling themselves "the church," or "the churches"). Diotrephes had a very autocratic and possessive attitude over those who (should not have) permitted his leadership; he even went so far to pompously oppose and slander The Apostle John when John tried to correct him, for which John publicly rebuked him, for all time, in John's epistle of 3 John.

Ephesus The Epistle of 3 John

"The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth."

"Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in health; I know that it is well with your soul [see Where Is Your Soul?]. For I greatly rejoiced when some of the brethren arrived and testified to the truth of your life, as indeed you do follow the truth. No greater joy can I have than this, to hear that my children follow the truth."

"Beloved, it is a loyal thing you do when you render any service to the brethren, especially to strangers, who have testified to your love before the church [see What Is The Church?]. You will do well to send them on their journey as befits God's service. For they have set out for his sake and have accepted nothing from the heathen. So we ought to support such men, that we may be fellow workers in the truth."

"I have written something to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge my authority. So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, prating against me with evil words. And not content with that, he refuses himself to welcome the brethren, and also stops those who want to welcome them and puts them out of the church."

"Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. He who does good is of God; he who does evil has not seen God. Demetrius has testimony from every one, and from the truth itself; I testify to him too, and you know my testimony is true."

"I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink [see Epistles]; I hope to see you soon, and we will talk together face to face. Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, every one of them." (3 John 1:1-14 RSV)

Fact Finder: Did Jesus Christ instruct His servants that there were not to be "power struggles" among them?
Luke 22:24-27

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