3 John 9

"I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us." NIV translation

The source of the problems in this local body was the ego of this church leader named Diotrephes. He would not let others share the Word and put out of the "church" those that helped the travelling evangelists. In short, this man wanted to be a "rock star" preacher. It became about him instead of saving the lost and, sadly, many leaders fall into that trap even today.

3 John 10

"So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us. Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church." NIV translation

John assures Gaius that, when he comes, he is going to deal with Diotrephes. In the previous verse we saw the root of the problems which was the pride of Diotrephes. Now, we see the effects of that sin in the way he treated brothers in Christ who were trying to share the gospel. Gossiping is talking about someone when they are not present and it does not matter whether what is said is the truth or not. I have seen it disguised as prayer and even saw leaders who said it was ok as long as you were saying something that you believed was true. His pride would not allow him to work with others for the common purpose of sharing the gospel and he would not tolerate anyone in his flock doing so. There is much of that going on today as well in that many "pastors" set up their own little "church" where they can be a star and will gossip and do whatever is necessary to ensure the spotlight is on them and what their little "church" is doing.