3 John 1:9-1:11
The missionaries of the early church were itinerants. They went from place to place. Since the local inn was a wretched and dirty place these missionaries were entertained in the homes of believers. Gaius opened his home, for which John congratulates him. Diotrephes opposed this practice, and John censors him for it. Diotrephes’ problem was that he loved to have recognition, attention, and be the center of attraction. He had to rule or ruin. He was guilty on five charges: (1) must occupy the leading place; (2) actually refused to receive John; (3) made malicious statements against the apostles; (4) refused to entertain the missionaries (apparently he wanted to do the teaching); (5) excommunicated those who did entertain the missionaries (he tried to be the first Pope). He was Diotrephes, the dictator.