3 John 1:9-10
9 I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say. 10 For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not receive the brethren, either, and he forbids those who desire to do so and puts them out of the church.
The tip-off to Diotrephes’ narcissism / insolent pride was his “love to be first among them”. His insolent pride resulted in
- Not accepting what the apostle John was saying.
- Accusing John with wicked words
- Not receiving (ie – providing the opportunity) others who might challenge him
- Getting rid of those who might possibly side with others
Classic narcissist behavior.
Tragically, there are too many pastors and leaders of ministries who have the “Diotrephes Syndrome”. Their core purpose is self-exaltation instead of shepherding the flock of God. They construct their “ministries” and message around what will best serve their delusions of grandeur. These are some of the false prophets whom Jesus warned us about
15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits.