What does 2 John 1 mean when it talks about receiving people into your home who aren't believers?

Does this apply to Christians who are trying to convert non believers who have young children too?

2 John 1:4 - 11

ESV - 4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. 5 And now I ask you, dear lady - not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning - that we love one another.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
To me, what John is saying here is that a teacher who is already deliberately teaching others to follow a doctrine that the teacher himself or herself knows to be heretical or directly contrary to fundamental Christian beliefs (with an intent to deceive those being taught) is not to be welcomed into a believer's home, or shown the same hospitality as would be afforded to a recognized or known teacher of orthodox beliefs.

This would be someone who was already firmly set in those beliefs, to the extent of not being open to correction or instruction. It would not include someone such as Apollos (described in Acts 18:24-26), who was teaching a doctrine that was based on incomplete knowledge, but who was not doing so maliciously or with a knowing intent to deceive; who needed additional instruction; and who was also open to receiving it (as Aquila and Priscilla proceeded to do for him).

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