John comes to the younger generation (in age and including females) and he encourages them also. The children (the church) are forgiven; and to be specific, the fathers (the older generation) have known Jesus from the beginning (many years experience) and so to the younger generation:
“I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.”
1 John 2:13-14 NIV
As we have seen John is passionate about the Church and preserving it from the anti-Christs within. We will see in the upcoming verses that he wants to keep the church from loving the world.
To this younger generation he is reminding them of their position in Christ as overcoming.
Leaders that want to play around with a variety of models of Church often do it out of despair, discouragement and personal battles that no one sees. They can have successful ministries and churches and then suddenly overnight they pack it all up and decide to deconstruct what God has built. Next generation don’t let it happen. You have overcome despair. You have overcome discouragement. You have overcome every personal battle that the evil one presents. You are strong because of your experience and encounter of Jesus Christ the Word or God.
Let your decisions for the future of the church come from a place of victory and not defeat.
Don’t deconstruct what Jesus has constructed. Keep fighting for the church from the place of decided victory