“And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword. “‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’ Revelation 2:12-17
Today we look at the Church in Pergamum. This was a church that held fast to their faith even in troubled times. They still believed even when members were killed, yet there were problems. They allowed people to hold false teachings. Jesus mentions that these people were eating food sacrificed to idols, involved in sexual immorality and some held to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. These people were starting to let the practices and beliefs of the world around them into the church.
We see this in the church today and we call it tolerance. We allow the views of the world to come into the church and sit alongside the views of God and think how great we are. Look how tolerant we have become. We don’t judge others we just love them no matter what. And slowly the worldly views take over and soon we look no different than the rest of the world.
Yes we are to love the unbeliever. Yes we are to love the one holding false beliefs. But this love needs to be corrective, to bring the unbeliever to belief and the one with false beliefs to truth. But we should never let worldly ideas that conflict with God’s Word to take hold in the church. If the church is teaching falsely then the church needs to repent. If the individual is teaching or holding false ideas they need to repent. The church and we as Christians need to point out false beliefs but this needs to be done in love.
Jesus ends His words for the Church in Pergamum with this hope, if they repent, of they stay true to the Word then they will be rewarded.
Have a blessed day,