To the Church in Pergamum

“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,

David

About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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