Don't compromise

Dear Church

By: Peter Anderson

Date: 7th October 2018

Time: 11:30am

Jesus’ message to the church in Pergamum still speaks directly to us today. It warns us, like it did to His believers back then, of the dangers of compromising with the world when we adopt their values and principles. Going with the flow may be easier than going against the flow, but Jesus’ stern warning is a reminder that as His disciples, we are meant to be true to Him and Him alone.

Revelation 2:12-17

To the Church in Pergamum

12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.

13 “‘I know where you dwell, where Satan's throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith [1] even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 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. 15 So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 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.’ (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 2:13 Or your faith in me