They suffered because of pressure, poverty, and persecution Revelation Paul wrote that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus Romans Fear is a natural human response, but we live supernatural lives through the power of Christ in us.
In spite of their faithfulness in some areas, the Christians in Pergamos had compromised their faith in others. They had allowed idolatry to creep into their congregation. Christians should not be combative or antagonistic. Wherever corruption or compromise tries to gain a foothold, we need to be vigilant, sober, and on guard and speak the truth in love Ephesians Guard against the dilution of true doctrine by false teaching and authoritarian leaders.
If that makes us intolerant in the eyes of some, then so be it. There are Christians and churches today who feel a need to be relevant and all-inclusive when it comes to spiritual and moral boundaries. The ancient church in Thyatira must have felt that way as well.
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This church allowed an immoral individual to lead many others away from Christ Revelation What does Christ say to a church that is tolerating immorality in her midst? God is holy and will not abide rebellion forever. Christ promised that they would reign and they would be raptured.
Christ gives five specific directions for the church that is dead. There is hope for those that do what Christ has directed. He promises eternal life for those that repent and submit to Him Revelation Christ commended the church in Philadelphia for four things: they have an open door, they have a little strength, they have kept the Word of God, and they have not denied the Lord.
If we want to be commended by Christ like this church, we will go through open doors of ministry, depend on His strength, and be true to Him and to His Word. What does this mean for us today?
If Christ is present and the church is committed to Him, there is going to be a door of opportunity for ministry. Every church should pray for those doors to be recognized, opened, and walked through. Many churches today think there are too few people, there is too little money, there are too few gifts, and there are too few opportunities. Remember this simple truth: When we are weak or little, Christ is strong and big.
Building the Church of Jesus Christ is not up to us.
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