Christ's Call to Personal Holiness
The letters Christ wrote to the seven churches are for us lessons in living for Him at the end of days. What is the lesson Christ teaches us from this church at Pergamum?
The Danger of The Compromised Christian
The lesson for all of us living at the end of days is that there is a danger of becoming a compromised Christian. What exactly is a compromised Christian?
God's Word teaches us that believers are compromised when they are no longer distinctively Christ-like.
Believers in Pergamum had gotten so comfortable around the deadly germs of worldliness that they began to exhibit the symptoms of friendship with the world. They were no longer distinctively Christ-like.
Believers at Pergamum had blended right into the activities, entertainments, and habits of the lost world that displeased God. They lived just like all the pagans around them and were no longer distinctively Christlike.
Jesus reports that what is needed is for them to repent of friendship with the world and draw near to God.
We find here in Rev. 2:12-17 Christ’s second expectation of His Church. Jesus says to this church that to please God as His Children they must separate from sin.
Do you remember the common theme we see in five of the seven churches?They were not being obedient to the clear commands Christ had already given them to stay away from sin, thus they were not pleasing Him.
To Please God Separate From Sin
What had Jesus already asked for them to do, and taught them through their pastor’s ministry of the Word to them? Remember, God's Word is God speaking to us.
When we read the Word or hear it preached, taught, expounded upon and explained it is hearing God declare what His desires are for us as His people. This leads us to Paul’s very clear teachings about:
The Disobedience of the Compromised Christian
2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1 (NKJV) “And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” 17 Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” 18 “ I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.” 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
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