What Jesus Says to His Church – Pergamum- The Compromised Church – 4 of 8
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APPLICATION / CHALLENGE
- Follow Pergamum’s good example. No matter how tough it gets, hold fast Jesus’ name and never deny Christian truths. The believers in Pergamum watched as one of their own—no doubt one of their leaders—was martyred for his faith. And they didn’t back off or fudge on the truth. We must not either.
You will be pressured to affirm that all religions are essentially the same.
They are not. The Scriptures call other religions “doctrines of demons”. I promise you this is not the politically correct view. I promise you you’ll pay a price if you hold fast on that one.
The Scriptures make it clear that there are just two genders: male and female.
We need to compassionately affirm this truth, in the face to gender confusion. I promise you this is not the politically correct view. I promise you you’ll pay a price if you hold fast on that one.
Follow Pergamum’s good example: No matter how tough it gets, hold fast Jesus’ name and never deny Christian truths.
- Avoid Pergamum’s compromises. There was a subset within the church of Pergamum who gave themselves over to the immorality of their culture. If that describes you, you must flee that temptation. God’s true, born-again children do not live in immorality. Jesus gives true, born-again children of God the power to have victory to overcome.
And if you’re tempted to remain passively uninvolved when you see a brother or sister who’s entrapped in sin, you must repent of that lack of love. We must repent of not helping others when they’re stuck in sin. If you were trapped in sin, you’d want someone else to rescue you.
- Finally, make use of that “sharp-two edged sword” Jesus told the church of Pergamum about. We all need daily exposure to the word of God. That’s why, in the front of your Sermon Study Guide, we’ve created some “Suggestions for Digging Deeper in Your Daily Quiet Time.” If you’re not in the habit of feeding on God’s word daily, you’re at risk of repeating the compromises of Pergamum, and facing the Lord’s discipline. But conversely, His Word will strengthen us to stand fast.
TAKE ONE STEP
Each week, write down one doable concrete step of obedience, small or large that you will put into practice this week. (James 1:22: “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”)