August 12, 2015
A pastor was in the middle of his series on the seven letters of Revelation and he noted that with the church in Smyrna Satan’s tactic was to work from the outside in. However, with the church in Pergamum, Satan was trying to destroy the church from within. Jesus said, “I know where you live—where Satan has his throne” (Rev 2:13 NIV). The pastor said, “The church was under tremendous pressure. You may think your city is bad, but you haven’t lived where Satan lives!” While the church itself was holding onto the name of Jesus, there were people in the congregation who were holding on the teachings of Balaam and the Nicolaitans.” Unfortunately many people today are trying so hard to be PC and inclusive that they too are allowing pagan teachings to infiltrate their thoughts and the church. The warning Jesus gave to Pergamum is applicable to us today, “Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth” (Rev 2:16 NIV).