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“I know where you live – where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me … Nevertheless, I have a few things against you…” (Revelation 2:13, 14).
The church in Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17), although they were faithful to God, allowed false teachings to seep into their church. People who promoted a lax attitude toward idolatry and sexual immorality were accepted and allowed to teach their ideas within the church. As a result, holiness and righteousness were eroded.
Pergamum had the opposite problem that Ephesus did. The church in Ephesus was intolerant of evil but forgot how to love, while the church at Pergamum tolerated evil and allowed it to exist within the church.
It often feels like Satan has his throne where I live, in Canada, in the twenty-first century. Does it feel that way where you live? Evil surrounds us. The question is: Have we, like those in Pergamum, allowed it to seep into our lives?
Do we tolerate sexual immorality? Is it so rampant that it doesn’t bother us anymore? That we no longer regard it as sin? Do the idols of money and success get worshipped in our churches, alongside our worship of God?
We must pay close attention to God’s warning: “Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against [those who do these things] with the sword of my mouth” (Revelation 2:16).
Holy God, show us the areas where we have allowed sin to take root in our lives. Forgive us and make us clean. We want to be holy. Show us how to walk in the truth.
Questions: What false teachings have had the most influence over you? How do we take a stand against evil while still remembering to love?
About the Author Suzanne Benner