From Pastor Perry

02/10/2013 Revelation 2:12-17

Revelation 2:12–17 (ESV)
The Third Letter:  To the Church in Pergamum
12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.
13 “ ‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. 15 So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’

This letter is addressed to the pastor of the church in Pergamum.  Pergamum is today’s modern Bergama, the ancient capital of Asia.  Pergamum became a center of the imperial religion.  Emperor worship was strong as well as the teaching of Balaam as mentioned in Numbers 31:16.  Balaam and the Nicolaitans both indulged in sexual immorality.  I like to think of the church in Pergamum as a church on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.   A church operating in a cesspool of other teachings and sexual immorality.  I guess the season of Mardi Gras is influencing me as I prepare for Ash Wednesday.  There are street ministries on Bourbon Street and they have a lot of work to do.  Operating in that environment is strongly needed, but one must remain strong and beware of the sinful culture and not let it creep into your worship and beliefs.  Unfortunately, it was creeping into the church.  This helps to bring more meaning to the verses in the letter that state the following.  13 ‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. 15 So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.  Verse 13 speaks of a faithful witness named Antipas.  This is the only place that he is mentioned in the Bible.  Antipas was an early martyr of the church at Pergamum and is believed to have been roasted alive by the governor.  Jesus is telling the pastor at the church that those who are being led astray by these false teachings need to repent and return to the right teachings or Jesus himself will deal with them.  "16 Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth."  To be honest, I don’t want to be fighting against Jesus.  The sword of His mouth brings true justice.  Heaven and Hell are very real, I want to be standing behind the Jesus.  Again this letter was written to the Church in Pergamum, but it is just as valid today.  Churches are bowing down to sexual imorality and false teachings in the name of postmodernism.  The only problem is postmodernism is NOT Christian.  We must stand firm in our teachings, even when people ridicule us because we are not going along with the ways of the world.  They say that Jesus is about love and they worship a loving God.  Well, Jesus is about Love and that is why he is warning us.  He is about forgiveness, now that’s love!  Are they listening to Jesus?  It is Jesus who is dictating these seven letters to John and is telling the church to repent.  To those who repent, His blessing mentioned in the third letter is this: “17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.”  This blessing is hard to figure out, but if Jesus is offering it, hey... I want it!  The manna could be what we are receiving at communion or maybe a reference to marriage feast to come in heaven.  The white stone?  It could be a reference to possibly an admission ticket to heaven or an acquittal.  Small stones have served many purposes.  In ancient Greece, a white stone was used to mark an acquittal in their court system.  Our ticket of course is not an actual white stone, but our faith in Jesus Christ.  Whatever the meaning is to this blessing, I know I want it!  I’m on Jesus side!  I pray: Lord, I live in a world that is giving in to false teachings, false religions, and actually endorsing sexual immorality within the churches.  Help me to stay true to your Word and walk according to your ways.  Help me to continue to study your Word and to recognize the difference between worldliness and Godliness.  Let your Holy Spirit shape and mold me according to your Will.  Thank you for your forgiveness of sins and restoring me into the kingdom of God.  Amen!

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