Monday, August 13, 2012

The Seven Churches in Revelation: Pergamum

"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. So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth."
(Revelation 2:14-16 ESV)
Extended Passage: Revelation 2:12-17

Pergamum is being rebuked in this passage for not sticking to the words and their faith, and mixing different religions in. They then decided to take some of the word, and leave other parts out so they could practice sexual immorality and idolatry. Before we go and start thinking ill of Pergamum, think about doing this in your own life. What parts of the bible do you tend to “skip over”, or just “forget” sometimes? Maybe it’s living with your boyfriend, overeating, getting drunk, etc.? This is something that I struggle with. I challenge myself and you to go through and read the passages that really convict you and pray about it. Don’t skip over or justify your actions!

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