Summary: Pergamum is known as The Compromising Church. We will look at the strengths of this church / Subtle Seduction of this church / Standard for the church.
Revelation 2:12-17 12 "To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. 13 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, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city-- where Satan lives. 14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality. 15 Likewise you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight 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 him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
I know where you live
I know your faithfulness
I know your failures (You’ve listened to the wrong voices- he who has an ear…)
I know your remedy
I know your reward
-Before 1974, there was a huge portion of land in the northern part of Australia that belonged to the superstitious Aborigines. That land was covered w/ green ants. The Aborigines believed that those green ants were sacred / descendants of their pagan gods.
-A mining company discovered huge deposits of uranium in that land. So they approached the Aborigines about purchasing that land and mining the uranium…but they would not budge: “If you destroy the land of our sacred green ants, our gods will pronounce a curse upon us, and we will have years of drought and famine.
-Well, in 1974, they sold that land to the mining companies. Do you know what changed their minds? 8.3 million dollars! “They may be gods, but for 8.3 million they can find another place to live!”
-Question: Are your convictions for sale? I know a lot of ppl have sold out for a lot less than 8 million dollars.
-Pergamum is known as The Compromising Church.
-It was real in John’s day, & there are many like it today, and it represents the church at large in history between the years of 300-500 A.D.
-In 313 A.D., the emperor Constantine declared Christianity to be the official religion of the Roman Empire, and the church moved out of the catacombs, and into the Cathedrals!
3 Things: Strength of this church / Subtle Seduction / Standard
1. The Strength of the Church
v. 12-13a I know where you live. I know what conditions you serve me under (where Satan’s seat [throne] is).
-The Lord says, “I know you’re serving me in a very evil place.” At the least, Satan was having His way in Pergamum.
-The city of Pergamum was known for its political power, and for emperor worship. It was the first city ever to have a temple dedicated to Caesar. And once a year the residents of Pergamum were forced to enter the temple of Caesar...forced to burn incense upon the altar of Caesar, and to say out loud, “Caesar is God.”