Lesson Scriptures: Revelation 2:12-17
Key Lesson Theme: “Uncompromising with Truth”
Today's Lesson: Wednesday, June 16
14 But I have a few things against you. You have some there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to place a stumbling block in front of the Israelites: to eat meat sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality.
15 In the same way, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
What may seem minor can become major if left unattended. In Pergamos’s case, however, what the Lord was about to raise was in no way minor. His concern was for some things that threatened the strength of their witness and the integrity of the gospel. Anything that affects gospel witness must be taken seriously with immediacy.
The Christians had stood stalwartly in the face of external opposition, but they had become lax in dealing with some internal issues related to a sound faith. The Christians might not have much recourse against the external foes, but they certainly needed to be aggressive in dealing with those who were right there with them in the fellowship of believers. Their tolerance posed a threat to the church and the gospel of Christ that could not—should not—be ignored.
How did the story of Balaam apply to what was happening in Pergamos? Steve Gregg applies it this way. “What Balaam did, he did for money. Whether those in Pergamos were teaching false doctrine for pay, or simply teaching false doctrine, we do not know. What is evident is that sexual immorality and compromise with idolatry were being tolerated and even advocated by some in the church.” Summers notes that “Balaam was willing to make material gain at the cost of spiritual loss … some people at Pergamum are willing to do the same. They are willing to make spiritual compromise in order to further their material safety; they advise idol (emperor) worship as a means of safety; they teach evil living as a means of being friends to the Romans and escaping persecution.” Either way, the Lord was not pleased with it. Such should not be allowed to continue.
What are some lasting truths from Revelation 2:14-15?
>No church is perfect; therefore, every church needs to measure carefully its belief and behavior by the word of the Lord.
>The doctrine of the church ought to drive the behavior of its members.
>When doctrinal flaws and compromised behavior surface, the church has a responsibility to take corrective action.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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