The Church at Pergamum

In studying this passage of Scripture, this church is often referred to as the “Compromising Church.”

The church had become lazy in allowing false doctrine to permeate the church.

The problem is the people were eating food sacrificed to idols, which was religious compromise.

They were also committing sexual immorality, which is moral compromise.

“One compromise here, another there and soon enough the so-called Christian and the man in the world look the same” AW Tozer

As followers of Christ, this is something we need to be aware of and fight against in our personal lives.

I came across this story when studying this:

Winter was coming on and a hunter went out into the forest to shoot a bear out of which he planned to make a warm coat. By and by he saw a bear coming toward him and raised his gun and took aim. “Wait,” said the bear, “Why do you want to shoot me?” “Because I am cold,” said the hunter. “But I am hungry,” the bear replied, “so maybe we can reach an agreement.” In the end, the hunter was well enveloped with the bear’s fur and the bear had eaten his dinner.

What an apt picture and description of compromise.

What I have noticed about compromise is how it has a tendency to creep slowly into our lives. It usually doesn’t work quickly, and if we are not careful, like this bear, compromise will consume us.  It will become a part of us.  Worse yet, we will fully give in to sin, and allow it to consume us.

There is one simple remedy given for the problem of compromise: REPENT!

Repent is a command that applies to Christians, not only to those who first come to Jesus.

What this brings about is change, a change of the inner man, particularly with reference to accepting the will of God.

This causes us to think differently afterwards.

I want to end with a quote from Keith Green:

“No Compromise is what the whole Gospel of Jesus is all about… ‘For I tell you…no man can serve two masters…’ (Matt. 6:24). In a day when believers seem to be trying to please both the world and the Lord (which is an impossible thing), when people are far more concerned about offending their friends than offending God, there is only one answer…Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him!”

Let’s examine our hearts, and allow God to show us any areas where we may be compromising in our lives, in our relationship with God.

And, like the beginning of this passage reads, “remain loyal” to Jesus–in all areas, at all times.

 Have It All // Brian Johnson

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