First, we must understand that Jesus never meant for His church to be separate from the world. I John 2
The church in Pergamum was falling into two traps
that threatened to destroy its impact in the world.
And they are the same 2 traps that the church is falling into today if we are not careful…
It is the tendency to: RATIONALIZE.
It is the tendency to: DESENSITIZE.
- Is it possible to become so much like the world, that you lose your ability to influence that world for Christ? Ask the church of Pergamum. YES!
- It is also possible to become so insulated from the world that you lose your ability to influence the world for Christ.
“The one who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
To the one who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna,
and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone
which no one knows except the one who receives it.’ Rev 2:17