Resuming our intermittent series from the letters to the seven churches in Revelation, we look at the letter to Pergamum. This was a large and important city at the time John wrote these words, and a center of idolatry and wickedness. It was a very hard place to be a Christian. We notice the following from the letter:
We see that the church was tolerating compromise among its members with open worldliness and the idols of the day. Faced with being accepted in the world or being ostracized, some had chosen to follow the world.
The need for purity in the church is stressed and we are challenged to examine our own hearts and lives to see if we too are compromising in this way for the sake of being accepted by the world.