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:

  • Praise for Pergamum
  • Problems in Pergamum
  • Promises to Pergamum

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.

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Greg Hodson

Greg came to Grace Church, Modesto from the UK in 1997. For many of the intervening years, he has functioned as a teaching elder in the fellowship. He is frequently involved in the teaching ministry and also leads the Internet Ministries and the Youth Ministry. Before coming to Grace Church, he was a teaching elder in a small village chapel in the UK for four years. He is married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

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