Topic: Pergamos: The Compromise Church(1)
Rev. 2:16 -Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
MFM Daily Devotional 7 October 2021 Outline
The third letter of Jesus Christ was written to the church in Pergamos. Pergamos was the greatest city in Asia. It was the capital with a very popular library that had more than two hundred thousand books. It was a great religious centre with two major shrines. One was dedicated to Zeus, the principal pagan deity.
The second was built for Asclepius who was called “The Saviour.” He was supposed to be the healing god. Asclepius was symbolised by a serpent. That was why God referred to Pergamos as the seat of satan. Rev. 2:14-15 (our Fire Scripture) says, “But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacriﬁced unto idols, and to commit fornication.
So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.” Balaam was a false prophet of the Old Testament who sold his services to an ungodly king and advised the Midianite women to tempt the Israelites to compromise their faith through idolatry (i.e. worshipping false gods or anything in place of the one true God) and immoral behaviour (Num. 22:5, 7; 25:1 -2; 31:16). For this reason, Balaam represents corrupt and deceptive teachers or preachers or any believer who leads or inﬂuences God’s people to compromise with worldly beliefs and behaviours, all for the sake of selﬁsh interests or personal advancement.
Beloved, by the two verses above, Jesus was saying that there were some people in the church of Pergamos who were teaching exactly the same thing that Balaam taught Balak. These types of people taught that once you are saved, you can do anything you like. They claimed that they can commit any sin as long as they come back to God to ask for forgiveness later, forgetting that even though God is love, He is also the consuming ﬁre.
Hope you are not having the spirit of Balaam in you. Are you a sheep or goat in the church? May the grace to be a true ambassador of the kingdom fall upon you, in the name of Jesus.
A compromising church cannot truly bear the life and the power of Jesus.
Let the stronghold of compromise in your soul catch fire and burn to ashes, in the name of Jesus.
Hymn: Stand up! stand up for Jesus
1. Stand up! stand up for Jesus,
Ye soldiers of the Cross!
Lift high His royal banner;
It must not suffer loss.
From vict’ry unto vict’ry
His army shall He lead,
Till ev’ry foe is vanquished,
And Christ is Lord indeed.
2. Stand up! stand up for Jesus!
The trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict,
In this His glorious day;
Ye that are men now serve
Him Against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger,
And strength to strength oppose.
3. Stand up! stand up for Jesus!
Stand in His strength alone:
The arm of flesh will fail you,
Ye dare not trust your own;
Put on the gospel armour,
Each piece put on with prayer;
Where duty calls, or danger,
Be never wanting there.
1. Spirit and power of compromise, die, in the name of Jesus.
2. Fire from the mouth of the Lord, consume my enemies, in the name of Jesus.
3. Arrows of weariness, die, in the name of Jesus.
4. My life, receive spiritual revival fire, in the name of Jesus.
5. Avengers of the past, die, in the name of Jesus.
6. Spirit of frustration, depart from my life, in the name of Jesus.
7. Negative spiritual deposit in my life, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.
Bible In One Year
MFM Daily Devotional 7th October 2021 for Thursday Message. The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal denomination founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several countries. It was founded by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya