And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock 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 Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. (Revelation 2:12-17).
The Church of Pergamos was allowing false doctrine to be taught amongst them. That is the way of many churches today. They have left sound doctrine that they may follow a lie. Most of the churches today are led by the congregation instead of the Pastor.
The statement I am about to make will shock you, but true nonetheless. The Church was never meant to be a democracy. The Pastor is to have final say that is why he is the shepherd leading the flock. Unfortunately, when a pastor says something the church doesn't like nowadays, they get a board meeting together and vote him out. I don't agree with it and never will. If the preacher doesn't preach to your views, leave. I have on many occasions. It is not my job to vote him out, God will do that.
If many of the preachers today that preach once saved, always saved were to see the light of holy living and preached it, they wouldn't have time to pack they would be kicked to the curb so fast. The deacons were placed in the church as helps to the pastor, not as "mob" enforcers.
And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. (Revelation 2:18-23).
The Church of Thyatira had failed God by allowing a woman that was a false prophet to preach to them. Not only that, but she was a whore. I read this and I see churches today with leaders with no backbone. They are afraid to tell their members how God stands on marriage. They divorce left and right, some even shacking up yet they sit in church every Sunday.
I am going to tell you a unknown secret. Many people today think the miracles of God and praying for the sick aren't for today. It isn't that, Jesus is just as alive today as He was two thousand years ago. However, where sin is tolerated in a church and its members are allowed to sin openly and the pastor puts his stamp of approval on it, the power of God will not work. The Holy Spirit isn't even there.
I say I was right once and will be again, but I am very sensitive to the power of God, more so than most people that say they are Christians. I have been in churches where the deadness could be felt. I preached to a congregation once and in the middle of the sermon I looked out and it was like preaching to a cemetery. The verse from Ezekiel came to my mind immediately And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest (Ezekiel 37:3).
I have heard people throw off on the church I went to, calling it fake and all kinds of lies. Why? It is simply because they can't figure it out and choose to remain ignorant. I am grateful to God that I had and have a pastor who will not bend or compromise to suit people or the devil. I heard an ignorant preacher say once, "you can't be too heavenly minded or you will be no earthly good." Well, I believe it is the other way around. That is what is wrong with the youth today. The churches have allowed the world's music and all sorts of garbage and labeled it "Christian" to make them happy. The world's Rock N' Roll will not help the young people. That music came from the devil and is going back to hell where it came from. I had enough sense at about seven to know that wasn't godly music, yet we got grown people that can't figure it out. I may have made some mad, but study the world's music and the times it came along and you will see I am truthful if you are honest-hearted. You don't build on the world's rock, but Heaven's Rock Christ Jesus.
But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.But that which ye have already hold fast till I come (Revelation 2:24, 25). Thank God we do not answer for other people's stupidity. When judgment day comes no one will have the right to blame anyone. Not everyone you know will be won to God; you just as well as face it, now. Some people don't want truth, therefore God won't want them. In the end when God has wiped our memories of them, He will wipe His; to never think of them again.
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father (Revelation 2:26, 27). Some people say the Saints can't tell right from wrong, nonsense. They will one day rule the New Earth with Christ at the head. How? The same way I have been teaching, through the Word of God.