Monday, February 8, 2010

Monday - Revelation 2:18-29

Thyatira - The Corrupt Church

We may not realize that, though the letters are written to the church, they are actually addressed to the "messenger" of the church. This is why I like to believe that the messenger is a local pastor of the church. If it is so then Jesus would be saying:

vs. 19,20 - "You, Pastor, are doing well personally. You love, serve, are patient, faithful; in fact, your works are more then before - you are growing in Me. But, pastor, you have allowed this woman, Jezebel, to deem herself a prophetess and you have given her a pulpit to teach your congregation that it is ok to eat and dine with others in these temples given to the worship of demons. In these temples, they seduce my children into sexual immorality and they fall."

The Pastor of Thyatira was an amazing man of God but he allowed a compromising, worldly woman to lead his congregation into the "depths of Satan". We have to be very careful with who we accompany ourselves with. For one thing, "bad company corrupts good morals". In other words, as time goes on, a compromising, worldly friend will lead you into their compromise before you lead them into the truth of the Word of God. Secondly, if other Christians or new believers start hanging out with this person because you are, they could easily be led astray by this impostor. So let us choose wisely the people that we walk with in this Christian life; and pray for one another to remain in the truth of God's Word.

This problem isn't just isolated to human relationships; it could be many things... T.V., movies, music, video games, myspace, etc. - What things do you think could possibly become a corrupter of good morals if used wrongly? Maybe in example in your own life?

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