“To the Church in Pergamum”
There’s a prevailing idea in our culture, that as long as there’s consent and as long as you’re not hurting anyone (DIRECTLY), you should do whatever makes you happy. This is the kind of freedom that we celebrate!
And it’s not that bad of a rule. At first glance, the only ones in danger of getting hurt are people who have agreed to it or yourself. And so this is like the main idea of our time. You do you. And everyone has to accept it. And it’s even become a trait of our churches. We turn a blind eye and let people do what they want as long as they’re not hurting anyone.
I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but today, I just want to make the case that there’s a point when tolerance and compromise becomes harmful. When it’s no longer loving, but just apathetic – “I don’t care what you do or what happens to you, just don’t involve me.” When it’s no longer freedom but it’s slavery – “I can’t NOT do this. I MUST live like this. My heart needs it.”
And so here’s our question today. For ourselves, for our friendships, and for the church…
WHEN MUST WE CONFRONT WHAT IS WRONG?
Our answer is:
1) When INTEGRITY demands it
2) When INFLUENCE demands it
3) When INHERITANCE demands it
We get this from our passage today as we continue our series in Revelations.