In Part 4 of The letter to the church in Pergamum, we’ll look at the “So …” section. As in, so what’s next? In this letter, the next thing is to get an answer to the question we still had at the end of part 3, regarding whether Jesus’ words, Yet you remain true to my name, were for everyone or just for some people in the church.
Warning Against False Teachers of the Law
For the church in Pergamum, being where Satan lives and has his throne means there will be plenty of false teachers and false prophets. The question remains for this study though – were Jesus’ words a reminder, a warning or a wake-up call?
The same is true for us. In a way, these words are for all of us. Remember what Jesus said about Satan and this world. The entire passage is important for us to remember and to live out. It’s full of important things for us – the Holy Spirit, living as Jesus taught us, not being afraid, having peace. And for this topic, especially verses 30 and 31 at the end, regarding the prince of this world – Satan.
Don’t relentlessly collaborate as a “thing” for successful people seems to be at odds with being a successful Christian. After all, what about church? Bible study? Small groups? Christian community? Aren’t those all important things for a Christian? In fact, these Christian community meetings are so important, the author of Hebrews wrote about it in a passage the NIV titles A Call to Persevere.
But ultimately, for a Christian the key to success is knowing the difference between someone who can help us lead the kind of life taught by Jesus and led by the Holy Spirit, and someone who leads a life taught from the ideas of man rather than God.
Do Americans believe the Bible is true? Since this country is still overwhelmingly Christian, the answer must be yes. Doesn’t it? That depends. I think approximately 75% of the people claim to be Christian, that’s overwhelming to me. But how “Christian” are we? The Christian Bible is made up of both the Old and New Testaments, so maybe we have to look at them in two parts? Maybe some people believe the New Testament but not the Old? We’ll see about that. In any case, something’s wrong, because a recent LifeWay survey says a growing number say the Bible is not literally true.
Have you ever heard of a Grown-again Christian? Me neither. But the Apostle Paul did. “But for right now, friends, I’m completely frustrated by your unspiritual dealings with each other and with God. You’re acting like infants in relation to Christ, capable of nothing much more than nursing at the breast.” The Message