In today’s devotion, I’ll begin the Lord’s message to the local church in the city of Pergamos. My text is Revelation 2:12 where we see, “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;” (KJV) The church in Pergamos is the 3rd church the Lord addresses and is a very interesting and revealing church. The name “Pergamos” means “illegal marriage” and represents how this church “married” the ungodly world of their day. This same characteristic is seen in so many places called “churches” in the day we live in. The Lord Jesus never meant for His church to become worldly and it is a trap laid by Satan for any church to lower their Biblical standards to entice “seekers” to come and be a part of their church.
The Word of God teaches that the church is to be a reproving force in this world concerning sin and ungodliness. The Word of God declares that the church is to “”come out” of this ungodly world and to magnify Jesus Christ and the power of the New Birth to this unsaved world. In II Corinthians 6:17, we see this declared, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” (KJV) This scripture is self-explanatory and leaves no room for being mistaken about our Lord’s intent for His people, but so many today are just like the church in Pergamos. They have married themselves to the ungodliness of this world and have not only allowed the world into their churches, but they are inviting the pleasures of sin into their so-called ministries which will corrupt their spiritual standing with God and they will lose any favor with God that they once had.
Pastor Joey Durham