A Hard Place to Keep the Faith
Topic: Sermons Passage: Revelation 2:12–2:17
The church at Pergamum had both persecution (as in Smyrna) and false teaching (as in Ephesus) to deal with. They had experienced the martyrdom of Anitpas and had now also to deal with the faulty teaching of the Nicolaitnas, who like Balaam in the Old Testament (Numbers 31:16) offered teaching that led the people of God into idolatry and immorality. Bottom line: Jesus wants this church, as well as ours, to hold fast to the truth of the word of God and not allow false teaching and sinful practices to worm their way into the life of the church.