SUNDAY, AUGUST 5
Scripture: Revelation 2:18-20
Revelation 2:18-20 states, “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.” Jesus made something very clear to the church at Thyatira – passivity in the face of evil is sin! The Greek word for “allow” is eh-ah-o, which means to ‘tolerate or refuse to restrain.’ When sin seduces God’s servants by tolerance, God sends correction. The church at Thyatira had been taken captive by the demonic doctrine of tolerance. They apparently believed, just as a number of our churches do today, that certain realms of sexual immorality are OK and God will ignore their sins. Jesus said, “Not so!” If we refuse to restrain evil and tolerate what God hates, then Jesus the Judge says He will show up and be ready to act – terminally. If Jesus were to walk into some of our churches today, would anyone be left standing? God is intolerant of vile sin. Our redemptive Most High God knows that some actions bring irreparable darkness to mankind! God demands that we reflect His intolerance against vile sin. Would Jesus be convicted of hate speech in America today? Some politicians are committed to making God’s Word illegal and are doing so through hate speech legislation!