Now on to The Doctrine of Balaam. The lesson here is that you cannot curse what God has blessed. However, free choice, fueled by compromise and liberalism, can entice followers to leave God’s protection by disobeying Him. People can harm themselves when enticed by fleshly and sexual appetites. Where might you be compromising? Ask God to help you see clearly.
The Pergamos mentality may please men, but it does not please God. There is a very troubling trend toward moral compromise in the evangelical church. I’ve witnessed soft porn images on Christian websites, questionable movie clips played during sermons, and youth pastors talk about their favorite sexually charged movie with the youth, all under the guise of “relating” to the culture. Wake up Pergamos!
The church in Pergamos, and many today, still “have there those who hold” to false doctrine - that purity and holiness do not matter. Reader Harris once challenged a congregation about power and purity: “Those who want power, line up to my right. Those who want purity, line up to my left.” The congregation lined up 10 to 1 - for Power! It's no secret why we lack New Testament power - because we lack New Testament purity. Our silence about sin and obedience is deafening.
I’ve learned that the little compromises lead to the big problems. How do little compromises begin, “It’s just one drink! A little flirting is not a big deal. It’s a harmless glance...or two. We’ll make a little money on the side - no one will get hurt. I’ll buy just one more prescription to get through this week. Kids sports will be over in a few years - then we’ll get back to church.” And on and on it goes.
Most walk away from Christ not because He fails them, or because the Word of God proves to be untrue, but because of the love of this world (gratifying the flesh). In short, The Doctrine of Balaam. We cannot overlook the seriousness of this issue. Jesus said that the worries and desires of this world, along with the deceitfulness of wealth, come in and choke the Word of God, making it unfruitful (cf. Mark 4:19).
The passion we once had for the purity of God’s Word can easily be exchanged for the pollutants of the world. What we put into our mind affects our relationship with God at a very deep level. Remove the “little” compromises before the “big” problems are born. Jesus adds. “If you don't remove them or deal with them, I will...and you may find yourself fighting against Me” (paraphrasing Rev. 2:15).
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