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Part 4: To the Church in Thayatira

Message to a Tolerant Church

“I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds.”  Revelation 2:20-22

“There was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the sight of the Lord, because Jezebel his wife incited him.”  1 Kings 21:25

Why We Tolerate Idolatry And Immorality

1. We desire to fit in with our culture

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  Romans 12:2

2. We minimize sin

“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” 1 Peter 2:24

3. We deny absolute truth

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness.”  Isaiah 5:20

4. We don’t balance truth with love

“‘Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.’”  

John 8:10-11

“All the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.” Acts 17:21

5. We don’t stand for truth

“All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth.” Psalm 25:10 KJV


“He who overcomes… I will give him the morning star.”  Revelation 2:26,28

“I am… the bright morning star.” Revelation 22:16