The Doctrine Of Anything Goes
Rev. 2:18-29 says, “And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
CHRIST REVELATION OF HIMSELF TO THE CHURCH OF THYATIRA
“I am the Son of God, and my eyes are like a flame of fire.” What an introduction of Himself to a small church in the small but economically prosperous city of Thyatira. Interestingly enough, this is the actual hometown of Lydia, “the seller of purple.” Some even speculate that Lydia was the founder of this church. However biblically accurate this church may have been in its founding, it certainly was in poor spiritual condition at the time. Jesus reveals himself as the Son of God. Showing that He is not only a messenger sent by God, but rather God Himself with a message. The very fact that He is God meant that there was nothing at all hid from Him. Despite the fact that this church was abounding with good works, charity, service, even faith and patience, He could still see right through all of it! He was not fooled by their good works, and His eyes penetrated right through their self-righteous works.
THE CHURCH THAT SAID “ANYTHING GOES”
What was it that Jezebel was teaching the people? Anything goes! She was teaching them to commit fornication. The pastor of this church in Thyatira was allowing someone to stand up in his pulpit and preach a message that encouraged the people to place their faith in something other than Jesus Christ.
The doctrine of Jezebel was not a doctrine that would have been very seducing unless it had sounded biblical. No doubt this was doctrine was perverted the message of grace. This doctrine undoubtedly called for the people to believe that no matter how they lived, grace covered it. Sadly, they did not understand that grace not only demands holiness, but teaches holiness. (Titus Ch. 2:11-12). This is present in church today, especially in the younger generation. The Devil wants to come to church today. People who are living sinful destructive lives want to be accepted by the church today. We do have open arms and cry, “Come, the Master is calling; come to the foot of the Cross and receive forgiveness of sins.” But that does not allow for a message that teaches to live how you want and grace will cover it. That is not the message of grace. Grace is freedom from guilt and freedom from the power of sin!
THE REQUIREMENT OF GODLY LEADERSHIP
It is indicative that the pastor of this church was part of a group that had not accepted this teaching. His sin was not his acceptance of the teaching, but that he allowed the teaching to continue. The pastor was guilty of saying nothing. Saying nothing to offend anyone and allowing this ungodly doctrine to devastate the body of Christ at that time. Pastors and youth pastors all over our nation are so afraid of offending anyone that they allow things to go on that they don’t even agree with. Men and women called of God to shepherd the Lord’s sheep will stand before Him one day to give an account of what they allowed to go on in their churches. Do not be guilty of the sin of saying nothing.
*JUDGEMENT OR BLESSING *
Those who allow this doctrine to continue in their church, family, or even in their own hearts will find in the end terrible destruction. God is full of grace and mercy and awaits anyone who is ready to turn from his sins and errors with open arms. Those who will hold fast until the end and keep the faith will receive power over nations! What terrible destruction for those who remain in error, and what heights of blessing for those who obey the gospel!
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