The Church At Thyatira: Torn Between Two Lovers (9 of 39) by James Merritt

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THE CHURCH AT THYATIRA: TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS (9 of
39)
THE KING IS COMING
DR. JAMES MERRITT
REVELATION 2:18-29

INTRODUCTION

1. OF ALL OF THE LETTERS THAT JOHN WROTE TO THE SEVEN
CHURCHES, THIS IS BY FAR THE LONGEST. IT IS
INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE LONGEST LETTER IS WRITTEN
TO THE LEAST IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT CITY, THYATIRA
HAD NO POLITICAL INFLUENCE IT HAD VERY LITTLE CULTURAL
VALUE. COMMERCIALLY, THE ONLY CLAIM TO FAME THAT IT
THAT IT HAD WAS THAT IT WAS THE CENTER OF A WOOL AND
DYEING INDUSTRY.

2. WE ARE TOLD IN THE BOOK OF ACTS THAT LYDIA WAS FROM
THE CITY OF THYATIRA, AND IF YOU REMEMBER, SHE WAS A
MERCHANT OF PURPLE FABRICS. IT WAS A CITY THAT
MANUFACTURED A VERY PRECIOUS PURPLE DYE THAT CAME FROM
A PLANT THAT GREW SPECIFICALLY AROUND THYATIRA. THIS
DYE WAS SO RARE AND PRECIOUS THAT ONE POUND WOULD COST
THE AVERAGE WORKING MAN THREE YEARS OF WAGES. THIS WAS
THE ONLY CLAIM TO FAME THIS LITTLE CITY HAD - A LITTLE
DROP OF PURPLE DYE. IN A REAL SENSE, IT WAS A DEAD
TOWN LIVING ON DYE.

3. BUT THE CHURCH WAS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT STORY.
THERE WAS A MAGNIFICENT BODY OF BELIEVERS IN THIS
LITTLE CITY. AND BY AND LARGE IT WAS A VERY HEALTHY
BODY. IT WAS A VIBRANT, EXCITING CHURCH. BUT EVEN
THOUGH IT WAS A HEALTHY BODY, IT HAD A MALIGNANT
TUMOR. IT WAS A FIRM AND A FAITHFUL FELLOWSHIP BUT IT
HAD A FATAL FLAW. THEY HAD A JEWEL OF A PROBLEM AND
THAT JEWEL'S NAME WAS JEZEBEL.

4. THE PROBLEM IN THIS CHURCH WAS THAT MANY HAD CHOSEN
JEZEBEL OVER JESUS. MANY HAD BEGUN TO FOLLOW A LIAR
INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING THE LORD. IT WAS A CHURCH THAT
WAS TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS. IT IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING
AND BEWILDERING TO SEE HOW PEOPLE WILL FOLLOW A LIE
INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING THE TRUTH.

5. FOR EXAMPLE, HOW COULD ANYONE FOLLOW A JIM JONES
INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. HOW CAN A
MOVIE STAR, LIKE SHIRLEY MACLAINE FIND IT MORE
PLAUSIBLE TO BELIEVE IN REINCARNATION RATHER THAN THE
RESURREC ...


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