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The Backslidden Church (7 of 41)
Series: The Unveiling
Jerry N Watts
* Today we begin 'Part 2' of the Revelation. Chapter 1 constitutes Part 1 of this book because it highlights the things which ''have been.'' Chapter 2 begins with the things which are. While we ''THINK'' it will be a good thing to get to the present-day things, caution might be the word to hold up. As we take a look at chapters 2 and 3, focusing on the churches mentioned, we may discover that looking in God's mirror is not what we think it is.
* Every morning I get up and look in a mirror only to discover one more sign of my flaws. The mirror gives me the picture of myself which other see. The mirror which we will hover in front of (in chapters 2 and 3) give us the image of how God sees us. We begin with the church at Ephesus. (Read Text)
* In his book entitled, Biblical Preaching, Haddon Robinson tells this story; In the 1700s missionaries from the London Missionary Society faced a multitude of obstacles and temptations in the South Pacific. Many of their problems on the island of Tonga came from other Europeans, who considered the missionaries a threat to their freewheeling lifestyle. One of the tactics used to undermine the work of the missionaries was to taunt them and mock them for their sexual purity. George Veeson, one of the ten missionaries on Tonga, could not withstand the pressure. He gave in and joined the Europeans in their promiscuous life among the natives. He took land, servants, and a harem of wives. But he did more than that. He disgraced himself, the London Missionary Society, and God. [Holwick: Veeson later publicly repented of his actions]
* It would seem that the most forgotten part of sin is the disgrace, shame, and reproach, which our sin brings to God. And there is no greater sin than the sin of 'backsliding.' In years past, there was much talk about backsliding and, as so many other things, today there is little talk about it. Yet, backs ...
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