by Ernest Easley

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The Compromising Church - Part 1 (3 of 13)
Series: Touring the Churches
Ernest L. Easley
Revelation 2:12-17

As you're turning to Revelation 2, I'm curious: since coming to Christ in salvation, how many churches have you been a member of?

For you, if it's only been one church, raise your hand.
If it's been two churches, raise your hand.

How about three churches?
Four churches?
Five churches?
More than five churches?

How many of you have never been a member of a local church?

I started adding up the churches that I've been a member of over the years and for me, it's seven. My home church, the church I served as the student pastor, and five churches I've pastored over the last 30 years. Seven churches. And like the seven churches we are touring these days, all seven of them were different:

They had different strengths.
They had different sizes.
They had different strategies.
They had different struggles.
They had different situations.

They also had some similarities:

They all believed the Bible to be the Word of God.
They all believed in missions and ministry.
They all believed in evangelism.
They all believed in supporting missionaries.
They all believed that Jesus was the only way to heaven.

They all had differences as well as similarities; strengths and weaknesses. And that is true of all churches starting at Pentecost until the Rapture, when Jesus comes for His church.

And I'll tell you something else all seven of the churches I've been a member of have in common: a constant battle against Satan! He has been attacking the church of Jesus since Pentecost and He will continue to attack, dividing and disrupting hoping to destroy it until the rapture. And as we get closer to the second coming of Jesus, you can anticipate his devious acts to increase.

Hey folks: we better make hay while the sun shines! That's what our World Mission Offering is all about! It's about sacrificially giving while we still can in order to ge ...

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