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The Church That Was Too Accepting And The Church That Was Too Tolerant

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September 7, 2020
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Is it possible for Christians to be too accepting and too tolerant? Our culture which celebrates inclusiveness would emphatically answer; “No!” But God’s Word says; “Yes” as we will see in Jesus’ message to the Christians in Pergamum and Thyatira.

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The Church That Was Too Accepting And The Church That Was Too Tolerant

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTISTCHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"WITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • IS IT POSSIBLE FOR CHRISTIANSTO BE TOO ACCEPTING
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  • AND TOO TOLERANT?
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  • OUR CULTURE WHICHAPPLAUDS INCLUSIVENESS
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  • EMPHATICALLY ANSWERS, NO,
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  • BUT GOD'S WORD SAYS, YES,
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  • AS WE WILL SEE IN JESUS' MESSAGE
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  • TO THE CHRISTIANS INPERGAMUM AND THYATIRA.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED, "THECHURCH THAT WAS TOO ACCEPTING,
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  • AND THE CHURCH THATWAS TOO TOLERANT."
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] COULD TODAY'SDISTURBING HEADLINES
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  • BE A SIGN THAT WE'RELIVING IN THE END TIMES?
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  • IN HIS BRAND NEW BOOK,
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  • "THE RAPTURE: FACT OR FANTASY?"
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESSEXPLAINS WHERE WE ARE
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  • ON GOD'S PROPHETIC TIMELINE,
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  • AND ANSWERS YOURDOUBTS AND QUESTIONS
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  • ABOUT THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.
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  • LEARN WHY YOU CAN HAVE HOPE
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  • AND PEACE ABOUT GOD'SPLAN FOR THE FUTURE,
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  • BY REQUESTING DR.JEFFRESS' BRAND NEW BOOK,
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  • "THE RAPTURE: FACT OR FANTASY?"
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  • A COPY IS YOURS WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • FRANCESCO GIOCONDOWAS A NEW HUSBAND
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  • WHO WANTED TO HONORHIS NEW BRIDE.
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  • AND HE FELT LIKE PERHAPSTHE BEST WAY TO DO IT
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  • WAS TO COMMISSIONA PAINTING OF HER
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  • THAT WOULD CAPTUREHER STUNNING BEAUTY.
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  • HE REALIZED THAT THE MOREACCURATE THE PORTRAIT WAS,
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  • THE MORE HONOR IT WOULDBRING TO HIS NEW WIFE.
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  • SO HE SCOURED THE EARTH,
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  • AND HE FINALLY FOUNDTHE PAINTER FOR IT.
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  • PERHAPS YOU'VE HEARD OFHIM, LEONARDO DA VINCI.
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  • AND THE PAINTINGTHAT HAS NOW HUNG
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  • IN THE HALLS OFKINGS AND QUEENS,
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  • NOW IS IN PARIS, FRANCEIS CALLED THE MONA LISA.
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  • TODAY IT'S VALUED AT WELLOVER A HALF OF BILLION DOLLARS
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  • BECAUSE IT IS ABEAUTIFUL PAINTING
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  • THAT ACCURATELYREPRESENTS THE BRIDE.
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  • I THOUGHT OF THAT THIS WEEK,
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  • AS I WAS PREPARING THEMESSAGE ON REVELATION 2,
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  • AND REVELATION 3,
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  • WHY IS IT THAT GOD IS SOINTERESTED IN THE CHURCH
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  • AND WHAT HAPPENS IN THE CHURCH?
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  • WELL, GOD LOVES HISSON, JESUS CHRIST.
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  • HE WANTS THE WORLDTO BE CAPTURED
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  • AND CAPTIVATED BY THE BEAUTYAND THE GLORY OF CHRIST.
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  • AND YET CHRIST ISIN HEAVEN RIGHT NOW.
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  • THE ONLY THING THAT THEWORLD CAN SEE OF JESUS CHRIST
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  • IS THE BODY OFCHRIST, THE CHURCH.
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  • THE LOCAL CHURCH IS THEREPRESENTATION OF JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AND WHAT THE WORLDTHINKS OF THE CHURCH,
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  • IT ENDS UP THINKINGABOUT JESUS HIMSELF.
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  • THAT IS WHY GOD IS SOINTERESTED IN MAKING SURE
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  • THAT THE CHURCH REFLECTS THEBEAUTY AND THE GLORY OF JESUS.
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  • AND THAT'S WHY WE FINDIN REVELATION 2 AND 3,
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  • A CONDITION, A REPORT OF THESEVEN CHURCHES IN ASIA MINOR.
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  • AS WE READ THESE REPORTS OFCHURCHES FROM 2000 YEARS AGO,
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  • WE DISCOVER WHAT GODADMIRES AND WHAT GOD ABHORS,
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  • NOT ONLY IN THE CHURCH,
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  • BUT IN THE LIVES OF THOSE OFUS WHO MAKE UP THE CHURCH.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES,
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  • I WANT YOU TO TURNTO REVELATION 2,
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  • WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THECHURCH THAT WAS TOO ACCEPTING,
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  • AND THE CHURCH THATWAS TOO TOLERANT.
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  • REVELATION 2.
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  • LAST TIME WE BEGAN BY LOOKINGAT THE FIRST TWO CHURCHES,
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  • THE CHURCH AT EPHESUS, ICALLED IT THE COLD CHURCH.
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  • EVEN THOUGH THE CHURCH WASORTHODOX, IT WAS HARDWORKING,
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  • IT HAD A TREMENDOUS REPUTATION,
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  • THEY HAD LEFT THEIR FIRST LOVE.
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  • WHICH IS NOT JUSTA LOVE FOR JESUS,
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  • BUT A COMMITMENT TO OBEY HIM.
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  • SMYRNA WAS THE SECOND CHURCH.
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  • IT WAS A CHURCH THAT HAD NONEGATIVE THING TO SAY ABOUT IT.
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  • JESUS ONLY COMMENDED THEM
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  • FOR BEING A CHURCHTHAT WAS OBEDIENT
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  • IN THE MIDST OF PERSECUTION.
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  • AND NOW WE COME INREVELATION 2:12 TO THE
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  • THIRD CHURCH, THECHURCH AT PERGAMUM.
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  • I CALL IT THECOMPROMISING CHURCH.
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  • LEMME JUST SAY A WORDABOUT THE CITY OF PERGAMUM,
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  • FOR 400 YEARS, IT HAD BEENTHE CAPITAL OF ASIA MINOR.
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  • IT WAS NEAR THEANCIENT CITY OF TROY.
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  • THERE WERE A NUMBER OFPAGAN TEMPLES IN PERGAMUM.
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  • PERHAPS THE BEST KNOWN WAS THEONE ON TOP OF THE ACROPOLIS,
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  • THE HIGHEST POINT IN THE CITY.
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  • IT WAS A 40-FOOT ALTARTO THE GREEK GOD, ZEUS.
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  • I THINK PERHAPS JESUSHAD THIS IN MIND
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  • WHEN HE DESCRIBEDPERGAMUM IN VERSE 13
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  • AS THE DWELLING PLACEOR THE THRONE OF SATAN.
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  • THE DESCRIPTION OF CHRIST
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  • IS SUITED FOR THECHURCH AT PERGAMUM.
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  • REMEMBER EVERY LETTER BEGINSWITH A PARTICULAR DESCRIPTION
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  • OF CHRIST FROM REVELATION 1.
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  • ONE ASPECT OF THATDESCRIPTION OF WHAT JOHN SAW
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  • THAT IS PARTICULARLY SUITEDFOR THE PROBLEM IN THE CHURCH.
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  • HE SAYS IN VERSE 12,"TO THE ANGEL,
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  • THE PASTOR OF THE CHURCHIN PERGAMUM WRITE,
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  • THE ONE WHO HAS THESHARP TWO-EDGED SWORD..."
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  • SOMEBODY ASKED ME LAST WEEK,"WHAT IS THE TWO-EDGED SWORD?"
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  • WELL, IT WAS ONE MAINROMAN KILLING MACHINE.
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  • IT HAD TWO BLADES ONIT, ON EITHER SIDE.
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  • AND SO IT WOULD SLICE SOMEBODYTHROUGH WITH ONE SWING,
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  • AND FINISH THE JOB OFFWITH THE FINAL SWING.
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  • THE REASON THIS IS APPLICABLETO PERGAMUM IS AS THE CAPITAL,
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  • THE GOVERNOR OF PERGAMUMHAD THE AUTHORITY FROM ROME
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  • TO CARRY OUT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.
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  • HE HAD THE ABILITY TOUSE THE TWO-EDGED SWORD
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  • TO TAKE A LIFE.
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  • IT'S INTERESTINGTHAT IN HEBREWS 4:12,
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  • THE WORD OF GOD ISDESCRIBED AS BEING SHARPER
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  • THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.
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  • AND YOU FIND THIS SWORDCOMING INTO PLAY AGAIN
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  • WHEN JESUS RETURNSIN REVELATION 19:15,
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  • AS THE BATTLE ISRAGING AT ARMAGEDDON,
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  • LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENS,"AND FROM JESUS' MOUTH
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  • COMES A SHARP SWORD,SO THAT WITH IT,
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  • HE MAY SMITE THE NATIONS
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  • AND HE WILL RULE THEMWITH A ROD OF IRON."
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  • VERSE 21 SAYS, "ANDTHE REST OF THEM
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  • WERE KILLED WITH THE SWORD,
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  • WHICH CAME FROM THE MOUTH OFHIM WHO SAT UP ON THE HORSE.
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  • AND ALL THE BIRDS WEREFILLED WITH THEIR FLESH."
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  • THE SWORD, THE WORD OF GOD,
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  • COMING FROM THE MOUTH OF JESUS
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  • IS GOING TO BE USED IN THE LASTDAYS TO SLAY THE WICKED.
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  • BUT THAT SAME SWORD HAS APURPOSE IN THE LIFE OF
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  • CHRISTIANS. IT IS THAT SWORD,THAT WORD OF GOD,
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  • THAT SEPARATES US AS CHRISTIANSFROM AN UNRIGHTEOUS LIFE.
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  • IT FREES US TO SERVE CHRISTFROM THE BONDAGE OF SIN.
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  • LOOK AT THE AFFIRMATION OFPERGAMUM BEGINNING IN VERSE 13,
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  • HE SAID, "I KNOWWHERE YOU DWELL,
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  • WHERE SATAN'S THRONE IS,
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  • AND THAT YOU HOLD FAST MY NAME,
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  • AND YOU DO NOT DENY MY FAITH."
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  • JESUS SAID, I KNOWEXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE
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  • CHRISTIANS AT PERGAMUM.
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  • I KNOW IT'S NOT EASYIN A CITY LIKE THAT
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  • BEING FAITHFUL TO ME.
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  • YOU'RE WHERE SATAN'S THRONEIS, THE CENTER OF IDOLATRY.
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  • GOD WANTS HIS LIGHTSHONE EVERYWHERE.
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  • AND THAT'S WHAT WASHAPPENING IN PERGAMUM.
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  • HE SAID, "I KNOWWHERE YOU DWELL,
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  • YOU'RE WHERE SATAN'S THRONE IS,
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  • YOU'VE BECOME FAITHFUL.
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  • EVEN IN THE DAYS OFANTIPAS MY WITNESS,
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  • MY FAITHFUL ONE WHOWAS KILLED AMONG YOU,
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  • WHERE SATAN DWELLS."
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  • NEVERTHELESS, EVEN THOUGHTHE CHURCH WAS FAITHFUL
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  • IN SOME WAY, JESUS SAID, "IHAVE SOMETHING AGAINST YOU."
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  • BEGINNING IN VERSE 14,"BECAUSE YOU HAVE THERE
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  • SOME WHO HOLD THETEACHING OF BALAAM,
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  • WHO KEPT TEACHING BALAKTO PUT A STUMBLING BLOCK
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  • BEFORE THE SONS OF ISRAEL,
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  • TO EAT THINGSSACRIFICED TO IDOLS,
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  • AND TO COMMIT ACTSOF IMMORALITY.
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  • THUS, ALSO YOU HAVE IN SOME WAY,
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  • THOSE WHO HOLD THE TEACHINGOF THE NICOLAITANS.
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  • REPENT THEREFORE, OR ELSEI'M COMING TO YOU QUICKLY,
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  • AND I WILL MAKE WAR AGAINST THEM
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  • WITH THE SWORD OF MY MOUTH."
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  • TWO FALSE DOCTRINES THECHURCH WAS BUYING INTO.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, THEDOCTRINE OF BALAAM.
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  • BALAAM WAS A PROPHET FOR HIRE.
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  • HE WOULD SELL HIS SERVICES
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  • TO ANYBODY WHOWANTED TO EMPLOY HIM.
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  • SO THE KING OF MOABNAMED BALAK SAID,
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  • "I'D LIKE TO HIREYOU TO CURSE ISRAEL."
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  • WELL, BALAAM FIGUREDOUT REAL SOON
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  • THAT WASN'T A SMART THING TO DO,
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  • TO CURSE GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE.
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  • SO HE REFUSED TO CURSETHEM, BUT HE SAID TO BALAK,
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  • HE SAID, "NOW, IF YOUREALLY WANT TO DESTROY ISRAEL,
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  • HERE'S WHAT TO DO.
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  • JUST GET THEM TO INTERMARRYWITH UNBELIEVERS.
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  • AND THAT WILLWEAKEN THEIR NATION.
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  • IT WILL DILUTE THEIR FAITH."
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  • 2ND CORINTHIANS 6:14 SAYS,
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  • "DO NOT BE BOUND TOGETHERWITH UNBELIEVERS.
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  • FOR WHAT PARTNERSHIP HASRIGHTEOUSNESS AND LAWLESSNESS?
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  • WHAT FELLOWSHIP HASLIGHT WITH DARKNESS?"
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  • FOR THOSE OF YOU LISTENINGTO THIS BROADCAST,
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  • FOR THOSE OF YOUWHO ARE HERE TODAY,
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  • I DON'T THINK A CHRISTIANSHOULD EVER MARRY
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  • OR EVEN DATE AN UNBELIEVER.
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  • I MEAN, A DATE MAYNOT LEAD TO MARRIAGE,
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  • BUT SOMETIME IT'S GOING TOLEAD TO A MARRIAGE.
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  • AND THAT'S WHY YOU'RE NOT TO BE
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  • IN ANY KIND OF EMOTIONALRELATIONSHIP WITH AN UNBELIEVER.
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  • NOW I'M GOINGTO TELL YOU
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  • AS A PASTOR FOR MORE THAN 40YEARS, 99 TIMES OUT OF A HUNDRED
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  • THE BELIEVER DOESN'TLIFT UP THE UNBELIEVER
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  • TO WHERE HE IS SPIRITUALLY,
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  • THE UNBELIEVER DRAGS DOWN THEBELIEVER TO WHERE THEY ARE.
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  • GOD UNDERSTANDS THAT PRINCIPLE.
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  • AND THAT'S WHY HESAYS DON'T BUY IN
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  • TO THE DOCTRINE OFBALAAM, INTERMARRIAGE.
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  • AND THEN HE SAYS, NOT ONLY THAT,
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  • YOU SUBSCRIBED TO THE DOCTRINEOF THE NICOLAITANS, VERSE 15.
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  • WHO WERE THE NICOLAITANS?
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  • MOST BIBLE SCHOLARS BELIEVE
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  • IT WAS A FALSE SECTOF CHRISTIANITY
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  • FOUNDED BY NICOLAS, WHO'SMENTIONED IN ACTS 6:5,
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  • AS ONE OF THEFIRST SEVEN DEACONS
  • 00:10:59.815 --> 00:11:02.184
  • THAT WAS CHOSEN BYTHE EARLY CHURCH.
  • 00:11:02.218 --> 00:11:04.653
  • NICOLAS, A PROSELYTEFROM ANTIOCH, IT SAYS,
  • 00:11:04.687 --> 00:11:08.491
  • WAS PROBABLY THE FOUNDER OFTHIS FALSE SECT OF CHRISTIANITY.
  • 00:11:08.524 --> 00:11:14.663
  • WHAT WAS THE DOCTRINEOF THE NICOLAITANS?
  • 00:11:14.697 --> 00:11:15.931
  • WELL, IT WAS A DOCTRINETHAT ALLOWED CHRISTIANS
  • 00:11:15.965 --> 00:11:18.701
  • TO ENGAGE IN SEXUAL IMMORALITY,
  • 00:11:18.734 --> 00:11:21.771
  • AND ALSO TO PARTICIPATEIN THE PAGAN FEAST
  • 00:11:21.804 --> 00:11:24.974
  • OF THESE FALSE GODS.
  • 00:11:25.007 --> 00:11:26.909
  • AND THEY CAME TO THATCONCLUSION BASED ON TWO HERESIES
  • 00:11:26.942 --> 00:11:30.846
  • THAT THE NICOLAITANSBOUGHT INTO.
  • 00:11:30.880 --> 00:11:32.481
  • FIRST OF ALL, THEYDISTORTED CHRISTIAN LIBERTY,
  • 00:11:32.515 --> 00:11:36.152
  • AND YOU SEE THE SAMETHING HAPPENING TODAY.
  • 00:11:36.185 --> 00:11:39.054
  • THEY WENT AROUND SAYING"WE'RE FREE IN CHRIST.
  • 00:11:39.088 --> 00:11:42.591
  • FREEDOM IN CHRIST.
  • 00:11:42.625 --> 00:11:44.393
  • WE DON'T HAVE TO OBEY SOMELIST OF LAWS ANY LONGER.
  • 00:11:44.426 --> 00:11:47.696
  • WE'RE FREE IN CHRIST."
  • 00:11:47.730 --> 00:11:49.331
  • AND INDEED PAUL SAIDIN GALATIANS 5:13,
  • 00:11:49.365 --> 00:11:52.434
  • WE WERE CALLED TO FREEDOM.GOD HAS CALLED US TO FREEDOM.
  • 00:11:52.468 --> 00:11:58.874
  • BUT THEY DON'T QUOTE WHATELSE HE SAID IN VERSE 13,
  • 00:11:58.908 --> 00:12:00.409
  • "DON'T TURN YOUR FREEDOM INTOAN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE FLESH,
  • 00:12:00.442 --> 00:12:05.214
  • BUT THROUGH LOVE,SERVE ONE ANOTHER."
  • 00:12:05.247 --> 00:12:08.050
  • LISTEN TO ME THIS MORNING.
  • 00:12:08.083 --> 00:12:09.652
  • YES, WE'RE SAVED BY GRACE,
  • 00:12:09.685 --> 00:12:12.555
  • BUT GRACE IS NOT THE FREEDOMTO DO WHAT WE WANT TO DO.
  • 00:12:12.588 --> 00:12:18.994
  • GRACE IS THE FREEDOM TO DOWHAT GOD WANTS US TO DO.
  • 00:12:19.028 --> 00:12:22.331
  • IN MANY WAYS, GRACE IS ASTRICTER REQUIREMENT
  • 00:12:22.364 --> 00:12:25.601
  • THAN LAW IS. THE BIBLE SAYS,DON'T USE YOUR FREEDOM IN CHRIST
  • 00:12:25.634 --> 00:12:32.208
  • AS A LICENSE FOR SIN.
  • 00:12:32.241 --> 00:12:34.343
  • THAT'S WHAT THE NICOLAITANS DID.
  • 00:12:34.376 --> 00:12:36.178
  • THEY DISTORTEDCHRISTIAN LIBERTY.
  • 00:12:36.212 --> 00:12:38.647
  • SECONDLY, THE NICOLAITANSEMBRACED GNOSTICISM.
  • 00:12:38.681 --> 00:12:42.685
  • NOW, I DON'T WANT TO GETOFF INTO THE WEEDS HERE,
  • 00:12:42.718 --> 00:12:44.753
  • BUT GNOSTICISM WAS THEGREEK PHILOSOPHY OF DUALISM,
  • 00:12:44.787 --> 00:12:48.958
  • THAT SEPARATED THEBODY AND THE SPIRIT.
  • 00:12:48.991 --> 00:12:51.327
  • THE GNOSTIC SAID,"THE SPIRIT IS GOOD,
  • 00:12:51.360 --> 00:12:55.831
  • BUT THE BODY, THAT WHICHIS MATERIAL IS EVIL."
  • 00:12:55.865 --> 00:12:59.969
  • NOW HERE'S THEPROBLEM WITH THAT,
  • 00:13:00.002 --> 00:13:02.271
  • WHEN IT COMES TO SIN,
  • 00:13:02.304 --> 00:13:04.540
  • THEY SAID, "BECAUSEYOUR FLESH IS EVIL,
  • 00:13:04.573 --> 00:13:06.842
  • YOU DON'T HAVE ANYCHOICE BUT TO SIN.
  • 00:13:06.876 --> 00:13:09.144
  • BUT WHEN YOU SIN THAT'SNOT REALLY YOU DOING IT,
  • 00:13:09.178 --> 00:13:12.848
  • THE REAL YOU IS YOUR SPIRIT.THAT'S JUST YOUR OLD PERSON.
  • 00:13:12.882 --> 00:13:15.951
  • THAT'S YOUR FLESH DOING THAT."
  • 00:13:15.985 --> 00:13:18.254
  • LISTEN, THE BIBLE DOESN'TMAKE THAT DICHOTOMY.
  • 00:13:18.287 --> 00:13:21.323
  • WHEN JESUS REDEEMS YOU, HEDOESN'T JUST REDEEM YOUR SPIRIT,
  • 00:13:21.357 --> 00:13:24.493
  • HE REDEEMS YOUR BODY AS WELL.
  • 00:13:24.526 --> 00:13:26.629
  • GOD DOES CARE WHATYOU DO WITH YOUR BODY.
  • 00:13:26.662 --> 00:13:29.365
  • THAT'S WHY IN 1CORINTHIANS 6:18-19,
  • 00:13:29.398 --> 00:13:32.334
  • PAUL SAYS, "FLEE IMMORALITY.
  • 00:13:32.368 --> 00:13:34.770
  • "EVERY OTHER SIN THAT A MANCOMMITS IS OUTSIDE THE BODY,
  • 00:13:34.803 --> 00:13:38.040
  • "BUT THE IMMORAL MAN SINSAGAINST HIS OWN BODY.
  • 00:13:38.073 --> 00:13:41.343
  • "OR DO YOU NOT KNOWTHAT YOUR BODY
  • 00:13:41.377 --> 00:13:43.946
  • "IS THE TEMPLE OFTHE HOLY SPIRIT?"
  • 00:13:43.979 --> 00:13:46.882
  • WHAT WAS THE REMEDY TO THISFALSE DOCTRINE OF BALAAM
  • 00:13:46.916 --> 00:13:51.587
  • AND THE NICOLAITANS
  • 00:13:51.620 --> 00:13:53.088
  • THAT THE CHURCH OFPERGAMUM HAD BOUGHT INTO?
  • 00:13:53.122 --> 00:13:55.591
  • HE SAYS IT IN ONE WORD,VERSE 16, HE SAYS,
  • 00:13:55.624 --> 00:13:58.027
  • "REPENT, STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING.
  • 00:13:58.060 --> 00:14:01.363
  • AND TURN AROUND AND STARTHEADING IN A NEW DIRECTION.
  • 00:14:01.397 --> 00:14:04.433
  • IF NOT," HE SAID IN VERSE 16,"I'M COMING TO YOU QUICKLY,
  • 00:14:04.466 --> 00:14:09.204
  • AND I WILL MAKE WAR AGAINST YOUWITH THE SWORD OF MY MOUTH."
  • 00:14:09.238 --> 00:14:15.210
  • THE SAME SWORD,
  • 00:14:15.244 --> 00:14:16.879
  • THE SAME WORD THAT I'MGOING TO EXTINGUISH
  • 00:14:16.912 --> 00:14:21.350
  • NON-CHRISTIANS WITHAT MY SECOND COMING,
  • 00:14:21.383 --> 00:14:23.552
  • THAT SAME TWO-EDGED SWORD
  • 00:14:23.585 --> 00:14:25.554
  • I'M GOING TO USE AGAINSTYOU CHRISTIANS
  • 00:14:25.587 --> 00:14:28.257
  • LIVING A DISOBEDIENT LIFE.
  • 00:14:28.290 --> 00:14:32.528
  • YOU ARE IN THE SAME CATEGORYAS AN ENEMY OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:14:32.561 --> 00:14:38.634
  • THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSEWHO CONTINUE IN DISOBEDIENCE.
  • 00:14:38.667 --> 00:14:44.073
  • NOTICE THE PROMISETO PERGAMUM, HE SAID,
  • 00:14:44.106 --> 00:14:45.207
  • "HE WHO HAS AN EAR, LET HIM HEAR
  • 00:14:45.240 --> 00:14:46.875
  • WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYSTO THE CHURCHES.
  • 00:14:46.909 --> 00:14:49.144
  • TO HIM WHO OVERCOMES,
  • 00:14:49.178 --> 00:14:50.946
  • TO HIM I WILL GIVE SOMEOF THE HIDDEN MANNA,
  • 00:14:50.980 --> 00:14:53.649
  • AND I WILL GIVEHIM A WHITE STONE,
  • 00:14:53.682 --> 00:14:55.751
  • AND A NEW NAME WRITTEN ONTHE STONE WHICH NO ONE KNOWS,
  • 00:14:55.784 --> 00:14:59.154
  • BUT HE WHO RECEIVES IT."
  • 00:14:59.188 --> 00:15:01.090
  • THREE PROMISES TOTHOSE CHRISTIANS
  • 00:15:01.123 --> 00:15:03.192
  • WHO LIVE IN OBEDIENCE TO GOD.
  • 00:15:03.225 --> 00:15:04.827
  • FIRST OF ALL, THE HIDDEN MANNA.
  • 00:15:04.860 --> 00:15:06.695
  • REMEMBER MANNA WAS THATDIVINE, SUPERNATURAL FOOD
  • 00:15:06.729 --> 00:15:11.100
  • GOD PROVIDED THE ISRAELITESIN THE WILDERNESS.
  • 00:15:11.133 --> 00:15:13.402
  • GOD'S SAYING, I'MGOING TO TAKE CARE OF YOU,
  • 00:15:13.435 --> 00:15:15.304
  • I'M GOING TO PROVIDE FOR YOU.
  • 00:15:15.337 --> 00:15:17.106
  • NOT ONLY THAT,SECONDLY, HE SAID,
  • 00:15:17.139 --> 00:15:18.640
  • "I'M GOING TO GIVEYOU A WHITE STONE."
  • 00:15:18.674 --> 00:15:21.377
  • COLORED STONES WERE USEDIN THE COURTS OF LAW
  • 00:15:21.410 --> 00:15:23.979
  • TO SIGNIFY EITHERGUILT OR INNOCENCE.
  • 00:15:24.013 --> 00:15:28.050
  • IF YOU RECEIVED A BLACKSTONE, A COLORED STONE,
  • 00:15:28.083 --> 00:15:30.886
  • IT WAS A SIGN OF GUILT.
  • 00:15:30.919 --> 00:15:32.621
  • A WHITE STONE WAS ASIGN OF INNOCENCE.
  • 00:15:32.654 --> 00:15:36.558
  • AND THEN HE SAID,
  • 00:15:36.592 --> 00:15:38.093
  • "I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU A NEWNAME WRITTEN ON THE STONE,
  • 00:15:38.127 --> 00:15:40.295
  • WHICH NOBODY KNOWS, BUTHE WHO RECEIVES IT."
  • 00:15:40.329 --> 00:15:43.932
  • WHATEVER THESE THREETHINGS SIGNIFY,
  • 00:15:43.966 --> 00:15:46.702
  • THEY ARE A PROMISE OF GOD'SREWARD TO THE FAITHFUL
  • 00:15:46.735 --> 00:15:50.239
  • WHEN HE RETURNS.
  • 00:15:50.272 --> 00:15:52.474
  • NOW QUICKLY, LET'S GO TOTHE SECOND CHURCH HERE,
  • 00:15:52.508 --> 00:15:57.012
  • THE CHURCH AT THYATIRA. ICALL IT THE APOSTATE CHURCH.
  • 00:15:57.046 --> 00:16:01.183
  • THYATIRA WAS ABOUT 40 MILES
  • 00:16:01.216 --> 00:16:04.420
  • FROM THE CAPITAL CITYOF PERGAMUM,
  • 00:16:04.453 --> 00:16:06.455
  • BUT THEY WERE TWODISTINCT CITIES.
  • 00:16:06.488 --> 00:16:08.824
  • THYATIRA WAS A BLUE-COLLAR TOWN.
  • 00:16:08.857 --> 00:16:11.727
  • IT WAS FILLED WITH LABORERSWHO WERE MEMBERS OF GUILDS
  • 00:16:11.760 --> 00:16:15.531
  • LIKE SHOEMAKERS,DYERS, COPPERSMITHS,
  • 00:16:15.564 --> 00:16:19.435
  • MERCHANTS, SLAVE TRADERS.
  • 00:16:19.468 --> 00:16:22.004
  • THERE'S ONE NOTABLE PERSON
  • 00:16:22.037 --> 00:16:23.705
  • THAT WE KNOW FROMTHE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 00:16:23.739 --> 00:16:24.940
  • WHO CAME FROM THYATIRA, LYDIA.
  • 00:16:24.973 --> 00:16:27.109
  • SHE STARTED THECHURCH AT THYATIRA.
  • 00:16:27.142 --> 00:16:30.012
  • LOOK AT VERSE 18, THEDESCRIPTION OF CHRIST,
  • 00:16:30.045 --> 00:16:32.481
  • "AND TO THE ANGEL OF THECHURCH IN THYATIRA WRITE,
  • 00:16:32.514 --> 00:16:35.551
  • THE SON OF GOD, WHO HASEYES LIKE A FLAME OF FIRE,
  • 00:16:35.584 --> 00:16:39.254
  • AND HIS FEET ARE LIKEBURNISHED BRONZE."
  • 00:16:39.288 --> 00:16:43.792
  • ONE OF THE CHIEFS GODS,FALSE GODS IN THYATIRA
  • 00:16:43.826 --> 00:16:47.729
  • WAS TYRIMNOS, THE SUN-GOD.HE WAS A FAKE GOD.
  • 00:16:47.763 --> 00:16:51.900
  • HERE'S THE REAL SON OF GOD,
  • 00:16:51.934 --> 00:16:53.735
  • WITH REAL EYES THATARE FLAMING LIKE FIRE,
  • 00:16:53.769 --> 00:16:56.672
  • MEANING THAT HE SEESEVERYTHING THAT IS HAPPENING.
  • 00:16:56.705 --> 00:16:59.708
  • HE STARTS WITH AN AFFIRMATION,"I KNOW YOUR DEEDS."
  • 00:16:59.741 --> 00:17:02.578
  • AND HE MENTIONS SIX THINGSTO COMMEND THE CHURCH FOR,
  • 00:17:02.611 --> 00:17:06.648
  • GOOD DEEDS, LOVE FOROTHERS, TRUST IN GOD,
  • 00:17:06.682 --> 00:17:11.420
  • SERVICE FOR THE SAVIOR,
  • 00:17:11.453 --> 00:17:13.589
  • PATIENT ENDURANCE INTRIALS, ZEALOUSNESS.
  • 00:17:13.622 --> 00:17:18.861
  • THEY HAD ALL OF THEINGREDIENTS FOR A GREAT CHURCH,
  • 00:17:18.894 --> 00:17:22.831
  • BUT HE SAID, I HAVESOMETHING AGAINST YOU.
  • 00:17:22.865 --> 00:17:25.100
  • LOOK AT VERSE 20. "IHAVE THIS AGAINST YOU,
  • 00:17:25.134 --> 00:17:28.036
  • THAT YOU TOLERATE,"
  • 00:17:28.070 --> 00:17:30.372
  • UNDERLINE THAT WORD,
  • 00:17:30.405 --> 00:17:31.740
  • "YOU TOLERATE THE WOMAN JEZEBEL,
  • 00:17:31.773 --> 00:17:34.877
  • WHO CALLS HERSELF APROPHETESS, AND SHE TEACHES,
  • 00:17:34.910 --> 00:17:37.813
  • AND LEADS MYBOND-SERVANTS ASTRAY
  • 00:17:37.846 --> 00:17:40.115
  • SO THAT THEY COMMITACTS OF IMMORALITY
  • 00:17:40.149 --> 00:17:42.518
  • AND EAT THINGSSACRIFICED TO IDOLS.
  • 00:17:42.551 --> 00:17:45.621
  • AND I GAVE HER TIME TO REPENT
  • 00:17:45.654 --> 00:17:47.055
  • AND SHE NOT WANT TOREPENT OF HER IMMORALITY."
  • 00:17:47.089 --> 00:17:51.760
  • WHAT WAS GOING ON HERE? WELL,
  • 00:17:51.793 --> 00:17:53.996
  • WELL, HERE IS AWOMAN NAMED,
  • 00:17:54.029 --> 00:17:55.797
  • WELL SHE'SJEZEBEL-LIKE
  • 00:17:55.831 --> 00:17:58.467
  • AND SHE'S TEACHING A DOCTRINETHAT LEADS TO IMMORALITY
  • 00:17:58.500 --> 00:18:02.804
  • AND EATING FOODSACRIFICED TO IDOLS.
  • 00:18:02.838 --> 00:18:05.307
  • WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
  • 00:18:05.340 --> 00:18:06.842
  • REMEMBER WHAT I SAID, THATIT WAS A BLUE-COLLAR TOWN.
  • 00:18:06.875 --> 00:18:10.145
  • PEOPLE WERE WORKERSWITH THEIR HANDS,
  • 00:18:10.179 --> 00:18:12.814
  • THEY WERE MEMBERSOF TRADE GUILDS.
  • 00:18:12.848 --> 00:18:15.751
  • WELL, IN THE TOWN OF THYATIRA,
  • 00:18:15.784 --> 00:18:18.287
  • TO BE AN ACCREDITEDMEMBER OF A GUILD,
  • 00:18:18.320 --> 00:18:21.456
  • YOU WERE REQUIRED TO BOW DOWNAND WORSHIP THE FALSE GOD,
  • 00:18:21.490 --> 00:18:25.894
  • IN THIS CASE, TYRIMNOS.
  • 00:18:25.928 --> 00:18:27.863
  • AND THAT MEANT ENGAGINGIN SEXUAL IMMORALITY,
  • 00:18:27.896 --> 00:18:31.400
  • EATING FOOD THAT HADBEEN SACRIFICED TO IDOLS.
  • 00:18:31.433 --> 00:18:33.936
  • IF YOU WANTED TO MAKE A LIVING,YOU DIDN'T HAVE A CHOICE.
  • 00:18:33.969 --> 00:18:38.540
  • AND THIS PROPHETESS, JEZEBEL,
  • 00:18:38.574 --> 00:18:41.543
  • FOUND A WAY TO PERVERT SCRIPTUREAND SAY, "YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 00:18:41.577 --> 00:18:44.580
  • GOD DOESN'T WANTYOU TO GO HUNGRY.
  • 00:18:44.613 --> 00:18:46.848
  • HE DOESN'T WANTYOU TO GO WITHOUT.
  • 00:18:46.882 --> 00:18:49.418
  • AND SO GOD DOESN'T MIND IFYOU ENGAGE IN THIS IMMORALITY
  • 00:18:49.451 --> 00:18:53.255
  • AND WORSHIP OF THE PAGAN DEITY
  • 00:18:53.288 --> 00:18:55.324
  • IN ORDER TO PROVIDEFOR YOUR FAMILY."
  • 00:18:55.357 --> 00:18:58.860
  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICESOMETHING ABOUT THE CHURCH,
  • 00:18:58.894 --> 00:19:00.963
  • THEY HAD ALL THE RIGHTINGREDIENTS FOR A
  • 00:19:00.996 --> 00:19:03.732
  • SUCCESSFUL CHURCH, BUT NOT INTHE RIGHT PROPORTION.
  • 00:19:03.765 --> 00:19:07.069
  • THEY COULDN'T BALANCE LOVE FOROTHERS WITH A LOVE FOR TRUTH.
  • 00:19:07.102 --> 00:19:14.276
  • LET ME TELL YOUSOMETHING, FOLKS,
  • 00:19:14.309 --> 00:19:15.811
  • GOD NEVER CALLS UPON US TOSACRIFICE TRUTH FOR LOVE.
  • 00:19:15.844 --> 00:19:21.883
  • HE NEVER CALLS US TOSACRIFICE TRUTH FOR TOLERANCE.
  • 00:19:21.917 --> 00:19:24.553
  • NOTICE THAT WORD, HE SAID, "THISIS WHAT I HAVE AGAINST YOU,
  • 00:19:24.586 --> 00:19:27.389
  • YOU TOLERATE THISWOMAN JEZEBEL."
  • 00:19:27.422 --> 00:19:31.660
  • TOLERATE, I THOUGHTTHAT WAS A GOOD THING.
  • 00:19:31.693 --> 00:19:33.829
  • THEY SAID, AREN'TWE A GREAT CHURCH?
  • 00:19:33.862 --> 00:19:35.897
  • WE LOVE EVERYBODYAND WE JUDGE NOBODY.
  • 00:19:35.931 --> 00:19:40.235
  • THAT'S NOT A REASON TO REJOICE,
  • 00:19:40.269 --> 00:19:42.804
  • IT'S A REASON TO BOWYOUR HEAD IN SHAME.
  • 00:19:42.838 --> 00:19:44.740
  • JESUS SAID, "YOU'VE TOLERATEDTHIS WOMAN, JEZEBEL."
  • 00:19:44.773 --> 00:19:49.745
  • YOU KNOW, AGAIN, TODAY WEWORSHIP THIS IDEA OF TOLERANCE,
  • 00:19:49.778 --> 00:19:53.782
  • OF ACCEPTANCE OFEVERYBODY AND EVERYTHING.
  • 00:19:53.815 --> 00:19:56.885
  • IT IS NOT A MARKOF COMMENDATION,
  • 00:19:56.918 --> 00:19:59.154
  • IT'S A MARK OF CONDEMNATIONFOR ANY CHURCH.
  • 00:19:59.187 --> 00:20:02.391
  • NOW LISTEN TO ME THIS MORNING,
  • 00:20:02.424 --> 00:20:03.925
  • AS AN INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIAN,NOT JUST AS A CHURCH,
  • 00:20:03.959 --> 00:20:06.561
  • AS AN INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIAN,
  • 00:20:06.595 --> 00:20:07.996
  • GOD DOES NOT ASK YOU TOSACRIFICE TRUTH FOR TOLERANCE.
  • 00:20:08.030 --> 00:20:15.470
  • THE MOST LOVING THINGYOU CAN DO FOR SOMEBODY
  • 00:20:15.504 --> 00:20:19.107
  • IS TO TELL THEM THETRUTH OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:20:19.141 --> 00:20:22.277
  • IT IS THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD
  • 00:20:22.311 --> 00:20:24.379
  • THAT FREES THEM FROMUNRIGHTEOUSNESS,
  • 00:20:24.413 --> 00:20:27.582
  • THAT FREES THEM FROMSIN AND SLAVERY.
  • 00:20:27.616 --> 00:20:31.086
  • WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TOSHARE WITH PEOPLE THE TRUTH.
  • 00:20:31.119 --> 00:20:34.823
  • THAT'S SOMETHING THECHURCH AT THYATIRA
  • 00:20:34.856 --> 00:20:37.059
  • JUST DIDN'T UNDERSTAND.
  • 00:20:37.092 --> 00:20:39.261
  • AND NOTICE THE PROMISE TOTHE CHURCH AT THYATIRA,
  • 00:20:39.294 --> 00:20:42.264
  • "BUT I SAY TO YOU, THEREST WHO ARE IN THYATIRA,
  • 00:20:42.297 --> 00:20:45.367
  • WHO DO NOT HOLD THIS TEACHING,
  • 00:20:45.400 --> 00:20:47.803
  • WHO HAVE NOT KNOWN THEDEEP THINGS OF SATAN,
  • 00:20:47.836 --> 00:20:50.505
  • AS THEY CALL THEMSELVES,
  • 00:20:50.539 --> 00:20:52.107
  • I PLACE NO OTHER BURDEN ON YOU."
  • 00:20:52.140 --> 00:20:56.878
  • JUST KEEP DOING WHATYOU'RE DOING CHURCH.
  • 00:20:56.912 --> 00:20:58.613
  • IF YOU HAVE NOT KNOWNTHE DEEP THINGS OF SATAN.
  • 00:20:58.647 --> 00:21:02.351
  • I HAD TO LOOK ATTHAT PHRASE AGAIN,
  • 00:21:02.384 --> 00:21:03.985
  • THE DEEP THINGS OF SATAN,
  • 00:21:04.019 --> 00:21:05.454
  • THAT'S WHAT HE CALLSTHE TEACHING OF JEZEBEL.
  • 00:21:05.487 --> 00:21:08.290
  • NOW DO YOU THINK JEZEBEL WALKEDAROUND THE CHURCH SAYING,
  • 00:21:08.323 --> 00:21:11.226
  • "I'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOUTHE DEEP THINGS OF SATAN."
  • 00:21:11.259 --> 00:21:15.897
  • NOBODY WOULD HAVELISTENED TO HER.
  • 00:21:15.931 --> 00:21:18.166
  • WHAT SHE SAID WAS,
  • 00:21:18.200 --> 00:21:19.801
  • "I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOUTHE DEEP THINGS OF GOD.
  • 00:21:19.835 --> 00:21:25.674
  • GOD HAS GIVEN ME A REVELATIONIN THESE LATTER DAYS
  • 00:21:25.707 --> 00:21:28.977
  • THAT I WANT TO SHAREWITH YOU CHURCH.
  • 00:21:29.010 --> 00:21:31.079
  • HE HASN'T GIVEN ITTO ANYBODY ELSE.
  • 00:21:31.113 --> 00:21:33.148
  • HE HAS GIVEN IT TO ME ANDI WANT TO IMPART IT TO YOU.
  • 00:21:33.181 --> 00:21:36.818
  • AND THEN SHE WENT INTO HERBLASPHEMY AND FALSE DOCTRINE."
  • 00:21:36.852 --> 00:21:39.821
  • THAT WAS THEPROBLEM OF THYATIRA.
  • 00:21:39.855 --> 00:21:42.457
  • THEY FOLLOWED THIS WOMAN
  • 00:21:42.491 --> 00:21:44.292
  • WHO WASN'T TEACHINGTHE DEEP THINGS OF GOD,
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  • BUT THE DEEP THINGSOF SATAN AS WELL.
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  • IF WE GO OUT OF THECIRCLE OF GOD'S WILL,
  • 00:21:49.998 --> 00:21:55.404
  • WE'RE BEYOND THE PLACEOF GOD'S PROTECTION
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  • AND FACE JUDGMENT.
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  • BUT AS LONG AS WE OBEY WHATWE KNOW TO BE THE TRUTH,
  • 00:22:00.776 --> 00:22:04.579
  • AS LONG AS WE STAY WITHIN THECIRCLE OF GOD'S REVEALED WILL,
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  • NOTHING OF ANY REAL HARMCAN COME INTO OUR LIVES.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • THE SEVEN LETTERS FROM JESUS
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  • MAY HAVE BEEN WRITTEN TOSEVEN SPECIFIC CHURCHES,
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  • BUT THEIR RELEVANCE ISCLEAR TO TODAY'S CHURCHES.
  • 00:22:25.634 --> 00:22:29.137
  • THE PROBLEMS THE CHURCHFACED 2000 YEARS AGO,
  • 00:22:29.171 --> 00:22:32.374
  • ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN THEONES WE STILL ENCOUNTER TODAY.
  • 00:22:32.407 --> 00:22:36.511
  • THERE'S MORE TO COMESO PLEASE STAY WITH US.
  • 00:22:36.545 --> 00:22:39.314
  • BUT FIRST LET ME AFFIRM THOSEOF YOU WHO GIVE SO GENEROUSLY
  • 00:22:39.347 --> 00:22:43.018
  • TO THE MINISTRY OF"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:22:43.051 --> 00:22:45.887
  • AND LET ME REMIND YOUTHAT YOU'RE DOING MORE
  • 00:22:45.921 --> 00:22:47.889
  • THAN JUST RECEIVINGHELPFUL RESOURCES,
  • 00:22:47.923 --> 00:22:50.725
  • YOU'RE MAKING IT POSSIBLEFOR TELEVISION VIEWERS
  • 00:22:50.759 --> 00:22:53.462
  • AND RADIO LISTENERSAROUND THE WORLD
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  • TO HEAR THE LIFE-CHANGINGTRUTH OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:22:56.531 --> 00:22:59.734
  • EVERY DAY, WE RECEIVE NOTESAND LETTERS FROM INDIVIDUALS
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  • WHO SHARE HOW THISBIBLE TEACHING MINISTRY
  • 00:23:03.572 --> 00:23:06.441
  • HAS BECOME THEIRSPIRITUAL LIFELINE.
  • 00:23:06.475 --> 00:23:09.144
  • SO THANK YOU,
  • 00:23:09.177 --> 00:23:10.545
  • NOT ONLY FOR GIVING TOSUPPORT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:23:10.579 --> 00:23:13.181
  • BUT FOR BRINGING HOPE AND LIGHT
  • 00:23:13.215 --> 00:23:15.283
  • TO A WORLD THAT ISSHROUDED IN DARKNESS.
  • 00:23:15.317 --> 00:23:18.353
  • NOW STAY RIGHT THERE,
  • 00:23:18.386 --> 00:23:19.554
  • I'LL BE BACK WITHMORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • -♪ MUSIC-(CLOCK TICKIMG)
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  • [NARRATOR] IN LIGHTOF CURRENT EVENTS,
  • 00:23:26.495 --> 00:23:27.963
  • YOU CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER IFWE'RE LIVING IN THE END TIMES.
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  • [DR. ROBERT] ONEDAY, THE BIBLE SAYS,
  • 00:23:31.800 --> 00:23:34.069
  • THE TRUMPET IS GOING TO SOUND,
  • 00:23:34.102 --> 00:23:36.905
  • THE HEAVENS ARE GOING TO PART.
  • 00:23:36.938 --> 00:23:39.040
  • SHOULD THAT AFFECTHOW WE LIVE TODAY?
  • 00:23:39.074 --> 00:23:41.943
  • [NARRATOR] DR. ROBERTJEFFRESS EXPLAINS
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  • WHERE ARE ON GOD'SPROPHETIC TIMELINE,
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  • AND WHY CHRISTIANS DON'TNEED TO FEAR THE END,
  • 00:23:45.914 --> 00:23:48.583
  • IN HIS BRAND NEW BOOK, "THERAPTURE: FACT OR FANTASY?"
  • 00:23:48.617 --> 00:23:52.654
  • JESUS CHRIST COULD USHER INTHE END TIMES TRIBULATION
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  • AT ANY MOMENT.
  • 00:23:56.424 --> 00:23:57.893
  • AND FACING THIS TRUTH WILLHAVE A PROFOUND IMPACT
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  • ON THE WAY YOU AND I LIVE TODAY.
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  • [NARRATOR] A COPY OF DR.JEFFRESS'S BOOK ON THE RAPTURE
  • 00:24:03.698 --> 00:24:06.234
  • IS YOURS WHEN YOUGIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:24:06.268 --> 00:24:08.203
  • TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:24:08.236 --> 00:24:09.804
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:24:09.838 --> 00:24:12.374
  • YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVEDR. JEFFRESS'S SERIES
  • 00:24:12.407 --> 00:24:14.643
  • ON THE BOOK OF REVELATION,"FINAL CONQUEST,"
  • 00:24:14.676 --> 00:24:17.312
  • ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
  • 00:24:17.345 --> 00:24:19.548
  • IT COULD HAPPEN AT ANY MOMENT,THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.
  • 00:24:19.581 --> 00:24:22.183
  • THERE ARE NO PROPHECIESTHAT HAVE TO BE FULFILLED
  • 00:24:22.217 --> 00:24:24.286
  • FOR THE RAPTURE.
  • 00:24:24.319 --> 00:24:25.787
  • IT COULD HAPPEN BEFORE WECONCLUDE THE SERVICE TODAY.
  • 00:24:25.820 --> 00:24:28.823
  • [NARRATOR] THANKYOU FOR PARTNERING
  • 00:24:28.857 --> 00:24:30.025
  • WITH "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
  • 00:24:30.058 --> 00:24:31.293
  • TO SHARE THE GOODNEWS OF THE GOSPEL
  • 00:24:31.326 --> 00:24:33.361
  • AT A TIME WHEN OURWORLD NEEDS IT MOST.
  • 00:24:33.395 --> 00:24:35.730
  • IN THESE DAYS OFANXIETY AND STRIFE,
  • 00:24:35.764 --> 00:24:37.966
  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"IS REACHING MORE PEOPLE
  • 00:24:37.999 --> 00:24:40.302
  • THAN EVER BEFORE WITH THEBOLD TEACHING OF GOD'S TRUTH.
  • 00:24:40.335 --> 00:24:43.638
  • AND WHEN YOU GIVE GENEROUSLY
  • 00:24:43.672 --> 00:24:45.240
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:24:45.273 --> 00:24:47.842
  • PLEASE REQUEST YOUR COPY OFDR. JEFFRESS'S BRAND NEW BOOK
  • 00:24:47.876 --> 00:24:51.279
  • AND TEACHING SERIES.
  • 00:24:51.313 --> 00:24:53.915
  • THE CHURCH YOU SEE
  • 00:24:53.949 --> 00:24:55.450
  • IS THE REPRESENTATIONOF CHRIST TO THE WORLD.
  • 00:24:55.483 --> 00:24:58.987
  • AND WHAT THE WORLDTHINKS OF THE CHURCH,
  • 00:24:59.020 --> 00:25:01.189
  • THE WORLD THINKS OF JESUS.
  • 00:25:01.222 --> 00:25:03.792
  • WELL, IF YOU HAD TORATE YOUR LOCAL CHURCH,
  • 00:25:03.825 --> 00:25:06.795
  • HOW WOULD IT SCORE?
  • 00:25:06.828 --> 00:25:08.463
  • MOST LIKELY YOU WOULD GIVE ITSOME HIGH MARKS FOR SOME AREAS
  • 00:25:08.496 --> 00:25:12.467
  • AND YOU WOULD IDENTIFY A FEWAREAS THAT NEEDED IMPROVEMENT.
  • 00:25:12.500 --> 00:25:16.237
  • AND NEXT TIME, WE'RE GOINGTO LOOK AT JESUS' EVALUATION
  • 00:25:16.271 --> 00:25:19.507
  • OF TWO POLAR OPPOSITECONGREGATIONS.
  • 00:25:19.541 --> 00:25:22.911
  • ONE THAT COULDN'TDO ANYTHING RIGHT,
  • 00:25:22.944 --> 00:25:25.113
  • AND ONE THAT COULDN'TDO ANYTHING WRONG.
  • 00:25:25.146 --> 00:25:27.682
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OFWHAT'S COMING UP NEXT TIME
  • 00:25:27.716 --> 00:25:30.585
  • ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • [NARRATOR] TODAY WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:33.955 --> 00:25:35.724
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:25:35.757 --> 00:25:38.326
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BYSENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:25:38.360 --> 00:25:40.595
  • OF DR. JEFFRESS'S BRAND NEW BOOK
  • 00:25:40.629 --> 00:25:42.430
  • TITLED "THE RAPTURE:FACT OR FANTASY?"
  • 00:25:42.464 --> 00:25:45.634
  • PLUS THE BOOKLET, "BIBLEPROPHECY MADE SIMPLE"
  • 00:25:45.667 --> 00:25:48.336
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLYFOR CONTACTING US TODAY
  • 00:25:48.370 --> 00:25:51.272
  • AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:25:51.306 --> 00:25:53.008
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:25:53.041 --> 00:25:55.910
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
  • 00:25:55.944 --> 00:25:57.746
  • "FINAL CONQUEST" TEACHINGSERIES ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
  • 00:25:57.779 --> 00:26:02.484
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:02.517 --> 00:26:04.185
  • BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:04.219 --> 00:26:06.254
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING,
  • 00:26:06.287 --> 00:26:07.922
  • OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:07.956 --> 00:26:10.225
  • NOW COMING UP NEXT TIMEON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:10.258 --> 00:26:13.461
  • WHEN YOU TRUST INCHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOR,
  • 00:26:13.495 --> 00:26:15.463
  • YOU DON'T GET JUST A LITTLETINY BIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,
  • 00:26:15.497 --> 00:26:19.968
  • OR HAVE TO PRAY, OH PLEASE COME,
  • 00:26:20.001 --> 00:26:22.203
  • PLEASE MORE, MOREOF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • 00:26:22.237 --> 00:26:24.039
  • LOOK, WHEN YOUBECOME A CHRISTIAN,
  • 00:26:24.072 --> 00:26:25.740
  • YOU HAVE ALL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • 00:26:25.774 --> 00:26:27.042
  • THE ONLY QUESTION IS,
  • 00:26:27.075 --> 00:26:28.309
  • DOES THE HOLY SPIRITHAVE ALL OF YOU?
  • 00:26:28.343 --> 00:26:30.979
  • AND THAT'S WHAT BEING CONTROLLEDBY THE HOLY SPIRIT MEANS.
  • 00:26:31.012 --> 00:26:33.615
  • WHEN THE BIBLE SAYS, BEFILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT,
  • 00:26:33.648 --> 00:26:36.251
  • THAT WORD FILLEDMEANS CONTROLLED.
  • 00:26:36.284 --> 00:26:38.353
  • LET ALL OF YOUR LIFECOME UNDER THE POWER
  • 00:26:38.386 --> 00:26:40.922
  • OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • 00:26:40.955 --> 00:26:42.223
  • [NARRATOR] SET YOUR DVR,
  • 00:26:42.257 --> 00:26:43.391
  • AND JOIN US NEXTTIME FOR THE MESSAGE,
  • 00:26:43.425 --> 00:26:45.326
  • "THE CHURCH THAT COULDN'TDO ANYTHING RIGHT,
  • 00:26:45.360 --> 00:26:47.529
  • AND THE CHURCH THATCOULDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG"
  • 00:26:47.562 --> 00:26:50.765
  • HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:26:52.033 --> 00:26:58.840
  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • BIBLE TEACHER ON"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:27:00.375 --> 00:27:01.943
  • AND I'M STANDING HERE IN FRONTOF THE VALLEY OF JEZREEL,
  • 00:27:01.976 --> 00:27:05.413
  • ALSO KNOWN AS ARMAGEDDON,
  • 00:27:05.447 --> 00:27:07.382
  • THE SITE OF THEFINAL WORLD BATTLE
  • 00:27:07.415 --> 00:27:09.751
  • BEFORE JESUS CHRIST RETURNS.
  • 00:27:09.784 --> 00:27:11.686
  • AND IT'S JUST ONE OF THEPLACES THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE
  • 00:27:11.720 --> 00:27:14.522
  • ON OUR TOUR OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:27:14.556 --> 00:27:16.524
  • WE'LL VISIT ARMAGEDDON, WE'LLSTAND ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES,
  • 00:27:16.558 --> 00:27:20.061
  • WE'LL VISIT HIS EMPTY TOMB.
  • 00:27:20.095 --> 00:27:22.197
  • JOIN US FOR THE"PATHWAY TO VICTORY
  • 00:27:22.230 --> 00:27:24.432
  • BIBLE PROPHECY TOUR,"MARCH 2021.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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