|Revelation 2:12-17 "And to the messenger of the assembly in Pergamos write: These things saith he who is having the sharp two-edged sword: I have known thy works, and where thou dost dwell -- where the throne of the Adversary [is] -- and you do hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith, even in the days in which Antipas [was] my faithful witness, who was put to death beside you, where the Adversary doth dwell. `But I have against thee a few things: That thou hast there those holding the doctrine of Balaam, who did teach Balak to cast a stumbling-block before the sons of Israel, to eat idol-sacrifices, and to commit fornication; so hast thou, even thou, those holding the teaching of the Nicolaitans -- which thing I hate. `Repent! and if not, I come to you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. He that has an ear -- let him hear what the Spirit saith to the assemblies: To him who is overcoming, I will give to him to eat from the hidden manna, and will give to him a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, that no one knew except him who is receiving [it]."|
The Church is a people that cannot be cursed. The doctrine of Balaam was to teach Balak to corrupt God's people by getting them to join up with the heathen and do heathen things. The Nicolaitans were early Christians that professed Christianity and lived in a manner that allowed sin. Allowing for the fornication of Agent 007 would be a good example of the doctrine of the Nicolaitans? Somehow I don't believe the actor Sean Connery lived that way, it was the character that was corrupt. Remember Rowan and Martin's laugh in? Well it was on TV so it must be acceptable? <sigh> You can tell a person's character by what they laugh at.
If you see evil, pray for folks to hear the Gospel and be saved. Don't join it. Or be sanctimonious? Be sad for sin, not puffed up. We judge ourselves and turn to Christ. Then we are back on the Pilgrim way. If we consent that it is sin it is no longer us but sin. Mercy rejoices over judgement! Amen.
Rather than live for the society and things of this world, we think of our true sojourn here as a pilgrimage. Duty. Honour. Immortality. Passing through... Headed for continued service without this flesh and looking for a new body like Jesus has in heaven. Amen. Now we see our Father which Art in Heaven!