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PERGAMUM: Compromise

Updated: Jun 20, 2022

This series is based on the video produced by Appian Media. Trial & Triumph explores the seven churches of Asia from the book of Revelation. Travel with Jeremy Dehut and watch the video as we explore the seven churches.

In the letter to the church at Pergamum, Jesus identifies the city as the place where "Satan dwells."

Pergamum, like Ephesus, was a wealthy city. A city immersed in pagan cult worship and Roman emperor worship. Christians in Pergamum faced the challenge of compromising and accommodating their culture. Tolerant of evil and immorality, Jesus, in the letter, is described as the One who has the sharp double-edged sword. A symbolic representation of God's Word and the ability to separate Christians from the world, sin, and salvation.

Revelation 2:12-17

"And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write, ‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword:  “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.  But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.  Thus you also have those who