When the Lord Jesus sent out his letters to the seven churches in Asia via his apostle John (Revelation 1-3), he gave us an accurate picture of how churches would operate in the last days before his return. Unfortunately, most of it was negative and when I think about his warnings in those church letters, it reminds me of the question he asked his disciples in Luke 18:8, “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
Three of the seven churches (43%) we know for sure had problems with idolatry in the form of doctrines relating to Balaam, Jezebel, and the Nicolaitans. Out of those three, two of them (roughly 30%) had the same doctrines tied to Balaam and Jezebel. Notice the similarities at Pergamos and Thyatira that Jesus points out–
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. Revelation 2:14
Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. Revelation 2:20
We can take away three things that Balaams and Jezebels do in congregations:
- They teach, trick, seduce, and pressure people into falling for false doctrines–namely,
- The false doctrine that it’s okay to observe idolatrous practices, and
- The false doctrine that it’s okay to cast down God’s law of marriage in favor of fornication.
These things are played out in so many ways because the agents of Satan have so many fiery darts in their arsenal to throw at the church. But here are several recent examples of how this has played out in the real world–
Sculpture of a rock star on a crucifix displayed in London church (Source: Blouin ARTINFO, February 19, 2015)
For the “sake of art,” an Anglican church in London decided to allow a sculpture of rocker Pete Doherty, who recently left rehab in an attempt to kick drugs and alcohol, to hang on display in their church for a few weeks. The display called “For Pete’s sake” is a likeness of Doherty hanging on a cross to poke fun at how the media has handled his scandals. So a church mocks the accomplishments of our sinless, innocent Lord to compare them to a sinful, humanist, self-absorbed celebrity. Idolatry.
Catholic priest says yoga leads to Satanism & Hindus want Pope to punish him (Source: International Business Times, February 23, 2015)
The RCC is a false church to begin with where some of its leaders are Satanists, but I only mention them because many evangelicals hang on the words of Catholic priests as if they’re gospel. This priest is living in a glass house while throwing stones to make himself appear righteous to fool churchgoers into thinking that since he criticizes idolatry, he isn’t participating in it. Blatant falsehood. Maybe he should brush up on Romans 2:1-3, 22-24–something I have to do myself from time to time.
Millenial “evangelicals” want churches to fully accept LGBT “Christians” (Source: The Christian Science Monitor, February 20, 2015)
In 10 years, acceptance of the LGBT fornicators has supposedly gone up from 11% among ‘evangelicals’ to 21%, thanks to the millenial Balaams and Jezebels in churches who think it’s so great to celebrate how people fornicate. One pastor has even said we can apply the monogamous sexual ethic Paul mentions in scripture for straight Christians to LGBT ‘Christians.’ He ignores the fact that many gay fornicators still fornicate with others who aren’t their ‘partners.’ Furthermore, his attempt to change God’s times and laws is a main marker of an antichrist (see Daniel 7:25).
Balaams and Jezebels just need to repent before they end up like their real namesakes did in the Bible.
Harry A. Gaylord