Thyatira Church : The Compromisers

Thyatira Church : The Compromisers

“To the angel of the church in Thyatira write :

These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

Nevertheless I have these against you : You tolerate that woman Jezzebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. “

Revelations 2 : 18 - 23


We live in a world of compromise where people seek their own interest at any cost. People compromises what they know is right in order to get what they want.

Thyatira is located forty miles SouthEast of Pergamum. It is a Greek outpost founded by a general of Alexander the Great. Thyatira became a prosperous commercial center. There was a presence of numerous trade guilds or unions in the region. Thyatira is famous for a convert named Lydia.


The “Picture of Christ

“Has eyes like a flame of fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. The image of flaming eyes also reminds us of God’s penetrating eyes, seeing everything, knowing everything. Bronze was the hardest metal known at that time and is oftenly used to speak of judgement. This “picture of Christ” reveals that Christ is angry to this church.


Christ’s Commendation on the Church of Thyatira

- They were a loving church.

- They were a serving church.

- They were a faithful church.

- They were a growing church.


Jesus Complaint Against the Church

Allowing Jezebel to teach. Her teaching had influenced the church to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed to idols by taking part in the immorality which characterized the worship of idols. The woman was performing the historic role of Jezebel. Jezebel was the wife of the wicked Israel king named Ahab. This woman Jezebel had caused idolatry to permeate the nation Israel. This woman called Jezebel in the church of Thyatira may have been a pawn of the trade guilds to persuade Christians to participate in idolatry. She may have been a false teacher inside the church of Thyatira which introduces teachings that would lead Christians to a life of compromises with the world.

In today’s era Jezebel represents teachers in the church which introduces teachings in the church that will influence Christians to live a life full of compromises with the world, to live a life of spiritual adultery. Pastor Jim Cymbala in his book “ Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire” writes : “Instead of trying to bring men and women to Christ in the biblical way, we are consumed with the unbiblical concept of ‘church growth’. The Bible does not say we should aim at numbers but rather urges us faithfully to proclaim God’s message in the boldness of the Holy Spirit.This will build God’s church God’s way.”

“Just as the Israelites were warned not to mingle with the Canaanites gods called Baal or Asherah, we must beware a god in our time called “success.” Bigger is not better if it comes to the expense of disowning the truth or grieving the Holy Spirit.”

Many church leaders have compromised greatly to please church attenders. They have introduced seeker-sensitive, user-friendly approach in delivering their messages and carrying out their programs in order to bring large number of attenders to their worship services. Usually these approaches involve compromises with the world. The truth is that user-friendly can be a cover-up word for carnality.But the truth is sinfulness and worldliness in a person’s life must be confronted to bring salvation to that person’s soul.

So subtle we are caught unaware wordliness is fast creeping into our churches because of the emergence of these so-called success-oriented churches. We must daily make a careful examination of our very own life.Do our minds and hearts still find its center in the Lord or have we been defocused and become success-oriented persons. We must be constantly reminded that the most important thing in this world is to be holy in the eyes of the Holy God rather than to be successful in the eyes of the wicked world.

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Psalmist4M 5 years ago from the Shelter of His Wings

Filled with Truth! I appreciate the depth and clarity of this hub. Jesus admonishes us all to be steadfast, unmovable, always abounnding in the work of theLord, sothatour labor is not in vain. Continue to stand strong in your writings. Well written.


Patrick Teng 5 years ago

Wake-up call for all who are still sleeping on shifting sands!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Cristina, Wonderful narrative on the Church of Thyatira! Here John reminds us that the Lord is “indeed aware of our deeds, Love & Faith…. This is an interesting letter that teaches us the importance of not compromising the Lord’s Word. You have brought out some very valid and noteworthy points! It is very interesting that the Church is being commended but yet also reprimanded for not doing some things as well! This is why it is so important that we Know for ourselves what the Word of God says! No doubt there is a admonition and reproof against welcoming the “jezebel spirit”. Which can become a characteristic of males or females…

As you well stated: “Many church leaders have compromised greatly to please church attenders. They have introduced seeker-sensitive, user-friendly approach in delivering their messages and carrying out their programs in order to bring large number of attenders to their worship services. Usually these approaches involve compromises with the world” Amen & Amen! This is much needed and a great expository lesson on the need to not compromise God’s Word! Thank you for sharing these much needed truths! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! GOD BLESS YOU!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Psalmist4M it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are great source of encouragement to me. Thank you for the additional exhortation. The Lord always commanded us to remain standing firm in His truth. It is high time for us to stand on the Lord side defending the truth. Remain blessed always. Best regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Patrick thanks for taking time to read this hub.Your visit and comments are much apprecaited. Blessings to you and regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

HI DeBorrah K. Ogans I find great encouragement in your comments. Thank you for taking time to read this hub as well as appreciating it. Your comments are greatly appreciated.As always it blesses me every time you visit my hub. You are indeed a great blessing to the Hubpages community. Remain blessed always and best regards.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Ate Cristina: Beautifully written dear sister. Success and power and wealth are the downfall of many that will inevitibly lead to their destruction. We must learn to rely solely upon Oru Lord to supply that which we truly need. Our success should not be measured by wealth or power but by how we reach out to others and share with them especially share Jesus and His redemptive powers for them.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

HI Dave Mathews it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Thank you also for posting an additional insight. Truly we should always seek to be pleasing in the eyes of God even it may cause us to live apart from the world's standard of success. An uncompromising life is a kind of life pleasing to the Lord. Remain blessed always and best regards.

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