Church of Pergamos
“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” (Revelation 2.14 NKJV).
Pergamos was an extremely wicked city filled with pagan traditions, which began to affect the Christians living in that area. Although the Church of Pergamos never renounced their faith in Jesus, they did begin to compromise their integrity in two areas: food and sex. Balaam was a prophet in the Old Testament, hired by Balak to curse the Israelites who were trying to secure their Promise Land. Balaam compromised himself as a prophet by going against the will of God. Balak was the King of the Moabites—a culture that feasted and had sex as part of their worship to their false God, Baal. Balak and Balaam tried to curse the Israelites, but God protected His People by turning the attempted curses into a blessing. However, since the Israelites traveled to Moab and lived closely with the Moabites, they quickly began to compromise their integrity by worshiping Baal. Part of this worship was having unsanctioned sex with the Moabites. God sent a plague on the Israelites, causing disaster to those who committed idolatry against Him (Numbers 25.9-10). Many Christians love the Lord, but they compromise in their sex life. They may boldly declare Jesus as their Savior, but their own acts against the Lord cause disaster in their lives. Following the example of compromise that the world deems as normal, Christians will incite the anger of God because their lifestyle choices are so damaging to their witness and their walk of faith. God does forgive through the work of Jesus Christ, but Christians living the sexual lifestyle of the world need to admit their wrongs, repent and separate from people who seek to make them compromise God’s blessings in their lives.
“While the Israelites were camped at Acacia Grove, some of the men defiled themselves by having sexual relations with local Moabite women. These women invited them to attend sacrifices to their gods, so the Israelites feasted with them and worshiped the gods of Moab” (Numbers 25.1-2 NLT).