Pergamum: The Compromising Church
Rev. 2:12-17 (ESV)
“And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.
 ” ‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.  But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality.
 So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.  Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’
The Church at Ephesus was a church that was considered doctrinally sound but had lost its first love. The Church at Smyrna was a suffering church. Today we look at the Church of Pergamum, a compromising church. What led to their succumbing to the pressures from the outside? What was behind their lowering of their defenses to allow the world to enter into the fellowship? We may never know the answer to these questions but we can look at their example and follow it where it is good and reject it where it is sinful. We may not fully understand the exact details of what took them from being a faithful Church to a compromising church but I pray together, we understand some things that could cause us to go down the road of compromise.