Satan’s strategy to discourage believers from following Jesus often starts with physical persecution—fighting the church physically from without. And we see that throughout church history—especially toward the end of the first century, during the second century, and into the third century.
But sometimes, physical persecution has the opposite effect. Persecution purified, strengthened, and even grew the early church. So Satan switched his strategy. If he couldn’t beat them by beating them physically without…he would corrupt them from within through compromise, cowardice, and diluted doctrine. The church at Pergamos, which means “mixed marriage,” was uniting spiritual authority with idolatry—an unholy infection from within that was sapping the church’s strength.
So what’s the solution? Jesus gives us the answer in His letter to Pergamos. Return to the simplicity, the purity, and the power of God’s Word—as God gave it.