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Loser believers whose glory is in their shame, Part 10. The final warning to the believer in shame.

Sunday, February 4, 2001

Point 4. The Warnings of the Lord to the Lukewarm Believer Concerning Shame.

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Seven churches – all had different trends or tendencies – also were prophetical of the different historical periods that the Church would go through.

Ephesus Apostolic Period – Pentecost AD 100. The Faith Defined.

Turn to MAT 13:20

Turn to REV 2:9

Smyrna Roman Persecution; from AD 100-313. A period of time when the faith needed to be defended.

sunagoge a Jewish “synagogue,” a meeting or a place, by analogy, a Christian church, an assembly, a congregation.

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LUK 14:18-20 “I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it; please consider me excused. I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please consider me excused. I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.”

Pergamum Old Catholic Period – AD 313-590. The Faith Disputed.

Constantine, the Roman Emperor, took this title, “Vicar of Christ” “in place of Christ.”

Prayers for the dead; AD 300. Making the sign of the cross; AD 300.
Wax candles; AD 320. Veneration of angels and dead saints and use of images;AD 375.
The Mass as a daily celebration; AD 394.
Beginning of the exaltation of Mary, the “Mother of God” First applied to her by the Council of Ephesus; AD 431.
Priests began to dress differently from laymen; AD 500.

Thyatira Roman Catholic Period – AD 590-1517. The Faith Defiled.

Sardis Reformation. Protestant Period – AD 1517-1795. The Faith Discovered.

Philadelphia Missionary and New Testament Assemblies Period – AD 1795-1870. The Faith Discerned.

Laodicea Modernist and Ecumenical Period – AD 1870 – Rapture. The Faith Denied.

Solution for the cold unbeliever; ACT 16:31Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved.
Solution for the hot believer – use the problem solving devices made available through his relationship with God.

PRO 23:23Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.”

MAT 13:44The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has, and buys that field.”

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