Jezebel—A Christian Worldview of the Church, Part 4

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Well, I haven’t heard of too many parents naming their baby girls Jezebel. The biblical Jezebel was one wicked woman.

But lo and behold, the prophecy in the book of Revelation warns the church in the city of Thyatira that they tolerated “the woman Jezebel.” Here’s the description of her:

… who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray, so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. And I gave her time to repent; and she does not want to repent of her immorality. Behold, I will cast her upon a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds.

Tolerating Jezebel, it seems to me, is tolerating immorality. Ring any bells? Once upon a time, western culture, under the influence of the Judeo-Christian ethic, held to a standard of morality that is quickly fading from view. In fact, some people in our culture are saying we who still hold to morality have no business voicing our beliefs in public and certainly no right to base our decisions regarding public policy on our moral values.

This is what tolerating Jezebel has earned us.

But where does that leave us? Should we focus our efforts on throwing Jezebel down? I don’t see that in Revelation. Instead, this line, directed to those who do not hold this teaching: “What you have, hold fast until I come.”

Interestingly, the things the Thyatiran church was commended for included perseverance. Here’s the whole list:

I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first.

So maybe, after repentance and holding fast, now is the time to initiate more love and faith and service, that my deeds of late might be greater than at first.

Published in: on December 2, 2008 at 1:34 pm  Comments Off on Jezebel—A Christian Worldview of the Church, Part 4  
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