Christianity v. Rome

Paul’s Damascus Road encounter with Jesus, inspired him to devote the rest of his life to sharing the gospel of the kingdom with the Gentiles.

He spent nearly three years in Ephesus, a Roman trade center, facing hostile, life threatening audiences who worshipped the Roman Emperor and the pagan deity, Artemis.

Archeological Presentation by Dr. Joseph Stowall

Christianity, even during the first-century era of the Apostles, is constantly under Satan’s attack. John the Revelator described the spiritual challenges faced by seven, first-century Christian churches  struggling to survive in the center of Pagan Roman Empire.

The dangers, consequences and solution are described in detail in Revelation 2 and 3. Heading the list is Ephesus followed by Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. The actual words of John offer sobering reading for 21st-century Christianity. Growing in grace represents more than adopting a name brand— it’s all or nothing, serious reality.

John’s riveting words deserve careful study. Rather than attempting interpretation, Revelation 2 and 3 are must reading for every Christian. The attached message to the Church at Ephesus found in Revelation 2 provides a sample of what to expect,

To the angel[a] of the church in Ephesus write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work, and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”

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