The message to the church of Sardis is the fourth prophetic message to the Christian Church. It covers the time after the Protestant Reformation.
The message is surprising. Jesus says: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God” (Revelation 3:1,2).
Sardis period represents the continuation of the Protestant Reformation from the mid-16th through the mid-18th centuries. Thus, we would expect positive congratulations for this period.
However, Sardis church instead gets the most urgent, negative message of all the churches. “You have a name that you are alive, but you are dead!”
So what’s going on?
In this video we will look into how faithful and courageous reformers once in power were deeply influenced by the general worldview and conditions of their time. We will also see how Satan worked quickly and effectively to counteract the positive influence of the reformers.
There are very important lessons from the message to the church of Sardis for our lives. Just like believers back then we are immersed in the influences of the world around us. Media, politics, advertising, the internet, and social media compete with Jesus for influence in our lives, our time, affections, and loyalty.
Jesus implores us to “remember how [we] have received and heard…to hold fast, and repent”.
You can read the full transcript of this video here
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