Beware the Beasts!

thorns_17324c“Because suffering is the church’s inevitable path to glory, the saints must demonstrate enduring faith. . . . Persistence in the word of our testimony to the Lamb is the means of our victory over the dragon who empowers and authorizes the beast.” (Dennis, E. Johnson, Triumph of the Lamb, p. 194).

“When purported Christian teachers take their primary cues from the surrounding culture instead of from God’s word, they corrupt the covenant community spiritually by encouraging it to live by norms and a faith that ultimately oppose the reign of God and Christ.”
“Believers are to beware of compromise, not just with the Roman emperor, but with all the facets of the state in collusion with religious, economic, and social aspects of the idolatrous culture, which all epitomize fallen humanity.”
“Why does John draw so heavily from Daniel in describing the situation of the church in the world of his day? The reason is that John, like Daniel, is criticizing the status quo of apostasy, compromise, and syncretism. The world system in which the Christians of Asia Minor live is a Satanic parody of God’s ordering of the world. The corrupt system is characterized by the blasphemy of rulers who claim deity and by the apostasy of so-called Christians who acquiesce to the compromising demands of emperor worship and of the institutions of pagan society.” (G. K. Beale, Revelation, pages 710, 725, and 729).

Quotes used in Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC.

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