What does "not compromising in their faith" mean to you lovelylill?
The seven churches of Revelation
compromise means to meet someone half way. In the context of Revelation which is what I was speaking about, and the final test for Christians - the test involves bowing down in an act of worship to a false God, actually a system that controls all social order, politics and religion that claims it got its power from God. It will expect everyone, including Christians to give up their faith to put full faith in it and accept its mark (666)*
Therefore what I am saying in this context is that I will not compromise in any way and worship anyone or anything other than God or Christ. I will stand my ground on this, even unto death.
I am not saying anything more or less, just that.
* this already had a fulfillment and I don't want to go into the parallel account at this time as it is very deep and this thread I started merely to bring out some points about the letters to the 7 churches and what meaning they could have for us today.
Do you find that there are many false gods seeking your worship?
No. How can a false god be seeking my worship?
Let me rephrase this: many early Christians were told to renounce their faith in Christ. When they did not, they were put to death.
If you believe that Revelation has another fulfillment - then to join the system that is set up and worship it, you have to renounce your faith in God and his arrangement which is for his Son Jesus to reign on the earth. This "entity" claims that it is given this power. And puts its mark (666) on you as apposed to God's mark which many believe is Holy Spirit.
in the letters to the churches, the admonition given to Christ's followers by him is to overcome by not worshiping idols (which this entity will be), keeping our integrity to Christ even unto death, not loosing our faith in Christ, not letting our love of christ cool even if the world outside changes and most do not have faith in him. In these areas, most Christians want to be faithful and not compromise.
Anyway, if you want to discuss this more, we can start another thread or you can pm me as I do not want to hijack this thread for another topic.
So you feel that there is a 'system' that asks for worship but doing so means renouncing faith/integrity to Christ. Would a person who sets aside belief in the Bible and its God because their sincere research leads them to that conclusion be such a person? Would they then be marked with 666? Are they worshipping the system by having left the Christian religion?
Pete, I am sending you a pm.