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we want a church that will take its

stand regardless of whether we get more

members regardless of whether we have

more money God says what is unacceptable

to God must be unacceptable to God’s

people so you must hold in your hand two

things truth and love you don’t give up

Truth For Love and you don’t give up

love for truth you have to hold both of






well today in Revelation Chapter

2 the Lord is going to talk about the

intolerance of an

overcomer if you are going to be an

overcomer and not an

underc if you’re going to be a winner

and not a loser if you’re going to be

Victorious and not living

defeat you must have your Toleration

limits there are certain things you will

not tolerate you won’t accept it’s

outside of the

boundary he writes to the church at thy

Tyra he says beginning in Revelation CH

2 Verse 18 to the angel that is the

messenger that is the pastor of the

church at thy Tyra

WR the Son of God who has eyes like

flame of fire and his feet are like

branish bronze says this so he produces

this designation to the church at thyra

so let me tell you about thy Tyra it was

a place known for its gilds or

unions in the midst of these unions in

this city called thy Tyra a church was

established the beginning of that church

is summarized for us in Acts chapter 16

verse4 when Paul the Apostle comes

across a woman named Lydia and Lydia was

a sell of purple it says purple die

thyro Tia made purple dye and these dyes

was part of couture clothing for the

Uptown Shoppers and so uh the purple dye

she was a manufacturer of it she was a

distributor of it she was a wholesaler

of it and Paul came and led Lydia to

Christ in acts

16:14 out of that grew a church it grew

out of the Salvation of Lydia well thyro

to is known for its skills and its

unions but let me tell you about a

couple of aspects of the unions because

that will help you to understand what

Jesus is getting ready to say to the

church now only were the unions

connecting people who had the same

occupation for protection and for

Privileges and for

rights but it each Union had its own own

God so the unions had a spiritual or

religious aspect to them so if you were

part of thy tyus teachers

union then you were expected to give

recognition to the teachers union God or

whatever God was tied to that Union so

that was one part of it so thara was a

Workers Union but it it had a religious

aspect but it not only had a religious

aspect the unions in thy Tyra also had a

social aspect like a fraternity or a

sority so there was a social aspect to

the unions so there was a working aspect

tied to a religious aspect tied to a

social aspect so you got together with

the people that you work with and you

partied with them and you you enjoyed

good time with them because you shared

the same occupation well the problem

occurred when people became

Christians and belonged to the union and

they were expected to recognize the

Union’s God and to party with the other

co-workers that it involved things that

went against the Christian faith and

that created a crisis for the Christians

in these secular

occupations Verse 18 says the Son of God

the one with eyes of fire and feet of

branish bronze says this Jesus Christ

has already been introduced as the son

of man but on this occasion in verse 18

to the church at thyra Tyra he’s not

introduced as the son of man he’s

introduced as the Son of God and of

course Jesus is both the Virgin birth he

is now introduced to us as the Son of

God as the Son of God deity he says he

has eyes of fire and Jesus’s eyes of

fire penetrates the facade he knows when

you’re really Christian and he knows

when you’re faking it to make it because

his eyes of fire penetrate to the

reality of a thing he not only has eyes

of fire it says in Verse 18 it says he

has feet of branish bronze well what do

you do with feet you walk so he’s got

eyes to see it and feet to get to it

Jesus Christ now presents himself to

this church as the allseeing

authoritative one to these Christians

who are caught in these unions that are

being demanded that they tolerate

certain beliefs and practices that

compromise their Christian in faith so

that’s the Dilemma he compliments them

in verse 19 where he says to them I know

your Deeds your love your faith your

service your per perseverance and that

your Deeds of late are greater than your

Deeds at first so you are doing better

you are growing you are a congregation

that I see wants to do the right thing

and so I want to commend you for that

but after commending them he now

criticizes them he says in verse 20 but

I have this against you that you

tolerate the woman

Jezebel who calls herself a propheus and

she teaches and leads my bonder servants

astray so that they commit acts of

immorality and eat things sacrificed to

Idols what’s Jesus’s problem with this

church his problem is what they

tolerate he says you tolerate the woman

Jezebel the problem was Toleration watch


now Jesus the son of God says I got a

problem with you thyra Tyra Bible

Fellowship not

only not

only are you doing good things but you


tolerating other folk doing bad

things so you had this

propheus self-proclaimed cuz she called

herself a prophetess God never called

her one she’s a self-proclaimed

propheus and she’s going around speaking

on behalf of

God leading church members astray this

is God’s house and in his house there

are certain things he accepts and

certain things he doesn’t accept or and

neither does he want the other family

members to accept it

he says you tolerate it you accept it

and he says it is unacceptable and it

involves two things it

involved worshiping a false god it says

idolatry the unions worship the idols he

says well the unions May worship the

idols but I’m the only true God you

don’t get to worship the idols just C

everybody else is doing it what he’s

saying is that this church tolerated

Jezebel so let me tell you about

jei we find Jezebel in First Kings

chapter 16 and verse1 17 Jezebel was

married to Ahab the king of Israel

Jezebel was the daughter of a king and

she was a worshipper of the god

Baal she talked her

husband into worshiping Baal so we got a

strong will woman worshiping the king of

is uh married to the king who comes to

the king and says well if you going if

you going to be married to me you got to

go with my God so he compromised with

her and when he compromis with her he’s

the king he’s leading all of Israel into

compromising with her and she got Israel


compromise that’s why Elijah ask them

how long will you halt between two

opinions how long you going to go both

ways how long you going to be one way in

church and another way at work how long

you going to be one way with the family

of God and another way in your sorority

or fraternity how long you going to be

one way with your spiritual family and a

whole another way with your biological

family how long you going to go both

ways cuz he wants you to know as long as

you go both ways you’ll never be an

overcomer because you you are not

operating on his standard he says you

tolerate it you accept it even if you’re

not doing it you are allowing it and

it’s going

unaddressed it is shameful

today what churches are beginning to

allow it is shameful today cuz this

woman is in the church she’s a power

broker in the congregation it is

shameful today how churches are dumbing

down God’s standard because they don’t

want to offend they don’t want anybody

to call them intolerant he says to them

you have tolerated

Jezebel you’ve tolerated her and she’s

doing damage to the

church and God says well and I’m not

even being mean about it look at

verse look at verse 21 I gave her time

to repent

oh and she does not want to repent of


immorality now we’re gonna get into

we’re gonna get back to this thing of

repentance because it’s it’s one of the

most powerful words in the Bible is a

powerful word because it opens up the

door of God changing his relationship

with you so repentance it means to turn

okay he says even though this


Jezebel is been promoting immorality


promoting uh idolatry I gave her an

opportunity to fix it yes he

did repent

yeah so God creates Windows of

repentance opportunities within a

timeline before he moves he says I gave

Jezebel even though she was involved in

this this kind of

wickedness and even though she was

influencing other people to this kind of

wickedness I gave her a window of

opportunity to

turn what was her problem she does not

want to repent sin is bad but but not

wanting to repent is

worse cuz now you’ve entered into the

category called

Rebellion this woman was not struggling

she was a

rebel and she was influencing other

people and other folks were around there

saying well that’s her business I ain’t

got nothing to do with that oh here’s

here’s the way we say

it I’m not supposed to

judge okay so so let’s get this

straight let’s get this straight because

we people are confused on this

thing you are to always judge the

distinction between truth and error that

you must judge you must judge

legitimately you must judge biblically

you must judge lovingly you must judge

responsibly and then you get the

sympathetic thing well well God is a god



yeah well that’s half a

God that’s one side of

God Romans 11 says

knowing the goodness and severity of God

see you got these two sides of God I can

love you but I must reject that idea

because it goes against What God Says

and God is my

standard so you must hold in your hand

to two things Truth and Love and the two

must be kept together you don’t give up

Truth For Love and you don’t give up

love for truth you have to hold both of


simultaneously God is Not lowering his

standard to please folk and so he’s

saying you tolerate you accept you you


dismiss the

standard and so what is a result of

that is he goes on to say I will throw

her Jezebel on a bed of sickness and

Those who commit adultery with her into


Tribulation unless they repent of her

Deeds so that’s bad news and good news

the bad news is he says I’m gonna throw

her on her bed of

sickness one way God God disciplines us

is with sickness he allows sickness all

all sickness is not due to discipline

but some sickness is and one of the ways

he dispens he says I will throw on a bed

of sickness so let me tell you what

happened to Jezebel Jezebel kept going

kept going would not repent would not

repent and then she crossed the line

okay she crossed the line and God said

that’s it so one day she’s sitting up

there in the window she falls out of the

window hits ahead blood splatters

everywhere she laying on the ground and

she dies from the fall okay this is this

is in uh in second Kings chapter 99:

30-35 and so she’s out there blood is

splattered so the men come to get her

body to bury her but when they come to

get her body there’s nothing left but

her skull and her feet cuz the dogs have

devoured her not only did God take her

life it was the shame of being eaten by

because you would not

repent and he says and for Jezebel and


followers these are those who were

practicing what she was doing there

would be the discipline of

God and you say well I don’t believe God

is like that that was that was in the

Old Testament well this verse is in the


Testament and so is Hebrews chapter 10

verse 30 and 31 because Hebrews chapter

10: 30 and 31 makes it clear he says

vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord and I

will judge my

people I will judge my people not to be

mean but to bring corrective

measures into their

lives there must be a standard that the

kingdom of God holds to that we get back

in line with if we’re out of alignment

so that the Church of Jesus Christ is

distinct in the

culture because no longer will it be

popular to be one of the

culture used to be popular you could be

one of the culture but now you take a

Biblical stand for life you take a

Biblical stand for marriage you take a

Biblical stand for order you take a

Biblical stand and you going to be on

the out now why would this be a problem

if you were working in thyroid Tyra well

now if you belong to this Union and this

union says to keep your job to get a

raise on your job to get promoted on

your job you got to go along to get

along okay if if you don’t party with us

the way we party nothing wrong with a a

good party but when it goes left if you

don’t if you don’t go left with us if

you don’t go worship with us I’m going

tell you now you’re not going to make it

in this company you’re not going to make

it in this career unless you’ve made

that decision in advance unless you’ve

decided in advance that there are

certain boundaries I will not cross then

what you have to understand is that you

are making a choice between the true God

the Son of God and and the false gods

who will not be there when your world

crashes so I’m going tell you that now

cuz those false gods are not real

they’re just convenient cuz let me tell

you something about an idol folks only

pick Idols they can

control see that see folk pick Idols

because they can tell an idol what to do

the problem without our God is you don’t

get to control

him see that’s why folk don’t want that

God cuz that God can’t be dumbed down to

the culture and so he says to

them he says I’mma judge the children

but he still gives them an out he says

unless you repent repentance would

remove the fact of the of the Judgment


God but he makes it

clear I say to the rest verse 24 who are

in thy Tyra who do not hold this

teaching watch this now

who have not known the Deep things of

Satan as they call them I have no other

burden on you okay let me let me talk to

you a little

bit to the rest of you who are not

compromising who are repenting to the

rest of

you he says who do not

accept the

teaching of the deep things of Satan so

that raises a question isn’t it what are

the Deep deep things of

Satan so they’re not so deep things and

they’re deep

things a satanic

thing is an invitation to disobey God

that that’s a satanic thing we all face

that we all have fallen short in that

where we’ve disobeyed God that’s that’s

satanic but let me tell you what a deep

thing of Satan is a deep thing of Satan

is not only when you disobey God when I

disobey God when we disobey God a deep

thing of Satan when you really going

down to Hell to hang out with him is

when you call evil

good now you didn’t just you didn’t just

go to the bottom of the pit and you’re

hanging out with the devil see as long

as you call evil evil you’re saying

something true about it but the moment

you go to call evil good this is

legitimate this is okay that’s why why

Romans 1 says things got worse and worse

and worse not only did people do the

things but they they applauded those who

did them in other words they gave

approval and you see today what we clap

for what we affirm what we celebrate and

we call we call wretched good and we we

celebrate the most evil of people the

most evil of lyrics the most evil of

terminology the most evil of actions but

we we applaud it and we say ain’t that

nice and ain’t she great and wasn’t that

funny and isn’t that nice and and we go

along and all of a sudden what we used

to shut at and say ooo boy that’s nasty

we now

say that’s the Deep things of

Satan you you now gone and youve now

partying with the

devil but he says for those who do not

accept the teaching of the deep things

of Satan who don’t call evil

good he saysi have no greater burden for

you this is a great

statement I have no greater burden for

you one of the things that God says

about his Commandments is that they are

not burdensome but that’s a striking

statement because I’m feeling the weight

I’m feeling the weight they are not

burdensome he says but I have no greater

burden for you God says if you reject

the teaching of Satan

then you will lift the burden from you

how will rejecting that teaching when it

could cost me my job lift the burden


me because now the Son of God is working

for you and not working against

you now the Son of God the one with the

eyes of fire and the feet of

bronze listen I don’t want to be

misunderstood if you take a stand for

intolerance where God is int tolerance

there may be some negative things for

those who live Godly in Christ Jesus the

Bible says will suffer but when God is

on your side and I I’ve shared it I I

share once more my experience with this

was when I was at the bus station they

had a scam going I was working night

shift and they had a scam going going

through Seminary working night shift and

what they would do was punch other

people in when while they were sleeping

and they would get paid were working

while they were sleeping but they would

be punched cuz they would be punched in

by somebody else and then it was the

next person’s turn the next night to

punch you in so you could get paid while

you slept so they sleep for two hours

but they’d be getting paid for two hours

cuz somebody else punched them in so

when I went to work there they told me

this is how we roll This is and This Is

Your Night This Is Your Night to punch

in him he’ll punch in you the next night

so now I’m caught on the horns of a

dilemma I’m on the horns of a dilemma

cuz I’m poor okay okay I I I don’t have

no M I’m making $300 a month okay so I’m

on the horns of a dilemma uh and then

everybody’s doing it so now I’m going to

be the odd man out if I don’t

participate in the scam so after getting

up some carriage and remembering I’m

studying for the ministry after all

that uh I uh I say okay okay guys I

can’t do that I I can’t participate in

that cuz that’s stealing and that’s I

just can’t do that they said well no you

don’t understand everybody does this

yeah I know but um I I can’t do that

okay so now I am a nonparticipant in the

union I’m an odd man

out so I’m feeling the weight of this

literally because when buses came in I

would be left to unload them by myself

the other guys wouldn’t come cuz I

wasn’t participating so I or they would

just come and take a bag and then leave

so now I got the

weight of

non-participation because there was a

standard in that

situation that I would not acquest

to so I’m feeling the weight of this the

weight of this it’s the right thing but

sometime the right thing can be weighty

and so I’m doing the right thing but I’m

feeling it’s a little

heavy a month and a half later I get

called to the

office I get called to the office the

supervisor says Evans I need to see you

so I’m wondering you know what’s wrong I

go in I sit

down he said we are aware of the scam we

are aware I’ve got we got a night guy

coming around and we are aware of people

punching other people in when they’re

really not

working we’re also aware that you were


participating so from now on you are the

new supervisor for the night share

you talk about a burden being

lifted because in that op in that

occasion I accepted the teaching so I

know this could be weighty right now

when you feel like what is this gonna

mean for me on my job and and I’m not

talking about you going preaching on

your job I’m just talking about you

having the Divine standard on your work

and that’s why he

says hold fast till I come verse 21 the

one who overcomes and he who keeps my

Deeds until the end to him I will give

authority over the Nations you may get

some of it now you get most of it later

but he says I’m going to give you the

ability to rule with me and he shall

rule them with a rod of iron as the

vessels of the Potter are broken to

Pieces so I shall receive Authority from

my father I will give to him the morning

star that is intimacy with Christ based

on revelation 22 he that that ha an ear

let him hear what the spirit of God says

to the churches what he’s saying to you

and me is to take your stand with love

with kindness but with

Clarity that there is a boundary here

and that boundary we do not cross and

when we do cross it we repent and get

back in line so that we can continue on

and have the eyes of the son of God

cuz just like the Son of God saw you

leave it the eyes of God saw you come

back to it and when he sees you come

back to it he can now respond to you

based on your present condition at

whatever level he feels appropriate and

so we want a church that will take its

stand for God regardless of whether we

get more members regardless of whether

we have more money regardless of whether

we get more notoriety it is the Divine

standard that we we must hold to at all