To the Church at Pergamum

Revelation 2:12-17

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The double testimony to the presence of Satan in Pergamum highlights the perpetual position of the church: it is located in a fallen world. The situation of the church in the world presents the prospect of being overcome by evil instead of fulfilling the call to be salt and light. Jesus in addressing the problems in Pergamum teaches the church how to be in the world and not be overcome by its darkness.