“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” (Revelation 2:9)
Here in Revelation, we find the first mention of a specific place that Satan is worshiped in. Strangely enough, it is called a ‘synagogue’, a place where Jews worshiped God! Why would Jesus say to the church of Smyrna, and later to the church of Philadelphia, that the devil was being worshiped in their service?
Because he was. The Christians (who still met in synagogues) were conducting their service in such a way that the devil was getting the glory, instead of God! While this may seem unthinkable, it is not impossible. In the pagan world, men and women worshiped idols, which Paul said were devils in disguise.
“But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils” (I Corinthians 10:20)
Thus, anytime we give priority to anything other than God, we are giving priority to the devil- in essence, worshiping him.
As I’m sure none of us want to become Satanists, what things should we do to avoid our churches-and lives-from becoming Satan’s synagogue?
1. Keep the right church.
One of the problems mentioned in the epistles to the Corinthians was the fact that they were frequenting the temples of pagan gods. While this was not the problem with Smyrna and Philadelphia, it is certainly applicable. If we go to the wrong church, we certainly aren’t worshiping God correctly. We must make sure that we attend churches that glorify God with their music, appearance, and message.
2. Keep the right friends.
Not all the members of these two churches were worshiping incorrectly; only some. We must beware of people in the church who claim to be Christians, but do not bear any fruit. Certainly we should be kind and try to help them grow, but we don’t want them as our close friends. Clean doesn’t make dirty clean; it only gets dirty itself.
3. Keep the right motives.
When we serve God for selfish reasons, we actually are serving self. By serving self, we inadvertently serve the devil’s will. We should serve God with a cheerful attitude; otherwise, we will become bitter and sour. It is very easy to start out with the right intentions, then go wrong along the way. We must safe guard against this.
4. Keep the right outlook.
Christ warned the deceivers in the churches that He would come back soon to judge them for their sins.
“Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.”
If you know that you are not a Christian, but pretend that you are; you will be judged for that, and it won’t be a simple slap on the hand. If you aren’t saved, you will go to hell. There simply is no getting around it. You can’t fake your way to heaven: it doesn’t work with God. He will have to say,’I never knew you’, and turn you away. You don’t want that to happen. Accept Jesus as your Savior today!
Christians don’t intend to worship the devil, but they do. While you may not think yourself to have fallen victim to any of these things mentioned in this blog, tuck it away for later. You never know when you may need it!