“With Pergamum and Thyatira, Hey you got false teachers in your midst and you tolerate them and these false teachers are leading people astray. Well, they may not lead the entire church away, but they are beginning to lead people astray, and you tolerate them in the church.”Pastor Mike Ngui
Any reliable preacher who upholds sound doctrine will do the same thing; they study the Bible, investigate it and when they preach, they will build their sermon around the Scripture, elaborating the facts and surrounding events of history in the Bible. They bring to live what is written in the Holy Scripture, not diluting it or adding anything to it, but explaining to their flock, what it would have been to be living in the times mentioned in the specific sections of the Bible that are being taught.
By analyzing the words from preachers and comparing what is said with what is written in the Bible itself, the depth of knowledge of any preacher can be ascertained, from which the true shepherds can then be easily identified from the wolves. The ones whom are loyal to sound doctrine, do not bring any personal agenda to the pulpit, and their job of preaching is clearly manifested by their discipline and honor at delivering accuracy and what the Bible intended to convey to believers.
Recently I was researching the seven churches in Revelation, a particular topic in the last book of the Bible that never ceases to fascinate me from time to time, and I found a series of online sermons published at the website of Damansara Utama Methodist Church in Malaysia, in what appears to be their complete study of the book of Revelation.
I have seen, heard and read many sermons and bible study materials throughout my life on the seven churches, but a Sunday message by one Pastor Mike Ngui from DUMC caught my attention in particular, how he successfully and with his near flawless explanation on the facts surrounding what Jesus said to the seven churches. The way he broke down chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation, and bringing it to his flock, section by section of it, expounding its meaning and what Jesus was actually saying to the seven churches; what Pastor Mike Ngui did with his preaching deserves some commendation.
And you will most likely enjoy watching and listening to him and how he demonstrated Revelations 2 and 3, like I did.
Pertinent excerpts from Mike Ngui’s sermon
“First thing about these seven letters, I would like to say this, that Jesus knows His church. In every one of these letters, if not explicitly, Jesus says, “I know”. He says I know your deeds, I know your hard work, I know your perseverance. Jesus begins literally by saying this, “I know”. Jesus knew these churches, He knew the true state of these churches. Jesus knew the real conditions of each one of these seven churches.
… He (Jesus) is not unaware of our situations, whether it’s our challenges or our successes, He is fully aware of these things in our lives. Sometimes (I think), it is foolish of us to think that … Jesus might be blindsided by our achievements, … we did so much … that He cannot see our disobedience. On the flip side, it would be wrong of us to think Jesus doesn’t see the little things people do behind scenes which nobody else sees, which no one acknowledges, but Jesus sees. Jesus knows the true condition of His churches.
What we should do now is to take heart to our own condition. Take note, BE AWARE OF THE TRUTH. Jesus knows, the question is, do we know? Do we know the truth about ourselves? Are we open to the truth about ourselves? We should therefore seek to know the truth …
Now, what does He (Jesus) do with this knowledge, if He knows the true condition of our hearts? One of the things He does do with the knowledge is He confronts His church. Jesus confronts His church, because in these seven letters we see at least five times, in various words … I hold this against you, I know your hard work, but I hold this against you (Revelation 2:4). Jesus confronted five of His seven churches.
Now Jesus was strong in confronting the churches. You know, we have this image that Jesus is meek and mild, some people picture Him as a white guy … very gently … (But) we forget that Jesus got angry in the gospels … What was He displeased about? We know in Ephesus He says you have left your first love. With Pergamum and Thyatira, Hey you got false teachers in your midst and you tolerate them and these false teachers are leading people astray. Well, they may not lead the entire church away, but they are beginning to lead people astray, and you tolerate them in the church.”
About The Speaker
Pastor Mike Ngui is a pastor and leader at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church in Malaysia.
Damansara Utama Methodist Church
2 Jalan 13/1
46200 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan