Revelation 2:14 Index
"But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication."
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PROBLEM: The problem(s) the church was and is facing - "But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication." (KC 44)

"...thou hast them that hold the doctrine of Balaam..."

  • Christians marrying pagans was a constant threat to the believers. That is why God refers to Balaam, from the Old Testament. Balaam recommended to Balak that he send the daughters of Moab into the camp of Israel to seduce the sons of Israel into immorality, leading the people into idolatry and rebellion. "And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab." (Numbers 25:1). "Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD." (Numbers 31:16). (KC 47)
  • This continued to be a problem, even in the days of John. When the Apostles had the council in Jerusalem, they warned them about these areas. "For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well." (Acts 15:28, 29) (KC 47)