Can a church be “too nice”?
In Revelation 2:18-29, Jesus commends the church in Thyatira for their good works – commendable things like love for others and service to others. This was a “nice” church, friendly and helpful. But, then those sobering words: “I have this against you.” What had this church done to offend Jesus? He was offended that they tolerated a woman in the church who was leading people into idolatry and sexual immorality through her false teaching.
Was the the church at Thyatira “too nice”? Were they afraid of coming across as “intolerant” of this lady and her followers?
Pastor Steve Lawson says, “We Americans worship at the shrine of tolerance . . . there are no absolutes today. The only absolute is that there are no absolutes. We tolerate everything but intolerance.” Hmmm . . .
So, let’s ask again, “Can a church be ‘too nice’?” So “nice,” so tolerant, that false teaching and immoral living eat away like a cancer at a church’s commitment to Christ and testimony for Christ? What does Jesus expect a church to do about false teaching and immorality in the church?