It sat on a cliff 1000 feet high and was considered unconquerable, so they didn’t guard it. Cyrus the Persian finally conquered the city, and then it was conquered again 300 years later by Antiochus IV, again, because they didn’t guard it. The city was great and then became dead.
I have been trying to figure out what Sardis means, and I just can't seem to find any information on it.
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In a nutshell – what the Reformation started out to do, it stopped way too soon. To whom much is given, much is required. Justification by faith was taught, but the Holy Spirit was not. The church became filled witth people trusting in a name, but were never born again. The Spirit gives life, and they were dead.
They also did not correct the anti-semitism or the Replacement Theology (the idea that the church has replaced Israel in God's plan) that had been prevalent in the previous church ages. Too much false doctrine from the Catholic church remained and was not corrected. Reformationists even began persecuting Anabaptists because they didn’t baptize infants.
Additionally, they too became state-run churches – Lutheran in Germany – Calvinism in Switzerland, Anglican in England, etc.
Reformation churches in general were trusting in their name and reputation. I think of the time my children spent in a Lutheran school. Reformation Sunday was a huge celebration in late October. I remember being bothered by how much they focused on Martin Luther. It was all about being Lutheran! Other mainline protestant denominations are similar. We joined a Methodist church many years ago, before we were even believers, and we were asked to promise to be loyal to the United Methodist Church. Really? Even as an unbeliever, that didn't sit well with me.
And there is hope offered to those few in the dead church, who have not defiled their garments. They will be clothed in white and walk with Yeshua, who will confess their names before His Father and the angels - and their names will remain in the Book of Life!