The seven churches of Asia Minor found in the book of Revelation were not different from our churches today. They were random samples of churches that still exist all over the world. None of the churches were perfect, and none of our churches are perfect. If you are trying to find the perfect church, it will never happen. If it were perfect, it wouldn't be perfect once you get there.
God gave the seven churches commendations, criticisms, instructions and promises just as He has given those things to our churches in the spirit today.
The Church at Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7)
This church rejected evil and endured hardships. However, its fault was that it had lost its first love. Ephesus was instructed to repent in order to receive the tree of life. Today, so many of our churches are so tired up in doing good deeds that they have forgotten their first love . . . JESUS!
The Church at Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11)
Smyrna was spiritually rich; had no criticisms; instructed not to be afraid and was promised a crown of life. Not many churches today are spiritually rich. They focus too much on being materially rich.
The Church at Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17)
This church was commended for keeping the faith, but held to the teachings of Balaam. It was instructed to repent in order to receive hidden manna and a white stone with a new name. Like the Pergamum church, some churches allow so much idolatry that we wonder if anything is sacred anymore.
The Church at Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29)
Thyatira was a compromising church that was involved in sexual immorality; tolerated the teachings of Jezebel; told to repent to receive the morning star. Some churches today excuse everything their members do whether right, wrong or indifferent. They say, "It's God's business!" and allow the church to run rampart.
The Church at Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6)
This church had no commendations at all. It was spiritually dead; instructed to repent; promised a white robe and name in the book of life. Is your church like Sardis? Do the members go through the motions but bear no fruit?
The Church at Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13)
Philadelphia had no criticisms; instead kept the word of Jesus; instructed to hold onto what they had; will be given a pillar in temple and the crown of life. There are not many Philadelphian churches left. Criticisms abound in most churches today as pastors focus on bigger budgets and more members instead of being the shepherd of Psalm 23 keeping their own sheep fed, watered, and comforted.
The Church at Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22)
This church was neither hot nor cold. Because it was lukewarm, it had no commendations; told to repent in order to sit on the throne with Jesus. Lukewarm churches today do as little as possible; just enough to be called a church. It is hard to distinguish if this church is a church or a social club. Have you listened to the music in some churches today? Have you seen some people dance in the churches today? If you didn't know you were in church you would think you were in a nightclub.
Which of the above seven churches do you belong to? Or is your church a combination of the seven? Is your church one that Jesus is coming back to; one without a spot or wrinkle? Is your church one that is run by the people or by the leading of God?
Evaluate your church and make the necessary changes to make it holy and blameless so it will not be overlooked when Jesus returns.