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The seven churches in Revelation took on the character of the cities they were in. Does your church do this?
The city of Laodicea was famous for three things: their banking system, their clothing industry, and their medical school which had developed a salve that was an effective remedy for eye diseases. It was an immensely wealthy city. So wealthy, in fact, that when the city was leveled by an earthquake, the city leaders refused any aid money from Rome and rebuilt the Laodicea out of their own funds.
This made for a very self-reliant culture and an "I can do it myself" attitude. The church picked this attitude up, and Jesus was not pleased.
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