In my reading for class this week, I stumbled across this paragraph in Walvoord’s The Revelation of Jesus Christ, a commentary on the book of Revelation. In reference to the theory that each of the seven churches listed in Revelation 2-3 represent an age in the history of the church, Walvoord writes:
The message to the assembly in Thyatira seems to foreshadow period of church history known as the Middle Ages preceding the Protestant Reformation. In that period the church became corrupt as it sought to combine Christianity with pagan philosophy and heathen religious rites so that much of the ritual of the church of that period is directly traceable to comparable ceremonies in heathen religion. During this period also there began that exaltation of Mary the mother of our Lord which has tended to exalt her to the plane of a female deity through whom intercession to God should be made, and apart from whose favor there can be no salvation. The prominence of a woman prophetess in the church at Thyatira anticipates the prominence of this unscriptural exaltation of Mary. Along with this, the church experienced spiritual depravity, and idols in the form of religious statues were introduced. Not only gross immorality but spiritual fornication resulted, much as was true in the church at Thyatira. (Walvoord, 75)
I’m mad as a hornet about this, so let’s talk about it.