If you lived in that time and you were a Christian and you wouldn’t reproach Christ, good luck finding a job and making a living and you were considered the bottom of the barrel. This is history, this is not opinion, this is history. You were considered the lowest of the low to be a Christian in those days. If you made your living in the city around you had to work in the temples making trinkets for pagan gods.
Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that everything was focused on Caesar so if you didn’t want to do that, you would be destitute. And He says “I know your tribulation and your utter destitution but,” alla, “but.” I may not get to these other things, that’s okay. “But,” He says plousius ei. Plousius, we get our word ‘plutocrat,’ plousius ei, and I “You are rich.” But that’s a contradiction, that’s a paradox, of course. He says I know your tribulation and your poverty, your destitution but you’re rich. Holy mackerel! Okay.
Let me tell you 2nd Corinthians 6:10, let me read it to you, don’t go there. I’ll just turn there you don’t go there. 2nd Corinthians, I’ll find it in my book quickly, 6:10 what does it say? It would help if I was reading the right place, “As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” You read, unfortunately I take the claim out James, but James 2:5 says exactly the same thing, poor but rich. You’re winners people at Smyrna, and this is where we get into a little sticky situation. “And the blasphemy,” you can read that word blaspsemian ek ton legon, “of those saying,” Ioudaious.
Now I’m going to stop here lest anybody misinterpret or misrepresent what I’m going to say. If you’re going to be a Christian, be a Christian. That means and let me give you this equation before I go on, if I were to lift this phrase out that says “And the ones saying they are Jews,” and I prefer the word Jewish but it does read Jew, einai eautous kai ouk eisin alla, they’re not really…Let me pause there because we could put anybody in that to make that fit the bill. Lest anybody think Mrs. Scott is anti-Semitic person.