Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. (Revelation 3:4)
The church at Sardis was not a good church. Jesus personally referred to it as being “dead” (verse 1). However even in the church at Sardis there were some true believers who were doing what was right. These people, Jesus promises, would receive their eternal award from Jesus because “they are worthy,” despite the fact that they were members in a bad church.
Likewise today there are often true believers lurking in bad churches. Jesus’ promise of eternal life still applies to all those who truly believe, even if they go to a bad church. The sad thing, though, is that the people around them do not recognize them for who they are. The other members at their churches do not realize that these people are saints surrounded by unrepentant sinners. The difference should be obvious to those who are trying to observe true love and true faith.
If you are an unrepentant sinner attending a bad church, you need to repent of your sins right now and believe in the sufficiency of Jesus’ death on the cross for salvation. Look around you; there may be true believers lurking in the shadows, even at your bad church. You will learn more truth by observing their actions than you will ever learn from a thousand empty sermons by your unrepentant pastor.