Contemporary evangelicalism approaches the Gospel from a place of power, of autonomy, and of entitlement. This impacts the way we understand the Gospel more than we realize. We ask questions of it that would be unusual to say the least to first century Christians. We want to know things like “how do I get saved?” and “how do I get God to answer my prayers.” The first Christians were powerless, weak, and marginalized. They were kept from the power centers of their society and so heard the Gospel as a call to be faithful and to endure in a world in rebellion to their God, and therefore potentially hostile to them. They had to navigate a culture in which idolatry was obvious but also powerful enough to ruin or possibly eliminate one’s life. In our day the idols are powerful but less obvious and, for now at least, lack the power to eliminate our lives. In this study of Revelation 2.18-3.22 we look at the last four churches in Asia: Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Each one of them developed a different answer to the dilemma of how much of the prevailing culture should be assimilated and how much should be avoided. It is helpful to examine their experiences and answers to this dilemma to be able to respond to the idols of our age.