The church at Thyatira was condemned by the Lord because it “suffered that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce my servants.” [Revelation 2:20].
“Jezebel is to be understood not as a woman, but as a doctrine (v24). Yet the character of the Sidonian seductress whom Ahab made queen of Israel was clearly in mind as the Lord exposed and condemned the false doctrine of the church at Thyatira.
“False doctrine is imported into the church just as Jezebel was imported into Israel. It can gain a foothold only when the church departs from the Word of God as its sole and sufficient rule of faith and practice. What enormous errors have been imported from pretended apostolic traditions, from spurious ancient writings, from heathen religions, and from science falsely so called! When a church either abandons God’s Word and turns to the opinions of men or entertains any other standard of belief in addition to the Bible, it has imported a Jezebel.
“Like Jezebel, false doctrine knows how to paint its face to appear most attractive. When the old, austere doctrines of Protestant evangelism came to be despised, it was because the church was enamoured with the painted face of a more “liberal” theology. Under the cosmetic mask, however, Jezebel remains a soul-destroying emissary of the devil. False doctrine ruins souls. We need to go beyond appearances and examine every doctrine in the light of the Word of God.
“Jezebel is always intolerant of any competition. False doctrine demands to be tolerated, but once tolerated, it takes control and seeks to stamp out all adherence to the truth. This Jezebel is hard at work in the church today. She aims to lay hold of the vineyard of every Naboth and to slaughter every Elijah. There is no room for compromise with her. To arms, Christian! Learn the truth, love the truth, live for the truth. On behalf of his Master, John says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” [3 John 4]. That is always the answer to Jezebel.” [Dr. Alan Cairns in Eagles’ Wings]