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Bible warns against lukewarm Christianity

Doublas

In the book of Revelation, we read about the warnings given by Jesus Christ to the seven churches of Asia Minor to repent from sin and turn back to God. But one of these warnings stands out because it describes our current spiritual condition.

This warning was directed to the church of Laodicea. We read: “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

“So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:14-17).

You see, the Christians of Laodicea were prosperous and thought they were self-sufficient and had no need for God; they trusted in the things they possessed and subsequently, pride had entered their heart, and as it says in scripture, people with pride do not seek God (Psalm 10:4).

They became lukewarm toward God because their belongings took first place in their life, but they made sure to allow a little bit of room for God in their life also to soothe their conscience. By doing that, they were serving two masters: God and money.

Scripture reveals that this kind of thing cannot work: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24).

Truth is that riches and the things of this world have no lasting value. We read in scripture that even if we gain everything and end up losing our soul, we have gained nothing: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). Everything here is temporary, but the things above last forever, and those are the things we need to seek with all our heart.

Unfortunately, nowadays we too have fallen into the same trap. Today, many who go to church are Christians in name only. There is no commitment or the fear of God in people’s lives; no relationship with Jesus Christ – just empty religion. Just like the Laodiceans, we have been blessed with many things, and we too are suffering from the same spiritual disease: Lukewarmness.

Our actions also show we don’t need God. This deceiving attitude will lead us away from the truth of the Gospel, and eventually we will go from being spiritually lukewarm to spiritually dead.

It is time that we seek the Lord’s help to rise above this spiritual paralysis. We need to repent and ask for God’s forgiveness and to ask Jesus to come into our lives, because the enemy will exploit this spiritual weakness and will cause even greater confusion. He will fill us with half-truths and empty religious beliefs that will lead us way from the life that is found only in Jesus the son of God.

The seven churches of Asia Minor did not heed the warnings of God, and as a result, destruction came upon them from the Ottoman Empire, and they ceased to exist.

Unless we repent, we too will face destruction either in this life, or when we hear these words on that dreaded day: “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me” (Matthew 7:23). Those are the words of the Lord Jesus who on judgment day will judge the living and the dead.

The time for spiritual change is now.

Gregory M. Doublas is author of the book “Sin and Salvation” and hosts a weekly program, "Time for Gospel Truth," on WQSW 100.5 FM. He can be reached at sinandsalvation@frontier.com. If you are interested in submitting a column (750 words or less), send it to Terri Richardson, The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email trich@jg.net. Please include your name, religious organization and a phone number where you can be reached. For more information, call 461-8304.

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