We live in the Laodicean Church Age
The Majority of Christendom is a Lukewarm Church
That Has Forgotten Her First Love!
Many Christians today attend churches that barely teach the real gospel of Jesus Christ. The preachers teach a “feel-good” message that makes everyone feel good about themselves. This is allowed to replace true preaching about Jesus dying on the cross. Sin is rarely mentioned. The people are led to believe that they can give mental assent to Jesus and they will go to heaven. No true salvation experience has occurred. No repentance from sin is taught. No confession of sin is taught. It is a “watered down” gospel! This belief system can eventually lead to horrible outcomes. The truth must be taught in our churches!
Romans 1:18-32 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.
Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.
Woe to the church that actually allows sin without repentance!
Everything is done to attract people to attend the church service. Coffee bars, casual attire, rock bands, celebrity speakers or musicians, etc. have become the normal experience in many churches. Other churches remain more liturgical. However, sin is tolerated. The person attending the church service is never made to feel “uncomfortable” in any way. No mention of sexual sin or any other sin at all. The message is all about feeling good and finding “your calling” or gaining self-esteem.
These churches evidently feel that they are responsible for getting people to attend their services. That is not scriptural. No one can come to the real living God unless the Holy Spirit draws them. If a person “seeks” God on his own without the help of the Holy Spirit…….that person finds a god of his own making…..not the real living God!
John 6:44-45 For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up. As it is written in the Scriptures, ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.
John 14:16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.
Many churches teach that many of the scriptures aren’t actually true, but are only parables. This simply is not true. All of the holy scriptures are inspired by God! Adding to scripture or taking away from scripture in any way is a very serious offense to God.
II Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
Even when the invitation to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior is given………no one is required to come to the front and make a public testimony of faith. Everything is geared to make the person feel comfortable. Many churches don’t even bother inviting people to accept Jesus!
Christianity is NOT a comfortable belief system! We are commanded to die to self and follow Jesus Christ! We are commanded to have a brave confession of faith and to strive to obey our Lord and Savior. His death was a dear price that He paid for our eternal salvation. We should be grateful and love Him dearly for this sacrifice. Surely we should be willing to “inconvenience ourselves” enough to worship Him in spirit and truth rather than make attending church like going to some social event.
Matthew 10: 32-39 “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.
“Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword. I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Your enemies will be right in your own household!’l
“If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.
Furthermore…….expecting a non-believers to be comfortable in church is ludicrous. They should be encountering a living God who is presenting His Holy truth. THAT would not be comfortable for a non-believing sinner! Even believers that are living in sin knowingly should not be comfortable. Both types of people should be feeling the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ had a great deal to say about this type of church. He accuses the Church in Laodicea of being lukewarm. See below what He has to say about this church!
The Message to the Church in Laodicea
Revelation 3:14-22 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation:
“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’
And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich.
Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.
“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the church.”
Our Lord Jesus Christ is making it clear that He does not approve of the Laodicean Church. We must come out of that type of church and seek a church that is pleasing in God’s sight. The Church of Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13) is that church.
Each Christian has the responsibility to live their Christian walk as a member of the Church of Philadelphia. Jesus made His approval very clear and gave wonderful promises to that church!
- The Lukewarm people (motherlandhomewaresblog.com)