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Lukewarm and Loving IT

 

“‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”–safe to do all these detestable things? Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the LORD.(Jer 7:9-11 NIV)

“Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. “Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”(Luk 3:8-9 NASB)

It seems that in the United States we live in and with a sense of entitlement.  This mentality has crept into the church.  Like the Jews of Jesus day who thought that because they were children of Abraham, they were a privileged and entitled people.  John the baptist lays this out this rebuke to them when he says that God can raise up children of Abraham from the very stones. He further says that those who do no bear good fruit will be like trees who are cut down and thrown into the fire to be burned.

The same warning is given to the gentile church a while later in the book of Romans where Paul says the following:

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either. Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. (Rom 11:17-22 NASB)

Paul says that we are to fear and not be conceited for we too can be cut off.  I can’t conceive of a reason that Paul would write such a thing in Holy writ unless it were a possibility.

The Apostle Peter Quotes Paul when he writes the following:

Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.
(2Pe 3:15-17 NIV)

When reading the above we must remember that the blood covers an act of sin, not a lifestyle of sin. We do not need to go around fearing that if we mess up we are condemned automatically to an eternal hell. However, we do need to know that  thinking that we can live like hell and cruise on into heaven is foolish thinking.

The last church mentioned in the book of Revelation is Laodicea. It is my belief that this church is there both as a real church of that time period and as a prophetic warning of the church that currently exists today.  The city of Laodicea was known for an eye salve, known for rich clothing, known for it’s wealth and independence, known for a lukewarm water that was piped into the city. Hot water is soothing and relaxing while cold water is refreshing.

The first thing that Jesus comments about is the church’s lukewarmness and that He is going to vomit it out of His mouth. Lukewarm water is known to make one nauseous.

Laodicea means people’s opinions or people’s judgement and from what I understand is where our word democracy comes from.

You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
(Rev 3:17 NIV)

Laodicea was known for its wealth and was a center for banking in ancient times.  It was so wealthy that when they had a massive earthquake that destroyed the city, they refused help from Rome and did it themselves.  Hence Jesus saying about the church, “you say that I have acquired wealth(prosperity gospel), and do not need a thing”. Yet Jesus says that they are wretched, poor, pitiful.

Laodicea was known for it’s clothing that nobles wore and yet Jesus says that the church is naked.

Laodicea was known in the ancient world for an eye salve yet Jesus says that the church is blind

I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
(Rev 3:18 NIV)
Jesus counsel is to buy gold from Him that will last through the fires of trial.

He counsels them to buy clothes from Him so that they may cover their nakedness. Sin exposes one’s nakedness and yet the church here did not realize that they were naked.

He counsels them to buy salve fro Him so that the may have their eyesight restored.

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. (Rev 3:19 NIV)

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
(Rev 3:20 NIV)
We are living in a time where God’s grace is being poured out through His Son and He is patiently standing outside the door of His own church requesting access. In all of the pictures I have seen depicting this, the door upon which Christ knocks has no door knob, it must be opened from the inside. While many have used this as a personal invitation for the sinner to come to Jesus, I believe that this is a church where Jesus is not welcomed. It is a church were there are cliques. It reminds me of a dream that I had where I was able to look into  a church through glass doors and the people inside were worshiping the Lord and there was a great worship band playing. However, when I looked at the doors, I noticed that there were no handles on the doors. You had to be let in from the inside. And, if one would leave, they had to depend upon someone from the inside to let them in.

A time is coming when it will not be the Lord knocking to be let in but instead it will be the people of the lukewarm church. Consider the following scriptures:

“”At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. (Mat 25:1-13 NIV)
“Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. “Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ “Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets’; and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; DEPART FROM ME, ALL YOU EVILDOERS.’ “In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out.
(Luk 13:24-28 NASB)
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10 thoughts on “Lukewarm and Loving IT

  1. In another place Jesus says ‘I do not know you’ to some who have been doing impressive miracles. Could it be because the miracles were done for the benefit of their own name rather than His? The inference is that being the church needs to be about Jesus rather than about us (Matt 7.21-23).

    • I looked up this verse and it is interesting what it says in the original Greek.

      Not everyone who says to Me, Lord! Lord! shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord! Lord! Did we not prophesy in Your name, and through Your name throw out demons, and through Your name do many wonderful works? And then I will say to them I never knew you! Depart from Me, those working lawlessness!
      (Mat 7:21-23 MKJV)
      The word “depart” here is the Greek word, apochoreite and from what I have read it means, “be spacing from me”. In other words, not so close. I believe that those who know the Lord are those who obey His commands and submit to His Lordship.

  2. Fire is His will for His Children….You are so right, lukeware will be vomited out and He is longsuffering that those who are luke ware will change and become firebrands burning for His glory. Keep up the wonderful blog! J

  3. “we must remember that the blood covers an act of sin, not a lifestyle of sin.” I LOVE that and it is so true! Too many people out there think we can sin away and all is okay! Thats not true! We need to practice righteousness not ungodliness. I believe there are many ‘christians’ out there who think they are saved but are not, they are lukewarm and therefore not really saved at all. God help your people see the light. Amen!

    • I had a dream, 05/24/2012, and in the dream, I saw Jesus standing with a winnowing fork in His hand. A winnowing fork is what is used to separate the wheat from the chaff like John the Baptist describes in Matthew 3:12 and Luke 3:17. However, in this case I did not get the sense in the dream that this had to do with final judgment bur rather had to do with who would be taken and who would be left behind. I saw in the dream the rapture occurring and I saw people in two’s as is described in Matthew 24:40-41 where it talks of two men in the field, one taken and one left and two women with a hand-mill, one taken and the other left. In the very next verse Jesus gives a warning that must be heeded by all which is to be watchful because you do not know the day not the hour of the Lord’s return, As I previously stated, I saw people in two’s as the rapture occurred and as the ones being taken began to ascend towards heaven, those being left behind grabbed onto their shoes, I saw tennis shoes on those being taken and am not quite sure of the meaning, because they knew what was happening and that they were being left behind. The last thing that I heard was Luke 21:36 being quoted, ” WATCH THEREFORE AND PRAY ALWAYS THAT YOU MAY BE COUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE ALL THESE THINGS THAT WILL COME TO PASS, AND TO STAND BEFORE THE SON OF MAN.”

  4. Love the wisdom that you present in your writtings.

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