Lukewarm faith? – Got Questions

Question: “Why did Jesus speak so strongly against lukewarm faith?”


Answer: 
In Revelation 3:14–21, the Lord is describing the “lukewarm” heart attitude of those in the Laodicean church, an attitude manifested by their deeds. The Laodiceans were neither cold nor hot in relation to God, just lukewarm. Hot water can cleanse and purify; cold water can refresh and enliven. But lukewarm water carries no similar value. The Laodiceans understood the Lord’s analogy because their city drinking water came over an aqueduct from a spring six miles to the south, and it arrived disgustingly lukewarm. Laodicean water was not hot like the nearby hot springs that people bathed in, nor was it refreshingly cold for drinking. It was lukewarm, good for nothing. In fact, it was nauseating, and that was the Lord’s response to the Laodiceans—they sickened Him, and He said, “I am about to spit you out of my mouth” (verse 16).

The letter to the church at Laodicea is the harshest of the seven letters to the churches in Asia Minor. By His indictment of their “deeds” (Revelation 3:15), Jesus makes it clear that this is a dead church. The members of this church see themselves as “rich” and self-sufficient, but the Lord sees them as “wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” (verse 17). Their lukewarm faith was hypocritical; their church was full of unconverted, pretend Christians.

Jesus frequently equates deeds with a person’s true spiritual state: “By their fruit you will recognize them,” and “Every good tree bears good fruit” (Matthew 7:16–17). Clearly, the lukewarm deeds of the Laodiceans were not in keeping with true salvation. The deeds of the true believer will be “hot” or “cold”—that is, they will benefit the world in some way and reflect the spiritual passion of a life transformed. Lukewarm deeds, however—those done without joy, without love, and without the fire of the Spirit—do harm to the watching world. The lukewarm are those who claim to know God but live as though He doesn’t exist. They may go to church and practice a form of religion, but their inner state is one of self-righteous complacency. They claim to be Christians, but their hearts are unchanged, and their hypocrisy is sickening to God.

The fact that the lukewarm individuals to whom Christ speaks are not saved is seen in the picture of Jesus standing outside of the church (Revelation 3:20). He has not yet been welcomed into their midst. In love, the Lord rebukes and disciplines them, commanding them to repent (verse 19). He sees their lukewarm attitudes as “shameful nakedness” that needs to be clothed in the white garments of true righteousness (verse 18). He urges them to be earnest, or zealous, and commit themselves totally to Him. Our Lord is gracious and long-suffering and gives the lukewarm time to repent.

The Laodiceans enjoyed material prosperity that, coupled with a semblance of true religion, led them to a false sense of security and independence (see Mark 10:23). The expression “I am rich; I have acquired wealth” (Revelation 3:17) stresses that the wealth attained came though self-exertion. Spiritually, they had great needs. A self-sufficient attitude and lukewarm faith are constant dangers when people live lives of ease and prosperity.

Recommended Resource: Bible Answers for Almost all Your Questions by Elmer Towns

ROOT REMEDY

Well, well, well … Here we are again, drawing the curtains down on a very, very long vacation.

“Not so long”, you must be thinking. Well, we have approximately 3 weeks, in fact 2 Fridays more before reopening, and spending close to 80 days (1920 hours) at home … Wow!! That has been quick.

I believe we were enthusiastic about the whole vacation thingy, having our own plans going into the vacation and now that we are coming into a new semester we all have our plans as usual.

Over the years, if we are to draw a curve of our productivity based on what we plan, most of us including me would have that of a sinusoid: an up and down sort of thing. Hope we can relate? Well John C. Maxwell puts it beautifully as this, “sometimes you win and sometimes you learn”.

This message is not trying to let you know what you should’ve done but didn’t do. We have beaten ourselves and cried ourselves to bed over and over again on simple mistakes we keep on repeating and we need no reminder.

This semester de33 I won’t joke” – a popular cliché and many other mistakes all embodied in procrastination [and his relatives: laziness, lack of focus and concentration and the likes]. We read all the books, go to conferences and use all the great quotes as profile pictures or as status on social media platforms.

Well, I’m not against that, in fact, they’re good and build us up, but we end up not solving it entirely, do we?
At this moment you will be thinking, “oh I know where he is going, that man Jesus Christ right? … He’s got the answer right?? Oh yeah! I have heard of him and how he makes everything beautiful.”

Absolutely, you are right and you hit the nail right on the head but just as C.S Lewis said, “Man needs no new instructions but to be reminded.”

See how can we boldly sing and proclaim these words:

I’ve tasted the world, seen more than enough and its promises fleeting of water and wine I emptied the cup yet still I found myself wanting… But there’s a well that never runs dry. The water of life; the blood of the vine.

Jesus is the cup/well that never runs dry.

If we have not actually gone through these struggles and experienced how nothing else supersedes what Christ has for us.

So now instead of planning to do this and that, I just have to accept that I can’t trust myself to accomplish it but I can trust the one who never runs dry, Jesus Christ. Then we shall receive the grace, peace, strength and wisdom to go through and achieve whatever it is we want to.

So after this vacation of not so much productivity, I boldly say Lord I give myself away not like before or on a normal Sunday church service but because I’ve actually seen how wretched I am and the need to give myself away and not trust in myself.
This is a lifelong reminder I believe God has for us as a way of calling us back to himself, yet many a times after receiving this heartfelt connection and grace we tend to think: “okay now Jesus has passed the ball to me, He’s given me that salvation so now I have to score that goal then case closed” or “I have to this that and that to repay his kindness and goodness or something.”

But can we actually do that?
Can we actually repay?

We end up tired and worn out but how about if we do it like this instead, just as Paul wrote in Colossians 2:6;

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. NLT

Not enough? Heed the words of Christ then



John 15:4
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

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Deeply Rooted in Christ

Wow, all Christ wants is for us to be in that state of joy, peace, remorse, tears, calm all wrapped up in Grace and Love when we received him then and then will we get that motivation to achieve and bear all the fruits we want.

Yes don’t fret my dear, he hears you and longs to come to your aid.

If you truly believe he is the cup that will never run dry, then why do you worry and carry all this burden and pain in your heart.

My message is very simple, the one who created the world, the stars all those planets known to man and not yet known, absolutely everything is crazy in love with me and wants to reside in my heart to accomplish his own good works. (Those works in your heart you want to do but end up coming short, he actually put it there )

The question is will you let him?

Cecil O. N.

Show Forth CHRIST

It’s high time

The Pregnant clouds emptied themselves

The wind had commenced combing the nearby bushes

The polythene had had their wings widely spread in the sky

And to the tune of the wind they dance

As I long to prosper in your fruit, and show forth you

O Lord

More than the wealth of the land,

What the world offers, matters not,

It’s all like crumbling sand

It has no substance for sustaining life

Of eternal value, I mean

Its only use is for the temporal

In fulfilling worldly dreams

But one day soon it will all be gone

As if it had never been

And when we’re standing without it all,

What in us will be seen?

For worldly wealth has no real value,

Nor character to strive for,

For we are nothing when all is revealed

If we lack the fruit of the Lord, and don’t show forth him

I’d rather have the qualities of God,

The fruit of His Spirit inside, and show forth him

For it’s His character that will remain

When we enter eternal life.


Aaron A. T.


Red Sparkling Wine, Fresh Tasty Bread

“23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

27 So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves.”
1 Corinthians 17:23-29

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Do this in remembrance of me. You proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Whoever eats and drinks without discerning the body of Christ drinks judgement on himself, the body, the church. If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home so that when you meet together, it may not result in judgment.

Imagine Jesus Christ preaching love and his disciples exhibiting greed, selfishness and no care for others when they participate in a ceremony meant to proclaim His death. A ceremony meant to proclaim His death; a ceremony meant to show the world what love really is. That, ‘Greater love has no man than this; that he lay down his life for his friends’. Death. To proclaim that this death was actually love. Imagine disregarding in totality the reason for the ceremony and doing something the exact opposite. The greed in wanting more and not caring about the other person is what Paul warned against.

Contemporary times; we no longer break proper bread, in fact, it’s just a wafer and a semblance of a cup of wine so it’s hard to get drunk whilst others go hungry. Truth is, if you bank your hope on the communion, you’ll go home quite disappointed but anyway back to the subject of matter, in these contemporary times, how do we drink of the cup in an unworthy manner?

Simple, it’s the same as before. See, underlying the drunkenness was greed, selfish motives, conceit … Simply put, no love for others.  

You gobble down the wafer and wine solemnly yet in an unworthy manner if you do not recognize the body, which is the church.

Granted, there are other ways of participating in the ceremony in an unworthy manner. But see, Christ didn’t die so that we live individualistic lives. More so he didn’t institute a divine mass ceremony so that we partake of it alone.

He wants us to wait for one another, care about one another, care for one another and partake of the cup together as loved ones and therefore proclaim His death; His ultimate show of love to the world until He comes.

So the next time you join the queue for your wafer and wine, take a moment, pause and think about the person behind you in the queue. Do you recognize him as a part of the body?

Yaa A.

The Substitution

THE SUBSTITUTION: BARABBAS’ STORYbarabbas

My name’s Barabbas

I have been locked up by the Roman government for a while now

One day I know that I will come out of this prison

But only to receive my death sentence

I have been a threat to society, to the Jews and to the Romans

I have led an insurrection against the Roman authority

I have murdered men and women alike

And now, the day has finally come Continue reading