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Lukewarm in the Lord's church
Lukewarm in the Lord’s church
“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 (vomit) thee out of my mouth.”
What does the term “lukewarm” mean? Actually, by definition, it is “the state between hot and cold” neither hot nor cold. What is apparent by Jesus’ words in our text is that being lukewarm is not desirable in the Christian. As drinking lukewarm water tends to make one, nauseas, so the service of a lukewarm person is loathsome to the Lord. Unfortunately, today, too many of our brethren in the Lord’s church, are lukewarm and indifferent. Anything in the name of religion goes from the “lifting up of holy hands” to the use of “instrumental music” in the worship service, to “women assuming roles in the church” which are not given them by Bible authority. Many of our brethren see these things as acceptable because everyone else does them. Please allow me to caution us, that what is done in the Lord’s church MUST be based on Bible authority. Let’s look at Matthew 15:8-9 which states, “ This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” In other words, we bind where God has not. We reach these conclusions based on the opinions of others, not from the Word of God. If God does not say it, then the conclusion is simple: DON’T DO IT!
The complexion of the Laodicean church is briefly, and yet pointedly described to us. They were a church which could neither be identified as cold or hot – they were neither hostile towards the Lord’s cause, nor were they on fire to serve Him. They were simply lukewarm and filled with indifference.
Jesus confirmed, "I know your works." Indeed friend, the Lord knows all our works. The quality of our work is dependent upon the determination of
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