Is There Such A Thing As A Lukewarm Christian?

Jesus answers this question very well when addressing the church of Laodicea.  Revelation 3:15-16  “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold or hot.  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”  (KJV)  Goodness gracious.  Let it never be said that our Lord and Savior ever minced words.  So what about the many nominal Christians today?  They are starched, pressed and ironed but not washed.  They have an inoculation but not a saturation or immersion.  They have just enough of the world to be unhappy in the church and just enough of the church to be unhappy in the world.  They want Christianity merely as fire insurance.  Their only commitment is to not commit.  They attend just enough to not know what is going on, and wonder why no one told them about the recent happenings.  Others love to join mega churches whereby the very nature of the environment enhances their desired unaccountability, and they can do what they really want to– have absolutely no ministry, blend in with the woodwork and brag about their big church.  Chameleon Christians blend in with their background, and possess the talk without the walk.   They are spectator Christians and that is their goal to begin with.  They know Christianity is the truth yet hold it at arms length.  As a pastor I am tired, tired, tired of seemingly theologically sound professing believers who join no church because they do not want to.  They have been hurt in the past, they suffered a setback in their life and blame God for it, they may have had a bad experience in the church, or fell into sin themselves, so they quit.  The old axiom rings true folks:  “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”  If Paul had this kind of fortitude he would have quit a thousand times a year.  Who has not been wronged while serving their Lord?  We serve on a sin cursed planet and we all falter in the flesh from time to time.  We are all coyote ugly on many occasions.  (My apologies to PETA for this last statement).  Well, quitters usually find a smokescreen to hide behind because PEOPLE ALWAYS GET WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR.  If I really do not want to give myself fully, I will indeed find an excuse.  (Vance Havner said “An excuse is the skin of a reason stuffed with a lie”).  I tell the leap frog/ hop scotch Christians to join whatever church the good Lord is leading them to, and then commit to full time discipleship.  I never covet their membership but for crying out loud, they need to join some church if anyone is to take their faith seriously!  If you are not committing  yourself FULLY to the church where the Lord is leading you to, then you really need to take spiritual inventory at the threshold of this new year.  How does one do this?  I have met countless professing Christians who have never been baptized which is the first thing a blood washed born again Christian should do if they have truly been saved.  One displays a total lack of conviction if they make a profession, yet have no evidence of possession.  Furthermore, I am always amazed at other professing Christians who attend, yet leave their membership in the rear view mirror, often ten to twenty years, and fifteen hundred miles removed.  Once you join the church where He is leading you, use your God given gifts for His glory and reach the local community for Christ.  This is really pretty simple stuff.  The “real deal” committed Christians make my heart sing.  You think about that.  Pastor Steve

Perhaps the following question may be seen as a barometer of one’s faith:  “If Christianity were a crime (it could be one day), is there enough evidence to convict you?”


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