Tuesday, July 26, 2016

THE LUKEWARM CHURCH

                                               THE LUKEWARM CHURCH!

There is much to be said about lukewarm Christians in this
 world today. When I was growing up I never saw the things
 I am looking at today nor did I even think about the present
 issues of our current time in my life. We just lived our lives
 and pursued life. We walked forward and never even
 thought about walking backwards. Life is now dangerous.

  I would never have believed this when I was young but
 we are in the year 2016 (Lord have mercy) and the whole 
world is in turmoil. We see people doing things that are 
mind boggling.
  People are getting tattoos all over their body. People
 are killing each other with no regard for life or eternity. 
Abortions are taking the lives of millions of babies every
 year. People are living together outside of marriage.
 They should not be doing this according to the Word 
of God but think it is their legal right.
in various ways are not doing so but only thinking about
 themselves. Christians all over the world are being persecuted and killed.
  People are losing their jobs and benefits they have worked for all their life. Extremist groups are going all over the world killing people and claiming victory for themselves.
  Many families are living on the edge. If they lose their job house payments can not be paid and they have no savings to back them up. People, Governments, Nations, Financial, Food and Industries are all failing. The whole world is in trouble. 
  How did this happen all at once in such a short amount of time? The secular world has no answer although they claim they do but the Bible does have the solution.
  Now we come down to the lukewarm Christian. "(66) From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him. (67) Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?" John 6:66-67. 
  The Son of God who was in the presence of these disciples worked miracles in front of their own eyes, showed compassion, love, kindness and gave them the gospel of salvation. When this gathering left Him they were not hot for the Lord but they were not cold. They were most likely lukewarm believers.
  They wanted things old and went their way. They certainly did not want to be renewed everyday in the Lord. They did not count the cost and stay with Jesus Christ.
  Does this remind us of so called Christians today? How many people do you know today that say,”Talk to me about anything but not about God?” I know strong Christians that fell into that state of mind and heart.
  Many people go to Church because people will think well of them. I once went to Church and there was a husband and wife duo singing a song about the Lord. When the service was over the husband was passing out insurance cards about his business. So much for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  2nd Timothy 3:1-5 describes cold hearted people of the world we live in today.
 1.”This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5.. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
  In this cold hearted world do we really need lukewarm Christians? Many people in this world want to give a big portion of their life to Jesus but still want to hold on to a small part. Jesus wants all of us because He paid a great price for this right.
  I was just having a problem with this issue and God told me to stay in prayer before I wrote this article. One would think writing an article would be way more important but I was not right with Jesus Christ.
   Most people today have no idea. The natural man is blinded and does not see the love of God because Satan has deceived him/her into believing a lie. There is no time for God. I have to go to work, make a living, send my kids to college and then I have to put away for my retirement. There just is no time for God. What is more important? Many of the issues I just listed could be gone tomorrow. 
  Jesus Christ came down from Heaven and made time for us. He ministered to people and died for our sins. He did not have to do that but He loves us very much. Can we comprehend this? I believe understanding this especially in our hearts is a progressive revelation that we will be learning for all eternity.
   Churches today have falling away from preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When they do this they become a lukewarm church and the members in that fellowship become lukewarm because the emphasis is on social events, a watered down gospel and secular ways of the world. When this happens there is no relationship with Jesus Christ. The fellowship is not filled with the Holy Spirit and is a dead church in the eyes of the Lord.
   In Revelation 3:14-18 we read the following verses.
       
14” And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see.”
These are very powerful verses from our Lord Jesus who is no respecter of persons. In the end judgment will come to those who were lukewarm because they really did not care about God. They will be cast into the lake of fire; however, the Bible has the answer for those who honestly come to Him. “
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”  Revelation 3:20. This is the way we should be living our lives on this earth in this life. This will last for eternity. Don't be lukewarm because if you are there is no real love for God. Jesus Christ gave everything for us so in return we should give everything to Him. I am talking about our hearts for God.

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