"And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: I know your works that you are neither hot nor cold. I could wish that you were either cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth," Rev. 3:14-16.
Are we ready to be spit out of God's mouth? The general temperature of the evangelical church in America sure seems lukewarm. We are rich and don't see our poverty. We are well dressed and do not realize our nakedness and we are blind yet our eyes see the most magnificent blasphemies the world can dream up. God's grace daily reminds me of my evil. Why He loves me is too much to understand so I want to make that clear. This post is about me more than anyone. My collapse is to God's glory. Those closest to me know how much grace God has poured into me and they have to praise Him in glory when they see what He has done to a wretch like me! All the glory to Christ!
The Church(I mean the American Evangelical Church) is almost indistinguishable from the world at large. We revel in the same disgusting entertainment as anyone else. In fact, we are buried so deep in our fornication with Hollywood that we often play their blasphemies in our services! We care so little for holiness and believe that our whoriness will attract the world to us...and it does. They become twice the whores we are and they are further from the Kingdom then when they first came! Holiness, we must understand, means that we will be hated. I don't want to be hated, but that is what we are called to. We serve a crucified Savior and He was not crucified because He was a whore but because He was Holy! Jesus never promised us a rose garden. We will be hated. Are you ready, brothers and sisters to be hated...like our Savior?
The Church refuses to stand upon God's word. It refuses to stand for righteousness and allows false teachers like those in the Purpose Driven Movement, theistic evolutionists(like Tim Keller, C.S. Lewis etc.) and Word of Faith folks to parade in their pews and spew their putrid dogma. We even have groups that parade their gospel faithfulness standing mute in the face of such heresies.
It has been said that a lie travels half way around the world before the truth even has a chance to put its boots on. In this Internet age with info traveling at light speed, that old axiom is quaint and vigilance is required to an even greater measure. While we must continually battle these evils and must acknowledge that they have penetrated the Church to its core, we must also believe and understand that the smoking rubble of the soon to be buried Church will result in a stronger more faithful Church that will glorify Christ. How this will happen is to be seen but the evangelical witness will come back and God will be glorified. It is up to us to keep our eyes on Him who was pierced and to learn, live and love the glorious Gospel! God Bless you.