By Martha Mac / SO4J.com ® / SO4J-TV & Video Productions
Lukewarm Christians - What is a Lukewarm Christian? What Do they Look, Talk, and Act Like? How Do You Know If You Are a Lukewarm Christian (Apostate)? Lukewarm professing "Christians" are UNSAVED People who: THINK, TALK, LOOK like they are Saved— which is DIFFERENT than a Backslidden Weak-in-Faith Christian like King David was at one time. Lukewarm Christians are False Converts like Judas was. After reading this, take the SO4J-TV LUKEWARM CHRISTIAN TEST.
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• WHAT IS A LUKEWARM CHRISTIAN?
• LUKEWARM CHRISTIAN & APOSTASY
• LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS ON JUDGMENT DAY - VIDEO - MATTHEW 7:21-23
• LUKEWARM CHURCH OF LAODICEA - REV 3:14-22
• WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HOT OR COLD WATER VS LUKEWARM?
• TWO INTERPRETATIONS OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HOT OR COLD VS LUKEWARM
• 1ST INTERPRETATION - CORRECT
• 2ND INTERPRETATION - INCORRECT
• TRUE & FALSE CONVERSION - VIDEO - RAY COMFORT
• LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS MINIMIZE THEIR SIN & THEY PRACTICE SIN
• LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS MAKE THIS LIFE MORE IMPORTANT THAN JESUS
• WHAT DOES A LUKEWARM CHRISTIAN LOOK, TALK, AND ACT LIKE?
• TESTIMONY OF A LUKEWARM CHRISTIAN - VIDEO
• LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS PREACH A WARM FUZZY GOSPEL THAT APPEALS TO THE FLESH
• LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS DO NOT WANT TO OFFEND ANYONE
• LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS DO NOT OBEY GOD'S WORD
• LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS DO NOT RESIST SATAN— THEY LIVE BY THEIR FEELINGS
• MANY ARE LED ASTRAY FROM GOD'S WORD THRU HEARING PERSONAL WORDS FROM GOD
• FALSE VISITS TO HEAVEN & HELL
• GOD SPEAKS TO US THROUGH HIS WORD
• MOST PEOPLE ARE LUKEWARM & UNSAVED— FEW EVER FIND THE NARROW GATE
INTRO - There is no such thing as a "Lukewarm Christian" (so to speak), but for the sake of getting to the point of WHAT and WHO Jesus was addressing when He spoke to the Church of Laodicea in Rev 3:14-20, He was talking to a Church of people who thought they were Biblically Saved, when in reality they were obviously not. We will refer to the Term "Lukewarm Christians" in these SO4J Bible Studies on what it means to be a Lukewarm Christian.
SO4J-TV understands that Christians are not perfect— and they still Sin (1 John 2:1, 1 Cor 3:1-15), but we want to reach out to those people who call themselves Christians, and yet use the Grace of God as a License to Sin (Rom 6:1-23,15-16, 1 John 3:8-10). We need to to Examine our Faith, and make sure we are Biblically Saved (2 Cor 13:5). That is what this Bible Study aims to do, to help us to Examine our Faith with God's Word.
We will not be going in depth in this Bible Teaching about the "Church of Laodicea" (that is who Jesus is talking to in Rev 3:14-22), so if you would like to read more about that go to:
- Lukewarm Christian Laodicea Church - Part 4
When you're done reading this Bible Study check out SO4J's Test called:
- Lukewarm Christian Test - 10 Questions to help you to Examine Your Faith - Part 2
What is a Lukewarm Christian? A Lukewarm "Christian" is an UNSAVED Person who THINKS they are Saved. They are someone who is Indifferent, and Half-hearted about Jesus. They are what the Bible calls, CARNAL. The Word "Carnal" is from a Greek Word "sarkikos", which means "Fleshly".
A Lukewarm Carnal "Christian" is not Sold Out For Jesus (SO4J) as Jesus commands us to be in Mark 12:30-31, Matt 10:37-39, Rev 3:15-20, etc. They Compromise with the World— they have One Foot in the World, and One Foot in God's Word (Rom 12:2). They call themselves a Born Again Christian (John 3:3, 2 Cor 5:17), but they deceive themselves (2 Tim 3:13). Most Lukewarmers LOOK, ACT, and TALK just like the World, and they are bearing NO Good "FRUIT" for Jesus— Gal 5:22-24, John 15:8, Matt 13:36-40, Matt 25:13-40, John 15:2-8, Matt 7:15-23 yet they call themselves Christians (Mark 7:6-9). Lukewarm people do NOT OBEY JESUS, God's Word, or God's Commandments. 1 John 2:3-6; 2 Thess 1:7-9; Rom 2:6-10; John 14:15; Luke 6:46-49; Rev 2:26; Matt 5:19; Eccl 12:13-1.
To be LUKEWARM can also be called APOSTASY as well. APOSTASY is a REJECTION or DESERTION from FAITH in JESUS & GOD'S WORD. It's where people HEAR & RESPOND to the Gospel by making a "DECISION FOR CHRIST" or "PROFESSION OF FAITH" (like Judas did)..i.e. see also the PARABLE OF THE SOWER - Matt 13:3-23. They come to the Edge of Saving Faith— but they eventually REJECT or WALK AWAY from the Truth when Tested with the CARES & LURES of this Life, PROBLEMS & PERSECUTIONS (Matt 13:19,21,22) etc. A FALSE CONVERT named Demas in the New Testament is a Good Example of that. Demas started off with a "DECISION FOR CHRIST" & even became a Fellow Laborer with the Apostle Paul, Mark, and Luke in Philemon 1:23-24. Paul mentions DEMAS in a letter:
• Philemon 1:23-24 "Epaphras, my Fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, as do Mark, Aristarchus, DEMAS, Luke, MY FELLOW LABORERS." On the outward Demas LOOKED like was Saved.
However, as Time went on, DEMAS’ FAITH IN GOD’S WORD WAS TESTED— He was Tested with the “Cares of this World” (Matt 13:22) that Satan & this World offers us.
• 2 Tim 4:10 "..DEMAS has FORSAKEN ME, having LOVED this PRESENT WORLD..."
DEMAS did NOT ENDURE & STAND FIRM IN GOD’S WORD when Tested with these Cares, Trials, etc. He was a FALSE CONVERT (from what we can tell in Scripture)— A Person who Appeared outwardly to be a Believer— even came to the Edge of Saving Faith, but did not endure (Matt 10:22). Paul not only mentions DEMAS in 2 TIMOTHY…he NAMES THE NAMES of 8 DECEIVERS IN 2 TIMOTHY (including Demas) who walked away, Deserted the Lord, or are Doing much Harm…etc.. We list the 8 here on this page: JUDGING OTHERS— SHOULD CHRISTIANS JUDGE? He is one of the MANY that Jesus warned us about on JUDGMENT DAY (Matt 7:21-23) that will PERISH. He was a mere FALSE CONVERT— a THORNY, ROCKY, HARD GROUND HEARER of the PARABLE OF THE SOWER in: Matt 13:3-23, Mark 4:3-20, Luke 8:5-15.
Jesus warns too that "MANY" people will PERISH, and FEW (Percentage wise) Truly become Born Again— Matt 7:13-14, Matt 7:21-23, Luke 13:23-30, Matt 22:14, Phil 3:18-19.
One of the most Terrifying Scriptures in the New Testament that Jesus warns us about is: Matthew 7:21-23. Jesus tells us that someday He will proclaim to MANY people who THOUGHT that they were Saved, but were not, that they are GUILTY.
• Matt 7:21-23 Jesus warns, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord! Lord!' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who DO the Will of My Father in Heaven will enter. On Judgment Day MANY will say to Me 'Lord! Lord! We Prophesied, Cast out demons, and Performed MANY Miracles in Your Name.' But I will reply, 'I Never Knew you. Depart From Me, you who Break God's Laws (Practice Lawlessness)."
We at SO4J-TV decided to Produce a 10 Minute Mini Movie that depicts Four of the MANY different types of Lukewarm Christian Scenarios that most likely will Appear before Jesus someday at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15). Check out this Video below.
This Video on Top is a Video Portrayal of Matthew 7:21-23— which is about the Fate of FALSE CONVERTS (APOSTATES) who come to the EDGE of Saving Faith— but they eventually REJECT or WALK AWAY from the Truth. Go Here for: Biblical Assurance of Salvation, Q & As, & To Examine Your Faith. Go Here for: What is a Lukewarm Christian? Go Here for the: Gospel of Jesus Christ.
LUKEWARM CHRISTIANS are UNSAVED People who: THINK, TALK, LOOK like they are Saved. This Video is a 10 Min Segment of a One Hour SO4J-TV Show (below): Judgment Day-Are You Ready?
FYI - These Are NOT Genuinely Saved Christians portrayed in this Video— as they were NEVER Saved in the First Place. In Matt 7:21-23 Jesus says, "I NEVER KNEW you, Depart From Me, You Who Practice Lawlessness (Break God’s Laws)."
This is a List of the "Top 10 Ways That UNSAVED people THINK They're Saved" which is seen in the above Judgment Day-Are You Ready? TV Show
One of the Reasons people DO NOT TRULY COME TO CHRIST is they LOVE & HOLD onto their DEEDS OF DARKNESS & THIS LIFE MORE than wanting to come to the Light (Jesus)…and they don't BELIEVE GOD’S WORD— nor do they Truly FEAR GOD.
• John 3:19 “And the JUDGMENT is based on this fact: God’s LIGHT (JESUS) came into the WORLD, but people LOVED the DARKNESS MORE than the LIGHT, for their ACTIONS WERE EVIL.”
Rev 3:14-22 Jesus says, “Write this letter to the Angel of the Church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the Faithful and True Witness, the beginning of God’s new creation: I know ALL the things you DO, that you are neither HOT nor COLD. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like LUKEWARM WATER (BAD WATER), neither Hot nor Cold (GOOD WATER), I WILL SPIT YOU OUT OF MY MOUTH! (Perish in Hell) You say, ‘I AM RICH. I HAVE EVERYTHING I WANT. I DON'T NEED A THING!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy WHITE GARMENTS from Me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I CORRECT AND DISCIPLINE EVERYONE I LOVE. SO BE DELIGENT AND TURN FROM YOUR INDIFFERENCE. “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as Friends. Those who are VICTORIOUS (over sin) will sit with Me on My Throne, just as I was VICTORIOUS and sat with my Father on His Throne. Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what He is saying to the churches.”
FOR AN IN DEPTH STUDY GO TO: Lukewarm Christian Laodicea Church - Part 4
Like Lukewarm Water that has been sitting out for weeks gathering fungus, etc. Lukewarm Christians are Stagnant too— and Unproductive for Jesus, full of Indifference to ever being Obedient to God's Word (John 14:15). There is no Life.
Jesus says He is "Living Water"— and the opposite of Living Waters is Dead Water.
Jesus talks about LIVING WATER when He sat alone next to a Water Well. A Samaritan woman came to draw Water from this Well. Jesus asked her for a Drink of Water— she replied, and He said to her:
Lukewarm Water, on the other hand, appears to start out Hot or Cold (Good Water), but when left to itself it becomes Lukewarm, Stagnant, & Unusable— just like what happens to Lukewarm Christians. Lukewarm Christians also can start out "Good" (so to speak)— they Accept & Receive God's Word with Joy, but when later Tested with the Storms & Cares of this Life, their Faith & Obedience to God's Word Fizzles. Read More: Parable of the Sower (Matt 13:3-23, Mark 4:3-20, Luke 8:5-15, Matt 13:37-43)
"Faith that Fizzles & Fails Before the Finish Line is Not a Saving Faith"
Lukewarm Christians can appear to Look Alive, Busy, and Productive for Jesus in the Church, but Jesus sees something totally different (they are deceived by Satan - Rev 12:9). Jesus sees that they are DEAD, and they will Perish unless they, in His Words, "Repent & Turn to Me again".
In Rev 3:14-22 (Re: The Church of Laodicea), Jesus talks about how He wishes that the Church of Laodicea (which is also a warning to us in the Church too) were "Hot or Cold", but if you are like Lukewarm Water "I will Spit (vomit) you out of My Mouth".
There are Two Main Interpretations of this Scripture for what Hot or Cold means vs being Lukewarm. Here is a shortened version of the Scripture we are talking about:
I believe the First Interpretation below is what Jesus is talking about.
This First Interpretation I believe is CORRECT :
COLD WATER is GOOD TO DRINK, so it is USABLE & GOOD— and HOT WATER is GOOD too, for Bathing and Drinking as well— so it is also seen as being USABLE & GOOD.
• COLD & HOT WATER here Represents a GOOD & FAITHFUL BELIEVER who has Christ's Righteousness (2 Cor 5:21 NKJV), and is Productive, a "Doer" of the Word— a Faithful Servant that is Bearing "Much Fruit." (John 15:8)
• LUKEWARM WATER on the other hand is seen by Jesus as being STAGNANT, so it is UN-USABLE & UNPRODUCTIVE & BAD (Matt 25:26-29,30). This is a False Convert who is NOT Bearing any GOOD FRUIT for Jesus (Matt 7:15-23)— someone who is Unproductive, Lazy, & Indifferent about Jesus, and God's Word.
Jesus constantly warned about True & False Conversion in the Gospels— GOOD VS BAD: Good Fish vs Bad Fish, Wheat vs Weeds, Narrow Gate vs Wide Gate, Good Fruit vs Bad Fruit, Good Soil vs Bad Soil, Wise Bridesmaids vs Foolish Bridesmaids, Good Productive Servants vs Worthless Lazy Servants, Solid Rock vs Sinking Sand, Good Water vs Bad Water. Please scroll down to True & False Conversion below to see these Bible References.
So here in this Scripture Jesus is simply showing us the difference between Good & Usable Water (Cold & Hot) vs Bad Unusable Stagnant Water (Lukewarm).
Because the Lukewarm Church is seen as being Bad Fruit, Bad Fish, Bad Water— Jesus is going to Spit or ("Vomit" in the Greek) the Lukewarm Church out of His "Body" (the Body of Christ).
Here is the sad ending of the Story of the Parable of the Three Servants.
We are NOT saved by our "Good Works", but we PROVE (show evidence) that we are Saved by Our WORKS.
See the Bible Study on: IS OBEDIENCE TO JESUS NECESSARY FOR SALVATION?
If you are Not Producing Good Fruit for Jesus, you will Prove to be a False Convert or Unsaved, and you will Perish.
Faith comes from: Hearing God's Word (Rom 10:17), then you Believe God's Word (Heb 11:6), and Obey God's Word (John 14:15, 21, 24, James 2:14-20).
Like Jesus, we are to Overcome Sin & Temptation through Christ & God's Word. (Luke 4:4, Matt 4:4)
8 Scripture Promises from Jesus (in Revelation) for those Believers who Overcome Sin thru Christ: Rev 2:7, Rev 2:11, Rev 2:17, Rev 2:26, Rev 3:5, Rev 3:12, Rev 3:21, Rev 21:7
This 2nd Interpretation is a Popular Belief, but I believe this is NOT correct. The Popular belief is that COLD Water represents being an UNSAVED PERSON— They say that if you are "COLD" (far away from God, Unsaved) towards Jesus than at least you have a NEED for Warmth—a need for Jesus, and this is seen as being "GOOD" in this Interpretation. HOT represents to them being a SAVED Person who is "ON FIRE for Jesus" (so to speak)—and this is also seen as being GOOD too in this Interpretation. LUKEWARM WATER here represents being Stagnant & Bad.
The Problem I have with this Interpretation above is:
First of all, for the record, Jesus tells us that MOST people will Perish (Matt 7:13-14) because people hold onto and Love their Darkness— Sin (John 3:19) & Reject the Truth for Lies (Rom 1:25, Matt 7:21-23, Matt 24:11). God has been Gracious & Good to All people in that in His Love He has provided people with: Food, Clothing, etc. He's been especially Eternally Good in that He made a way of Escape from Hell (Rom 5:8) through a Narrow Door— through JESUS CHRIST (Matt 7:13-14, John 14:6, John 10:9). Even though MOST people will Perish because we have an Unholy Sinful Nature, He is NOT WILLING that any should Perish (i.e. to be "COLD" UNSAVED)— Read: 2 Pet 3:9, 1 Tim 2:1-4. So when Jesus says in Rev 3:15 “I WISH that you were one or the other (HOT OR COLD WATER).." Jesus is NOT saying that He is Wishing for people to be COLD (UNSAVED)— no way. He is instead saying that He WISHES that the Laodicean (Lukewarm) Church be GOOD WATER (i.e. HOT OR COLD = USABLE, GOOD WATER— to NOT be "NAKED" (see Rev 3:17-18), but to instead be Clothed in HIS Righteousness & Goodness (Isaiah 61:10, 2 Cor 5:21). In Luke 19:41-44 Jesus wept over Jerusalem, because even though He wanted them to Believe in Him, He knew that they were going to Reject Him.
In Rev 3:16 Jesus makes a clear distinction between BAD WATER VS GOOD WATER— Rev 3:16 Jesus says "So then, because you are LUKEWARM (BAD WATER), and neither COLD nor HOT (GOOD WATER), I will VOMIT you out of My mouth."
So the idea of Jesus "Wishing" people (the Church) to be "COLD or UNSAVED" to give them a NEED for Warmth is NOT Biblically correct in my understanding of the Scriptures.
Also the Lord Never Rejects or Casts away one of His Chosen (John 10:27-30). In Scripture we see Him Rejecting the False Convert (Unsaved person who THINKS they're Saved)— those who were NEVER Saved in this first place. Notice the word below that Jesus gives to the False Convert: "I NEVER KNEW YOU." Again, these are Lukewarm (UNSAVED) people who THOUGHT they were Saved.
Jesus is always talking about True & False Conversion in His Parables, and in God's Word (i.e. Good vs Bad such as the: Narrow Gate (Saved) vs Wide Gate (Unsaved), Solid Rock (Saved) vs Sinking Sand (Unsaved), Wheat (Saved) vs Weeds (Unsaved) etc.
Here are some "True & False Conversion" (Good vs Bad) Examples from God's Word:
See the SO4J Bible Study called:TOP 10 WAYS UNSAVED PEOPLE THINK THEY'RE SAVED
They are on the Broad Path, Foolish, Bearing No Fruit, Bad Soil— wrong attitude that is not Humble, and not Obedient to God's Word. Once again, we are not saved by "Works", but we Prove (show Evidence / Fruit - Gal 5:22-24) we are Saved by our Works.
Many Lukewarmers Love, Approve Of, and "Wink At" what God Hates. THEY MINIMIZE THEIR SIN. MOST Lukewarmers do not understand the HOLINESS of God, and/or they simply choose to NOT OBEY GOD'S WORD.
They PRACTICE SIN, and do not understand the Seriousness and Consequences for Continual Sin.
All of God's Word should be taken Seriously and Obeyed— not in a legalistic way, but in a way that pleases the Lord because of our Great Love for Jesus. (John 14:15,21,24, John 15:10,14, John 8:31)
Many Lukewarmers can also APPEAR to look like they are really "GOOD" people, and in MANY cases you cannot tell a True Believer from the False Convert (Saved or Self-Deceived? Re: Matt 7:21-29).
They LOVE THIS LIFE (they love family, pleasures, etc.) MORE than they love Jesus.
Lukewarm Christians consistently make their: Family, Friends, Homes, Jobs, Pleasures of this Life, etc. MORE important than Jesus.
In Many Cases you CANNOT tell the Difference, on the Outward, between a Lukewarm Christian and a True Repentant Believer. Only the Test of a Trial can bring out a Person's Real Motivations, and Agenda. Lukewarm Christians are those who start out fine, but when Persecutions, Trials, Tests come they eventually fail these Tests, and will be Proven in the End to be a False Convert...like Judas was.
The Outside Appearance of a Lukewarm Christian can look the Same as a True Repentant Believer— it's the Foundation of their Character, and Obedience to Jesus that is Different.
The Only way one can tell a True Believer from a False Convert is: Do They Obey God's Word? (Luke 6:46) Obedience to God's Word out of a Love for Jesus (John 14:15).
Otherwise they are Merely Thorny Ground, Rocky, and/or Hard Ground Hearer - Described by Jesus in the Parable of the Sower (Re: True & False Conversion).
Lukewarm Christians can Appear Outwardly Godly & Appear Very Spiritual
Some Lukewarm "Christians" Appear Outwardly Godly and Very Spiritual.
They might TALK & LOOK just like a Christian by VERBALLY PROFESSING JESUS AS THEIR "LORD", Performing "Signs & Wonders", Prophesying, Praying, and doing Good Deeds— but in reality they Deny, Reject, and Resist the True Gospel that could Save them from Hell. (A True Believer is to do Good Deeds...but we're talking people who are trying to Earn their Salvation thru doing Good Deeds, much like the Pharisees).
For More Go To: PROSPERITY GOSPEL IS UNBIBLICAL - VIDEO & ARTICLE
If and when a Lukewarm Christian talks about Jesus with the World, it is a HALF-HEARTED WARM & FUZZY "gospel" that "tickles people's ears" (2 Tim 4:3-5). Their Teaching merely makes people FEEL GOOD about themselves— Temporarily— for this life.
Many Preach the SELF-ESTEEM "gospel" (like Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Robert Schuller, and many others). Their Heretical Preaching (a departure from the Core Beliefs and Teachings in the Word of God) is never too Convicting, because it's usually TALK that builds up a: Church, a Person, or an Organization and/or Ministry, and NOT a Message of which Jesus preached about (John 16:8-11); and what God's Word exhorts and warns us about which is: Repentance (Acts 17:30-31), Sin, God's Righteousness, Holiness, Coming Judgment,Obeying Jesus & God's Word— or a warning of Eternal Hell (which is all over God's Word).
Can you imagine hearing John the Baptist, Noah, Peter, or Paul Preaching sermons like: Discover Your Self-Confidence, or Let's Feel Good About Ourselves: God's Way to the Good Life, or how about: Self-Love: the Dynamic Force of Success...? These are the actual Book Titles of "Christian" Author Robert Schuller! Jesus never preached such heresy! This is all contrary to God's Word.
Or could you imagine seeing your Neighbor's House starting on Fire, and instead of going over to warn the people in the house to get out, you ask the people who own the home, "Can we mow your lawn?" That's not love at all— in this case. Instead you would hopefully do whatever you could do to Save those in this home from certain death. God sent his only Son as a living Sacrifice, to Die a Torturous death in order to save us. Now that IS Love. One of the most LOVING things we can ever do for someone is to tell them the True Terms of the Gospel, which is what will Save them, which is: "Repentance—along with having Faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ" (Acts 20:21; Acts 17:30-31) A turning from Sin (Matt 4:17, Acts 2:38) to a life of Holiness (1 Cor 5:17, 1 Pet 1:14-17; John 3:3)
Many Lukewarm Churches and people simply do not want to "OFFEND" anyone, for fear of "turning people off", yet Jesus clearly offended MANY people (John 6:60-70; Matt 10:34-39), and so did Paul; people thought Paul was Crazy (Acts 26:24). MANY people were Offended by Jesus' Teachings (John 10:19-20), and MANY of His Disciples (not the 12), turned Away from Jesus & Deserted Him (John 6:60-68), as His messages were too hard they said. Jesus was later Crucified when He Died for our Sins. Many of the early N.T. Followers of Jesus like: Peter, Paul, John the Baptist, etc. were Arrested & Persecuted by being: Beaten with Rods, Whipped, Stoned to Death, Tortured, Thrown in Prison, Sawed in Half, Beheaded (2 Cor 11:23-31, Heb 11:33-40), etc. Jesus says that if you are going to be a Follower of His you too WILL Suffer Persecution (Matt 24:8-14, John 15:20). Your Families will be: Offended with you, and there will be Division in Families (Mother against Daughter, Father against Son) when the True Gospel is Preached Matt 10:32-39, Luke 12:49-53. Jesus tells us if we're going to be a Disciple of His we too will have to "Pick up our Cross Daily & Follow Him" Luke 9:23-26.
Lukewarm People do not Obey God's Word (1 John 2:3-6). They practice Sin in their THOUGHT LIFE (Mark 7:20-23) and in their Heart, etc. They are Deceived, and according to Jesus, because they are Lukewarm (Rev 3:15-20), they will be "spit out of His Mouth" (Perish in Hell). (2 Tim 3:1-5, Matt 7:21-23)
They do NOT RESIST SATAN by Humbly submitting to Jesus Christ (James 4:6-10), and then Keeping the Full Armor of God's Word on (Eph 6:10-20) by living an Obedient Life to God's Word, for God's Glory! (1 Cor 10:31). Because Lukewarm people live by their "Natural Man", they base their Salvation on their Feelings—they "FEEL" Saved or they are "SPIRITUAL". (Prov 14:12)
They Rationalize and Judge themselves to be in right standing with Jesus because they go to Church, or are involved in some sort of Religious Activities. Once again, they deceive themselves by being led by their "Natural Man, Natural Instincts, or Thoughts, and Feelings", and not being led by God's Word. (1 John 2:3-6).
MANY these days are being led astray from God's Word and Sound Doctrine because of Hearing Personal Words From God - Personal Prophecies. Many of these "Special Revelations & Words from God" are UNBIBLICAL and go Contrary to the Word of God— that is why we are seeing soo many False Teachings in the Christian Church, and Cults rising up in the World.
Take a look at this Statement that I came up with— I believe it's a good reminder to us—
Satan deceived people in Noah & Lots Days
Matt 24:37-39), and he is doing it in our day too (1 Tim 4:1, 2 Tim 4:3-4). Jesus clearly warned us about a Great Time of Deception that will come upon the Whole Earth, and it is here! (Matt 24:23-26, Mark 13:22) Do not underestimate Satan's power to lure you away from the Lord— for he wants you to doubt God's Word as he did with Adam & Eve. He wants to keep you from 100% Trust, Obedience, and Reliance ONLY to God's Word. Satan is the Great Deceiver, and the Father of Lies (John 8:44).
Many of these "SPECIAL WORDS FROM GOD" are merely people listening to their Conscience or Feelings about: themselves, a situation, or others. We can become our OWN PERSONAL FALSE PROPHET. We should be more focused on HEARING WORDS FROM GOD's WORD & OBEYING IT, than we are in hearing words that we THINK (not 100% positive because it is untested) are coming from God (Special Words, Visions, or Prophecies from others). These words are UNRELIABLE, where God's Word is always 1000% RELIABLE.
False Visits To Heaven & Hell
Re: Special Revelations, Hearing Voices, Hearing Personal Words From God & False Visits To Heaven & Hell— One well known Doctor told people that he died and went to Heaven, he wrote a Book on this (see Audio right below). He told people that Jesus talked to Him in Person, and that Jesus told him (the Doctor) that he wouldn't die until He (Jesus) came back to Earth. Well many people believed this man's claims of Dying and Talking to Jesus face to face. The man came off as soo credible. One reason they believed him is because he was warning people, and telling people that Jesus is Coming, etc. So in many people's minds they are thinking "Why shouldn't we believe this man? Who would lie about that?" Well this man has since Died— which totally proves in the end that his Visions of Heaven and talking to Jesus were FALSE. Many were deceived by this nice man. You can hear about this in the Audio below.
Re: 23 Minutes in Hell Book— There is another popular Book out called "23 Minutes in Hell" by Bill Wiese. Most people are believing his claims, because the Author is warning people of Hell (even using God's Word). The fact of the matter is that Satan is VERY SUBTLE. He has a way of getting people to focus on the EXPERIENCE...and to get us to also PROMOTE EXPERIENCE rather to be Promoting only God's Written Word. Satan's Job has ALWAYS been to TWIST GOD'S WORD & to get us to UNDERMINE GOD'S WORD. He will go to GREAT LENGTHS to deceive the many, and he starts in most movements subtly. In fact right now many of the websites that are promoting this book & video are also caught up in other people's false visions...angels,etc. His statements in his book do not line up fully with God's Word...even if it is warning people.
Check Out our Webpage below for more on False Visits to Heaven & Hell.
FALSE VISITS TO HEAVEN & HELL - VIDEOS, AUDIOS, & ARTICLES
When Satan Tempted & Tested Jesus, he Twisted God's Word to say what it did NOT say. What did Jesus do about Satan twisting Scripture, and his special words from God that he gave Jesus? Jesus quoted God's Word back at him:
God's Word is powerful to Save us, and Change lives. Trust in God's Word only, it will protect you from being led astray, and from becoming a UKEWARM & APOSTATE (a departure or falling away from Faith in God's Word).
MOST people are Lukewarm & Unsaved— and FEW EVER enter through what Jesus calls the Narrow Gate; FEW EVER walk what Jesus calls the Difficult Path (Matt 7:13-14) that leads to life.
Jesus died for the sins of the World, but Jesus tells us that the "World at Large" will not receive Him (John 14:22-24; John 14:17, John 1:10-12).
For More Info on Lukewarm Christians Go to:
Lukewarm Christians - What is a Lukewarm Christian? What do they Look, Talk, Act Like?- Part 1
Lukewarm Christians - Lukewarm Christian Test - 10 Questions - Part 2
Lukewarm Christians - Advice for Lukewarm Christians From Jesus - Part 3
Lukewarm Christians - Laodicea Church (Rev 3:14-22) - Advice from Jesus - Part 4
Lukewarm Christians - Examine Your Faith - 11 Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation - Part 5
Lukewarm Christians - Todd Friel Article - Maybe Elvis Was Just a Carnal Christian - Part 6
"WHAT IS A LUKEWARM CHRISTIAN?"
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