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"Hot or Cold?" Faith vs. fear and doubt.

"So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth."
(Revelation 3:16).

 

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Church of the Laodiceans
Revelation 3:14-19

Just as Israel failed to remain holy unto God and were overtaken by other nations, have Christians abandoned their "first love," and neglected preaching of the Kingdom of God, while secular liberal progressive Marxists appear to be overtaking America?

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 1 Corinthians 10:1-12


10 Things Jesus Said That Grate Against Our Souls (Part 2) - By Dr. Ray Rooney, Jr. ...God wants to be loved and appreciated by everyone! Yet He doesn’t tell anyone what they want to hear. Rather He tells everyone what they need to hear which is always contrary to what they want to hear. It is the height of narcissism to turn your back on sinners and let them enter an eternity without God because you don’t want to offend them by urging them to repent. Jesus and all of the apostles died violent deaths (and they were just the beginning of a long long history of martyrdom). You don’t get executed for saying what everyone wants to hear. Christ’s church has a job to do and it is not making everyone happy with us.
   ...In Ephesians 5:11 Paul tells the church that is its job to expose “unfruitful works of darkness.” Apostasy (the spiritual cancer of Christianity) metastasizes when the church thinks the reason God sent His Son into the world was so that we could all hold hands and sing Kumbaya.
   ...Respecting the religious views of others is one thing. Asserting that all religions are equally valid is quite another. Even a middle-schooler can ascertain that the beliefs of Jesus and the apostles, Mohammed, Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy, L. Ron Hubbard, and Anton LaVey cannot possibly all be equally true and therefore valid.
   ...So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth (Revelation 3:16). Jesus never chose His words carelessly. He fully intended for John and those whom John would reach with the Revelation to get a mental image of someone vomiting. The reality is harsh: people who dabble in Christianity (and they are many and in almost every church) make Jesus sick. ...What cannot be quickly changed is apathy. Everyone who is lackluster in the practice of their faith in Christ should read the letter to the church of Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) very carefully. There is more riding on this than any of us care to dwell upon.
   ...Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Matthew 7:21). ...In the next verse of the passage, Jesus predicts these people will have the gall to argue with God to His face. They will remind Him of all their good Christian deeds. But He calls them “workers of lawlessness” (Matthew 7:22). What good does it do to read a devotional every morning, attend church Sunday morning, evening, and Wednesday night, put money in the offering, go on a mission trip, and be a Christian leader if you refuse to forgive or choose to ignore the Bible’s clear teaching on issues like sexuality and stewardship? Answer: none. One cannot pick and choose what to like and adhere to and what to despise and disregard about Jesus. When He said to “[l]ove your enemies” (Matthew 5:44), He meant it. When He said not to “lay up for yourselves treasures on earth” (Matthew 6:19), He meant it. When He said that the only way to follow Him was for a person to “deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24), He meant it. It is all or nothing with Jesus. Anyone who chooses to disregard anything that He taught will be called “lawless” no matter how much else they did that they consider Christian service.
   Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? (Luke 6:48) 

 

When Feelings Are in the Driver’s Seat - Faith must triumph over fear and our feelings. - By Dr. Joe McKeever ...Feelings are often the enemy of faith. Jesus once asked the disciples, “Why did you fear? Where is your faith?” (Mark 4:40).

   ...We can command our confidence. The Lord said to Jeremiah, “You will face kings and princes and anyone else I command, and you will call them to repentance. But you must not fear them. In fact, if you get stage fright in their presence, I will humiliate you in front of them!” (Jeremiah 1, especially verse17). God wanted no quivering, vacillating, nervous spokesperson, but a confident speaker who feared no one but God and nothing but disappointing Him.

   ...Nothing serves as an antidote to our negative feelings like the Word of God. By deciding to believe God, you are choosing confidence. A full half-dozen times before Joshua ascended to the leadership position over God’s people, he was told, “Be strong and courageous; the Lord is with you.” (See Deuteronomy 31:6,7, 23 and Joshua 1:6,7,9,18.) “Whoever is fearful (as we go into battle), may go home.” (See Joshua 7:3 and Deuteronomy 20:8.) This surprising insight from Scripture is pure gold.

   ...Fear is contagious. “Let the fearful return and go to his house, lest the heart of his brethren faint like his heart” (Deuteronomy 20:8). But the Word is greater than our hearts. And even more, “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (I John 4:4).

   ...The question then becomes whether we will believe His Word above our own feelings and fears.  

 


Will You Bow Down? - By Laura Perry ...Consider our dear brother Polycarp, who in the year 155 A.D. was offered escape from death if he would simply declare “Caesar is Lord” and put a pinch of incense into a fire burning before a statue of Caesar. Polycarp replied, "Eighty-six years I have served Christ, and He never did me any wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who saved me?" Many Christians might have easily rationalized: it’s just a pinch of incense. By doing so I am not actually worshipping Caesar. God knows my heart. But Polycarp didn’t see it that way. He considered that simple act of offering a pinch of incense before the statue of Caesar as blasphemy against Jesus. As a result, he was tortured and burned at the stake.

   ...Culture is redefining God as loving and tolerant of every sin without judgment and as a result, much of the church is buying into it. If we base our faith on what we see and what we feel, it certainly seems more loving to do so. People love us and accept us when we tickle their ears. This can cause many to swell with pride as the culture praises them for being loving rather than reviling them and calling them hateful.

   ...Just as we are being called hateful and intolerant today, so were the early Christians. Under Emperor Nero, the Christians were often the scapegoats for natural disasters and were considered to be “haters of the human race.” They were accused of having antisocial tendencies because they didn’t participate in the culture as the pagans did. The persecution under Nero was unlike anything we can imagine today. ..While we are to love those who struggle, we cannot bow to this agenda. Let me ask you: if we expect to win souls to Christ by celebrating pride or affirming their sin, what Christ are we trying to win them to? What gospel are we preaching? Is it one that lacks repentance? Is it one that is free of persecution and difficult choices?

   ...Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you (John 15:20a).

 


"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent."

God is calling His children, "who are called by His Name," to become ever closer to Him, to have the "mind of Christ." As the world and its lusts go deeper into darkness, Christians are being called into a deeper relationship with the Light.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:7-10

"Every branch in me that does not bear fruit He takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit." (John 15)

"You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:13-16

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.  John the Baptist - Matthew 3:11-12

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:1-4


Cause and Effect

Just as there is a cause and effect in the natural world, Scripture reveals there is also a cause and effect in the realm of the Spirit. Just as eliminating God from government has caused chaos in America, the effect has been to diminish the sanctity of marriage, destroy souls within the womb, and replace virtue with distorted, inaccurate, and erroneous definitions of tolerance, diversity, and hate.

At the same time, where the Light of the Gospel has been revealed, the cause and effect has resulted in many repenting from the sins of homosexuality, abortion, and not defiling the marriage bed.

Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain. Psalms 127.1

If an individual or nation continually turns their face from God, He will also turn His face (protection) from them.

When Americans stopped telling their government what they can and cannot do, their government and judges began to tell the people what they can and cannot do - and is thus no longer a government of, by, and for the people, but of, by, and for a "despotic branch."

And unto 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 art neither cold nor hot: I would that you were cold or hot. But because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue you out of my mouth. Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knows not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and have white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear; and anoint your eyes with eyesalve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 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. To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches. Revelation 3:14-22

Are you hot or cold? Are you lukewarm? As a man thinks, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:34 It is your heart, your spirit, your undivided attention He requires. "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. Romans 12:1-3

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7


Salt & Light Dictates Reproof

"You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:13-16

Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. John 8:15

Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: 2 Corinthians 5:16a

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 1 John 4:11

 

Forasmuch then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. 1 Peter 4:1-6

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:35-38

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why behold you the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye? Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother's eye. Matthew 7:1-5

"Judge not, that you be not judged" (Matthew 7:1) instructs us to judge carefully without hypocrisy, it does not say withhold judgment. Jesus completes this by saying: "Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." (Matthew 7:5) Jesus reaffirms this in John 7:24.

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. John 7:24

He (Jesus) answered and said unto them, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 13:37-42

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather that light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that does evil hates the light, and doesn't come to the light, lest their deeds should be reproved." John 3:19-20

The Christian's role is to be an ambassador for the Kingdom of God which Jesus has established. "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." Matthew 10:16

1 Corinthians 2:9-16 - But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:1-11 - Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Ephesians 5:1-17 - Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becomes saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and  righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he says, Awake you that sleeps, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

2 Timothy 4:1 - I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

See also Judging and Reproof.

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