Lukewarm Christianity

The title of this post was inspired by Glynda’s latest words on 3/19/17.  It’s important that we remain strong in our faith and not be found lukewarm when the Lord returns or it is our time to leave this earthly body.

Some of the scriptural references came from the following link:

http://biblereasons.com/lukewarm-christians/

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Revelation 3:15-16

15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth.

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Isaiah 29:13

13 Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth and with their lips do honor Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the precept of men,


(Fruit of the Spirit:)

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Titus 1:16

16 They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, and disqualified for any good work.

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Mark 4:15-19

15 And these are they by the wayside, where the Word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately and taketh away the Word that was sown in their hearts.
16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground who, when they have heard the Word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 but they have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time. Afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the Word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
18 And these are they which are sown among thorns, such as hear the Word,
19 but the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the Word, and it becometh unfruitful.

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Matthew 7:20-23

20 Therefore, by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 “Not every one that saith unto Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of My Father who is in Heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that Day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name, and in Thy name have cast out devils, and in Thy name done many wonderful works?’
23 And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.’

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2 Timothy 4:3-4

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but having itching ears, they shall heap to themselves teachers in accordance with their own lusts.
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned toward fables.

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1 John 3:8-10

8 The one who commits sin is of the Devil, for the Devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God was revealed for this purpose: to destroy the Devil’s works. 9 Everyone who has been born of God does not sin, because His seed remains in him; he is not able to sin, because he has been born of God. 10 This is how God’s children—and the Devil’s children—are made evident. Whoever does not do what is right is not of God, especially the one who does not love his brother.

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Hebrews 10:26

26 For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

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Matthew 23:5-7

5 They do everything to be observed by others: They enlarge their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. 6 They love the place of honor at banquets, the front seats in the synagogues, 7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by people.

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1 John 2:15-17

15 Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. 16 For everything that belongs to the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever.

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2 Timothy 3:1-5

3 But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, 4 traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people!


“DOWN AT THE CROSS by Bart Millard”

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44 thoughts on “Lukewarm Christianity

  1. This blog topic popped up at an interesting time. Today My coelder at the church Held a speech in which to much of me and what i want was contained. Generally the major guidelines in the bible are about selflessness and mentality to sacrifice for others.

    I had My eye on him for some time because i think he has been too much influenced by purpose driven life drivel and leadership gobbledygook of the same group stemming from Saddleback aka Rick Warren.

    We talked with him of these issues before and he takes evasive manouvres When confronted with arguments against these flaws in Warrens movement.

    He is of a pentecostal background and is very much into showmanship and speaking in tongues etc but i sense an uncertainty in him of wanting to perform or be to much. I see the biblical position as hold your ground as resist the devil etc and he flees.

    That way we can get a few souls saved while he flees and leaves a vacuum for a moment. Any thoughts on this?

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    1. Stig, I don’t know much at all about Rick Warren or any others that lead those “Mega Churches”. We all know that leaders/preachers/teachers will all be held accountable for not preaching the Full Gospel. Any of them teaching false doctrine such as: “Prosperity”, “Once Saved Always Saved”, “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” — are guilty of changing the word of God. They need to repent before it’s too late. Same goes for those selling what was given to them for free! We all know that many of them are in it for the cash-flow and truly have no concern for their members. You can easily see this by the way they are living: mansions, private planes, luxury cars, etc…

      What is needed today are more preachers like David Wilkerson — those that are not afraid to preach the truth.

      The most dangerous doctrine is the “Once Saved Always Saved”. I am sure that Satan loves those who believe this one. There are many who believe that once they repent, they are good to go for the rest of their lives and never need to do it again????

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      1. Vicki, I agree with you. If we know anyone that is caught up in the lie of “once saved always saved” — good thing to pray about for them asking the Lord to reveal the truth to them.

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    2. I wish I could remember what year it was. It was soon after RW became as big as he is. I started a Celebrate Recovery at our church. I’m thinking around 2002? Close to this. Holy Spirit gave me a warning about RW. I spoke to pastor and we moved away from it and changed the name to a faith based 12 step program.

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  2. Yes indeed you are right. Scripture says judgement starts in the house of believers. The Lord might be testing scriptural guiding by the believers by such movements?

    But IT might be a trap by the devil to see WHO falls for the honey trap of self aggrandizment!

    Time will tell but i hold the position or the fort as the Lord says.

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  3. When it comes to evangelizing the co-elder i mentioned and me we are somewhat of polar opposites based on personality. He is very social and open and likes to talk with people, which is not wrong and brings a lot of results in the long run. Im more of a guy that sees it this way as the Lord did with the fishermen in his time.

    He told them where to throw the nets and they were bulging with fish. It was also Jesus who said I will make you fishers of men! So in that way i dont hold too much to these programs how to increase church growth because scripture tells me to hold my peace because he is the Lord and his ways are higher than mine!

    If he will use me to increase his people here he will use me! I also hold to the idea of an American-Japanese called Peter Tsukahira that says that the gospel is on a world tour and returning to Israel through Asia atm.

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  4. Daily Devotional — 3/20/17

    JESUS IS WORTH IT ALL
    For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

    In Eritrea today, thousands of Christians are imprisoned for their faith without formal charges. Recently three prisoners who had escaped the prison setting were interviewed in safety. Their interpreter said, “They have really suffered. They did nothing wrong. But just for their faith they have spent years in prison. They were locked up in containers, tied up in the helicopter position, denied food. Why? Because they worship Christ. Because they say they are born-again. Because it is wrong to be evangelical Christians.”

    The three men, Peter, Paul and John met in prison after being arrested for their Christian activity involvement. They worked hard. They farmed, mined, did building work on government projects—always in the sun. No shade or rest in very high degree heat.

    They say, “The prisons are very dirty. There is no washing, no cleaning. And the food is very little—just bread many times, sometimes even no food. This makes many prisoners sick. They did not allow us to see a doctor. Many people died. It is very sad. Also, they beat us very much, for no reason. Some had broken hands, legs, even chest bones and most of the time no doctor to attend to our injuries. Some died from their injuries. We think some also died because they lost hope. Their hearts just gave up! We saw some die like this.”

    They were repeatedly asked to deny their faith and sign an official document. One said, “The police threatened to arrest our other family members also if we refused to recant and sign the document. But we refused because we do not want to leave Jesus and become Marxist.”

    They say they encouraged each other not to give up. Finally, one evening they broke out of the line and jumped over the fence surrounding the prison. One said, “The fence was made up of plants with big thorns. We jumped over them and ran. When the prison guards started shooting, we went in different directions. We heard bullets flying over our heads but none hit us.”

    The Lord proved faithful and all three men separately and safely crossed the border after walking for days. How happy they were when they were miraculously reunited at a camp. They however could not stay at that refugee camp as they were informed that they could still be arrested and repatriated. And through the help that God provided using Christian brethren, they moved on to a safer place where they are awaiting God’s opening of doors to resettle at a more secure place.

    One of them spoke for the others in saying, “When I reached here, I looked back, and saw that I had lost my freedom. But I also see now that I had lost time. I could not continue with school, I could not get skills training. I do not know how to do office work. I can’t even see myself marrying and having my own family. I am almost forty years now and I have to start from nothing.” Then he smiled and concluded, “But I still have Jesus. And He is worth it all.”

    RESPONSE: Today I will appreciate what I have in Christ and know that He is worth every deprivation.

    PRAYER: Pray for the many still in prison today in Eritrea. Pray they will also be strong in faith.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  5. 3/20/17 — Woke this morning after having 2 distinct dreams. I won’t put the details here but give you a summary.

    1 dream was about the United States being split into 3 pieces. Those who were not destroyed and not saved, will find navigation to be confusing.

    (We’ve seen prophecy where they show East and West coasts completely wiped out and another split where the New Madrid fault line hits.)

    The other dreams was something I need to do as a precaution during the upcoming move. This was something specific that I need to do for my dog.

    Scriptural reference for the first dream:

    Revelation 16:17-21 “The Seventh Bowl”

    17 Then the seventh poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the sanctuary from the throne, saying, “It is done!”
    18 There were flashes of lightning and rumblings of thunder. And a severe earthquake occurred like no other since man has been on the earth—so great was the quake.
    19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the Great was remembered in God’s presence; He gave her the cup filled with the wine of His fierce anger.
    20 Every island fled, and the mountains disappeared.
    21 Enormous hailstones, each weighing about 100 pounds, fell from the sky on people, and they blasphemed God for the plague of hail because that plague was extremely severe.

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    1. The only other details to give out pertain to dream 1. Dream 2 was just for myself.
      **************************************************************
      I was at some kind of garage/yard sale place with all of my relatives. I never really saw any of their faces, but knew they were all there. I remember my mother asking me how to get out of this place, as their “map” was confusing. I opened up a road atlas, and found it was divided into 3 pieces. Each piece was stored in a compartment and they were folded into what looked like an umbrella.

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  6. Stig, I currently live in the Ozark Mountains and will still be in them when I move into Arkansas. I’m not so sure what “Highlands” is, other than a part in Montana and The Scottish Highlands in Scotland.

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  7. Well excuse My poor definition. I just referred to any hilly country wherever in the world. Etymology for umbrella is a protecting shade, a protecting force or influence with map in 3 parts might also refer to Father,Son,Holy ghost for direction.

    One meaning of compartment is an area which is in isolation from other things. A place of refuge perhaps meant for you and others?

    Your mother asking might mean your country or countrymen or land where you stem from asking you for direction as they are in a loss of spiritual or other direction from you since you are a man of the Word.

    This is My little look on your dream.

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  8. Sharing a bit of humor. Apparently I have been the subject of much gossip in my little neighborhood. Too many people with too much time on their hands. They would be wise to instead turn that chatter into time spent with the Lord. I prayed that the Lord forgive them and soften their hearts.

    You know it has to be a slow news day if I am the subject of Gossip. I’m sure my moving has started this. Just reminds me of this funny picture:

    A scriptural reference to Gossip:
    Romans 1:28-30

    28 And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong.
    29 They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips,
    30 slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,

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    1. James, for even more humor…check out the viral video if you have not seen it! A brahma chicken a giant chicken bred in the US from chickens imported from China ! They are the size of a dog and can weigh 13-18 lbs – A good pic to add to the visual of gossip! Lol

      In Christ, In prayer, all the glory to Jesus!
      Sister M – Maria

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      1. I thought he was over sneaking a pic from our place! They are Bielefelders, and yes to the 12+ pounds but are imported from Germany………….They do look very similar! Oh my…..

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      2. Yes sister, I looked up the Brahma. The hen (white and blk) is a Brahma. The roo and the hen to the left are Bielefelders. Look at the countries!

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  9. Good morning from Finland Sister M your health is improving i hope? And for Jc the scripture tells us we will be a peculiar people for the Lord who will stand out. So dont worry if you are singled out in the end the Lord will bring it to our benefit.

    Im no stranger to being gossiped about either since my views and lifestyle does not conform to the average finnish males life of beer, sports, women and work.

    My life is bible, family, books and work as much as the body can take 🙂

    1 Peter 2:9King James Version (KJV)

    9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

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    1. Stig-Ove,

      Physical Health remains the same, but physical therapy and other treatment in Thr Lords hands…the weeks ahead..yet my relationship with Jesus is growing and maturing in leaps and bounds! Ouch at times with the pruning! I took the day to rest in Jesus and trust in His presence to heal, restore, strengthen, have His way in my life, I fell asleep, yet half awake and He revealed himself to me in visions and dreams for my life! I took higher ground! You see, in the burning pain I suffer day and night, I can’t help but think of and pray for the souls going to or headed to hell! I intercede hours of time that I long to go to the ends of the earth to be His witness and proclaim the word, and be used by Him! It’s as if He takes all this desire I have for the lost and a shaking and shifting takes place through His word and worship (love the old hymns best) in the solitude of my time with Him, I just get out of the way, trust and He moves! I may be moving in the next year away from the east coast, your prayers are appreciated and present ones for my health being answered and worked out.

      I am fed by James’ blog, enjoy your sharing and pray for you, James (his best friend) and all here. In Christ Sister M – Maria

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      1. An position our flesh loathes you are in but many times people who have or are going through tough times emerge out of it are sharpened and toughened to super human levels spiritually and physically.

        One could call it a catharsis that leads to enlightenment and trust in the Lord.

        All will have something of this kind in their life. Prayers with you sister M one day you might report that im healed and full of joy beyond normal comprehension.

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      2. As far as Spiritual pruning, “we’re pruned if we do” (follow Him, so we can bear more fruit) “and we’re pruned if we don’t” (follow Him– we’ll be cast away into Hell for eternity).

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  10. Daily Devotional — 3/21/17

    PRISONER OF JESUS CHRIST
    I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles… Ephesians 3:1

    Prison! Even the word sends shivers down the back and the thought is immediately pushed to the back of our minds. Yet we in the western world often have no idea just how horrible conditions are in prisons in non-western countries.

    For most people anywhere in the world, imprisonment is simply the biggest shock of their life. One of the most famous prisoners, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, was almost poetic in his description in his book The Gulag Archipelago. “Arrest [and imprisonment] is an instantaneous, shattering thrust, expulsion, and somersault from one state to another.”

    Prison is extremely challenging for those, like Aleksandr, who find themselves there unjustly. It is rigorous even for those who acknowledge their guilt and must pay the price. But a strong faith in God and trust in God’s ultimate goodness and purposes enables Christian prisoners to emerge with victorious testimonies. And like the Apostle Paul they can say they were “prisoners of Jesus Christ.”

    For example, Pastor Steven in Vietnam is a courageous leader of the unofficial church. He had a ticket to the USA in 1975 but chose to stay and suffer with his people. He is passionate about the gospel and says, “I always have my suitcase packed by the front door, ready for prison again.”

    He spent seven and a half years in a tiny cell after being arrested for “illegal Christian activity.” He was tortured for sharing Christ with other prisoners, but his faith impacted thousands. One Vietnamese pastor says, “Before 1975, we were only allowed to preach in prisons on Tuesdays, but now there are brothers witnessing there seven days a week!”

    An Open Doors-Africa co-worker named Solomon was assigned to find out if there were many Christians in prison or labor camps in Mozambique during the communist regime there. While researching, he was arrested himself. “In prison, all my possessions, including my Bible were taken from me. Then I was subjected to a cross-examination for six hours, after which I was thrown into a cell, exhausted. I had to sleep on a concrete floor without even a blanket.

    “Knowing that my heavenly father would never forsake me, I directed all my attention to my fellow-prisoners. Although I still had to sleep on the floor and was harassed by malaria, bugs and gnawing hunger, I tried to talk about my faith as much as possible…

    “I had the opportunity to preach to my companions. I prayed for the sick and the Lord heard my prayers and healed them. That was of great support to them and during my stay in prison, I led fifteen people to the Lord.

    “Unexpectedly, I found out that there were more Christians in prison. Now it became clear to me why I had to be arrested. In the first place, to bring the message of salvation to the lost ones in prison. And secondly, to strengthen my fellow Christians.

    RESPONSE: Today I accept the fact I can be a witness for Jesus anywhere and everywhere He leads.

    PRAYER: Pray for Christians in prison (Hebrews 13:3) and pray they will be used of God while there.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  11. Scriptural Verse Of The Day — 3/21/17

    The man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed. He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.
    Jeremiah 17:7-8

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  12. “Verse of the Day” — 3/22/17

    Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.
    Ephesians 6:10-11

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    1. I love Glynda’s post. Last night there were 7 of us on a text/prayer group for healing for others. Seems the enemy has been hitting a bit too much and everyone hunkered down and went to war over these illnesses/injuries. God is good, no surgery for one lady’s daughter who was at the ER , and a baby will be going home from the hospital soon, whole and healed! Thank you Jesus!
      Another area stood out for me, is if the enemy can isolate believers to the point non believers is all that is surrounding us, we have to find a way to connect and go to prayer.

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      1. Well i have been isolated by choice mostly from people My whole life and i still find prayer most refreshing at night When everybody else sleeps. Jesus himself went oftenly to be alone to pray and although im not Jesus i still find solitude the best recipe for being with God.

        I guess its individual in the end for all.

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  13. Men’s Prophetic Phone Conference is being hosted by John Stevens (Bette’s husband) on 3/24/17 at 7:30pm Eastern Standard Time. If anyone is interested, send me a private message and I will email you the call in phone number with conference code.

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