Ever heard of a “lukewarm Christian“? It’s the term we use for Christians that lack commitment in living their life for Christ. What a bunch of deception.
I guess we feel that we can take terms from the Bible and define them how we want. It’s not as if the term “lukewarm“ is defined anywhere in the Bible as “lacking commitment” or “not living for Jesus.” But I guess since Pastor So-and-so told us that’s what it means, he must be right.
Revelation 3:15-17 (NKJV) I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked…
There’s a few things that Pastor So-and-so left out when he told you that “lukewarm“ means “not living for Jesus fully.”
1) When Jesus says, “I know your works“ he is speaking about their beliefs, NOT their life, because the new covenant work is belief in Jesus (John 6:29).
2) This church Jesus is referring to here is not even saved. There’s no Christian that Jesus has, or ever will, call “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.” This is referring to a group of people that know the Lord, but are not saved yet. Which is probably why they’re called lukewarm, because they’re in the middle. They’re not in complete unbelief, but they will not grow to the full assurance to be saved. They are like the two middle types of ground in the parable of the sower (Luke 8:13-14). They’ve heard the gospel, but they don’t continue in it.
It’s possible to know Jesus and believe in him, but not be saved yet. It takes a full assurance of understanding to save a person and there is a growth period before that happens (Luke 8:15 and Col. 2:2, 6-7). And this is where this particular church was (as with other churches Jesus speaks to in the book of Revelation).
John 8:31-32 (KJV) Then said Jesus to those Jews WHICH BELIEVED on him, IF ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
This “lukewarm“ church’s problem was not that they weren’t living for Jesus fully. What a deception! In the new covenant, Jesus does not ask you to live for Him even a little bit, let alone fully. You couldn’t live for God under the law. What makes you think you can live for Him fully now? Haven’t we’ve been through this already in the last covenant?
Joshua 24:19 (NKJV) But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve the LORD, for He is a holy God (also, Acts 7:53).
In the new covenant, your work is to get to know Jesus by listening to Him. And the Holy Spirit‘s work is to live for God through you, according to your understanding.
Romans 7:6 (NKJV) But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.
There’s NO SUCH THING as a lukewarm Christian. There are unsaved people who don’t continue in the gospel. They hear it, they know it, and they don’t continue to the full assurance. But these are not saved individuals.
You can lose that terminology from off your tongue from now on! Lukewarm is not a word for a passionless Christian, who doesn’t want to live for Jesus. God Himself doesn’t want you to live for Him at all! That’s right. God is actually looking for people who will stop working for Him and get to know Him instead. That way, the Holy Spirit can serve Him through you, while you know the truth. It’s called serving in Spirit and in truth.
John 4:23 (NKJV) But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers [servants] will worship [serve] the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV) …God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth…