10 Signs You Might Be a Lukewarm Christian

    Do you ever wonder if you are truly saved? Do you feel distant from God? Do you look, talk, act and think just like the world? This may be because you are truly not 100 percent on fire for Jesus and that you are on the fence about your walk.

    The term “lukewarm Christian” derives from the idea of lukewarm water, which is no good taste-wise, is bland and is not useful in some ways. This term is referred to by Jesus in Revelation (Rev. 3) when He mentions many so-called “Christians” (Christ followers) or believers will cry out and not understand why they cannot enter into the Kingdom.

    The answer is that they simply believed but did not follow Jesus. They believed enough to scrape by, but remember the demons even believe and they shudder (James 2:19). YES, it is by FAITH you are saved, not of yourself, but if you lack spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22) and evidence of your spiritual walk (not by outward performance) and a life of worship, it leads you to be a stranger to Christ. Why do some people expect to be in eternity with God when they never served Him or communed with Him? Scary thought.


    Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?” (Matthew 7:22)

    So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:16)


    This idea is the same as if you answered a knock on the door of your house and someone said, “Can I come in?” If you never spoke to this person, spent time with them and they weren’t in your family or circle of friends, you would say, “No, I am sorry, I cannot let you in.” Maybe out of the kindness of your heart you would, but deep down, you would know that this person is a complete stranger.

    It is the same with Jesus. When people want to come into heaven’s gates one day when they enter into eternity (outside of the flesh and outside of time), it will be TOO LATE to go back to earth and say, “I profess Jesus Christ as my LORD, my GOD, my KING.” You cannot live a double life. If you do, I ask you to repent (turn around the other way) quickly, stop acting worldly and decide who is King of your life.


    You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. (James 2:19)

    And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:23)


    Signs You Might Be a Lukewarm Christian

    1. You never read your Bible (or Bible app, for that matter): You must read the Word to remain in the vine of the life, giving words of the Lord. Like a plant not connected to the vine if you don’t read your Bible, you will become spiritually dry and withered, and will feel isolated…this could lead to spiritual death. Refresh with the Word of God DAILY (Psalm 23—daily bread) to stay strong spiritually with the living water filling you every day (John 15). We need food and water to live, correct? Same goes for our spiritual walk with God…we need to feed it good food, which is the Word of God, the Holy Bible.


    He answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)


    2. You are not plugged into fellowship regularly: You flow in and out of churches and don’t have your roots down deep.

    3. You only read positive Christian books: Also known as “feel-good” Christian books that don’t discuss sin, hell, death and consequences of poor decisions. Devotionals and Christian books are good to read, but don’t only have this as your spiritual food. That is like eating vitamins for dinner. Christian books and devos are “supplements,” as I call them, but the Word of God (the Bible) is the main-course meal.

    4. You look like the world: Your speech, attitude, lifestyle and even social media LOOK like the world. You can be in it, but not of it. There is a way to be salt and light and still be relevant. Don’t copy people to try to fit in. Only God’s opinion matters. Do you agree?

    5. Your role models are celebrities: Who are you looking to for advice, dress, speech or even someone to walk behind in life? Is your role model someone who is seduced by this worldly system or is your role model a godly youth leader or mentor in your life? Evaluate this and write down people who help you draw closer to God. These people are usually rare, but pray God shows you who to walk and model yourself after. (I understand it is difficult to not want to copy celebs, but really guard your heart and mind ask yourself: “Is this someone I want to be like?” or do you want to be like a Proverbs 31 woman?)

    6. You only listen to secular music: Music is powerful and influences your thoughts. It doesn’t feed your spirit and can cause you to stumble into worldly thinking and behavior. (For example: When I listen to certain music, it makes me want to go dancing at a club and or sometimes brings up the fleshly desires…if you want to be on fire for Jesus, fill your mind with worship!) You can have a balance, but it just depends…do you want to be hot or cold? An example of a good worship album is Hillsong United’s new Empires album; go to iTunes to listen to it if you need ideas for worship.

    7. You don’t have a filter on your social media: You try to copy what other people are doing, constantly doubt your God-given beauty and talents, and try to lower your standards when posting pictures for attention on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Don’t worry about who’s following you, but who YOU are following. Remember, Jesus only had 12 followers!

    8. You are embarrassed and ashamed to talk about Jesus or your faith: Now, if you are a new believer or are shy, I am not saying this means you are lukewarm. (None of these define you as lukewarm, but it could mean it if you fall into a lot of these categories, if that makes sense.) Also, Jesus mentions in the Bible that if you are ashamed of Him on earth, He will be ashamed of you in front of God the Father and the angels. (Yeeks! That means Jesus wants us to be BOLD or on fire about our faith!) Yes, everyone is in different seasons and everyone has their own relationship with God, but we need to remember people’s souls are at stake. This is a serious matter in sharing the Gospel. God says, “GO and make disciples”—not try to go, but gives us a command “go.” God also doesn’t say this is the great mission, but rather He will be with us in our co-mission, amen?


    Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28: 19-20)


    9. Your beliefs contradict the Bible: You may say, “Oh, it’s okay to sleep with someone if you LOVE them…” which is the opposite of what God’s Holy Word says. Love is great, but it’s no good if it’s not under the umbrella of the protection of God. His Word is infallible, and is inerrant (the word inerrancy means “freedom from error or untruths”) and is the FINAL authority in heaven and on earth. You cannot argue with the Word of God. The Bible clearly says that fornication (sex before marriage) is not of God, and that marriage (a union between a man and a woman) is HOLY. God instituted marriage and His Word is eternal. Man can try to change God’s Word, but it won’t be altered. His Word is to help us, to protect us from disease, illness, harm, unwanted burdens and so forth.

    Do you want to believe what feels good or sounds cool? Or do you want the TRUTH? With REAL love comes tough love, and truth. It isn’t easy, but truth sets you free. This is REAL love. In eternity, many people will wonder why people didn’t share the truth with them…let’s be the church, God’s bride and be REAL with people. Stop lying to people to make them feel good. This flesh is dying and the only thing that matters is their soul. Please…really love people in Jesus’ name.


    God’s Word = Inerrancy. God’s Word = Truth. Truth = Gives LIFE.


    …and the scripture cannot be broken… (John 10:35)




    For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book: If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18-19)


    10. You have religious actions, but no real relationship with Jesus: You can act like a believer and do “good” deeds to increase your self-esteem, but unless what you do GENUINELY comes from a place of REAL worship (not seen by men), then it is somewhat not WHOLE-hearted. God wants a real relationship with us, just like you want one with your best friend, parents and peers, amen? When I say you are “on fire” for Jesus or cold, I mean you are in love with Jesus and your life emulates this daily (not that you are perfect.) When I refer to being cold, it means you are anti-Christ. Do you seek the Lord with your heart or to impress people?


    Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. (John 4:23)


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    Christi Given
    Christi Given
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.


    1. This is a great article!
      I’ve been noticing that a lot of PI’s articles are not really Bible-based, or they don’t rely on scripture to prove them. Although this post can be hard to read if you fit into a few of the categories (like me), it’s honest.
      Great article, Christi 🙂

      • Hi Robin,

        Dave here… Which article or articles are not rooted in Scripture? One thing we push here at Project Inspired is focusing on Biblical principles. Though not every article is directly correlated to a specific Scripture, every articles come from a place of basic Christian principles. I hope that clears up anything for you.

        God bless,

        • Hi, Dave!

          It’s not any article specifically. It’s just sometimes that some of the writer’s own personal opinions get mixed in with some of the articles, and some things that I see are not lined up with what the Bible says.The issue was just something I had noticed while browsing the site at times. However, I do know that no two Christians are the same, and that different people have different personal convictions.

    2. Hi Christi, thank you for writing this article. I’ve been really struggling with getting myself plugged into the Word and going to church on a regular basis and fellowship. I keep letting my laziness get the better of me….as far as prayer goes, usually, I’ll pray for others and some things going on in my life, but rarely take time to be still and listen to what God says. I think I may need to find a female spiritual mentor to help me, but I’m not sure who just yet. Maybe God will lead me to one someday and I just step out and see how it works. I’ve been wanting my desire for the Lord to grow(genuinely, not to get what I want) and spend more time serving others instead of focusing on just myself. I’ve been getting there little by little, but I keep slipping. Please pray for me when you see this.

    3. It’s nice to hear that someone else spills too. I feel the same way, I think having a spiritual mentor too. Especially as I’m considering drama a profession, I want to be secure in my relationship with God. I’m really glad for this article because I relate to quite of few of these points which is hard to admit.?
      But, I’m determined to grow.

    4. How would you recommend being more comfortable with talking about your walk as a Christian? I find I have a lot of difficulty with this for multiple reasons: 1) I’m naturally shy and don’t like talking about anything that feels even remotely selfish (I don’t even like talking about my day sometimes because I feel like I’ll look like a braggart while doing so, if that describes it well enough) and 2) I don’t feel like there is much to learn about my walk with Christ. I was born and raised a Christian in a Christian household and I’m a very obedient person, so I usually follow what the Lord says without question and always have. The only things I really have to talk about are things that even fellow Christians don’t believe are true or common, which are miracles and the power of prayer. I’ve seen my great-grandmother (age 96) with prayer make a sudden recovery after basically being on her deathbed, and I’ve seen/known of multiple instances where people passed on and relieved from suffering within a matter of minutes or hours because of prayer too. I’ve personally had prayers answered through so many ways, sometimes even like a smack to the face. I’ve witnessed some of the worst situations, where the people around me begged to God why they happened, only to realize how much better off others were because they happened.

      From my experience, though, these are the things people don’t want to hear. Things that they angrily accuse you of being delusional or start throwing random Bible verses at you to try to prove they are not plausible, and that I’m merely turning coincidences into acts of God, or suggesting God may go so far as take a life for a reason. So I don’t know how to describe these things without feeling uncomfortable, or in a way that people will actually listen to.

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