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Are You a Lukewarm Christian?

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Ladies, have you ever heard the saying “lukewarm Christians”? Revelation 3:15-16 refers to them: “Because you are lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth.” But what does that mean?

Sometimes referred to as “pagan Christians,” lukewarm Christians often seem like devoted Christians from the outside. They go to church on Sundays, maybe say grace at dinner and praise God accordingly. But is that enough for a true follower of Christ?

In this world, it seems that there are more Christians than there are devoted Christians. And these lukewarm Christians—after attending church or saying grace or praising God—are not much different from non-Christians. These Christians have become lost in the world, and many of them are not even aware that they’re lukewarm in their faith.

If you’ve ever wondered if you were a lukewarm Christian, ask yourself these questions.

1. Do you love money, success and power? There’s nothing wrong with wanting to succeed in our endeavors, but when success, money and power are all we care about, then our focus is skewed. And if our desire for money, success and power lead us to go against God’s Word, then that’s simply a conflict of interest.

2. Are you prideful, boastful and arrogant? Going to church is great, but when our attitude is contrary to how God wants us to behave, then we’re not emulating Christ in our demeanor. Christ is the Son of God. He IS God, and yet He was the most humble man who ever walked the earth. He was born in the most humble of places. He never wore grand robes or made his disciples carry Him around. He was the epitome of humility.

3. Do you look to the world for guidance? Maybe fashion trends or our friends guide us in the way that we dress or do our makeup or carry ourselves. Maybe television shows influence us in the way that we live our lives. Or maybe our desire to be popular or politically correct deters us from doing what is right in God’s eyes. Following Christ will not always be the popular way, but regardless, Christ and scripture should always be our ultimate guide.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. (1 John 2:15-16)

 

4. Do you pick and choose from scripture? Maybe we twist scripture to meet our agenda, taking this verse because it backs up our argument, but ignoring that one because it doesn’t. Scripture is not a bunch of verses that we can select from. It’s a complete lesson, and if something does not mesh with our lives, we need to evaluate and act accordingly in our own lives—not just ignore it, turn the page and hope no one will call us out on it.

For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

 

5. Is there selfishness to your charity? Christians are called to help others because it’s the right thing to do. It shows love to others. But when we do good for others just so we can feel good about ourselves, that’s an act of selfishness. If we are glad for the joy someone feels after the good that we’ve done, well, that’s a bonus. But we shouldn’t do a good thing because we want to feel better about ourselves. Additionally, we shouldn’t just give when it’s comfortable for us. 

6. When you sin, are you remorseful for offending God or afraid of the consequences? No Christian is happy about sinning, but we really need to evaluate why that is. Are we sorry for disobeying God, or are we more concerned about the punishment or consequence of the sin? Are we afraid that our sins separate us from God, or are we fearful that they may keep us from entering the Kingdom of Heaven? Sin hinders our relationship with God. That should sadden us as it saddens Him. Fearing damnation is a selfish concern.

7. Are you uncomfortable discussing your faith with others? Christians are called to evangelize. But sometimes we don’t bother because it may offend others or annoy them. Maybe we just can’t be bothered. But God wants us to share His Word. It’s part of our vocation as Christians.

8. Do you only love those who love you back? This is easier to do than loving those who are truly unlovable, right? But what impact do we have on those who are lovable? As Christians, we are called to take the more difficult paths. This is what distinguishes the true Christians from those who are lukewarm.

9. Do you believe that Christians can love God too much? Maybe we’re afraid of becoming one of “those” Christians who don’t care about anything else but God. We don’t want to annoy people with our Christianity and we don’t want to miss out on all the fun. Maybe we believe that even with our faith, there should be some balance. But balance, when it comes to God, is just lukewarm.

10. Do you justify your strength of faith by comparing yourself with others? Rather than look at how God wants us to live, we look at how other Christians live. And if we can be better than them in our devotion, we think that’s good enough. But is it? And should other Christians really be our guide?

Ladies, lukewarm Christians are not followers who strive for perfection yet fall short. We all fall short. Lukewarm Christians are those who don’t follow through with their faith. They do the least they need to do in order to look like Christians, but not have to compromise their personal desires.

Are you a lukewarm Christian?

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  1. CinnamonCow16

    Posted by CinnamonCow16 on February 26, 2015 at 09:59

    How can one be a hot or cold Christian?

    • CampMiVodenJunkie33

      Posted by CampMiVodenJunkie33 on February 28, 2015 at 14:25

      Very simply put, “hot” Christians are people who are “on fire” for God. They love and follow Him. They are also actively spreading the Gospel. And on the other side “cold” Christians are unresponsive, lack a relationship with Christ, and dwell on worldly things. They aren’t seeking God’s will and simply don’t care. As you can imagine lukewarm Christians are “hot” on the outside yet “cold” on the inside. Check out Revelation 3:15 & 16

  2. Miku4evr

    Posted by Miku4evr on February 26, 2015 at 09:47

    I’m just not sure I am a christian. I had a horrible dream last night and it opens my eyes to reality. I have personal issues. I think i watch too much youtube and get on just wayyyy to much social sites. Also too much netflix…Just basically any kind of technology. I think in a way I have been brainwashed to think certain things like sexuality. I question that a lot and then I am thinking at the same time,”No way thats disgusting!” I just dont know. Too much Tyler Okley and Shane Dawson. 😛 I could use lots of prayers that I would not be that way. I want so badly to go to Heaven. I dont want to go to hell!!! I am terrified of those thoughts of going to hell or being “left behind”. I just need prayer and God. I need to be a christian and i’m pretty much desperate. Idk. What am I doing wrong? I thought God loved me and wanted me to be a believer in him. I have prayed and prayed and prayed and im losing hope. I know i shouldnt think this but i feel like God WANTS me to go to hell or to be left here. I told my mom that and she was shocked. I cant help thinking that though! I try and convince myself. Prepare for OCD—- I look in the mirror everyday and when I do I say outloud “I am a christan” and smile then go out of the room. HELP ME!!! I cant talk to anyone. UGHHHHH GOD PLEASE HELP ME!!! PLease pray for me. You dont know how badly I need it. :'( -Miku4evr

    • IT2020

      Posted by IT2020 on June 27, 2017 at 00:03

      Miku4ever, I empathize. When I read your comment, I felt like I was seeing a mirror image of myself. For the past 2 years, I’ve also been suffering sexuality related episodes of anxiety, have been frequently doubting my salvation, as well as the validity of Christianity. I kept doubting my salvation, asking myself repeatedly, “Am I really saved?” So then I began “doing research” online compulsively in search of answers, only to bring me deeper into a trench of despair. It was just a never-ending vicious cycle I couldn’t get out of, and I frequently asked God why I was going through this.

      Eventually, I learned that I was unscrewing the unscrutable, and that I was going too far. I stopped all my compulsive checking online for answers and reached out for help (I talked to my pastor). Although I do still have a few doubts about Christianity, I’ve embraced them and tried to see the bigger picture about God.

      Finally, don’t think God wants you to go to Hell. That is not possible. In fact, God may be using your difficulties to lead you to a better understanding of him, just like what He did to me. Be patient, even if your prayers seem unanswered. I know a woman who, after enduring our similar situation for 20 years, is now a stronger Christian. Remember you’re not alone! (And yes, I know this post is 2 years late, but I’ll still pray for you nonetheless!)

    • hannaowlk

      Posted by hannaowlk on March 8, 2015 at 15:24

      I know just how you feel girl. I was just like that last year almost for a whole year that question was on my mind “Am I really saved?” and also during that time I went through horrible anxiety (which made it worse). I just want to let you know that you are not alone and many people doubt God, bible, Jesus, salvation, ect. Teens really struggle with those questions and thats usually the age when you want to except the faith for your own and want to know what you truly believe. But honestly I wasn’t dealing with those questions in the right way, I was letting fear take control and instead of going to Gods word and praying, I started looking for answers and proof on the internet. That was a horrible mistake and it made things worse and made me question my salvation even more! But more and more I learned that the internet is not trustworthy and Gods word is. The Lord helped me so much through that storm and its made me a stronger believer than I ever and God does have a plan for you! God is calling you and He wants you to grow in faith and wants you to trust Him, and the best thing to do when you are struggling with doubting your salvation is to read the bible and pray. God will get you through this as long as you trust Him! And I will pray for you. 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by KATIE33 on February 27, 2015 at 21:20

      Of course God wants you to go to Heaven 🙂 we are all his children and he wants nothing more than to be with every one of us for eternity. But we are put on this earth as a trial run. Like any test the outcome is based on our choices. God controls all and yet he allows us to make our own choices, he gives us the freedom to chose him, even though he has the ability to control us, he doesn’t. Whatever we do is on us, if we fornicate, commit adultery, lie, or any other sin, he still will forgive us for our sins. Even with the rules he gave us a way to redeem ourselves because we are not perfect and we will always sin because of that. Sadly, in our society all these sins have become the norm. Sex is as mainstream and normal as anything today, and most people lose sight of this being a sin when it is becoming what is expected of you. Once again that is when we have to say no. God won’t decide for us, he wants us to chose him. You have to find a balance between today’s pop culture and your religion. Don’t lose hope. God is always listening but don’t expect him to do the work for you, if you want to go to heaven you have to prove it to him. You can’t get something for nothing even when it comes to God. He won’t make you believe in him and he won’t make you chose to do the right thing, but if you want to go to Heaven he expects you to chose to believe in him and chose to do what’s right. You can pray all you want but you have to be the one to put your heart into it and then he will be there for you. Actions speak louder than words. And I’m always here if you need to talk about it.
      Much love,
      Katie

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by ecox25 on March 9, 2015 at 20:43

        Katie33, this speak in volumes to me. Thank you! I needed to hear it.
        “God is always listening but don’t expect him to do the work for you, if you want to go to heaven you have to prove it to him. You can’t get something for nothing even when it comes to God. He won’t make you believe in him and he won’t make you chose to do the right thing, but if you want to go to Heaven he expects you to chose to believe in him and chose to do what’s right. You can pray all you want but you have to be the one to put your heart into it and then he will be there for you. Actions speak louder than words.”

    • Godsbabygirl2007

      Posted by Godsbabygirl2007 on February 27, 2015 at 08:12

      Romans 8:37-38 Once you accept God as your God NOTHING can separate you from his love. I know what it’s like to go through struggles, I’ve gone through many in my own life and there were times I thought God didn’t love me anymore, that he didn’t want anything to do with me because of how many times I’d fallen, but the amazing thing is: GOD STILL LOVES YOU! Take a moment and let that sink in! God STILL loves you! He still wants you to go to heaven to be with him forever, he wants you to overcome your struggles and become the woman he has for you to be! The devil will try and trick you and tell you that because you’ve fallen God doesn’t love you anymore-believe me he did that to me MANY times- but it is a lie. God still loves you. As long as you have accepted Jesus as your savior and accepted his sacrifice you are going to heaven. Life as a Christian isn’t easy for any of us, we’re called to support each other in this life. Talk to God, tell him your fears and your worries, anxieties, whatever it is that’s bothering you. He’s there for you and he loves you and wants only the best for you! NOTHING can separate you from his love! He’s waiting to hear from you my dear sister! Talk to him. <3

  3. May All Your Bacon Burn

    Posted by May All Your Bacon Burn on February 25, 2015 at 21:55

    I think my biggest issue is that I’ve been so cynical nowadays. I completely stay out of controversial arguments because what I believe is negative on both sides. Gay marriage? I love everyone regardless of who they are, and I try my hardest not to judge others for that, but I’m not going to agree with you. Abortion? There are so many other options that it really shouldn’t be legalized unless for extenuating purposes, because it is murder. Not to mention countries that have it completely legalized have such a low birth rate because so many people take that option.

    No matter who I say it to they automatically assume I side with the extremes of the “other” and shout at me for it, saying either I’m not good enough a Christian or that I’m an ignorant fool for believing that. It just makes me sick, cynical and even hateful when it’s at its worst. I don’t see the point in fighting over these things because we aren’t put on this earth to judge, but I think I’ve been forced to the point where I don’t even want to talk about Christianity and who I am and my walk with Christ because the moment I mention it I’m immediately bogged down with a substantial amount of hatred and disgust from the other person. Of course, if I mentioned this in the real world, around Christians even, I would just be told it’s just an excuse. I think I’m just to the point where I’ve been ripped to shreds so many times I just want to stay intact…which is probably incredibly selfish, and I don’t know what to do about it.

    • martial_artist_for_Jesus

      Posted by martial_artist_for_Jesus on February 28, 2015 at 18:51

      IK the feeling…. went through a bit of that today actually, by some random dude who assumed I’m ignorant just because I’m both a Christian and homeschooled only the majority of my high school career…. I honestly wanted to punch Satan’s stupid lights out, for making people believe lies….. >.<

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by pb1994 on February 24, 2015 at 19:58

    I’m really having rough time thinking If i am. Which I really don’t wanna be. I need help.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Seraph on February 25, 2015 at 18:39

      If you’re thinking about it and trying to be better, chances are you’re probably not. Every Christian occasionally is struck by these types of sins because we’re not perfect, but I think the important thing is that we’re not characterized by these types of behaviors. And we can always ask God for help and more faith. Hope that helps!