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Will Lukewarm Christians Go to Heaven?

Will lukewarm Christians enter heaven?

In this blog post, we will look at the very words of Jesus that talk about this and not the opinions of men.

Jesus Said This About Lukewarm Christians

In Revelation 3:14 it says,

“To 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.”

You have to understand, this is now Jesus Christ the Son of the living God who will judge the living and the dead, He’s now speaking. Jesus says,

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot, I could wish you were cold or hot.” (Revelation 3:15)

“But because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16)

Notice Jesus says in verse 15, I know your works. He didn’t say I know your heart. I know that you confess Me as Lord. I know that you say that you love Me. I know that you put up your hands and worship and say, God, I love you. He didn’t say that. He says I know your works.

What does that mean? The reason Jesus says “I know your works” instead of “I know your faith. I know that you confess to believe in Me” is because by looking at our works, Jesus will know what is in our hearts.

Because the bible says,

“Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

Matthew 12:34

Jesus Rather You Be Cold Than Lukewarm

And so when you talk to someone or if you examine your own life today, what are the things that come out of your mouth? What are the things that you think about? That is probably the thing that you’re serving and could possibly be idolatry in your life that you have to remove if it is not the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

And so Jesus says, when looking at the works of these Laodicean believers, He says you are neither cold nor hot. And here’s the surprising part. Jesus says I wish you were either cold or hot. Of course, He wants us to be red hot, but He says, I’d rather you be cold. Have you ever thought about that? Why would Jesus rather people be cold than lukewarm?

Have you taken a lukewarm shower? Do you enjoy that? I’m pretty sure you don’t enjoy water that’s lukewarm But here’s the thing. If you jump into the shower thinking it’s the perfect water temperature that you’re used to, but all of a sudden it’s so, so ice cold. What are you going to do? You’re going to immediately jump out of the shower and turn that knob to the other side to make sure the temperature is changed.

And I believe this is also the reason why Jesus says, I wish you were cold. Because if you’re cold, if you know that you’re in sin, if you know that you have a problem, then at least you can come to Me and say, “God, I need to repent, I need Your grace, I need Your mercy.”

The Laodiceans

But these Laodiceans, what did they do? They didn’t do that. They’re lukewarm. And Jesus says, because of that, I will vomit you out of my mouth. In Revelation 3:17 Jesus says,

You Laodiceans, you say, “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing.”

But what did Jesus say?

“But I say,” Jesus says,

“You do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.”

This is the reason why Jesus would rather have them cold. Because they think they don’t need anything. They’re already wealthy. They got everything. And you must remember, Jesus is not talking to unbelievers. He’s talking to the church of Laodiceans. These are believers.

And so when you go to church today, when you look into your life today, when I look into my life today, I have to ask myself this question. Am I being lukewarm? Is my faith genuine in Jesus Christ? Am I hot for Him or am I cold or am I lukewarm?

There are only three temperatures that Jesus has prescribed for a believer. Either you’re cold, either you’re lukewarm, or either you’re hot. And there’s only one out of the three temperatures that Jesus is pleased with. That is if we are hot and burning on fire for Him.

Are You Thinking About the Things of God?

When was the last time someone spoke to you and says, “Hey brother, Hey sister, What has the Lord spoken to you recently? What is the scripture that you recently read? What’s the book in the faith that has really encouraged you that you’re reading?

And then you find yourself thinking. I haven’t really been thinking about the things of God, I go to church. I pray before I eat my meal. I pray before I go to sleep. That’s about it. When I need to look for a new job, I thank God for His guidance. When I need guidance and things of life, I see God. Other than that, I don’t really know what else I’m doing.

If that is you, I want to gently and lovingly let you know, perhaps you are this group of believers that Jesus talked about that you’re in the lukewarm camp.

And I’m not just saying that this is you. Because for a large part of my life I’ve lived such a lifestyle. When I go to church, people can’t tell.

“Oh Emmanuel, how are you doing brother?”

“Oh good, doing great blah blah blah family is good.”

“How are you doing?”

“Oh good. Family good. Praise the Lord!”

But in your private time, in your secret life, how many people know whether you’re struggling with certain things that you want no one to know about? But yet you’re convinced in your mind “Oh God’s grace is going to cover me. So that’s going to be fine.”

And so day after day, week after week, year after year, you do the same thing thinking “Oh I have need of nothing because I have the grace of God. Because Jesus died on the cross and I just confess Him and that will be alright.”

Unfortunately, Jesus says that is not alright. Because those who are lukewarm, He will vomit those people out of His mouth. Are they safe? Are you getting the picture that Jesus is talking about here?

But here’s the good news. In Revelation 3:18 Jesus says,

“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich. And white garments, that you may be clothed. That the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.”

Why?

“Because as many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.”

Revelation 3:1

Jesus Doesn’t Want Anyone to Perish

Do you see the heart of God here? Jesus doesn’t want anyone to perish. This is not a word of condemnation. Today when you talk about, “Oh, lukewarm Christians, carnal Christians. They’re not going to enter the kingdom of Heaven.”

They’re going to say, “Well brother, sister, you’re legalistic. You’re preaching condemnation.” How could this possibly be condemnation? Because Jesus says, As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. The bible says, “which one of you that are fathers will not discipline the children?” If you don’t discipline them, then they’re not really your children.

I tell my children today that “Yes, I have to discipline you, but I love you.” I do this with all good intentions. This is the same heart as it is with God. He wants to draw us back to Him.

That’s why He says, “Be zealous and repent.” Be zealous! Be passionate about something the same as you’re passionate about your sports team, some kind of a music band, whatever hobbies, sports thing that you do.

Can you imagine if you take maybe just a portion, if not the entirety of that passion of what you like in your hobbies, your music, and movie, whatever it is? If you put that entire energy into God, into His kingdom, what would your life look like today and the people who are around you?

Instead of arguing about all these doctrines, that doesn’t even matter. If you put the same amount of passion, the same amount of commitment in prayer and seeking God and praying in tongues, praying in the Holy Spirit. What do you think?

The people around you would think about the God whom you serve. Maybe they’ll start thinking, “You know what, this Christianity, this thing about Jesus that I see in this person. It’s real. It is not just this little page hymn book that they sing in church on Sundays.”

Grace for the Lukewarms

Here’s the grace that Jesus offers the church today. In Revelation 3:20,

“I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with my Father on His throne.”(Revelation 3:21)

This verse you hear today a lot in preaching to the unbelievers. Today, we preach the gospel, “Jesus died on the cross. If you want to accept Him if you want to believe in Him.”

Did you know that this verse about Jesus knocking on the door is not for unbelievers? It is for believers! It is for the church! And the reason why Jesus had to knock outside on the door is because many, many people who claim to follow Him are pushing Jesus outside of their hearts, outside of their lives. And these people are lukewarm. They think they are in need of nothing.

They already go to church. They already do all the religious duties. They pay their tithes. They go and do certain work, leadership roles. But Jesus says, it’s not in those things, it’s not in those positions that make you a true child of God or not. It is what’s within our hearts.

When we wake up, what is the first thing that we think about throughout the day when we’re doing our thing? Do we have a heart of thankfulness? Gratitude? God, thank You for life. God, thank You for providing for me, my family.

However, God has blessed you and given you in your life, what is your attitude toward Him? Jesus ends in Revelation 3:22, He says,

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

What does that mean? It means that not everyone is going to hear this message. Just like in the Gospels, when Jesus says,

“I tell them in parables because some of them will hear and they will not hear lest they will turn and find life.”

Matthew 13:13

Say This Prayer

My prayer is that today, you and I, will have an ear to hear. Say “God, Holy Spirit open up my ears.” And I can tell you in the past, I’ve actually literally prayed this prayer. I say “God, anoint my eyes with eyesalve, clothe me in white garments and allow me to buy from you gold that is refined in the fire.” I don’t even know what that means, but God, you said you counsel me to do this, so I do this.

And so for days and for weeks, I’ve been praying this and then I can see my life start changing. I start understanding the things of God. I started having more desires for the things of God. More passion for the things of God, for His word. To seek his presence. And doing those things are not like your religious duty anymore. Because it is when I feel like “God, I can really connect with You.”

And so I think the more relevant question today is not “Are lukewarm Christians going to enter heaven?” because we already know what the answer is. Jesus says He will vomit them out of his mouth. And you and I don’t want to be in that position.

A better question today to ask is, God, is my life currently lukewarm? If it is, please change me from within. Allow me to buy from you gold refined in the fire. Clothe me in white garment. Wash me clean in your blood, and anoint my eyes with eye salve so I can see that I can turn and return back to you.

You have to understand this message is not a message that a lot of people will receive. In fact, even if you go to the church, many people will not receive this message. They will discount it as legalism. They will discount it as condemnation.

But as Jesus says, “To those who have ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” You must understand this. Jesus loves the church because the church is His bride, is His wife. You and I today are a part of that church.

Those who truly repented and trusted in Him one day we will see Him. That’s why we want to continue pursuing Him.

Share this with people who need to hear and share the gospel with those around you.

God bless you!

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