"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine" 2 Timothy 4:2
Church of the Laodiceans
By Kye Harris
Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the
Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the
faithful and true witness, the beginning of the
creation of God;
Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold
nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Look at the church today. I have never seen this verse
proven so clearly as it is now. No one, in general,
preaches Christ and Him crucified anymore. That may
offend someone. We just can't offend anymore. We might
lose a church member: of course, that is the only
thing that counts today -- How many people do we have in church.
No one takes a stand for Christ today. I have a friend
in North Carolina, who can't wait until after the
service each Sunday so he can pay his $25.00 and get
his personal prophecy for the week.
A preacher on TV once said, the main thing that is wrong in
the world today is 'stress'. Give me a break! The one
and only thing wrong in the world today is SIN! The preacher
said, we need to get rid of stress in our lives. What
should have been said is we need to get Christ in our
Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no
man cometh to the Father but by Me". Ridding your life
of stress won't open the gates of Heaven, it won't put
you in a father son relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Only Jesus can do that.
Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither
cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
This verse refers to fence sitters. God cannot
tolerate this type of a person. Lead, follow or get out
of the way, but do something.
When you get a drink of water from the running tap, do you wait until it
runs cold before you drink? Me too. No one likes the
lukewarm water. God is no different.
God doesn't want to be rejected, but if you must,
reject Him. If you love Him, take a stand for Him.
Either way, get off the fence and stand up and be
Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased
with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not
that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and
blind, and naked:
This is a major problem of Christians today. We view
God as someone that is sitting waiting until we have a
need for Him. We say, we don't need you God, but sit
there in case I do need you. We are created for God's
glory, not to use God as a servant.
God craves praise from His children. How can He
receive praise from you if you have Him on the back
burner just in case?
When God decides it is time to correct someone, it
seems He always uses something near and dear so you
will sit up and take notice.
Thou shalt put no other gods before Me. He means that!
If money is put before God, sports, material
possessions, anything that you put before God, is a
god to you. Can't give God an hour or two on Sunday
because you want to go to the beach, take your boat
out, what ever, that is your god. That is a sad thing
when we can't even afford two hours a week for God.
It isn't the church that matters, it is the act of
going to worship God that counts. That is one act that
increases your faith.
Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the
fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment,
that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy
nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with
eye salve, that thou mayest see.
To get purified gold, it first has to pass through a fiery furnace. The impurities float to the top where
they can be removed. To get a Pure life in Christ, we
have to be tried the same way as gold in fire. Being lukewarm
doesn't remove any impurities. Trials and temptations
are exactly that, they bring us closer to God. They
make us totally dependant on God. Gold has to be
heated first before it can be used. We have to go
through the fiery trials before we can be used by God.
Believe it or not, though salvation is a free gift of
God not of anything we have done or can do, God
expects to see works when we stand in front of the
The White Raiment that God counsels us to buy is our
works. With no works, we will stand before the Judge
of the universe naked.
You have read in Paul's writings about the believers
that still need the milk of the Gospel? They are the
ones that get to Heaven "by the skin of their teeth".
They are the ones that mature brothers and sisters
have to coddle and try to bring along; Basically
wasting time that could be spent winning souls for our
Paul, in many of his writings, talked about striving
for his rewards: About running the race to win. What
we do for God on this Earth is what counts. Notice, I
said, what we do, in other words, works.
James said, faith without works is dead. You have to
exercise your faith to make it stronger, just like
muscles in your body.
Back to what I said earlier, sitting on the fence does
not accomplish works for God. Sitting dozen't ex
Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be
zealous therefore, and repent
This verse is astounding, If God doesn't love you He
doesn't chastise you. But, again, He will use the
things nearest and dearest to you. You lose your job
and can't understand why: Think about it. You lose
your wealth and/or possessions, again, think about it.
God is trying to wake you up.
When you punish a child, do you do it out of hatred
for the child? No, because you love the child. You are
God's child, He loves you so He punishes you. Just
imagine how special you are to our Father, that is
just how much He loves us.
Many Christians look at the rich sinners with the
fancy clothes, new cars, everything people crave, and
wonder why God doesn't punish them.
They WILL be punished! When the angels cast them into
outer darkness, where there is weeping and wailing and
gnashing of teeth.
A bit off the subject: Hell is hot. But, Hell is
actually cold compared to the outer darkness reserved
for the Devil and his angels including the unsaved.
The hottest heat in this world is black heat. We
know, that an orange flame is cooler than a blue flame. White heat is very hot. But, the hottest heat
is the black heat.
Will there be weeping and wailing because of the heat?
Nope. The middle letter in sin is "I". Sinners are
selfish therefore the weeping and wailing and
gnashing of teeth is because they are so alone! They
were only concerned about "I" on this Earth, so they
will be left with "I" alone through eternity.
Why are we the Church of Laodicea? because we only
care about "I". We don't take a stand for God, why?
We, "I", might be embarrassed, we may be looked down
on. We are ashamed of our Lord. Why? Because "I" gets
in the way. Paul said that "I" die daily. He
died daily so Christ could be manifest through his
life, not "I".
If you don't stand for something, you WILL fall for
anything. Don't play Christian. If you have no space
in your life for God, be honest enough to tell that to
God. Go your own way and don't claim to be a Christian.
At any rate, Get OFF THE FENCE. Sitting there will
only accomplish one thing, a fall.
E-mail the author: Kye Harris
Kye Harris is a Vietnam vet and a professing Christian
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