I hate lukewarm Christians!

Posted: 26th January 2011 by Marshall Mabry in Praise and Worship
I hate lukewarm Christians. I’d rather be in the company of the lost.

In Psalm 5, David speaks about the type of man God hates.

Psalms 5:4-9 (from KJVR)
For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.  But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulcher; they flatter with their tongue.
Psalms 5:4-9 (from The Message)
You don’t socialize with Wicked, or invite Evil over as your houseguest. Hot-Air-Boaster collapses in front of you; you shake your head over Mischief-Maker.  GOD destroys Lie-Speaker; Blood-Thirsty and Truth-Bender disgust you.  And here I am, your invited guest– it’s incredible! I enter your house; here I am, prostrate in your inner sanctum, Waiting for directions to get me safely through enemy lines. Every word they speak is a land mine; their lungs breathe out poison gas. Their throats are gaping graves, their tongues slick as mudslides.

Jesus loved the Pharisees but hated their self-righteousness, their restrictedness, and their double standards. They knew the Law and used it to elevate themselves in the sight of man, rather than humble themselves in the sight of our Holy God – the One who gave us the Law.  Jesus makes it very clear concerning where “lukewarm Christians” will spend eternity. Apathy, indifference, laziness, lethargy, slothfulness, indolence, unexcited, unresponsive, half-hearted are all words that are synonymous to “lukewarm.”   They are like vomit in the mouth of God. (Rev 3:16  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.)

I know we hear this all the time, but where is it written in God’s Word that He loves the Sinner as much as the humble, passionate, God-chasing believer?  John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world…”  God draws closer to those who seek Him with “all their heart.” (Jer 29:13  You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart. 2Ch 15:2  … The LORD is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.) The world according to Isaiah 61 is the poor in spirit, the meek, the captives of sin, those made lame by sin, and the blind. The lost and the lukewarm are not the same.

We have allowed the current culture of comfort, tolerance, and luxury to mislead our perception of the holiness of God. Many churches and false prophets have deceived us in believing in these compromises. Our God is Holy! He is Love! He is Truth! He is Just! He is unchanging! He is the same God who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and because of His unfailing love He will let you live a life without Him and choose the course to Hell.  Where do think the residents of Sodom are going to spend eternity?

Christian integrity is a value that few people in Church have in today’s world. We still compromise our worship and obedience to our Lord’s commands due to fleshly desire, power and money. They are still our foremost temptations.  Satan mercilessly uses them to regain his fatherhood and control over us. Today’s Christian integrity is what scars the beauty and purity of Christ. Bono, the lead singer of U2 said “I left church because of lukewarm Christians.”

Our faith is best demonstrated by our actions. We need to stop pointing fingers and blaming others for our failures (like Adam and Eve), and take personal responsibility for our disobedience. We need to pray for revival. We need to start repenting and praising God for His gift of salvation through belief in Jesus Christ!  Humble yourselves before the Lord! Get on your face, get prostrate before the Lord – then get up and shout for joy then get face down again!  In your pursuit of Christ, you will find the comfort that you truly seek and need to live an abundant life.  You will find rest for your soul. You will realize that in our own strength we are frail and weak. We are poor reflections of His image and integrity. But when we faithfully love mercy, do justly, and walk humbly (Micah 6:8) we take on His image and we become the pure Bride of Christ.

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  1. Matt Nickels says:

    Amen Marshall

  2. Isaiah says:

    I’m a lukewarm christian…
    God hates me I guess, I strive to get closer I’m sucessful and then stuff like this happens, I grow back into my unholy ways.
    THings do not add up, God says he doesnt hate anyone, he also says love thy nieghbor. That is impossible when he uses the word “abhor.” Which means deep hatred.
    Also that messes with Leviticus 20 where it says stuff like kill gays, and all.
    I wish to be a christian but like I said things like this hold me back.

    • mmabry says:

      Peace Awesome Ninja Dude!
      His grace is sufficient. None of us are good enough. We all fall short of HIs glory. The Bible gives us guidelines to learn how to truly live and love. Repentance is all that is required for saints that sin. God loves us all. It’s sin that He hates. Leviticus is a tough Book to get your head around. I would try the Gospel of John, before reflecting on Leviticus. God is God. He can do whatever He pleases. Have mercy on whoever He wants to have mercy on… His word says that He hates workers of inequity. These are people who knowingly work against His will, they work at doing evil in His sight.

      All of us are stumblers. We are ignorant to the Holiness He call us to – yet, that is the reason we so passionately pursue Him. To know Him better, His ways, His love.

      May His grace, love and mercy find you today!

      In Christ,