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Are We Lukewarm Like the Laodicean Church?

Updated on November 5, 2017
The ruins of Laodicea in Turkey today.
The ruins of Laodicea in Turkey today.

How the Church at Laodicea Relates to Today

For centuries laymen have disputed the Bible book of Revelation. During the same time period scholars have argued meaning of the details. I’m not going to try to analyze the entire book in this one small insignificant article, but what I am going to try to do is to understand one small part of this book of prophecy that I believe have relevance today. I am speaking of Revelation 3:14-22 where Christ in his glorified body speaks to John concerning the Church of Laodicea.

Revelation 3:14-22 (KJV)

4 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;

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

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:

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 eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Location of Laodicea

How Is This Prophecy About Laodicea Significant?

This prophecy was first of all to a real church in a real place. Laodicea was city located in Phrygia, a few miles west of the city of Colosse in Asia Minor in present-day Turkey. The city was known for its aqueducts which brought tepid water into the city.

The people of Laodicea at the time the prophecy was given were rich and self-sufficient. The prophecy warned them that they needed to be more humble and less egotistical.

Many scholars who call themselves dispensationalists, have long believed that the various churches represent seven very distinct church ages. There are a number of scholars who are very knowledgeable about this topic. Googling and studying what these scholars say about this topic makes an eye opening Bible study. I believe there is credence to this idea. I can see where if it were true, Laodicea would definitely represent a large portion of what is called the church of today.

A Visit to Laodicea

How This Prophecy About Laodicea Could Relate to Today's Church

Some people that believe that each of the churches represent a potential problem that each person could face during their Christian walk. I also believe that this interpretation of the prophecy is also true.

When we look around at the Christian church today, we see a lot of people in churches putting themselves out as being the only ones who are right. In church we act like we are important, holy people, but during the week, we live like the self-centered world. We think we are the church of Philadelphia and it is the other denominations that are Laodicea. We have fancy buildings, fancy cars, and wear fancy suits. We believe that if someone’s life doesn’t appear perfect that somehow they are in sin. We think we are rich, but we’re not. We look down on those who do not have these luxuries and think that because of their poverty that somehow they don't have God's blessings.

We are as Lukewarm as Laodicea!

We are spiritually naked! We say we believe the Bible, but we only give it lip-service. In this passage Christ says that he will spew this type of person out of his mouth. The key to making sure that Christ doesn’t spew us out of his mouth is that we need to recognize that God is the one who provided us our salvation. We are not the ones who saved us; Christ did when he paid the price on the cross. We did nothing in ourselves which is worth being proud. We are nothing outside of what Christ did for us on the cross. We need to ever be grateful and humbled by his love for us.

The Cost Of Being Lukewarm

Someone who thinks he or she has the keys to heaven, but doesn’t, is the most difficult person to convince that he or she needs Christ and his cleansing, life-changing blood applied to his or her life.

It’s time for us to examine ourselves against what the Spirit says to the Church of Laodicea. The most tragic thing a Christian could face would be to be spit out from God's mouth.

Your Opinion

Do you think that the church of today is like the Church of Laodicea ?

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© 2012 Cygnet Brown


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      Cygnet Brown 5 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      I like that Hyphenbird, Let's sizzle in the Lord together!

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I agree with your interpretations. I personally want to be so hot for Christ that I sizzle with passion all the time. Someone recently sent me a text picture that said I want to be so full of Christ that when a mosquito bites me, he flies away singing "There is power in the Blood". That is how filled I want to be myself. Lukewarm does not make a difference, boiling hot does.

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      Cygnet Brown 5 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      Thank you Peg, I always love hearing from you. Today I am going to be writing about the other church that I mentioned, the church of brotherly love.

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      That passage from the Bible always stuck a chord with me, when Jesus talked about people who were neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm. I like your explanation and your details about the early church. A good lesson here.


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      Cygnet Brown 5 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      Thank you Will Star and noturningback for your comments.I especially like the comment about the secular world scrutinizing our daily activities. Paul said in his writings that he dies daily. Perhaps we too should make that a practice.

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      noturningback 5 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA

      I applaud your effort to bring about change in a church that acts sometimes exactly as the Pharisee.

      I have been told that I have hidden behind the scriptures and though the person who said this I doubt is a believer, because they took enough of their time to share scripture with me that seemed relevant, I became engrossed in re-examining myself and this continues on a daily basis.

      With those who are from a secular world scrutinizing our daily activies, we may give them plenty of opportunities to find fault in our word or deed.

      But imagine and to their surprise, if we were actually to listen and heed there criticism and they were to witness a change in us they were not expecting, what a wonderful tribute to a loving and Living God we would pay!

      Thank you for this hub!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Excellent points. It's tough to admit our own helplessness, and our need for Christ's salvation.