Message aired the week of May 22-28, 2011


Neither Hot nor Cold”

       Greetings my Friends. I'm Pastor Don Guthrie and I would like to thank you for joining me today as we look into
God’s Holy Word to learn how we can become more faithful followers of Christ, and a better witnesses to the world.

       Heavenly Father, I come before you, in the name of Jesus. Speak though me, and open our heart and our ears
to receive your word. AMEN

       Today I want to talk to you about the church, and some of problems that are  transpiring within the Churches of
today.

       In the book of Revelation, Jesus told John to write messages the seven churches of Asia. These messages
were to the Church of Ephesus, to the Church of Smyrna, to the Church of Pergamos, to the Church of Thyatira, to
the Church of Sardis, to the Church of Philadelphia and to the Church of Laodicea.

       Each of these seven Churches were active at the time when Jesus told John to write, but they also represent a
particular time in Church History. The Laodician Church, which I will be speaking about today, was the seventh and
last of the Churches. That Church represents the Church of today and the time in which we live.

       Our scripture comes from: Revelation chapter 3, where I will be reading verses 14 through 22.

Revelation 3:14-22
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;
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.

       As I have already mentioned, the Laodicea Church was the last of the seven churches. Not only was it the final
church, it was the worst of the seven. That Church represents the time in which we live, and the Church of today with
it’s corrupt teaching, its lack of dedication to God, and the mixing of the things of God and the things of the world
together.

Verse fourteen says:

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;

       Jesus addressed each of the seven Churches in a specific and different way calling himself something different
to each one.

       To the Church of Ephesus he called himself “he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in
the midst of the seven golden candlesticks”

       To the Church of Smyrna he called himself “the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive”

       To the Church of Pergamos he called himself “he which hath the sharp sword with two edges”

       To the Church of Thyatira he called himself “the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his
feet are like fine brass”

       To the Church of Sardis he called himself “he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars”

       To the Church of Philadelphia he called himself “he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he
that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth”

       To the Church of Laodicea he called himself “the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the
creation of God”

       I would love to talk about each of these different names that Jesus called himself, but for lack of time I can only
hit on what he said to the Laodicean Church. To them he called himself  “The AMEN.”  AMEN is a word which means
steady and unchangeable as it is used here. But when it is used at the end of a prayer, it means, “let it be so.” The
word Jesus used here means that Jesus is steady and unchangeable. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

       The Laodicean Church needed to understand this, just as the Church of today needs to understand it as well.
Jesus is the same as he has always been. He has never changed, nor are we to change our beliefs in God’s word.
The bible is steady and true, just as Christ is steady and true, and it is we, and not he who has changed.

       By calling himself the Amen, he was calling the Church to return to their first love, to their roots in Christianity.
He was calling them away from the wickedness of the world and the evils therein.

       That same Jesus who died so we can be forgiven, is the same Jesus who told us how to live our life. To live
different then what the bible teaches, is to be disobedient to Christ. Therefore, he wants us to know that nothing has
changed, what he expected of us yesterday, he still expects today.

       Christ is faithful and true. He was with God in the beginning, and in the book of John, we find that it was he who
made everything that was made. Not only did he create He made a way for all to have eternal life. Nothing in the
world should be more important to us than our faith and belief in Jesus Christ.

       In verse fifteen, Jesus told John to write:

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

       There are many who would agree with me that this is the condition of a large number of folks who are in the
Church of today. They are neither Hot nor are they Cold. They are not on fire for the lord, neither are they living a life
completely separated from him. Yet, because of the way they're living, they are not acceptable unto God.

       There are many today who are professing Christianity but have no fire in their heart and no desire to have any.
There are many with one foot in heaven and one foot in hell, yet they expect to go to heaven when they die, simply
because they attend church and do good things. Many of these so called “Christians’ fail to realize that Jesus, the
AMEN expects more than just lip service from them. They fail to understand that he desires their heart, their mind,
their soul and their strength.

       A large number of these so called “Christians” drink, gamble, look at  pornography, curse, lie, cheat and commit
adultery, yet think that they're OK with Jesus. There are many who are Christian in name only, and have never made
a total commitment to Jesus, nor have they been converted.

       A hundred years ago, even fifty years, ago, Christians would never have thought to do  the things we do today.
If they had, they would have been put out of the Church and their memberships removed from our books. I have often
wondered what Paul would say if he spent time in our century with us. If he was raised from the dead, and walked
among us, it would probably kill him, when he saw how ungodly we have become.

       I ask you, what is the most important thing in the life of our members? Is it Jesus? Or is it sports, enjoyment, TV,
or other things that take our time away from God.

       Verse sixteen of Revelations 3 says

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

       It appears that Jesus does not care for those who are not totally committed to him. He said that those who are
neither hot or cold, make him sick. That‘s what it means to spue something out of your mouth. It means that your
stomach gets upset and everything in it comes out. What Jesus is saying is that a lukewarm person makes him want
to throw up. He says he would rather a person be hot or totally cold. The reason is, a hot person, is on fire for him,
and they’re on their way to heaven. A person who is cold, knows they are a sinner and you can do something for
them. But the person who’s lukewarm has just enough religion to make them dangerous, and just enough of the
world in them to be lost. Their mind set is so, that it’s almost impossible to get them to change. They love what they
are doing and they refuse to do anything different. After all, they accepted Jesus, they go to church, when it suits
them, they read the bible, if the mood strikes them, and they pray if they want something, so they think everything is
OK between them and the Lord.

       Christ goes on in verse seventeen to say:

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.

       There is a big difference between what Christ thinks of a lukewarm Christian, and what they think of
themselves. We need be very careful that we do not cheat our owns soul, for there’s a lot of people in hell today who
once thought they were on their way to heaven, yet Jesus told them, "depart from me, I never knew you."

       Lukewarm Christians think they're in need of nothing. Jesus said they were blind, and naked, and poor. What
they have here on earth is so important to them that they have no desire to lay up treasures in heaven. Because they
have no treasure in heaven, they are poor, miserable and naked.

       Our eternal life is much too important to mess around with. Instead of playing around in the world and doing
what the bible says we ought not do, we need to be on our knees begging God for forgiveness. We need to read and
study his word and attend every service the church offers us. We should diligently set examples for our children to
follow by showing them the importance of church attendance and bible study. Every home should be a house of
prayer and place of bible study, and every home should place its emphasis on Jesus for all things.

       Verse twenty says

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.

       Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart today. He desires to stir up the fire within you. He wants to come into
your heart and set up his kingdom. Many of you have asked Jesus into your heart, but it’s possible that, even though
he’s there, he’s not sitting on the throne of your life, and today he’s knocking at your heart's door and asking that you
allow him to be king of your life. He desires that you give yourself completely to him, and that you to turn from the
wickedness of the world so that you can be assured of eternal life.

       Verse twenty-one says

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.

       The world we live in is tough and sometimes it’s very hard to cope. Often it’s easier to go along with the world
than it is to follow Jesus. Even though it’s easier, that’s not the answer if you want to make it to heaven. Jesus said,
"To those who overcome, he will grant to sit with him in his throne even as he overcame and sits at his father’s
throne."

       The final warning, and the final plea is found in Revelation 3:22

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

       I ask you -  

       Are you Hot for Christ?  If so, Praise God, now join me in telling others how they are to live so they can make it
to heaven.

       Are you Cold for Christ?  Then I urge you to ask Jesus into your heart, and make him the lord of your life.

       Are you Lukewarm? If you are, you need to make a decision, are you going to live for Jesus, or are you going to
live for Satan.  You cannot have it both ways.

       There are only two roads through life, the narrow one which leads to heaven, and the broad one which leads to
an everlasting hell. You cannot walk on both of them, therefore you must choose, and determine in your heart if you
want to Go to heaven or to hell.
  
       The choice is yours. You can believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved, or you can half-heartedly serve
him, or refuse him altogether. It's your choice. The only way to make it to heaven is to give yourself completely to him,
and than serve him with all your heart.


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