Message aired the week of April 17-23, 2011


“Neither Hot nor Cold”

       Hi! I want to thank you for joining me today as we look into God’s Holy Word to determine how we can become
more faithful followers of Christ, and better witnesses to the world.

       Heavenly Father, I come before you, in the name of Jesus, asking that you speak though me, and open our heart
and our ears to receive your word. Speak to us Lord, and prepare our heart for your coming. AMEN

       Today I want to talk to you about the church, and some of problems transpiring in the Church of today. In the
book of Revelation, we find that Jesus told the Apostle John to write messages to the seven churches of Asia.  

       Each of the seven Churches were actual Churches at the time, but they also represent a particular time in
Church History. The Laodician Church, the seventh Church, is the one I will be speaking of today. It represents the
time in which we live, and the Church of our day.  The scripture comes from: Revelation 3:14-22

Revelation 3:14-22
14. "And 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:
15. "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.
16. "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
17. "Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' --and do not know that you are

     
wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked--
18. "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.
19. "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
20. "Behold, 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.
21. "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.
22. "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."'

       The Laodicea Church was the last of the seven churches to which Christ told John to write. Not only was it the
final church, it was the worst of the seven. The Ladocian Church represents the time in which we live, with its corrupt
teaching, its lack of dedication to God, and a mixing of the things of God with the things of this world.

       Verse fourteen says:

14. "And 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:

       To each of the seven Churches, Christ addresses himself in a different way.

       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 to you about each of the different names Jesus called himself, but for lack of time I can only
speak on what he said to the Laodicean Church. To this church he called himself  “The AMEN.”  AMEN is a word
meaning steady and unchangeable. When we use it at the end of a prayer, or use it agreeing to something said in
Church, it means, “let it be so.”

       What Jesus was referring to here was that he is steady and unchangeable. He is the same yesterday, today and
forever. It was important that the Laodicean Church should understand this, and it is important that the Church of
today understands it as well. Jesus is the same always, He has never changed and He never will, and just as he
never changes, we are not to change our belief in God’s Holy word. The bible is steady and true, just as Christ is
steady and true, and it is we, not He who has changed.

       By referring to himself as the Amen, Christ was calling the Church to return to their first love, to their roots in
Christianity away from the wickedness of the world. The same Jesus who died to so we can have forgiveness is the
same Jesus who told us how we are to live our lives. To live any different then the bible tells us, 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 of us today.

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

       In verse fifteen, Jesus told John to write:

15. "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.

       I believe that many of you would agree, this is the condition of most of the people in Church today. They are
neither Hot or Cold. They are not on fire for the lord, nor living a life completely separated from him. Yet, because of
the way they are living they are not  acceptable unto God.

       There are many professing Christianity today with no fire in their heart and no desire to have any. Many have
one foot in heaven and one foot in hell, yet they are expecting to make it to heaven, simply because they attend
church and do good things. Many of these so called “Christians’ fail to understand that Jesus, the AMEN expects
more than just lip service. They fail to understand that he desires all of their heart, mind soul and strength. Far too
many of these so called “Christians” drink, gamble, look at  pornography, curse, lie, cheat and commit adultery, yet
think they’re OK with Jesus. Far too many are Christian in name only, and have never made a total commitment to
Christ, nor been have they ever 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. 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 you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My
mouth.

       It appears Jesus doesn’t care much for those who aren’t totally committed to him. He said that those who are
neither hot of cold, make him sick. That‘s what it means to spew 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, 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 mindset 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, and
they think everything is OK between them and the Lord.

       Christ goes on in verse seventeen to say:

17. "Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' --and do
not know that you are
     
wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked--

       There is a big difference between what Christ thinks of a lukewarm Christian, and what they think of themselves.
The Lukewarm Christian feels they have the best of both world, Go to Church on Sunday, live for the Devil the rest of
the time. We need be very careful that we do not cheat our owns soul, for there’s many in hell today who once
thought they were on their way to heaven, and yet Jesus told them, depart from me, I never knew you.

       The lukewarm Christian thinks they are in need of nothing. Jesus said they were blind, and naked, and poor.
They think what they have on earth is so important that they have no need to lay up treasures in heaven. Because
they have no treasure in heaven, they are poor, miserable and naked.

       Our eternal life is far too important for us to mess around with it. Instead of playing around in the world and doing
what the bible says we ought not to be dong do, we need instead to be on our knees begging God for forgiveness.
We ought to be reading and studying his word, attending every service the church offers. We should be diligently
setting an example 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 bible study, and every home should place its emphasis on Jesus in all
things.

       Verse twenty says

20. "Behold, 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.

       Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart today. He desires to stir up a fire with in you. He wants to come into
your heart and set up his kingdom. Many of you have already 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 and asking that you allow him to
be king of your heart. You see, Christ desires that you give yourself completely to him, and that you to turn from your
wickedness, so that you can be assured of eternal life.

       Verse twenty-one says

21. "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.

       The world we live in is tough and sometimes it’s hard to cope with the stress and even live itself. Often we find it
easier to go along with the world than to follow Jesus. Sometimes we feel that going to Church is all we need to do,
and for some, even going to Church is too difficult. When the world throws us a curveball, Satan is always there to
lend us Ungodly advice, by telling us God doesn’t care, that his way is better, and that a little sin doesn’t hurt anyone.
He is quick to offer an easier solution to our problems.

       Even though his way is easier, and at times more inviting, if you want to make it to heaven you must refuse to
participate, and refuse to allow Satan to influence your life.

       Jesus said, “to those who overcome, he will grant them the honor to sit with him in his throne even as he
overcame and now sits at his father’s throne in heaven.

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

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

       I ask you -  
       
       Where do you stand with Jesus?

       Can you be considered Hot for Christ?  If so, Praise God, now join me in telling others how they are to live their
life so they too can make it to heaven.

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

       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 the narrow one which leads to heaven, and
the broad one which leads to an everlasting hell. You cannot walk on both, therefore you must choose, and determine
in your heart if you want to Go to heaven or if you want to spend your eternity in hell.

       Your eternal destiny is in your hands. You must determine where you want to go, and choose well whom you will
follow. I pray that you will choose Jesus. AMEN
Don Guthrie
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