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The oxymoron of a lukewarm Christian

Addison Parrish, Journalist

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We all know what lukewarm Christians are.  They call themselves “Christ followers”, go to church, and claim to live their lives’ centered around Him.  They give to the poor once in awhile, volunteer every now and then, and maybe pray twice a day… they’re good people, but are their hearts really in the right place?

Nowadays, most of the people sitting in the pews are only willing to play “safe Christianity” by shrinking their faith and only fitting God in long enough to attend Church on Sunday or murmur a quick prayer twice a day.  They don’t want to be “radical” or “obsessed” with Christ.

What the Bible says

Sure, just believing that God exists may seem like a good plan,  but God knows the heart.  There is no fooling God.  Just read what James wrote about it in James 2:19:

“You believe there is one God.  Good!  Even the demons believe that–and shudder.”

Even the demons believe in God.  You see, it’s just not enough to “believe” in God or say that He exists. It’s not enough to have your Bible laying in your room collecting dust.  It’s not enough to wear a cross necklace or a purity ring.  That’s not what Jesus taught gets a soul to Heaven: genuinely pursuing Christ and loving Him wholeheartedly is.

In Revelation 3:15-16, Jesus says this about lukewarm “believers”,

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold– I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

That may sound harsh, but Jesus is making it clear that there is no place in Heaven for lukewarm believers.  He says that he will spit them out of His mouth.  He does not tolerate lukewarm “Christians”.  Jesus either wants all of us or none of us.  If we feed Jesus leftovers, He wants nothing to do with us.  It’s all or nothing to Him.  Either we go radical or we don’t.

In fact, as Francis Chan describes it in his book, Crazy Love, the reference “lukewarm Christian” is an oxymoron.  There really is no such thing as a Christian who is lukewarm.  A person must sincerely follow Christ or not.  There’s really no in-between.

The solution

We need to realize that we need God.  I will say it again: we need God!

We have to be willing to get closer to God.  He’s there and He’s waiting for us.  He’s not distancing Himself from us, we are.

We have to go after Him and pursue Him out of our passionately wanting Him.

We have to admit to God that we no longer want to be lukewarm, but we want to get in the game and live for Him.  When we desire God out of genuine love, living for Him no longer becomes a “list of rules” or a “sacrifice.”  For lukewarm people, God is jusor genuine seekers, God is their whole life, not just a part of it.

You’re probably just skimming over this article because you’ve heard this all before.  But the question is what are you going to do after reading this article?  Are you willing to accept it and change, or ignore it and stay the same?


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The oxymoron of a lukewarm Christian