When God Vomits – A Warning to the Lukewarm

On October 12, 2014 by Jeff Heglund

Are You Lukewarm“Pull Over!”  The scream was coming from the back of the fifteen passenger van as we cascaded our way home to Calvary Temple in Sterling VA from Summit Lake camp.  The Christian retreat is located just a few miles from Camp David and we were returning from a weekend retreat.  The young man in the back was experiencing the dreaded effects of car sickness.

We pulled over in the nick of time.  Well not really, the van door had become a casualty of war, some collateral damage from a miss-timed hurl.  It seemed all was fine until another young man (we’ll call him Ike Mardner to protect his identity) opened the door to check on his friend.   He noticed to his dismay some of the “Technicolor yawn” had stuck to his phalanges.   As any well reasoned young person “Ike” proceeded to smell his finger to see if it was indeed the vomit fishcontents of his friend’s stomach on his finger.  He breathed deep and then proceeded to join his friend in “growling at the earth”.

Vomit is a highly unpleasant subject.  Even while I am writing this my stomach is turning.  Yet this is how God chose to describe what will happen to Christians who live halfhearted lives.

Rev 3:15-18

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:

Jesus warned that those who live half-hearted (lukewarm) lives would be spued or vomited out of His mouth.  Lukewarm Christians will not be in heaven with the Lord.  Only those who are hot will be in heaven with the Lord.  In fact, Jesus was saying you have a better chance to be converted if you are a God hater than to live a self-satisfied halfhearted, religious life.  Yet this is how most Americans live.

Today we have a “good enough” attitude about so many things.  We are satisfied to be “good enough” in school to make it to the next grade.  We want our homework to be good enough so that we don’t get into trouble.  We want to be “good enough” for our parents to trust us but not so good that it costs us our fun.  We give trophies for participation.

The Bible says to examine yourself to see whether you are in the faith. 2 Cor. 13:5

Are you a lukewarm?  A popular Christian author gives a test for lukewarmness in a recent book that goes something like this:

  1. Do you go to church because you know you ought to? It is what is expected of good Christian but you don’t do it out of worship and love for God.  (Isa. 29:13)
  2. Do you give money to the church or charity as long as it doesn’t cause you to change your life? (1 Chron. 21:24)
  3. Do you try to fit in with church people and people outside of the church and care more about what is popular over what is right when there is a conflict? (Luke 6:26)
  4. Do you want to be saved from the consequences of sin rather than from sin altogether? (Ro. 6:1,2)
  5. Are you moved by stories of great faith from the saints of God and admire them, but you see these people as radical not average or normal Christians? (James 4:17)
  6. Do you rarely share your faith with your neighbors or friends? Are you more concerned with not feeling rejected or making people uncomfortable than pleasing God or seeing a soul saved?  (Matt. 10:32,33)
  7. Do you compare yourself with the world around you?  Are you confident that, even though you are not a super saint, you are nowhere near as bad as the creepy guy in your gym class?  (Luke 18:11,12)
  8. Do you say that you love Jesus only to give him part of your life but don’t let him have control of your time, money, and direction in life? (Luke 9:57-62)
  9. Are you quick to tell people that you try to love God with “all” of your heart but that kind of devotion is only achievable by pastors, missionaries and radicals? (Matt. 22:37,38)
  10. Do you think about life on earth more than eternity? Do you worry about what is going to happen in your life today more that how you honored God for eternity? (Phil. 3:18-20)
  11. Does your life look any different than the unbelievers all around you? Maybe you drink and swear less but other than that you are no different.  (Matt. 23:25-28)
  12. Do you feel secure because you attend church, made a profession of belief in God, were baptized, come from a Christian home, vote Republican, or were born in America? (Matt. 7:21)
  13. Do you do the bare minimum to feel accepted of God without letting Him require too much of you?

Lukewarm scriptureWe are saved by grace and it is a free gift.  But if we are truly saved we will live lives of passion and action for the Lord.  The “hot” Christian is one who has given total control to Jesus and lives in reckless abandon to Him.  The Bible says that we know that we know Him when we keep His commandments and His commandments are not a burden to us! The first commandment is to love God with all of our hearts and the second like unto it, to love our neighbors as ourselves.  True Christians love to share their faith, worship God, love others and give in such a way that it costs them something.

Too many will be surprised when they are vomited from the mouth of God!  If you find that you are lukewarm, repent!  When I was in youth group Pastor Star R. Scott always told us to do the last thing that God told you!  Obey all that you know!  Ask God to give you the courage and strength to give your whole life to Him!

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