“14 And unto 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 would you were cold or hot.
16 So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue you out of My mouth.
17 Because thou say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel you to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eyesalve, that you may see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” Revelation 3:14-19
The Laodicean Church is the “Apostate Church”. They have equated their increase in material goods with spiritual blessings and have need of nothing. With the cloak of self righteousness, they do not see their spiritual nakedness before God. Their works are neither hot nor cold but unprofitable and rejected by God. They appear justified before man because of their religious works but their hearts are far from God.
Too many do not believe there is an Apostate Church. Let me tell you friend, if you do not see the apostasy in much (not all) of the modern church today…anoint your eyes with eyesalve that you may see. Forgive me for being blunt but you are IN the apostate church and bringing reproach to God. If you are indeed a part of this apostate church as I and my husband once were, the tithes you pay are not going to the work of God but against the work of God. The good works that takes time away from your family are unprofitable in the eyes of God. The raiment you wear is not righteousness but self righteousness.
I do not say these things to dismiss nor discount one’s love for God by any means. However, there remains a people in this apostate church that are bound by this religious yoke. They are holding on to a faith that does not break the power of the ruler of this world (satan) all in the name of Jesus. Their faith in the religious works, tithes and many other Scriptural ordinances is NOT the faith the gives us victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. Our faith in Jesus Christ, WHO He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross to break the power of sin in the Believer’s lives (mind you, I’m speaking to Believers here, not unbelievers) is the only faith that gives the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do…free us from the law of sin and death.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2
In the words of our Lord…be zealous therefore, and repent. He stands at the door knocking.
-Donna Clark Warren