Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Lukewarmness is a Manifestation of Seeking to Serve Both God and Mammon

And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD (Leviticus 18:21).

In the Old Testament, the Israelites, while they offered sacrifices to God, also at the same time offered sacrifices the molech, the "god" or demon, of child sacrifice.  Such is the double-mindedness of the Old Testament Jews, most of whom were unbelievers. However, just because one is not an unbeliever does not mean that one cannot fall into such double-mindedness. The Church of Laodicea was full of such double-mindedness. It was a Church made up of believers, who became lukewarm (Revelation 3:14-22).

Lukewarmness is the manifestation of the desire to serve two masters, that which are diametrically opposed. The Church of Laodicea was full of people who on one hand, wanted to serve God because of the peace and joy, but yet the same time, wanted to gain the 'good' things of the world. They wanted riches of the world, as well as the riches of God. To desire the riches of the world, or even merely its comfort or security is a vile, despicable sin in and of itself (Matthew 6:24-25, 1 John 2:16). It is to love the world. 

Yes, merely desiring the earthly comfort of financial security by having one's basic legitimate needs met is itself a vile, despicable, abominable sin. However, to have such a desire, and yet desire the riches of God is far worse because it is of the spirit of double-mindedness. This is precisely the case of many in the modern Church. This manifests in the lukewarmness or lack of zeal towards the things which are important, such as fighting evil, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and seeking justice and righteousness. Instead, many in the modern Church are simply content with letting governments, who are ordained by God, not people (Romans 13:1-7) to do evil, promote and encourage the masses to do evil, to the destruction of all those are fall into such evil. Is it love to allow those who one knows will be destroyed to simply be destroyed? No!!!!!

That is why the Church must repent of its lukewarmness, which is a manifestation of its desire to serve both God and mammon, two opposing masters. Such lukewarmness leads to a lack of love, manifestating in a lack of zeal for righteousness and justice, out of a lack of love which simply leaves the lost to their own destruction.