Lukewarm Is A Misuse Of God’s Name

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Rev 3:15-16
Yesterday I looked at the result of combining good and evil lifestyles into a mixture of lukewarm.
Jesus says this makes Him sick.
However, Revelation is not the first place that this has been addressed.
It starts in the Old Testament with the giving of the Law and commandment #3; you shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. Ex 20:7
While many think this is just tacking “damn” on the end of God, it goes much deeper in intent.
To take God’s name in vain is to misuse it.
This can be done verbally but more often it is done physically and spiritually.
Calling what God does “evil” is a misuse of His name and intent.
Likewise, attributing “evil” as “holy” is also a misuse.
This is known as blasphemy; calling good evil and evil good!
Jesus addressed this throughout the Gospels and was branded a blasphemer Himself by the priests, who also declared that Jesus only did good works by the hand of Satan.
They called good evil and evil good.
The combination of the two creates lukewarmness, which becomes a type of blasphemy; a misuse of God’s name and character.
A believer commits blasphemy and takes God’s name in vain when he or she doesn’t live up to the holy standard of God.
Though Jesus said that blasphemy against the Father and Son would be forgiven but not against the Holy Spirit.
I’ve always believed that the reason it’s not forgiven against the Holy Spirit is because such a person has so turned their back on God they will not asked forgiveness.
However, I think a Christian can commit blasphemy against the Father and Son but it makes God sick.
Take this true story about a statement a non-believer made one time; “Why should I join your church when your deacon buys his beer the same place I buy mine!”
This is lukewarm and it is confusing; neither hot nor cold!
Jesus said, “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” Matt 7:18-20
The mixture of bad and good fruit would be lukewarm.
The mixture of righteousness with sin would be lukewarm.
It is confusing; it is sinful; it is a misuse of the name and character of God and it is blasphemy.
I’ll have my final thoughts on this next time.

One thought on “Lukewarm Is A Misuse Of God’s Name

  1. Thank God for His Son and the grace we are given. God prevent my life from being a stumbling block to another. Not all understand the term, “work in progress”.

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