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The "Luke Warm" Church

Laodicea was an ancient city in Asia Minor (i.e. Turkey) that was founded by the Syrian king Antiochus II (see The Seleucids). It was situated on one of the major regional trade routes that made it a prosperous commercial and banking center of the time. Laodicea is best known as one of The Seven Churches of Bible Prophecy.

Seven 7 Churches of Asia Revelation Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea

The Christians at Laodicea have long been used as an example of those whose faith became "luke warm" because they put as much trust and faith in their financial wealth as they did in God. They sought security from temporary worldly wealth, while largely forsaking true eternal riches. What did Jesus Christ have to say about that?

"And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

"The words of the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the beginning of God's creation. I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. Therefore I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may be rich, and white garments to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see."

"Those whom I love, I reprove and chasten; so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me."

"He who conquers, I will grant him to sit with Me on my throne, as I Myself conquered and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what The Spirit says to the churches."
(Revelation 3:14-22 RSV)

Fact Finder: Can anyone serve two masters?
Matthew 6:24


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