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He Wishes For Hot Or Cold

In the letter to the church at Laodicea in Revelation, Jesus says He wishes they were hot or cold. What does He mean by saying He wishes they were hot or cold?

Moderator - Because the hardest people to reach for the Gospel are those that think they are saved, but aren't which are the lukewarm. IE the apostate church of today. They have a form of Christ, but it isn't true Christianity.

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I've read oodles of Mod statements filled with truth.
I have appreciated all boldness when speaking out about the seeker friendly gospel, apostasy, lukewarm gospel.
I read the articles and I am amazed at the results of the polls.

It is the lukewarm gospel that will cause men's hearts to faint when things get really tough. Banks will fail and so will men's hearts without the Power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
---Cindy on 3/18/08

The on fire and hot Christian for Christ can set others on fire for Christ: And the dead cold person plainly needs salvation and to be set on fire: But the lukewarm person is a worthless hypocrit, for they will wrongly call themselves Christian, but they have no fruit nor works of Christ, and they do not set any cold one on fire. And therefore these lukewarms are an abhorrence to God, and he will vehemently spit them out of his mouth as his enemies, for they obey not his Command.
---Eloy on 3/17/08

Mod:: This is the first time ever I have observed you to display a true declaration emaniting from the heart.I agree and applaud the conviction.Blessings.Thank you.
---Emcee on 3/17/08

Moderator said it I beleve it.
---catherine on 3/17/08

Well put Moderator.
---pkay on 3/16/08

(3.)The "lukewarm one's" want sin/disobedience and a life full of excuses,yet they want God, they don't want to "take up their cross", yet they want to "reap the benefit's of Jesus' Salvation", God calles them hyprocrates, and in His eyes, they are worse then the "Cold", all out sinner's. The "lukewarm" are content with their "fig leaves". --Mrs. Morgan
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/13/06

(2.)Jesus said he would rather people be Hot(not compromising His Truth, holy living, Obedient living before God, Serving God in Spirit and in Truth basically!) or Cold(the one's who just all out don't want God), but the Lukewarm, are actually "Sickening" to Him, they only have a "form of godliness" but they deny the power thereof, they try to comfort themselves by grabbing fig leaves like Adam and Eve, but they are still naked in God's eyes ....
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/13/06

(1.)The "hot one's" don't compromise God's Word, His Truth, holiness and righteousness, but the "lukewarms one's" do this continually. The "Cold one's" are the one's who know they don't have God, and they don't want Him at all, period.
---Mrs._Morgan on 9/13/06

I realize I did not answer your question, but I found the tidbit interesting and thought I would pass it on. He of course said it better than me, but I dont know his name. It was a series called "Drive through History"? Something like that...maybe someone on CN has seen it and can tell us his name or the correct tv show title.
---Katie on 8/27/06

Laodicea had neither hot nor cold springs. They got their water from outside their city, and when it got to them it tasted bad, and was...lukewarm (which was undesirable). So, this guy on TV said that when Jesus used the example of lukewarm he knew that the city would fully grasp the reprimand he had for them.
---Katie on 8/27/06

Here's an interesting bone for you Ryan...I just saw something on tv that talked briefly on this scripture. He said that the neighboring city, Corinth, was known for it's cold springs and lush landscape. The other neighbor (can't remember name) was known for their hot springs which had made them powerful. to be cont.
---Katie on 8/27/06

Someone that is cold to God, really against God is easier to reach than someone who just doesn't care. The Apostle Paul, then known as Saul. He was persecuting God's people. He was cold to the Gospel of Grace, yet Jesus was able to touch him. A lukewarm person is uneffected by the Lord.
---Debbie on 8/23/06

Donna2277, that seems very likely. There is a scripture that says, and I'm paraphrasing, "Like cold water to a weary soul." The gospel usually has the effect of being hot/healing or cold/refreshing to a weary soul. Thank you Donna2277 for your response.
---Ryan on 8/23/06

Debbie, why would God want people to be totally against Him? I thought He wanted none to perish.
---Ryan on 8/23/06

Could be several views of the "hot" or "cold" analogy. To me, hot is good. Heat can be can be healing, stimulating, soothing, cleansing. What would we do without soap and hot water! Cold is good, too. Nothing like a refreshing cold drink on a hot day! But what is "lukewarm" good for? Nothing much I think. It's disappointing, flat. Most people forced to drink something "lukewarm" would want to spit it out, too.
---Donna2277 on 8/23/06

He wishes them to either be on fire for Him or or totally against Him. They were simply indifferent to God and His love and grace.
---Debbie on 8/22/06

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Thank you all for your responses. The main point of my question is concerning being HOT or COLD. What do the references to hot and cold mean?
---Ryan on 8/22/06

#3 We taste water by taking it into the mouth. If it is lukewarm, it is spit out, so it is with this "just people." They are no part of the Body of Christ. They are no part of Him, nor of His true Church. It can be easily seen that Laodicea does not dwell in God, nor does Christ dwell in her. Why else does He stand at the door and knock? Laodicea has "a form of godliness," but denies "the power thereof." She has a profession without any possession. She is in apostasy.
---Debbie on 8/22/06

#2 Defiance, rebellion, are easily seen. "Every man did that which was right in his own eyes," under the claim of personal rights. JUDGES 21:25 Laodicea brags in her works and wealth and self-sufficiency; but Jehovah calls her "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind,and naked." She does not know her true state. There is not one good word to say about this church. The decision of the Judge is "I will spue thee out of my mouth."
---Debbie on 8/22/06

#1 The decision of the Judge is "lukewarm." Lukewarm comes from the Greek word "chilio." It means to become warm, or soft, to melt, to luxuriate, to revel - "Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God." II TIM. 3:4 "Laodicea" means "just people." That is what she should be but God declares her "neither cold nor hot." "Laodicea" also means "rights of the people." There is a spirit of religious democracy in Christendom.
---Debbie on 8/22/06

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Lukewarm Christians are those that only think of God when they need Him. Hot are Christians that live for Christ and cold are people that do not believe in God.
---sue on 8/22/06

they have lost the passion ,the fire that drives the church to do kingdom work.they have become lazy in spiritual matters, and have a form of godliness but deny its power by their actions, much like most churches today.
---tom2 on 8/22/06

I believe the moderator is absolutely correct. The unbelievable complacency displayed by most so-called Christians is very unsettling. Many times it seems as if they go through the motions, say all the right words, yet completely lack in any conviction or sincerity whatsoever.
---mima on 8/22/06

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