The Lukewarm Church
“To the angel of the church in Laodiceap write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 3:14-22).
Holman Hunt's painting "The Light of the World" was inspired by Revelation 3:20's description of Jesus knocking on the door of the Laodicean church. He is outside of a church asking to be invited in! The Laodicean church represents the church present at the end of the church age. It's a Christ-less, purpose driven church whose purpose is to help antichrist come to power.
If you find yourself in a purpose driven, Willow Creek, Word-Faith, Reformed, New Age, Catholic, Dominionist, Emergent, or almost any modern church which experiences outward, worldly success, you are most likely being led into the end-times deception. You are being set up to follow the antichrist. Do not delude yourself into thinking you will change them. Your only option is to leave. Test the doctrine of your local assembly against the doctrine of Jesus as stated in the Gospels of Matthew and John and leave if it does not pass the test.
Jesus said, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it" (Matthew 7:13).
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many (Matthew 24:4-5).
How You Can Be Reconciled to God
First, you must admit your spiritual need. Jesus said, "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil" (John 3:17-19).
"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God" (1 Peter 3:18).
The word repent means to change your direction. The Bible tells us, "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord" (Acts 3:19). God commands us to repent. You must be willing to turn away from the things that displease God.
Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). He also said, "I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved" (John 10:9). It is essential that you surrender your life to Jesus and allow Him to change you by His Spirit.
Jesus calls His Church to trust in Him (John 6:29) and to repent and do the works of salvation (Revelation 2:5, 2:16, 2:22, 3:3, 3:19). We are called to keep His commandments (Matthew 5:19, 19:17, 22:37-41). Do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous (1 John 3:7).