Many Christians feel that today’s Western Churches are described in Revelations as the Laodicean church. I think they are correct. These verses point to many of the problems that I have already discussed individually. Lets take a look at this passage in Rev 3.
AMP Rev 3;14 And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the trusty and faithful and true Witness, the Origin and Beginning and Author of God’s creation: 15 I know your [record of] works and what you are doing; you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth! 17 For you say, I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 Therefore I counsel you to purchase from Me gold refined and tested by fire, that you may be [truly] wealthy, and white clothes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nudity from being seen, and salve to put on your eyes, that you may see. 19 Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude]. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me. 21 He who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant him to sit beside Me on My throne, as I Myself overcame (was victorious) and sat down beside My Father on His throne. 22 He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the [Holy] Spirit says to the assemblies (churches).
Buying gold refined in the Fire. As with other passages on difficulties that the rich will have, their main problem is their lack of treasure in heaven. It can be difficult for them to turn from building earthly treasure to heavenly treasure. I think ‘buying our gold from God’ is talking about the way we make our living.
NLT Eph 6;5-8 Slaves and Masters
5Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, 8because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.
When we earn our living, obeying ‘your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ’ we honor God’s word.
White clothes to wear. The white clothes come from being washed by Jesus’ blood, by deep understanding and total acceptance of that sacrifice. When we are crucified with Christ, we release our selfish perspective, and gain the perspective of the Holy Spirit. Without these white clothes we are not saved.
Put on Eye Salve. These folks are not only blind, they think they can see. They are blind, unsaved, and poor, while they think they are wise, saved, and rich. Sounds like the key here is that their understanding and their views are so distorted, so worldly that they are still enemies of Christ! They are clueless. Lets look at some other verses on spiritual blindness.
Verses on blindness
‘Blind leading blind’ NIV Luke 6;39 He also told them this parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. 41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
‘Spiritual Blindness’ NIV John 9;35-41 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” 37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” 38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” 40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” 41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
How can we test whether Christ is in us? How can we turn from our blindness? This verse spells it out.
‘Making One’s Calling and Election Sure’ NIV 2 Peter 1; 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
Our election is sure, we are not blind or nearsighted when we understand and make every effort to strengthen our faith with goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness love.When we do these things we will be effective and productive and our sins will be forgiven.
Lets take another look at the Laodicean warning:
NIV Rev 3;17 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. 18 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. 19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. 20 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 him, and he with me. 21 To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
I didn’t see this before, but these words are our rebuke! He is right outside our churches knocking, but we just continue following our wrong comfortable ways, false doctrines, and the teachings of men over the simple call of God’s Word, to Participation, to the Priesthood of believers, not hired guns, but authentic Christians, responding to God’s call on their lives, accurately dividing the Word.
Link to; Is Christ The Head Of Today’s Church
The main problem is that we won’t let him in, we have cut off our head! We are blind because we rely on blind leaders.
Link to; Those ‘Whom God Knows Not’
Link to; A Watchman’s Cry to Pastors
Pastor’s are just giving us what our itching ears want to hear.
NIV 2 Tim 4;3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
It’s not all our Pastor’s fault. God assigns all in the assembly to correctly divide the word of truth.
‘A Workman Approved by God’ NIV 2 Tim 2;14 Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
We have relied upon these men far too much. The Bible tells us that we are to call no man our teacher.
NIV Matt 23;8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Most believers today have no clue of what their personal assignment is. We usually don’t know what our spiritual gift is either. This is pretty sad. These are key parts of our Biblical assignment. We are to use our spiritual gifts to serve the flock. We are to find our personal assignment [carry our cross] and to grow in and thru the participatory gatherings. Our Pastor’s seem to miss teaching these critical verses.
NIV 1 Tim 4;13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
‘Living Sacrifices’ NIV Rom 12;1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. …
This tells us we belong to the Body, the assembly of believers, and we are to use our gifts, in proportion to our faith, diligently, from within the body. This concept is reinforced in
The Bible calls us to find our assignment;
‘Living by the Spirit’s Power’
NLT Eph 5;15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.
We will never be willing or able to correct these errors until we stop relying on tradition and start listening to and trusting in God’s Holy Spirit. It’s really pretty simple. We are destined to fail in following God if we insist on trusting our traditions above what the Bible says. If we trust our teachers who trusted their teachers who trusted their teachers, errors deceptions and false doctrines will continue unchecked. This has gotten us where we are, weak, lukewarm, pitiful blind beggars. On the other hand, if we fully implemented God’s Word, truly building our lives on that foundation all error and deception would be a thing of the past.
Link to; The Rocky Road to Truth
I leave you with the verse calling us to correctly handle the Word fist in the NIV and then in AMP Bible.
‘A Workman Approved by God’ NIV 2 Tim 2; 14 Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
AMP 2 Tim 2;15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
Pls give us the tools we need to handle this assignment; your wisdom, discernment, humility, love, and faith, but far more important for our foolish minds, help us to seek you more, to tune into your voice, and to faithfully obey. In Jesus mighty name I pray, Amen.