Perhaps the danger of Christianity today is the high number of Christian who makes God sick. Did I hear you say blasphemy? Don’t crucify me yet until you read this.
“To the angel of the church in Laodicea 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 Revelation. 3:14-16(NIV). By experience, vomiting is one sign of sickness. So when I say Christian who make God sick, I mean believers who irritate and piss off God.
These sets of Christians are neither here nor there. Acts 20:9. You’ll see spiritually such Christians are sitting on the fence. They have charisma without character. Having a form of godliness but denying its power. Such believers who make God sick accepted Christianity but do not produce the fruit of a Christian. God says they are lukewarm. Such Christians display outward religiosity. They show outward piety but they are another thing.
Lukewarm Christian serves God when the going is good, but backed out when the chips are down. Unfortunately, these fellows equate material possession (money, houses, certificate and divine security) as a mark of God’s blessing and acceptance. To such people, religious titles and status with men’s an honor to go with it are God’s acceptance. However, our physical success is not synonymous with spiritual success. But genuine riches are eternal.
Without watchfulness, Christian slip into lukewarmness through peer influence, anxiety, fear, unholy comparison, bad fellowship and challenges of our time and the devil. Like the young man who stood on the window while Paul was speaking. “And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sank down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.” Acts 20:7-12. Such a Christian has his attention divide between the world and Christ. He or she will soon fall into slumber and later deep sleep. According to the bible divided loyalty and attention between God and the worldly passion leads to lukewarmness.
Those Christians who make God sick starts well their Christian journey like the other brethren. Then, little things matter to them as long as it displeases God. At the initial stage, people call them fanatics and”old school” but it does not bother them. Their concern is to please their Lord if it means swimming against the popular opinion. To such Christians, the bible is their yardsticks to measure what is right or wrong. They understood pain, discomfort, and persecution are part of the salvation package.
But later they found new meanings to the gospel without realizing they are already making God sick. Sadly, Christians who make sick know the bible too well for you to convince them otherwise. Christians who make God sick often advise the young converts to take it easy as they now know better that Christianity is not as hard as they thought initially. The irony is any Christian can make God sick without knowing it. Let us look at Matthew 25:5 “while the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.” Note that not only the wise ladies slept but all. Apart from that, they didn’t just sleep off, they all slumbered and later slept. So answering whether you’re one of the Christians who makes God sick is to answer are you presently slumbering or you’ve slept?
Soon you see Christians who make God skip fellowships, Bible studies, spiritual exercises they become hardened to corrections and rebuke. Their services to God and the brethren wane and before long they backed out and backslide.
A lukewarm and backsliding Christians who do not return to God will soon lose God’s approval and acceptance both here and in eternity.
All hope is not lost for Christians who make God sick. Genuine repentance and a renewed commitment to God and spiritual exercise will restore such a Christian back to God.
Author: Joseph Akinrinola
Joseph Akinrinola is a Pastor, Sunday school management coach, author, blogger, and a motivational speaker.
Joseph created this blog to help young Christians establish their
feet in Christ, and to provide Biblical time-tested answers to life’s
questions about relationship, christian living and personal development.