Oh Lukewarm Church, Who Kills the Prophets | Luke 13:31-35

Oh Lukewarm Church, Who Kills the Prophets | Luke 13:31-35

 Lukewarm Church, Who Kills the Prophets – Luke 13:31-35

Introduction

Luke 13:31-35 ESV  At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.”  (32)  And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course.  (33)  Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’  (34)  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!  (35)  Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

  • When I was in college I had an odd favorite Bible verse.
    • Well at least it seemed odd to those who didn’t understand my schooling situation.
    • You see I went to a private Christian university called Seattle Pacific University.
    • It was a Methodist university, the same one my Pastor went to.
    • But what I didn’t know was that from the time my Pastor went there to when I went there a change had happened in the Methodist church, a change away from Christ…
  • Therefore my favorite Bible verse, the one that I kept close to my heart, the one that I preached… the one that I even prayed, was from Chapter 3, verse 16… 3:16… but not John 3:16, rather, it was Revelation 3:16…
  • Revelation 3:16 is Jesus speaking to the church of Laodicea…
    • A church of people who claim to be Christians, who claim to accept Christ…
    • But they teach there own ways.
    • They teach there own thoughts.
    • They think they know what is best, they think they know the truth better than God does.
    • So they mix their ideas with God’s ideas and they get this mess.
    • They mix the truth of God, which is HOT with their truth, which is ice COLD, and they get a lukewarm mess.
    • So Jesus tells them this in Revelation chapter 3:

Revelation 3:15-16 ESV  “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!  (16)  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

  • On my first day of theology class at Seattle Pacific University my professor had written  on the board in huge letters “God changes”.
    • He went on to try to teach and show examples from Scripture where God changes.
    • He then concluded that because God changes we can’t say that something is a sin, just because it was a sin when the Bible was written.
      • Sure premarital sex might have been a sin then…
      • Sure homosexual sex might have been a sin then…
      • Sure most divorces might have been sinful then…
      • Sure following multiple religions might have been a sin then…
      • Sure worshiping the environment might have been a sin then…
    • But that was THEN! And God changes, and this is NOW!
      • So sleep with who you want.
      • Worship the environment and bow down to it.
      • Divorce and remarry as much as you want.
      • Study and learn from other religions…
    • God changes, after all, that was then and this is now.
  • Of course there was a problem with all of this, and that is that God never changes…

Hebrews 13:8 ESV  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Malachi 3:6 ESV  “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.

James 1:17 ESV  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Numbers 23:19 ESV  God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

  • God does not change, church! Therefore His word does not change…
    • If His word says it’s a sin, it’s a sin today
    • If His word gives a promise, that promise remains today!
    • If His word teaches truth, that truth remains today!

Isaiah 40:8 ESV  The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.

  • THEREFORE, if anyone ever teaches anything, or says anything, to suggest that God’s word has changed, or that something is no longer true in God’s word, then what they are doing is mixing the HOTNESS of God and Christianity with the COLDNESS of today’s culture and understanding.

Revelation 3:16 ESV  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

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  • Oh Lukewarm Church, Who Kills the Prophets…
    • What does the Lukewarm Church have to do with what Jesus said in Luke 13? That’s what we are going to talk about today…

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Point One – The Lukewarm Church is an Enemy of Christ

Luke 13:34a ESV  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!…

  • Jerusalem in Jesus’ time is the perfect picture of the Western Church in our time.
    • You see Jerusalem was wealthy, well known, and had been around for a long time.
    • There were many people there who studied the Word of God, who taught the word of God.
    • Everyone there believed themselves to be in God’s good graces…
    • But they also had their own ideas…
    • Ideas of how God’s people should act…
    • Ideas of what God’s people should think…
    • And ideas of what God’s Messiah should look like…
      • And the church in Jerusalem would mix their COLD ideas with the HOT truth of God and they made a Lukewarm mess of it all.

Revelation 3:16 ESV  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

  • You see a Lukewarm Jerusalem is a dangerous thing… something that GOD despises…
    • Because it was this lukewarmness that led to Jesus being put on a Cross.
    • If no one cared about God, if Jersalum was COLD, they would not have killed Jesus, they simply would have thought Him a madman and left Him alone.
    • If Jerusalem was HOT, they would not have crucified Christ because they would have recognized Him as Savior, as Messiah, as God.
  • But because they were Lukewarm, because they thought of themselves as God’s warriors, even though they were filled with lies… they thought they were doing God a favor by killing Jesus.
  • And so it is in the Western Church today. Those who preach the truth are being crucified by the Western Church.
    • And maybe you guy’s don’t see it, because we actively fight for God’s truth in this church, but as a pastor it is my job to warn you.
    • THE WESTERN CHURCH IS ATTACKING CHRIST AND THOSE WHO PREACH TRUTH.

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  • This is Israel Folau, the most famous Rugby player in Australia was abruptly fired… his sin? Posting a Bible verse… 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, to Instagram as a warning…

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV  Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,  (10)  nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

  • He accompanied this post with the comment “Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to Him.
    • So they fired him for this post, that’s just the world acting like the world… what’s more shocking is how the biggest church in Australia responded…
    • The pastor of that church came on the news and said that Israel Folau needs to abandon his judgmental religious beliefs and “embrace love”.
      • WHAT!? THE MAN POSTED A BIBLE VERSE WITH THE COMMENT “JESUS LOVES YOU AND IS GIVING YOU TIME” What is unloving about wanting people to go to heaven?!
      • That is the largest pastor in Australia crucifying the most famous rugby player in Australia.
      • THIS IS THE LUKEWARM WESTERN CHURCH! And this church and pastor in Australia, they aren’t Methodist like my college, nope, they are charismatic non-denominational… just like CLC is.
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    • This is Dr. Robert Lopez, he was fired last month from Southwestern Baptist Seminary. The largest Southern Baptist seminary in the nation.
    • What is interesting about Dr. Lopez is that he used to be a bi-sexual, and Jesus healed him and freed Him from that sin.
    • Guess what Dr. Lopez got fired for… teaching that Jesus can heal you and free you from Homosexuality.
    • Now of course Southwestern said they were simply making some faculty changes…
    • Then Dr. Lopez released the emails proving that he was in fact fired for teaching that homosexuality is a sin and Jesus is capable of healing people from it, like he himself was healed.
      • Just think for a moment the INSANITY of the western church… this is the SOUTHERN BAPTISTS, historically one of the most conservative denominations in the world.
      • This is the denomination I was licensed in!
      • I was even ordained under a Southern Baptist Pastor!
      • BUT THEY HAVE STARTED MIXING THE COLD CULTURE WITH THE HOTNESS OF GODS WORD AND THEY HAVE BECOME LUKE WARM.
      • AND BECAUSE THEY ARE LUKEWARM THEY ARE ATTACKING CHRIST AND THOSE WHO PREACH CHRIST!
  • This is happening all over, in every denomination, in every kind of church.
    • The western culture is mixing with God’s culture, and the end result is God’s people being persecuted!
  • Jerusalem Crucifying Christ is of course the APEX of the example, but history repeats itself! There is nothing new under the sun.
  • WHY AM I PREACHING THIS TODAY?
    • I am preaching this today to warn you that in your lifetime there will come a time where you will either be on the Cross next to Christ or you will be in the crowd cheering “Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”

Luke 13:34a ESV  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!…

  • I don’t want to be the church that crucifies God’s prophets!

Revelation 3:16 ESV  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

  • I DON’T WANT TO BE SPEWED OUT OF GOD’S MOUTH!
  • Therefore we must stay on our Guard and we must protect ourselves… here is how…

Point Two – The Only Way to Combat Luke-warmness is to Accept Christ

Luke 13:34 ESV  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!

  • The only way to combat luke-warmness is to accept Christ… to draw near to Him… to follow Him… to obey Him…
    • Luke at the second part of this verse… again, this is Jesus speaking…

Luke 13:34b ESV …How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!

  • Do you see what Jesus is saying?
    • He is saying “I was here for you, throughout history, I have been here for you.”
    • “My desire was to protect you, like a hen protects her chicks under her wings.”
    • “But you wouldn’t come under my wings… you went your own way”
    • “Often I tried to gather you under my wings, but you were not willing”
    • “Time and time again I said “come” and you said “NO! WE ARE GOING ARE OWN WAY!”
  • And what is the end result of not accepting Christ?

Luke 13:35 ESV  Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

  • The end result is being forsaken, and only seeing Christ when he comes to JUDGE you! That’s not where you want to be!
    • You will know him then, in that hour… you will say “blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” There will be no doubt in your mind then…but it will be to late! You will be a house forsaken!
  • We have to accept Christ!
    • And I am not talking about being born again!
    • Yes, you must accept Christ to be born again! And yes you must be born again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven….
      • And don’t worry, we will give you a chance to be born again shortly…
  • But when I say “We have to accept Christ” I am talking about now, AS CHRISTIANS! WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO ACCEPT CHRIST.
    • He is holding up his wings calling to us, will we run to Him or from Him.

Revelation 3:15-16 ESV  “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!  (16)  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

  • Y’all that was written to a church of Christians! A church of believers who would gather together to worship!
  • Therefore this warning is for Christians! DON’T LET YOURSELF GET LUKEWARM.
  • Here is another way to put it. Imagine you, as a born again Christian, are a pot of watter..
  • Jesus is the Fire on the stove that makes you hot.
  • As long as you are close to that fire, you will stay hot…
    • But if you get far away from that fire you will begin to cool down, you will become room temperature… you will become lukewarm.
    • AND THE ONLY WAY TO GET HOT AGAIN IS TO GET BACK ON TOP OF THAT FIRE!
    • Nothing else you do will heat you up, except getting close to the source of the heat.
    • You can call yourself hot.
    • You can shake yourself up so you look like your boiling…
    • But if you are not near the fire, you will never heat up past room temperature.
  • Therefore, for us as Christians, for us to stay hot, we must stay near the fire, we must stay on the hot stove top.
    • Just because a pot of water was boiling once doe not mean it is STILL boiling… it has to stay on the fire!
    • In fact, almost immediately the water will stop boiling when you remove it from the fire!
  • Jesus is calling to you! Christians! He is saying “Come under my wing”
    • The question is, are you willing?
    • Are you willing to continue to dig deeper into His Word?
    • Are you willing to let His Word change you?
      • Bible in 90 days is coming up, get signed up for that! IT WILL HEAT YOU UP!
    • Are you willing to listen to God when you pray, and not just list off a bunch of wants and needs?
    • Are you willing to take correction from a brother or sister in Christ?
    • Are you willing to die for yourself and take up your cross daily?
    • Are you willing to go where Jesus sends you, or stay where Jesus plants you?
    • Are you willing to do it all for Jesus?
  • Because if you are not willing to do EVERYTHING for Him, then your life is part hot and part cold… and you start to look like the Jerusalem that killed Jesus!
  • If you stop drawing near to Christ, the culture will start drawing near to you. AND THE CULTURE IS COLD!
    • ALL TO JESUS I SURRENDER!

ALL TO HIM I FREELY GIVE
I WILL EVER LOVE AND TRUST HIM
IN HIS PRESENCE DAILY LIVE

ALL TO JESUS I SURRENDER
NOW I FEEL THE SACRED FLAME
OH, THE JOY OF FULL SALVATION

GLORY, GLORY TO HIS NAME!

Conclusion

Gospel Call

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