We ALL (yes us Christians too) fall short of His glory (Romans 3:23) and although we’ve been saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8) as followers of Christ we are called to repent (Acts 3:19) for the sins that are made very clear in the Bible to then redirect back to His word. We can’t sugarcoat sins in order to fit our personal beliefs and convenience. Andres and I lived like that – lukewarm – for a very long time. Sure, we were good people who at one point warmed church pews every Sunday but Jesus is clear on that in Revelation 3: 15-16 when he says “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold or hot I will vomit you out of my mouth.” Without acknowledgement of how imperfect we are and owning our short comings we will never deepen our personal relationship with Jesus and live life how He commands us to live which is also very clear in the Bible:
James 1:22 tells us to be doers of the Word and not hearers only.
Titus 2:12 teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, living soberly, righteously and godly in the present age.
It also commands us to rid ourselves of anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy language (Colossians 3:8)
We are told to not give up on meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another (Hebrews 10:25) Many who use the argument of not attending church because they hate religion and only want Jesus and the love he shared are often times confusing the two concepts. We the members are THE church, and guess what? Every single bible verse I’ve referenced is from the New Testament – where Jesus was born, crucified, and resurrected. These are NOT religious teachings. These are His words and commands that are made clear in scripture and taught in the church where followers of Jesus and His Word (the truth) commune.
Jesus also commanded us to love our neighbor as ourselves and that there was no commandment greater than this (Mark 12:31) I wholeheartedly believe that we can stand firm in His Word while being loving and respectful. Many many many people call this being judgmental. Since I was once one of these people (a gossiper, often a drinker, an idolator of my outward appearance and career, one who used foul language, a worldly wife and woman, and the list goes on) I am also certain that what happens is the truth of the Bible convicts our hearts and how we live life; therefore, others choose to shove it into the judgmental category.
We are called to receive the persons who are weak in the faith but not to dispute over doubtful things (Roman 14:1) We can plant the seed by teaching and rebuking with love and in Jesus name and simply move forward with prayer for that person.
Humble yourself and bow down your heads to Him, pray to renew yourselves with His spirit, and open and read the Bible! Do as the Lord calls us to do (Luke 6:46) Jesus loves you and wants a closer relationship with you. Let Him