The Dangers of Spiritual Apathy

I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. If only you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm and not hot or cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:14-15 EHV)

What food makes you so repulsed, that as soon as you eat it, you have to spit it out? Or maybe it’s not a particular food but the temperate of the food. Take something like spaghetti for example—it could be delicious when it’s hot; but it is disgusting if its cold. Many people like hot coffee; some drink iced coffee; but lukewarm coffee is something that many people can’t do—they spit it out. That is the picture that the Lord is using in our passage above. Of course, he isn’t talking about food or drink but rather the spiritual attitude of his children.

Those who are “hot” spiritually are those who love God’s Word and are filled with excitement and enthusiasm for it—they love to come to worship, they live to read his Word, study it together with like-minded believers, and share the gospel with those who do not know Christ as their Savior. Those who are “cold” spiritually are unbelievers. They don’t care about God or his Word, they don’t believe in Jesus as their Savior; and in fact they might be hostile to Christians.

Then there is another class of people, whom the Lord addresses today—those who are spiritually lukewarm. What is meant by this? These are believers who don’t have a whole lot of love and concern for God and his Word. They have an apathetic toward the truth and lethargic in their obedience to it. These are people who believe in God, but they simply don’t care much about him—at least not enough to change their lifestyles. Of course, none of us are immune, in one way or another we are lukewarm to the Lord—whether it’s to him in general, to his Word, to certain teachings, and so on—we are all guilty of apathy toward Christ and so we are the ones God wants to spit-out.

And what are the dangers of such an apathetic attitude toward the Lord? Simple—it could lead toward eternal damnation. Those who are lukewarm to the point that they rarely bother coming to a worship service put their faith in jeopardy since they aren’t being fed and nourished by the Word and Sacrament. Those who are lukewarm toward the study of Scripture—whether at home or at church, will forever remain infants in their faith, easily tossed to and from by the waves of this world. Those who are lukewarm in sharing their faith harm the faith of others, who may not have an opportunity to hear the gospel when they need it most. Those who are lukewarm in the giving of their offerings harm the Church, both at large and locally as less of the Gospel work—and in the training of workers to do such work, is able to be done.

No wonder God wants to spit us out! He says this because he loves us and he wants to repent. And to those who repent, he promises grace and every blessing. Where we are lukewarm, Jesus was not. He always loved the Lord with all his heart, soul, strength, and mind. He was always filled with a zeal for the truth and a deep need to share that truth with others—even when it was a disadvantage to him. The perfect life of Christ was given to us on the cross, as he removed and paid for all our sins. On account of Christ’s work on the cross, and by his resurrection from the grave we are victorious. He has given us the crown of life and we will sit next to him in heavenly glory. The love and mercy of Christ—that’s all the motivation we need to be filled with love and zeal for the Lord and his Word of truth! I pray that this summer, you won’t fall into Luke-warmness, but a rich love for Christ as our one and only Savior.

-- Pastor Frey


Church News

Summer Worship Schedule 

Please note that as of this last Sunday we are in our summer worship schedule. Our worship services will be at 8:00 and 10:00 am. Our Monday service time will remain at 6:30 pm.

Summer Sunday Bible Study 

New this Summer we will be offering a family type Bible Study on all non-Communion Sundays beginning Sunday June 9th. The study is entitled, “The ABC’s of Worship — Lutheran Customs and Practices.” It is our prayer that through this study God will lead us to grow in our appreciation of the Gospel as it is reflected in the way we worship. This class is intended for members of all ages so everyone can join us. There is a booklet that accompanies this study which you may purchase to guide you in your study. (A sample copy is on the back counter to look at — Please don’t take this copy!) Please sign up on the back counter if you would like one of these booklets. The cost will be around $3.00.

Bible Information Class

Jesus says to each of us Go and make disciples of all nations”. Here again is an opportunity to invite a friend, neighbor or co-worker or family member to hear the Good News of forgiveness and life through Jesus Christ. This class is for everyone but especially for those who are not members but would like to know what we teach. Go and invite! Come yourself!

We plan to have our next Bible Information Class (BIC—or Adult Instruction Class) begin mid-June. If you or someone you know are interested, please speak to Pastor Gartner.

Updates From April Voter’s Meeting

1. Our pipe organ is in need of repairs. We currently have a quote for $20,000 and are currently exploring all our options. 2. The council is suggesting a number of changes to our current by-laws, including removing and adding certain council positions. A copy of the by-laws with the proposed changes (highlighted in red) is available in the back of Church. If you have comments, questions or input for either of these items, please talk to one of the pastors or the council members.

EHV Pre-order 

The entire Bible of the Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV) translation of the Bible which is a translation produced by the Wartburg Project, a group of WELS and ELS pastors and professors., is now complete and will be published this summer. You now have an opportunity to preorder this Bible at a discounted bulk-rate price (around $17.00). There is no need to pay right away. once we receive the Bibles we will inform those who have signed-up and how to pay for their order. There is a sign-up sheet on the back counter if you wish to order a new EHV. There are also pamphlets on the back for more information on this new translation. The deadline to sign up will be May 31For more information, please talk to Pastor Frey or Pastor Gartner.