The Deceived Lukewarm
The amazing thing about the lukewarm is that they don’t recognize their need or the danger they are in. In their wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked (NIV) spiritual condition, they think they do not need a thing. They are this deceived! Therefore, the vital need to change is hidden from their blinded eyes and isn’t the priority it should be. Imagine being in such spiritual danger and thinking all is well. This, in fact, is reality for many in our modern day.
Regarding their deception, Adam Clarke comments on Rev. 3:17 (Adam Clarke’s Commentary On The Bible, p. 1338):
17. I am rich. You suppose yourself to be in a safe state, perfectly sure of final salvation, because you have begun well and laid the right foundation. It was this most deceitful conviction that cut the nerves of their spiritual diligence; they rested in what they had already received, and seemed to think that once in grace must be still in grace.
Dan Corner Comments
Besides the affluence of Laodicea adversely affecting them, the teachers in that region might have been “sleepy time.” By that, it is meant after the opening Scripture for the sermon (if any is cited), there is no need for a Bible since stories and the like would then fill up the rest of the twenty minute “sermon.” If such “pastors” could bottle their ability to induce natural sleep, they would knock the sleeping pill companies out of business. Besides story telling, joke telling from the pulpit is also used to make everybody feel happy and relaxed, but which also will destroy Holy Spirit conviction and take time away from correcting, rebuking and encouraging (2 Tim. 4:2).
In our day there exists another way to create lukewarmness that didn’t exist in the days of the Laodiceans, and that is TV watching. This vile tool of the adversary not only uses up precious free time that we have to serve God but instills the world’s values while it promotes lust, violence, materialism, deceit and the like!
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