And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things said the Amen, the faithful and true witness…
The besetting sin of that ancient Church of Asia was lukewarmness, half-hearted indifference. It is the besetting sin among us to-day. "I don't care," are words more commonly spoken among us than, "I don't believe." A careless, or idle, or even vicious boy at school may be reclaimed, but one who takes no interest in his work is a hopeless case. Look at some of the results of being indifferent about religion.
1. It makes our religion unreal. It is not the love of God which constrains us, but fashion, or custom. Our religion is like a spurious coin, good enough to look on, but when tried it does not ring true.
2. Next, indifference makes people ignorant of the teachings of the Church, they are often unacquainted with the very A B C of Christianity.
3. Again, this lukewarm indifference makes people selfish and idle. The idea of making any sacrifice for Christ's sake is not in their thoughts.
4. But above all, this lukewarm indifference leads to a shallow view of sin.
(H. J. Wilmot Buxton, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;