And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things said the Amen, the faithful and true witness…
No one can help admiring a straightforward, honourable course, and when the world says of a man that he is "sitting on the fence," it is hardly considered as a compliment.
I. The first alarming symptom of the existence of lukewarmness is A GROWING INATTENTION TO THE PRIVATE DUTIES OF RELIGION.
II. Another evidence of the encroachments of lukewarmness is CARELESSNESS IN ATTENDING PUBLIC WORSHIP.
III. A third symptom of lukewarmness, about which there can be no possible mistake is AN INDIFFERENCE CONCERNING THE BENEVOLENT ENTERPRISES OF THE DAY, AND SCANT OFFERINGS FOR THEIR FURTHERANCE. The world has an eagle eye for anything inconsistent, and nothing disgusts it more than lukewarmness in those who claim to be followers of Christ.
(J. N. Norton, D. D.)
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;