Full text of Charles Spurgeon’s sermon titled ‘An Earnest Warning About Lukewarmness’ which was preached on July 26, 1874 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington.
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The text today comes from the Book of Revelation 3:14-21.
Revelation 3:14-21 (NIV): “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘These are the words of the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Ruler of God’s creation: I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of My mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, so that you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so that you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with Me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”’
No Scripture ever wears out. The epistle to the church of Laodicea is not an old letter which can be put into the waste basket and forgotten. Still glowing on its pages are the words, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
This Scripture was not only meant to instruct the Laodiceans, it has a wider aim. The actual church of Laodicea has passed away, but other Laodiceas still exist. Indeed, they are sadly multiplied in our day, and it has always been the tendency of human nature, however inflamed with the love of God, to gradually cool down – cool down to a state of lukewarmness. The letter to the Laodiceans is without a doubt the epistle for the present times.