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Characteristics of Lukewarm Christians

Lukewarm Christians attend worship fairly regularly because they think that is what they have to do, but it is not what they want to do. The heart of this is revealed when we wonder if we have to come to church on Sunday night or Wednesday night. Lukewarm people feel that they have to come to worship. Christians want to attend worship services whenever possible.

Lukewarm Christians tend to choose what is popular over what is right when they are in conflict. They desire to fit in both in the church and outside the church. They care more about what people think about their actions than what God thinks of their hearts.

Lukewarm Christians do not really want to be saved from their sins. They want only to be saved from the penalty of their sins. They do not hate sin and are not sorry for committing it. They are only sorry because God is going to punish them.

Lukewarm Christians do not believe that the new life in Christ is better than the old sinful life.

Lukewarm Christians rarely share their faith with their neighbors, coworkers, and friends. They do not want to be rejected, nor do they want to make people uncomfortable by talking about private issues like religion.

Lukewarm Christians gauge their "goodness" by comparing themselves to the world. They are satisfied as long as they aren't as "bad" as the world. They are not concerned that they are not fully devoted to Jesus like others.

Lukewarm Christians say they love Jesus and that Jesus is a part of their lives. But only a part. They give him a section of their time, their money, and their thoughts, but he isn't allowed to control their lives.

Lukewarm Christians love God, but they do not love him with all their heart, soul, and strength. They assure themselves by thinking that this sort of total devotion is not really possible for the average person. It is only possible for preachers and radicals.

Lukewarm Christians think about life on earth much more often than eternity in heaven. Daily life is mostly focused on today's to-do list, this week's schedule, and next month's vacation. Rarely, if ever, do they intently consider the life to come or what God would have them do.

Lukewarm Christians probably drink and swear less than average, but besides that, they really aren't very different from your typical unbeliever. They equate their partially sanitized lives with holiness, but they couldn't be more wrong.

Lukewarm Christians walk by sight, not by faith. They do not trust their lives to God, but trust in themselves.