|Revelation 3:16-18 |
16 So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.
17 Because you say, 'I am rich and increased with possessions, and am in need of nothing;' and do not know that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked,5 [From the Word of the Lord within: "I work with the blind; but if you think you can see, and you are not with me in heaven, I will make you a laughingstock."]
18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined and tried in the fire, so that you may be rich; and white garments, so that you may be clothed and the shame of your nakedness may not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, so that you may see. [Gold refined and tried in the fire is faith that has been tested and tried by fire: trials, suffering, and tribulations, all part of the cross that every believer must endure in order to enter the kingdom; then you are clothed white with purity, and you see by the light of God.]
5 Now Laodicea, is the church of presumption, not overcomers. You say, 'I am rich, and increased with possessions, and am in need of nothing;' and do not know that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. Notice! This is exactly the description of the Pharisees. They thought they were spiritually prosperous, in need of nothing; they said they could see, and so were blind; they said they were righteous children of Abraham and followers of Moses. Christendom is infected with the same disease: hypocrisy. They praise Jesus with their lips, but their feet are swift to run to evil, and their hearts are far from him.
Christendom says: we have a free pass to heaven. Our sins, past, present, and future are paid for by Jesus. We are righteous believers in Jesus, we can see and understand, we have need of nothing more. But Jesus says to church-going believers: "you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." Notice! Jesus is severely warning believers in the churches of their pending destruction. From the Word of the Lord within: "I work with the blind; but if you think you can see, and you are not with me in heaven, I will make you a laughingstock." This does not fit with the widespread gospel of instant grace that is the cornerstone of Protestantism, nor does it fit in with the Roman, Russian, Greek, etc., sects' doctrine of continual Eucharists and Confession to make one acceptable to God.
The believers remain damned because they are still sinning and slaves to sin — their damnation does not slumber, remaining in the condemned state of Adam.
The first to enter heaven are the sinners, who knew they were blind; the last to enter heaven are the religious people, who thought they could see.
This is the meaning of: there are last which will be first, and there are first which will be last. Luke 13:25-31
As many as I love, I chastise [reprove, discipline]. Be zealous therefore, and repent. And Christendom, how are you going to hear his rebukes, if you don't listen for his voice? Look at the footnote below.