Symptoms of Lukewarm Christians
- They attend church fairly regularly.
- Give money to charity and to the church…as long as it doesn’t impinge on their standard of living.
- Choose what is popular over what is right when they are in conflict.
- Don’t genuinely want to be saved from their sin; they need only to be saved from the burden of their sin.
- Moved by stories about people who do extraordinary things for Christ, yet they do not represent.
- Rarely share their faith with their neighbors, coworkers, or friends.
- Gauge their morals or “goodness” by comparing themselves to the secular world.
- Say they love Jesus, and give Him a portion of their lives, their money, and their thoughts, but He isn’t allowed to run their lives.
- Love God, but they do not love Him with all their heart, soul, and strength.
- Love others but do not try to love others as much as they love themselves.
- Serve God and others, but limited. (Luke 18:21-25)
- Think about life on earth much more often than eternity in heaven.
“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.” (Phil. 3:18-20; Col. 3:2)
- Grateful for their luxuries and comforts, and rarely consider trying to provide as much as possible to the poor.
- Do whatever is necessary to protect themselves from feeling too guilty.
- Continually concerned with playing it safe; they are slaves to the god of control.
- Do not live by faith; their lives are structured so they never have to.
- Drink and curse probably less than average, but besides that, they truly aren’t distinctly different from your typical unbeliever.