AUTHOR’S NOTE: When the word “church” is used, I’m referring to the church as a whole rather than “all” churches. There are many good churches doing great things. I applaud them for their faithfulness.
The present condition of the church leaves one to wonder if the lack of reverent fear of the Lord is contributing to her spiritually dead condition. This lack diminishes the need to obey God. Christ speaks to the early church and to future believers of the consequences of lukewarm living in the book of Revelation, “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” (3:15-17). A healthy respect for God (fear) is what our culture, and the church, desperately need: “The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him…” (Psalm 147:11).