There are many reasons that can cause one to be lukewarm in their Christian faith and this post will discuss 7 major causes of lukewarmness among many lukewarm Christians.
Being lukewarm makes you ineffective and useful in God’s kingdom and puts you at risk of losing your salvation if you continue in that state.
With that said, let’s dive into the 7 major causes of lukewarmness among many believers so that you don’t fall into the same trap or danger as them.
7 Major Causes Of Lukewarm Christianity.
Below are the 7 main causes of lukewarm Christianity that will help sort out your problem of lukewarmness if you are struggling with it once and for all so that you can be on fire for God again.
- No Fire For God.
- Lack Of Prayer.
- Lukewarm Commitment.
- Loss of The First Love.
- Questionable Salvation.
- Being In A Lukewarm Church.
The love of this world or simply worldliness otherwise is one of the major causes of lukewarmness among many Christians today who practice lukewarm Christianity.
In 1 John 2:15, we are told that as true believers or true Christians that we must not love the world or the things that are in the world ad if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is simply not in that person.
And that couldn’t be further from the truth as you can’t love both the things of God and worldly things in the same way and intensity at the same time because you can’t serve two masters (Matthews 6:24).
Something just got to give at some point, dear and if you are a lukewarm Christian, you will love the things of the world and the worldly amusement in it more than the things of the Lord.
On the other hand, if you are a true Christian, you will love the thing of God more than the mundane things of this world due to the new heart installed in you the Lord promises in Ezekiel 36:26 to all truly born again Christians.
But if you are not yet a true believer, you won’t have this new heart God promises in the above verse that will enable you to love Him with all your heart, soul, might, and mind.
And because a lukewarm Christian doesn’t have this new circumcised heart, they can’t truly love the Lord who heartedly which is why they find things of the Lord such as going to church very boring, to say the least.
2. No Fire For God.
Lack of fire for the Lord is another major cause of lukewarmness among many lukewarm Christians today. If you have no fire for God in your spiritual life, you won’t serve Him the way you ought to.
And there are many reasons why many lukewarm Christians are no longer on fire for God or have lost the first love, zeal, and fire they once had for Him immediately after they got saved.
Some of these reasons for the loss of fire for God in their lives could be the presence of sin in their lives, trials of faith, persecutions, spiritual laziness, lack of prayer, and many others.
Many lukewarm Christians today are no longer on fire for God or if they once had it, it’s nowhere to be seen in their lives which is evident in their lack of interest, zeal, and commitment to the things of the Lord.
Such examples are that most Christians no longer fervently serve or worship the Lord the way they used to which has made most of them even stop going to church or do one or two things in church the way they used to.
When you become a lukewarm Christian, you lose the fire for Christ and this is what He doesn’t want which is why He warned the Laodicean Christians of the church of Laodicea in Revelations 3:15,16 that if they continued being lukewarm, He would spew them out of His mouth.
If it’s one thing that grieves the Lord Jesus Christ the most, is the once strong believers in Him who were once on fire for Him suddenly lose that fire or zeal for Him because of one reason or the other.
3. Lack Of Prayer.
The lack of prayer in many Christian lives is one of the major reasons why many believers are lukewarm in their faith and commitment to the things of God.
There is no way you are going to be a strong and effective Christian in your life if you lack prayer as prayer is very fundamental in the life of any true Christian.
Lukewarm Christians are indeed very lazy at praying but can spend the whole day on social media reading useless stuff and lustfully admiring seminude photos of scantily dressed ladies on social media.
If you don’t pray dear, you will be weak in your Christian faith and susceptible to falling into Satan’s temptations this explains why most Christian struggle to overcome sin in their lives but how can you overcome sin if you are lazy to pray (Luke 22:46)?
One thing you need to know is that you are not wrestling against flesh and blood as Ephesians 6:12-17 wonderfully puts as our battle are spiritual and involve pulling down of the mighty strongholds and spiritual forces of wickedness in high places.
But how are even going to fight this spiritual battle raging in the spiritual real if you have a near to non-existent prayer life, oh dear lukewarm believer out there? Ask God’s grace to help you with your prayerlessness.
Wake up from your spiritual lukewarmness because the devil isn’t sleeping and hasn’t given up on you yet and don’t ever think for a moment that you can defeat the devil in your life if you lack prayer.
4. Lukewarm Commitment.
The lack of commitment to the things of the Lord due to one or two things in many lukewarm believers is another major cause of lukewarmness in their Christian lives.
Many lukewarm Christians today have no interest in serving our Lord Jesus Christ but the love of pleasure and worldly things is over the roof for these lukewarm believers who love pleasure more than God (2 Timothy 3:4).
Going to church for such people or serving the Lord in His kingdom is an inconvenience to them but these same people can spend countless hours watching worldly T.V shows that don’t even help them grow in the things of the Lord.
When you ask these people why they are not interested in serving the Lord, they give all sorts of funny and meaningless excuses as to why they can’t serve Him such as lack of time or just being tired.
But the thing is, if your heart isn’t really in anything and serving God in this case, you will always find excuses as to why you can’t do that thing and since lukewarm believers have lost the first love they had for God, they come up with excuses as to why they can’t serve Him.
We are told in Mark 12:30 that we must love the Lord God with all our hearts and one thing that will prove we do so is the level of commitment we show to Him. If you truly love God, your commitment to Him will show.
But if you are like many lukewarm Christian whose love has grown cold for the things of God, you won’t have the zealous commitment and love for Him.
5. Loss of The First Love.
The loss of the first love, zeal, that many Christians had for the things of the Lord Jesus Christ when they first got saved is the reason why many have become lukewarm in their Christian faith.
This isn’t something new as this can be seen in the Church of Ephesus in Revelations 2:1-4 where Jesus Christ had to remind the believers there that they had lost the first love and zeal they had for Him.
Jesus Christ is still saying the same thing He said in the above verse to many lukewarm Christians who have become lukewarm in their faith and commitment to Him due to the loss of the first love they had for Him.
And this loss of the first love for God in people practicing lukewarm Christianity is seen by the level of commitment they show to God.
For instance, if such people were singing in the church choir every Sunday or doing one or two things in church, that will no longer be the case anymore and if such people used to go to church every Sunday, by now it’s occasional when they feel like.
One thing you must know is that once you lose the first love you had for God when you immediately got saved, it’s the day you open the door to lukewarmness in your Christian life.
You need to consider how much you have fallen from this first love you once had for Jesus Christ if you have done so and repent from that before He comes to prune you out and remove your lampstand from its place (Revelations 2:5).
6. Questionable Salvation.
Lack of salvation is one of the major causes of lukewarmness in many people because if you are not genuinely saved from your sins, you won’t have this new divine nature of Christ in you inclined to love Him and hate sin.
This is because if you are not saved from your sin but practice vain and empty religion that can’t grant you eternal life and later on help you make it to heaven when you close your eyes in death, the power of sin will still be active in your life.
No wonder Jesus Christ said in Luke 13:3 that unless you repent, you will likewise perish and no matter how religious you were during your earthy life if you don’t have salvation, you are doomed dear when you die in sin.
And as long a sin is active in your life as in the case of many lukewarm believers with a lukewarm spirit, you won’t be able to serve the Lord the way you ought to as you have to masters you need to contend with which is sin and God bidding for your attention.
Remember, religion doesn’t save anyone but having a genuine personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is what does by accepting Christ as your personal Lord and savior in your life at salvation.
But if you are a lukewarm Christian, definitely your salvation will be questionable and you need to thoroughly examine yourself whether you are still in the Lord or not as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 the anyone who thinks is standing in the Lord must take heed lest he falls.
Unfortunately, most lukewarm Christians don’t even worry about the state of their salvation which is very dangerous indeed, and if you are such a person dear, I encourage you out of love to repent of your lukewarm Christianity immediately before it’s too late.
7. Being In A Lukewarm Church.
Being in a lukewarm church that doesn’t teach the sound doctrines of the bible is also among the major cause of spiritual lukewarmness among many lukewarm believers today.
You can’t grow spiritually or in the things of God if you attend a lukewarm church that hardly teaches the truth and the whole counsel of God’s word.
Sadly, most churches today only teach what their members want to hear and not the hard truth of the bible they need to hear for the fear of losing church members which must be the least of their concerns.
And this has contributed to the high proliferation of lukewarm Christians we see today who are only interested in hearing what makes them feel good and not the truth that will convict their sinful lifestyles.
Paul predicted in 2 Timothy 4:3 that in the last days there will be many lukewarm believers who won’t be able to endure sound doctrine, especially that which concerns sin and living a holy life which most erroneously think it’s not possible.
The presence of lukewarm churches has been made worse by these same lukewarm Christians who are offended by the truth which is why you find fewer members in churches where the truth is preached.
On the other hand, in false lukewarm churches where the truth isn’t preached, you find many people gather there to capacity as these churches tell people what they want to hear and not the truth that will help them be saved from sin.
I hope the above 7 major causes of lukewarmness will help you reflect on your Christian life so that you can repent if needed if you discover that you have been lukewarm.
On the other hand, if you are not saved yet but want to, kindly read this post on how to be truly saved as it’s that important because tomorrow isn’t promised.
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