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SCRIPTURE- REV. 3:16
SO THEN, BECAUSE YOU ARE NEITHER COLD, OR HOT, I WILL SPEW YOU OUT
OF MY MOUTH
SUBJECT - THE GRAY ZONE (EITHER SIN OR NOT)
Look at these pairs of words, and try to figure what relationship
they have to each other. Black and white. Cold and hot. Young and old.
Rich and poor. If you have figured that they are opposites of each
other, you are right. Each, has a distinct, clear difference, from the
other. They are at opposite ends of a scale, that is used to measure
their particular characteristic.
Let's look at hot and cold. If you put
a thermometer into a hot cup of coffee, the mercury will rise to the
high point of the scale. Put that same thermometer in a cold cup of
water, and the mercury will drop to the bottom of the scale.
when someone is at the beginning of it, they are considered young. When
they near the end of life, they are old.
When looking at something
white, we are seeing a combination of all colors, rolled into one. When
we look at black, we are looking at the absence of all color.
means different things to different people, but it usually signifies
that a person, has a lot of money, while a poor person, has little or
Now, in each of these areas, there is a space, that can be
called, the middle ground. It is that place, where each of our examples
meet. A person may not be rich or poor, they can be middle income.
person may not be young or old, they may be middle age. Something may
not be black or white, it may be gray. Some things may not be hot or
cold, they may be lukewarm.
My point, in the above paragraph, is that there are things that
represent extremes in different conditions. Then there are things, that
represent all aspects that fall somewhere in between those extremes.
Now in different circumstances, we may need extremes. While in others,
somewhere in between, is more to our liking. In certain instances, we
like our coffee, or tea, hot. Other times, we may like them cold. Very
few times, will we like them lukewarm.
Most of us would like to be
rich. However, we will settle for not being poor. We all want to stay
young as long as possible. We don't like to think about getting old.
When it comes to black and white, we don't mind being able to see those
colors. However, it would be a dull world, if those were the only
colors we could see. So, you see, having extremes and middle range, is
good in some areas. But, in other instances, it is distasteful. Life,
is that way. What I am saying is, either extreme or somewhere in
between, is acceptable to us in most of our everyday lives.
Now, look at these words. Holy and unholy. Righteous and
unrighteous. Saved and unsaved. Saint and sinner. Heaven and hell.
What do you see about these word pairs? If you say, they appear to be
opposites of each other, you are right. However, there is a difference
between this set of words, and the ones above.
Do you know what it is?
The difference is, that there is no, in between, of these extremes.
other words, a person, can't be middle holy, middle righteous, half
saved, half a saint or be half way in Heaven.
Now to us, we would
figure, that there should be a middle ground. After all, we are so used
to doing everything half way, that to not have a middle ground, seems
Well look at these examples.
You men, when you were courting
your wife, you did everything to the extreme. You dressed nice, You
opened the doors for her. You would pull her seat out, so she could sit
down. You took her out on dates. You bought her flowers and candy. You
did all that good stuff, to get her to marry you.
But now that you have
her, what are you doing? You get off of work, if you work at all, and
go to the bars, and get high with the fellas. When you are home, you
flop on the couch and watch the TV. You pay little attention to her.
If and when she asks you to take her out, you are too busy. You never
bring her anything home, like flowers or candy. You look like a bum,
and in some instances, you smell worse.
Every once in a while, you will do something nice, but not too much.
This is half doing. If you feel there is nothing wrong with that, then
What if the company you worked for, only gave you half a
check? You work 40 hours, and get a check for 20. You would have a fit,
Then, think about your wife. She puts 100% into the marriage,
and you give her, 40, 50, 60, 80 or so percent, and expect her to be
satisfied. Wake up my friend. Oh, just in case you think I forgot, some
of you ladies, are guilty of the same thing.
Well, when it comes to God, He gives all of us, 100% of His love
and mercy. He created us, in His image. He provides all of the
necessities of life, for us. He protects us. When we go astray, He
gently nudges us back to the right path. When man lost fellowship with
Him, through Adam, He sacrificed His only begotten Son, so that we
could get back to where we are supposed to be. All He wants us to do,
is to serve Him. And really, not serve, in the sense of being servants,
but rather as sons and daughters, serve, or obey their parents.
no. We want to half step. We want to find a middle ground. We don't
want to go the route He wants us to go. That makes us look like
fanatics. We don't want to look like we just dropped in from Northville
After all, we want to look, and maintain our
dignity. We want all the good stuff, that God has to offer, but we
don't want to do the work. That's like wanting a 40 hour check, when
you only do 20 hours work.
Well, if you look at the subject verse, Jesus, is speaking to one
of seven Churches. He is addressing their condition, as it pertains to
In the verses above that, He is saying that He wished that
they were either cold or hot.
Now to explain this, along with the
subject verse, is rather simple.
When a person, is a fanatic, Jesus
freak, holy roller, or the like, what they are, is termed, on fire for
God, or Hot.
On the other hand, when a person, has no regard for God,
or His people, or His laws, then they are termed cold.
Now those that
are on fire for God, will be with Him in Heaven, and enjoy His
blessings on this earth. Those that are cold, have nothing to look
forward to, except a great warming up party, in hell.
But, there is a
third group. The one that Jesus is addressing.
This group, is made up
of those, like most of us, that want to half step. They want to play
Church. They want, what they perceive, the best of both worlds. A
little bit of God, and a little bit, or a lot of, the world. They want
to walk in the area, known as the gray zone, where black meets white.
To them, sin is a gray area.
Well, Jesus looks at this with despair.
Because they are coming to God, or are already there, but they
continue to run to the world, and its devices to seek pleasure. And
because they have this attitude, Jesus will vomit them out of His
mouth. This means, they will be lumped in with the ones that are cold.
That's right, a Church, will be condemned to hell, because of its
We have many Christians that fit into this category.
to Church every Sunday. They participate in all of the church functions
on Sunday. The choir, the deacon board, the organist, and they may even
be the pastor. On Sunday, they are singing the praises of God.
Hallelujah!!! Glory to God!!! Thank you Jesus! I mean, they look like
those fanatics you see down the street in that little store front
But just wait until they get out of service. The rest of the
day, and the other six days of the week, they live like hell. Fussing,
cussing, fighting, drinking, smoking, doing drugs, running numbers,
playing the lottery, committing adultery and fornication, promoting
psychics, and more. You name it, they are doing it.
Some, even go into
the nightclubs and make records, glorifying sin. We have one artist,
singing 'Freeway of Love', another sings, 'if you can't be with the one
you love, then love the one you're with.'
Neither of these songs, sung
by so-called Christians, is talking about the marital relationship, but
There are literally hundreds of songs, sung by
Christians, that present this type of situation. And the bad thing
about it is, they are leading millions of people, into sinful behavior,
because the people think that since these are Christians, then God must
approve of it.
Man, are they going to be sorry, if they don't change
their ways. Same thing goes for movie stars, and their movies.
What condition are you in? Hot, cold or lukewarm? If you are not
hot, you should ask Christ to forgive you (repent), and ask Him to be
Lord of your life, and do what He says for you to do. You can be hot
now, or hot (in hell) later. the choice is yours.
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