In the parable of the Sower (Luke 8:5-15), Jesus mentions four kinds of "soils" (heart-soils). He mentions the hard hearted; the shallow hearted; the heart that is choked with the riches and pleasures of this world; and, the good hearted. Ironically enough, when people hear this parable, most "assume" they are "good soil." Why? Well, because we like ourselves -- we think we are a pretty good person -- and we don't want to think that we might be lost! How about you? You do fit into the parable somewhere. Do you assume your hear is "good soil?"
It's been my observation over the past 40 years (even before I was a Christian and still looking for the Truth), that many (if not most) American church-goers are on "thorny ground." Thorns are anything that distracts us from God. When we pile the things of the world on top of our commitment to God, our spiritual life suffocates. A relationship with God simply cannot grow when money, secret sins, social activities, and recreation are piled on top of it.
Let me ask this: Has your relationship with God actually changed the way you live? Do you see evidence of God's Kingdom (God's Rule), in your life? or are you slowly choking it out by spending too much time, energy, money, and thought on the things of this world? Are you satisfied that you are "godly enough" to sneak into Heaven on Judgment Day, especially when comparing yourself with others you know? (Which is not a wise thing to do - 2Corinthians ).
In Revelation 3:14-19, Jesus addresses the church in
We need to understand that "The eyes of God do NOT go to and fro throughout the whole earth searching for big, physically rich, congregations!" "His eyes go to and fro throughout the whole earth searching for those who hearts are faithful to Him (2Chronicles 16:9).
Do you truly hate sin? (Psalm 119:128). Are you truly sorry for your own sin, or are you merely sorry because of the penalty God has placed on sin (Romans )? The mind-set of the lukewarm goes something like this: "My buddy has cheated on his wife 10 times! and I've only cheated on my wife 5 times -- so I'm not nearly as bad as he is!"
To put it plainly, the term "lukewarm Christian" is an oxymoron, i.e., there is no such thing. The thought of a person calling himself a Christian without being a devoted follower of Christ is absurd. Only "disciples" are called Christians (Acts )!
Were these "church-goers" at