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Laodicea Lukewarm Faith (Revelation 3.14-16)

"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write, 'These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm - neither hot nor cold - I am about to spit you out of my mouth.'" (Revelation 3.14-16)✞

Greek King Antiochus

Laodicea Pipe and RuinsLaodicea, on the River Lycos, the ancient remains of which still remain, has the grim distinction of being the only church of which the risen Christ has nothing good to say. It was founded in BC 262 by the Greek king Antiochus 11 Theos of Syria and was named after his wife Laodice I. During the second Syrian war, he was given the title of "theos" (or god) by one of his freed peoples. Interestingly, Antiochus is mentioned in the "Edicts of Ashoka," the Emperor of India, as receiving Buddhist proselytism and that he was the beneficiary of herbal medicine for humans and animals. Such was the superstition and paganism of ancient Laodicea.✞

Laodicea is Reprimanded

arena in ancient PergamumThis Revelation letter reprimands Laodicea for being lukewarm in their faith though no particular faults are singled out. "The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation" says, "Because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth." Their material prosperity is contrasted with their spiritual poverty and their lack of faith. The violet tunics that were the source of their wealth are compared to the white pure robes of baptism.

"Laodicea Lukewarm Faith"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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