Chan on Lukewarm Christians 2

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Lukewarm people give money to charity and to the church … as long as it doesn’t impinge of their standard of living. If they have a little extra and it is easy and safe to give, they do so. After all, God loves a cheerful giver, right?

1 Chron 21:14

But King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”

Luke 21:1-4

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

A real response to cannibalism

The cartoon on the left made yesterdays post. Today it reappears. I read the quote below from John Paton on Confluenceblog.com. (They have more about John Paton there). John Paton was speaking with a man who warned him against going and serving as a missionary.

Amongst many who sought to deter me, was one dear old Christian gentleman, whose crowning argument always was, “The Cannibals ! you will be eaten by Cannibals!”

At last I replied, “Mr. Dickson, you are advanced in years now, and your own prospect is soon to be laid in the grave, there to be eaten by worms; I confess to you, that if I can but live and die serving and honoring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by Cannibals or by worms; and in the Great Day my resurrection body will arise as fair as yours in the likeness of our risen Redeemer.”

John G Paton, Missionary to the New Hebrides. An Autobiography. P89-91

Chan on Lukewarm Christians 1

crazy love.jpgChapter 4 of Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love, is brilliant – yet scary. It is entitled Profile of the lukewarm.

Referring to the parable of the sower Chan repeatedly states, “don’t assume you are good soil”, and then describes lukewarm people as a challenge to rise into hot blooded passion for Jesus Christ.

Over the next few days I am going to share his list of what lukewarm people look like. I will post one a day until we reach the end. It is not an easy read but in the book Chan tells us that the Bible says to test ourselves so it is a good thing. Make sure you take time, read the posts thoughtfully and prayerfully, be careful not to miss the challenge and call of the Holy Spirit.

Lukewarm people attend church fairly regularly. It is what is expected of them, what they believe “good Christians” do, so they go.


Isaiah 29:13 (NIV), “The Lord says:

“These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
is based on merely human rules they have been taught.

What are you watching?

The video below poses some questions about what is fitting for a Christian to be entertained by. Whilst the position the video takes might be seen by some to be a little extreme it does pose questions about what we watch and whether it is glorifying or honouring to God. I listened to Jack Hayford recently and he talked about his youth when his mother would ask him a question ‘as if Jesus was here’. Maybe it isn’t a bad question to ask before we watch, listen or talk of things. It might lose us a few friends but will it gain us a better reward in the Kingdom of God?

Matthew 6:22

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”

Chan on Lukewarm Christians 1

crazy love.jpgChapter 4 of Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love, is brilliant – yet scary. It is entitled Profile of the lukewarm.

Referring to the parable of the sower Chan repeatedly states, “don’t assume you are good soil”, and then describes lukewarm people as a challenge to rise into hot blooded passion for Jesus Christ.

Over the next few days I am going to share his list of what lukewarm people look like. I will post one a day until we reach the end. It is not an easy read but in the book Chan tells us that the Bible says to test ourselves so it a good thing. Make sure you take time, read the posts thoughtfully and prayerfully, be careful not to miss the challenge and call of the Holy Spirit.

Lukewarm people attend church fairly regularly. It is what is expected of them, what they believe “good Christians” do, so they go.


Isaiah 29:13 (NIV), “The Lord says:

“These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
is based on merely human rules they have been taught.

Lukewarm?

In his book, Crazy Love, Francis Chan starts chapter 4 with this quote,

“It is not scientific doubt, not atheism, not pantheism, not agnosticism, that in our day and in this land is likely to quench the light of the gospel. It is a proud, sensuous, selfish, luxurious, church-going, hollow hearted prosperity”

Frederick D Huntingdon

There is no need to worry, after all Huntingdon was obviously referring to American Christians, wasn’t he?