Who We Are As People, Who We Are as Churches! Part 7

This is a church in great trouble. Perhaps, out of all the seven churches, this is the one that looks from the outside as if they have everything in place. This is, in my opinion, the prosperity Gospel church! They surely look good, but it is filled with hypocrisy.


7. The Laodicea Church

 

14 “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. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

21 To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 3:14-22)

 

This is a church in great trouble. Perhaps, out of all the seven churches, this is the one that looks from the outside as if they have everything in place. This is, in my opinion, the prosperity Gospel church! They surely look good, but it is filled with hypocrisy. This church represents many of the American Churches; especially Mega Churches.  Even as there are, like others, a few people who are walking in the light, the church as a group is dead.

This is a church that focuses on the size of the building and numbers. They have become experts in putting up a Sunday Show with great singers, great worship teams and a good, seemingly deep message. Nevertheless, it is all a show; there is no true presence of God and no anointing. They have become experts in manipulating people’s emotions. This is the kind of church that is run like a secular business corporation. Without noticing, they have placed their own name above the name of the Lord. Money is flowing, people continue to come and physical growth is happening, so they see themselves as rich and as enjoying great favor from the Lord, but the Bible tells us that they are in the vomit zone.

This church is in such bad condition spiritually that it causes the Lord to vomit. Have you ever seen anything so disgusting that it causes you to vomit? That, my friend, is the Laodicea Christian!

 

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

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