Look at Revelation passage in context for clues

2014-01-17T00:00:00Z Look at Revelation passage in context for clues nwitimes.com
January 17, 2014 12:00 am

A recent letter warned of the consequences of being “lukewarm” defining marriage, taking the phrase “lukewarm” from Revelation 3:15-17.

The passage in Revelation has nothing to do with legislating morality. It has to do with the purpose and vitality of the church.

The letter was written to the church in Laodicea which is between Hierapolis, a therapeutic hot springs town, and Colossae, known for its invigorating cold water springs. Laodicea was neither hot nor cold but lukewarm. It is neither a source of healing nor a source of energizing refreshment.

The last phrase of the Revelation passage is really significant. “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.”

John’s letter to Laodicea could be readily forwarded to the church of America, which has become a politically attuned organization rather than a Christ-like organization to heal and refresh.

— Jack Given, Burns Harbor

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Latest Local Offers

Featured Businesses

Submit a Letter to Editor

We welcome letters from readers on any issue of public interest, and make every effort to publish as many as we can and in a timely manner. The Times will publish only one letter a month from a writer, and be sure to include your name, address and a telephone number for verification. Letters should be 150 words or less. They will be edited.

Letters may be submitted:
  • Via our submission form.
  • Via e-mail.
  • Via fax: (219) 933-3249 or (219) 465-7298
  • Via mail or by hand to our offices:
    • 601 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321
    • 2080 N. Main St., Crown Point, IN 46307
    • 1111 Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso, IN 46383
    • 3410 Delta Dr., Portage, IN 46368
    • Please mark envelopes with "Attn: Letters"

Questions?

Email Editorial Page Editor Doug Ross or call (219) 548-4360 or (219) 933-3357

Poll

Loading…

Should Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood receive national park status?

View Results