by | Dec 1, 2019 | Christianity Today | 9 comments


The winter of 1777–1778 was bitterly cold, and the success of American independence looked impossible.  Washington’s men were so poorly dressed that some of them froze to death. When he moved the troops, you could see trails of blood left in the snow from those who marched without shoes.

Contrary to the picture most people have of the Revolutionary War, Americans were split right down the middle about whether or not they should be fighting for their freedom from Britain. Many locals would not aid General Washington when he asked for their help, and he had to constantly beg the Continental Congress for money and supplies.

In one instance, some of Washington’s soldiers braved a blizzard and walked for miles to beg a farmer to sell them some of his crops, in order to prevent the army from starving. The farmer refused. He told them the British were willing to pay double what the American soldiers could offer.

I see no difference between those farmers and today’s lukewarm Christians.  I see no difference between today’s compromised preachers and those who would turn away freedom fighters in a snowstorm.

Lukewarm Christian singers and ‘influencers’ refuse to take stands against immorality and perversion because the world rewards them with accolades. “My, what a ‘woke’ Christian you are! You are so intelligent, tolerant, and inclusive.”

Lukewarm Christian, you have no idea the harm you are doing to America.

To be sure, the world rewards you for your silence and for your tacit acceptance of homosexuality. They will flatter you. BUT IT’S A TRAP.  How true were the words of Spurgeon when he said, “It is a very ill omen to hear a wicked world clap its hands and shout, “Well done” to the Christian man. He may begin to look to his character, and wonder whether he has not been doing wrong, when the unrighteous give him their approbation.” In plain words, Spurgeon is saying, “If the world likes you, there’s something wrong with you.”

Jesus said, “If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember that I told you, “A servant is not greater than his master.” If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you…” (John 15:19-20a)

If they hated Jesus, how will they not also hate you? And what on earth are you doing, thinking it is good to be liked by everyone?

It took guts, vision and foresight to oppose English tyranny. Many of the early colonists were simply willing to be dominated in exchange for the comforts of their oppressors.  In the same way, because the world rewards preachers with temporary success, they will abandon their brothers who are risking everything to expose the growing tide of evil in America.

Thomas Paine addressed the folly of those Americans who opened their homes to British soldiers in hopes of rewards after a British victory. He reminded them that those who easily surrendered their homes would be the most dominated if England won.

And what do you suppose you’ll gain, oh lukewarm Christian, by being a friend to leftists? Your reward will be to have the most controlled home in the neighborhood.

This is no time to be silent! It is a time to rage against the dying of the Light! Each day that you remain silent is one day closer to a hellish world for your children and grandchildren.

The Left has not held back a single item in their agenda to remake America. They mean it when they say that our freedoms must be removed in order for their brave new world to be born.

The pathetic heresy sweeping America known as the ‘Daddy-God’ myth that drives your lukewarmness is nowhere to be found in the Word of God. The sad truth is that the Laodicean rebuke is more fitting for America’s modern materialistic church:

14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.”

It all comes down to this: Jesus is trying to get back inside His church in America.  The next verse confirms it:   20 “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

America is not yet irretrievably lost, but it will not be won by the tepid crop of make-believers that shuttle in and out of our churches. The knock on the door is Jesus.  He wants to talk about your training, over dinner—your golden transformation from tepid faith to fire and glory. He means to make you into Satan’s worst nightmare.

Those shivering freedom fighters at Valley Forge had no idea that a miracle was coming in the Spring that would transform rag tag troops into immortals. Neither can you imagine the mighty army that the Holy Spirit is training, equipping, and empowering to transform America.  Will you join us?



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  1. Mark Stripling

    I am preaching this morning from Revelation 2, the compromised church of Pergamos. They were in a satanic, evil city, famous for its idolatry. Being in Christ could cost your life there. They held fast, and did not deny his name. Yet there was compromise. Some stumbled in the doctrine of Balaam and refused to condemn sexual immorality and homosexuality. (There were bath houses, just like today, where every kind of perversion was practiced.) Others held to the doctrines of the “Nicolaitans.” This doctrine said, “Loosen up a bit. Stop this focus on holy living. Stop being so critical and offensive. Stop calling others sinners. That’s hurtful. Just get to know them. Go to their theaters for entertainment. (A little nudity is ok, stop being such a prude.) Stop being critical of idol worshippers. Not everyone believes like you. Just try toleration of others, be more ‘inclusive.’ After all, how can you tell them about Christianity if you offend everyone and act so strict all the time. Loosen up, live a little, try to see things their way. Be a good citizen of our community.” Jesus opinion of a compromised church? “I hate compromise!!” (v. 15.) Repent, he said, or I will come to fight against them with the word of my mouth. Or be an overcomer, he said, and I will reward you and be for you and give you life. (v. 16-17) The parallels of then and today are striking!!

    • contender4him

      Good word, Mark, thank you!
      Compromise and tolerance is NOT ‘love’ … at least not when it comes to immorality and evil.

  2. Carolina

    Mario this article is so stirring and relevant, Thank You for sharing it today.
    A while back I came to an understanding regarding the lukewarm problem among those who proclaim their Faith in Jesus. I then released a message about it here it is…
    I hope this helps?

  3. Ron Reagan

    Thank you for your encouragement and guidance Mario. You are like John, crying in the wilderness. But, many of us hear your cry and that encourages us to be steadfast in our resolve. Stay strong Brother. Together, we will see the victory.

  4. Darlene W

    We are the devil’s worst nightmare but some have taken off their armor and tossed aside their weapons.We have allowed the enemy to infiltrate our churches and cause us to drift away from God’s plan.People need to wake up and discern the times we are living in.What happened to spiritual warfare?corporate pray?We are to be that new,sharp threshing instrument. Jesus crushed the enemy’s head.There isn’t a battle that hasn’t already been won for us if we will just fight when lead by the Holy Spirit.But we have to choose to stay on the offense against the enemy and fight.Not always easy,but when we step out in faith He always meets us and provides victory.I don’t want to get to eternity and see clearly all the victories provided along my path that I just didn’t participate in.We only have this time right here to make a difference. And He is worthy.

  5. lillian ruckman

    awsome and powerfull message, praying in agreement

  6. Margaret Wilmoth

    This is the best sermon on the church’s status since my friend David Wilkerson was one of the Holiest men I ever knew. I believe Mario you are the man to take up the charge of waking up a sleeping church. I have been fervently praying for the church to wake up as told in Isaiah 52.

    Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean Shall no longer come to you. Shake yourself from the dust, arise; Sit down, O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion! For thus says the LORD: “You have sold yourselves for nothing, And you shall be redeemed without money.” —————————- I believe God has this instruction for today’s church. Keep on Mario and let God use you to shed His light on the present day church in America.

    You are in my prayers.

    Much Love in Christ, Margaret Wilmoth Texas

    Sent from my iPad





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