16 “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”
Jesus draws an implication of tepid Christianity.
because you are lukewarm
The word “lukewarm” means tepid. The tepid church at Laodicea did not furnish any refreshment to the Lord.
and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth
We get our English word “emit” from the Greek word for “vomit.” We also get the word “emetic” from this word. An emetic is a mixture of glob that doctors give a person when they swallow poison; it makes them vomit. A tepid church makes Jesus vomit. Jesus rejects passable Christianity. There is nothing mediocre about Jesus.
The implication in this statement by Jesus is that we care about what makes Jesus nauseous. He spits out this kind of spirituality; it makes Him throw up.
Complacent spirituality is repugnant to Jesus.
Jesus rejects tepid Christianity. A lukewarm church makes Jesus sick to His stomach. Jesus wants to get this kind of church out of His system. Complacent Christianity is utterly repugnant to Him.
A church with no enthusiasm, no passion, no compassion or urgency is no innocuous situation to Jesus. Many churches are thoroughly evangelical but have little passion for evangelism. Tepid Christianity that is neither more nor less nauseates the Lord Jesus.