This ERA of God’s Church has been warned that they will be “spewed out of God’s Mouth”;
Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
God Says that He is going to do that because they are Lukewarm in their attitudes and actions. He goes on to say that one of the reasons that they are lukewarm is because they see themselves as rich and increased with goods to a point where they have need of nothing.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
We feel blessed by God, don’t we? I mean He has given us knowledge that most of the world even the “Christian” world does not seem to know. He has called US to the most amazing calling that can be conceived of. We have a destiny to rule the Universe as sons of God for eternity. I mean we have an inside track with the Creator Himself! If you are not careful that kind of thinking can kind of go to your head so to speak.
You see that kind of thinking is prideful thinking. You begin to think because we have been given all of this, because God has seen fit to CHOOSE us, that we have it made. We have a lock on the Kingdom of God. And YET, here we have an entire ERA of God’s church that is standing on the edge of the Great Tribulation. God is about to spew us into this time of trouble such has never been before a time in which it is likely that only half of those who are “chosen” to go through it will make it to the Kingdom and eternal life.
When we begin to think that “we have need of nothing” then we have begun to take on pride.
We know that there was nothing special about us that God chose us to be a part of His Firstfruits and yet now that we are and we have all this knowledge of God’s Plan and all the blessings that come from being part of that plan we begin to see ourselves as being above the rest of the world. Because we have all this knowledge that God gave us and because He called and chose us to be a part of it that we have need of nothing else. We are “Home Free”. That’s an interesting idiom, here is the defintion:
Home Free – “Being certain to succeed”, Do you see how that would relate to having need of nothing? Do you begin to see how pride has crept into the church not so much because of anything we have done but just the fact that God has given us so much we are so increased with spiritual knowledge that it almost blows your mind. But it has caused us to become lukewarm in spirit.
Being prideful is something that put us in Opposition to God. Below is an excerpt from the article that goes into how pride works to put us in Opposition to God and what we can do about it:
Excerpt from The Article: Could We be in Opposition to God by Rick Railston Pacific Church of God
The main characteristic of the mind of man is pride, man’s pride in himself.
“I know what is best. I will do what I will do. Nobody is going to tell me what to do!” We won’t turn there. You know it by heart. You don’t have to go any farther than Revelation 3 and verse 17. “I have need of nothing.” Why? “Because I’m self-sufficient. I have all the answers. I know the direction. Nobody’s going to tell me—even God Almighty—nobody’s going to tell me what to do.” That is the mind of the children of wrath.
And pride, you see, is going to be the downfall of man. Let’s go to Proverbs 29 and verse 23. It continues to this day and it will result in the downfall of many. Proverbs 29 and verse 23, it says:
Proverbs 29:23. [Man’s] pride shall… (KJV)
Do what? Elevate him? Put him on high? No.
Proverbs 29:23. [Man’s] pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit. (KJV)
In the parking lot, the humble mind would say, “Tell me where to park and I’ll park. Tell me where to sit and I’ll sit. Tell me what to do, God, and that’s what I’ll do.”
But the prideful mind, ultimately if carried to the ultimate extreme, is going to be low in the sense of the Lake of Fire.
You see pride prevents us from seeking God and seeking God’s will. And if we allow pride to creep into our life, we are on thin ice, very dangerous ground because it will take us away from the Kingdom of God. Let’s go to Psalm chapter 10. I’ll read that out of the NIV. Pride prevents us from seeking God’s will. And we can think we seek God’s will, but because of our pride, we become blind and we go in a different direction. Psalm 10 verse 4 out of the NIV, it says:
Psalm 10:4. In his pride the wicked does not seek him [meaning God]; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. (NIV)
Now stop and think about that. It tells us that if we allow pride to come into our lives that means it will take control of our lives and we will not seek God. And pride then will dominate our thinking to the point there is no room for God in our mind because our mind is filled with ourselves and filled with our own selfish thoughts.
And I have seen it in the Church. I’ve seen it recently. I’ve seen it back in the days of Worldwide that in their pride some people think they’re seeking God, but they do their own will instead of God’s will thinking it’s God’s will. But behind it all is human pride justifying decisions and selectively reading the Bible, selectively applying the Bible. Then they justify a carnal decision or a carnal way of doing things that satisfies their own pride and not following God.
Let’s go to 1 John chapter 2. John says, “Boy, if we allow this pride to come into our lives, this pride that is an enemy of God that is hostile to the Laws of God that leads to us becoming the children of wrath, we’ve got to be careful!” 1 John 2 verse 15, this is where it starts.
I John 2:15. Love not the world, [and] neither the things that are in the world. (KJV)
Some people are after money. Some people are after prestige. Some people are after titles. Some people are after power and control. This is all from the world. This is the way the world works.
And it goes on. John says:
1 John 2:15b. If any man [loves] the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (KJV)
If we try to bring the world’s way into the Church, what we’re being told here is “That’s not of God and you don’t love God.” And I’ve seen it in the Church where people that may be converted, may be not converted bring the world’s way into the Church. The world’s viewpoints, the world’s administration, the world’s way of getting along, the world’s spirit of competition, the world’s spirit of strife—all come into the Church, brought into the Church from the world. And, yet, they think they’re doing God’s will! And we can be caught up in that if we’re not careful.
1 John 2:16. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, (KJV)
It applies to Adam and Eve. “This thing’s good for food. Oh, it’s going to taste so good!”
1 John 2:16b. …and the lust of the eyes, (KJV)
“Oh, it looks beautiful to eat!” But notice this; this is what we’re focusing on.
1 John 2:17. …and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but [it’s] of the world. (KJV)
Now, what is the pride of life? When I first came into the Church, I didn’t really understand that phrase—pride of life. I didn’t grasp it. And I think it only comes maybe as you get a little older and maybe as you mature a little bit, because when you’re young and feisty and full of vim and vinegar, you often don’t see that because you’re filled with the pride of life!
You know teenagers! They never think of getting sick. They never think of breaking bones. They go out and do crazy things. I did. You did. You know, “I’m going to live forever. I’m never going to hurt. I’m never going to ache. Have no pain. Never get in an automobile accident. Always have this boundless energy that I have right now.” And that’s a pride in me—pride in a human being—that life is always going to be this way. “I’ll never get tired. I’ll never get sick. I’ll never make a wrong decision. Everything’s going to be good. Whatever I decide to do, it’ll all work out.”
But then as we get older, we see that that isn’t the way life works. And most of us in God’s Church today, probably the average age is in the sixties. And for those of us in that age or even more, you realize that, yeah, you can hurt. You can hurt every day. It hurts to walk. It hurts to bend over. It hurts to lift the spoon up to your mouth sometimes. You know, life hurts!
And you learn that “I don’t have energy that’s boundless and I can just go out and work eight hours a day and then come home and work three or four hours at home and everything’s okay; I’ve still got energy.” You learn that your body fails you, whereas a teenager has this pride of life. So that’s good. That’s one of the lessons of getting old is that you learn that maybe you’re not as adept or have as much strength as you think you do when you’re a teenager.
I can remember when Dorothy and I owned our business. We went to—well, before that when I was in retail. We were one of the larger dealers of the largest car stereo manufacturer in the county. It was named Alpine at the time. And we were one of their star dealers. And so, they invited us to this convention in Scottsdale, Arizona. They rented a big resort and had dealers from all over the country.
And I can remember Dorothy and I were up standing in line to get checked in. And in front of us were a young woman and her husband. They were in their twenties, maybe late twenties. And she was demanding that they be assigned a room on what is called the “Concierge Floor.”
And this is the floor at the top, the very top. You have to have a different swipe card to get up to the floor. And when the door opens, there is a concierge right in front of you at a desk and they take care of you from morning till night. And they turn down your bed and they give you little chocolates. And if you want this, they’ll go get it. Or if you need that, they’ll go do this.
And she was demanding that they be put up there. And they’re just a husband and wife, a part of the dealership. And she was not going to be denied. And, finally, the manager came out, and, finally, reluctantly acceded to her wishes because she was making such a scene. And her husband was a little bit embarrassed, but she had to be on this top floor and she had to let everybody know she was on the top floor. And that is part of the pride of life.
Now, my old friend who was president of Alpine at the time—his name is Reese Haggott—he’s just totally unconverted. He’s just a neat guy, just a nice guy.
I was standing next to him and one of his assistants came up to him and said, “There’s this lady yesterday that made this demand and now they’re on the Concierge Floor. And she’s just driving them crazy about she wants this and she wants that and she’s got to have this service and that!”
And Reese listened to him for a while. He was an ex-cowboy and just a no nonsense kind of guy. He looked at him and says, “Get her out of her!”
He says, “You mean you want me to move her to another floor?”
He said, “No. I want her gone.” He says, “You tell her she is not welcome at this convention. You shut them down and get them out of this facility.” The guy kind of blanched and didn’t smile and went off and took care of business.
And you see what we just read—”The pride of men will bring you low”—well, that’s just a little example that this woman and her husband were embarrassed in front of everybody! They were sent home. It was like being sent home from the Feast. They were sent home. Only this was a carnal thing.
Again, the pride of life! And you learn what that pride of life is. We see it. Those with knowledge can become prideful. What is it? “Knowledge puffs up,” Paul tells us—become prideful.
When I was in graduate school—later I went into the Air Force and you rub elbows with fighter jocks. And they’re some of the cockiest guys in the world—fighter jocks—because they know they’re invincible. They’re young. They’re talented. They’re smart. They have this high performance jet strapped in under their seat and nobody can lick them. And they’re cocky as all get out.
But, I’m here to tell you, they can’t hold a candle to an academic or a scholar that thinks their mind is greater than anybody else’s mind. That, to me, is—they can’t hold a candle to people in academia—professors, scholars—because they know something you don’t know. And their mind is sharper than your mind. And they know more than you know.
And I’ve seen it firsthand in graduate school. And I’m telling you again that is the greatest pride I’ve ever seen in human beings. Greater than politicians, athletes, all of that! They have pride in their mind. And what mind is that? Hostility toward God! And, as you know, most of them believe in evolution. They don’t want to believe in God because of the pride of life. Because evolutionists say the human mind is the pinnacle of evolution. It is the greatest thing that has ever been. “And by the way, my mind is better than yours.” That is the pride of life.
And it can come into God’s people today. We see pseudo-scholars in the Church that they know more than anybody else. I get white papers all the time from people that have a new revelation from God. And you read it and it is the biggest hocus-pocus you’ve ever seen! And, yet, they are convinced that they have a lock on a certain area of God’s Truth and they believe that salvation hinges on whether you know the exact identity of the one hundred and forty-four thousand.
It has nothing to do with salvation. Yes, it’s nice to know, but would you rather understand the identity of the hundred and forty-four thousand, or as John pointed out in his sermonette, would you rather understand Christ? Which is more important? Well, I think we know what’s more important.
And, yet, it infects the children of God today—”I know something you don’t! Therefore, my mind is superior to your mind. My revelation from God is superior to yours. Therefore, I’m closer to God than you are! And we are more advanced in our understanding than you are.” Or, we have the modern day Pharisees that pile heaps of dos and don’ts because we are more righteous than you.
We have people now who don’t keep the Night to be Much Observed because that’s not righteous. That’s part of the world. And you go into that and it just boggles the mind. And you think, “Where on earth are people’s minds?” Well, we just read where people’s minds are today. It’s the mind that was in Adam and Eve. It’s the mind that’s hostile to God and not subject to the Law of God and can’t be.
Notice what God says about pride. We’re summing up the Third Point that pride is the main characteristic of the carnal mind. Let’s go to Proverbs 8 and verse 13. We’ll read it out of the NIV. Proverbs 8 and verse 13, we want to be very careful about allowing pride to come into our mind. Proverbs 8 and verse 13, a basic understanding:
Proverbs 8:13. To fear the [Eternal] is to hate evil; (NIV)
And then, as Proverbs often do, there is a flip of this. Proverbs 8 and verse 13, notice the last sentence.
Proverbs 8:13b. I hate pride and arrogance, (NKJ)
God says, “I absolutely hate it!” And I think if we’re all honest with ourselves, we have seen pride in God’s Church. We have seen arrogance in God’s Church, but more importantly we’ve seen pride and arrogance in ourselves! And, as we come to the Passover, we need to make sure that we rid our mind and our heart from pride and arrogance.
So brethren lets take careful note of what is being said and rid ourselves of this prideful attitude of thinking we have “need of nothing” let us get zealous about changing our lives to reflect Christ. To begin to live as He lived no matter how much we know it doesn’t matter at all if we do not use it. Begin to work worthy of your calling brethren. And pray that you will be accounted worthy to escape what is coming very soon now.