“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;” Revelation 3:14.
It is assumed, without any Scriptural evidence, that there are seven periods of church history in Revelation chapters 2 & 3. The conclusion is that we are in that, so called, Laodicean period. Bullinger believed and taught that these seven periods were Israel’s history in the Old Testament. Now, what?
I have no doubt that there are local churches that fit some of the charges laid against the Laodiceans. However, one can find churches around the world that will fit all seven of them at this present time.
Many pastors have given up and have taken the attitude that we are in a period where people will not be saved. Therefore, they are simply holding the fort and counting the days to the rapture. Some have gone so far as to suggest that if your church is growing, you can’t be honoring God because people are not interested in the gospel in this “period.”
This attitude is one of the most diabolical ploys of Satan I have ever seen. If he can convince you that people will not be saved, you are defeated before you get started.
Pastor, don’t buy that lie. You can reach sinners for Christ if you will believe and do the right things to reach them. The power is in the gospel, and the work of the Holy Spirit. Do your job, and believe God wants you to reach the lost. It can be done; it is being done, and you can do it.
Of course there are Laodicean churches, but yours doesn’t have to be one to reach the lost or grow numerically. This is just a convenient excuse for many. Laodicean churches: yes. Laodicean period: no.
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Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.