Are You A Lukewarm Christian?

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According to Francis Chan these are the 17 signs of a lukewarm Christian. OUCH!

1. Lukewarm people attend church fairly regularly. It is what is expected of them, what they believe “good Christians” do, so they go. Isaiah 29:13

2. Lukewarm people give money to charity and to the church as long as it doesn’t impinge on their standard of living. If they have a little extra and it is easy and safe to give, they do so, After all, God loves a cheerful giver, right? 1 Chronicles 21:24, Luke 21:1-4

3. Lukewarm people tend to choose what is popular over what is right when they are in conflict. They desire to fit in both at church and outside of church; they care more about what people think of their actions (like church attendance and giving) than what God thinks of their hearts and lives. Luke 6:26, Revelation 3:1, Matthew 23:5-7 4.

4: Lukewarm people don’t really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin. They don’t genuinely hate sin and aren’t truly sorry for it; they’re merely sorry because God is going to punish them. Lukewarm people don’t really believe that this new life Jesus offers is better than the old sinful one. John 10:10, Romans 6:1-2.

5. Lukewarm people are moved by stories of people who do radical things for Christ, yet they do not act. They assume such action is for “extreme” Christians, not average ones. Lukewarm people call “radical” what Jesus expected of all His followers. James 1:22, James 4:17, Matthew 21:28-31

6. Lukewarm people rarely share their faith with their neighbors, coworkers, or friends. They do not want to be rejected, nor do they want to make people uncomfortable by talking about private issues like religion. Matthew 10:32-33

7. Lukewarm people gauge their morality or “goodness” by comparing themselves to the secular world. They feel satisfied that while they aren’t as hard-core for Jesus as so-and-so, they are nowhere as horrible as the guy down the street. Luke 18:11-12

8. Lukewarm people say they love Jesus, and He is, indeed, a part of their lives, their money, and their thoughts, but he isn’t allowed to control their lives. Luke 9:57-62

9. Lukewarm people love God, but they do not love Him all their heart, soul, and strength. They would be quick to assure you they try to love God that much, but that sort of total devotion isn’t really possible for the average person; its only for pastors and missionaries and radicals. Matthew 22:37-38

10. Lukewarm people love others but do not seek to love others as much as they love themselves. Their love for others is typically focused on those who love them in return, like family, friends, and other people they know and connect with. There is a little love left over for those who cannot love them back, much less for those who intentionally slight them, who kids are better athletes than theirs, or with whom conversations are awkward or uncomfortable. Their love is highly conditional and very selective, and generally comes with strings attached. Matthew 5:43-47, Luke 14:12-14

11. Lukewarm people will serve God and others, but there are limits to how far they will go or how much time, money, and energy they are willing to give. Luke 18:21-25

12. Lukewarm people think about life on earth much more often than eternity in heaven. Daily life is mostly focused on today’s to-do list, this week’s schedule, and next month’s vacation. Rarely, if ever do they intently consider the life to come. Philippians 3:18-20

13. Lukewarm people are thankful for their luxuries and comforts, and rarely consider trying to give as much as possible to the poor. Matthew 25:34, 40, Isaiah 58:6-7

14. Lukewarm people do whatever is necessary to keep themselves from feeling too guilty. They want to do the bare minimum, to be “good enough” without requiring too much of them. 1 Chronicles 29:14, Matthew 13:44-46

15. Lukewarm people are continually concerned with playing it safe; they are slaves to the god of control. This focus on safe living keeps them sacrificing and risking for God. Matthew 10:28

16. Lukewarm people feel secure because they attend church, made a profession of faith at age twelve, were baptized, come from a Christian family, vote Republican, or live in America.

17. Luke warm people do not live by faith; their lives are structured so they never have to. They don’t have to trust God if something unexpected happens-they have their savings account. They don’t need God to help them—they have their retirement plan in place. They don’t genuinely seek out what life God would have them live—they have life figured and mapped out. They don’t depend on God on a daily basis-their refrigerators are full and, for the most part, they are in good health. The truth is, their lives wouldn’t look much different if they suddenly stopped believing in God. Luke 12:16-21

18. Lukewarm people probably drink and swear less than average, but besides that, they really aren’t very different from your typical unbeliever. They equate their partially sanitized lives with holiness, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Matthew 23:25-28, Luke 14:34-35

HT: Micah Fries


  1. Jonathan Hoover

    I see and understand what you are conveying. I say becareful to not say you should do these things to be “righteous” Becareful becuase it is finger pointing like this that is doing more harm than good for the church as a whole.
    But good post good verses, and thoughts.

  2. Joel Spencer

    Good stuff. May we throw off everything that hinders and abandon much that we deem as worthwhile that is, in fact, worthless to God.

  3. Paul Garrido

    It is just as easy to point out the “they”…I believe that Chan was merely sharing a statistic. Instead of using numbers he used SCRIPTURAL facts. It doesn’t take much to see that these trends are taking over in the church. I am sure if you spoke to Chan he would admit to being just as guilty in some manners as the next guy. People that point out the “they” in thoughts like this are usually only trying to make a self righeous point in order to cover up the blame on their face. God Bless bro…but please…Know that pastors don’t preach from God unless it is done with Conviction!

  4. richy h

    i’m a believer and i know to love god with all your heart mind soul and strength is the most awesome thing we could do. what else is ther ? what more could we want out of life than to love and serve our god who gave his only son to take our place in punishment for our sins?i glorify and praise the name of jesus, the name above all names in heaven and on earth.he is the air that i breathe the one i love the most the best thing thats ever happaned to me! i just couldn’t see myself not doing what he asks of us.

      1. Albertine

        Thank you for correcting that… It is very important to capitalize God and Jesus names when we are talking about our Heavenly Father. And I do agree very good comment…

  5. seriously92

    The challenge is to live with passion and somehow still handle our earthly responsibilities.

    Anyone who says “woah, buddy, be careful what you say and how you say it” should probably read this post again, and own up to the fact that you feel convicted. Deal.

  6. leschar

    If God’s Word offends you, you probably need to repent of your pride. I think we struggle with being lukewarm everyday to varying degrees. The goal is to be discontent with remaining in that state and repent! Why do you think He’s knocking on the door? (Rev. 3:20) I think God is knocking on the door of many churches in America wanting to be let in!

    1. Stephen Sponsler

      A sinful man was at a street corner crying…another man was then there named Jesus and He came to him and asked, why do you weep? He said, ‘they will not let me in to the church because I am a sinful man”..Jesus said, “do not weep or be afraid, they won’t let me in either”

  7. doc49+1

    Hit me square between the eyes….and then everywhere else….knee time

  8. caca

    The question is Are you a lukewarm Christian? I think in my part no….yet I’m guilty of some of these…but i think it’s part of being a Christian…it’s the learning experience…it’s the human experience…it’s the experience of the body…once the spirit is out of this body then it can join God…but until then I’m learning…learning to have a spiritual experience with God…and feeling that peace that only God can bring…and wanting that peace forever in eternity with Him…until then I will fall and I will be guilty of some of these but it’s okay because He loves me and I will learn from my mistakes…and everyday is a step closer to Him…:)

    1. GodIsLife

      Amen. I’ve did some bad stuff/went through some difficult things in the past. But I’ve learned From them. I think the Bible says something like -Sometimes We Gotta Go Through Hard Times To Learn

      1. Ekskip

        I am a Christian and I am desperately struggling with not being lukewarm. I know I don’t want to, by sometimes it feels like the only real reason why is so I won’t go down instead of up when I die. I see all of these comments and it seems like everyone else, every other Christian I come into contact with is on fire for God and then I look at myself and my actions. I keep trying to change them, but it seems like I can’t. I’m probably making a bigger deal out of this than I should but I’m just so lost right now. Please pray for me.

        1. Jesus is Unstoppable

          I have also read the comments and to be honest you are in a much better place than most of these people since you are humble and they are defying. You need to cry out to God yourself and ask Him to set you free. If you want to stop sinning you can, don’t believe the lies that you cant. Jesus told people to repent of sins or perish, he even told people to go and sin no more. God commands you to repent. God CAN and WILL set you free from the bondage of sin IF you want to be. If you dont want to be then ask God to change your mind about that as well. You have not because you ask not.

        2. Juwan

          God put people in your life that are on fire for God to inspire you because that’s what he wants to do for you ! Pray that you will start fearing God and stop fearing man so he can use you for his purposes … That’s the reason why we were created to be used in his glory !! I’ll pray for you just remember you can’t change without Christ pray for his aid let him know you are weak he is made strong in our weakness

        3. Andrew Brady Johnson

          Don’t focus on not being lukewarm anymore. Put all of your focus and attention on Jesus. Once you do that, everything else will come along.

  9. Frank

    I agree with caca. Alot of us are just kids. Still in pre-school.
    For what i believe, the most dangerous ones are those who knows in their hearts and minds and know how to do it plus has faith but Dont do it. I believe people even this kind will even get convicted by the holy ghost, so we really cannot escape. That is why there is a helper.
    Other indanger-people are those who follow friends to be a church goers, and out of the church, everything is forgotten.
    Some of my old friends i used to see are like this, one day when im up and running, I may be able to pick them out but who knows, we have the holy spirit and we’ll see what his instruction…

    God himself does comes to our lives to teach us or through revelations.

    All i can say is Im learning and willing to learn.

    Best of all is to pray.

  10. konnie

    Great article! I’d been wanting to find a concise summary of Chan’s remarks for quite awhile. I have one small correction to make in the 15th statement, if possible. I believe the word “from” should be added before the word “sacrificing.”

  11. junkman11

    some of those passage numbers seem off. I know they aren’t the exact wording, but as far as I can tell number 18 seem really off. What version were these from?

  12. tailo_se

    i see where he’s coming from …. that was a very good book …it really had me look and evaluate myself again 🙂

    thanks for the post chris

  13. Cherish

    Good Post at least Food for thought and food for the soul. Makes us think and examine any ways. Like it.

  14. Jenny

    I understand this article. I use to live my life just the way you explained, as a lukewarm christian, but then, the I was given the holy spirit and it all changed. A person cannot be saved until God has given them grace b/c we are saved by grace through faith. And, in order to get that grace, we must humble ourselves so that we can receive His grace and mercy and be born again of spirit, to be renewed in our hearts and minds. It is a gift of God, so no man can boast that he is trying very hard to live a holy life. Therefore, a person who has to work at being a christian is no christian at all…only a person who has received the gift of the holy spirit by grace through faith can live a holy life and have the renewal of mind and heart which leads them to be a slave to Christ without hard work. B/c no longer are we leading our own life, but Christ is and nothing is impossible for Him.

    1. Ketnia

      Wait, may you please clarify what you mean by they have to work at being a Christian?

      1. Stephen Sponsler

        She already did, they are no Christian at all. Being a Christian is one who is in Christ as he is in Thee; if one things they have to work at being a Christian, they are still lost.

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  17. Jason

    Be on Fire for the lord. Too many churches are lukewarm. Many churches and pastors are lukewarm also. Find a good bible based church that don’t bend on biblical issues. And worship lord with all your heart and help your fellow man too the best of your abilities. We must let our flesh die and let our spiritman grow for gods glory. And pray until something happens. God be with you brothers.

  18. Jason

    “Lukewarm people call “radical” what Jesus expected of all His followers”

    I like this comment you had made above..

    And this has been my experience, true followers of Christ are considered to be nut cases, considered to be men that had fallen off the deep end, extremists, way to obsessive over Christ, and people just dont seem to understand why.. “if it dont involve Christ.. i have no interest!”..

    in fact.. most all things of this life.. now feel to me.. like an unneeded “risk to my salvation”.. “a distraction to my calling in Christ”.. and “a danger to my soul”.. so why should i involve myself with anything other then Christ??

    after all.. its the straight and narrow road right??

    But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. Matthew 7:14

    Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail. Luke 13:24

    “I consider everything else worthless because I’m much better off knowing
    Christ Jesus my Lord. It’s because of him that I think of everything as
    worthless. I threw it all away in order to gain Christ”

    Philippians 3:8

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  24. Amber Lavender

    Guilty…..and guilty of saying tomorrow I*ll……acting as if I am doing God a favor.Knowing the word through knowledge yet not applying the Word daily. Yes this is a good article. We must examine ourselves!

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  27. Florence Ukpabi

    I think we all have the capacity to be lukewarm at times and this truth should be enough to keep us looking intently at ourselves and areas of improvement. Also to understand that any true and lasting change flows out from the Grace of God. I am so grateful for His mercy that sees the end, the finished product and sends forth His Spirit to do the recreating and refining work to get us to where we need to be.

    Thanks for this very thoughtful post.


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  30. Sheila Miller

    I read this and sadly, I recognize myself as being a “luke-warm Christian.” I am working to be stronger in my faith and in my responses. Such a great article to motivate me to move past luke-warm!

    1. GodIsLife

      My Advice To You Would Be To Pray. I Had A Quick Temper Problems And Other Things, But I Prayed and I’ve Been Seeing A Change In My Temper, I Don’t Reply To Every Little Thing Instead I Say “Ok.” Prayer Really Does Work.

  31. Kay

    Didn’t read it all.
    Only got to the third point, felt like it was too judgmental idk..

  32. Stephen Sponsler

    Say it like it is, luke warm Christians are not in Love with God through and in the Person of His Son. If they’ve received the Son they rarely show it and likely don’t even know it. The bigger might be that they are luke warm because they haven’t been broken or smashed ; when you’re life has been saved, you’ll know it, and when you know it, you’ll love him, until then there is no real reason to other than a mental assent, but starts are better than nothing…many might become strong in faith at an older age, but in the meantime there are others that are suffering because of luke warm Christians defaming his Good Name.!

  33. Stephen Sponsler

    The better question might be, if one is lukewarm are they a ‘Christian’ at all? Afterall, Christ said, I know you, you are lukewarm,,I wish you were either hot or cold…but I will spit you out”. Does Christ spit out Christians? No..he can’t spit out himself. There is no such thing as a lukewarm Christian..but there are luck warm believers with no conviction, likely because they haven’t been broken yet.

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  35. Dan

    If you’re a luke warm christian what are you supposed to do?
    Work harder at not being lukewarm?
    Pray for God’s grace.. then what?
    How do I generate a genuine love for God? Recognizing your lukewarmness, you can’t just go and manufacture love. Is love a feeling? How can you get a feeling of love for God? I can’t force myself to love the girl down the street.

    1. Jesus is Unstoppable

      awesome points Dan. Very honest and humble of you to admit. You will probably hate to hear this but I will say it anyway … This is exactly where I was. If you really want God to change you, make you love Him, make you care, then you will need to ask Him to do it and be sincere. It sounds stupid on its face perhaps but I did this and still do it all the time. I ask God to help my overcome my apathy regarding not loving my neighbor as I should and not loving God as I should. I ask God to put in me the desires He wants me to have and take away the desires I know are wicked. Go after God like a fat kid goes after the last piece of birthday cake.


    I love Fransis Chan, but I would add—Lukewarm Christian participate in secular/pagan holidays adopted by the ungodly Catholic Church. Do your research on the origins of the holidays and you won’t be able to deny that you shouldn’t be taking part. Jer. 10 We are not suppose to worship God like pagans by learning their ways. It’s wrong, and more obviously so than some things that are mentioned. Easily gotten rid of too. Just think how much money you could give the poor by not wasting it on materialistic, fruitless, pagan traditions.

  37. Margo

    Believing in Jesus Christ as Savior.. trusting only in He and His finished work on Calvarys Cross ALONE. In lieu of “trusting in Him” + our own performance in life.. to be saved and/or remain saved. Those are who will have the “Lord Lord” conversation. Trusting in their own best works of ‘righteousness’.. which, are filthy as rags.

    Christ saves the believer.. making the believer born-again (saved).. righteous (thru imputation).. justified.. regenerated.. records name in the Lambs Book of Life.. makes the believer a member of the family of God.. gives part in His inheritance… gives the believer the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.. and SEALS the believer until the DAY OF REDEMPTION. Cannot ever be lost again.

    Self-righteous hypocrites who enjoy thinking they is in great standing w God because of what they do.. how they perform in life.. how “holy” they think they are. Constantly thinking about the sins they commit throughout the day only to “repent of their sins” daily… which, is NOT Biblical but, from the pit of Hell. Constantly keeping count of ones sins is “walking in the flesh”…. in lieu of knowing who one is in Christ and basking in ones Salvation.. which is ‘walking in the Spirit.’

    Biblical repentance is ‘having a change of mind’.. about God, ourselves and sin. When we hear the Word (Faith comes by hearing.. and hearing by the Word of God).. we believe and turn toward Christ for Salvation and forgiveness of ALL sins (past, present & future sins… all sins). We have repented.

    Repentance for the believer is also to restore lost fellowship w God. Think : Prodigal Son.
    He was always his fathers son.. nothing could ever change that fact. He went off and had severed fellowship w his father. Then, after having squandered his inheritance.. he repented (changed his mind) and went back home and was greeted w open arms. Restoring fellowship w his father.

    Same thing w God. Once we were made children of God, nothing can change that. No human being can unseal what the Holy Spirit has sealed.

    The ‘Lord Lord’ crowd Jesus says Hes never known them. Meaning they were never saved.. just trusted in all their works but, never trusted in Christ alone.

    A 12 y/o who makes a profession of faith in Jesus Christ is every bit saved and those who preach the Word… in fact, more so in many cases.. especially nowadays. Because many who preach the Gospel aren’t preaching the true Gospel… but, a self-righteous heretical “Works” and “Lordship” salvation. They hate ‘free Grace’ theology and they remain enemies of God.

    Contextual read and study of the Word of God is PARAMOUNT in having proper knowledge and understanding of the Gods Word. W/o those elements, people are led astray. Too many preachers teaching a false-gospel.

    We cannot simply look at others and know if or not they are saved. Many lost individuals may like clean, moral and upstanding lives.. yet, they reject Christ. While many may not live that sort of life.. yet, are still saved nonetheless. Christ does the saving…. ALL of it. The believer believes on Christ alone to be saved. Salvation is not about doing but, believing.

    We SHOULD do lots of things as Christians.. but, many don’t. Does not make them any less saved.

    Hope this helps. God Bless.

      1. divadmada

        Saintification, make sure you understand what it’s meaning by works. Read Hebrews 11 where it talks of actions of faith. Just because you feed the poor doesn’t make you a true believer (1 Corinthians 13). Remember, God judges the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). It’s true, if you truly love the Lord, you will do good in His name. It doesn’t however work in reverse. Doing works doesn’t mean you truly follow Him.

  38. Evelyn Pacheco

    I’m a little confused here because I don’t know if I’m a lukewarm Christian or a true Christian. I love God and have faith in Him, I’m also starting to read the bible more and Im learning more about God, but I realised I’m not really sharing the Gospel with other people but that’s because I’m only 12 and where I live is very isolated. So does this make me a lukewarm Christian?

    Also my brother is a lukewarm Christian. He says he is a Christian but he has most of the signs of a lukewarm Christian. I’m not trying to judge him or anything, its just that I want to know how can I help him become a true Christian without him getting offended.

    1. Luke Marsden

      Evelyn; keep learning and be an example. That’s the best I have been able to do so far. Believe in Christ and ask God what he would have you do.

    2. Christopher

      Hi Evelyn,
      I would you suggest that you delve more into things such as trying to better yourself and becoming more like Jesus. Prepare yourself with scriptures that you feel may help others who need it, such as your brother. You never know when God might give you a chance to reach out to your brother, so always be prepared. I had times where I felt I was useless and was not doing anything. The lack of use built up a want in me to do more for God, so I really strived to get to know God better in various way. There may be times you stray from God, but He is always waiting for you to come back, and will run to greet you. Learning to open your eyes more to how God wants you to view the world and leaning more on Him throughout everyday life will also help. You will realize things that are taking up all of your attention and time don’t matter as much. If your really wanting to go all in, consider giving up things that are large distraction in your life. Reflect and ask to question, “Is this what God wants me to do?” Don’t think of this life as all there is, and dont get dragged down by the cares of this world. You are supposed be different than others who live for this world, and realize that this world is not as important as everyone makes it out to be. Try to think of God with everything you do, not just on Sunday or whenever. Just because you can’t do a whole lot for the kingdom right now doesn’t mean you are a Lukewarm, but its always good to attempt to strengthen your relationship with God. Even the strongest Christians strive to become closer to God. Also, use your own gifts God has given you to bring others to Him. These things may take a while to unfold, but God has not forgotten you. I hope this helps, this is what helped me, and I’m only a couple of years older than you.

      God bless you! 🙂

  39. Levaughn Flanders

    It’s not just you Ekskip. We all at times become sluggish in our walk with God. This is why the word of God says we can be filled over and over again with the Holy Spirit. Just ask God to refill you with the Holy Spirit and refresh you in his love.

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