Laodicea: Sinning Saints or Sinning Sinners

This may be an odd question at first glance, but it is an important consideration. Is the Church at Laodicea a real church? Are there Christians therein? A Church, after all, is made up of believers…Christians. The letter from Jesus to the church is full of concern and criticism against their many sins. This church was self-sufficient, self-consumed, self-absorbed, and indifferent to God. So, is this a genuine church? Or, is this a non-church filled with unbelievers?

Several hints in the text suggest that the Church in Laodicea is a GENUINE CHURCH, even though they are wrought with sinfulness: Read more…

The Believer and Indwelling Sin 

“For we know that the Law is spiritual; but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. For that which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. But if I do the very thing I do not wish to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that it is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which indwells me” (Romans 7:14-17).
Believers have been freed from sin’s power, but not from its presence.
Romans 7:14-25 is perhaps the most autobiographical passage in all of Scripture. In this poignant account Paul describes in vivid, striking language his battle with indwelling sin. So powerful is that language that some believe it refers to Paul’s life before his conversion. But the apostle describes himself as one who seeks to obey God’s law and who hates evil (vv. 15, 19, 21), who is humble and broken over his sin (v. 18), and who acknowledges Jesus Christ as Lord and serves Him with his mind (v. 25). None of those things characterize an unbeliever. Read more…