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Out of Context:
“Because you’re lukewarm…”

“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot.
I could wish you were cold or hot.
So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,
I will vomit you out of my mouth.”

—Jesus,

I was first introduced to the idea of out-of-context scriptures in high school, by my youth pastor. He quoted this statement of Jesus’s from Revelation, and talked about how it was usually interpreted by his fellow youth pastors. Usually wrong.

See, the youth pastor’s job is to minister to teenagers. In good churches, they minister, and share Jesus with, all the teens in the community. In not-so-good churches (i.e. where I used to go), they’re expected to make sure the members’ kids behave themselves and stay Christian. And one of the warning signs of a kid who had no plans to stay Christian, was a “lukewarm” kid.

Hence they preached this Revelation verse at all the lukewarm kids: If you’re neither hot nor cold, you make Jesus sick.