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You are hurting the Church if you’re lukewarm, Pope Francis warns

Vatican City, Oct 27, 2014 / 10:14 am .- In his homily for Mass celebrated at the Santa Marta residence Monday Pope Francis warned against the harm of “lukewarm" Christianity, calling on faithful instead to be “children of light."

The Lord has strong words towards Christian who avoid overstating their Christianity, the Pope told the congregation on Oct. 27. Such Christians do great harm “because their Christian witness is a witness which ultimately disseminates confusion, disseminates a negative witness."

At the End Times, the Pope continued, the Lord will say to these “gray" Christians: “You are neither hot nor cold. If only you were hot or cold. But because you are lukewarm – therefore gray – I vomit you from my mouth’."

Contrasting lukewarm Christians with the “children of light" and the “children of darkness," the Holy Father described these “gray" Christians as going from one side to the other, making it difficult to determine whether they follow God or the devil.

“They are always lukewarm," he said. “They are neither luminous nor dark."

Pope Francis turned his reflection to the day’s first reading from Saint Paul, calling on Christians to be children of light, rather than children of darkness. In order to know which sort of children we are, the Pope said, we should consider whether the words we use fall into one of four categories: hypocritical, empty, frivolous, or obscene.

Such words, he said, are not used by “the children of light. They are not from the Holy Spirit. They are not from Jesus, they are not the words of the Gospel. . . this way of speaking, always speaking of filthy things, or frivolously, or empty, or speaking hypocritically."

Instead, the Holy Father said, citing Saint Paul, we are called to imitate God by walking in charity, goodness, and gentleness. “Therefore, be imitators of God and walk in charity. And this is the word of a child of light."

“There are luminous Christians, full of light," the Pope said, “who seek to serve the Lord with this light." He added that there are “dark" Christians “who lead a life of sin, a life far from the Lord."

Warning against being deceived by statements which are “beautiful, well said, but empty," Pope Francis challenged Christians to ask themselves: “Am I a Christian of light? Am I a Christian of darkness? Am I a Christian of gray?" In this way, he said, we can “take a step forward toward an encounter with the Lord."


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  2. Dottie Hashman Reply

    So true Papa Francis. We should all be Children of Light. Catholics should Let their Light Shine before them and walk in the footsteps of Christ and his teachings. There should be no Gray Catholics.

    1. Micheal Reply

      Dottie stop pointing fingers rather assess yourself. The message the Pope is passing is to all people,he is not selective in his statement. Remove the log in your eyes first then you can see the spike in catholics. God bless you.

  3. Blandina Yangilmau Reply

    I pray that we’ll stand up for our believe and proud to say the Apostle’s Creed and live the faith in light.

  4. Noel David Reply

    If this message of the Pope is directed towards ALL Christians (including the Clergy/religious men and women) then it is right and proper…. But if it is directed only towards the Laity and considers the Clergy/Religious to be all for God, then it is very, very unfair….. For there are many a religious priest and nun (I speak from vast experience of over 40 years) who by their harsh words and heartless/unjust deeds are only proving that they are serving the Devil rather than God…. who are finally going to be vomitted out as well…. We have become lukewarm Chrisians because the Servants who are supposed to be tending to the sheep have been tending to themselves like the “Unfaithful Servants” that the Lord mentions in his parable…..

  5. Alfred Pullicino Reply

    The Pope’s message is right and proper, clergy included. I suffered injustice from a relative priest, now dead, over inheritance,breaking promises in words and in deed by changing his will. Priests and laity supported me.! But that did not shake my faith in God or in His church. May he rest in peace assured of my forgiveness if needed.

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