Contrariwise, certain Laodiceans
, and lukewarm persons, think they may accommodate points of religion, by middle way, and taking part of both, and witty reconcilements; as if they would make an arbitrament between God and man.
His conclusions explore pseudo-historical letters, Paul as cultural hero, the relationship of Laodiceans
to other Pauline letters, and the social currents of the second century.
Those who attempt such mediation are not humanists but Laodiceans
Lukewarm" is about John's admonishment of the Laodiceans
for being neither hot nor cold in their faith (something cold being refreshing and something hot being medicinal): "This is not the time to turn away, / to hesitate, or make the easy choice, / or be indifferent.
PERSEVERE in good works, look for that which is promised in the day of judgment," St Paul told the Laodiceans
in his epistle.
And when this letter has been read among you," says Colossians 4:16, "have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans
lining up on one side and the various White Citizens' Councils (with their own verses from Scripture at the ready) lining up on the other, as those ever-present lukewarm Laodiceans
lingered in the middle, just wishing it would all go away.
By resisting the metanarrative temptation to tell a story about religion and science, Shank has drawn us into the world that Jarrell relished, a world filled with the poetry of "people working, thinking about things, falling in love, taking naps" and, one should add, worrying about their horoscopes (Randall Jarrell, "To the Laodiceans
," in No Other Book, 40).
Behold, I stand at the door and knock," God tells the Laodiceans
Around 361, he was appointed Bishop of the Nicene Laodiceans
, remaining thus until his death, famous as teacher and writer, numbering among his pupils Jerome who (On Illustrious Men 104) mentions his "innumerable volumes on the holy scriptures.
But Revelations 3 also suggested that God dismissed those like the Laodiceans
who refused self-assertion through sloth or fear.
As the Christians of Philadelphia and Sardis were steeled in their faith by persecution, it seems that the Laodiceans
were lulled into spiritual lethargy by the comfort of their lives.