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									The Church of Apathy
The Church of Apathy
   If you are not comfortable with atheism or agnosticism,
but you don’t want to make any real religious commitment,
you may find your place in the Church of Apathy. You
would be called an Apathist. The founders of this church
thought about it for several years before actually doing
anything. They looked for a location but decided it was too
much trouble, so embraced the concept of not meeting at
all. Their next step was to find a preacher, but nobody really
wanted to look for one. Besides, they were having trouble
finding somebody who cared about not caring. Finally, they
decided to adopt a creed: Who knows? Who cares? We
certainly don’t; were Apathists!
  Definition: Apathy
• Greek (apatheia)
  – Without feeling
• English: Pathos, meaning
  “strong passion”
• The prefix “a” identifies an absence or
  lack
• So, apathy means without feeling; no
  passion; without fervent spirit
• Well expressed by, “Who cares?”
The Church of Apathy
 • Apathy makes the
   Lord sick!
   – Revelation 3:14-16
Revelation 3:14-16
   And unto the angel of the church of the
Laodiceans write; These things saith the
Amen, the faithful and true witness, the
beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know
thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I
would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then
because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold
nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.
The Church of Apathy
 • Apathy makes the
   Lord sick!
   – Revelation 3:14-16
 • Unbelief is the basis of apathy
   – Hebrews 3:12; 1 Corinthians 15:58
Hebrews 3:12
    Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any
of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing
from the living God.


     The true believers are
     the ones who are
     passionate and
     motivated to action!
1 Corinthians 15:58
   Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye
steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in
the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know
that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
The Church of Apathy
 • Apathy makes the
   Lord sick!
    – Revelation 3:14-16
 • Unbelief is the basis of apathy
    – Hebrews 3:12; 1 Corinthians 15:58
 • Ingratitude is the fuel of apathy
    – Romans 1:21
Romans 1:21
   Because that, when they knew God, they
glorified him not as God, neither were
thankful; but became vain in their
imaginations, and their foolish heart was
darkened.
   Three
Essentials to
Overcoming
   Apathy

    Faith, Hope & Love
     (cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:8)
1 Thessalonians 5:8
   But let us, who are of the day, be sober,
putting on the breastplate of faith and love;
and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.

Satan is smart. He doesn’t boldly
invite people into the slime pit of sin!
… He just lulls them into indifference.
If we let him, little by little, he will
encroach upon our faithfulness.

								
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