Kevin DeYoung delivered a message at TGC’s 2019 Southwest Clarus Conference titled “Laodicea,” drawing from Revelation 3:14–22. Closing out a series on Jesus’s words to the seven churches, DeYoung addressed the spiritual apathy of the church in Laodicea as the worst of the seven. He pointed out that the most comfortable and prosperous church of the seven was, in Jesus’s estimation, the one who had gotten things the most wrong. The church was stale, stagnant, and smelly.

To those who said, “We are something,” Christ responded with a gracious warning: “You are far less than you think.” Many in the American church need to recognize that we share the same tendencies as Laodicea; therefore, we need to humbly listen for similar words from Christ to our own churches.