The Seventh-day Adventist church does feel the same way in that it applies the description of the Church of Loadicea to itself, what is commonly referred to as 'The Lukewarm Church'.
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. Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' - and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked - I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
Personally, I share your knowledge of past failings, missed opportunities, a lukewarm approach to my personal salvation, in that I am well described by those verses. I know that I too, need white garments to cover my nakedness - or white robes washed in the blood of the Lamb (Cf. Rev 7:14, Rev 22:14) - which is both justification and sanctification. Without this I am not ready for the return of Christ. Without this I am the seed that fell on the rocky soil, which sprang up but not finding root, withers and dies. I am the virgin who failed to carry spare oil (the Holy Spirit) in sufficient quantities to see me through the midnight cry and the approach of the bridegroom. When we see Jesus on the horizon is not the time to seek a deep and meaningful relationship with Him.
This belief still persists despite the now rapid growth of the SDA Church (now according to an article in the religious section of USA Today, the fastest growing North American church at 2.5% while other churches are in decline, and even the Mormons who prioritize numeric growth are at 1.4%) USA today, Adventist Record
Some reference material to the Laodicean message and Adventism The Laodicea Message and Adventist History, Ministry Magazine, Adventist Review.
As to meeting with others who feel the same way, there are many Adventist churches in the UK and if you arrive at 9:30am any Sabbath morning they will be studying this quarters lesson, entitled "Rest in Christ". Sabbath School, the major morning part of our service, is the open discussion part of the service where we study, talk and learn together. All are welcome.
I will include here the preface to this quarters lesson, because I believe it talks directly to our fears and our concerns as sin-sick, weary worn-out and struggling human beings.
This Sabbath (3rd June 2021) is the start of the new quarter and we will be doing Lesson 1, an ideal time to join in :-)
Rest for the Restless
The flight had been uneventful until the moment the captain announced from the flight deck that the plane would have to cross a major storm. “Please tighten your seat belts. We will be in for quite a ride,” the voice from the cockpit said in ending the announcement.
Soon after, the plane began to shake violently as it fought its way through the storm. Overhead bins opened; people sat tense in their seats. After a particularly violent shudder of the plane, someone shrieked in the back of the plane. Images of a wing breaking off and the plane careening to the earth flashed through a few minds. All passengers looked tense and fearful. All, except a little girl seated in the front row of economy. She was busy drawing a picture on the open tray table before her. Now and again she would look out the small window at a particularly impressive lightning strike, but then she would calmly resume her drawing.
After what seemed half an eternity, the plane finally landed at its destination. Passengers cheered and clapped, so grateful and relieved to be back on the ground. The little girl had packed her bag and was waiting for people to leave the plane when one of the travelers asked her if she hadn’t been afraid. How could she be that calm during such a major storm and with the plane shaking so much?
“I wasn’t scared,” the little girl said to the surprised man. “My dad is the pilot, and I knew he was taking me home.”
Restlessness and fear often go hand in hand. Living in a world that keeps most people busy 24/7 can result in restlessness and fear in our lives. Who doesn’t, at times, struggle with fear, with worry, with dread of what the future holds? The past is done, the present is now, but the future is full of questions, and in this unstable world the answers might not be what we want to hear. We wonder if we will be able to make a looming deadline, to cover the next rent or school payment, to make our struggling marriages survive another storm. We wonder if God can continue to love us, even though we “disappoint” Him again and again.
In this quarter, we will tackle some of those fears head on. Rest in Christ is not just a title for a study guide or a captivating logo of an evangelistic campaign or camp meeting. Resting in Christ is the key to the promise of the type of life that Jesus promises to His followers: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10, NKJV).
As the authors worked on this study guide, they suddenly realized the all-pervasiveness of the concept of rest in the texture of biblical theology. Rest connects to salvation, to grace, to creation, to the Sabbath, to our understanding of the state of the dead, to the soon coming of Jesus — and to so much more.
When Jesus invited us to come and find rest in Him (Matt. 11:28), He addressed not only His disciples or the early Christian church. He saw future generations of sin-sick, weary, worn-out, struggling human beings who needed access to the source of rest. As you study the weekly lessons during this quarter, remember to come, and rest in Him. After all, our heavenly Father is in control and is ready to bring us home safely. SSNet.org