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1 Corinthians 5:1-13
What is the primary purpose of hospitals? Put simply: to help sick people get better. Therefore, the most important measure of a hospital is not its beauty, the friendliness of the staff, or its sophisticated equipment. The measure of a hospital is its ability to make hurting people better. If a hospital doesn't do that, everything else is a waste of time. I don't know anyone who goes to a hospital for fun and games or to admire the architecture. Everyone I know who goes to a hospital has only one question: "Can you fix what's wrong?"
Likewise, the church is God's spiritual hospital. It is called to open its doors to people who are sick with sin, addictions, burdens, and hurts. They are welcome to come into the church because it is God's hospital. That means the pastors and other spiritual leaders God has appointed are physicians of the soul, under the direction of the Great Physician. If a physician diagnoses disease in your body, if the tests show that you are suffering from a malignant tumor, don't get mad at the physician if he has to operate. That is what physicians are supposed to do. Similarly, some people who come to church don't want to be operated on. They want to hear the music come over the speakers. They want to hear the doctors talk about the situation, but they don't want to go into surgery.
This is ludicrous! If you have cancer you want a doctor who's going to take your condition seriously. You don't want a doctor who says, "You've got a lump… I've got a lump…all God's people have lumps. Don't let it get you down. You're okay, I'm okay." You want your doctor to operate…and quickly!
In 1 Cor 5:1-13, Paul writes a timeless message to a church that is on the operating table. Although the apostle Paul is not a medical doctor, he understands the need to remove spiritual cancer. Paul believes sin is a cancer that infects the church. So he urges u ...
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