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If I am in perfect health, I do not need to rush to a doctor’s office and have him take valuable time examining me for an ailment that doesn’t exist, or have him write me a prescription for medication that I don’t need. If I am not sick, I don’t need to rush to the emergency room and ask to be admitted to a room and take up a bed that is much-needed by someone who really is sick. Yes, doctors and hospitals are there to help anyone and everyone in time of need, but specifically they are there to treat those who are in need of a physician at this very moment.
Let’s apply that same analogy to the Church. Certainly anyone is welcome to attend worship services at Church at any given time. However, we need to keep in mind that the Church is neither a social club, nor is it a museum for putting Saints on display. We do not go to Church to demonstrate how holy and how righteous we are or think we are, but we go to Church as an outward expression of our humility and our willingness to be obedient to His laws and His commandments, and His will for our lives.
The scriptures clearly teach us that they who are whole do not need a physician, but they who are sick. Therefore, the Church is a hospital for the hurting, the wounded, and the broken – those who are in need of spiritual healing. So, in reality the Church is indeed for everyone because we are all imperfect sinners in need of a Perfect Savior who can make us clean and whole again. He is the Master Physician.
~ Keith Lionel Brown