John 5:5-9 (NKJV)
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.
When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
Sandy and I had just moved to Florida, and we found a well-established church and were attending it. One day the pastor and I were discussing the bible and I couldn’t help noticing they were not in any way helping the community. When I asked the pastor why, I was astonished at his answer.
The pastor stated it was not the responsibility of the church to address the physical needs of the congregation or the community. He stated, all the bible tells us to do is take care of the spiritual needs.
I’m sorry, but I don’t seem to be able to find any scripture to back up his statement. To the contrary, Jesus went about healing as a means of developing a report with the people so he could tell them about God and how to get eternal life.
Jesus healed those who needed healing as an example for you and me. If we establish good will and our church body receives a good witness from the lost in the community, you will begin to see an increase in the church.
Do your part as a Christian. Volunteer at the food bank, the library, the hospital, or any other place where people might have a need. Let God use you to heal those who need healing whether physical or spiritual.
Another church we attended was good about trying to heal the people both physically and spiritually. They tried to use the voice of the community to determine the needs of those who didn’t know God.
When I received salvation, it wasn’t because of something the community said, it wasn’t because of something I heard on the news, it wasn’t because of a visit from some missionary from some organization. I received salvation by the grace of God.
I received salvation because I heard the gospel preached and I believed what I heard. The Gospel has nothing to do with politics, community groups or how many people we help or how much money we donate. Salvation is given when the heart is right.
I have seen church organizations that worked hard to get people to come to their church and when they did, they heard the latest opinion on the gay rights or voting rights or something else equally as unimportant to the receiving of salvation.
When these people finally come to the church, it is to hear the truth preached and that is not happening. In fact, some of our congregations believe we should not subject the lost to the truth of the bible until after they are saved.