Cancer is a word that strikes fear in hearts, as it is such a difficult disease to cope with and sometimes deadly. The medical experts over the last few years claim it has become the number 2 killer, second only to heart disease, the top most fatal disease in America. Metaphorically, I am convinced in these dark, needy last days, the church is afflicted with both spiritual cancer and spiritual heart disease.
The Great Physician can heal His church, but first His people have to see that they are sick and in need of His help.
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.