The Gospel : Seriously! You Have CANCER

The analogy of Cancer and the Gospel is better than you may realize. We concluded last time reading over Ephesians 2. Paul calls us dead, in the illustration, You have cancer.

Maybe you don’t believe me, or Paul?
You think you don’t need a surgeon?

Dr. William Li, MD, Cancer Researcher, President and Medical Director of the Angiogenesis Foundation says, “every single person absolutely has microscopic cancers growing inside them.” 

See, you didn’t think that you needed a surgeon didn’t you!? – You think you’re “healthy as a horse!?” Surprise surprise, the same is true of your spiritual condition. You believe there is no need for Jesus and you probably don’t even acknowledge His credentials? Just as we are all laden with cancer cells, regardless of your life style, you are laden with sin.

Consider these passages. 

Jeremiah 17:9 ESV The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
Romans 3:23 ESV For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Ephesians 4:18 ESV They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

In theology, we call this Biblical description of man “total depravity.”

As my friends have children of their own I can’t help but learn as I watch these children progress from diapers, to elementary school. The one common thing with every child, none of their parents need to teach them how to disobey, or do wrong. If you were to watch any one of these households for a few days you’ll see the parents constantly struggling to teach children to good, not bad. – This my friends is evidence of the cancer that lives within all of us, called sin.  

Many of my friends are Buddhist, at least by name, and they believe that humans by nature are good, and can “live a life of perfection.” The fact is, they are wrong! Even through our young children we see the depravity is unavoidable. Our very nature reeks of sin cancer. So let’s define how we get to this state…

Sin is a biblical word that has been said for so long that it has become gibberish. So let’s redefine sin within this particular illustration.

Sin is anything that that is a part of our being that prevents us from being “perfect.”

2 ways you get this Sin Cancer.

1.    You are human

If you don’t belive you have commited sin, your humanity alone proves you are guilty. We have a saying in Old Testament, “the sins of the Father are Passed down to the son.” Romans 5:12 ESV Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—
2.    You cause it to grow within by actions.

Doctors say that there are numerous ways of causing existing cancer to be activated and grown within us. Sin is within us at birth. Our acting upon sinful desires allows the sinful nature to become a cancer within our being. James 1:14-15 ESV But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Consider back on your actions. What kinds of cancer have shown their presence in your life? Some examples to help consider: (lying, stealing, adultery, lust, murder, hatred, pride, jealousy…) 
Once you have named a “cancer” in your life, answer the following.

1.    When did you start doing it?
2.    Have you ever been able to stop it?
3.    When you think you stopped it, when did it come back?
Sin, is a cancer that you can’t just rid of… it comes back. There is a hope of no returning cancer one day. 

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