Many think that they’re above reproach or no longer considered sinful if they simply attend church. Many are also there because they feel safe from the world outside. Some even use church as a place to compensate for the sins they commit every day. Unfortunately, going to church isn’t going to make you perfect. Only God can do that.
The church itself is full of sinners just like you and me. It’s an imperfect body of soiled and ugly people – often dressed in their most beautiful clothes and looking like a million bucks. Within this seemingly perfect refuge lies deceit, judgment, anger, adultery, homosexuals, bigotry, liars, thieves and every other kind of villain you can think of. This is one of Satan’s most popular places to visit, because it’s filled with imperfect people who are subject to sin.
However, when you look at the ministry of Christ, it took place in the most unusual places. He went to the core of humanity – to the sinners of the world – to all those who needed His healing. He still does. Through His Word, the Bible, He comes to the broken hearted, the poor in spirit, the lost and condemned and those who need Him most.
When God looks at our wretched condition, He’s like the prodigal Father who longs for us to return to Him. He loves when we ask for His help, because He’s always eager to give it.
Going to church isn’t going to guarantee our salvation, but if our church is preaching the truth of the Bible, we will be nourished each week – fed with the good news of the Gospel – that our sins are forgiven through Jesus.
The church body is filled with sinners and hypocrites and it’s the perfect place to find forgiveness.