Did you know that they have actually found a cure for cancer? A doctor in the western United States has found a chemical compound that, when mixed with water and ingested into the system, will completely remove cancer from the body. Unfortunately, when the medical journals found out about it, they scoffed. If it was that simple, they argued, it would have been discovered long before now. Additionally, the pharmaceutical and medical boards rejected it because it did not fit their scope or direction for finding a remedy to this dreaded disease. So, while doctors across the country are trying to sell people on actions and medicines that will not defeat the enemy or end the fight; the cure is there, but remains unknown because it is too radical and there must be another way.
Someone might say, “That’s ridiculous! If there was really a cure for cancer out there then the medical community would be all over it.” I would say that to the largest percentage that is true, and if this fictitious story were true it would raise an outcry from people so great that they would turn the nation upside down looking for answers as to why it was not released, why they were not told, and looking at who was to blame for the deception.
However, let me follow that up with another thought. If we would feel that way about a medicine for a disease that affects so many people in the world today; if we would not consider someone radical because they presented one single solution, not a host of them; then why, when we are faced with the greatest of all diseases, do we claim it is “radical” or “narrow-minded” for the Great Physician to say there is only one way to remove that disease and be made healthy again? Why, when we are faced with that overwhelmingly destructive power of sin and exposed to the remedy that he said was necessary, do we claim that those who present the remedy are radical and narrow-minded?
Sin is a disease that is far worse than cancer. Cancer can affect the body, but sin affects the soul. Cancer can kill you physically, sin can destroy you eternally. So why are we often more concerned with finding the cure for cancer than the cure for sin? The Great Physician has already presented the prescription, but for many it is seen as too radical. Their doctors (a.k.a. preachers) say it is not necessary, there are other ways to take care of the problem, or that the prescription is really for another disease.
What is the prescription for sin-removal? The Great Physician said: “for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” (John 8:24); “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47); “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven” (Mat. 10:32); “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16). There is the prescription for sin-removal: Believe, repent, confess, and be immersed in water. Then to keep sin removed we must follow him by keeping his commandments, for he told his disciples: “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Mat. 28:20).
These are the words of the Great Physician. Nowhere in the Scriptures is the prescription of prayer for salvation, waiting until the Spirit moves you, or making up your own path found. So why do we proclaim the prescription to be radical? Why do we not, instead, heal our souls and cleanse our paths? Why do we not turn the nation upside down expecting answers of these pseudo-spiritual doctors who have been giving people nothing more than spiritual placebos for generations?
Take the time to examine the prescription for yourself. Do not look at it based upon what you have already been taught, what you have always thought, or what another “doctor” told you. What is the prescription that the only one with the authority to write such gave? Then answer the most important question of all: “Will you take the medication?”