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09 August 2015

Trinity 10 Sermon: Doctor Feelgood

Preached on Jeremiah 8:4-12
The Tenth Sunday after Trinity
9 August AD 2015

Title: Doctor Feelgood (MP3 Audio)

Dr. Groucho Marx Summary: Would you want a doctor to hide the seriousness of your disease? Do you want sugar pills instead of strong medicine, placebos instead of pharmaceuticals? Would you trust a physician who told you that you could exercise your cancer away or who would bandage a gangrenous limb? Not likely!

Why, then do so many people accept false diagnoses and misleading treatment for their spiritual ills? Why try to work away the cancer of sin? Why leave decay rooted to the soul, ever eating away whatever good might remain? Why trust some Doctor Feelgood’s quack theology instead of being absolutely dependent upon Jesus, the Great Physician?

There is only one cure for the deadly sin that afflicts all mankind. Only the death of Jesus brings life to sinners. Only the pure medicine of Word and Sacrament delivers the cure to sin-sick sufferers. Yes, we are saved by works—the works of Christ alone. And only by God’s grace and through faith in the Son do we receive healing now and the hope of eternal remission of sin’s cancer in the Resurrection.

Ruiz: Christ Consoled Text: “You shall say to them, Thus says the Lord: When men fall, do they not rise again? If one turns away, does he not return? Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return. I have paid attention and listened, but they have not spoken rightly; no man relents of his evil, saying, ‘What have I done?’

“Everyone turns to his own course, like a horse plunging headlong into battle. Even the stork in the heavens knows her times, and the turtledove, swallow, and crane keep the time of their coming, but my people know not the rules of the Lord.

“How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us’? But behold, the lying pen of the scribes has made it into a lie. The wise men shall be put to shame; they shall be dismayed and taken; behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord, so what wisdom is in them?

“Therefore I will give their wives to others and their fields to conquerors, because from the least to the greatest everyone is greedy for unjust gain; from prophet to priest, everyone deals falsely.

“They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among the fallen; when I punish them, they shall be overthrown, says the Lord.” Jeremiah 8:4-12

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of the Trinity 10 sermon Doctor Feelgood

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 92; Romans 9:30-10:4; Luke 19:41-48

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