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“That's Sick”

Categories: THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
      Is a congregation responsible for caring for the health of its needy saints?

Sincerely,
HMO

Dear HMO,

One of the things the church is told to do is to take care of Christians in need.  Acts 11:28-30 shows the saints in Antioch taking care of the hungry brethren in Judea because of a famine.  Paul told Timothy there was a time to help out poor widowed Christians (1 Tim 5:9-10).  We also see the church in Jerusalem doing this (Acts 4:34-35).  When brethren have needs, including health needs that are beyond their ability to care for, the church has the right and responsibility to step in and help.