Adrienne Houghton says, “Church Is Like A Hospital”

by Yvonne Chase on May 20, 2019

Have you ever been sick and went to a hospital? Why did you go? Unfortunately, I have been to the hospital/ER and in the hospital more times than I care to remember. With each stay, my goal was to get better as quickly as possible. That’s why I went; to get better, not remain the same. On a recent episode of The Real Daytime, Adrienne Houghton defended her walk with God by saying, “The church is like a hospital for sick people. It’s not for those who are already saved.” Watch the video below and we’ll talk after…

Adrienne says, “Church is like a hospital.”

The conversation started because actress Megan Good said she doesn’t attend church as often with her husband Devon Franklin because of the intense scrutiny around her choice of acting roles and attire and that is when Adrienne spoke on the scrutiny she too receives. Adrienne received a lot of backlash for the dress she wore to the 2019 Daytime Emmys. Watch that video below…

Anyone who is sick wants to be better. That’s why we go to the hospital. Yes, the church can be seen as a hospital, I guess, however, it’s also a place of worship for Christians. While I’ve had my share of unacceptable run-ins with church people, like Tamera, no man or woman will stop me from going to church. I go for many reasons:

  • I also go to show myself friendly and to be a blessing to someone. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve sat next to a sister who was hurting and I was able to lovingly put my arm around her and pray with her and let her know God’s got her. Going to church is a time for God to use us to be an example of his love and his heart.
  • It’s the place I go to grow in my walk with God and that’s why going to a church that teaches truth is so important to me. I don’t need a motivational message. I need someone who’s going to exposit the word and teach it line-by-line in truth in a way that convicts, confronts, challenges, changes me and draws me closer to the cross.

“Come as you are,” is a popular saying, however, even when we come to church as we are, the goal is not to stay as we are. Can a hospital function well if the sick don’t get better?

Being raised Pentecostal like Adrienne or Baptist, Adventist or any other denomination doesn’t make you a Christian. Neither does being dedicated to God at birth. I was dedicated to God aka christened at birth in a church by my parents when I was an infant. That act does not make me a Christian.

2019 Daytime Emmy Awards

What makes me a Christian is when I, at the age of sixteen made a decision to accept Jesus Christ into my heart and make him the Lord of my life. That is the only thing that makes one a Christian. It happened at the 7 pm service at Bethany Gospel Chapel in Brooklyn NY when the word of God penetrated my heart and conviction led me to answer the call for salvation.

Faith in Jesus Christ comes by hearing the word of God as Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” I heard the word of God and I responded. Becoming a Christian is a personal choice and decision that has zero to do with denominations and church attendance.

Lots of people attend church every time the doors open, however, church attendance won’t make you a Christian. Reading the Bible won’t make you a Christian. Praying won’t make you a Christian. Mentioning God won’t make you a Christian. Exhibiting “Christian” behavior won’t make you a Christian. The late Billy Graham does an excellent job of explaining it. He says:

“Our fathers and mothers may be the greatest born-again Christians in the world, but that doesn’t make us born-again Christians, too. Many people have the idea that because they were born into a Christian home, they are automatically Christians. They’re not.

We cannot work our way to God, either. The Bible says that salvation comes “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy, He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).

Nor is reformation enough. We can say, “I am going to turn over a new leaf,” or “I am going to make New Year’s resolutions.” But Isaiah said that in the sight of God “all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).

Some of us have changed on the outside to conform to certain social standards or behavior that is expected of us in our churches, but down inside we have never been changed. That is what Jesus was talking to Nicodemus about. He said, “Nicodemus, you need changing inside,” and only the Holy Spirit can do that. Being born from above is a supernatural act of God. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin; He disturbs us because we have sinned against God. And then the Holy Spirit regenerates us. That is when we are born again. The Holy Spirit comes to live in our hearts to help us in our daily lives. The Spirit of God gives us assurance, gives us joy, produces fruit in our lives and teaches us the Scriptures.

Some people try to imitate Christ. They think that all we have to do is try to follow Jesus and try to do the things He did, and we will get into heaven. But we can’t do it. We may know the religious songs. We may even say prayers. But if we haven’t been to the foot of the cross, we haven’t been born again. That is the message Jesus is trying to teach us.

To be born again means that “[God] will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you” (Ezekiel 36:26). “Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4); we have “passed from death into life” (John 5:24). The new birth brings about a change in our philosophy and manner of living.” Amen.

The beginning of salvation…

So, if the church is like a hospital, the main procedure happening is heart transplants. Becoming a Christian is a matter of the heart. That’s the beginning of a lifelong process of transformation. Hopefully, Adrienne and others will be led to the truth before its too late. My fear for many, especially those of us who have put our faith in Jesus Christ is on that day, we will hear, “Depart from me, I never knew you.” So, my question to you and Adrienne is this; are you sure of your salvation?

Something to think about…

What say you? Is the church like a hospital? What are your thoughts on the video and conversation overall? 

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Trina Taylor May 20, 2019

Thank you for writing this post. I know many people like Adrienne who don’t know how one becomes a Christian. Like you said, even after you make that very personal decision, it is a life long process of transformation that requires total surrender. Thanks again for sharing truth. I feel the love.

Yvonne Chase May 20, 2019


Yes, it is a lifelong process that starts with making a very personal decision. Like you, I too know a lot of innocent people like Adrienne who think getting dedicated at birth, going to church and even marrying a Christian makes them a Christian.

I use the word innocent because I really believe she does not know the steps to take to become a Christian. Many don’t. Unfortunately, it’s challenging to find a church these days that’s leading souls to Christ.
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Laurie May 21, 2019

Yvonne, I love your comparison of a church to a hospital. So good and so true! There are many reasons people go to church. I go because I usually learn something each week that allows me to grow in my relationship with God. We have a wonderful pastor who preaches thoughtful sermons. I have been a Lutheran all my life.
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Michele Morin May 21, 2019

I see your argument here, Yvonne. While it’s true that Jesus said he did not come to rescue the healthy but the sick, it’s also true that we should be seeing a steady growth trajectory in those who have professed to receive Christ. He loves us the way we are, but he doesn’t intend for us to stay that way!
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Yvonne Chase May 21, 2019


I don’t think Jesus died on the cross for any of us to remain the same.

As I said in my comment up top, I wrote this post because I know so many people like Adrienne who don’t know the first step to becoming a Christian. It’s a tragedy to sit in Gods house yet be bound.

Whether the church is like a hospital or not is for individual interpretation. My heart in this post is to show readers the first step of a life long journey of transformation by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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Rebecca Hastings May 21, 2019

This is such a tender topic. We often forget how powerful our words, comments, and thoughts are, and how easily they wound people.

Grateful for the grace we can offer as we learn to love well.
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Mandy May 21, 2019

Excellent thoughts and advice. I love that you have laid out the gospel and presented an opportunity for salvation. I love to do that now and again in my own writing.

One extra thought I have about the church being a hospital. Hospitals have doctors and nurses that can help you along the way.
Church members should be the ones leading and encouraging a better, healthier life. Along with getting to know the Great Physician personally who can transform your life.
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Yvonne Chase May 21, 2019


I can’t begin to tell you how many adults I know that attend church weekly yet don’t know how; the first step to becoming a Christian and that’s why it was important for me to lay it out in this way. A relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important relationship. I’d be completely undone without it!

And yes, thank you for adding this most important piece about the doctors, nurses and other hospital staff to help us along the way. We are to be that for and to each other at church.
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Lesley May 21, 2019

This is a thought-provoking post! I think although we are born again when we accept Christ, being healed and transformed into his likeness is an ongoing, life-long process.

Yvonne Chase May 21, 2019


Spot on! That’s why I made sure to add that piece into the post. The first step is making the decision to accept Jesus Christ then each person’s journey is a life long process of healing, transformation, surrender, discipleship etc into his likeness.
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Lisa notes May 22, 2019

Come as we are, but don’t stay as we are. This is a great conversation here. None of us are completely “well”; we all need the healing of Jesus. “The main procedure happening is heart transplants.” Love this imagery, Yvonne!

Yvonne Chase May 28, 2019


Indeed…none of us are completely well. We all need the healing of Jesus that is available to us once we take that first step.
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Lauren Renee Sparks May 22, 2019

Great thoughts. Visiting you from the recharge wednesday link up.
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Karen May 23, 2019

Preach, Yvonne! Growing up in any denomination or being dedicated to God as an infant or child doesn’t make anyone a Christian! And we are kindred spirits in yet another way: I accepted Christ at sixteen also! What a sweet sixteen! 🙂

Yvonne Chase May 28, 2019


It was a sweet sixteen indeed. We are kindred spirits in many ways. So many people think like Adrienne yet no one is there to lead them in the path of truth. That is why I wrote this post. Hopefully, her husband can get her on the right path.
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Liz Giertz May 24, 2019

Come as you are, but don’t stay that way! <– LOVE this! The transformation is a life-long process indeed! Blessings!
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Yvonne Chase May 28, 2019


Yes indeed. We will work out our salvation with fear and trembling until we take our last breath.
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betty - NZ May 26, 2019

An interesting and very real comparison. Thanks for making it very clear how to have a relationship with Jesus.
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Annette, 3 Little Buttons May 27, 2019

That’s a really interesting view and comparison. Thank you for joining us for the #DreamTeam.
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Rebecca Jones May 30, 2019

Being dedicated and born again are two different things. But the church hospital thing, well, you want healing. If I were in the hospital, I’d want out.

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