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Spiritual Leprosy

Good Morning Precious Father,
I really need to talk to you today. It’s about Elly. I know that you already know and there is nothing I can tell you new or tell you that will shock you, but I have got to get this off my chest and you are the only confidant and prayer partner that I’m 100% sure will not repeat what I have told you.

Oh God, my heart is breaking for her, I have tried to talk to her, but she truly does not see. It’s not the sin of hypocrisy that consumes her life, it is far worse. A hypocrite knows they are playing a role. They choose to deceive, cover up, give false impressions,
but Elly, she is like many others in the church today, because of wrong teachings, wrong
examples, she honestly believes she is right with God. Oh Father, how do I help her? She’s not a hypocrite, she’s a spiritual leper.

It’s a spiritual plague spreading through churches today, just like it was a physical plague during the time of the first church.
The Old Testament was very explicit in its laws governing the treatment of lepers and very descriptive with images of oozing sores, stubby feet, open wounds, missing hands, and misshapen features. God, they didn’t understand back then that the disease was a germ that affected the peripheral nerve ends causing a numbness to pain, like a whole lot of novicane shots. They could get glass in their feet and not know it, setting up infection and causing rot and decay. They could break a bone and continue walking on it until too late, too much damage caused. A leper is unaware of the damage being done to affected parts of body, damage done, decay and rot set in… And God help us… It’s something happening spiritually today. Satan is damaging our spiritual nerves with his toxic novicane and the church world is getting numb to the darkness of sin.

God, that’s Elly. She has so many spiritual areas of her life numb to sin. She’s bruised, cut, burnt, and affected. And she honestly doesn’t know that spiritual rot and decay are causing open wounds and oozing sores. She is too numb to sin.

I was with her last week, we went to get our hair and nails done. God, I was embarrassed and I repent if that is pride on my side, but she told the most vulgar, dirty jokes the entire time. Then, as we were leaving, she pulled out one of our church cards and gave it to the girl. She invited her to come to our church and went on to explain that she’s one of the Praise and Worship leaders.
You should have seen the look on the girl’s face (well I know you, did). I wanted to crawl in a hole somewhere and hide. I tried to talk to her when we got back to the car.

She couldn’t see it. She kept calling it a little good clean fun. And then she told me if all the things she were doing were so bad like I said, people wouldn’t respond to her when she was leading worship. I wanted to say a lot, but the only thing I said was that it was the message of the song that reached the heart.

But God, this morning…this morning showed me just how severe her spiritual leprosy has become. We met for coffee. While she stepped out to go to the restroom, a message popped up on her phone. No, I wasn’t being nosey, but she left it right in the middle of
the table. It was a flirt message from a singles website with a picture of a half naked man. When I confronted her, she laughed and told me it was just harmless flirting that helped keep her young. I asked her how her husband of thirty-two years, Jim felt. She just shrugged and said what Jim doesn’t know won’t hurt him. About this time, a friend of ours walked in crying. Immediately Elly was up with her arms around her asking her what was wrong and then praying for her right there in the coffee shop.

It is sad, God, because I know Elly loves you. But this leprosy is numbing her to sin and her soul is decaying and she doesn’t realize it.

It scares me, Father God, because I see the church world falling into it. I was reading the other night Isaiah :16 Wash you, make you clean, put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes. Cease to do evil. and 2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. I know you are telling us refrain from what you watch, see, hear, do… Yet MOST Christians today put no boundaries on the movies or TV shows they watch, or even what they let their children watch. Or the music they listen to. When you say ALL God that is what you mean…ALL. It is an encompassing word. It doesn’t leave room for nibbles and bits.

So God, here I am, Give me words, give me wisdom. Because you opened blinded eyes, you healed the lame, and YES, you healed the lepers. So I know you can heal the spiritual leprosy in Elly and in the church. Just help me to be a faithful friend that loves and supports, and offers Truth through the Word. But keep me from being Judgemental and guard my heart and my words.
In the Name of Jesus Christ I Pray, Amen

(The names were fictional but the sins factional only far more and even more severe. Spiritual Leprosy is based on a copyrighted sermon I did October 16, 1998 entitled God Help Us! There’s Lepers In The Church!

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I am Charldia (Char). I am totally amateur at everything as you can tell, but I have fun trying art and photography of many kinds. These things help me push past my pain after 84 surgeries and keep going. Been married to Alan since 1975. 2 Super sons, 4 awesome grands. I love my church and I love my Jesus. All I do I do for His honor and glory.

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  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandalmost 2 years ago

    “Iron sharpeneth iron” A little reproof done with the love of God and His word will do wonders. We must take the time to sharpen each other in doing our “best” for His highest.

  • So true

    – Charldia

  • Matty B. Duran
    Matty B. Duranalmost 2 years ago

    Wow~Charldia, I will pray for her, if you have a sister you described, or members of The Body who are unaware that their sin infects the rest of us, as we are The Body, and the feet affects the ears, and the ears, the eyes. Wow~As I read this, tears upon my soul. We as The Body of Christ, must be sanctified and holy for God. It isn’t clean fun, it is sin. I know what you mean, about guarding against being judgmental. I have been accused, but love will not permit us to just stand by and say nothing and do nothing. The Word cuts, and The Word bruises. But Our Lord was crushed and bruised for our iniquities. Sin must be crushed, and punished. Our Lord Jesus Christ did just that, He nailed sin to The Cross through His Perfect and Sinless Life. His Body was nailed and put to death for our sins, all of our sins. So, I pray with you Charldia, and stand with you. We need prayer for our sins. The Blood of Jesus cover our sins, and our indifference to our sins. "Father, I come into agreement with my precious sister Charldia. You gave us Your Precious and Sinless Son, The Lord Jesus Christ. You crushed Him for our iniquities, our sins. Your wrath was satisfied, because of our Lord, The Lamb of God. He is the only reason you passed over our sins. Oh Lord, help us to see as The Body of Jesus Christ, that we are to be holy expressions of our Lord. You said, in Your Word, “Be Holy, For I Am Holy” (1 Peter 1:16) Help us to know in our spirits through Your Precious Holy Spirit that our lives are bought at a price. We do not belong to ourselves anymore. We have been ransomed. The enemy has sown tares, and perhaps members of The Body are in need of desperate prayer. We lift all up to You, Father. Only You can heal all that ails us. The Spiritual Leprosy that disguises itself, or is in The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ. But You said in Your Word, “That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by The Word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy without blemish.”
    (Ephesians 5: 26-27)

  • Amen my friend

    – Charldia

  • Matty B. Duran
    Matty B. Duranalmost 2 years ago

    Your work, “Spiritual Leprosy” is featured in Mustard Seeds and Lilies. I thank-you for bringing this up. The condition of The Body of Jesus Christ should concern all of us. Spirit-filled Truth and writing. May God continue to use you to write for His Purposes and for His Glory~

    (by hummingbirds)

  • Thank you so much.

    – Charldia

  • WeeZie
    WeeZiealmost 2 years ago

    How touching and how true. So many are blinded or numb to sin. What a great analogy, never have thought of it this way, but it is sad but true. God help us.

  • Thank you so much and God bless

    – Charldia

  • vigor
    vigorover 1 year ago

    Bravo! This is the yeast that is spreading in the churches today. God has been showing that the best way to reveal people’s sins is by conviction of Him. People through hearing the law base their beliefs on man made efforts and become judgmental and dead inside, as Hebrews tells us that the Law kills. We don’t get the true Grace message of Christ. We aren’t in love with Him because we don’t know Him. But reveal Him to a sinner and their hearts will be convicted and He will do the rest through the H.S. I really love this!

  • Thank you, that means a lot.

    – Charldia

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