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!