“Then the priest shall command that they empty the house, before the priest go into it to see the plague, that all that is in the house be not made unclean: and afterward the priest shall go in to see the house: “ Leviticus 14:36
The laws of leprosy for a house still apply today, especially when the uncleanness is found in a house of God.
According to the Law, when leprosy is found in a house, the house has to be emptied of everything in it and then scrubbed and scoured to scrape out every last vestige of the disease. If the plague is stayed, then you can bring everything back in, but if not, then everything – the house, walls, roof, and everything that was still inside it – has to be broken down to rubble and taken outside the city.
When leprosy is found in the house of God, the same rules apply, no matter where the uncleanness is found. If it is found in those in leadership or the congregation, they must be scoured and cleaned. How much more if it is found in the pastor himself! If it is the doctrine, the teachings, the service or the music, then the house must be cleaned.
Too often I hear people excuse, justify, and minimize sins found in their church and leadership. They are excused away with weak responses about how we are all human and we all sin every day, we shouldn’t judge, and how God loves us all and understands that we are just flesh.
Excuse me? Where did that come from? Geez, doesn’t that sound familiar to you? Like maybe in the very beginning? “Yea, hath God said? … ye shall not surely die.” Isn’t this the same lie that Satan has been using for the last 6,000 years?
First of all, the Word of God says that He will give us power to overcome all sin, and reinforces that with a command to be perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect. So, God thinks you can do it – Satan tells you that you cannot. Whom will you believe?
God does understand our weaknesses. That’s why He sent His Son to die for us and deliver us from sin. Grace is not an excuse to continue in sin – it is the power of God to overcome it. To adhere to any other doctrine is to trample the Blood of Jesus and count it as an unholy thing. In other words, you do not believe there is power in the Blood and that His sacrifice on the Cross was for naught.
And Judgment? How much like Satan to try and convince us to sheer away from judgment and to consider it as being something evil! If we do not stand for the righteousness of God, then who will declare Truth to this generation? We are commanded to warn those in sin, not placate them with soothing lies. He never said not to tell them the truth. He commanded us to get the beam out of our eye first and stand in righteousness ourselves, and then we can see clearly to reprove others. This is not condemnation – this is giving life!
God wants His Church clean. He wants a Bride without spot or wrinkle. Revelations does not say that He will give the Tree of Life to those who tried, but to those who overcome. That’s why He tells us to examine ourselves.
Jesus is the High Priest who will examine the house and declare us clean or unclean. Judgment will begin at the house of God. Clean the House. Scrub the walls, scour the place inside out. Come out from a church that is not clean. If you decide to remain inside a house that has leprosy in it by making excuses for sin, you also will be broken down and carried outside the camp.
Revival does not come without deep, corporate repentance, and will never come to the Church as long as there is sin in the house. The trick is in recognizing it and being honest with ourselves and with God. Only when the Church is clean will it ever see a true move of God.
“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil … nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”
Brother Dale, RevivalFire.org