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  • Allen Domelle

It’s a Plague

Leviticus 13:2

When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab, or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh like the plague of leprosy; then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests:

Leprosy was one of the most dreaded diseases. There was no cure for this dreaded disease of leprosy. Once a person was declared to have leprosy, they were as good as dead. The disease of leprosy was a slow-spreading disease that was very contagious, and it slowly ate away at that person’s body until it took their life.

Sin and compromise are very much the same way; once they start, stopping the rot they cause is difficult. Let me talk about sin. When sin starts in a person’s life, it slowly takes its grip on their life until it controls them. Just like leprosy starts with a spot on the flesh, so sin starts small and begins to eat away the spiritual life of that person. Oh, that person will always be saved, but the sin in their life continues to go deeper until it takes away the life in that person. You can never control how deep sin will influence your life.

Compromise is also the same as sin and leprosy. Compromise starts small, but once you start going down the road of compromise, stopping its progress in your life is very hard. You may think that you will only move one time, but that one time always leads to another and then another until compromise has fully destroyed you. Nobody ever starts to compromise with the intent to change what they believe; it always starts with a desire to help people and to reach more people for Christ. Let me share several thoughts on how to deal with the plague of sin and compromise.

First, take care of sin and compromise when you first see it. Leprosy start with a spot on the skin, so sin and compromise starts with one little movement. If you deal with it when it is small, you can stop the rot from eating away at your conscience and life. The longer you let sin and compromise in your life, the more you allow them to eat away at you.

Second, sin and compromise separate you from those you love. Both sin and compromise always have consequences that we do not like. Both make a separation that you will not enjoy. Often, the separation that sin and compromise make in one’s life causes grief to many. You must consider the consequences that sin and compromise cause when it is a small spot, and let it cause you to deal with it quickly.

Third, sin and compromise can only be cared for by God. The only cure for leprosy was a miracle from God. My friend, you will only get the roots of sin and compromise out of your life by getting to God and having His Word cleanse your life from their evil influences. You can try to care for these yourself, but you will never do the work with sin and compromise that God can do. Only God has the power to remove what sin and compromise will do to your life.

Fourth, stay away from those who choose to allow sin and compromise. Just as leprosy was very contagious, sin and compromise always affect you if you don't separate from those who continue their sin and compromise. You may think you can handle it without its influences, but it always influences you no matter how long you have been around it. Certainly, separating from those whom you love because they choose to live in sin or choose to compromise is not easy, but it is always the safest act if you want to keep them from influencing your life for wrong.


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