Disease never comes without a cause. The way is prepared, and disease invited, by disregard of the laws of health. Many suffer in consequence of the transgression of their parents. While they are not responsible for what their parents have done, it is nevertheless their duty to ascertain what are and what are not violations of the laws of health. They should avoid the wrong habits of their parents and, by correct living, place themselves in better conditions. (White, Ellen G. The Ministry of Healing. 234)
The work of Christ in cleansing the leper from his terrible disease is an illustration of His work in cleansing the soul from sin. The man who came to Jesus was “full of leprosy.” Its deadly poison permeated his whole body. The disciples sought to prevent their Master from touching him; for he who touched a leper became himself unclean. But in laying His hand upon the leper, Jesus received no defilement. His touch imparted life-giving power. The leprosy was cleansed. Thus it is with the leprosy of sin,—deep-rooted, deadly, and impossible to be cleansed by human power. “The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores.” Isaiah 1:5, 6. But Jesus, coming to dwell in humanity, receives no pollution. His presence has healing virtue for the sinner. Whoever will fall at His feet, saying in faith, “Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean,” shall hear the answer, “I will; be thou made clean.” Matthew 8:2, 3, R. V. (White, Ellen G. The Desire of Ages. 266)
Applying the godly principle of likening disease to sin, we should be prudent Christians and ascertain the cause of the spiritual declension that is abundant in Christ’s church. As physical disease is the result of our disregard to the laws of health, in like manner spiritual disease is attributed to man slighting the holy, eternal law of God. The waning numbers in our churches, schools and other lines of work are undoubtedly directly connected to our national apostasy. With spiritual vision, we can unequivocally diagnose the cause the great apostasy that is seen among the ranks of Seventh-day Adventists. Only when we are certain of the cause, can we apply the prescribed treatment to our spiritual malady (Revelation 3:18-20). In understanding our Laodicean condition, we should avoid the wrong habits of our parents and, by correct living, place ourselves in better conditions. “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.” Hosea 6:1.