My goal is to write articles that go against the flow to pique discussion, offer a different perspective and connect some dots.
When one follows the truth outlined in the Tanach, it should become abundantly clear that organized religion and their man-made traditions and doctrines are leading the masses down the broad road to destruction.
From the ancient tower of Babylon to the church buildings of today, religious men have strived to attain God by their own fleshly and carnal means giving themselves their own vain-glory instead giving all glory to God. Today, man's carnal religious endeavours have brought much confusion to the masses.
Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and LET US MAKE A NAME FOR OURSELVES, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” – Genesis 11:4
In all the confusion of organized religion today, it is clear men no longer fear God, nor give Him glory, but revel in the false assurance that they have boughten into. Their idolatrous forms of worship are on display for all to see in manufactured environments environments called, 'church.'
Today the man-driven church system is still in deviance to God's ways as a religious government system where ecclesiastical men are employed to control and direct the masses under a denominational template that is run as a business.
Spiritual Babylon is a religious system that is attractive to many where they can be comfortable and assured masses in practicing sin in their lives as the 'grace' that is sold from the pulpits does not require repentance. The 'gospel' that they peddle is the opiate of the masses that appeal to the flesh. Through gloss, entertainment and 'feel-goods' no can see the lies they have boughten into.
Spiritual Babylon or 'church' can be likened to a harlot that claims to be married to someone, but all-the-while is in bed with someone else.
Those within the man-driven church system drink the 'wine of immorality' as they worship themselves in their self-promoting, self-righteous religious endeavours. The mainstream religion called 'Christianity' is co-mingled with the ways of the world where men with religious titles are in control rather than God.
The great abomination of the mainstream church system is that they accommodate sin. This is the wine that she serves to her minions as they move father and farther away from God. Those who love sin will love church doctrines as their version of 'grace' is a licence to sin. All their sins are covered under the gloss of self-righteous works. As they pat themselves on their backs, they marketing mantra is, 'look at me, look at us, look at my Pastor, look at our named building.'
Her priests have done violence to my law and have profaned my holy things. They HAVE MADE NO DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE HOLY AND THE COMMON, neither have they taught THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE UNCLEAN AND THE CLEAN, and they have disregarded my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. – Ezekiel 22:26
The many forms of godliness, but the religious facades of the pious elite do not fool God. The truth is that there can be no victory to be found in the church system that promotes idolatrous behaviours.
History Will Repeat Itself
The book of Daniel attests to the destruction of Babylon by those who took what was holy to God by filling their vessels with the wine of the flesh, thereby defiling them.
King Belshezzar put on a great worldly feast for his lords, wives and concubines. He took vessels that were sanctified to God and poured wine into them and brought them into an immoral and sinful environment.
THEN THEY BROUGHT IN THE GOLDEN VESSELS THAT HAD BEEN TAKEN OUT OF THE TEMPLE, THE HOUSE OF GOD IN JERUSALEM, and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. THEY DRANK WINE AND PRAISED THE GODS of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone. – Daniel 5:3-4
These golden vessels were an allegory of the true treasures of God, but Belshazzar defiled and plundered them in honour of his carnal ways. Today, the same things are happening in a spiritual sense within the church system. The vessels of God are being fed false doctrines (wine) and in their drunkenness their souls are being taken captive by Spiritual Babylon.
When Belshazzar served the wine, a vision from God appeared before him that foretold judgment that would swiftly come upon him and his kingdom.
“Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed. And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN. This is the interpretation of the matter: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; TEKEL, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; PERES, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.” – Daniel 5:24-28
God’s judgement was swift and the king was soon killed as an invading army overcame the kingdom of Babylon.
The abominable spiritual religious state of organized religion is waxing worse as ecclesiastical men accommodate the sins of the masses. The result is that people no longer fear God, but are beguiled by the assurances they are given in Spiritual Babylon.
Spiritual Babylon is a religious system that mixes with the ways of the world instead of abiding walking in the principles of God. Christianity abides in the principles of the ways of the world.
Those who truly walk in God's ways are not spoiled and defiled by drinking the wines (false doctrines) of Babylon.
CAPTIVE- ated by Babylon
Those who truly desire to remain faithful to the ways of God will remain faithful without compromise. There is only one true Shepherd who is God our Saviour.
The Tanach is full of stories of kings who no longer remained faithful to God. They let idolatry creep in because of the attractive ways of the worldly nations. Once sin became rooted in the hearts, the principles of Babylon took precedence over God’s laws. The result was defeat and captivity. It is no different within Spiritual Babylon where no victory can be found because God has been rejected form man's vain works.
The kings of the earth did not believe,
nor any of the inhabitants of the world,
THAT FOE OR ENEMY COULD ENTER
THE GATES OF JERUSALEM.
This was for the sins of her prophets
and the iniquities of her priests,
who shed in the midst of her
the blood of the righteous. – Lamentations 4:12-13
And Judah was taken into exile in Babylon because of their BREACH OF FAITH. – 1 Chronicles 9:1
Weighing and testing what is happening within the church system today would reveal the same compromises of God’s people in Scripture.
BUT THEY KEPT MOCKING THE MESSENGERS OF GOD, DESPISING HIS WORDS AND SCOFFING at his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD rose against his people, until there was no remedy. – 2 Chronicles 36:16
People who are held captive in Spiritual Babylon have baggage that they carry that needs to be purged. A vessel of God is not filled with the poisonous wine that the harlot sells to them.
The ways of Spiritual Babylon mixes the holy and profane. Those who are friends of the world are an enemy of God.
And the king of Egypt did not come again out of his land, FOR THE KING OF BABYLON HAD TAKEN ALL THAT BELONGED TO THE KING OF EGYPT from the Brook of Egypt to the river Euphrates. – 2 Kings 24:7
Moreover, I will give all the wealth of the city, all its gains, all its prized belongings, and all the treasures of the kings of Judah into the hand of their enemies, WHO SHALL PLUNDER THEM AND SEIZE THEM AND CARRY THEM TO BABYLON. – Jeremiah 20:5
God’s Wrath Against Babylon
We must ask God to take the the scales off of your eyes to see the abomination that it is. Do not drink the wine a harlot offers you, but drink the 'living water' that comes from God.
For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me, the spring of living waters, to dig for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that do not hold water. - Jeremiah 2:13
The true followers are vessels of God, not broken cisterns.
YOUR NAKEDNESS SHALL BE UNCOVERED, AND YOUR DISGRACE SHALL BE SEEN. I will take vengeance, and I will spare no one. – Isaiah 47:3
Slaves of Babylon
The false security in what is called 'Christianity' boasts in their self-exaltation. All her followers have committed spiritual adultery.
Religious men throughout history have gone out on their own strength in an attempt to attain God. They have created for themselves their own buildings, religions, liturgies, gospels, creeds, rites, doctrines, etc, all in an attempt to make a name for themselves. Pride is their downfall because it leads to defeat. Spiritual Babylon is about religious pride that creates self-seeking and self-serving religious people.
This is the EXULTANT city that lived securely, that said in her heart, “I AM, AND THERE IS NO ONE ELSE.” What a desolation she has become, a lair for wild beasts! Everyone who passes by her hisses and shakes his fist. – Zephaniah 2:15
And the king answered and said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I HAVE BUILT BY MY MIGHTY POWER as a royal residence and for the GLORY OF MY MAJESTY?” – Daniel 4:30
These preceding verses reveal pride?
Are you a part of the 'Babylonian' religious system.
Churches are buildings that people go inside to worship themselves. They drink Babylonian wine and fill their vessels with it. As they drink they will say there is no judgement for their sins. They are lawless with no fear of God.
The characteristics of 'Babylonian' slaves is that their motivation and zeal for self-esteem, approval and financial gain based on doing things their own way where man is in control instead of God. Unfortunately, many prefer to drink the wine of Babylon.
The False Religion of Spiritual Babylon and the Christian Church
Christianity has poisoned the well of the water of life. Their 'truth' has been leavened with lies.
The SUM of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever. – Psalm 119:160
Those who believe God is their Saviour have no desire to be esteemed among men, but give Him all the glory.
Anyone who desires a following and the drawing of religious crowds unto themselves for their glory are self-serving elitists, not humble servants of God.
He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces HE WAS DESPISED, and WE ESTEEMED HIM NOT. – Isaiah 53:3
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PlanksandNails (author) on September 02, 2015:
There is really nothing new under the sun is there?
Man has continued in their rebellion against God wanting to do things their own way. The Old Testament is there for us to read for a reason as history attests to those who partook of the systems of Egypt and Babylon.
Neil Braithwaite on August 29, 2015:
@Rich Kelley -
You are so right!
The majority of those who blog or write books about "corporate church" and its not being scriptural still cling to false doctrines and traditions.
I'm now finding quite a few men that are still in the profession of paid pastor who are preaching "concern" for a "corporate church" model.
These men are trying to play both sides in an effort to promote their brand of corporate "lite" church in an effort to hold on to those who are beginning to see the truth and are trying to leave.
Rich Kelley from The Ekklesia on August 27, 2015:
You have stated very well what was, what is, and what is to come. Most everyone will not deny the past. When showing people that they are on the same broad path to destruction as those in the past, that is when the rationalization begins. How can so many smart educated people be wrong? Answer: The same way they were in the past and will be in the future. This Hub covers all the bases, good job.