And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury."
And I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.
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These verses in Revelation forebear ominous consequences for members of this great "Babylon". It's admonition is plain and forthright. "Something" will become evil and fall, and whoever is part of this "something" is doomed!
In most Judeo-Christian eschatological viewpoints this "something" is in fact, the Christian Church; at least the portion which has embraced the teachings of the Roman Church and pagan Rome. "Babylon" represents apostate churches and apostate teachings.
For purposes of this blog entry, we can safely say that a church organization that ordains homosexuals is definitely apostate. This practice is completely incongruent with scripture. The Presbyterian Church in America has just done this, and so joins the ranks of the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Episcopal churches (yes, there are others).
As always folks, please remember I'm talking about institutions that promote the practice here, not individuals. None of us are holy and ALL of us are sinners.
Without any doubt in my mind, I can say that these organizations have embraced false teaching, and have willingly accepted membership in Babylon.
However, now a certain question becomes greatly important. A friend recently asked, "Now that my church has gone apostate, where do I go?"
He has a good point! As more and more churches join the Babylonian ranks where is a conscientious believer to go? Certainly, he is to get away from the apostate church!
The good book gives the following advice and declaration:
Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel: "THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL BE AS THE SAND OF THE SEA, THE REMNANT WILL BE SAVED.
Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
And, oh my goodness, just do a search on "remnant" in Isaiah! Our Holy Father promises that those who stay true to Him - this remnant - will be saved. It is my belief, BTW, that the remnant of Israel contains a remnant of physical Israel (in the middle east) and spiritual Israel, all believers in Jesus (Yeshua) - Christian and Jewish. I would suggest that most would agree with that assessment.
As the individual believer continues to move to different churches and as more and more churches go apostate (and I think they will) we may eventually be reduced to meeting in homes and small impromptu groups. If you've been paying attention to the news, it's apparent that some local governments are already passing ordinances prohibiting church groups from meeting in homes. Don't laugh! This is happening!
Interesting isn't it? The socially acceptable "Christian churches" (Babylon) will ultimately assist in the persecution of the remnant of true believers in Jesus (Yeshua).
But don't be alarmed. The good book says this happen; we will be persecuted for His sake. Be glad you're on His side!