Babylon - The Church Seduced By a Spirit of Pride
The prophets all declare the ultimate fall of Babylon - her uprooting and complete destruction (Isaiah 21:9; Jeremiah 51:8; Revelation 14:8; 18:2,10). But what is Babylon? Is it Islam, the Roman Catholic Church or perhaps the global financial system? Or could it be America, as some are currently claiming? However we have already seen in Chapter 7 (of David’s book, “Snakes In The Temple” Ed.) that the Babylon of Revelation can actually symbolize the church! (Revelation 11:8; 16:19; 17:18).
Seduced by religion and the spirit of pride the city of God can, in reality, become the city of man - Babylon itself! We are unwise though, in attempting to identify her with a particular denomination, organization or group. Babylon is a spirit before it is a system. While it can be variously described as a religious spirit or a political spirit, and even a worldly or commercial spirit, it is behind all these things a spirit of pride. Isaiah exposed this when he prophesied Babylon’s fall. (Isaiah 47:7-11 NIV; see also Revelation 18:7-8).
We mistakenly look for Babylon out there when all the while it is in here - in us. We have fallen prey to spiritual pride, boasting in our pedigree as Pentecostals, Evangelicals, or Conservatives. We say, ‘I am, and there is none beside me’ (Isaiah 47:8)
We feel smugly secure, trusting in our doctrinal orthodoxy and in our protestant cathedrals of success and power: “You said, ‘I will continue forever - the eternal queen!’” (Isaiah 47:7) Whether we are Evangelical, Pentecostal, or Conservative we have fallen prey to the spirit of pride, unwittingly committing adultery with the gods of this age.
Excerpt from his book, Snakes In The Temple, Publisher, Sovereign World Ltd. www.sovereignworld.com