The title of this post: “The Mother of Harlots: how do you see things?” is a rhetorical title. I didn’t write this post as a theological debate, for using the scriptures, for people to justify their doctrinal positions. I am addressing the spiritual condition in this post of those brethren, who move in power as an actual follower of Christ; in contrast with the “broad road or nominal Christian”, who does not, and uses their carnal or natural understanding to try and teach people into Christ, which cannot be accomplished, as salvation is God’s work alone.
I have learned a great deal of how to distinguish between actual brethren, who are disciples in the Lord, as opposed to those who claim his name; but do not move in the “SPIRIT OF TRUTH” who is Christ in us. Disciples of the Lord are instructed to be able to discern such spiritual truth, (1 John 4) and avoid those who of the “spirit of error” which is always found by not abiding in Christ… The following is how it appears, and is understood by an actual disciple of the Lord, when Bible is taught in the flesh. The gifting and calling of ministry, can only be given by God, to the man of God, who has a heart for “HIM above all else”, including their status within the world, and in particularly the world’s —
“Church System” – which is Babylon, and ( state orchestrated Christianity) : the Mother of Harlots, as found in Revelation 17: 9- 12 – who sits upon the beast was seven heads, seven mountains, the seven hills on which Rome stands; and seven kings, seven sorts of government.
Sharing one’s life in Christ is one thing; but listening to a Bible study, taught by one who doesn’t “know him” : only all about him, is like taking direction from a stranger, about someone in your family which you know; and is downright insulting!
Do you have to do a study about your father, whom you already know and walk with..? The answer is of course no… I sure don’t, but people who have never “seen him or known him” do.
The difference is purely spiritual, (test the spirits to see which ones are of God) and these types of spiritually directed academics; are like what the scribes and Pharisees did in Jesus’ time. These of academics are spiritually dead, and so they *can’t* understand, and are repelled by what the spiritual man in Christ is actually talking about! He is seen as no more than a loon, or a mental defective, from the position of human understanding.
The motivator for most of this religious activity; is because most professed Christians “think” they know the Lord God, and follow him; but in actuality they do not. The one who sins, has “neither seen him nor known him”: (as sin creates separation from God) is what the text is actually referring to. Hidden pride, religious, academic or otherwise, is also equated into this sin scenario, so don’t think it is just talking about the sins which is most visible to everyone.
These false brethren lay in wait, for a child of God, who knows and follow him in spirit, and in truth. Revelation 17 describes this false Church (Ecclesia) “the mother of harlots”, who is drunk on the (spiritual life) blood of the Saints! This is deadly serious and real stuff, and it would be easier to write me off as some sort of nut job; than to heed what I am attempting to put over. The scripture teaches most will not heed this type of warning, as most are a part of the Babylonian world, systematic theologies, which equate to Revelation 17, 18, 19.
The Mother of all Harlots; drunk on the blood of the Saints.
The world has its own set of standards which they use to measure others; “psychological profiling” of the prophets of old, would have portrayed them as a bunch of nut jobs, because they could function in the spiritual realm, and seen by the natural mind as off the rails, even amongst their own people. This is why in predominant western cultures, people only feel safe in using the scriptures; and will not allow themselves to enter into the deeper work of being transformed into the image of Christ by the Holy Spirit, once they have been born again.
So, the Church of today has become merely a shell of what it once was, as brethren will not follow, nor move in obedience to his voice within them, if they have indeed started by being born again in the Lord. The natural man is also; only able to move in the futility of their natural minds, so this creates a bonding of sorts, between the unregenerate soul, and the actual child of God, who may have had some limited spiritual experiences, yet chose not to move forward in Christ.
They then become stagnant and will eventually die, from hardness of heart towards God. In other words, most will move in “lip service towards the Lord”, but will not follow him, or get to know him as they are instructed to do within the scriptures. Once saved always saved; is a broad roader’s doctrine, who will not be made conformable to Christ’s image, by the renewing of their minds. Such people, who may have started with Christ, are then handed over; to what they love more than him. This is the spirit of anti-Christ, an enemy of the cross of crucifixion, to the old man.
The Churchmen who has never been born again of the Holy Spirit, feels quite at home, and in their element with this type of broad roader, which Jesus warned his disciples about.These type 2 (broad road) and 3 (nominal) Christians, are the enemies of the cross which Paul spoke about; and these false brethren are gravely dangerous, to the actual disciple’s spiritual health!
This is why it is written: they had not a love for the truth, that they might be saved (in the end). These are the false brethren, which a disciple is told to turn away from. Having a form of Godliness, but not the power (authority) thereof. The reason for this, is that type of spiritual poisoning, will slowly kill the spiritual life, of an actual follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, by diverting them to another gospel. The true Gospel is only found by abiding in the vine; who is Christ himself, and is much, much, more than repeating some words, found within the Bible in pointing people towards salvation.