Monday, July 18, 2022

Babylonian Territory


The so-called “seven mountains of culture” is part of Babylon’s domain, but God is summoning His children to come out of her before it is too late

Mountain Range - Photo by Arvind Telkar on Unsplash
As a young Christian, I was taught that disciples of Jesus must live “separate from the world,” not physically so, but morally and spiritually. We are “
in the world but not of it.” Our task is to call other men and women to “save themselves from this crooked generation” while there is still time before the world is judged - [Photo by Arvind Telkar on Unsplash].

This teaching has served me well, and I have yet to find any reason to question its soundness. Yet today, many voices within church leadership are exhorting Christian to infiltrate the “seven mountains of society” to influence and change its ungodly cultures and institutions from the inside.

I am not sure how the propagators of this doctrine came up with “seven” rather than, say, five or ten or twenty “mountains.” But this is part of the problem. No such doctrine exists in the Bible! Nowhere did Jesus or his apostles tell Christians to go out and take over the “mountains of society.” This teaching is either entirely a human or demonic invention, or perhaps, both.

Of course, the Bible does mention “seven mountains,” but it links them to Babylon, “the Great Whore, the mother of harlots and the abominations of the earth.” This foul creature not only “sits on many waters” and the “scarlet-colored beast,” she also “sits on the seven mountains.”

IN REVELATION


Elsewhere in the book of Revelation, the “many waters” are identified as “peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.” Moreover, the “scarlet-colored beast” is none other than the “Beast from the sea” that wages “war against the saints and conquers them.” And his red color connects him with the “Dragon, the Ancient Serpent, the one who is called ‘Devil’ and ‘Satan’ and the deceiver of the whole habitable earth.”

And lo and behold, the “Great Whore” is sitting comfortably on the whole sorry lot while she runs the show!

And in Revelation, the “seven mountains” do NOT represent the cultural institutions of society that the church is allegedly called to reform. Instead, they symbolize seven “kingdoms,” five of which had fallen already by the time John received his vision, one existed in his day, and the seventh was yet to come.

Moreover, this final or seventh “mountain” is identified with the “Beast that was and is not, is himself also an eighth, and is of the seven; and he is going into perdition.” There is nothing positive here, nothing worth redeeming or reforming. And again, the whole time, there she is, the “Great Whore” riding the monster in its mad final dash to the “lake of fire.”

AN UNHOLY CITY


But Revelation does have something to say about this unholy city, Babylon.” After all, not only is she full of the “abominations of the earth,” but she is also stained red with the “lifeblood of prophets and of saints,” and all while drunk with the “blood of the martyrs” of Jesus.

Her sins have reached even to heaven,” therefore, “in one day shall her plagues come, death, and mourning, and famine, and she shall be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.” And we expect to be able to befriend that creature and coax her into changing her evil ways? Well, good luck with that!

As for the saints infiltrating the “Great Whore,” instead of undertaking that dubious venture, God urges His church with the utmost urgency to “Come forth, my people, out of her, that you have no fellowship with her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues!!” You cannot play with fire and not get burned.

As Paul wrote, the forms and institutions of this age already “are passing away,” and disciples of Jesus must live accordingly. The present fallen age is a rudderless ship ran aground long ago. It is a rickety old wooden shack being consumed by unquenchable flames, yet popular preaching is encouraging Christians to rush headlong into the flames and somehow put out this conflagration.

There is no compromising with Satan, and the church cannot win the world by emulating or fixing its evil ways.

This is not a call to abandon the world, but to engage it by using the biblically proscribed - gospel preaching, Christian witness, faith, prayer, death to self, and self-sacrificial service for others, activities that are contrary to the values of the present world order and its “seven mountains.”

In other words, we are called to become “lights set on a hill,” and therefore we must be everything that the fallen world is not, and we must summon others to leave its darkness behind and follow Jesus.

Alas, many church leaders are instead teaching Christians to embrace the Babylonian world system that was condemned to destruction centuries ago on Calvary, supposedly to recapture and reform it for Jesus. The very idea is absurd. But, as the Apostle Paul warned, in the last days evil men would infiltrate the church, “deceiving and being deceived.”



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