PULL YOUR BUSINESS OUT OF THAT WHORE! (Rev. 18:4)

Fallen is Babylon!  Pull out, MY people, of that whore!

The kings and the merchants (on the decks of their ships) mourn the death of this bitch by whom the people became drunk, seduced, and turned away from God.  I am sure she seduced me a few times (uh huh huh huh … I said FEW…)

Oh… the sadness of those poor little kings, those poor little rich people, and the merchants who did not pull out of her, but who kept pushing, and pushing, and pushing their business in a dead whore only to finally realize she is dead.  (When did they finally notice?  Was it the stink?  Was the stock market crash three days in a row that finally tipped them off???)  And so now they mourn.  They ache.  All the fun they had is gone.

There will never be another whore like the great whore Babylon.

“Re-open her!”  They shout!  “Let us get back to business enjoying her drunkenness!  Pump her with our business like CPR, and maybe we can still have a “new normal”!  We became rich off her tricks!  We did things with her unmentionable which can never be repeated!  Let us get back to normal with the great whore just as fast as we can  We cannot imagine life without her! … Oh to be with her again!”

But you MY people, come out of her!  She was haunted by every evil, every unclean spirit and beast.  She was no LOVE to MY people.  She is dead.  Good riddance.

Hmmm..

What does the Bible say?  What is God’s Word?

Do you belong to God or to a dead whore?

What about the church?  Does the church belong to a dead whore or to God?

What say you?

(Seriously.  Make a response to this.  What say YOU?)

6 comments

  1. Robert · April 17, 2020

    On a bit of a tangent, I read a meme that said “the Church is the body of Christ. When we treat the Church like a business we turn the body of Christ into a whore”

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    • Agent X · April 17, 2020

      “tangent”?

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      • Robert · April 17, 2020

        Maybe not! But we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater and forsake assembling together (online of course atm) with local assemblies of believers.

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      • Agent X · April 17, 2020

        Probably I should write a whole post on this, but so far I have not. (Well, I have danced around it for years, but never totally examined the knot in the rope I deal with…)

        It comes from finding the church in both Matthew and I Samuel. You already know, I am sure, what Jesus says to Peter about the church and the ROCK in Matthew. The gates of hell will not withstand it.

        There is more there to explore, for sure, and perhaps I really need to do that more. Gates of hell is a defensive thing. The church on this rick is assaulting the gates of hell, not the other way round. Possibly that itself will illuminate a path forward. But let us move over to I Sam.

        Church in I Sam???

        Yeah.

        Look. I am juggling other responsibilities as I type this, so either go search for yourself or catch me when we have more time, but let us speak of the church as “the Lord’s Anointed” for the moment. And in I Sam, the people want a king like the nations, and so God gives them one. Of course I Sam goes to a lot of trouble to tell us that this is a rejection of God being their king and a number of other related and very negative matters, but God gives them what they ask for.

        Now.. the Bible clearly tells us that Saul is God’s choice for king. I cannot negate that. And that Saul is the Lord’s anointed. But there are these other very negative passages about his kingship too, AND there is a place where God really, without quite coming out to say it (as I recall) nonetheless paints Saul as THE PEOPLE’s CHOICE kind.

        What is no in doubt AT ALL is that under Sauls nose, God anoints ANOTHER. And the Bible goes to great lengths to paint David as God’s Choice AND to point out how that he is unexpected. He is NOT the peoples choice. God knows his heart and looks at David in ways mankind does not. God wants his king to be a SHEPHERD, and from that time on… all Israel comes to think of their good kings as SHEPHERDS of the flock. And so God covertly puts this OTHER Lords anointed in service right under the nose of the previous one.

        David runs around like a criminal on the run from the law for years! He is surrounded by malcontents at Adullam’s cave. His early career is not the posterboy career for good little boys who grow up in the church, but very, very different, actually. And Jesus too mirrors this stuff vis-à-vis Herod. With malcontents wanting to make him king BY FORCE when he feeds them in the desert by the thousands like a shepherd does his sheep.

        Where is the church in all of this?

        Not exactly sure, but the church is the Lord’s Anointed. The very Body of Christ. The church on the ROCK that withstands the gates of hell. Hard to look at the assembly I belong to and see SHEPERDS tending the flock. In fact so very many earmarks of the church we find in the Bible are just plain missing from the assembly I belong to. Also, the opposite. So many things prohibited to the church of the Bible are alive and well and endorsed at the church I belong to.

        Hmmm…

        And my church is trying very hard to be THE PEOPLE’s CHOICE! Seeker sensitive… stuff like that. Come and hear about Jesus and enjoy a free latte at our coffee bar! Our Jesus turns a blind eye to GREED – even nearly all sexual immorality except maybe rape and child abuse – MAYBE (actually child abuse is rampant in the church both Catholic and Protestant). Not very shepherdlike.

        But

        BUT

        But when David has the chance to kill Saul, he refuses to do it. In fact, he seems to be remorseful for even proving he could.

        And then when the young fella who witnesses the death of Saul tries to take credit for it (thinking he would have favor with David or it) David kills him. And the reason??? because he raised his hand against the LORDS Anointed.

        Wow!

        That gives me cause for pause.

        My church behaves ever bit as badly as King Saul, but I dare not raise my hand against the Lord’s Anointed.

        I have been reading important work by scholars like R. Highfield and R. Hughes who are pointing out that the church I have been devoted to is a fake and/or dead. But Jesus says on this rock he builds it and the gates of hell will not withstand it.

        That doesn’t sound like a group that is fake or dead. But both Highfield and Hughes are CofC guys – PROTESTANT. And protestants backed out on THE CHURHC a LOOOOOONG time ago so that we could do this thing we are doing now…

        How do I sort this out?

        I am working on that. With much prayer and study.

        Perhaps you might help me?

        Let’s talk…

        Thanx for your insightful comments.

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  2. Steven · April 17, 2020

    The other night I was thinking about the pandemic being a contemporary parallel to the biblical story of the tower of Babel. At the height of America’s “best economy in world history”—the pride, joy, and crowning achievement of our arrogant president—a virus created by God suddenly sweeps through the world and topples this economy in just a few weeks. And not just the American economy, but to the world economy since we live under the regime of globalized capitalism with America at the head. Now the world’s markets are in shambles and people are lamenting the downfall of the great imperial economy (read: America) as you so aptly pointed out.

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    • Agent X · April 17, 2020

      I am so glad for this reply. Your biblical imagination at work. Yes. Bring the Bible to bear on the world today! Please do that.

      I have been cued up to the notion for a few years now that America is NOT really the totality of EMPIRE. That seems to be the globalization of markets. But America lives in the penthouse alright.

      Keep thinking like this. Let me know where the dust settles as you give this your attention.

      God bless…

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