|Revelation 18:4-7 |
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, so that you do not share in her sins, and so you will not receive her plagues.2 [Some of God's people are still in Christendom Babylon; God is pleading with his elect to leave the false church. Arise and depart, for this is not the rest. Because it is defiled, it shall destroy you, even with a grievous destruction. Micah 2:10]
5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.
6 Reward her even as she done to you, and repay her double according to her works; mix a double portion in the cup that she has filled for others.
7 As much as she has glorified herself and lived deliciously, give her so much torment and sorrow; for she said in her heart, 'I sit as a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.'3
3 she said in her heart, 'I sit as a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.' This whore, who embraces all the world's corruptions of lust, pride, greed, and sin, says: she is the bride of Christ, Christ is her husband, she is not a widow, and she is blessed by God. She has glorified herself with her cathedrals, vain buildings, palaces of pride, temples of opulence, art, stained glass windows, chandeliers, candelabras, robes, ceremonies; titles of Pope, Cardinal, Reverend, Doctor, Master, and Father. She has the scriptures, but picks and chooses selective verses, ignoring the vast majority that indict her. She tells her paying customers to ignore the scripture's exclusions and disregard the requirements of cleansing — purity — perfection and holiness; just keep coming to meetings, celebrating their presumed salvation, paying their money, and recruiting more paying customers.