The book of Revelation chapter 17 makes it clear that there is a Great Harlot (Prostitute) with whom all the kings of the earth commit fornication.
Rev 17:1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,
Rev 17:2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
Waters here represent peoples. This Great Harlot sits upon many waters – meaning it is an international thing, not confined to one nation.
The word “harlot” or “prostitute” tells us something else – it is MONEY DRIVEN. Harlots offer sexual favors for money, they are motivated by money. Money is what buys worldly influence and worldly resources. Expect the Great Harlot to have plenty of worldly influence and worldly resources.
If your church is MONEY DRIVEN, MONEY FOCUSSED, it is in harmony with one of the major principles of any harlot, and could well be on the way to being part of the Great Harlot, if it is not already.
The kings of the earth commit fornication with this Great Harlot. Kings represent political power. So where there is an alliance of otherwise ungodly kings/presidents/prime ministers with religious institutions, you are probably looking at a manifestation of the Great Harlot.
I have noticed that a number of streams in the Pentecostal/Evangelical church are seeking more and more political influence and favor with kings and rulers. That is fine if you do it in real submission to God and His Word. Its dangerous ground as soon as you are willing to compromise any godly principles in order to obtain the favor of men. God knows who has and who has not crossed the line here.
The Roman Catholic church has been married to political power for most of its existence. At one stage the Kings of Europe believed they could not enter the Kingdom of Heaven without pleasing the Pope, so the pope in that time exercised incredible authority.
The Orthodox church usually submits to the national political leadership of a state and in return seeks preferred status from them, and the right to persecute people of all other religious convictions if possible.
All these things are evidence of religious harlotry and spiritual fornication. Our trust should be in God, and Jesus said “My kingdom is not of this world”. That means that the kingdom of God is not about political rulership.
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” (John 18:36)
Evangelicals who have allied themselves with U.S. President George W. Bush seem to have forgotten that the Kingdom of God is not of this world. The Kingdom of God is not implemented with bombs, guns, tanks, depleted uranium, waterboarding, secret renditions to torture chambers, economic sanctions which hurt the poor of this world, electronic surveillance, the imposition of democracy by force, the abolition of civil liberties or any such things. The attempts of men to force others to conform to political ideologies, however well meaning these attempts may be, are misguided, because “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal”. The real fight we have is against the EVIL SPIRITS that are controlling the way people think and feel, and it is only through the power of prayer, proclamation and demonstration of the truth that these spirits are defeated.
To continue from the Scriptures:
Rev 17:5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Rev 17:6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.
This great harlot is a mystery. It is referred to as Babylon the Great. It is hard to pin down exactly what this spiritual power is, and Isaiah 47 which talks about this spiritual power says that this “virgin daughter of Babylon” boasts that “no one sees me”.
It is clear though that apart from being money driven, this Babylonian harlot spirit is behind the murder of true disciples of Jesus. The Babylonian spirit is irritated by those who steadfastly refuse to succumb to its seductions, and ultimately seeks to kill those it cannot control. In the same way Harlot church leaders seek to destroy any godly ministry they cannot control. They are like Cain who killed his righteous brother Abel. Cain was very religious, and worked hard at his religion, offering sacrifices of the fruit of the earth that God had cursed. But God is not pleased with religion that originates in the imagination of man, even though it may have since been passed down from generation to generation. He wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth. It is the Holy Spirit who guides us into truth, and we must realise that not every spirit that can make us feel good is the Holy Spirit.
The Harlot Church leads people into involvement with the practices of mystery religions. Its interesting that many church leaders are now recommending such practices as yoga, centering prayers, walking through labyrinths, the emptying of the mind in meditation and more. All sorts of people are succumbing to the deception that the spiritual experiences coming from various unbiblical contemplative practices are actually from God. What is happening is that people are flirting with evil spirits without knowing it – spirits that masquerade as the Holy Spirit but ultimately speak lies and deception.
Even as Christ builds his church so satan is building the harlot church. The Bible predicts a great falling away in the Last Days, and to my mind there is evidence that this is already well underway.