Will there be any organized religions faithful to God in the end?

JeffLogan's picture

In my study to respond to a request from a poster in another thread I was impressed to address this question after reading the following: (Don't be offended for your church's sake because what really matters is Jesus Christ and His church will survive even if it meets in the wilderness.)

    Revelation 18:1-8

    And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power;
    and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice,
    saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils,
    and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

    For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication,
    and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her,
    and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

    And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people,
    that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
    For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
    Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works:
    in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

    How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her:
    for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
    Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine;
    and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong [is] the Lord God who judgeth her.

Notice the characteristics of this fallen church. Notice the call of God to come out of her. Notice how she courts the prominent men of the world and seduces them with vanities after getting them drunk with her intoxicating (false) gospel. Did she promise them wealth and prosperity because later they become angry with her and bemoan their loss because no one buys their merchandise any more. Or is this an allusion to the fact that no one is going to buy what they are preaching? What church isn't guilty here? They have all become worldly and/or glorified themselves. Look at the salaries of some of these church leaders. Look at their palaces for homes. Look at the vehicles they drive. Look at how pretentious they are. And they all disagree regarding the truth so probably all of them teach error.

Anyway, just wanted to hear your thoughts on this calling out of God's people to come out of the confusion (Babylon) so God can punish the purveyors of falsehoods. Now I doubt these huge organization will disappear but what I mean to ask is, do you think that God's true people will come out of all these organized religions, much like in Jesus' day, and begin to meet secretly in their homes? Secretly? Yes, do you think the churches are going to stand for a mass exodus producing a huge revenue loss? Not hardly. I think they will appeal to the government to force us to pay a church tax like they did early on in America. Maybe that is the cry of the merchants (the various pastors). Maybe their merchandise is indeed their gospel and they cry because no one is buying what they are selling (read; no one is attending their services giving tithes and offerings to support their lavish lifestyles, fancy abodes, nice cars, fine apparel, and the wife's jewels. That would be an incentive for them to cry to the government to establish a church tax.)

Anyway, what do you think? Is this possible? Could this be what Revelation 18 is saying--that before Christ comes organized religion will lose favor with the saints and a primitive religion will emerge as people purify themselves in preparation for meeting their Lord?

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