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8), a religion of iniquity - lawlessness - a religion rejecting the
law ofGod. Much more ofthis later.
The True and the False Church
In the book of Revelation are pictured two churches, each of
which go under the
of Christ. One, pictured in the twelfth
chapter, portrays the true Church of God, small in number, re–
duced through persecution and martyrdom, but obedient to
God's law, and hated by Satan. The other, in the seventeenth
chapter, called "Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Har–
lots and Abominations of the Earth" (verse 5). In other words,
the Babylonian mystery religion steeped in "iniquity" - abolish–
ing God's law.
During the time of Pau1's ministry, these same Simon Magus
ministers were troubling the Corinthians. Pau1 wrote to the Corin–
thians: "I am jea1ous over you with godly jea1ousy: for I have es–
poused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste
virgin to Christ [the true Church, in the resurrection, is to be mar–
ried to Christ, spiritually]. But I fear, lest by any means, as the ser–
pent begui1ed Eve through his subtilty,
so your minds should be
from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he (a minister
of Simon Magus) that cometh preacheth
another Jesus,
whom we
have not preached, or if ye receive
another spirit
[of rebellion and
disobedience) which ye have not received, or
another gospel ... "
(11 Cor. 11 :2-4). (More, 1ater, about the connection with the de–
ception ofthe first woman, Eve.)
But notice, they were proclaiming
another Jesus
as well as
another gospel
and they followed
another spirit
of rebellion
and not obedience. That deception has continued through the
centuries and is the state today. They took the
of Christ.
They called their Baby1onian re1igion "Christianity." But they not
only presented a counterfeit
but a counterfeit spirit of
centeredness and a counterfeit Jesus, comp1ete1y different to the
Jesus of the Bib1e.
Of these fa1se ministers, Pau1 wrote further to the Corinthi–
ans: "For such are fa1se apostles, deceitfu1 workers, transforming
themselves into the apost1es of Christ. And no marve1; for
is transformed into an ange1 of 1ight. Therefore it is no