Are You Horny?

The only thing scarier than institutionalised confusion is personal confusion. That is the warning in Revelation 14:9&10 – the most severe warning in the Bible. Internalised Babylon is worse than external and it’s impact is twofold: mindset and lifestyle.

The first Biblical encounter with Babylon shows a people that would much rather “make a name” (Genesis 11:4) for themselves than obey the only Divine command that we have had little trouble disobeying: be fruitful and multiply over the earth. From the beginning, Babylon is a place where people decide they don’t need God for much and seek to establish their own authority.

So we come to even the book of Daniel, where the fourth chapter encapsulates the Babylonian pride. Babylon is a place where unbridled egocentricity rushes to fill the vacuum of God rejected. It is the place where the arrogant little horn challenges God (Daniel 7).

But we must return to the third angel’s warning. Institutional Babylon is God’s problem to destroy but internalized Babylon is ours to resist (with God’s leading and enabling of course). The most dangerous “little horn” is the one in the mirror.

Whose authority rules in your life? Do you have God’s mindset? Do you nod at God in church but turn around and do it your way during the week? It is easy to tick the right boxes for the wrong reasons. It is easy to crucify The Lord of The Sabbath and then rush of to Sabbath vespers. It is way too easy to look like a lamb but use dragon slang; to look loving but be inwardly horny.

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