“But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.” (Revelation 2:14)
The condition is described here in Revelation 2:14 as a spiritual condition where men are being taught to fornicate and to eat with ungodly women as part of the pagan idol worship practices. Now in stark contrast, the true church of God is described spiritually in scripture as a pure woman. She is portrayed in scripture as the one and only faithful bride of Christ. She loves only Christ and is fully submitted and obedient to him in everything.
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing… …This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:22-32)
Yet there is another spiritual woman condition that seduces men and women into a form of worship where they think they are serving God, but they are not faithful to Jesus alone. Consequently people are drawn into feasting on a corrupted word, and having a relationship with a church (an impure woman) that is not faithful to Jesus. This spiritual condition is described in scripture as: “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (see Rev 17:5) She is an impure woman (or an impure church) who claims to be married to Christ (the bride of Christ) but she is not submitted to him, nor is she true to him. She “flirts” and has “relations” (or takes pleasure in) all kinds of sin, sinful practices, pagan worship practices, and with flirting with men who are leaders of people doing the same evil. The people who are part of her claim to be saved, but they still commit sin. So was the testimony of the Roman Catholic Church during the Pergamos age, and so also has been the testimony of every major “so called” Christian denomination. They claim Christ, but they are not free from sin – they are not true to Jesus and his word.
The call that is going out today to the very few who desire to be “faithful” to Christ is:
“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.” (Rev 18:4-5)