The Religion Of Babylon      

Genesis 11:4


     In ancient Babylon, in the days of Nimrod, in defiance to the God of Noah, men said, "Let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven, and let us make us a name." And that is the creed of all false religion. The religion of Babylon is any religion which centers in man, depends upon man, and gives man a name of honor. It matters not what name the religion wears, any religion that makes salvation dependent upon something man does, rather than what Christ has done, is the religion of Babylon. Any religion that makes salvation to be determined by the will of man, rather than the will of God, is the religion of Babylon. Let me be unmistakably clear.

     No one can deny that the Bible teaches the doctrine of election. But most say that election is determined by God responding to what he "foresaw" man would do. Others say, "God chose to save whosoever will, and if a man wills to be saved he makes himself one of the elect." In either case, election is dependent on the will of man. That is Babylonian! The Word of God declares that election is by God's sovereign will alone (Eph. 1:3-6; II Tim. 1:9). All religions, which claim to be christian, profess to believe in redemption by the blood of Christ. But most declare that the blood of Christ was shed to redeem those who perish as well as those who are saved. Such doctrine means that Christ shed his blood in vain for those who perish in hell! And such doctrine declares that it is man who makes the blood of Christ effectual for redemption by the power of his free-will. That is Babylonian! The Word of God declares that Christ has effectually accomplished the redemption of his people (Gal. 3:13; Heb. 9:12). Regeneration, the new birth, is declared to be the result of man's choice only by those whose religion is Babylonian. The Word of God plainly declares that man's will has nothing to do with the accomplishment of the new birth. It is the work of God's will and power alone (John 1:12-13; Rom. 9:16).


Don Fortner