Babylon has many false teachings “And the woman … having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication” (Revelation 17:4). Her wine cup is full of intoxicating lies (Proverbs 12:22), or false teachings that make people spiritually drunk. Here are some of Babylon’s lies:
- The Ten Commandments are not binding. But the Bible teaches ” it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail” (Luke 16:17).
- Sunday sacredness. There is not a single verse in the Bible that states that the Lord has transferred the sanctity of the seventh day of the week (Saturday) to the first day of the week (Sunday) (Genesis 2:2, 3; Exodus 20:8-11). All the prophets of the OT, Jesus, the disciples and the inspired writers of the NT kept the seventh day Sabbath Holy as God commanded (Lu 4:16; Lu 23:56; Acts 13:14, 42-44; 16:13; 17:2; 18:4).
- The Secret Rapture. The Bible teaches that when Jesus comes again with all the angels in majesty and power, the saints will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 54).
- The immortality of the soul. The Bible mentions “soul” and “spirit” 1,700 times. Not once is either referred to as immortal. Only God is immortal (1 Timothy 6:16). People are mortal (Job 4:17), and no one receives immortality until Jesus’ second advent (1 Corinthians 15:51-54).
- Eternal torment in hell. The Bible teaches that sinners will be completely consumed (put out of existence), both soul and body, in the fire. Hell is not eternal (Matthew 10:28).
- Confessing your sins to a priest. The Bible teaches that sins should be confessed only to God who forgives our sins (1 John 1:9).
- Counterfeit baptisms. The Bible teaches that baptism by immersion is the only baptism accepted by God (Mark 1:9, 10; Acts 8:38, 39).
- Confusion of tongues. There are only three actual examples of speaking in tongues recorded in the Bible (Acts chapters 2, 10, and 19). If we look at these three cases, and compare it with what is happening today in some churches, we will see that this gift was given to share the gospel with those who had a language barrier with the apostles.
- Intercessions of the saints. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the only mediator “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).
- Adoration of Mary. The Bible teaches “thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” (Mark 12:30).
- Salvation by works. The Bible teaches that we are saved by grace “Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Timothy 1:9).
And there are many other errors in Babylon that goes beyond the scope of this brief answer.
Jesus recognizes His children who are in Babylon saying, “Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” (John 8:32). And He will call them out of Babylon before it is destroyed. And Jesus promises that His people who are yet in Babylon will hear and recognize His voice and come out to safety “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:16, 27).
In His service,