feast: What's So Bad About Babylon? (1997)
Present Day Evil
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 19-Oct-97; Sermon #FT97-08; 76 minutes
Using the lesson of the Tower of Babel and the Babylonic system, John Ritenbaugh asserts that mankind must stop trusting in its towers—anything that we place our trust in apart from Almighty God (wealth, status, achievement, military prowess, scientific inventiveness, etc.), giving us an arrogant, self-centered sense of security and well-being. Babylon constitutes the fountainhead of instruction that, like strong drink, impairs the ability to function properly while creating the illusion of doing better. A mere increase of knowledge (without the accompanying revelation of God) is useless, leading nowhere in terms of solving mankind's real problems. The fruits of Babylon have created a spiritual, social, and ecological crisis which threatens all life. God forces us to make a choice in favor of life and permanence, rejecting the way of death and impermanence.
Babel Babylon Compromise Disbelief Distinctive Drunk Emet Empire Faithfulness Hesed Humanism Knowledge increase Luxury Moral condition Name Nimrod Pre-eminence Pride Scattering Surge of knowledge To and fro Tower of Babel Wine
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