Tripped up in the church: how Balaams and Jezebels influence congregations

When the Lord Jesus sent out his letters to the seven churches in Asia via his apostle John (Revelation 1-3), he gave us an accurate picture of how churches would operate in the last days before his return. Unfortunately, most of it was negative and when I think about his warnings in those church letters, it reminds me of the question he asked his disciples in Luke 18:8, “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”

Three of the seven churches (43%) we know for sure had problems with idolatry in the form of doctrines relating to Balaam, Jezebel, and the Nicolaitans. Out of those three, two of them (roughly 30% of the seven) had the same doctrines tied to Balaam and Jezebel. Notice the similarities at Pergamos and Thyatira that Jesus points out–

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

 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. Revelation 2:20

We can take away three things that Balaams and Jezebels do in congregations:

  1. They teach, trick, seduce, and pressure people into falling for false doctrines–namely,
  2. The false doctrine that it’s okay to observe idolatrous practices, and
  3. The false doctrine that it’s okay to cast down God’s law of marriage in favor of fornication.

These things are played out in so many ways because the agents of Satan have so many fiery darts in their arsenal to throw at the church. But here are several recent examples of how this has played out in the real world–

Sculpture of a rock star on a crucifix displayed in London church (Source: Blouin ARTINFO, February 19, 2015)

For the “sake of art,” an Anglican church in London decided to allow a sculpture of rocker Pete Doherty, who recently left rehab in an attempt to kick drugs and alcohol, to hang on display in their church for a few weeks. The display called “For Pete’s sake” is a likeness of Doherty hanging on a cross to poke fun at how the media has handled his scandals. So a church mocks the accomplishments of our sinless, innocent Lord to compare them to a sinful, humanist, self-absorbed celebrity. Idolatry.

Catholic priest says yoga leads to Satanism & Hindus want Pope to punish him (Source: International Business Times, February 23, 2015)

The RCC is a false church to begin with where some of its leaders are Satanists, but I only mention them because many evangelicals hang on the words of Catholic priests as if they’re gospel. This priest is living in a glass house while throwing stones to make himself appear righteous to fool churchgoers into thinking that since he criticizes idolatry, he isn’t participating in it. Blatant falsehood. Maybe he should brush up on Romans 2:1-3, 22-24–something I have to do myself from time to time.

Millenial “evangelicals” want churches to fully accept LGBT “Christians” (Source: The Christian Science Monitor, February 20, 2015)

In 10 years, acceptance of the LGBT fornicators has supposedly gone up from 11% among ‘evangelicals’ to 21%, thanks to the millenial Balaams and Jezebels in churches who think it’s so great to celebrate how people fornicate. One pastor has even said we can apply the monogamous sexual ethic Paul mentions in scripture for straight Christians to LGBT ‘Christians.’ He ignores the fact that many gay fornicators still fornicate with others who aren’t their ‘partners.’ Furthermore, his attempt to change God’s times and laws is a main marker of an antichrist (see Daniel 7:25).

Balaams and Jezebels just need to repent before they end up like their real namesakes did in the Bible.

Harry A. Gaylord

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  1. Listening to Second Peter this evening I was reminded that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of their ungodliness, which revealed in Genesis was homosexuality. Homosexuality is only condemned in the Scriptures and pastors who support it bear witness that they are apostate and will suffer the same judgment as these workers of unrighteousness. God bless you:)


    1. Well said, Eliza. I believe part of the problem is that church leaders for years have given straight fornicators in church a pass for their behavior. Now that gay fornicators are pushing forward with ungodly arguments, since compromises are ‘normalized,’ some church folk are now willing to accept this. Or as Paul said, ” a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.”

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      1. So my concerns that the church is filled with immorality is correct based upon this. I was led of the Lord to that conclusion before this whole homosexuality perversion became so prevalent within the church. The apostasy is acute.


  2. We’re about at the end. The Church of Philadelphia is forming. September 2015 Pope Francis is coming to America to speak from the UN floor to issue global encyclical from there (will already issue it elsewhere… but doing it from the UN floor is symbolic of the start of one world religion). So, we’ll see what else happens at the UN this fall. First beast of Revelation is in the White House. **I was taken to Heaven to see Jesus face to face in full revelation as a child… and who believes miraculous testimonies these days with so many fakes out there. Regardless, set in the office of the Church of Philadelphia. Moving to form it with those gathered… with beliefs and practices that do not tolerate union with this world… and the eternal whole counsel plan that declares that these tares, these reprobate… they’re devils incarnate. How people “missed it” until now… hard to say. Spiritual. Anyway, the eternal whole counsel plan will blow people’s hair back… as will my declaration that there can be no human government whatsoever in the Church of Philadelphia… but God will move the Holy Spirit through me to strike people dead as Ananias and Sapphira were stricken dead.

    Whether people are ready or not… the Church of Philadelphia is forming…and I am preparing to emerge in apostolic power unseen in 2000 year… in old time religion… that calls for anathema across American soil unto the wicked. 🙂 Don’t know what people thought it meant when Jesus said the false would be forced under my feet with the devil… but seeing is believing for some folks. (And some… like Ananias and Sapphira… it’s the last thing they see.)

    I have a commission to release the Sword of the Spirit and not withdraw it until the soil of America is thoroughly purged. 🙂 Praise Jesus! 🙂 I’m in agreement with the Lord God Almighty!


  3. Hello Harry

    In my first comment,I’m wasn’t supporting angel/human mating I was just curious. Which begs me to ask you

    Angels can put on matter and wear it as you and I wear a cloak: can it not be fully functioning matter? Why not?


    1. If you want answers, you should search the scriptures with integrity and exegesis (getting out of them what God is really saying) instead of searching them with eisegesis (putting into them your own private or man-made traditional interpretations). Jesus, the Creator of the angels, said angels in heaven neither marry nor are given in marriage. This speaks to how they were created and for what purpose. Their purpose was never to procreate. The fallen angels were once heavenly angels. So they were also created without the capacity to marry or procreate. That’s why they are confined to possessing people. If they have been limited to doing this for the thousands of years since their fall, obviously they don’t have the capability of creating reproductive cells in men or women or in their corporeal forms as males or females.

      In addition to Jesus’ statement, we have the apostle Paul who attests in Acts 17:26 to the fact that God “hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.” God used one blood–Adam’s blood with Eve’s, created out of Adam–to make all nations and has predetermined man’s times and man’s boundaries as far as where humans live, how long they live, and what they can accomplish when they live. There isn’t any mention about angel blood (if that even exists) or how angel blood mixed with human blood. This also verifies God’s law of kinds–that humans’ reproductive cells can only spawn other humans.


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