Let's take tour into the desert and take a look at the woman and the beast. We turn to Revelations 17:1-6,
["... 1And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration...]
This a portral of the false church. This basically those subject who preach a gospel in the form of works. By ritual, tradition or habit. They like doing thing their own way. They surely don't believe on the complete work of Jesus on the cross for us. They might say it was a good start, but we have to finish on our own perhaps, perserverance on our own strength. Those who trust on religion of the base of the law are these. They really don't see Jesus glorified. It, hime to them, is just a symbol of I don't know what, but really just a nice thought, Jesus!...
Jesus is not a real religion but an adventure in self glory and vanity. They don't believe what God says and invent what God says to fit their own whim and life style. They proclaim the coming of Jesus but really don't look foward to his return. They really do no have faith in God or Jesus! It seem kind of vague doesn't it!? But it is not hidden from God those who really don't love him in heart. I did not want to go into details. To what end. These can never come to the knowledge of the truth about the falleness of man, the Glorious Diety of Christ and or the complete and only way to heaven, namely Jesus!...
They write volume, tons of scriptures, endless argument, but the only objective is to find another way to heaven with out Jesus! Perhaps by the line of Abraham, to regeneration of the 'spirit', or just verbalizing Jesus long enough until you feel safe with out really accepting him as God and Lord. We will keep it breif! Those who know Jesus, God knows them and this subject is just a dessert on what God Jesus has already done for us! keep safe! May God bless you. Amen...