The House of Whore
1 Samuel 2:22-25
Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people. Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the LORD'S people to transgress. If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the LORD would slay them.
1 Samuel 2:34-35
And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of them. And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before mine anointed for ever.
1 Samuel 4:10-22
And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen. And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain. And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head. And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside watching: for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried out. And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, What meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily, and told Eli.
Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see. And the man said unto Eli, I am he that came out of the army, and I fled to day out of the army. And he said, What is there done, my son? And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken. And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.
And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, near to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her. And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said unto her, Fear not; for thou hast born a son. But she answered not, neither did she regard it. And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband. And she said, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken.
1 Corinthians 5:9-13
I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Regrettably, Hophni and Phinehas have taken up residence in house of the Lord. Inexplicably, they are comfortable in their role, and are seemingly unaware that they are walking directly into the judgment of God. For we know that God does not change. God killed Hophni and Phinehas, and he will also exact judgment on hypocrites today who are populating the churches, disrespecting the house of God by treating it like a whore house, where wanton, immoral, fallen bed-hopping, backslidden, promiscuous "Christians" are engaging in frequent, casual, indiscriminate, transient, and unrestrained sex with different partners in an ongoing perverted lifestyle, which is a reflection their inexplicable hatred and rejection of God, their Creator.
It's one thing to sin outside the church where judgment inevitably finds you, but it is altogether another thing to boldly enter into the house of the Lord wearing the facade of a Christian, while simultaneously and deliberately sinning without restraint, with no intent to repent, having become a full-fledged lascivious child of the devil; snakes in the pews.
People who prey on the congregation of the Lord are blind to the extent that they, no doubt, like Hophni and Phinehas, cannot see their own devastation coming, even though we have multiple examples in the Word of the Lord as a witness to us today, a warning of what we ought and ought not to do as faithful Christians. We ought to obey the Word of the Lord without fail, and we ought not to willfully sin against God's Word.
Christians can abuse divine grace by thinking within themselves that they can sin at will and ask God to forgive them, knowing that they will do the exact same thing all over again. This is not repentance, it is called trying to "play God" as though he does not know what is in the hearts of men. There are no secrets with God. He knows every thought and intent of the hearts of men.
Only a foolish person will become a member of the church with the ulterior motive of finding sexual partners and creating sinful, sexual liaisons. They may be a member of the church, but their lifestyle of freely engaging in open, unrestrained sexual activity, or group sex via sex parties, relegates them as outsiders as it relates to the true body of Christ.
They have transformed themselves into thorns in the body of Christ; a source of discomfort, annoyance, irritation and obstacles that somehow or another the true body of Christ has to overcome, or expel from its midst, otherwise we, like Eli, will face the wrath of God because of our apparent easy tolerance of such treacherous vipers; blatant hypocrites residing comfortably in our midst.
Eli, the high priest in Shiloh, where the Ark of the Covenant rested, talked to his sons, Hophni and Phinehas, who were also priests at the sanctuary. But they did not listen to their father, because it was God's plan to kill them.
Apparently, with God there are some things that he will simply kill you for doing. Hophni and Phinehas were engaged in sexual activity with the women of the church. In 1 Samuel 2:22-25, we learn from the Word that there is a difference between sins against man, and sins against God.
Apparently, hypocrisy in the church is a sin against God. Hophni and Phinehas caused the women who served in the church to fall into sexual immorality, and they did not obey the direct commands of the Lord regarding the temple sacrifices, thereby bringing a curse on the house of Eli, all of his male descendants forever.
The wicked sons of Eli are without excuse; they were raised in the house of the Lord, they knew the Word of God, what was right and acceptable in the eyes of the Lord, yet they chose to go against the will of God. Consequently, both died on the same day, along with Eli and Phinehas's wife who, after giving birth to his son, named him Ichabod, meaning the glory of the Lord has departed.
This will be the heritage of churches today if we continue to allow the spirit of hypocrisy to take root in the sanctuary of the Lord, His Glory will depart; our corporate anointing will leave, and what will be left is a cursed, dead church in the wake of God's divine judgment.
Eli was the high priest, the most powerful man in the nation of Israel, but he failed to correct his greedy, lascivious sons for misappropriating offered sacrificial meat, and for demanding sex from the women who served at the door of the tabernacle.
But God killed them both on the same day in the battle against the silly Philistines, who took the Ark of the Covenant to their dismay. Of course, they did not really know what they were doing when they took the Ark of the Covenant, otherwise they would not have touched the presence of the Lord.
A plague of emerods broke out among the Philistines, and an invasion of mice occurred while they held the Ark of the Covenant captive; a warning to men who would dare to intermeddle with the things and people of God.
God is not a toy that one should even remotely consider playing with. He is the Creator of the universe, and has all power and authority at his beck and call. There is nothing that he does not know or comprehend. You can not *pull the wool over God's eyes, or slip under his radar unnoticed; an impossibility.
God is a God of judgment and vengeance. All of Israel except Joshua and Caleb died in the wilderness because of their disobedience and disbelief of God. God dwells in Eternity, consequently, 40 years of Israel wandering in the wilderness was a brief span of time to Him. Except Moses had intervened between God's anger at Israel they would have died immediately.
But God allowed them to live long enough to bring forth a new generation, and he brought that generation into The Promised Land. That tells us that the disobedient children of God loses their God-given inheritance because they chose to abort their destiny in lieu of yielding to their flesh, an insidious destroyer of men and women. If Christians don't crucify their flesh, their flesh, in turn, will crucify them.
Hophni and Phinehas were priests in the church, but they abused their power and authority in the service of the Lord to the extent that they had no relationship with God; they did not know him. They had backslidden to such a degree that they were strangers to the actuality of having a relationship with God, and that is the condition of many members of today's church. They have strayed so far away from God that they have become unrecognizable to him. They are so covered by their sins that there is no visible or spiritual signs of the Christ-like life. All that is apparent to discerning eyes are dead Christian replicas.
Replica: A reproduction of an original, a copy closely resembling the original concerning its appearance, but sometimes the original never existed; they represent a resemblance of the original; intentional forgeries, often used illegally for forgery and counterfeits, the term replica is used for discussing the non-original recreation, sometimes hiding its real identity, an authentic-looking duplicate.
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was" (2 Timothy 3:1-9).
Thus, we have The House of Whore birthed from the womb of hypocrisy, raised up, like Hophni and Phinehas, in the church, who have learned how to go through the motions of Christianity but they no longer know the Lord. They have no relationship with him at all, but are instead, in relationship with the flesh of their own impending demise. The House of Whore sits amid the congregation of the Lord polluting the environment with their detestable essence, seeking to prey on the people of God; insanity at best.
The House of Whore dwells within the death net of implausible safety surrounded by the body of Christ, safety at least in their minds, because they think their sins to be invisible and thereby unseen, sins that have darkened their minds to reason due to inordinate affections, leaving their spirits crippled and warped, consequently, they continue in sin unaffected, unrepentant, and totally unaware that God has already judged them and ordained their sudden end.
*Pull the wool over your eyes
Meaning: To deceive, to hoodwink.
The natural assumption is that this phrase derives from the wearing of woolen wigs, which were fashionable for both men and women in the 16th and 17th centuries. The phrase itself is of 19th century American origin. The earliest example that I can find of it in print is from the Milwaukee Daily Sentinel And Gazette, October 1839:
"And we ask one question that they dare not firmly answer, whether they are not now making a tolerable attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the people."
The 'wig' derivation is probably correct but there must be an element of doubt about it as the wearing of wigs had largely died out in the USA by the early 19th century. The tradition has continued in Europe where the judiciary of several countries wear wigs in court. Not so in the USA, where the third president Thomas Jefferson (president between 1801 - 1809), although a wig wearer himself, advised the judiciary there:
"For Heaven’s sake discard the monstrous wig which makes the English judges look like rats peeping through bunches of oakum." (www.phrases.org.uk)