Harlot versus Virgin Christians

Can Jesus Christ be expected to return for His 'Bride' if she acts like a harlot, or has become foolish?

(Matt 25:1-2)  "Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. {2} And five of them were wise, and five were foolish."

(1 Cor 6:15-17)  "Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? GOD FORBID {16} What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. {17} But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit."

The parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins Jesus spoke of in Matt 25:1-13 only relates to 'virgin Christians.' To help Christians relate to spiritual fornication, scripture illustrates how Israel as a nation turned away from God and become a harlot towards Him as described in Ezekiel chapter 16. The following passage of scripture illustrates the way God's people offend Him when they associate with other false religions or idols.

(Ezek 16:28-33)  "Thou [Jerusalem] hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied. {29} Thou hast moreover multiplied thy [spiritual] fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith. {30} How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman; {31} In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire; {32} But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband! {33} They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom."

This article will highlight the Biblical differences between Virgin Christians and Harlot Christians for the purposes of understanding how the Bible describes their behavior, and whether they will be eligible to be in the Rapture or not. 

Female Virginity and the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

 

To appreciate how God views His people as being seen as a spiritual 'virgin' or as a 'harlot' (or whore), it is necessary to first look at the term virgin to understand it’s relevance to Christians.

The Free Online Dictionary defines virgin in the following ways:

virgin Pronunciation (vûrjn) 

  • A person who has not experienced sexual intercourse.
  • A chaste or unmarried woman; a maiden.
  • An unmarried woman who has taken religious vows of chastity.

Throughout Old Testament Jewish culture, the importance of a young, unmarried woman remaining a virgin until her wedding day was essential, as the Law of Moses required all virgins who became 'defiled' by a lover must marry him. (Exodus 22:16-17; Deut. 22:28-29).

In those days, it was customary that to eliminate any doubt about an espoused bride's virginity, she was required to prove this on her wedding night by offering wedding ‘tokens’ as evidence of her faithfulness towards her espoused bridegroom (Deut 22:13-21).

Producing blood stains on a white cloth from the initial sexual act was the required evidence of her virginity. After these 'tokens' were produced, the bride's parents were to keep them as evidence in case the bridegroom decided to make an accusation against her unfaithfulness towards him at a later date (Deut 22:15-17).

In the spiritual sense of these ancient Biblical traditions, any Christian who defiles their spiritual virginity with another false religion is deemed to have committed spiritual fornication with that spiritual entity and must therefore become 'married' to their lover (Luke 16:13).

The Apostle Paul said to the believers in the Corinthian church that he required to see these same qualities of spiritual virginity manifested in them towards their espoused husband – Jesus Christ, when he said:

(2 Cor 11:1-2)  "Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. {2} For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have ESPOUSED you to ONE HUSBAND, that I may present you as A CHASTE VIRGIN to Christ. 

The word “chaste” in Strong’s Dictionary means: 

G53. hagnos, hag-nos'; from the same as G40; prop. clean, i.e. (fig.) innocent, modest, perfect:--chaste, clean, pure. 

Summarizing these points, Paul is saying here that his desire for Christ's church, is that it remains pure and undfiled from any false teachings, beliefs or practices that are not contained in scripture. In this, Paul indicated that: 

  1. Jewish fathers in ancient times espoused their daughters to their future husbands (1 Cor 7:37-38). So Paul (in his "folly" as the Gentile church’s spiritual father) espoused each Corinthian church member to their chosen husband, Jesus Christ.

  2. Paul expected each Christian to remain a 'spiritual virgin' during the period of their espousal – which means they are to remain spiritually pure and undefiled until Christ returns to meet His bride in the Rapture.

  3. An additional requirement of being an espoused virgin to Christ is of being a CHASTE virgin. This means that in every Christian’s lifetime, he or she is to demonstrate the qualities of being innocent, modest, perfect, clean and as a pure virgin in every aspect of his or her life, both in the flesh and in the spirit towards Christ - Matt 5:8; Phil 4:8-9; 1 Tim 5:22; 2 Tim 2:22; 1 Peter 1:22-23.

To illustrate this requirement further, assume a Jewish father espouses his sixteen-year-old daughter to another man’s son, and that the marriage is to take place during her twentieth year. During those four years of waiting for the marriage ceremony to take place, the girl may experience other young men making advances towards her for marriage, or towards having casual sexual relations. For the honor of her father, her family and of maintaining the Law of Moses, she is required to reject these offers and remain pure and undefiled (sexually) to her espoused husband - the man her father will chose for her.

God decreed in the Law of Moses that any man who sacrificed his children to the pagan idol named Molech – such a man was to be put to death for doing such an abominable act, as stated in scripture below: 

(Lev 20:4-5)  "And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed [or firstborn son] unto Molech, and kill him not [for doing so]: {5} Then I [God] will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go A WHORING after him, to commit WHOREDOM with Molech, from among their people.” 

Therefore, it is clear that spiritual fornication refers to the worship of an alternative god in opposition to the one true God referred to in scripture.

Applying this same principle in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul has stated that he requires every Christian who names the name of Christ as his or her Savior to “depart from iniquity” (2 Tim 2:15) to avoid bringing dishonor to their spiritual father, Abraham (Rom 4:16) and especially to their espoused husband, Jesus Christ. If he or she fails to do this, then it could be said that the espoused ‘bride’ defiled herself, and became unworthy to meet her bridegroom on her wedding day. 

It is a tradition in many cultures that all first-time married brides are presented to their husband dressed in a white bridal gown that symbolizes sexual innocence; whether that condition is true or not. For Christ’s bride, the color of her wedding dress will reflect to Him the degree of her Godly righteousness that she has demonstrated on His behalf towards others (2 Cor 5:20) throughout the period of her espousal (Rev 19:7-8).

NOTE: Many Christians falsely believe that Christ's imputed righteousness (Rom 4:22-25) is what will get them into Heaven. Christ's imputed righteousness towards us can be defiled or it can be enhanced by our words and our works. Regardless of how a Christian treats Christ's righteousness that is imputed towards them, it still symbolizes their own personal righteousness, as stated below from the notes contained in the Dake Annotated Reference Bible:

QUOTE: "Some argue that this righteousness is not personal holiness of obedience to the gospel, but mere legal righteousness—the righteousness of the law—and that it does not prove a man to be saved from sin, or born again. However, this is but human theory. If it was the righteousness of the law, that is what must be fulfilled in those who are born again (Rom 8:1-4). Whatever the kind of righteousness it was, it is something that:

 
  1. One could turn away from it (Ezek 3:20).
  2. If he did turn from it he committed iniquity or sin.
  3. He died if he left it and went into sin (Ezek 3:20; Ezek 18:24-26; Ezek 33:13,18).
  4. It would not be remembered if he did turn from it to commit sin (Ezek 3:20).
  5. It gave him life as long as he kept it and did not turn from it to commit sin (Ezek 3:21; Ezek 18:24).
  6. He had it until he did sin (Ezek 3:21).
  7. It would not deliver him from death if he left it; but if he kept it he lived (Ezek 33:12).

We have to conclude that if righteousess given by God had the power of life and death in it, depending on whether one kept it or not, then the kind of righteousness here is that which God demands in the New Testament of those who are born again (Matt 6:33; Acts 10:35; Rom 4:3-22; Rom 6:13-20; Rom 8:4; 1 Peter 2:24). We have no authority to make this righteousness different from what God has always demanded, in both testaments. God requires us to fulfill the righteousness that the law demanded (Rom 8:4), so if a person was righteous under the law for keeping it and one is righteous under grace for keeping it, then what is the difference? If all have been required to live by it, in either testament, then all must have it, or be lost (Ezek 3:20; Ezek 18:24-26; Ezek 33:12-13; Jer 22:3; Jer 33:15; Hosea 10:12)." UNQUOTE - Dake.

Therefore, if the color of the Bride of Christ's gown appears to be less than pure white - e.g. a shade of red symbolizing her flesh nature (Jude 1:23) rather than her spiritual nature (Rev 19:8), then it could be said her faithfulness (or spiritual purity) towards Him is unacceptable to Christ because the color of her wedding garments indicate she has been unfaithful.

(Eph 5:25-27)  "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; {26} That he [Christ] might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, {27} That he might present it to himself a glorious church, NOT HAVING SPOT, or WRINKLE, or ANY SUCH THING; but that it should be HOLY and WITHOUT BLEMISH. 

Spiritually speaking, if a Christian becomes enticed to associate with multi-faith religions where the beliefs and practices of non-Christian religions is not only tolerated but embraced, then such actions by these Christians represents an act of spiritual fornication being committed against Christ. If any Christian succumbs to such enticements, he or she not only loses their spiritual virginity to that false ‘god,’ but he or she also defiles their spiritual garments of salvation (Isa 61:10) that will ultimately bring about the wrath of Jesus Christ upon them (Rev 2:22-23).

The ‘judgment’ described here parallels the same anger that God expressed to Israel in Old Testament times where scripture records how the Jews committed spiritual fornication when they offered sacrifices to Molech – a pagan idol god (Jer 32:32-35). 

The illustration below depicts how Christians fall into one of three spiritual categories listed below:

1. A Harlot: Such a Christian associates with and embraces other faiths such as Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, New Age, etc. Similarly, there are other ‘protestant’ churches that associate through Ecumenism with churches that embrace alternative religions. All of this represents man-based religion that might purport to relate to the one true God, but prefers “unity through diversity” rather than faithfulness towards Christ through one's obedience to scripture.

2. A Foolish Virgin:  A ‘virgin’ Christian is one who remains ‘faithful’ to his or her particular Jesus – whoever he is. The Bible identifies different types of Jesus’ whom ‘foolish' Christians are enticed to follow instead of the Biblical Jesus:

(Phil 1:14) "And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word [falsely] without fear [of rebuke – Titus 1:12-16]. {15} Some [Christians] indeed preach [a false] Christ even [a Christ] of ENVY and STRIFE; and some [others] also [preach their Christ] of GOOD WILL: {16} The one [false group] preach Christ of CONTENTION, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: {17} But the other [group] of LOVE, knowing that I am set for the defence of the [true] gospel.”

(2 Cor 11:4) "For if he [a ‘false’ preacher] that cometh preacheth ANOTHER Jesus, whom we [the apostles] have not preached, or if ye receive ANOTHER [‘false’ holy] spirit, which ye have not received, or ANOTHER [‘false’] gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”

A ‘foolish virgin’ in this sense is a Christian who has embraced a particular ‘false Jesus’ that loosely relates to the Jesus of the Bible. Such a false Jesus will deny certain established tenets of the Christian faith. For instance, a true, Bible-believing Christian believes Jesus’ words that state:

(John 14:12-15) "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me [Jesus], the works that I do shall he do also; and GREATER WORKS than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father... 

Most denominations of modern-day churches deny that their people can do “greater works” (or miracles) than what the Bible records Jesus as doing. Such a belief therefore demeans the above words of Jesus as being untrue, and that Jesus is therefore a liar. There are other examples like this, but this verse of scripture illustrates the level of faith Jesus requires to be demonstrated by those who are His disciples.

3. A 'Wise' Virgin: The true Jesus of the Bible requires His disciples to “...take up their cross and follow Him” every day (Matt 16:24), and to purify themselves from every false or sinful practice (James 4:8; 1 John 3:3).

A true disciple of Christ should reflect their Savior actively living and abiding in him or her (Col 1:27-28). This should be evident by others not only being able to discern the eleven distinctive types of spiritual fruit in their personality (Gal 5:22-26; Eph 5:9), but also by the words of Jesus that he or she quote in their conversations. Such Christians should be able to demonstrate all wisdom (Eph 1:8; Eph 1:17; Eph 3:10; Col 1:28), knowledge and understanding about God and His kingdom (Col 1:9).

Failure on the Christian's part to understand Biblical truth about the need for both sexual and spiritual purity in this lifetime will not be excused or overlooked at the Rapture. Jesus Christ is not returning for a Foolish Virgin, let alone one who has become a harlot (an unfaithful espoused bride). He expects His bride to not only be waiting for Him as a faithful 'virgin,' but also as a wise virgin that has kept herself pure and undefiled all of her days of her espousal.

The Mingling of Christianity with Paganism

 

This article is the first in a four part series titled, The Rapture, which are listed below. Please click on the highlighted link to take you to the next item.

1. Harlot Versus Virgin Christians
2. Wise Versus Foolish Virgins
3. The First Resurrection
4. Qualifications for the Rapture
5.  False Prophecy of the 21st May 2011 Rapture
(Matt 25:1-13)