Tower of Babel: The Society of Satan

By Joe Boot/ June 7, 2015

Series  Genesis 1-11: Creation, Covenant and Culture

Context  Westminster Chapel Toronto

Topic  Paganism

Scripture  Genesis 11:1-9

Babel's rebellion of autonomous man-centred religion is present with us today, but, in Christ, God is establishing an everlasting kingdom which will shatter all kingdoms of men.

Scripture:  Genesis 11:1-9

Sermon Notes:

  1. The years after the flood were like a new creation as people multiplied and a new civilization was established.
  2. Nimrod is identified as a priest-king by historians, and was an empire-builder who worshiped a fertility goddess based on a deified Eve.
  3. Nimrod founded mighty cities, established state-worship and paganism which included human sacrifice, etc.
  4. Nimrod was deified as a father of the gods and was given the title of emancipator or deliverer of mankind.
  5. Rebelling against the authority of heaven, men worshipped pagan deities.
  6. The name Zoroaster means "seed of the woman."  This is an allusion to Genesis 3:15 in this ancient religion.
  7. Much of pagan mythology traces its historical origin back to Genesis 11, Babel, and Nimrod.
  8. In rebellious pagan religion, man's idea becomes the standard of truth.  Man decides to be his own deliverer, deifies himself, and seeks to restore paradise through empire building.
  9. Nimrod is not only a founder of empire building and rebellion, but he also founded false worship in a one-world religious culture.
  10. This paganism is active in modern culture and is even creeping into the Christian church.
  11. Today we see everywhere psychological religion promoting a deified humanity and the belief that there is a spiritual force behind everything.
  12. These ideas are among the dumb idols of Psalm 115:2-8 which conveniently cannot hold men accountable.
  13. Paul describes the pagan worship of the creation in Romans 1:22-25.
  14. Modern Babel worship is an ideal of peace, unity, and brotherhood which mimics God and where man makes his own route to God, usurping the prerogatives of divinity.
  15. Babel worship is manifest in the pluralistic faith of the deified state.
  16. Following Nimrod, our society worships man’s autonomy; we project upon "god" our own inner psychology.
  17. Today it is considered a serious offense to challenge another person's inner psychology.
  18. As it was at Babel, there is an alliance between mystery pagan religion and the vision of a statist society.
  19. Christ alone, the promised Seed of the woman, is the true priest-king, the man of obedience.
  20. In Christ, God is establishing an everlasting kingdom which will shatter all kingdoms of men (Isa. 9:6-7; Isa. 2:2; 1 Tim. 6:15; Dan. 2:44-45; 7:27).

Application Questions:

  1. Describe the influence and legacy of Nimrod.
  2. What are the characteristics of modern paganism?
  3. How has paganism infiltrated today’s church?
  4. What biblical doctrines need to be taught and emphasized to counter pagan ideas?
  5. What are the characteristics of God’s kingdom reign under the true priest-king, Jesus Christ?