“My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.” – Hosea 4:12
We all know what whoredom is in the physical since, but what exactly is “the spirit of whoredom“? In the physical since, whoredom is when someone has no chastity, no faithfulness to abstain from the lust of the flesh, and no heart for the pain they cause to others in pleasing their own lust nor care for the breaking of the heart of the one they are suppose to be faithful too. In the spiritual since, it means the same. One who has cheated on God through idolatry, which is placing anything before God, time with God, or obedience to God’s will and word. One who has not been faithful to abstain from fulfilling the lust of the flesh. One who cares not that their selfish actions break the heart of God, their first love, even Christ who gave all for us, His bride.
“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one (spiritual) husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 11:2
The spirit of whoredom is when the bride of Christ (believers) choose to leave their first love to indulge the lust of the flesh, even if only for a temporary rendezvous. The entire book of Hosea is a similitude that expresses this sad truth and the anguish it causes God’s heart. Once we are saved we become the bride of Christ, yet Satan is ever tempting the bride to indulge in acts of spiritual whoredom. From tempting you with food while fasting, to entertainment when God calls you to prayer, to seeking attention from people rather then from God, to immoral and sinful acts that please the flesh while causing you to turn away from obeying the will and voice of Christ. Anything that causes you to make a self-pleasing, flesh pleasing decision that opposes the will and word of your Spiritual husband (Christ) is the spirit of whoredom. In essence it can be broken down to self rule with no regard for the heart of God whom we hurt every time we choose a lust of the flesh over Him. Just like whoredom in the physical since breaks the heart of our earthly spouse, in the spiritual since it shows that we truly love ourselves and thusly care about pleasing ourselves more then we love and care to please God. That is a very hurtful place to be, and though God is merciful and patient in His cries for us to repent, if we refuse to do so He will not choose to stay in that hurtful place indefinitely.
“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” – Revelation 2:2-5
It is so hurtful a situation to God that He would rather forget that He ever knew you then to continue having you call Him your own while pleasing the will of another. We serve a merciful but powerful and just God. In the end, if you choose to forget your other lovers, idols, sins, and selfish desires and put your full faith in Him, He will choose to forget your sins and welcome you with open arms. Yet if you will not turn away from loving the world and the things thereof, He will choose to forget He ever knew you even if you call yourself by His name. In the like manner that an adulterous wife might still carry the name of her husband in her own mouth, yet through the abundance of her adulteries and refusal to submit to His will, she has lost his heart.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” – 1 John 2:15-17
“I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” – Isaiah 42:8
“Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts. For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot. Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?” – Jeremiah 2:19-21
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:” – Matthew 7:21-28
“Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.” – Psalms 80:3