These are some abbreviated comparisons between spiritual Zion, where Jesus is the only thing there is, and spiritual Babylon (the harlot). These were written and shared by brother C. E. Newbold.
Zion refers to the true body of Christ, the bride, the ekklesia; Babylon refers to the false church system of men’s traditions and religions. (Ekklesia is the Greek word in the New Testament which has been mis-translated “church” in most English versions, but it literally means “called-out-ones”.)
Zion is a people–the people of God; Babylon is a Thing–church institutions and systems.
Zion is a living organism; Babylon is characterized by organizations, institutions, and systems.
Zion consists of people who have been born into it; Babylon consists of people who have joined it or been voted into it.
Zion is a people who are called by the name of Jesus; Babylon is a people who are called by many different names that represent divisions within this Babylonian church system: Baptist, Catholic, Charismatic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, and all the rest.
Zion is heavenly; Babylon is earthly.
Zion is humility; Babylon is full of pride, arrogance, and haughtiness.
Zion is liberty in Christ; Babylon is bondage to the flesh.
Zion is the Kingdom of God; Babylon is the kingdoms of men.
Zion has Jesus Christ as her head; Babylon has elected or appointed men as their heads.
Zion is a Spirit-led people; Babylon is led by rules and regulations of man’s own making.
Zion is Spirit-sensitive; Babylon is man-pleasing.
Zion is obedience to the Holy Spirit; Babylon is busy church work.
Zion accomplishes things in Holy Spirit power (Zech. 4:6); Babylon tries to accomplish things in self-strength.
Zion has its authority in the Word of God; Babylon places its authority in man-made doctrines.
Zion is one body in Christ Jesus as Lord; Babylon is sectarian and divisive, consisting of many divisions of people.
Zion worships in spirit and in truth; Babylon programs praise.
Zion preaches Christ and Him crucified; Babylon proclaims denominations, doctrines, heritage, traditions, creeds, personal views and opinions.
Zion is the priesthood of all believers; Babylon is the clergy system. The clergy are those who want to make a difference between themselves and others.
Zion answers to God as the highest authority; Babylon answers to men and their institutions as the authority.
Zion calls forth revelation; Babylon depends upon imagination.
Zion conforms people into the image of Jesus; Babylon conforms people into its own image.
Zion decreases that Christ may increase; Babylon increases itself in power, position, riches, and domination.
Zion counts the cost; Babylon counts the money.
Zion lays down its life; Babylon preserves and protects itself.
Zion waits upon God to raise up what God wants in His timing; Babylon schemes, organizes, and promotes to execute its own plan in its own way and time.
Zion seeks the Lord with a whole heart to be possessed by Him; Babylon goes after things and people to possess them.
Zion is the city of God; Babylon seeks to build a city, a tower, and a name for itself. Gen. 11:4.
Zion longs to be gathered into Jesus; Babylon passionately seeks to gather people unto itself.