When the faith and devotion of the Church became corrupted it lost the power of God to carry the Gospel forward in victory.
It then began using the power of the state, uniting with the dragon (Pagan Rome in the form of the Emperor Constantine) to persecute dissenters. The “balances” used for measuring “wheat” and “barley” are a symbol of the buying and selling of the Gospel, salvation and forgiveness.
For centuries the Christian world made no progress in science, arts or civilization.
Millions lived miserable lives of ignorance and squalor.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. The Church that should have been pointing the way to eternal life was instead spreading death.
Paul said that the Gospel “was preached to every creature which is under heaven” (Colossians ), and his opponents said that they had, “turned the world upside down.” Acts 17:6.