Richard Bauckham concludes The Theology of the Book of Revelation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993) with a section entitled “Revelation’s Relevance Today” (pp. 159–64). His eighth of eleven “theological directions for contemporary reflection” calls for the church to separate from false religion (pp. 162–63):
Revelation’s prophetic critique is of the churches as much as of the world. It recognizes that there is a false religion not only in the blatant idolatries of power and prosperity, but also in the constant danger that true religion falsify itself in compromise with such idolatries and betrayal of the truth of God. Again, this is the relevance of Revelation’s theocentric emphasis on worship and truth. The truth of God is known in genuine worship of God. To resist idolatry in the world by faithful witness to the truth, the church must continuously purify its own perception of truth by the vision of the utterly Holy One, the sovereign Creator, who shares his throne with the slaughtered Lamb.