Loss of Discernment Regarding What It Means to Be a Protestant

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A great article from our beloved brother at Possessing the Treasurehttp://mikeratliff.wordpress.com/
Posted on October 5, 2013 by Mike Ratliff

By Paul M. Elliott

There has been a loss of discernment concerning the nature of Roman Catholicism, what it means to be a Protestant, and the need to be vigorously Protestant. Today too few Christians really understand why the Reformation took place and what is at stake if it is reversed – and the Reformation isbeing reversed in our time. This loss of discernment is the direct result of the loss of discernment regarding church history.

Because of this, most Christians do not understand that the spread of false teachings such as Federal Vision theology, the Purpose-Driven Church philosophy, and the Emergent Church philosophy means the reversal of the Reformation and the return to a spiritual Dark Age. Allowed to spread, and carried to their logical ends, these anti-Scriptural…

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Pope Francis Denies The Gospel Yet Again

Watching the Watchers

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Pope Francis cranked up his charm offensive on the world outside the Vatican on Tuesday, saying in the second widely shared media interview in two weeks that each person “must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them” and calling efforts to convert people to Christianity “solemn nonsense.”

 

No sir, what you have said is very solemn and dangerous nonsense. Apostasy of the highest order.

John 3:16, John 14, the Great Commission of Matthew 28:16-20, and so forth are all struck down. What more do people need to see and hear?

I’m begging you: If you are a Christian in the RCC you have no more defenses or excuses. Get out. Start new traditions somewhere else.

 

The Vatican’s head seemed intent on distancing himself from its power, saying church leaders “have often been narcissists” and “clericalism should not have anything to do with…

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“Pope Francis Shows His True Colors”

The Pedigree of Historicism

Feileadh Mor

Recently I joined a Historicism (Reformed) group on facebook to keep up on the current articles and thoughts of Reformed minded folks. I found a letter by Haynes posted in the group and found it helpful. I pray you do as well. It deals with the history of Futurism, it’s popularity and the history of what is known as Historicism. The full letter can be read here. The portion I quoted gives some names from church history that held to a Historicist point of view.

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So how about the pedigree of Historicism?

Starting in the second century with the early church fathers, Justin Martyr, Iraeneus, Tertullian, Hippolytus, Victorinus, Methodius, Lactantius, Eusebius, Athanasius, Jerome and Augustine in the fifth century.

Through the middle ages there were Bede and Ansport, Andreas and Anselm, Joachin Abbas and Almeric.

While it is true that these early expositors did not…

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Postmil & Historicism

Feileadh Mor

A. W. Pink was a Dispensational Premillennialist in his early years. Latter he embraced Amillennialism and wanted all of his earlier Dispensational material burned but his work The Antichrist can still be found online. In it he attacks Historicism and Postmillennialism. pink

“The dominant view which has been held by Protestants since the time of the Reformation is that the many predictions relating to the Antichrist describe, instead, the rise, progress, and doom of the papacy. This mistake has led to others, and given rise to the scheme of prophetic interpretation which has prevailed throughout Christendom. When the predictions concerning the Man of Sin were allegorized, consistency required that all associated and collateral predictions should also be allegorized, and especially those which relate to his doom, and the kingdom which is to be established on the overthrow of his power. When the period of his predicted course was made to measure…

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Historicist Audio

Feileadh Mor

Hey folks, ever wonder what your Protestant forefathers believed about the end times? Those who rejected the authority of Papal Rome for the authority of scripture alone held to what was called THE Protestant interpretation known today as Historicism.

Historicism defined,

that view which regards the prophecy [of Revelation] as a prefiguration of the great events that were to happen in the church, and the world connected with it, from St. John’s time to the consummation; including specially the establishment of Popedom, and reign of Papal Rome, as in some way or other the fulfilment of the types of the Apocalyptic Beast and Babylon (Horae Apocalpticae, Vol. 4, p. 564).

E. B. Elliott writes, in Horae Apocalpticae, that Historicism was the major view of the church centuries,

Victorinus (1st century), Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Hippolytus (3rd century), Origen, Methodius, Lactantius, Eusebius (4th century), Athanasius, Hilary, Jerome, Chrysostom…

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Pope Assures Atheists

Feileadh Mor

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You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven

That’s right folks…Francis assures atheists you don’t have to believe!

Jonathan Edwards warned, there are “two great works of the devil, in this space of time, against the kingdom of Christ.” The first is Papal Rome. He makes no bones about it the pope is Antichrist, “the mystery of iniquity.”  (2 Thessalonians 2:7)

The rise of Antichrist was gradual. The christian church corrupted itself in many things presently after Constantine’s time; growing more and more superstitions in its worship, and by degrees bringing in many ceremonies into the worship of God, till at length they brought in the worship of saints, and set up images in their churches. The clergy in general, and especially the bishop of Rome, assumed more and more authority to himself. In the primitive times, he was only a minister of a congregation, then a…

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Preterism Refuted

Feileadh Mor

Strong words from Bishop Elliott and although you may not agree with his writings or his conclusion you will find his work historically accurate and worth your time.

Who was E. B. Elliott?

“Edward Bishop Elliott (1793-1875), scholarly prophetic expositor, received his education at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in 1816. After traveling in Italy and Greece he was given the vicarage of Tuxford, Nottingham, in 1824, and later was made prebendary of NPG x132252; Edward Bishop Elliott by James HolroydHeytesbury, Wiltshire. In 1849 he became incumbent of St. Mark’s Church, Brighton. A member of the Evangelical school, he was an earnest promoter of missionary enterprise and an ardent advocate of premillenialism. Elliott was thoroughly equipped as a scholar and was deeply interested in prophecy, spending a lifetime in investigation and seeking to understand God’s mind thereon.
His Horae Apocalypticae (Hours with the Apocalypse) [literally ‘time with the Apocalypse’] is doubtless the most elaborate word ever produced on…

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Charles Hodge on the Protestant view of Antichrist (1)

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Charles HodgeThe American Presbyterian theologian, Charles Hodge, defended the Protestant view of Antichrist by arguing that the “man of sin” was not a reference to one individual, but to an institution (the Papacy):

The common opinion, however, among Protestants is, that the prophecies concerning Antichrist have special reference to the papacy.  This conviction is founded in Paul’s second epistle to the Thessalonians. […] The first question, to be determined in the interpretation of this prophecy, is, Whether Antichrist is a particular individual, or an institution, a power, or a corporation.  Protestants generally adopt the latter view; because they do not regard any one pope, but the papacy, as the Antichrist of Scripture.  In favour of this view it may be urged, (1.) That it is according to the analogy of prophecy to speak of nations, institutions, or kingdoms, as individuals.  In Daniel, the ten kings are ten kingdoms or dynasties; the…

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Dispensational Truth!

Feileadh Mor

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Peeking over the fence at Dispensaitonalism I found a few quotes worth mentioning by former pop Dispy writer Clarence Larkin.

The “Historical School, ” sometimes spoken of as the “Presentist” scheme, interprets the Apocalypse as a series of prophecies predicting the events that were to happen in the world and in the Church from john’s day to the end of time. The advocates of this School interpret the symbols of the Book of Revelation as referring to certain historical events that have and are happening in the world. They claim that “Antichrist” is a “System” rather than a “Person, ” and is represented by the Harlot Church of Rome. They interpret the “Time Element” in the Book on the “Year Day Scale.” This School has had some very able and ingenious advocates. This view, like the preceding was unknown to the early church.

From Wiki: Prophetic commentaries in…

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Exploring Eschatology From A Protestant Historicist Perspective

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