And in all deceivableness of unrighteousness, among them that perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved (2 Thessalonians 2:10 Geneva Bible)
Let us not think Popery a light thing, which the Lord so peremptorily threateneth. Surely it is no little mercy that we are freed from it. Therefore we should be thankful for the light we have, and improve it well while we have it, and hold it fast. What hope soever we may have of men living in former times, and foreign countries, where they know no better, but after such express warnings, what hope can we have of English papists, considering the time, when Rome is not grown better but worse, and what was common opinion is now made an article of faith, and when the truth is taught and so clearly manifested; so that for any, by their own…
In light of recent events, this is a timely reminder:
The visible Church hath been sometimes more, and sometimes less visible; and a visible Church may denigrate so as to become no Church of Christ, but a synagogue of Satan – as see the Church of Rome.
Samuel Simms, The Bible, the church, and terms of communion: together with the terms of communion of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ireland. To which is appended the Cameronian Dream (Belfast, 1879), p. 9.
Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills [i.e. Rome] will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End..
With the recent dramatic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, speculation has run rampant as to who will replace him and why he even resigned in the first place. Here are some of the claims I’ve come across:
The Pope has resigned to make room for “Peter the Roman,” the prophesied last Pope of the Roman Catholic Church (see quote above).
Not all Catholics interpret the prophecy this way. The Wikipedia article cited above also states,
Many analyses of the prophecy note that it is open to the interpretation that additional popes would come between the “glory of the olive” and Peter the Roman. Popular speculation by proponents of the prophecy attach this prediction to Benedict XVI’s anticipated successor.
Only time will tell if “Peter the Roman” is the next Pope (Here is one person people think may fulfill this prophecy). However, if this claim is true, that would seem to indicate that the Roman Catholic Church views its days as numbered and drawing to a close since the prophecy says the city will be destroyed and “the dreadful judge will judge his people.” This is interesting in light of those in the historicist camp who have fingered 2015 as the year the Lord will pour out the seventh vial of judgement. We shall see, shan’t we?
And what really happened at the Friday meeting? Though held in secret, reports in the Italian press claim there was a heated argument between the men over the fraught question of how the Church should deal with clergy accused of sexual abuse.
A more plausible explanation is perhaps that constant exposure to Vatican politics had left the monkish and cerebral Benedict tired and desperate to find an escape.
I suspect that Benedict knows the restoration and cleaning up of the filth and rebellion within the Church has to continue with haste because of an ominous, rapidly growing cloud of persecution on the horizon at a time when the wisdom and inspiration of the Church will be greatly needed. Perhaps he sees clearer than most what is coming and that there is no time to have an incapacitated pope leading the Church. His resignation was a proactive action.
Ratzinger’s meeting follows upon the apparent receipt by the Vatican of a diplomatic note from an undisclosed European government on February 4, stating its intention to issue an arrest warrant for Ratzinger, who resigned from his pontificate less than a week later.
If this does not forever prove that the papacy is the antichrist, then nothing does:
The destruction of the Papacy is the special work of the exalted Mediator, and there are the most powerful reasons why He should take vengeance upon that devoted system. Popery is essentially, and in every subject, the Antichrist – the inveterate and irreconcilable enemy of Christ.
The papal antichrist doctrine is a crucial component of the Reformed faith; hence it is enshrined in the Westminster Confession (25:6). Indeed, it is not merely a Reformed view, but is part of historic Protestantism (Lutherans, Anglicans and others held to it). Sadly, this important teaching is both denied and expunged from the Confession (as in the American Presbyterian churches, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Ireland), or else it is downplayed and rarely preached upon. Thomas Manton, however, reminds us of several reasons why this teaching should not be abandoned or forgotten about: