From Antichrist to Brother in Christ: How Protestant Pastors View the Pope

pope-francis-atheistsNo surprise. John was right:

And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?

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13 Comments on “From Antichrist to Brother in Christ: How Protestant Pastors View the Pope”

  1. Stephen Welch Says:

    Most evangelicals deny the gospel & worship another Christ. I believe as the Westminster Confession of Faith teaches that the Pope is the anti-Christ. This is consistent with the classical Protestant view.

  2. Steve M Says:

    “piety trumps doctrine”

    Apparently we should welcome “pius” heretics into our congregations with open arms. I guess that is what is already happening with many if not most reformed denominations.

    Steven Welch:
    “Most evangelicals deny the gospel & worship another Christ.”

    Sadly, I agree.

  3. Hugh McCann Says:

    Frank’s only nearly-redeeming spiritual quality is his physical resemblance to Stan Laurel.

  4. markmcculley Says:

    p223, “Sola Fide and the Roman Catholic Church”, Faith Alone, Zondervan, 2015, Thomas Schreiner—“Someone may be saved by faith alone, even if they deny faith alone. In humility,.we must acknowledge that this matter is complex…On the other hand, if someone understands what he or she is rejecting in turning away from justification by faith alone, then such a person will not be delivered from the wrath of God. …Roman Catholics who share Augustine’s understanding of justification as transformation by grace belong to the people of God. However, matters are more complex than they first appear, for we cannot ignore the fact that 1600 years have passed since Augustine wrote…and the Roman Catholic Church has become less and Augustinian and espouse a view of free will.”
    Better then not to share any knowledge with all those in the Southern Baptist Convention who believe in “freewill”. If they are never told anything about election or faith alone or justification, then they won’t be able to be condemned for rejecting the truth. Since so many of them teach that the only sin God now counts is “rejecting Jesus”, surely we should not disturb their ignorant bliss by teaching them other doctrines for them to possibly reject. Don’t ask, and certainly, don’t tell…

  5. Denson Dube Says:

    @Hugh.
    Except Franky is not funny at all. …. “The fiend skulking behind the crucifix”.
    So sad to see many who call themselves Protestant reject the word of God, and sinking so low as to embrace an arch enemy of the free grace of God in the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

  6. justbybelief Says:

    “There is no other head of the Church, but the Lord Jesus Christ; nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself, in the Church, against Christ and all that is called God.”
    -Westminster Confession of Faith, 25.6

  7. Denson Dube Says:

    No wonder Frank is wearing that Cheshire cat grin. He can’t believe his luck winning the religious PR war against Protestantism without having to resort to the crudities of the Inquisition.

  8. justbybelief Says:

    “He can’t believe his luck winning the religious PR war against Protestantism without having to resort to the crudities of the Inquisition.”

    And, so, anyone who speaks out against him will be labelled intolerant or worse.

    2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
    …Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

  9. Denson Dube Says:

    Sadly, yes, we have to acknowledge this as God’s judgement on a nominal Christianity that shows its hatred against God/truth with its antipathy to accuracy in doctrinal definition, often veiled with a false piety: “It is Christ who saves and not doctrine”.


  10. To put it very bluntly and succinctly, I believe that the College of Cardinals selected Frances to be Pope in order to deflect the public’s attention away from the tarnished public image the RC Church acquired in our time through the sexual abuses by RC priests and which it acquired in the past through the horrific mistreatment of Jews and Protestants and South American “Indians”. Francis has said some nice things and done some nice things but the rulers of the RC Church are using these to give the RC Church a good public image, not because they are really serious about having a true reformation of the RCC. It is strictly PR!! Francis is the Good PR Pope!

    Sincerely,

    Forrest

  11. Steve M Says:

    Francis is the Good PR Antichrist!

  12. Stephen Welch Says:

    Forrest, I believe you are correct in your previous entry. Francis is a Jesuit and knows how to lie and make Rome look appealing to the people. It is a marketing strategy used by Rome to make him popular with the masses. The Papacy has not changed and is still the same old anti-Christ system.


  13. What many people do not know is that the original and true meaning of the prefix “anti-” is “instead of”. The Antichrist will want people to follow him INSTEAD OF Christ. This will mean that he will not be opposing the concept of a Christ, but will want to be recognized as the Christ. Because the Antichrist will want to be worshipped instead of Christ, he will therefore be against Christ, but he will not be opposed to the idea of Messianism itself.

    Sincerely,

    Forrest

    P.S. I have not studied much about Argentina but I do know that they had a Fascist dictator there in the twentieth century named Juan Peron who was worshipped by many Argentinians Has anyone made a study of that in re Francis?? F.


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