"I deny that See to be Apostolical, wherein nought is seen but a shocking apostasy -- I deny him to be the Vicar of Christ, who, in furiously persecuting the gospel, demonstrates by his conduct that he is Antichrist..."
- John Calvin, "The Necessity of Reforming the Church," 1544, free online at http://www.swrb.com/newslett/freebook/jcalvin.htm
"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 (original edition, the words about Antichrist have been removed from modern editions of the WCF by backsliding editors who have fallen away from the biblical, Reformation eschatology called Historicism).
The Counter Reformation is generally considered to have three aspects: the Jesuits, the Inquisition, and the Council of Trent. In view of the significance of the Protestant apocalyptic interpretation of history which prophetically pinpointed step by step the events covering the whole Christian era from the beginning to the end, it seems justifiable to suggest a fourth aspect, namely the preteristic and futuristic interpretations launched by Catholic expositors as a counterattack (p. 47).
- John Foxe and the Elizabethan Church by V. Norskov Olsen (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973)
All the major Reformers and all the major Reformation creeds and confessions adopted the Historicist position.
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Great Study Thank you Brother Bennett for taking a very bold stand for the truth. I agree with Louis about the U.S.A. I live in cold, liberal, clueless MN. We are a country of "ever learning but never coming to the truth" I invited a co-worker to church and he told me if he walked into a church the holy water would boil and a lightning bolt would fall from heaven. This prompted me to do further study on the catholic church and was astonished at the power and control it has had through the ages. I have been set free from the deception of the health and wealth gospel with ministers who remind the church not to question "God's anointed" and live lives of extravagant material excess unquestioned. The true gospel of Jesus Christ brings glory to GOD alone and humbles, not exalts man. Thank you again.
Louis Smith (2/18/2013)
from Richmond, Va.
Great Sermon! Here in America, we are taught nothing but lies. We are taught nothing but lies in school and the Catholic Church is not singled out. Spanish Inquisition was about Christians killing Moslems and the word Jesuit is unknown to Americans. By the way, the South was solid Protestant and Jesuits controlled both sides of the Civil War. All the destruction was in the South. That tells you where the Protestants lived. They killed Lincoln like they killed Napoleon. They were used and discarded. Thank you for being a man. Our Churches have none. The Pope owns them and all of our media forms and of course the White-House. God has opened my eyes and I will make it my mission to wake others from their slumber.
Richard Bennett spent twenty-one years as a RC priest in Trinidad, WI. After a serious accident in 1972, he began to study seriously the Bible. After fourteen years of contrasting Catholicism to Biblical truth, he was convicted by the Gospel message. In 1986, he saw that...