10 April 2013

Rejecting the Papacy

When Pope Francis I was elected last month as the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church, the response was staggering. The world loves this new pope, and his demeanor and social justice endeavors have earned him the praise and adoration even of professing Christians. Perhaps it is easier to compromise the truth in favor of unity so long as the poor are being kissed and prisoners' feet are being washed.

The call of the Christian, however, is to uphold the truth and authority of God and His Word in spite of, and even in opposition to, ecumenical interfaith efforts, no matter how socially wonderful they appear. The first concern of the Christian must be the proclamation of salvation through Jesus Christ. If that must be compromised in order to achieve a goal, then that goal must be abandoned.

This necessarily means that the Christian simply cannot offer any praise or laud to the benefit of the Roman Catholic Church, and especially to the human leader of its deception, the pope. The very idea and office of pope stands in direct contradiction to God's Word. Further, the scriptural arguments offered in support of the papal office are based upon lies, misinterpretations and misapplications of the biblical text.

Not long after Francis I was named as pope, Dr. John MacArthur boldly took the opportunity to expose the dangers and lies of the papacy. His message is well worth one's time, especially as professing Christians appear more and more willing to compromise in regard to the Roman Catholic Church.

The transcript for Dr. MacArthur's message is available here.

The true Christian who has been saved by grace and who trusts in God’s infallible Word as found in the Bible must reject and even condemn the Roman Catholic Church’s office of pope and the teachings regarding this office. Let us not shy away from defending and upholding the sovereign authority of the only true God and His perfect Word.

Further Reading
Affirming Sola Scriptura
On Praying for the Papal Vote with Rick Warren
Rick Warren 'Fully Supports' Evangelization Project and Book 'Catholics Come Home'


  1. "The kingdom of Antichrist

    To some we seem slanderous and petulant, when we call the Roman Pontiff Antichrist. But those who think so perceive not that they are bringing a charge of intemperance against Paul, alter whom we speak, nay, in whose very words we speak. But lest any one object that Paul's words have a different meaning, and are wrested by us against the Roman Pontiff, I will briefly show that they can only be understood of the Papacy. Paul says that Antichrist would sit in the temple of God, (2 Thess. 2: 4.) In another passage, the Spirit, portraying him in the person of Antiochus, says that his reign would be with great swelling words of vanity, (Dan. 7: 25.) Hence we infer that his tyranny is more over souls than bodies, a tyranny set up in opposition to the spiritual kingdom of Christ. Then his nature is such, that he abolishes not the name either of Christ or the Church, but rather uses the name of Christ as a pretext, and lurks under the name of Church as under a mask. But though all the heresies and schisms which have existed from the beginning belong to the kingdom of Antichrist, yet when Paul foretells that defection will come, he by the description intimates that that seat of abomination will be erected, when a kind of universal defection comes upon the Church, though many members of the Church scattered up and down should continue in the true unity of the faith. But when he adds, that in his own time, the mystery of iniquity, which was afterwards to be openly manifested, had begun to work in secret, we thereby understand that this calamity was neither to be introduced by one man, nor to terminate in one man, (see Calv. in 2 Thess. 2: 3; Dan. 7: 9.) Moreover, when the mark by which he distinguishes Antichrist is, that he would rob God of his honour and take it to himself, he gives the leading feature which we ought to follow in searching out Antichrist; especially when pride of this description proceeds to the open devastation of the Church. Seeing then it is certain that the Roman Pontiff has impudently transferred to himself the most peculiar properties of God and Christ, there cannot be a doubt that he is the leader and standard-bearer of an impious and abominable kingdom."

    John Calvin - Institutes of Christian Religion, Book IV, Chapter VII

    Link: http://www.reformed.org/master/index.html?mainframe=/books/institutes/

    ~ D.

  2. Thank God for men who are unafraid to speak against the evils of popery in our day. Soon enough, the honeymoon will be over for Francis, the mask will come off and the real roots of the evils of this Jesuit priest will begin to be seen by all.
    MacArthur's opening statement that catholics are not saved and are not our brothers/sisters in Christ should be replayed in our minds till it soaks in. They are the mission field in our own home town.
    Eph. 5:11


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