For Eh: Is The Pope The Anti-Christ?

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For Eh: Is the Pope the Anti-Christ? Sep 03, 2011
An interesting aspect of the 'faith without works' discussion in the separate thread is the question of how Christians themselves treat this verse in respect of other Christians.

The most obvious distinction is the rift between protestants and Catholics (and another would between Eastern Orthodox and Western).

Let's look at the Protestant/Catholic split.

Clearly, Catholics would argue that the Pope does have faith in Jesus as Son of God and saviour. Thus he has 'faith'.

And yet, there are protestants who believe the Pope is the anti-christ and therefore going to hell. Does this not show that faith alone is not enough for salvation?

But the question for eh is - do you think the pope is the anti-christ?

This guy is pretty clear that the Pope is the anti-christ - for example, and gives his references:
Is the Pope the Antichrist (?) and Can a Protestant Believe Anything Different?

The Former I Affirm the Latter I Deny

Calvin’s Institutes (4.2.12) says,
“However, when we categorically deny to the papists the title of the church, we do not for this reason impugn the existence of churches among them. Rather, we are only contending about the true and lawful constitution of the church, required in the communion not only of the sacraments (which are the signs of profession) but also especially of doctrine. Daniel [Dan. 9:27] and Paul [II Thess. 2:4] foretold that Antichrist would sit in the Temple of God.

First, notice how the fundamental principle of the Church’s Being and Well-Being, which is the basis for the Protestant view of Separation which was foundational to the Reformation is directly connected with the doctrine that the Pope is the Antichrist. Let any Preteristic or Futuristic reader take this strongly to heart. You cannot be a Presbyterian and deny the Historicist Eschatology and its accompanying doctrine that the Pope is the Antichrist. They are a Package deal with reference to Church Authority.

The Westminster Confession 25. VI. 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 exalts himself, in the Church, against Christ and all that is called God. ... er-i-deny/

So, eh - where do you stand on this?


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