THE TESTIMONY OF OLDER DIVINES AS OPPOSED TO PRESENT EVANGELICALS (LIKE BILLY GRAHAM) CONCERNING THE POPE!
Roger Williams (First Baptist Pastor in America)
He spoke of the Pope as “the pretended Vicar of Christ on earth, who sits as God over the Temple of God, exalting himself not only above all that is called God, but over the souls and consciences of all his vassals, yea over the Spirit of Christ, over the Holy Spirit, yea, and God himself…speaking against the God of heaven, thinking to change times and laws; but he is the son of perdition (II Thess. 2).” Taken from The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers by Froom, Vol. 3, pg. 52.
John Calvin (Presbyterian)
“Some persons think us too severe and censorious when we call the Roman pontiff Antichrist. But those who are of this opinion do not consider that they bring the same charge of presumption against Paul himself, after whom we speak and whose language we adopt… I shall briefly show that (Paul’s words in II Thess. 2) are not capable of any other interpretation than that which applies them to the Papacy.” Taken from Institutes by John Calvin.
Martin Luther (Lutheran)
“We here are of the conviction that the papacy is the seat of the true and real Antichrist…personally I declare that I owe the Pope no other obedience than that to Antichrist.” (Aug. 18, 1520) Taken from The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Vol. 2., pg. 121 by Froom. (In response to a papal bull [official decree]): “I despise and attack it, as impious, false… It is Christ Himself who is condemned therein… I rejoice in having to bear such ills for the best of causes. Already I feel greater liberty in my heart; for at last I know that the pope is antichrist, and that his throne is that of Satan himself.” –D’Aubigné, b.6, ch. 9.
John Knox (Scotch Presbyterian)
Knox wrote to abolish “that tyranny which the pope himself has for so many ages exercised over the church” and that the pope should be recognized as “the very antichrist, and son of perdition, of whom Paul speaks.” Taken from The Zurich Letters, pg. 199 by John Knox
Thomas Cranmer (Anglican)
“Whereof it followeth Rome to be the seat of antichrist, and the pope to be very antichrist himself. I could prove the same by many other scriptures, old writers, and strong reasons.” (Referring to prophecies in Revelation and Daniel.) Taken from Works by Cranmer, Vol. 1, pp. 6-7
Cotton Mather (Congregational Theologian)
“The oracles of God foretold the rising of an Antichrist in the Christian Church: and in the Pope of Rome, all the characteristics of that Antichrist are so marvelously answered that if any who read the Scriptures do not see it, there is a marvelous blindness upon them.” Taken from The Fall of Babylon by Cotton Mather in Froom’s book, The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Vol. 3, pg. 113
The Baptist Confession of Faith (1689)
“The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the church, in whom, by the appointment of the Father, all power for the calling, institution, order or government of the church, is invested in a supreme and sovereign manner; neither 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.” (1689 Baptist Confession of Faith)
The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646)
“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.” (1646 Westminster Confession of Faith)
Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)
“It is the bounden duty of every Christian to pray against Antichrist, and as to what Antichrist is no sane man ought to raise a question. If it be not the popery in the Church of Rome there is nothing in the world that can be called by that name. If there were to be issued a hue and cry for Antichrist, we should certainly take up this church on suspicion, and it would certainly not be let loose again, for it so exactly answers the description.”
“Popery is contrary to Christ’s Gospel, and is the Antichrist, and we ought to pray against it. It should be the daily prayer of every believer that Antichrist might be hurled like a millstone into the flood and for Christ, because it wounds Christ, because it robs Christ of His glory, because it puts sacramental efficacy in the place of His atonement, and lifts a piece of bread into the place of the Saviour, and a few drops of water into the place of the Holy Ghost, and puts a mere fallible man like ourselves up as the vicar of Christ on earth; if we pray against it, because it is against Him, we shall love the persons though we hate their errors: we shall love their souls though we loath and detest their dogmas, and so the breath of our prayers will be sweetened, because we turn our faces towards Christ when we pray.” (Michael de Semlyen, All Roads Lead to Rome)
These are just a few we have quoted, but almost all Reformers and a majority of the Puritans were convinced that the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church was the Antichrist. Even most deluded Arminians like Wesley who believed in the error of free will had it right when it came to the ‘Man of Sin’ – the Pope!
In the light of these testimonies, is it not sad to see the majority of the so called ‘Evangelicals’ of our day like Billy Graham and many others shake hands with the Pope and recognize him as a Christian!
In a January 1997 interview with Larry King, Graham said that he has wonderful fellowship with Rome, is comfortable with the Vatican, and agrees with the Pope on almost everything.
LARRY KING: What do you think of the other [churches] … like Mormonism? Catholicism? Other faiths within the Christian concept?
GRAHAM: Oh, I think I have a wonderful fellowship with all of them.
LARRY KING: You’re comfortable with Salt Lake City. You’re comfortable with the Vatican?
GRAHAM: I am very comfortable with the Vatican. I have been to see the Pope several times. In fact, the night — the day that he was inaugurated, made Pope, I was preaching in his cathedral in Krakow. I was his guest … [and] when he was over here … in Columbia, South Carolina … he invited me on the platform to speak with him. I would give one talk, and he would give the other … but I was two-thirds of the way to China…
KING: You like this Pope?
GRAHAM: I like him very much. … He and I agree on almost everything.
Many people already know that Graham has completely embraced the Catholic Pope, John Paul II, as a great Christian leader and his nomination for “the man of the century.” The truth is this same Pope is not even saved, as he has blasphemed the truth of the Gospel by embracing every religious heresy from Kali the Hindu death goddess to the voodoo worshipers of Benin, West Africa. Because the False Prophet described in the book of Revelation embraces and leads the world to the following of the Antichrist, anyone that validates the False Prophet is just another false prophet. Dr. Billy Graham has plainly demonstrated his true spiritual character with his ecumenical agenda. That powerful and largely hidden agenda is carefully documented for anyone that cares enough about the truth to seek it out.
Dr. Graham said that Pope John Paul II’s visit to the United States in 1979, “could start a new wave of spiritual revival in our nation which we desperately need. In the short time he has been Pope, John Paul II has become the moral leader of the world. My prayers and the prayers of countless other Protestants will be with him as he makes his journey. His uncompromising moral stand and his warm human personality have won the admiration of many from different religious backgrounds and his visit will be of great significance for all Americans as well as the world.”
All Popes preach a false gospel, how could Pope John Paul possibly start a “genuine spiritual revival?”
Following Pope John Paul II’s visit, Graham praised the Pope as a “statesman, a pastor, and an evangelist.” Graham said that the Pope was “pointing people to Christ,” and he called John Paul II “the greatest religious leader of the modern world.” Graham gave not one word of warning about the false gospel Roman Catholicism and the Pope preach – not one warning about the continuing efforts of Romanism toward spiritual and political control of the world!
Billy Graham has recommended a biography of Pope Paul VI which encouraged “devotion to Mary, the Saints, worship of the wafer at the Mass, and trust in the sacraments for salvation.” He called the book “a classic in devotion.”” Having visited Pope John Paul II several times, Graham calls him “THE WORLD’S GREATEST EVANGELIST” and says that any differences in their theology “ARE NOT IMPORTANT AS FAR AS PERSONAL SALVATION IS CONCERNED.”
Tell that to the millions who died at the hands of Rome because of very real differences that Graham now denies! On the Phil Donahue Show, Billy Graham praised the Pope as “a moral and spiritual leader” that the American people could look up to and said, “Thank God, I’ve got somebody to quote now with some real authority.”
BILLY GRAHAM BELIEVES THE LATE POPE JOHN PAUL II SURELY WENT TO HEAVEN
On Larry King Live April 2, 2005, Billy Graham said the late Pope was “the most influential voice for morality and peace in the world in the last 100 years.” When Larry King asked, “There is no question in your mind that he is with God now?” Graham replied: “Oh, no. There may be a question about my own, but I don’t think Cardinal Wojtyla, or the Pope — I think he’s with the Lord, because he believed. He believed in the cross. That was his focus throughout his ministry, the cross, no matter if you were talking to him from personal issue or an ethical problem, he felt that there was the answer to all of our problems, the cross and the resurrection. And he was a strong believer.”
This is a most amazing statement by the man who is considered the world’s foremost evangelist. Graham expresses less than certainty about his own salvation but complete certainty about the Pope’s, even though he preached a false gospel of grace mixed with works and sacraments and put his trust in Mary as his intercessor. Graham should know that John Paul II did not believe in the cross in any scriptural sense. Rather he believed in the cross PLUS baptism PLUS the mass PLUS confession to a priest PLUS the saints, and above all PLUS Mary. “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Rom. 11:6). “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel” [Gal. 1:6].
Now what does all this tell YOU, beloved?! It SHOULD tell you that the ‘Apostasy’ spoken of in Scripture is not coming sometime soon, but is ALREADY HERE! And fact is, many who deem themselves ‘Christians’ are already a part of it!!
So, do Catholics go to heaven? You better find out, ‘cause you could be one!!!