Another Sermon for the Starving Bible Believing Christians All Over the World Wide Web
2005 - Touchet Baptist Church, Touchet, Washington - Pastor Mike Paulson - 2005
Learning the way of God more perfectly - Acts 18:26 with the Scriptures Rightly Divided - II Timothy 2:15

The Head Monkey of the World
The Primate of Italy - the Pope!
One of his many official titles - really!

Warning of False Christs:
Matthew 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mark 13:22  For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
II Corinthians 11:13  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
Revelation 2:1,2  Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;  I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

Warning of Antichrists:
I John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
I John 2:22  Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
I John 4:3  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
II John 1:7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

Introduction notes: Daniel 8:25: And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

Daniel 11:21-24
And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.  And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant. And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.  He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.

Daniel 11:36-38
And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.  Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.  But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.

All of the following material is available in it's complete and documented format at Way of Life Literature.
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The Pope
Meaning of the word pope
Pope is from the Latin word papa, meaning "father."  The Italian equivalent to pope is "papa," and the pope is often called papa. Religious leaders who allow themselves to be called "father," and those who call them by this title are in rebellion to Christ's command. Matthew 23:9 -"And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven."

According to Roman Catholic dogma, Peter was the first bishop, or pope, of Rome, and to him was given the authority to open and shut the kingdom of God to men. Supposedly, Jesus gave to Peter the supreme authority in the church on earth, and this authority was passed on to other bishops of Rome. These claims are supposedly based upon Mt. 16:18-19--"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

Authority of the pope
The pope is said to have the authority to establish doctrine. When he speaks officially, ex-cathedra, his declarations are considered to be infallible. The New York Catechism says: "The pope takes the place of Jesus Christ on earth ... By divine right the pope has supreme and full power in faith and morals over each and every pastor and his flock. He is the true Vicar of Christ, the head of the entire church, the father and teacher of all Christians. He is the infallible ruler, the founder of dogmas, the author of and the judge of councils; the universal ruler of truth, the arbiter of the world, the supreme judge of heaven and earth, the judge of all, being judged by no one, God himself on earth" (Loraine Boettner, Roman Catholicism, p. 127).

History of the papal office
The concept of a supreme, infallible pope grew up gradually over the centuries as the Roman Catholic Church came into existence and consolidated its power. This history is traced in the book, Catholicism Against Itself, Volume II, by O.C. Lambert.  The following statements are documented from Catholic resources and can be documented to you if you ask me:

Thus we see that the Catholic doctrine of papal supremacy, as is all of their teachings,
all came into being gradually through the centuries.

Papal titles
Following are some of the pope's titles, all of which show that he is the world's greatest blasphemer: His Holiness, Holy Father, Vicar of Christ, Sovereign, Supreme Pontiff, Keeper of the Keys, Head of the Church, Prince of the Apostles, Head of the Bishops, Supreme Pastor, Universal Ruler of the Truth, Infallible Ruler, Father of all Christians, Supreme Teacher of the Universal Church, Father of Princes and Kings, Ruler of the Round Earth, Viceroy of Jesus Christ, Substitute for the Son of God, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City, Primate of Italy.

"Pontiff," meaning "bridge builder," comes "not from the Bible but from pagan Rome, where the emperor, as the high priest of the heathen religion, and in that sense professing to be the bridge or connecting link between this life and the next, was called `Pontifex Maximus.'

The title was therefore lifted from paganism and applied to the head of the Roman Catholic Church. As the high priest of the O.T. was the mediator between God and men, so the pope also claims to be the mediator between God and men, with power over the souls in purgatory."

The error of the papacy We must ask an obvious and serious question. Where in the N.T. do we see Peter claiming to be a pontiff? Where do we see him accepted as such by the early churches? Peter was openly rebuked by Paul because of hypocrisy (Ga. 2:11-14). Peter had a wife (Lk. 4:38; 1 Co. 9:5). Yet the RCC says the pope--who supposedly is Peter's successor--cannot marry. The N.T. speaks more of Paul than of Peter. And it was Paul and John, not Peter, who wrote most of the N.T. While Peter wrote two epistles of 166 verses, John wrote five epistles with 1,415 verses, and Paul wrote 13 epistles with 2,033 verses. If, therefore, there was a pope in the early church it was Paul, not Peter! The simple truth is that neither Peter nor any other man had the position among the early churches that the pope has in Roman Catholicism. Jesus Christ alone is the Head and Rock of the Church. Peter was no pope! Only God should be called Holy Father, Holy Lord, His Holiness, Supreme Pontiff, Our Most Holy Lord, etc. The Lord Jesus Christ condemned this type of thing in the Pharisees, saying, "But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ" (Mt. 23:8-10). Peter, who supposedly was the first pope, refused to accept worship (Ac. 10:25-26). Yet the Roman pope accepts--yea, demands--titles of deity and accepts the worshipful genuflection of those who approach him. What unchristian blasphemy! Nowhere in the N.T. do we find the blasphemous Catholic idea that a mere man would become the vicar [representative] of Christ during His absence in Heaven. Instead we read that the Holy Spirit would come to be Christ's representative (Jn. 14:16-18; 15:26; 16:7). The Roman Church uses this passage to support its concept that Peter was made pope by the Lord Jesus Christ. We quoted this passage earlier. Magically, the Roman Church finds here the basis for the papacy. Peter is considered to have been the rock of the church, so the supposed successors of Peter--the Roman popes--form the foundation of the church for all ages. That this strange interpretation is not true is shown in the following considerations:
    First, the Lord Jesus was not saying in Mt. 16:16-20 that he would build the church upon Peter. "There is in the Greek a play upon words, `Thou art Peter ("petros"--literally, a little rock), and upon this rock ("Petra"--a solid rock mass or foundation) I will build my church.' He does not promise to build His church upon Peter, but upon Himself. Peter himself was careful to tell us that the foundation of the church is Christ. `Wherefore, also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious...' (1 Pe. 2:6)" (Scofield). According to 2 Sa. 22:32, there is no Rock except God! "...and who is a rock, save our God?" In both the Old and New Testaments it is God Himself who is the believer's Rock--Foundation, Security, and Protection. Thirty times in the Old Testament God is called a Rock. Five times in the New Testament Christ is called a Rock--Mt. 16:18, Ro. 9:33, 1 Co. 10:4, and 1 Pe. 2:18. Only Deity Himself could be the church's Rock and Foundation! And this is exactly what the Lord Jesus Christ was promising in Matthew 16.
    Second, the Roman Catholic interpretation of Mt. 16:18-19 is strictly contrary to the pattern of the early churches as testified by the book of Acts and the Epistles. Peter simply was not a pope! The Latin writing on the fish-shaped hat worn by the pope says, "Vicarirs Feleii Dei" and means "substitute for the Son of God"! The Apostle Peter no doubt would have cringed in horror at the very thought of donning such a title.
    Third, the church is built, not upon the person of Peter, but upon the testimony of Peter. In Mt. 16, Peter had just testified, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." This testimony is the focus of Mt. 16:16-20. It is Christ, Christ, Christ! He is the Center, the Foundation, the Head, the All for the church. This we see in that the Lord Jesus completed this scene in Mt. 16 by charging the disciples "that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ."
    Fourth, the keys of the kingdom of heaven were not given to Peter alone, but to the other disciples as well. After Jesus' resurrection, He spoke to all the disciples, saying, "Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained" (Jn. 20:23).
The key to the kingdom is the Gospel, which is the power of God to salvation to those who believe. Paul said, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth..." (Ro. 1:16). Peter used the key of the Gospel to open the door for the Jews on the day of Pentecost (Ac. 2). He also used the key of the Gospel to open the door of salvation to the Gentiles when he preached Jesus to Cornelius (Ac. 10). The New Testament does not show Peter exercising special authority beyond this, and it was an authority which was exercised by all the disciples.
In Mt. 16, the Lord Jesus Christ is not making Peter the first pope, but is reaffirming that He Himself is the Rock, the Head of the Church, and that Peter's testimony of Christ is the key whereby the door to salvation and the Kingdom of God would be opened to all who believe. These terms are used interchangeably in Scripture and refer to different aspects of one man's ministry, rather than to different ministries of different men. PASTOR emphasizes the church leader's role as a shepherd of God's people. ELDER emphasizes his spiritual maturity. BISHOP emphasizes his role as an overseer and ruler of the assembly. In some passages all three terms are used to describe the church leader. In Ac. 20:17 and 28 the leaders of the church at Ephesus are called elders, overseers and feeders of the church, which refers to their role as pastors. In Tit. 1:5,7 the terms elder and bishop are used interchangeably to refer to the leaders Titus was to ordain in Crete. In 1 Pe. 5, the pastor is again pictured in all three aspects. All three words--pastor, elder, and bishop--refer to the work of one man.

The Roman Catholic Church has no biblical authority for elevating some church leaders above others as they do with their popes, bishops, priests, and cardinals. We find no such ecclesiastical hierarchy in the New Testament church.

"According to Roman Church tradition, Peter reigned as pope in Rome for 25 years, from 42 to 67 A.D. It is generally agreed that Paul's letter to the Christians in Rome was written in the year 58 A.D., at the very height of Peter's alleged episcopacy there. Paul did not address his letter to Peter, as he should have done if Peter was in Rome and the head of all the churches. No, the letter was addressed simply to the saints in Rome. How strange for a missionary to write to a church and not mention the pastor! ... And if Peter had been the most prominent minister in the land, as allegedly was the bishop of Rome, such an affront would be all the more inexcusable.

"If Peter was there and had been there for sixteen years, why was it necessary for Paul to go at all, especially since in his letter he says that he does not build on another's foundation (Ro. 15:20)? This indicates clearly that Peter was not then in Rome, and that he had not been there, that in fact Paul was writing this letter because no Apostle had yet been in Rome to clarify the Gospel to them and to establish them in the faith ... And again, had Peter been in Rome prior to or at the time when Paul arrived there as a prisoner in 61 A.D. Paul could not have failed to have mentioned him, for in the epistles written from there during his imprisonment--Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon--he gives quite a complete list of his fellow-workers in Rome, and Peter's name is not among them" (Boettner, p. 121).

    PETER'S SUCCESSOR?  The following chronology of Peter's ministry is given by Tom Aldons in The Rock, Oct. 1986--
"We often hear of the pope referred to as Peter's successor, a claim which is reflected in one of the titles assumed by Pope John Paul II. This is based on the assertion that Peter was the first bishop of Rome from A.D. 42 to 67. But what does the Bible reveal about this claim?
"In Ga. 1:16-18 Paul writes that 3 years after his conversion (A.D. 34) he met Peter at Jerusalem (A.D. 37). In Ga. 2:1-9 Paul writes that he again went to Jerusalem 14 years later (A.D. 51) where he met Peter (verse 9).
"Paul's Epistle to the Romans was written from Corinth about A.D. 60 and chapter 16 has greetings to several members of the church at Rome by name but makes no mention of Peter. This is a strange omission if Peter had indeed been bishop there.
"Paul's letter to the Colossians was written from Rome about A.D. 64. At the end of chapter 4 he sends greetings from several people including `Luke the beloved physician.' In verse 10, Aristarchus `my fellow prisoner' sends greetings to Marcus (Mark). In verse 11, Paul writes, `These only are my fellow workers,' but makes no mention of Peter among them."

    WAS PETER IN ROME? "In A.D. 41 Peter was at Joppa where he had a vision of the unclean animals (Acts 11). In A.D. 44 he was imprisoned by Herod and miraculously set free (Acts 12). In A.D. 52 he was at Jerusalem disputing against circumcision (Acts 15). He wrote his first Epistle from Babylonia about A.D. 60 (1 Pe. 5:13), the same verse stating that Mark was with him at that time.
"In Paul's letter to Timothy from Rome, A.D. 66, shortly before his execution (2 Ti. 4:7-8), he writes in verse 11 `only Luke is with me.' Timothy was the first [pastor at] Ephesus and Mark was with him (2 Ti. 4:11), confirming Col. 4:10.
"Peter was therefore with Timothy and Mark in Asia Minor and Babylonia, but never at Rome with Paul. His mission was to the circumcision (Ga. 2:7-9)--the Jews and the other 10 tribes whose location he referred to in 1 Pe. 1:1.

"So we see that the man that the Catholic Church says was the first Roman pope never ministered at Rome!"

The RC idea of apostolic succession is purely human conjecture. There were only 12 Apostles in the special sense and that is all there ever will be. In the wall of the eternal city of the redeemed there are twelve foundations--only twelve--and in these foundations are written the names of the twelve Apostles--only twelve! "And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb" Re. 21:14. Roman Catholic popes are not allowed to be married, but Peter definitely had a wife. This becomes an important fact when we consider that the Roman popes claim to be successors, followers, of Peter. Consider the following passages of Holy Scripture: Mt. 8:14; Mk. 1:30; 1 Co. 9:5. Regarding the pope's celibacy, we see again Rome's deadly habit of changing the pattern of the early church and thereby rendering the Scripture ineffective by its traditions. The following is taken from the book, Protestants, Catholics and the Word of God, pp. 41-42--
"Peter had certain characteristics which made him a leader, true enough, but Jesus refused to recognize any pope among His disciples. Mt. 23:8-12 says, `But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. AND CALL NO MAN YOUR FATHER UPON THE EARTH: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.'
"The above Scripture does not mean that you cannot call the one who begat you `father.' This is done over and over in Scriptures. It does mean that no one should call a man `father' as is done in Catholicism. A man who assumes this title arrogates to himself the title and prerogative of God. It is not the title itself that is of supreme importance. The Lord is forbidding the recognition of any man's power to impart by ceremony or in any other way, spiritual life to any fellow man.
"The father is the one who begets, the one from whom life comes. You should never recognize any man who claims to be able by sacramentarian grace, or any other thing, to communicate life to your soul. The life of God in the soul of a man must come by the begetting of God. We must be careful not to give to any man place and honor which does not belong to him.
"We must not allow any man to come between ourselves and Christ. There are no priests who can atone for us. There are no mediators who can undertake to manage our souls with God.
"Acts 15 reports a church council in Jerusalem discussing the relation of the Gentiles to the law, to circumcision, etc. In this council, Peter, Barnabas and Paul gave reports. Then James rather than Peter rendered the final decision. Read Acts 15:13-20. `And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: Simeon [Peter] hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name . Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God.' (vv. 14,15,19).
"Again in Ga. 2:11 Paul rebukes Peter openly because of blameworthy actions. Certainly Paul took a privilege which no one would take toward the pope today.
"In Ga. 2:8-10 Peter is named with others as a pillar of the church, but no supremacy.
"In Ac. 8:14 we are told that PETER WAS SENT BY OTHERS to preach and help in the work of the Lord.
"M.D. Forrest [Roman Catholic writer] in Who is the Pope? emphasizes the primacy of Peter in Jn. 21:15-17, saying that Christ addressed only Peter when He said, `Lovest thou me more than these? Feed my lambs.' The reason Christ addressed Peter only, though, is not the supremacy of Peter but the fact that Peter alone denied his Lord! Over against his three-fold denial we have the Lord's three-fold question concerning the love which Peter declared to be greater than that of the other disciples. We repeat that this is not a question of primacy but one of confession in light of Peter's awful denial" (Protestants, Catholics and the Word of God, pp. 41,42). "Take the Word of God in this matter. `And hath put all things under his [Christ's] feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all' (Ep. 1:22-23). This plainly states that Christ is the head of the church. No man on earth today is the head of the church. Note also Ep. 5:23: `For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.' The book of Ephesians was written probably thirty years after Pentecost, and Christ was still the Head of the Church at that time!" (Ibid., p. 44). "I have never read in Scripture that Peter asked and accepted gifts of money to gather unto himself a treasury of silver and gold to be called `The Treasury of St. Peter' [as the pope has]! In Ac. 3:6 Peter said, `Silver and gold have I none.' In Ac. 8:20 Peter refused to sell a spiritual gift for money--'But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.' Rome, though, sells spiritual blessings and gifts" (Ibid.). "Coronation day is crowning day. Peter's coronation day was never during his earthly life. He will receive a crown when the Lord comes again, as he said in his first epistle. `And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away' (1 Pe. 5:4). The Catholic Dictionary says concerning the crowning of the pope: `The earliest representation of the tiara with three crowns is found in an effigy of Benedict XII (died in 1342). The first circlet symbolizes the pope's universal episcopate, the second his supremacy of jurisdiction, and the third his temporal supremacy. It is placed on his head at his coronation by the second cardinal deacon, with the words, `Receive the tiara adorned with three crowns and know that thou art Father of princes and kings, Ruler of the world, Vicar of our Saviour Jesus Christ.'" Is this not blasphemous arrogance? (Protestants, Catholics and the Word of God, pp. 44-45).

The Roman Catholic Church claims that its popes have inherited the seat and authority of the Apostle Peter. That this is a gross error is evident by a simple comparison of Peter's life and teaching with the lives and teaching of the Catholic Popes:

Christ wore a crown of thorns.
The pope wears a triple crown filled with jewels.

Christ said: "My kingdom is not of this world."
The pope claims the spiritual and temporal sovereignty of this same world.

Christ washed his disciples' feet, thus manifesting a spirit of humility worthy of emulation by His followers.
The pope presents his foot to be kissed and requires genuflections and kneeling from those who have audiences with him.

Christ was poor and lowly.
The pope's material wealth is immense.

Christ carried on His shoulders the cross.
The pope is carried on the shoulders of his servants in liveries of splendor.

Christ preached peace and good will among men.
The popes have instigated more wars than all other aggressors combined.

Christ had no place to lay His head.
The pope lives in a magnificent palace surrounded by wealth and pomp.

Christ gave His Gospel freely to all.
The pope sells his masses and other favors.

Christ said: "Call no man your father upon the earth; for one is your Father, which is in heaven."
The pope commands all to call him "Holy Father," and even his priests feel insulted if persons do not address them as "Father."

Christ lived a chaste and pure life.
Many of the popes have lived immoral and perverted lives.

Christ sent the Holy Spirit to be His Vicar on earth.
The pope claims to be the Vicar of Christ on earth.

Christ is the Head of the Church.
The pope claims to be head of the Church.

Christ claimed infallibility for Himself and the Word of God alone.
The pope claims infallibility for himself..

Christ taught that sin should be confessed to God.
The pope teaches that sin should be confessed to him and his priests.

Christ taught His followers to pray to God through Him.
The pope teaches his followers to pray to the virgin Mary.

Christ taught that He alone is the Savior.
The pope teaches that the Church is the Savior.

Christ taught that Church and State should be separated.
The pope insists that they should be united.

Christ taught that there was but one Mediator between God and men--Himself.
The pope teaches that there are many mediators between man and God.

Christ taught that salvation was by grace [meaning a free gift].
The pope teaches salvation is by seven "sacraments" which are supposed to confer grace.

The headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. "Vatican" is from the Latin word vaticanus, signifying one of the seven hills of ancient Rome, on the west bank of the Tiber River (Webster's Unabridged). The Vatican refers both to the papal palace and the papal government. Consider the following description of the Vatican state which exchanges ambassadors with most of the nations of the world and wields tremendous power over presidents and kings.

The pope's area of temporal domain is no larger than 109 acres, with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants. It has a full civil government with a flag, a police force, courts and postage stamps. It even issues currency in the form of gold and silver with the effigy of the pope.

"It has a very large and active diplomatic corp, the finest in the world, headed by a secretary of state with 100 ambassadors called nuncios. These Vatican ambassadors in most capitols outrank even the representatives of the United States.

"The pope, however, is not just a temporal ruler in that small area in Rome, he is ruler of an international power, claiming authority from God, and demanding adherence from all Catholics in all nations, including the United States. The sovereign power of the pope extends his jurisdiction to 800 million Catholics in every country where there are Catholics. In more than 60 countries the majority of the population is Catholic, and in half of those, more than 90 percent are Catholic.

"The pope is considered a supreme ruler because when he is crowned, he is charged as follows: `Receive the three-fold crown of the Tiara, and know that thou art the Father of princes and Kings, the Ruler of the round earth, and here below the viceroy of Jesus Christ, to whom be Honor and Glory forever, Amen.'

"This man crowned `ruler of the round earth' is one of the few remaining absolute monarchs in the world. He lives in an atmosphere of continuous adulation. His Vatican palace has thousands of rooms. He is too exalted to eat a meal with any other human"

A Roman Catholic council conducted between 1868 and 1870.

A Roman Catholic council conducted between October 11, 1962, to December 9, 1965. It was convened by Pope John XXIII, and after his death in June 1963, was completed by Pope Paul VI.

The council was attended by more than 2,400 Roman Catholic bishops. A number of important changes were made in the practice of Catholicism. Before Vatican II, the mass was performed in the Latin language. Vatican II allowed for it to be conducted in the vernacular. Vatican II also opened the door for ecumenical overtures to the non-Catholic world. While there were many other peripheral changes made, Vatican II reaffirmed in the plainest possible language the dogmas of Roman Catholicism. The heart of this apostate religious system--the papacy, the priesthood, and the sacraments--remain unchanged.

Papal supremacy was reaffirmed by Vatican II.

The official pronouncements which were issued by this Council changed the face of Roman Catholicism in many superficial ways, but the foundational dogmas regarding the papacy, the mass and the other sacraments, Mary, the priesthood, etc., remain unchanged.

It is not true that the Second Vatican Council rejected Rome's heresies or that it turned the Catholic Church toward the Bible. Following are some statements from Vatican II illustrating the truth of this claim:

"The Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, namely, and as pastor of the entire Church, has full, supreme and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered."

"This loyal submission of the will and intellect must be given, in a special way, to the authentic teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff, even when he does not speak ex cathedra in such wise, indeed, that his supreme teaching authority be acknowledged with respect, and sincere assent be given to decisions made by him, conformably with his manifest mind and intention."

We see in these Vatican II proclamations that the pope of Rome retains his supreme position to this very day. In fact, the Vatican II gave to the pope even more power and authority than many previous Catholic documents. It would be hard to imagine a more exalted position than that described above. No other man on earth makes such claims as this.

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Antichrist?  These Men Knew!  Why Don't Leaders Know Today?

The following quotes show just how far the churches of today have strayed from the wisdom of their founding fathers regarding the awareness of the Antichrist.

    Martin Luther (1483-1546  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, from The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Vol. 2, pg. 121 by Froom).

  John Calvin (1509-1564  Presbyterian)
Some persons think us too severe and censorious when we call the Roman pointiff 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).

  Cotton Mather  (1663-1728  Congregational)
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 mavelously 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.)

   John Knox  (1505-1572  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  (1489-1556  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.  (Taken from Works by Cranmer, Vol. 1, pp. 6-7)

    John Wesley  (1703-1791  Methodist)
Speaking of the papacy, he said, He is in an emphatical sense, the Man of Sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure.  And he is, too, properly styled the Son of Perdition, as he has caused the death of numberless multitudes, both of his opposers and followers...He it is...that exalteth himself above all that is called God, or what is worshipped...claiming the highest power, and highest honour...claiming the prerogatives which belong to God alone.  (Taken from Antichrist and His Ten Kingdoms by John Wesley, pg. 110.)

    Roger Williams  (1603-1683  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 Thes 2).  (Taken from The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers by Froom, Vol. 3 pg. 52.)