why the pope is not the antichrist
Francis Turretin (1623-1687) is perhaps the greatest Reformed theologian of the XVII century. His major work, the
Institutes of Elenctic Theology, has been one of the most influential theological textbooks of the continental Reformed tradition. In his section on the Church, Turretin extensively deals with the Papacy, as he always engages in БapologeticБ theology. His more comprehensive treatment of the Pope as the Antichrist, however, is his 7th Disputation on the Antichrist that, in turn, is part of a larger work entitled Concerning our Necessary Secession from the Church of Rome and the Impossibility of Cooperation with Her (1661). [P ublished as Whether It Can be Proven the Pope of Rome is the Antichrist ]. Here we find perhaps the most detailed and systematic Protestant argument for the identification of the Pope as the Antichrist.
Turretin endeavors to exegete Scripture and evaluate the facts of church history for the purpose of saving the Church of Christ from committing spiritual fornication. Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. -- receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.
The antichrist has been here since the, The antichrist will still be here The antichrist cannot be a single personality because the antichrist has been here almost 2000 years so far. The antichrist must be an office or a position of authority The antichrist will not occupy a temple in Jerusalem but will occupy a place amongst what might initially appear to be the body of Christ. The antichrist will sit as the head of this false church. ( There is only one possibility that can fulfill all these prophesies. And the pope is the only possible position that fulfills all of these scriptural prophesies. But just as Jesus Christ is the only possible fulfillment of who was to be the Messiah, so too, the pope is the only possible fulfillment of who would be the antichrist.
And still millions of people are blind to both! Roman Catholics see the pope as Christs vicar, which means, substitute. The popes Latin title is Vicarius Filii Dei, which means Substitute for the Son of God. In the Greek, antichrist simply means in the place of Christ Thus, by very definition, the pope the antichrist. The word Pope means Father. The word Father as a title was forbidden by Jesus Christ: And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins,
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