On Thursday the 16th of September, the Pope, Benedict XVI, is due to visit the United Kingdom for four days. The last time a Pope came to these shores, Pope John Paul II, was in 1982. As we know certain events are planned, and many are set to welcome this man, including the Queen.
Amongst other gross errors which must be strongly refuted, the Pope claims to be the head of the church. Now, as Bible believing Christians we strongly oppose this claim, for Christ alone is Head of the Church. The apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:23, “Christ is the head of the church: and He is the Saviour of the body.” As there is but one head, the Pope without question, stands opposed to Christ; he is Antichrist.
In the days of the apostle John, there were many who were called antichrists; 1 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.” They stood opposed to Christ, and then also to the doctrine of the Trinity as a whole. There were many of them, however, I believe, along with others, that the Pope particularly is to be called, the Antichrist, that man of sin. Whilst rejecting the claims of the Pope, many believers, particularly in modern Evangelical Churches, refrain from declaring him to be the Antichrist.
Paul wrote concerning the Antichrist in 2 Thessalonians 2:3; “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” Each successive Pope is, the Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition.
John Calvin wrote “All the marks by which the Spirit of God has pointed out Antichrist, clearly appear in the Pope”
In the Westminster Confession chapter 5;'The Church', we read in section 6 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.
Let us see the Pope for who he really is, he is not the head of the Church, but the Antichrist. There is a planned visit to the United Kingdom, however let us remember and rejoice, that Christ our King and glorious Head sits upon His throne. My dear friends, He will not allow the Pope to have the pre-eminence, but will, in His perfect timing and almighty power bring him down.
Aaron J Lewis August 2010.