Friday, September 24, 2010

A Cloud of Witnesses Concerning Antichrist

The Waldensians
The purgatory is imaginary and "of antichrist".

John Wycliffe (Bible translator)
Speaking of the Pope of Rome and the Pope of Avigon (France), Wycliffe said of them being both antichrist "two halves of antichrist, making up the perfect Man of Sin between them". Lectures on Medieval Church History, p. 314

William Tyndale (Bible translator)
The pope's forbidding of matrimony and foods created by God for man's use is a devilish doctrine and "tokens good enough" that the pope is the antichrist.

Andreas Helwig
Helwig in 1612 identified the papal title of Vicarius Filii Dei with the number 666.

The Westminister Confession of Faith in 1647
"there is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ", not even the pope, which is antichrist.

Martin Luther (Lutheran)
"I know that the pope is Antichrist, and that his throne is that of Satan himself".

Hugh Latimer (Oxford Martyr)
the papists "go about to thrust Christ out of his seat".

Thomas Cranmer (Oxford Martyr)
Rome is "the seat of antichrist" and the pope is the "very antichrist himself" .

Nicholas Ridley (Oxford Martyr)
The Papal See is "the seat of Satan" and "is antichrist himself".

John Calvin (Calvinist)
"we call the Roman Pontiff Antichrist"

John Smyth (Baptist church founder)
"infant baptism" is an "antichristian heresy"

Roger Williams (founder of the First Baptist Church in America)
the pope is "the pretended vicar of Christ" and "the Man of Sin" of II Thessalonians 2.

John Wesley (Methodist)
The pope "in an emphatical sense" is "The Man of Sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure". Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament, p. 551

Matthew Henry (Presbyterian minister)
"He who, being a man, a sinful man, makes himself a god, as the pope does, who claims divine powers and prerogatives, is, no question, a blasphemer, and that antichrist."

John Gill (Baptist pastor and theologian)
"Now as I fully believe, and think it has been clearly shown, that infant baptism is a part and pillar of Popery, a limb of Antichrist, a branch of superstition and will-worship, introduced by the Man of Sin"

Jonathan Edwards (Theologian and Princeton University President)
"And it is prophesied, that this Antichrist, or man of sin, should be one that should set himself up in the temple or visible church of God, pretending to be vested with the power of God himself, as head of the church, as in the same chapter, verse 4. And all this is exactly come to pass in the church of Rome." The works of President Edwards, p. 324

George Whitefield (Anglican Protestant minister)
"I hope I shall always think it my bounden duty, next to inviting sinners to the blessed Jesus, to exhort my hearers to exert themselves against the first approaches of popish tyranny, and arbitrary power. O that we may be enabled to watch and pray, against all the opposition of antichrist in our hearts! for after all, there lies the most dangerous man of sin." Memoirs of Rev. George Whitefield, p. 164

Adam Clarke (Methodist theologian)
"[The Apocalypse] contains prophecies concerning the tyrannical and oppressive conduct of the Roman pontiffs, the true Antichrist; and foretells the final destruction of popery." The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, vol 2, p.983

Edward Bishop Elliott (English clergyman)
Mr. Elliott takes the religious profession of the Antichrist to be one made under much show of religion, as in the instance of the Papacy, the name of Antichrist meaning either Christ's vicar, or an opposing and usurping Christ, and his system containing in it " the mystery of iniquity," and " all deceivableness of unrighteousness;" and he objects to the current view of the Futurists...

Alexander Hislop (Free Church of Scotland Minister)
"The Pope exhibits himself to the church, as 'God upon earth'. It is this especially that constitutes him 'the Antichrist'."

Isaac Newton (an unorthodox Anglican)
The Pope is "the little horn of the fourth beast".

Henry Grattan Guinness (Irish Evangelical)
The little horn of Daniel is the symbol of the Roman papacy "fitting it as one of Chubb's keys fits the lock for which it is made".Romanism and the Reformation, p. 41

Joseph Tanner (???)
The abandoning of the historicist view of the antichrist for the modern futurist view (involving a secret rapture and 7 year tribulation) was a conspiracy of Jesuit doing. Daniel and the Revelation [London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1898], pp 16-17

Charles Spurgeon
it's claimed that Spurgeon believed that popery is antichrist (see alleged quote)

Ian Paisley (Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster)
Believes the pope is antichrist (source: wikipedia)