Go read! Paul Flynn



From his article in The Megiddo Review:

For centuries the Church held to the Biblical position that the Pope of Rome is that man of sin and son of perdition, otherwise known as the Antichrist describe in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. Is it any wonder that with the almost universal rejection of this doctrine in mainstream evangelicalism today, we see widespread growing acceptance of the Papacy within the fold of the visible Church?



8 thoughts on “Go read! Paul Flynn

  1. It amazes me that the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church are so visibly fitting the Scriptures’ description that people can’t see it! I read that the King James Bible version was written to replace the Wycliffe Bible because of all of the margin notations of certain scriptures showing the Pope and Roman Catholicism as the antichrist system that it is. There was a hefty penalty for anyone who would use the Wycliffe Bible and not the KJV. I believe that was the beginning of dismissing the Anti-Christ-Pope connection. Only fine scholars, like Dr. Ian Paisley, kept it to the fore.
    God bless you, Maria! Keep cool today! \o/

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    • Hi, Sherry! I didn’t know this about the notes in the Wycliffe Bible – very interesting. The history of the KJV is interesting and this is a new part for me. I’d been informed that the word for baptize came into our language because of the transliteration instead of translation of baptizo to immersion – a Church of England thing, wanting to be broad and include those who baptize by sprinkling or pouring.

      Yes, it is difficult to understand why people can’t see this about the papacy. It’s almost as if they are in love with the notion of a handsome, deadly “Nicholai Carpathia” antichrist and can’t let go of that view. This is the power of fiction for sure! Did you read The Left Behind books? I only got so far with them. 2 Tjessalonians 2 is really helpful in grasping the actual source of the deception:

      8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

      Refusing the truth – unrighteousness – makes us deceivable.


  2. Hi Maria.
    I am very familiar with Mr. Spurgeon’s thoughts on the Catholic Church. I think his statement shared on this link is correct. I also think that we live in a time when there are still many possibilities for the identity of the actual anti-Christ, the man. I haven’t read the left behind books but I am familiar with them. My adult children have read them and they kid about things in the books that are unrealistic. It is possible that the anti-Christ will be the pope as the LCMS Lutheran’s statement of faith used to point out clearly. I don’t think the anti-Christ will be Muslim (a recent assessment by a few well-knowns) as I think in order to fool Jews, he will have to come somewhat close to fulfillment of O.T. Prophecies. Then again, maybe the Jews will be so blinded that they won’t notice. At the same time, many Jews do know the prophecies. It is why Isaiah 53 bothers them so much. I think that the spirit of anti-Christ is now alive and well in both the Catholic and Protestant churches. The thoughts off the top of my head above are pure speculation. I am aware of a few scholars who have different views than anything I’ve mentioned and they are good students of the Bible. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out. We may be around for the opening salvo. We may now be in the time of the “birth pangs” that Jesus mentioned in Matthew 24. You’ll get a few possibilities from me but no definite answers on the man whom I believe will be THE anti-Christ.

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  3. Hi, Chris! good to hear from you! I went back to the post to refresh my memory about which Spurgeon quote Paul Flynn used. It’s worth repeating here:

    “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.” -C.H. Spurgeon

    This is good counsel, to pray for the Lord to bring down to ruins that which is evil and that He call people out of her and then judges her.

    About Antichrist, I hope it is okay if I say that I can no longer speculate about this. Looking at God’s Word (2 Thess. 2; Revelation 13; and Daniel 7) and the fulfillment of prophecy in history, I believe that the office of the papacy is Antichrist. No doubt there will be one final man to hold this office but we have known him and seen his works all along, through the centuries, persecuting the saints – wearing them out; the son of perdition who like Judas was in the midst of believers but not one of them, a hypocrite who seems to be but isn’t for the Lord.

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