You May Be an Antichrist If…
The comedian Jeff Foxworthy became famous for his routine “You may be a redneck if…” in which he gives humorous characteristics of so-called “rednecks.”
–You may be a redneck if… the blue book value of your truck goes up and down depending on how much gas is in it.
–You may be a redneck if… you stare at an orange juice container because it says “CONCENTRATE.”
–You may be a redneck if… you’ve ever made change in the offering plate.
–You may be a redneck if… you think a woman who is “out of your league” bowls on a different night.
But seriously, the antichrist is a very real and is no joking matter. The antichrist is the enemy of Christians. Antichrist’s characteristics are described by the apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians and by the apostle John in 1 John and Revelation. Antichrist brings apostasy. Antichrist opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, taking his seat in the temple of God. Antichrist is a liar, denying that Jesus is the Christ. Antichrist has blasphemous names, has temporal power, makes war against the saints, is drunk on their blood, is universal in reign, is dressed in scarlet and is adorned in gold and precious stones. So, with no further ado…
You may be an antichrist if… You exalt yourself, claim to be God-on-earth, and usurp the office of Christ.
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The pope claims to be Head of the Church on earth, denying Christ’s reign. His claims the titles “Holy Father,” and “Supreme Pontiff of the universal church.” According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (882), the Roman Pontiff “by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, 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.”
You may be an antichrist if… you declare the right to alter or add to Christ’s teachings.
The papacy holds that Holy Tradition is on par with the Word of God. The Catechism declares (82): “As a result the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence.”
You may be an antichrist if… you claim the authority over the souls of men and women in the next life.
The papacy invented a place called “purgatory” to which souls are sent to be purified and made fit for heaven. The pope has the power to free souls from purgatory by meting out indulgences for both the living and the dead.
You may be an antichrist if… you are accountable to no one, but are instead the judge of all.
Code of Canon Law, 1999 (Canon 332.3): “No appeal or recourse is permitted against a sentence or decree of the Roman Pontiff.” Popes have excommunicated entire countries, placing them under interdict until they submitted to his will.
You may be an antichrist if… you claim to be infallible in your teaching.
Papal infallibility was officially claimed at Vatican I in 1870.
You may be an antichrist if… you claim both political and religious power.
The papacy is both a city-state and a religion. It has diplomatic ties (with ambassadors called nuncios) with almost all nations, and has entered into agreements known as concordats, even with Hitler and Mussolini.
You may be an antichrist if… you deny the doctrine of justification by faith alone.
The Council of Trent declared: “If any one saith, that justifying faith is nothing else but confidence in the divine mercy which remits sins for Christ’s sake; or, that this confidence alone is that whereby we are justified; let him be anathema” (Canon XII).
You may be an antichrist if… you devise other paths to salvation apart from faith in Christ.
The papacy claims that Mary is the co-mediatrix of salvation. It claims that saints should be prayed to and are also mediators of salvation. It claims that “the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims” (CCC 841). In fact, anyone who is sincere can be saved: “Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of conscience — those too may achieve eternal salvation.” (CCC 847).
You may be an antichrist if… you persecute and kill the people of God.
The papacy is truly “drunk with the blood of the saints” (Rev. 17:6). Its murderous rampage over the ages includes the slaughter of the Huguenots and the Albigenses, the English Martyrs, the Inquisitions, and the murders of John Hus and William Tyndale. Not to mention its treatment of the Jews.
You may be an antichrist if… you devise doctrines not found in Holy Scripture.
Holy Days of Obligation, celibate Priests, apostolic succession, required abstinence from meat, indulgences, purgatory, transubstantiation, penance, sacramentals, veneration of relics, treasury of merit, etc.
You may be an antichrist if… your power is based on lies and deceitful spirits.
The papacy, despite claiming Peter as their first pope, did not truly exist until the fall of the Roman Empire. Its claims upon antiquity have been falsified through forgeries such as the Donation of Constantine and the False Decretals.
You may be an antichrist if… your reign is accompanied by lying wonders and miracles.
Apparitions of the “Virgin Mary” have performed great signs, such as the miracle of the sun at Fatima. The papacy canonizes saints, verifying that they are in heaven based on healings of those who have prayed to them.
You may be an antichrist if… your reign is marked by pomp, greed, and outrageous pride.
Popes are adorned in expensive clothing, wearing the bejeweled triregnum (triple) crown. They are carried on portable thrones, and offer their feet and ring to be kissed as a sign of respect and submission.
So, I submit to you that the evidence abundantly qualifies the papacy as an antichrist. Is the papacy THE ANTICHRIST? Well, more discussions next issue!