Grants Pass, Oregon
"And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY,
BABYLON THE GREA T, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINA TIONS OF THE EARTH"
can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head of the church, but is that
antichrist, that man of sin and son of perdition, that exalteth himself
church against Christ, and all that is called God; whom the Lord shall
with the brightness of his coming" (London Baptist Confession of
This type of statement is being dropped or greatly
modified by many
denominations. What has happened? Has the Pope and the Roman Catholic
changed? Is he now being recognized as head of THE church? Is he no
antichrist? Many are genuinely confused about this issue as they see
embracing Protestant and other religious leaders in royal audiences (as
considers himself a king as well as prophet and priest). President
just established diplomatic relations with him, a great mystery and
to all. Billy Graham and other new-evangelical churchmen now speak well
saying that he is one of the greatest living ambassadors for Christ and
is helping to bring peace on earth, good will to men. Graham said when
received a doctor's degree from a Catholic University that they were
the same gospel he preaches. Has the Pope been converted to the true
Has Babylon the Great become part of Christ's Body, His Bride?
Few today in the professing church seem to care much
for doctrine as
the mood has been to reduce the teaching of the Bible to a few
"essentials." Therefore, many of the doctrines and practices of the
Romanists are thought to be non-essential and should then be
say they love Christ and believe The Apostles' Creed, so they should be
of as brethren, it is said. We believe that this attitude is only
symptom of the extreme Laodicean state the professing church has sunk
Christians need to know about this great false religion. There are a
good sources on this subject. The Two Babylons by Alexander
Mystery Religion by Ralph Woodrow, and Roman Catholicism by
Boettner are recommended.
All Christians are familiar with the original
rebellion against God at
Babel (or Babylon). This revolt entailed the establishing of a false idolatrous religion which was carried to all
parts of the earth. It was
prevalent in the Egyptian and Canaanite religions which the Israelites
with the worship of Jehovah. It formed the backbone for Assyrian,
as well as Indian and Japanese religions. We should not have been
amazed to see
the similarity between Japanese paganism and Romanism since a
came from the same source, Babylonia!
God's wrath was stirred up through most
of the Old
Testament as Israel adulterated His true worship with Babylonian
did not necessarily "forsake" Jehovah, but syncretized His worship
with other religious "traditions" copied from their neighbors. This
is what the Roman Catholic Church did at its inception; and to some
evidences of Babylonian paganism can even be found in Protestant and
independent churches today. Even before Constantine declared the
Roman Empire to be "Christian," there had been some mixing of
paganism into Christianity. However, this adulteration of the true
took place on a wholesale scale with the "conversion" of Constantine
in 312 AD.
The following is a brief list of some of the tenents
of the First Babylon that were amalgamated with Christianity, making
a counterfeit religion: the worship of the "Madonna," originally
Nimrod's wife, also known as the mother of God, Queen of Heaven. She is
"Easter" in English. Mary was placed in this position. (Note: the
worship of Mary as a god has even increased in intensity through the
with the present Pope being most devout in this idolatry.) The
mother-and-the child god (the same statues or pictures
can be found in Babylon, India,
Japan, as well as in all varieties of "Christian" churches). The
pagan festivals which take up many days of the Catholic year changed
heathen names to "Christian" names. In the case of
"Easter," they did not change the name of the symbols which include
eggs and bunnies. The Christ-mass festival with its "trappings of
still continues strong today, particularly with the degeneration of
Christianity. It was the birthday of god, that is, the sun-god, as the
began to lengthen again. (There is no example or command in Scripture
festival for Christ's birth and no one has ever believed that it
occured at the
season of this pagan festival anyway.) Additional Roman Catholic errors
heathenism include the doctrine of baptismal regeneration,
works, the mass, extreme unction, purgatory, prayers for
the dead, idol processions, relic worship, the rosary and worship of
"sacred heart," use of candles, images and pictures in worship, the
sign of the cross, the symbols of the cross and fish, the
the sovereign pontiff as ruler over church and state, his garb
priests, monks, and nuns. The days of the week and many of the names of
months are pagan, but were retained by the church.
In his tract On The Schism Of The
Roman Pontiff (when
there were several claiming to be the Pope), John Wycliffe wrote in
"Now is the time to cast off the yoke of Rome. God is helping us; He
cloven the head of the antichrist in two pieces and made one
against the other." All of the reformers believed the Pope to be
antichrist as he fulfills the description of antichrist and the
which he heads fulfills the characteristics noted of that great Mother
Harlots drunk with the blood of the saints. We cannot say with complete
certainty what the ultimate meaning of the prophetic symbols are, but
that the Papacy and that great counterfeit church certainly correspond
with what information we do have from the Word.
changed? They have not changed in their
purpose to bring the whole religious world (and ultimately the world
under one head, the Pope. Their strategy and methods of achieving that
vary with the times. When they controlled governments, they cut off
heads, burned them, or persecuted them in other ways if they opposed
ultimate rule of the Pope. This again could well be the method if this
religion should once more gain political control. In doctrine, the
have not changed; in practice of their religion, a few surface changes
occured as they are flexible, adjusting to the culture of the people
incorporating the present superstitions of heathen peoples.
(we are here thinking of
"evangelicals") changed? It has not re-adopted the grosser forms of
outward idolatry that are apparent in pagan Catholicism, but it has
pivotal doctrinal areas, bringing it back toward Popery. Martin Luther
that he regarded the Roman doctrine of man's ability to be the
central issue of all. The Papal teaching was that man's fall into sin
affected his will to the extent that he could not do in his natural
God commands, that is, repent and savingly believe. Luther wrote his
theological theatise on this subject in The Bondage Of The Will, refuting
this false doctrine with the biblical teaching that the will is bound
and it is only a result of regeneration ttlat man can turn to God. The
majority of the professing church has returned to the Roman teaching on
this issue which, Luther said, was the hinge on which the whole of
religion turns. The second most important issue was no doubt the
Justification by Faith. Once again, Protestants and independents have,
great degree, returned to the camp of Rome. In the position of both God
in this key issue there is now little difference. Famous figures like
Graham have noted and are acting upon a new amiability now apparent
Harlot Mother of Revelation 17 in many areas of doctrine and practice.
roadblock to reunion is the acknowledging of the Pope as the prophet,
and king of his church, the antichrist.
Christ And The Pope
Christ wore a crown of thorns. Matthew 27:29 - "And when they had
platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his
right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying,
Hail, King of the Jews!"
Pope wears a triple crown
filled with jewels.
Christ said: "Jesus answered, My
kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then
would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews:
but now is my kingdom not from hence" (John 18:36).
Pope claims the spiritual and temporal sovereignty of the world.
His disciples' feet, thus manifesting a spirit of humility worthy of
by His followers. John 13:5 - "After that he poureth
water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe
them with the towel wherewith he was girded".
Pope presents his foot to
be kissed and requires genuflections and kneeling
from those who have
audiences with him.
Christ was poor and lowly.
Matthew 11:29 - "Take my yoke upon you,
and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find
rest unto your souls"; 22:19 - "Shew me the tribute
money. And they brought unto him a penny".
Pope's material wealth is
carried on His shoulders the cross. John 19:17 - "And he bearing his cross went forth into
a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew
The Pope is
carried on the shoulders of his servants in liveries of
Christ promulgated the laws of His kingdom and urged His followers to
same. Matt. 5-7
tramples them under foot and substitutes his own in their
Christ had no place
lay his head. Matl.8:20
in a magnificent palace surrounded by wealth and
Christ gave His
free to all. Matt.10:8
Pope sells his masses and other favors. Christ said: "Call no man your
father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in Heaven."
commands all to call him "Holy Father," and his priests feel
persons do not address them as "Father."
Christ lived a
and pure life. 1 Peter 2:22
Popes have lived immoral and degraded lives.
but true doctrine. John 7:16
Christ sent the Holy
Spirit to be His Vicar on earth. John 14:26
to be the Vicar of Christ on earth.
is the Head of
the Church. Co!. 1:18
infallibility for himself in matters of faith and
taught that the church was built upon Himself. Matt.16:18
Pope teaches that
the church is built upon Peter, and he is
taught His followers to pray to God through Him. John 16:23
Pope teaches his
followers to pray to the Virgin Mary.
Christ gave His
churches two ordinances which
the gospel of His death, burial, and resurrection. Matt. 26:26-29;
The Pope teaches
seven sacraments which are
to confer grace actually and effectually on the recipient.
Christ taught that
He alone is the Saviour.
teaches that the Church is the Saviour.
Christ taught that
Church and State should be separated. Matt.22:21
insists that they should be united.
one Mediator between God and men. 1 Tim.2:5
teaches that there are many mediators between man and
Christ taught that
salvation was by grace. John 6:37, 44
teaches salvation by works.
"I defy the pope and all his laws; if God
my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that driveth a plough shall
more of the Scripture than thou dost."
speaking to a "learned man"