That’s the one tragedy. What’s the other?
The other is the tragedy of blind leaders of the blind – so-called “Protestant” leaders, calling themselves Evangelicals – speaking well of this Antichrist, praising him, and actually holding him up to a world of lost sinners as an example of Christ-likeness and faithfulness to the Gospel! That is the other immense tragedy!
The death of this pope will reveal the hearts and motives and real natures of many, many highly-esteemed Protestant ministers! It will show who they really serve and follow: Christ, or the devil! It will bring to light, again, for those with eyes to see, that these men are wolves in sheep’s clothing, deceitful workers!
This man, John Paul II, died; and in hell he now lifts up his eyes, being in torments (Lk.16:23). But of course, the Papacy lives on! One pope falls, another rises to fill the vacuum. This is how it has been for centuries. Many coming in Christ’s name, and each one saying, I am Christ. And now the process of electing the next pope – the next man to hold the position of THE Antichrist – will begin; and some days, or weeks, from now, the world will be presented with the next man who will accept all those blasphemous titles, who will allow himself to be spoken of as Vicar of Christ and the “Holy Father”, and who will accept the praise and adulation of over a billion followers – not to mention millions of non-Papists from all over the world!
And so the Papacy will continue–year after year, as it has now done for many centuries–deceiving, and being deceived–lying, murdering, massacring, cheating, preaching an accursed false “gospel” – until finally it is destroyed by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, as prophesied in 2 Thess.2:8-10: “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: even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”
What should the Lord’s people do, at such a time as this? They should be praying for the over one billion deceived people who loved and revered this wicked man as the representative of God on earth. Pray for their salvation! And also, preach the blessed Gospel of Christ to them, as well as to the multitudes of deceived Protestants, who, in their praise for this man, show that they do not know the true Christ, nor His blessed Gospel! For one who loves Christ, and who knows that salvation is by free and sovereign grace, does not speak well of Antichrist! It is as plain as that.
Now, as never before, Christians will see just how utterly blind and deceived the world is – including the so-called Evangelical Christian world! If you had any doubt about the darkness that lies upon the hearts of Evangelicals in this day and age, you’ll see a demonstration of it now! You will be given a graphic picture of that darkness, as you will hear these men praising this pope. Let the Lord’s true saints pray that the eyes of many Christians would be opened to see just how thick the Egyptian darkness is across the whole world, and especially how deceived the Protestant leaders are!
May the Lord stir His true Church up to show compassion to the lost Roman Catholic people, and to earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints (Jude v.3), when all around us the world is believing “another gospel”, and rushing headlong down the broad way that leads to destruction!
4 April 2005
.Billy Graham, the Pope, and the Bible, by M.H. Reynolds, Jr. Fundamental Evangelistic Association, Los Osos, California.
.The Vatican Moscow Washington Alliance, by Avro Manhattan, pgs.38,45. Chick Publications, Chino, California, 1982.
. See In God’s Name: an Investigation into the Murder of Pope John Paul I, by David Yallop. Corgi Books, London, 1985. Also Murder in the Vatican, by Avro Manhattan. Ozark Books, Springfield, Missouri, 1985.
.See The Vatican Moscow Washington Alliance, pg.23ff.
Shaun Willcock is a minister of the Gospel, and lives in South Africa. He runs Bible Based Ministries.
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