Do you pray against antichrist? (WITH SOURCE)

Thanks to Jason Giles for the source of the Spurgeon quote:prayagainstantichrist

“It is the duty of every Christian to pray against Antichrist, and as to what Antichrist is no sane man ought to raise a question. If it is not the Popery in the Church of Rome and in the Church of England, there is nothing in the world that can be called by that name. If there were to be issued a hue and cry for Antichrist, we should certainly take up those two churches on suspicion, and they certainly would not be let loose again, for they so exactly answer the description. Popery anywhere, whether it be Anglican or Romish, is contrary to Christ’s Gospel, and is the Antichrist, and we ought to pray against it. It should be the daily prayer of every Believer that Antichrist might be hurled like a millstone into the flood and sink to rise no more. If we can pray against error for Christ because it wounds Christ, because it robs Christ of His Glory, because it puts sacramental efficacy in the place of His Atonement, and lifts a piece of bread into the place of the Savior, and a few drops of water into the place of the Holy Spirit, and puts a mere fallible man like ourselves up as the Vicar of Christ on earth; if we pray against it, because it is against Him, we shall love the persons though we hate their errors; we shall love their souls though we loathe and detest their dogmas, and so the breath of our prayers will be sweetened, because we turn our faces towards Christ when we pray. We are to pray for Him.”

– PRAY FOR JESUS
NO. 717
DELIVERED ON SUNDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 21, 1866,
BY C. H. SPURGEON,
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON.

(I took the photo last month while sitting outside a Roman church after praying against antichrist and praying for the opportunity to proclaim the Gospel. )

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3 thoughts on “Do you pray against antichrist? (WITH SOURCE)

  1. 16 million Baptists, and 1.2 billion Catholics in the world today; and before 1500 AD, everyone who was Christian was Catholic (1.5 billion including the Orthodox Church, which split in the 10th Century). I think you are picking the wrong “antichrist” to pray against. It’s like you are saying everyone before 1500 AD went to hell. Mock the Catholic Church if you will, but when you got the very Word of God (the Bible) from the Church, you may want to think twice. Every major theology that all Christians profess, Catholics, Baptists, or other denominations, came from the Catholic Church. Theologies such as the Trinity, the Divinity of Christ; basic tenants of the faith that the Catholic Church have defended from the likes of Arianism and Nestorianism. The “Popery” that you speak of has kept the Church free from theological error for 2,000 years; meanwhile, Fundamentalist and Protestant Churches can’t agree on basic tenants of faith, such as gay marriage, divorce, salvation, justification, etc. The Protestant Church continues to splinter a part, while the Catholic Church remains the bedrock of Christianity.

    I’m pretty sure the antichrist wouldn’t be defending Christ, defending Christ’s teaching, and bringing souls to Christ…sort of defeats the purpose.

    • Greetings,

      16 million Baptists, and 1.2 billion Catholics in the world today;

      I’m not sure I see your point. Are you equating “more adherence” with “right?” Truth is not a game based on numbers.

      and before 1500 AD, everyone who was Christian was Catholic

      True, every believer in Jesus Christ before 1500ad was catholic (meaning complete and apart of the universal church) but not every Christian was in communion with the Pope of Rome. You are assuming that “catholic” means “in communion with Rome” but clearly not all Christians were.

      (1.5 billion including the Orthodox Church, which split in the 10th Century).

      What we see happening during the 10th century are two politically separate state churches splitting over politically motivated issues. The issue isn’t as cut and dry as you make it seem. For one example consider the controversy over the use of images during worship.

      I think you are picking the wrong “antichrist” to pray against.

      The idea of the antichrist being a man of Rome is not new. Justin Martyr (Dialogue with Trypho), Irenaeus (Adversus haereses Book V, Chapter 26), Tertullian, Hippolytus (TREATISE ON CHRIST AND ANTICHRIST), etc. all believed the antichrist would be a “Roman.”

      When I used the term antichrist I refer to the one that claims to sit “in place of” Christ. That is how “anti” should be understood. The papacy has claimed to sit “in place of Christ,” or the pope is “Christ’s Vicar” on earth.

      It’s like you are saying everyone before 1500 AD went to hell.

      Again, you assume too much.

      Mock the Catholic Church if you will, but when you got the very Word of God (the Bible) from the Church, you may want to think twice.

      The Bible was given to the church by the Holy Spirit of God working in the church. The church simply recognized the work of the Spirit. The council you are alluding to simply recognized what all Christians profess concerning scripture.

      Every major theology that all Christians profess, Catholics, Baptists, or other denominations, came from the Catholic Church.

      If you mean the Roman church, you are mistaken. Antiquity doesn’t guarantee truth. A perfect example would be the Eastern Orthodox church, of which, is just as ancient as Romanism. Which traditional is correct and who is the infallible interpretative of that traditional? How do you know you are interpreting the Roman Catholic faith properly?

      Theologies such as the Trinity, the Divinity of Christ; basic tenants of the faith that the Catholic Church have defended from the likes of Arianism and Nestorianism.

      Yet, the Roman Catholic church denies the humanity of Christ by claiming it is omnipresent in the Mass all over the world, several times a day. This very practice denies the human nature of Christ for no human nature could be omnipresent.

      The “Popery” that you speak of has kept the Church free from theological error for 2,000 years;

      Simply untrue. One quick example off the top of my head would be Pope Honorius I who received a anathema for false teaching. Are we to believe he never spoke “from the chair” on these issues? Only invincible ignorance would allow us to believe that.

      meanwhile, Fundamentalist and Protestant Churches can’t agree on basic tenants of faith,

      There are two forms of Christianity. One is based on scripture, the other tradition. One that professes salvation alone in Christ alone by faith. The other is a synergistic system of merits. The so-called Fundamentalists and Protestants profess faith in the scriptures, salvation by Christ alone through faith while the Roman system of tradition teaches, contrary to scripture, that you must work their system of merits to access the saving blood of Christ. It really is that simple.

      such as gay marriage, divorce, salvation, justification, etc. The Protestant Church continues to splinter a part, while the Catholic Church remains the bedrock of Christianity.

      The unity you pretend to see in the Roman system is just not there. Francis panders to his flock often giving contrary messages to his people and this is nothing new to Romanism. The Roman system has also flip flopped on issues relating to justification and salvation, ever working to create a dependance on their system of merits to earn salvation and justification…

      Pope On Gay Marriage
      Pope Revisits Divorce

      I’m pretty sure the antichrist wouldn’t be defending Christ, defending Christ’s teaching, and bringing souls to Christ…sort of defeats the purpose.

      The papacy seeks to bring souls into servitude by pretending to rule the Christ’s church, in place of Christ, making themselves antichrist.

      Thank you.

      jason

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