At and after the Reformation the belief that the Papacy with the Pope at its head was anti-Christ was commonly accepted. The majority of the reformers had no difficulty in identifying the Roman system with anti-Christ and the Man of Sin.
This teaching is no longer as popular as it used to be and no doubt the Church of Rome is thankful. This means that this system's atrocities against Biblical Protestants can be conveniently forgotten. Rome's hatred and violence was far greater and more ruthless than any "Freedom Fighters" in Africa or the Provisional I.R.A. in Ulster.
It has been claimed that when Luther recognised the Papacy as anti-Christ it was only then that the Reformation gained momentum. The Scottish Reformation, it is said, came about through John Knox's sermon showing the Papacy to be antichrist.
When Pope Paul 6th died the sympathy that was expressed by many shows quite clearly that the leader of the Catholic Church is not only respected but also accepted by the majority of our religious leaders as being the head of Christendom.
The Queen ordered all flags on all public buildings to be flown at half-mast. The Protestant throne has once again recognised the Papal throne. Others who expressed their regrets at the Pope's death included the Anglican Bishops who expressed their sympathy at "The death of the Holy Father," others used the term "His Holiness." All these terms are repugnant to every decent man and woman, who has any Protestant principles, as well as many Evangelical Christians.
" In 1685 part of the Canon Law of the Church of Rome, which was published in Paris, describes the Pope as "Our Lord God the Pope." In 1896 the Bishop of Bayloone describes him as "The visible personification of the Spirit of God." And here in an amazing quotation from the R.C. 'Universe' (27th June, 1846). The following official description of the installation of a Pope is given - "He is borne in the pontifical chair, and is placed on the High Altar, a spot consecrated by the actual presence of the body, blood, soul and divinity of a living Christ. He sits on the High Altar, using it as his footstool, and enthroned as King; he is adored as a God in the same manner as is the consecrated wafer, adored by the Cardinal Princes, who kiss HIS FEET WHICH REST ON THE ALTAR OF THE SUPREME. He sits in the Temple of God, showing himself as if he were God."
In some cases someone should think that the above quotations are too old to be of any value today, we will quote from an address sent (1949) to the Pope from Irish Hierarchy:- "We the Archbishops and Bishops of Ireland, prostrate at the feet of your Holiness, humbly offer you our warmest congratulations on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of your ordination to the priesthood ... our thoughts go back to that great event fifty years ago by which your Holiness was taken from amongst men and appointed for men in the things that appertain to God, was made a minister of Christ and a dispenser of His Mysteries, received power over the real and mystical body of our Saviour and became a mediator between God and man -another Christ." Just think of it" "'ANOTHER CHRIST"
Behold the "Son of Perdition," the great Antichrist, deny Christ by setting himself up as "another Christ"! Behold him accept such blasphemous titles as "Our Lord the Pope," "Another God on earth," "Father of Princes and Kings," "Supreme Judge of the Universe," "Vicar of Jesus Christ." and "Prince of the Apostles." No matter how we view the Pope we find him fulfilling with remarkable precision the role ascribed to the Man of Sin in 2 Thess. 2:4. (These quotes are taken from the booklet "The Roman Anti-Christ" - by Prof Fred Leaghy, Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland.)