Historical Perspectives | The Reformation View of Roman Catholicism

From the works of John Flavel (1628-1691)

Popery…is the proper cognizance of antichrist.

Abhor popery, and be eminent in your zeal against it. Rome is that Amalek, with whom God will never make peace; neither should we…no peace with Rome. My dear countrymen, I beseech you, be not deceived with vain words; suffer not yourselves to be circumvented by a stratagem of the enemy; let not prejudices and discontents which they endeavor to beget and foment in you, against your real friends, cause any of you to fall in with the design and interest of your enemies: It is a dangerous thing to comply with that interest which God hath engaged himself against, and as sure as Christ sits at his Father’s right-hand, shall be destroyed: And what cause have you to abhor popery, you will see, by that time I have shewed you, that it is a FALSE, BLOODY, BLASPHEMOUS, UNCOMFORTABLE, AND DAMNABLE RELIGION.

That which is the religion of antichrist, is a false religion; but the popish religion is the religion of antichrist.

O hate popery: for it is not only a bloody, but a blasphemous religion. If we be Christians indeed, the dishonor of God’s name should affect us more than the shedding of the warmest blood in our veins; this scarlet whore is "full of the names of blasphemy," Rev.17:3. Popery is a mere rhapsody of blasphemies. Lastly, it is a damnable religion; we have no ground from scripture to conclude the salvation of any among them that know the depth of Satan, and live and die in those destructive opinions. Hear what the scriptures say, Rev.17:8. "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pet, and go into perdition; and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names are not written in the book of life, from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was , and is not, and yet is." And II Thess.2:21. "And for this cause, God shall send them strong delusions that they should believe a lie, that they all might be damned that believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." When their sorest plagues shall come upon them, they shall not have a heart given them to repent: but "shall blaspheme the name of God because of them," (Rev.16:9). And therefore to shut up this first counsel, you that love the Lord, hate that by which he is so much dishonored; it will make your blood boil in your veins, to see how he is crucified, dethroned, and trampled on by these his enemies.

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