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Reformers Identified Antichrist, by Sean Sutton

Sean Sutton

What did all of the Protestant Reformers think about the Antichrist?

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“Wycliffe, Tyndale, Luther, Calvin, Cranmer; in the seventeenth century, Bunyan, the translators of the King James Bible and the men who published the Westminster and Baptist confessions of Faith; Sir Isaac Newton, Wesley, Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards; and more recently Spurgeon, Bishop J.C. Ryle and Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones; these men, among countless others, all saw the office of the PAPACY as the ANTICHRIST.”1

“John Wycliffe in England, Martin Luther in Germany, John Calvin in France, John Knox in Scotland, Ulrich Zwingli in Switzerland, and countless others, all preached that the humble Nazarene was the Christ and that the proud ROMAN PAPACY was the ANTICHRIST of Scripture. As a result of this high-impact, double-edged message – for Christ and against antichrist – the river of history literally changed its course. Hundreds of thousands of people in Europe and England FORSOOK the Roman Church.”2

“Luther…proved, by the revelations of Daniel and St. John, by the epistles of St. Paul, St. Peter, and St. Jude, that the reign of ANTICHRIST, predicted and described in the Bible, was the PAPACY.”3

“We here are of the conviction that the PAPACY is the seat of the true and real ANTICHRIST.”4
– Martin Luther (1483-1546; German theologian and religious reformer)

“Whereof it followeth Rome to be the seat of ANTICHRIST, and the POPE to be very ANTICHRIST himself. I could prove the same by many other scriptures, old writers, and strong reasons (Ed.: referring to the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation).”5
– Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556; leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury)

“[Ed.: The POPE is] the very ANTICHRIST, and ‘SON OF PERDITION’, of whom Paul speaks.”6
– John Knox (1505-1572; Scottish Protestant clergyman and reformer)

“[Ed.: The POPE is] the PRETENDED ‘Vicar of Christ’ on earth, who sits AS God over the Temple of God [Ed.: i.e., over the body of true believers in Jesus Christ], EXALTING HIMSELF not only above all that is called God, but [Ed.: also EXALTING HIMSELF] over the souls and consciences of all his vassals, yea over the Spirit of Christ, over the Holy Spirit, yea, and God Himself…speaking against the God of heaven, thinking to CHANGE TIMES AND LAWS; but he is the ‘SON OF PERDITION’ (II Thessalonians 2).”7
– Roger Williams (1603-1683; English clergyman and colonist in America; founder of Rhode Island – considered the first Baptist pastor in America)

“He [Ed.: i.e., the POPE] is in an emphatic sense, ‘the MAN OF SIN’, as he increases all manner of sin above measure. And he [Ed.: i.e., the POPE] is, too, properly styled ‘the SON OF PERDITION’, as he has caused the death of numberless multitudes, both of his opposers and followers. …He [Ed.: i.e., the POPE] it is…that ‘exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped’ [Ed.: II Thessalonians 2:4]…claiming the highest power and highest honor…claiming the prerogatives which belong to God alone.”8
– John Wesley (1703-1791; English clergyman and evangelist)

QUESTION: Were ALL of these men WRONG in their assessment of the Papacy?


1 Michael de Semlyen, All Roads Lead to Rome?: The Ecumenical Movement, (1993), p. 197, 198

2 Steve Wohlberg, End Time Delusions: The Rapture, the Antichrist, Israel, and the End of the World, (Treasure House, 2004), p. 112

3 J.H. Merle d’Aubigné, History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, (Hartland Publications, 2006), Volume 1, p. 340

4 LeRoy Froom, The Prophetic Faith of our Fathers, Vol. 2, p. 121

5 Works of Cranmer, Vol. 1, p 6-7

6 The Zurich Letters, p. 199

7 LeRoy Froom, The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Vol. 3, p. 52

8 John Wesley, Commentary on the New Testament, p. 402; Albert Close, Antichrist and His Ten Kingdoms, p 110

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