Quotes (606)

JA Wylie

All idolatries, in whatever age or country they have existed, are to be viewed but as successive developments of the one grand apostacy. That apostacy was commenced in Eden, and consummated at Rome. It had its rise in the plucking of the forbidden fruit; and it attained its acme in the supremacy of the Bishop of Rome,–Christ’s Vicar on earth. The hope that he would “be as God,” led man to commit the first sin; and that sin was perfected when the Pope “exalted himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he, as God, sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” Popery is but the natural development of this great original transgression. It is just the early idolatries ripened and perfected … on earth, in the Mystery of Iniquity which came to be seated on the Seven Hills; for therein man deified himself, became God, nay, arrogated powers which lifted him high above God.  Popery is the last, the most matured, the most subtle, the most skilfully contriven, and the most essentially diabolical form of idolatry which the world ever saw, or which, there is reason to believe, it ever will see. It is the ne plus ultra of man’s wickedness, and the chef d’oeuvre of Satan’s cunning and malignity.

– J. A. Wylie
THE PAPACY, Its History, Dogmas, Genius and Prospects

3 thoughts on “Quotes (606)

  1. Excellent quote!

    It reminds me of:

    Isaiah 14:13-16

    “13 You said in your heart,
    “I will ascend to heaven;
    I will raise my throne
    above the stars of God;
    I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
    on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.

    14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
    I will make myself like the Most High.”

    15 But you are brought down to the grave,
    to the depths of the pit.

    16 Those who see you stare at you,
    they ponder your fate:
    “Is this the man who shook the earth
    and made kingdoms tremble…”


  2. Not only was this quote good, it was spot on accurate.

    The Westminster Confession of Faith put it quite well

    VI. There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ: nor can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the Church against Christ, and all that is called God.


  3. Craig – Thanks for the point from the Westminster Confession of Faith. Sadly, that statement about the Pope being the Antichrist has been redacted from the 1903 American revision to the WCOF. That section in the American revision now reads:

    6. There is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ. Nor can the pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof. (Source: http://www.opc.org/documents/WCF_orig.html)


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