Of Antichrist, the Man of Sin

Bunyans Works, 471
Bunyans Works, 471(1)

John Bunyan introduces a discussion of the Antichrist in his works (published in 1692).

Note that “the one Man of Sin” is comprised of many antichrists. Many who take exception to the 2nd London Baptist Confession in relation to the Pope being “that man of sin” do so because they view it as an over-committed or over-specific claim of eschatology. While not arguing that this snippit is the say-all/end-all in understanding that clause, at least take it into consideration as historical data among the Particular Baptist context showing the language of the “man of sin” being used more broadly and moderately than some might think.

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7 thoughts on “Of Antichrist, the Man of Sin

  1. We are going to hit the section of the 1689 relevant to this section this Sunday in our Sunday School… do you know of any others that have expounded anything similar to this during this time period?

  2. Ecclesiastically, the pope exemplifies antichrist, the confession is correct. Isn’t that the reason it was confessed in Chapter 26 under the heading, “Of the Church?” The office of pope is antichrist (even Dispensationalist John MacArthur agrees, I made a video to share: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaUWyi5_ajM )

    James Durham’s commentary was helpful in explaining this in light of Revelation as a complete work of theology. I’m still re-thinking much of what he wrote, he was such a deep thinker…

    A great quote from H. Grattan Guinness, Romanism and the Reformation:

    “Rome herself admits, openly admits, that if she is not the very kingdom of Christ, she is that of Antichrist. Rome declares she is one or the other. She herself propounds and urges this solemn alternative. You shrink from it, do you? I accept it. Conscience constrains me. History compels me. The past, the awful past rises before me. I see the great apostasy, I see the desolation of Christendom, I see the smoking ruins, beast

    I see the reign of monsters;I see those vice-gods,

    that Gregory VIII,

    that Innocent III,

    that Boniface VIII,

    that Alexander VI,

    that Gregory XIII,

    that Pius IX;

    I see their long succession, I see their abominable lives; I see them worshipped by blinded generations, bestowing hollow benedictions, bartering lying indulgences, creating a paganised Christianity; I see their liveried slaves, their shaven priests, their celibate confessors; I see the infamous confessional, the ruined women, the murdered innocents; I hear the lying absolutions, the dying groans; I hear the cries of the victims; I hear the anathemas, the curses, the thunders of the interdicts;

    I see the racks, the dungeons, the stakes; I see that inhuman Inquisition, those fires of Smithfield, those butcheries of St. Bartholomew, that Spanish Armada, those unspeakable massacres. I see it all, and in the name of the ruin it has wrought in the Church and in the world, in the name of the truth it has denied, the temple it has defiled, the God it has blasphemed, the souls it has destroyed; in the name of the millions it has deluded, the millions it has slaughtered, the millions it has damned; with holy confessors, with noble reformers, with innumerable martyrs, with the saints of ages, I denounce it as the masterpiece of Satan as the body and soul and essence of Antichrist.”


    Yours in the Lord,


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