Bible Reading: 1 John 2:22
Although the prefix “anti” means “against,” it also means “in the place of” or “instead of.” This means that anyone confessing Christ as one of many ways to God is just as much a “liar” and “antichrist” as someone who refuses to confess Christ at all. Much to the chagrin of both our modern-day world and the contemporary church, Pope Francis is just as much a “liar” and “antichrist” as was the late Anton LaVey, the man who started the church of Satan. Whereas LaVey refused to confess Christ at all, Pope Francis teaches another way to God―the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church―“instead of” faith in Christ alone.
In actuality, Pope Francis poses a far greater danger to men’s immortal souls than an Anton LaVey. Whereas it is obvious to everyone that the founder of the church of Satan was an antichrist, it is unimaginable to most people that the head of the Catholic Church is as well. Most folks are aghast at the mere suggestion of such a thing; after all, the pope, they argue, says and does so many good things. Yet, it’s this very thing that makes the pope far more dangerous when it comes to jeopardizing men’s immortal souls.
In 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, the Apostle Paul wrote: “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” According to Paul, Satan’s most successful ministers masquerade as “ministers of righteousness,” just like their master masquerades as “an angel of light.” It is the good things that Satan’s ministers say and do that cover and obscure their devilishness and diabolical designs.