THE ROMAN POPE -- THE GREAT USURPER !! Thank you, Pastor Dilday, for this sermon series. May it please God to draw many â€śhearersâ€ť to it. Rev. J. A. Wylie, LL.D (1808-1890) wrote this: Paganism was a system of deceivableness. It was the worship of a false god, under the pretence of being the worship of the true God. But popery is a deceivableness on a scale far beyond that of paganism. The one was a counterfeit of the religion of the Gospel. Popery has a god of its own -- him, even, whom the canon law calls the â€śLord our Godâ€ť It has a savior of its own -- the Church, to wit. It has a sacrifice of it own â€“ the Mass. It has a mediator of its own -- the Priesthood. It has a sanctifier of its own â€“ the Sacrament. It has a justification of its own -- that even of infused righteousness. It has a pardon of its own -- the pardon of the Confessional; and it has in the heavens an infallible, all-prevailing advocate unknown to the Gospel â€“- the â€śMother of God.â€ť It thus presents to the world a spiritual and saving apparatus for the salvation of men, and yet it neither sanctifies nor saves anyone. It looks like a church; it professes to have all that a church ought to have; and yet, it is not a church. It is a grand deception -- "the all-deceivableness of unrighteousness."
Pastor Steven Dilday holds a Ph.D. from Whitefield Theological Seminary in Puritan History and Literature. He is currently translating Matthew Poole's Synopsis Criticorum, making it available in English for the first time (www.matthewpoole.net).