The apostle Paul completes the portrait of the Antichrist by styling him the ‘Man of Sin and Son of Perdition.’
Christ is the Man of Holiness, the only truly holy man this earth has ever seen. ‘That Holy Thing.’ Said the angel (Luke 1:35). ‘The Holy Child Jesus,’ said Luke (Acts 4:27). The apostle Paul witnessed that He was "Holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners’ (Heb. 9:26).
The Pope, the Vicar of Christ, is the Man of Sin. He has invented sin, he has taught sin, he has enticed sin, established iniquity by a law, he trades in sins and has grown rich through the sins of Christendom. Sin is the Pope’s work. Sin is the Pope’s being. Popery is the incarnation of sin as the Gospel is the incarnation of holiness.
The policy of the Pope as the Antichrist is not to deny truth but to pervert truth.
He perverts the commandments of God and converts them into sin. He perverts the sacraments of Christ and converts them into sin. He perverts the offices of the church and converts them into sin. There is not a doctrine of the Bible which the Pope does not pervert and thus deny. King Jeroboam made Israel to sin. The Pope has made the world to sin.
Paul further styled him as ‘the Son of Perdition.’ This is a phrase of terrible significance. It is only used once before in the New Testament and that in reference to Judas the traitor. It is applied to him by our Lord after the devil came in and possessed him.
‘While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name, those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition: that the scripture might be fulfilled.’ John 17:12.
The first ‘son of perdition,’ was a bishop – a bishop who fell from his elevated estate. The Antichrist is a bishop – a bishop fallen indeed – the Bishop of Rome. The first ‘son of perdition,’ went to his own place.
‘That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.’ Acts 1:25.
The Antichrist is cast into the lake of fire.
‘And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.’ Rev. 20:10.
The first ‘son of perdition’ Judas, went forth from the bosom of the infant church, where he had just partaken of the Passover cup. He rose up from the very presence of the Godman, to enact his awful apostasy.
The second and greater ‘son of perdition’ in like manner arose in the bosom of the primitive church. ‘If Christianity is going to be destroyed it must come from within,’ he declared. ‘Give me the kingdoms of the world. Elevate me to Caesar’s throne. I will declare myself to be the Vice-Christ and the world will believe on me and follow me. I will destroy true Christianity.’
Who prompted the Antichrist? What is the power behind the Papacy? The beast is energised by Satan himself. Popery is the son of perdition, the spawn, the offspring of that Old Serpent the Devil, the Arch Destroyer.
Christ’s work is to create and give life. Antichrist’s work is to destroy and take life. The Pope destroys the principles of gospel morality and evangelical virtue. Where the Papacy has trodden there is the blackness of physical, moral and spiritual death. Death and hell follows after the Pope. He is the ‘son of perdition.’ No other can or will fulfill the prophecies of God. He is the Antichrist.