Scripture – The Anti-Church

The prophetic words of St. John Paul II are unfolding before our very eyes. 

We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel, of Christ versus the anti-Christ… It is a trial… of 2,000 years of culture and Christian civilization, with all of its consequences for human dignity, individual rights, human rights and the rights of nations. —Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (JOHN PAUL II ), at the Eucharistic Congress, Philadelphia, PA; August 13, 1976; cf. Catholic Online (the words above were confirmed by Deacon Keith Fournier who was in attendance that day.)

I recently reflected on the growing false mercy that seemingly constitutes the very foundation of the emerging anti-Gospel in our times. And it is being proclaimed, not only by so-called “woke” politicians and globalists but most astonishingly by bishops and cardinals.[1]eg. here and here However, St. Paul saw this eventual apostasy coming from a long way off:

Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient. So do not be associated with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. (Today’s first Mass reading from Ephesians 4)

In Romans, Paul takes to task those who know God — but fall into hubris. 

…for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened. While claiming to be wise, they became fools… (Rom 1:21-22)

In a similar vein, he warned the Colossians:

I say this so that no one may deceive you by specious arguments… See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to human tradition, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ. (Col 1:4, 8)

“Elemental powers”, or as Pope Leo XIII put it, naturalism. 

At this period, however, the partisans of evil seems to be combining together, and to be struggling with united vehemence, led on or assisted by that strongly organized and widespread association called the Freemasons. No longer making any secret of their purposes, they are now boldly rising up against God Himself …that which is their ultimate purpose forces itself into view—namely, the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere naturalism. —POPE LEO XIII, Humanum GenusEncyclical on Freemasonry, n.10, Apri 20th, 1884

Thus, “there will be terrifying times in the last days,” St. Paul prophesied. He then proceeds to virtually describe our present times — and perhaps those bishops — who are “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, as they make a pretense of religion but deny its power.”[2]cf. 2 Tim 3:1-5

And in what may be the most interesting if not remarkable observation, Paul warns against “progressives” — which, in our times, is the new buzzword for soft “communists” who have adopted elements of the Marxist programme. 

Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh; such is the deceitful one and the antichrist. Look to yourselves that you do not lose what we worked for but may receive a full recompense. Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son. (2 John 1:7-9)

The anti-Church, then, emerges as those who “make a pretense of religion but deny its power.” They are modernists who, rather than leaving the Church, intend to change it. They are progressives who explain away the miracles of Christ as mere allegories of fraternal love; they are agnostics who see rituals and symbols as archaic and silly; they are heretics who reduce the Sacrifice of the Mass to a mere communal “celebration”; they are deceivers who disregard the mystical, mock the supernatural, and disdain those who, with childlike faith, obediently observe the whole of Sacred Tradition. And in their final attacks on the Faith, they are lawless ones who, in the false light of “tolerance” and “inclusivity,” aim to change even the very laws of God. 

For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, who masquerade as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light. So it is not strange that his ministers also masquerade as ministers of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (2 Cor 11:13-15)

That will be the time in which righteousness shall be cast out, and innocence be hated; in which the wicked shall prey upon the good as enemies; neither law, nor order, nor military discipline shall be preserved… all things shall be confounded and mixed together against right, and against the laws of nature.  —Lactantius, The Divine Institutes, Book VII, Ch. 17

The prophetic words of John Paul II and of St. Paul, from who the late pope drew his namesake, are coming to pass. The antidote to this global deception was communicated to the Thessalonians:

…the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and render powerless by the manifestation of his coming, the one whose coming springs from the power of Satan in every mighty deed and in signs and wonders that lie, and in every wicked deceit for those who are perishing because they have not accepted the love of truth so that they may be saved. Therefore, God is sending them a deceiving power so that they may believe the lie, that all who have not believed the truth but have approved wrongdoing may be condemned… Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours. (2 Thess 2:8-12, 15)

At that period when Antichrist shall be born, there will be many wars and right order shall be destroyed on earth. Heresy will be rampant and the heretics will preach their errors openly without restraint. Even among Christians doubt and skepticism will be entertained concerning the beliefs of Catholicism. —St. Hildegard, Details concering the Antichrist, According to Holy Scriptures, Tradition and Private Revelation, Prof. Franz Spirago


—Mark Mallett is the author of The Now Word, The Final Confrontation, and a co-founder of Countdown to the Kingdom


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1 eg. here and here
2 cf. 2 Tim 3:1-5
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