by Henry Jones
“Henry Jones (1605-1681) served as the Bishop of Clogher and Bishop of Meath in the Anglican Church. Before he became a minister, he unsuccessfully defended his home castle against Irish Romanist rebels, who attempted a coup d’état in 1641 to force concessions for the Romanists in Protestant Britain, a conflict which became part of the larger War of the Three Kingdoms and the English Civil War. Jones went on to be a stalwart supporter of the Protestants in Britain. Although Jones served some time in Cromwell’s army, he was a supporter of the crown, and after this supported the Restoration.
In this work, I have attempted to the best of my ability to preserve the original text of the author, but in some cases updating spelling or punctuating. I have defined more archaic words that the average reader may not be familiar with in the footnotes. I have also attempted to define Latin phrases and terms in footnotes that are not defined by the author in the body of the text.
This sermon proves with many arguments the doctrine held almost universally by Protestant churches during the Reformation, a doctrine which is inscribed in the Westminster Confession of Faith, “There is no other head of the Church, but the Lord Jesus Christ; nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition,that exalteth himself, in the Church, against Christ and all that is called God” (WCF 25:6). This extremely important doctrine has largely been forgotten in Protestant churches of our day, even to the extent of being removed from later revisions of the Confession in the United States of America. My hope and prayer is that this work can be used to fortify this Reformed, Protestant, and Christian doctrine, and by it “the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming” (2 Thess. 2:8) that great enemy of Christ and all true Christians.