This is really bothering me. Why do we consider the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church the Antichrist when they chose the books for the New Testament we use? Seems like everything about the Bible is pick and choose by man. Thanks.
This link will take you to a “Statement on the Antichrist” located elsewhere on this website.
The Statement explains that the Lutheran Confessions have identified the papacy as the Antichrist for reasons of “usurping authority in the Church and tyrannizing Christian consciences,” and opposing God by “usurping the place and name of God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4).
The papacy did not choose the books for the New Testament we use. The apostles were involved in the collection and preservation of the books of the New Testament (2 Peter 3:15-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22, 2 Thessalonians 2:2, Revelation 2:2). God established what we call the “canon.” In time, God’s followers recognized the canon.