Hodge and the Harlot

Charles Hodge’s view of the Roman Catholic Whore church that is somewhat similar to Calvin’s view of the Great Whore (cf. John Calvin, Institutes 4.2.11. and 4.2.12.):

“Indeed it is a matter of devout thankfulness to God that underneath the numerous grievous and destructive errors of the Romish Church, the great truths of the Gospel are preserved. The Trinity, the true divinity of Christ, the true doctrine concerning his person as God and man in two distinct natures and one person forever; salvation through his blood, regeneration and sanctification through the almighty power of the Spirit, the resurrection of the body, and eternal life, are doctrines on which the people of God in that communion live, and which have produced such saintly men as St. Bernard, Fenelon, and doubtless thousands of others who are of the number of God’s elect. Every true worshipper of Christ must in his heart recognize as a Christian brother, wherever he may be found, any one who loves, worships, and trusts the Lord Jesus Christ as God manifest in the flesh and the only Saviour of men” (Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology, Volume 3, pp. 135-136).

Charles Hodge pontificates that the great truths of the gospel are preserved beneath the whorish rubble. Hodge mentions the phrase “salvation through his blood” while draining its Scriptural meaning. The Romish Whore does NOT believe in salvation SOLELY through His blood since they believe Christ died for everyone without exception (i.e., universal atonement). On this point of universal atonement Hodge believes similarly to the Romish Whore:

“Admitting, however, that the Augustinian doctrine that Christ died specially for his own people does account for the general offer of the gospel, how can it be reconciled with those passages which, in one form or another, teach that He died for all men? In answer to this question, it may be remarked in the first place that Augustinians do not deny that Christ died for all men. What they deny is that He died equally, and with the same design, for all men” (Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology, Volume 2, p. 558; bold emphasis mine–CD).

To paraphrase and adapt a prophet of Hodge’s own:

Being deceived, Charles Hodge was unable to distinguish the true church from the filthy synagogues of Satan and thus received and imprudently embraced the Horrible Harlot (Revelation 17:1-5) instead of the Virgin Bride of Christ (Revelation 21:2-9).