Pope Francis became the first pope to make an official visit to a Pentecostal church, after he flew on Monday to speak at the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in the southern city of Caserta, Italy. The pontiff apologized for persecution of Pentecostals the Roman Catholic Church was involved with in the past, and reached out with friendship to evangelicals."Among those who persecuted and denounced Pentecostals, almost as if they were crazy people trying to ruin the race, there were also Catholics," Francis said, according to The Associated Press, referring to Italy's fascist regime when the Pentecostal practice was forbidden. ...read more: http://www.christianpost.com/news/pope-francis-becomes-first-pope-to-visit-pentecostal-church-calls-evangelicals-his-brothers-123973/
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
Something very, very troubling in this.Blaine
Yes it obviously is not good for modern born-again christian movements to align with the modern Roman Catholic System.
If anyone wants to know more about catholicism, I highly recommend these books:1. "The Two Babylons: or The Papal Worship Proved To Be The Worship Of Nimrod" by Alexander Hislop.2. "The Secret History Of The Jesuits" by Edmond Paris.3. The "Alberto" Series by Jack Chick, including "Alberto", "Double Cross", "The Godfathers", "The Force", "The Four Horsemen" and "The Prophet"."Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" 2 Corinthians 6:14
"The Vatican leader has met unofficially with a number of evangelicals in recent months including Texas televangelists James Robinson and Kenneth Copeland and other Pentecostal preachers."""Many of us, in fact, believe your election as bishop of Rome was the work of the Holy Spirit," the Pentecostal pastor added. Francis and Traettino first met in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the late 1990s, where the pastor was establishing ties between charismatic Catholics and Pentecostal Protestants."""We cannot claim that our division is anything less than a scandal and an obstacle to our proclaiming the Gospel of salvation to the world," Francis told the Anglican head, and added: "The goal of full unity may seem distant indeed, [. . .] it remains the aim which should direct our every step along the way.""----Although I am all for the proclaiming of the gospel and removing all hinderances in the way, I am not for this "full unity" that appears to be the underlying agenda which would undoubtedly mean bowing and submitting to rome and the papacy. Also, I find it quite troubling but also not surprising that it is people like Copeland who are spearheading this "full unity." Lastly, although we need to love and share the gospel with Catholics, we need to be cautious of thinking that displays and manifestations of the "supernatural" necessitates a common union with Christ; Charismatic Catholic does not equate to brother in Christ just because we both happen to speak in tongues and prophesy. It is the gospel of Jesus Christ and salvation by faith alone which unites us as one family from every tribe, tongue, and nation.
A lot of what Dave Wilkerson said in his book The Vision comes to mind here.
_________________SI Moderator - Jeremy Hulsey
HI bro Blaine,As you know, I have spoken of this for many years to you and to others. The great whore church is coming and the Catholic church will undoubtedly play a leading if not the leading role in it and all the nations of the world will be tainted by their associations with it. There will come a time relatively shortly where the major religions of the world shall unite under the anti-christ and the false prophet. Only those who are lovers of the truth shall be saved from this great delusion. If it were possible even the elect would be fooled, I praise the Lord that it is not possible and that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the true Church.............bro Frank