With an unprecedented appeal from Pope Francis to a combined convocation of Pentecostal and charismatic church leaders under the aegis of the well known Kenneth Copeland, a challenge has been issued to all protestants worldwide. Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer claims that the ‘protest’ is now over, and a union between Protestantism and Catholicism now the only logical outcome. Is he right? Is the protest over? Has the reformation, which the pope claims as a ‘misunderstanding’, now been all cleared up and become redundant?
Watch the accompanying Youtube clip and you decide.
The more I think about this the more I am convinced that the crisis to come is imminent. Protestantism is no longer the bastion of truth she once was. She has forgotten her heritage, and is repudiating all the sacrifice, the hard fought for freedoms we enjoy today, trampling upon the blood of her forbears. Has the papacy changed? Not in any sense whatever. She is in fact far more dangerous now than she ever was. When her priests were chasing you down the street with an army of some nation’s soldiers wielding swords willing to cut you down at a word from her clerics, she was easily and instantly recognizable. The reformers had her dead to rights. Antichrist they called her. And they were right. But today? The reformers’ children no longer recognize the Antichrist, but see only the overtures of friendship and smiling sweetness failing to look behind the smiles and proffered hands in friendship to see the rottenness and corruption that lies beneath.
The Beast that has his head over your back fence with puppy-dog eyes seeking affection and a friendly pat on the head has in its hand a sword stained with the blood of millions of her victims and ready to cut you down should you decide to refuse submission to her offers of friendship. Those who would welcome her are traitors to truth, apostates who will turn on their own should they refuse to follow.
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Revelation 13:7,8.