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Two prominent Fort Worth-based Christian ministers led a delegation of Evangelical Christian
leaders to Rome to meet privately with Pope Francis.
James and Betty Robison, co-hosts of the Life Today television program, and Kenneth Copeland,
co-host of Believers Voice of Victory, met the Roman Pontiff at the Vatican on Tuesday. The
meeting lasted almost three hours and included a private luncheon with Pope Francis.
Mr. Robison told the Fort Worth Star Telegram, This meeting was a miracle. This is something
God has done. God wants his arms around the world. And he wants Christians to put his arms
around the world by working together.
Mr. Robison said he was impressed by Pope Francis humility and courtesy to the visiting delegation
of Evangelical Protestant Christian leaders.
In a written statement, Mr. Robison said he believes the prayers of earnest Christians helped lead
to the choice of Pope Francis. He described Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Argentine Archbishop
chosen as Pope, as a humble manfilled with such love for the poor, downtrodden
In addition to Mrs. Betty Robison, the high-profile Protestant delegation included Kenneth Copeland,
co-founder of Kenneth Copeland Ministries in Newark, TX; Reverend Geoff Tunnicliff, CEO of the
World Evangelical Alliance; Rev. Brian Stiller and Rev. Thomas Schirrmacher, also from the World
Evangelical Alliance; and Rev. John Arnott and his wife, Carol, co-founders of Partners for Harvest
ministries in Toronto, Canada. Gloria Copeland did not travel to Rome because of a previously
scheduled commitment.
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Photo Courtesy of Life Outreach
The ecumenical meeting in Rome was organized by Episcopal Bishop Tony Palmer. Rev. Palmer is
an ordained bishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, a break-away alliance of
charismatic Anglican-Episcopal churches. Bishop Palmer is also the Director of The Ark
Community, an international interdenominational Convergent Church online community, and is a
member of the Roman Catholic Ecumenical Delegation for Christian Unity and Reconciliation.
Bishop Palmer developed a friendship with Pope Francis when the future Roman Pontiff was a
Catholic official in Argentina. Prior to becoming a CEEC bishop, Rev. Palmer was the director of the
Kenneth Copeland Ministries office in South Africa. He is married to an Italian Roman Catholic
woman. He later moved to Italy and began working to reconcile Roman Catholics and Protestants.
Kenneth Copeland Ministries was one of Mr. Palmers first financial contributors over 10 years ago
in support of his ecumenical work in Italy.
Earlier this year, Pope Francis called Bishop Palmer to invite him to his residence in Vatican City.
During the meeting, Bishop Palmer suggested that the Pope record a personal greeting on Mr.
Palmers iPhone to be delivered to Kenneth Copeland. Mr. Copeland showed the Papal video
greeting to a conference of Protestant ministers who were meeting at Mr. Copelands Eagle
Mountain International Church near Fort Worth, TX. In the video, Pope Francis expressed his
desire for Christian unity with Protestants.
Later, James Robison telecasted the video on his daily TV program, Life Today. The pope, in the
video, expressed a desire for Protestants and Catholics to become what Jesus prayed for that
Christians would become family and not be divided, Mr. Robison said the response to the video
was very positive, and that Pope Francis asked Bishop Palmer whether a meeting could be
arranged with Evangelical Protestants seeking Christian unity in the world.
In his written statement released after the Papal meeting, Mr. Robison said he was blessed to be
part of perhaps an unprecedented moment between evangelicals and the Catholic Pope. He
described the Protestant delegations private meeting with the leader of the Roman Catholic Church
as an intimate circle of prayerful discussion and lunch to discuss not only seeing Jesus prayer
answered, but that every believer would become a bold, joy-filled witnesses for Christ.
In describing the ecumenical gathering as a miracle, Mr. Robison said, This is something God has
done. God wants his arms around the world. And he wants Christians to put his arms around the
world by working together.
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Christ. According to the Life Today host, the Roman Pontiff did not know what a high-five was until
Bishop Palmer explained it to him in Italian. Mr. Robison said, The Pope made it very clear that he
wanted every believer to become Spirit-filled, joy-filled witnesses.
Photo Courtesy of Life Outreach
Mr. Robison said Pope Francis had written recently, Too many Catholics look like theyve been to
Lent with no Easter. Its a mistake for them to look like theyve been to a funeral as he challenged
Catholics to witness and never try to control the Holy Spirit, but yield to Him.
Mr. Robison said he received a divine call from God to seek Christian unity while he was
hospitalized several years ago with a serious staph infection following hip surgery. Robison
recalled, [I] was so weak I could not lift a cup of water to my lipsGod got my full attentionHe
spoke to me through Isaiah 58:6-12 and I saw the importance of living in freedom, touching the
suffering, the hungry, poor, and downtrodden. I recognized the promise that our prayers would be
answered quickly and we would become a free-flowing stream and a well-watered garden, restoring
the foundations upon which we must build. During that time God instructed me to focus my attention
on Jesus prayer and encouraging others to begin fulfilling it through us in our day.
During that time, he said, he was impressed by a prayer of Jesus in John 17:21, pleading that all
Christian believers be one. Weve tried to focus on being an answer to Jesus prayer, Robison
said. We want to see Jesus prayer for unity answered in our day.
Aware that the meeting with the Pope will be troublesome among staunch Protestants, Mr. Robison
said he and the other visiting Evangelical Christian leaders talked about diversity and their belief
that Roman Catholics and Protestants could work together without compromising their beliefs.
The world is suffering, said Robison. We as Christians have too much love to share without
fighting one another.
Mr. Robison said he and other respected Evangelical leaders and Spirit-filled Catholics began
meeting together to pray for Gods will to be done and to bring true believers together in
supernatural unity.We have been commanded to love God with all of our heart and our neighbors
as ourselves. The enemy has kept many Christians from loving one another as Christ loves us and
have failed to recognize the importance of supernatural unity even with all of the unique diversity.
Mr. Robison, whose ministry digs water wells and supplies food for impoverished people in
third-world nations, recounted that he was christened as a fatherless boy in an Episcopal Church.
As an adult, he joined the Southern Baptist Church. In the 1980s, he became one of the first
prominent Southern Baptist ministers to openly proclaim he had received the baptism of the Holy
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Missionary Alan 6 minutes ago
In exchange for influence and social acceptance, modern evangelicals are giving up
what was bought through the blood, sacrifice and even lives of those gone on
before. The reformation was of God and has been proven by the lives of the
countless multitudes who have found a personal relationship with Christ. They
abandoned the empty teachings of a Pagan religion wrapped in the trappings of
Psuedo-Christianity and found life. I have spent my life winning Catholics through
the preaching of the Gospel in a Latin country. I understand the low key approach
they are employing in the US. In Latin America the distinction is much much more
apparent. Google the Saint Bartholomew's Day Masacre to understand the true
nature of the Whore of Revaltion. Look to Fox's book of Martyrs and see a history
they are trying to rewrite.

Missionary Alan 19 minutes ago
Actually, in spite of the deluded and unfounded ramblings of defenders of
Catholicism. The "Virgin Mary" is much more than venerated. She is worshipped
and placed in a position that scriptural Christianity does not support. She is referred
to as the "Mother of God", and as a "Mediatrix". In fact, the common teaching is that
there are two ways or ladders to God. One is through Christ, who is hard and
unyielding. The other is through Mary who is more compassionate and because of
her Son's love for her will yield to her petitions. This is not scriptural. We have an
Intercessor, we have a High Priest who cannot be subsituted at the whim of
misguided individuals or colossal organizations seeking to further their influence
through distorsions of Holy Writ. The defenders can make all of the claims they care
too, but let the theme of the early reformers be on our lips, "Sola Escritura" (Only

Keith 31 minutes ago
Was reading Isaiah 66 today in today's Torah Portion.
Isa 66:15 For look, comes with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, to
render His displeasure with burning, and His rebuke with flames of fire.
Isa 66:16 For by fire and by His sword shall judge all flesh, and the slain of
shall be many
[When you go to Isaiah 24 for further context you find out why all that disaster is
coming to the earth. Read ALL of chapter 24, but verses 5 and 6 are key:]
Isa 24:5 For the earth has been defiled under its inhabitants, because they have
transgressed the Torot1, changed2 the law, broken the everlasting covenant3.
Footnotes: 1Torot - plural of Torah, teaching. 2Jer. 23:36. 3This is the only reason,
according to all Scriptures, why the earth shall be burned in the day of judgment
see also 13:9, 13:11, 26:21, 66:24, Mic. 5:15, Zeph. 1:2-18.
Isa 24:6 Therefore a curse shall consume the earth, and those who dwell in it be
punished. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth shall be burned, and few men shall
be left.

Keith 25 minutes ago Keith
And yet the bulk of mainstream "Christianity" teaches that the Torah has
been done away with-except they misuse the word, "fulfilled". If everyone
believes and follows those teachers, perhaps that is why there are "few men
Luk 13:23 and someone said to Him, Master, are there few who are being
saved? And He said to them,
Luk 13:24 Strive to enter through the narrow gate, because many, I say to
you, shall seek to enter in and shall not be able.
Luk 13:25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the
door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, Master,
Master, open for us, and He shall answer and say to you, I do not know you,
where you are from,
Luk 13:26 then you shall begin to say, We ate and drank in Your presence,
and You taught in our streets.
Luk 13:27 But He shall say, I say to you I do not know you, where you are
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