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ROME – Two
controversial TV preachers recently met Pope Francis in an effort to work
toward tearing down the ‘walls of division’ between Catholics and Protestants.
Copeland and James Robison are two religious leaders in northeast Texas known
for drawing huge crowds to their services and events, and who were a part of
leading the group identifying as a “delegation of Evangelical Christian
leaders” in its meeting with the Roman Catholic pontiff late last month.
heads Kenneth Copeland Ministries and Eagle Mountain International Church,
while Robison is an “apostolic elder” at Gateway Church and co-hosts the Life
Today TV program.
2008, CBS News released a detailed report on Kenneth Copeland
Ministries, saying an investigation “raises serious questions about the
Copeland’s religious empire.” For example, according to the report, the
“ministry” operates private jets which are often used for vacation trips.
“In my viewpoint,” one of the Copelands’ former employees told CBS
News, “I believe that they were using a lot of the ministry’s assets for
Copelands have also been accused of promoting the so-called “prosperity
knows where the money is, and he knows how to get the money to you,” Copeland’s
wife, Gloria, once preached, according to The New York Times.
the Copelands, Robison has been criticized for straying from traditional
biblical teaching. He once invited “Father” Jonathan Morris to his Life
Today TV program and praised his Catholic beliefs and practices.
Protestant, every time you talk—every time I see you, I see Jesus,” Robison
told Morris, according to Ken Silva at Apprising.org.
most Protestant preachers had the sensitivity, and discernment, and gift to
communicate that you have,” Robison added.
month, Copeland and Robison are once again the focus of controversy after news
surfaced that they both visited Pope Francis at the Vatican in late June.
Afterward, Robison said the meeting was an answered prayer, describing it as a
“supernatural gathering” and “an unprecedented moment between evangelicals and
the Catholic Pope.”
[June 24], for nearly three hours, a few of us were blessed to meet in an
intimate circle of prayerful discussion,” Robison wrote in a blog post.
other evangelicals, including Robison’s wife, were present at the meeting,
which was organized by an Episcopal bishop.
meeting was a miracle,” Robison told Fort Worth’s Star-Telegram after
returning from Rome. “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
Robison gives Pope
world is suffering,” Robison added. “We as Christians have too much love to
share without fighting one another.”
said he enjoyed every moment with the leader of the Roman Catholic church,
saying he even gave Pope Francis a friendly high-five.
continued in such glorious fellowship that words could never begin to describe
it,” he wrote. “I am fighting back tears even as I write, so glorious was the
manifest presence of Jesus.”
shared similarly positive sentiments about the visit. According to Robison’s
blog post, Copeland “lovingly” spoke “a few words of encouragement” to Pope
Francis, afterward praying for him.
news of the ecumenical get-together at the Vatican was publicized, many
Christians expressed disappointment, saying it was unwise for the evangelical
leaders to meet with Pope Francis.
fellowship does light have with darkness?” one commenter asked. “Roman
Catholicism has never been and never will be Christian. You cannot unite what
is not the same—that is called being unequally yoked!”
should bear in mind [that] Catholic doctrine can never marry with the doctrine
of Jesus Christ,” another argued.
is a huge difference between loving and helping your neighbor and adopting
their heresies,” a third asserted.
As previously reported,
megachurch speaker Joel Osteen similarly met with Pope Francis at the Vatican
in early June. After the meeting, Osteen praised the Pope’s attempts to make
the church “more inclusive.”