6/10/2014 10:28:26 AM
Joel Osteen and Mormon Meet With Pope
The motivational speaker who tickles the ears of America's fastest-growing megachurch along with Mormon Sen. Mike Lee, met privately with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome. Osteen said he was honored to meet with Pope Francis, who leads the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. "I like the fact that this pope is trying to make the church larger, not smaller. He's not pushing people out but making the church more inclusive. That resonated with me," Osteen told the Houston Chronicle.
According to Westmont College, the pope had invited more than a dozen "North American Protestant leaders" to discuss the question: "Can we find common ground in order to advance the life and ministry of Jesus so more people can experience the joy of Christian faith?" He added, "Unity builds the Church and comes from Jesus Christ who sends us the Holy Spirit to build unity!" The ecumenical meeting was part of Pope Francis' on-going efforts to bring unity among evangelical Christians, orthodox Christians and Catholic Christians.
Pope Francis's call for unity goes beyond the Christian community. During his recent visit to the Middle East, Francis invited Israeli Jewish and Muslim leaders to join him in prayer for peace for their region at the Vatican. That meeting will include Israel's Chief of State Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Abu Mazen and a delegation of rabbis, Islamic imams, and Israeli Druze community leaders.
It appears that the pope will continue his ecumenical strategy of looking for "evangelical leaders" who are willing to compromise the truth. Tragically, the evangelical church has very little discernment regarding the exclusivity of the Gospel. This provides fertile ground for seeds of apostasy to take root and grow.