A one world religion took what some people believe to be a giant step forward recently when Pope Francis met with several prominent religious people of various faiths. It was a historic meeting which included Joel Osteen, mormon Senator Mike Lee, and Israeli and Muslim leaders. They all joined in prayer. The pope himself prayed to Allah, the god of lslam. I wonder how the Catholic Church felt about THAT? Joel Osteen said, "I like the fact that the 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."
The meeting was not only historical but there are those who are associating it with the beginning of a fulfillment of biblical prophecy in Revelation 17-18. Within these chapters is mentioned a church consisting of the wealthy, and kings and mighty men, meeting in a place ats seven hills. This geographically fits the description of Rome.
Journalist Mike Gendron stated, "One of the greatest dangers to Christianity today is the deliberate suppression of biblical truth for the sake of unity." This brings up the question of what the true Church really is. Should it be inclusive of all people? Does one throw together the Christian Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Koran, and call it all truth? This appears to be what Pope Francis is doing. Jesus, however, said that HE is "the way, the truth, and the life." The Christian Bible, the one the pope himself uses, also affirms this in John 3:16, Romans 10: 9-10, and Acts 4:12, among many other verses. The Romans passage says that whoever calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved. That includes anyone of any sexual persuasion, religion, and political or moral belief, who decides by a willful and conscious decision to make a choice to repent of their sins and follow Jesus.
In contrast to what his own source of "truth" teaches, Pope Francis said in a speech given in Rome on June 25, 2014, that individual salvation doesn't exist outside the Roman Catholic Church. So, why is he promoting unity of all faiths? That statement exudes exclusivity, does it not? He also stated that no one becomes a Christian on "his or her own. Is that clear?" (For a more detailed quotation of what he said you can find it posted on websites dealing with this topic). The pope has also met with James Robinson, Kenneth Copeland, and several others that one might find surprising. Why would these people and the others mentioned earlier meet with a pope who says that the Catholic Church is the only way to salvation? Are they denying their beliefs in deference to the pope's teaching?
All of this clearly appears to be a huge step taken toward the establishment of the one world church, where there is an all-inclusive "truth," but one based upon the Roman Catholic Church.
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