Pope Francis on LIFE TODAY

I believe in the importance of unity among those who know Christ, who profess to be “Christians”. Remember that was not a title the New Testament believers gave themselves; it was what they were called by their accusers who witnessed a change through their commitment to Christ as the Messiah. Today many among Protestants and Catholics call themselves “Christians” merely because they are part of a religious group. And there is no noticeable difference.

For many years I have been encouraging believers to become an answer to Jesus’ prayer in John 17. He prayed that we would first be “one with the Father as He is.” That means we know God as Father through a personal relationship, the result of a spiritual rebirth. He prayed for us to be protected from the evil one in this world of prevailing deception and darkness. Jesus continued, asking the Father to sanctify us, purify us, and make us holy through the Word. He wanted us to develop spiritual maturity through the power of truth, not to be divided by it, beat up or bludgeoned with it. His Word divides light from darkness, and good from evil, but it should not divide the family. Too often when Christians disagree, they immediately go their separate ways failing to recognize that we all “at this time see through a glass darkly.” Protestants and Catholics have theological differences which are not likely to be settled until the future kingdom that is to come, but any realistic hope for theological correction will come only when we share truth with one another in a spirit of undeniable love and concern.

Billy Graham’s wise advice, “I suggest you spend time with people you’ve been taught to avoid,” has had a profound impact on my life. It has proven to also bless those I’ve spent time with. Once they learn that I really want to hear their heart, not just their words or what others have said about them, they become very interested in hearing my heart and together we seek diligently to hear the heart of God more clearly.

I believe there is an important spiritual awakening beginning in the hearts of those truly committed to Christ in the Protestant and Catholic communities. Is it possible that Pope Francis may prove to be an answer not only to the prayers of Catholics, but also those known as Protestants? He has made it clear that typical traditional practices are not nearly as important as a personal relationship with Christ, a deep love for Him, and love for others, especially those who are normally overlooked.

For a long time Catholics have secured our relief goods in Third World countries inside their compounds. They were the only safe places we could store food and medical supplies for refugees in crisis situations. We were brought together by the love of God on behalf of those who suffer. We did not stand there debating our theological differences while people perished. We found common ground to address common concerns. All who understand the Creator as our source, our strength, and our Father need to look for every opportunity to join together putting His arms of love around a hurting world.

Yesterday I had the privilege of joining with Jack Hayford and Tom Phillips, Vice President of Billy Graham Library, and spoke in Virginia as part of a meeting hosted by concerned Catholic laymen and priests who are longing for people to come to know Christ, love Him, and love one another while reaching out to those who suffer.  Also on the program was Fr. Cantalamessa who holds the title “Preacher to the Papal Household.” Before our meeting, he spoke to Regent University students and proclaimed justification by faith through Christ and the grace of God essential for both salvation and life. He closed his message asking the student body to sing with him “Amazing Grace.” It was an amazing moment.

Then Jack Hayford, Tom Phillips, and I spoke on the need for spiritual awakening and the unity Jesus prayed for in John 17. Paul challenged the believers in Ephesians to “preserve the unity of the Spirit in a bond of peace.” Cantalamessa brought the greatest response from everyone in attendance (Catholic and Protestant) when he said that since the critics of the church and of Christians and those who persecute believers think we are one and the Father has desired us to be one as a family, and Jesus prayed we would be one, it seems logical that we would also say we are one! Interesting thought. When the world attacks Christ and Christianity, they don’t say “Catholics and Protestants,” they say “Christians.” The critics are attacking those who believe that we have a reliable Word – the Bible – as a reliable source. They oppose the thought of one God, Father, and Creator. They oppose the significance of the cross and Christ as Lord and Savior – the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Everyone must understand “religion” and being identified with a faith group does not mean that we have faith and trust in Christ. In my message yesterday I shared the story of when Betty and I were first dating as teens. She was a wonderful, dedicated Baptist church girl, choir member, and Sunday School teacher for young children. But amazingly, one Sunday she came out of the choir to publically commit her life to the Jesus who had transformed the boy she was dating who had grown up in a dysfunctional fatherless home. So obvious was my transforming spiritual birth, she realized religious activity and performance did not make her a child of God. She experienced a glorious transformation and she has never wavered in more than 50 years we have been together. I am praying for all people, whether Protestant, Catholic, or part of any tradition, to personally experience the power of the Gospel of Christ and to grow in their love for Him and others.

You will have the opportunity of hearing a personal word from Pope Francis on LIFE Today on Monday, May 5, on major networks around the world. One of his very best friends, Bishop Tony Palmer, whom we have supported in mission outreaches for years, shares the message that Pope Francis asked him to deliver to evangelicals and protestant believers. He made it very clear that he was seeking to speak from his heart and the heart of God to all of us who know and love Christ as our Savior and our Lord. I hope you will watch the program and encourage others to do so.

Please join me seeking the supernatural unity Jesus prayed for in John 17. This can lead to the next great spiritual awakening all of us recognize is so desperately needed. There is a flood of evil being poured out on planet earth that can only be offset by the power of God’s truth and the transforming work of His Spirit through the redemptive power of the Cross and the supernatural unity among those who truly know Him and love Him and their neighbors. I am praying for the miracle Jesus prayed for and by the grace of God I will live not only to see it, but to be a part of it. Let’s become the answer to His prayer together and fulfill the desire of God the Father to have a family through whom He can bless the nations of the earth.

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  1. Brother James, compassion for the lost is a wonderful thing, and very pleasing to our heavenly Father, and our Savior! And I know that this is the motivation for your actions, and that is a very good thing, and is in response to our Father’s instructions, too! However, we must not disregard any of His instructions! And if we are willfully overlooking any of His instructions in order to fulfill another one, we may have made an idol out of it, and have no place to put that sin either, which is horrifying. We are instructed to fellowship with those that love God from a heart that is being purified, and to separate from those those that call themselves brethren when, in fact, they will not leave their idolatry. It is dishonest to call someone “brother” just so we can be close enough to them to get an opportunity to minister to them! We have no liberty toward deceit, but only toward straightforward honesty! It is not real love, and compassion any other way!

  2. Honest? All those fine things are aalbvaile somewhere on the Internet for them that likes’em and I do. I read blogs and subscribe to the feeds to read the stories, slices of life, wisdom and personal insight and the like of individual blog authors.Just one opinion but there wasn’t a section in the poll to indicate this 🙂 so I offer the comment.I’ve been enjoying your blog as is.

  3. As a one raised as a Catholic all my life, it wasn’t until I repented of my sins and gave my life to JESUS, that I was born again. I am now a born again Christian follower of Christ, no longer following the false Doctrine of Catholicism. Many Catholics can repent and become true followers of JESUS as they turn away and repent from their false religion and turn to JESUS as their only Salvation and no longer accept all the false heresies taught in the Catholic church that we were raised in. The bible teaches us the Lord JESUS teaching and Doctrine.

  4. God will devide the truth from the false

  5. Dear Betty and James,

    My husband and I have supported your ministry for years. Thank you for helping bring water to a thirsty world ( physically and spiritually). For years I’ve been praying that Jesus’ prayer would become reality. After all Jesus wants for all of us Chistians to be one as He is one with the Father. If this is what He wants who are we to come up with all kinds of excuses to disobey Him? I rather do what He said than rely on all these man-made hateful and judge mental ideas. I think the Holy Spirit is leading you. Continue to follow Him!

  6. John 17. Anyone saying anything negative about this meeting and what is written. Pray, intercede. I am excited to hear that the Pope is Saved and reading Scriptures to get truth. Get over the past. Forgive. Be a doer of the Word. To me that is what I see James and Betty Robison, Copeland Ministries doing. 1 Cor 13. I was excited to read about the Pope quoting John 17. Praise God.

  7. If satanist all of a sudden dedicated themselves to helping your causes financially, does that get them into heaven and do you unite with them. No, because that would be partnering with the world. Stop selling out Christ for having your needs met. The Papacy is the antiChrist system, beast that rules the earth. If you check from the historicist viewpoint, you’d see that the book of Revelation clearly defines them from the Revelation of Jesus. Just because they have a billion followers doesn’t make the Christ’s. The Popes would have to tear down that whole empire of false worship, repent by freeing their slaves (nuns and priest) whom can’t marry and denounce the idol worship of Popes as Gods in their hearts. Would you give up trillions upon trillions of dollars to serve mankind? Neither would Catholicism. The pope sits on thrones made of Gold, mimicking the literal verse in the bible, “the white throne of God who sits between the Cherubim” Google it.

    He has titles that denounce Christ as the only way and such, Google it, please. He/they aren’t gonna give up that empire for service to Christ, instead, they are gonna do numerous good things publicly to be seen, so that their empire can stand but in the long run they are gonna support homosexuality(opposing God), legitimizing every religion as united with the catholic religion (google it) Shake hands with the most evil people existing, like: “hitler etc…” (google it) You can’t say that you are unaware of the evil empire it is. Google it. I beg you.

    Jesus said, “Many will say Lord Lord, didn’t we cast out devils (used God’s powers for a while) and prophesied for God (spoke God’s good words to people) and done miracles for God (like solving your financial problems and needs to others). Yes God allows them to do good for him cause he just needs anyone who will, but that won’t get them into Heaven, He’ll say depart from me you who work evil (you who do whatever you want to do which isn’t written to do like: creating nuns, priests that can’t marry, worshipping mary, syncing with the world and not remaining God’s peculiar/odd against the world people etc…)

    • The Catholic Church does not support us financially.

      Your interpretation of Revelation adds much to the actual word of God.

      “Google it” is not inherently good advice. Please don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

  8. I find the latest events involving Christian leaders such as yourself openly supporting the so called ‘Call for Unity’ from the pope very disturbing indeed. Your stance and that of other leading pastors and preachers creates much confusion at a practical level where Christians like myself are trying to reach out to Catholics and bringing them to the Gospel according to the Bible.

    One example being, a Catholic I tried for the past four years to reach out to still practise asking Mary to pray for him, confessing his sins to the priest to receive forgiveness and infant baptism as a means to salvation and also performing penance. This is in Perth Australia. Now that we are the same and God will sort out our doctrines in heaven for us as declared by Tony Palmer. My Catholic friend can now confidently depends on what he has been taught as the ways to salvation by the Catholic Church.

    The pope can say whatever he wants to. It doesn’t mean a thing if the Catholic Church is still promoting idolatry and control over people through their priest system. Please exercise some wisdom in your leadership which God has so graciously entrusted to you. As for my Catholic friend I will have to start all over again and explain to him why the Catholic Church has not pointed him to the way of salvation. Will you pray for me and him? We can’t wait to go to heaven because one of us will not be there.

  9. Truly I am heartbroken for what lies are being taught through your ministry. I believe many Catholics are saved but the church is corrupt and evil and I know as I was a Catholic for many years, teaches that we are saved by faith through God’s grace then why do they teach you have to do works and you won’t know if you are saved until you die, they teach purgatory because what Christ did on the cross was not enough, they pray to the “same” God as the Muslims who pray to Satan if they are not born again Christians, they pray to dead people and teach that Mary also was perfect here on earth and so much more wrong doctrine why would you, James, teach we are all on the same page. We turn to Jesus as our high priest, not some man who didn’t even want to be the head of this church. The setup for the end times and the one world religion is in progress now as the Pope calls Catholics, Protestants, Muslims and who know who else, oh yes, aliens which are evil spirits to be one. God have mercy on us all! Please study the CC catechism and have your eyes opened to truth, please!

  10. Bro. Robinson -I just looked again at the signature you wrote in my Thompson bible that I still have but no longer can use from wear that you signed in Paducah Ky in 89. The only time I ever asked any preacher to sign my Bible. What a man of God !!! now I am A missionary/evangelist in the Philippines. As you must know dearest James, the Roman system teaches that infant baptism is the single greatest means to the grace of God. It next teaches that partaking in the “holy Eucharist” is the next most important means of accessing Gods grace. I can also document that obedient membership in the Roman religion has also been affirmed as absolutely essential to salvation. James I love the Catholic people & so does God & so do you. My wife & i both were sprinkled as infants & she spent time in a convent praying whether to become a nun. But my brother these teachings simply will not line up with the Holy Word of God. Please get into absolute “neutral ” & ask the Lord to speak to you both by His Word & by his good Holy Spirit who still baptizes us as in Acts 2. Very Sincerlly,Bro Sonny Bardin

  11. James & Betty,
    My husband and I have enjoyed and given to your ministry for years, but I was truly frightened for you when I saw your photograph with the pope. Then when I read your above article, I was even more disturbed, because having a spirit of cooperation with those storing the supplies is one thing; and aligning yourself with the pope is a totally different thing. Because I felt led to speak up about this, I got on this site and while reading through the posts, came across David Broussard’s post. Although I am not, nor have ever been catholic, I am very astute in following the actions and statements of the Vatican. David expressed my feelings exactly in a very loving, Scriptural way and I just want to say ditto to what David Broussard wrote. I have been and will continue to pray for both of you.

    In Jesus Love,
    Robin

  12. What? Join hands with other religeons that teach we can reach up to God by our own efforts? Salvation is ONLY by Grace alone through Faith alone in Christ alone, period! Too bad for all other belief systems/man-made religeons parading around as True Christianity. The Popes, Muhammed, Buddah, Jim Jones or Jim Bakker they’re all just men. Jesus on the other hand is God incarnate, Lord of all, creator of all, the Original Real Deal. I’ll never compromise with any group who offers a pathway to God through some sort of religious works or adherence to their own set of sacraments, ordinances, piety, ceremonies or traditions for that matter.

    • No, of course not. Instead, encourage the recent “JOINT DECLARATION ON THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION by the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church” which states: “Together we confess: By grace alone, in faith in Christ’s saving work and not because of any merit on our part, we are accepted by God and receive the Holy Spirit, who renews our hearts while equipping and calling us to good works.” (Full statement.)

      We believe this is a step in the right direction for Catholics.

      • James,

        The word that comes to mind is “equivocation”, using the same words with different meanings. Grace and faith in the RC system are very different from the Biblical definitions.

        Please review the article on the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by former Roman Catholic Priest, Richard Bennet at his website at the following link: http://www.bereanbeacon.org/articles/

        2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
        2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
        2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
        2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
        2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

        • You presume that all Catholics are not believers in Christ. Despite our strong differences in core beliefs, I don’t think that is a valid assumption.

          • James,

            I believe that is what they call a straw man argument. Can you show me where I made that claim?

            Can you please define what it means to be a “believer in Christ”?

            What must be “believed” in order to be a “believer in Christ”

            Can you please clearly define your terms so that everyone knows what you are talking about to avoid ambiguity or equivocation.

            Also, you did not address any of the points made in the article, which was the reason for my reply.

            Thank you and have a blessed day.

          • When you quoted scripture, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers…” it appeared you were referring to Catholics. If not, then please clarify your statement to avoid ambiguity or equivocation.

            I believe the most direct definition to what constitutes a believer is exemplified in Christ’s question to Peter and his answer:

            Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

            This is further expounded on when Christ tells Nicodemus that he must be “born again.” When we believe Jesus is who He said He is, we are born “of the Spirit.” It can happen to anyone, regardless of their religious affiliation or lack thereof.

            If there are other points in the article you wish to further address, please reply with them.

          • James,

            Yes, I would say that anyone who is in the Roman Catholic system and believes the teaching of the Roman Catholic system believe a different gospel and are according to the Scriptures are damned.

            Would you say that the current Pope is a born-again Christian while holding to the beliefs and teaching and approving of the official doctrines of the Roman Catholic system?

            Mar 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
            Mar 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

            The quote you used “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” This statement has a direct link believing the true Biblical gospel. Belief of the Biblical gospel is implied here.

            The purpose of my asking you to read and comment on the article on the Joint Declaration between Catholics and Lutherans was to show you that Roman Catholicism does not teach a biblical gospel and actually condemns the Biblical gospel in The Council of Trent which has not been renounced by the Roman Catholic system or the current Pope, nor can it be.

            James, if there are any born-again believers in the Roman Catholic system, our call to them must be “come out from among them and be ye separate”, leave the Roman Catholic system and join believers in a Biblical congregation.

            James, may God open your eyes and lead you to repentance.

      • I used to send your ministry money but sadly I have stopped. The Bible talks about the apostasy and how in the end times many will be led astray. There will be many who say they are for the Lord and the Lord will say I have never known you. The Pope is leading many astray. The Catholic Church has always led people astray. My daddy was an old time Baptist preacher and he would tell me that the Catholic Church was the great evil spoke of in the Bible. I thought he was crazy but now it is so very clear!! I pray that you and all the other “Protestant” preachers will open your eyes and wake up to this Pope who is trying to bring about the One World Religion. Gosh it is right in front of your face and you either don’t see it or you are part of it! Sadness total sadness! 🙁

      • It isn’t just about Protestants and Catholics joining together, the Pope is telling all other religions to join in unity. So you are asking Christians to join a Harlot who does spiritual fornication with paganism? You go ahead and lead your followers into spiritual harlotry, the true Bride of Christ will stay separate, pure, and undefiled.

  13. I will not be yoked together with an unbeliever! Catholics pray to and worship Mary. I have my first communion book with prayers to her asking her forgiveness! They also pray to “saints”. False!!! I know the religion, I was catholic was 27 years until God delivered me through JESUS!

    • Renee, your concern is legitimate. Your love of truth and getting angry at anything that appears to contradict truth is admirable. I can assure you that if our Catholic belief regarding to Mary is contrary to Scripture, it would be us Catholics that first would reject it. Because, although it does not appear to non-Catholics that Catholics dogmas are Scriptural, but, Catholic truly love the fulness of Scriptural Truth even when contradicts our senses and culture. We love those that fight for truth and voice their concern when suspecting an untruth teaching. If any priest, Bishop or Cardinal teaches untruth, we want people to voice their objection and give the teacher the chance to explain their stand Scriptural and with all truthful evidence. We are dealing with the Creator’s truth and not a human truth and thus as humans we expect that any Scriptural teacher and interpreter to fall victim of making erroneous interpretation that maybe overlooked. This erroneous interpretation of Scriptural truth may include even zealous people such as yourself or I. If I am found to teach an error, I am happy to ask forgiveness and change my understanding. Our Christian truth is not about who can rationalize untruth, because as such it created over 53000 denominations with various interpretation and all claim to teach truth. Truth can only be one truth as there is only One God and One Savior Christ. What you said gives the impression that it is so obvious your perceived truth and Catholics just missed that truth completely until someone else pointed it to them. Catholic loves truth and follow truth completely. Catholic people may not abide by Truth, but that is the individual person’s sin and not the Church’s teaching. In other words, to understand about Catholic, go to the Catholic teaching as the source and find the truth about any issue the Catholic teaches. You will be shocked and too surprised to find the Scriptural evidence for any Catholic teaching is way way over supportive of the Catholic interpretation that will literally shock any opposer how much Catholic love truth and their belief is so much Scriptural based. In fact, But if you stay on the outside and rely on superficial understanding of the Catholic defense of any question you have, you may be falling a victim to believe in partial truth rather than fullness of truth. About Mary, I challenge you to look at the Catholic evidence on the subject you brought with an open mind and true love for truth. You will love to know that Catholic love Truth to its extreme and undilluted. God Commanded us to honor our parents all the days of our lives. Christ gave us the example of honoring His earthly parents (After three days His parents found him in the Synagogue and He went with them and was obedient to them). We imitate the Son Christ in everything including honoring His mother, which Christ actually was faster than us to that honor. Through Mary we human received the Salvation and Savior. Mary is an example to us. Honoring Mary does not take away anything from our worship of Christ. She is the woman clothed with the sun that foretold about in Revelation. We great her saying “Hail Mary” a greeting that the Archangel greeted her. We call her the “Mother of the LORD” that Elizabeth called her so. We rejoice in the sound of her name just as the infant John leaped with Joy upon hearing her voice. We Catholic strive to leap with joy as children in obedient to Christ calling us to be as Children. Samer

  14. oops–my apologies–I didn’t read carefully enough. In the post I referenced, Colleen does appear to include Muslims as a “denomination.” I think of denominations as other Christians. Also “religion” in my understanding of Catholic parlance can refer to another Christian denomination or a non-Christian religion. So we believe people can be saved through Christ even if they don’t realize that it’s Christ; so a Muslim or pagan or someone who doesn’t know Christ could be saved by Him through his mercy, but it’s difficult, because we’re all tempted by “the world, the flesh, and the devil”. If we consciously reject Christ then, yes, we’re in trouble. Sorry for the confusion!

  15. Bobby–if you’re going to quote from Dominus Iesus, emphasize the positive elements–that our separated brethren have been used by Christ as means of salvation. Some of their communities have so much of the truth that they put us to shame. We have the fullness of Christianity in our doctrines, but imagine their joy when they find out “the rest of the story”! If we’re going to get anywhere in ecumenical dialogue we have to realize we have serious differences and still respect each other as Christians nevertheless. My two cents.

  16. Hi James–I am a convert to the Catholic faith of 10 years. I was so happy to see your show with the message from Pope Francis! I started watching Life Today to see Beth Moore (I came back to Christ by taking one of her studies) and have watched several other episodes. I love how you are bringing water to underprivileged countries. If I may, I don’t want to speak for Colleen–I don’t know if she was advocating a kind of unversalism or not–but I notice there is a division in the vocabulary Catholics and Protestants use (someday I may write a Catholic-Protestant; Protestant-Catholic dictionary!) When we say “religion” we often mean what you mean by “denomination”–in other words, a different practice/belief system of the Christian faith. So there’s a lot of potential for misunderstanding there. Colleen may have meant that other denominations are also a part of the Body of Christ.

    Love you and Betty–I’m reading her book “Free to be me” now.
    Love in Christ,
    Donna

  17. Peter J Shepherd

    “All religions are true, because they are true in the hearts of all those who believe in them. What other kind of truth is there? In the past, the church has been harsh on those it deemed morally wrong or sinful. Today, we no longer judge. Like a loving father, we never condemn our children. Our church is big enough for heterosexuals and homosexuals, for the pro-life and the pro-choice! For conservatives and liberals, even communists are welcome and have joined us. We all love and worship the same God.”

    “God is changing and evolving as we are, For God lives in us and in our hearts. When we spread love and kindness in the world, we touch our own divinity and recognize it. The Bible is a beautiful holy book, but like all great and ancient works, some passages are outdated. Some even call for intolerance or judgement. The time has come to see these verses as later interpolations, contrary to the message of love and truth, which otherwise radiates through scripture. In accordance with our new understanding, we will begin to ordain women as cardinals, bishops and priests. In the future, it is my hope that we will have a woman pope one day. Let no door be closed to women that is open to men!”

    – Pope Frances

    James, I KNOW you don’t agree with this. You have stood up for truth all your life. PLEASE continue to do so. Please wake up and smell the coffee. There is a coming world church that will deceive the entire world. I believe, as I have since my childhood, that it will be an amalgamation of all the major religions of the world.

    Just today, this pope held mass in Jordan, flanked by a Rabbi and a Muslim Cleric. Do we all REALLY worship the same God? Jesus said, “I am THE way, THE truth, and THE life. No man comes to the Father except by me.”

    Please, James, stand up for the truth, as you have done all your life. Don’t sell out for the cause of so-called “unity.”

  18. James, I applaud you for stepping out in support of spiritual unity. I am a lifelong Catholic. Yes, I know that the Catholic Church has had its share of troubles, but the Catholic Church cannot and will not be defined by trouble or shame. Catholics, like Protestants, Jews, Muslims–every denomination–are children of God. Some are seeking to know God, and God is pursuing each and every one of us.

    I have watched Life Today for years. I love the discussion that you bring to the table. I have witnessed your moving from someone who seemed a bit suspicious of the Catholic religion to one who embraces all religions as part of the glorious Body of Christ.

    We bless God when we refuse to let our religious labels define us or stand between us and other members of the Body of Christ. Each one of us is unique, tenderly fashioned by loving Hands. Each has something special to bring to the world. Each distinct voice is part of the conversation. Each and every person is invited to the table.

    Thank you, James for seeing past labels. Thank you for understanding that when we seek the Face of God we find God in every face.

    • Colleen,

      Please don’t misunderstand. One cannot be considered a part of the body of Christ while rejecting Christ as the only Son of God and the only Savior. Religion does not make us a child of God; only salvation through Christ and Christ alone allows us that privilege. Scripture does not embrace all religions as part of the glorious Body of Christ.

      • Dear Brother Robison, I attended a crusade meeting in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in the early seventies, when your ministry was blossoming and souls were being saved in your meetings. I remember the Holy Spirit fervor with which you spoke. When the invitation was given, hundreds of people responded to the true and living gospel which you preached. I was one of those, re-dedicating my life to Jesus, Whom I loved and still love even more deeply. Please don’t move one iota from the true gospel which you preached then. If you do, people will enter a Christless eternity. Revs. Carl and Betty Seiley, Full Gospel pastors We love you and your wife, and we love the souls whom God has given you to reach. In Jesus’ love, Carl and Betty Seiley

  19. Jesus wants unity to all Christians. That is the source of authority not opinions of people. Interestingly enough, imagine when Jesus returns he starts to separate the sheeps and the goats, you might be already decided your fate if ignored this calling…

  20. David Broussard

    Brother James,

    I left the Catholic Church over 30 years ago when I became a born again Christian. My family was very ‘religious’ and every time the doors were open to the church, we were there. We were trained in Catechism and knew it backwards and forward, but knew almost nothing about Jesus. We knew more about Mary, the ‘co-mediatrix’ with Christ and all the saints and all the prayers to the dead and on and on and on.

    I have been so blessed by much of your writings but was shocked when I read your article. There is a deception coming on this world that has never been seen before and I believe this pope will be the one who will take on the role as the false prophet. You know we are at the end of the days and the Catholic Church is a false religion. I believe there are Catholics who truly are born again (a miracle in itself) but to ‘come back’ to the mother church is to align yourself with a harlot, the whore of Babylon.

    I pray for you (I truly love you) that you will reconsider your position here. I believe your words will cause many to fall because they trust you. Millions have given their lives in protest of Catholicism. The Catholic Church will rise to power again and play a major part in the persecution of the Saints. I do not want to align myself in any way with it. The final deception has already started. We must follow Christ and Him alone.

    God richly bless you my brother,

    David Broussard

    • Amen brother!!! I think you are absolutely right!!! I couldn’t have said it better myself! Praise God there are others like myself that have their eyes WIDE open. The Lord said all these things would happen and then the end would come! Great deception!! Pray for all those people who are being deceived!!

  21. CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH

    DECLARATION
    “DOMINUS IESUS”
    ON THE UNICITY AND SALVIFIC UNIVERSALITY
    OF JESUS CHRIST AND THE CHURCH

    17. Therefore, there exists a single Church of Christ, which subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the Successor of Peter and by the Bishops in communion with him.58 The Churches which, while not existing in perfect communion with the Catholic Church, remain united to her by means of the closest bonds, that is, by apostolic succession and a valid Eucharist, are true particular Churches.59 Therefore, the Church of Christ is present and operative also in these Churches, even though they lack full communion with the Catholic Church, since they do not accept the Catholic doctrine of the Primacy, which, according to the will of God, the Bishop of Rome objectively has and exercises over the entire Church.60

    On the other hand, the ecclesial communities which have not preserved the valid Episcopate and the genuine and integral substance of the Eucharistic mystery,61 are not Churches in the proper sense; however, those who are baptized in these communities are, by Baptism, incorporated in Christ and thus are in a certain communion, albeit imperfect, with the Church.62 Baptism in fact tends per se toward the full development of life in Christ, through the integral profession of faith, the Eucharist, and full communion in the Church.63

    “The Christian faithful are therefore not permitted to imagine that the Church of Christ is nothing more than a collection — divided, yet in some way one — of Churches and ecclesial communities; nor are they free to hold that today the Church of Christ nowhere really exists, and must be considered only as a goal which all Churches and ecclesial communities must strive to reach”.64 In fact, “the elements of this already-given Church exist, joined together in their fullness in the Catholic Church and, without this fullness, in the other communities”.65 “Therefore, these separated Churches and communities as such, though we believe they suffer from defects, have by no means been deprived of significance and importance in the mystery of salvation. For the spirit of Christ has not refrained from using them as means of salvation which derive their efficacy from the very fullness of grace and truth entrusted to the Catholic Church”.

    you see, those outside the Catholic Church suffer from ” defects”. He says we do not have full communion with ” the Church”. There were good reasons we are familiar with Martin Luther and the Reformation.

  22. I believe, James, that you are sincere but sincerely wrong. I was saved 28 years ago out of Catholicism. I NEVER heard the gospel in all the years I was in the catholic religion. It’s a religion that puts tradition on the same level as Scripture, but when they disagree, the Catholic Church goes with tradition. I’ll never embrace Catholics as fellow believers. You are deceived if you believe that Catholics and Mormons are saved.

  23. What a remarkable display of God’s love! My wife and I were just finishing communion in our home when your broadcast came on. “Jesus never starts a miracle without completing it.” The joy of the Holy Spirit flooded our hearts and our home. it was another great moment and the message was delivered from our brother in Rome and by our brother from Texas and you and your wife. What a pivotal moment for you and for us. We are literally watching the answer to John 17 Jesus’ final prayer at the Last Supper. In His final message in John 14-16 He said He had to go away so that (5 times He said it) He could send the Holy Spirit. He is here! He is preparing His Bride and she will be beautiful when He comes! Alleluia! What a wonderful day! Thank you Lord and thank you to all of you who He used to set the stage! Today, ‘heaven came down and…’ well you know the rest!

  24. James, I have followed your show for many years—evidently you have not read Dr. Jack Van Impe’s latest book “the Last 3 Popes”. But you certainly should!!!!!!

  25. If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” (Followers of a Christ who are Catholic and followers of Christ who are Protestan) are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9-13). But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12). We must have faith to be saved. Our faith is only as good as the object of our faith. All who place their faith in Christ will be saved. This is what makes us all members of Christ body- His bride, the church.

  26. The rescue of our society from it’s moral catastrophe is not a sufficient reason for disobeying clear teachings of the Word of God. If evangelicals begin viewing Roman Catholics as people who are already saved, they will cease to give them the gospel. This is a very serious implication of the “new theology” being propounded by evangelical leaders today. The impact of this new position upon foreign missionary effort will be staggering. Many of our fundamental missionaries labor in predominantly Catholic countries where the majority of the converts through the years have come from the Roman Catholic Church. Will we now cease our efforts to evangelize these people? What will we tell the people who have already left Roman Catholicism, many at great sacrifice?
    http://homecomers.org/mirror/

    A former Roman Catholic

    • Just as with Protestants and all who substitute any religious  affiliation or tradition for a personal transforming relationship with Christ, they will miss heaven as far as the east is from the west! Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life , no one comes to the Father but by Him. 

    • RJDJ:
      There are a huge difference between USA and spanish countries about religion. Here we got few missionaries, we had lacked about a right and deep knowledge over gospel and theology, so many fellows of me get a “light” vision about faith and behavoiur.
      Evangelist give to them a knowledge about Gospel, and that is a good thing, we had made a lot of mistakes, but doesn´t mean we are wrong, just we need to listen more, catholics and evangelists.
      God shows to us His way, Jesus gives to us Holy Spirit, we need to hear Him, to follow His Word and His teachings with humble heart and loving our people, please pray for me and my family. I will do the same for you and your family.
      Thanks a lot. God blesses your way and your home.
      A sinner.

      • We have all sinned and deserve God’s judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, “Jesus is Lord,” you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.

        Thanks for praying for me and my family. I will pray for you and your family. Trust Jesus Always!

    • I, a Catholic, admit that I have been evangelized to have a strong zeal to Christ by our separated brethren Protestant. Yes, I saw so much love and zeal to Christ and his teaching in Protestant that I admire and love in them. It took non-Catholic to get me on fire for the fullness of Truth which I find in the Catholic Church. I am not stating who is destined to go to heaven or not, as that judgment is in the hands of Christ. But for now and what we know from Christ and Sacred Scripture, we can have zeal but it maybe wrong just as St Paul had zeal against the early Church. St. Paul encountered Christ on the road to Damascus who asked him, not why he was persecuting Christ’s Church, but “Why are you persecuting me.” In deed, Christ does not separate His early Church from Himself as the two are One as a husband and wife become inseparable. Christ is the Groom and this early Church established is His visible Bride. Thus it is a heavenly un-separated marital bond forever as Christ stated, “What God has joined together, let no man set asunder.” This early church Christ established visibly on earth is the Catholic Church that brought Rom who crucified Christ to accept as its state religion, because Christ death triumph over sin and even those who crucified Christ. Thus the Catholic Church had its seat of authority in Rome a symbol of triumph which fulfilled the prophecies as well. Rome is where Peter was crucified upside down. In other words, although our Protestant brethren have great love and zeal that we Catholic admire, but should pay attention to the fact that this early visible Spiritual and Physical early Church is permanently the visible Bride of Christ on earth forever regardless of all Satan’s vicious fight against her will never prevail. This should be a great hope for all of the people from all nations that if they sincerely study the visible Catholic Church teaching with open mind, should see her truth as the Fulness of Truth as Christ revealed 2000 years ago. God said in Proverbs 3:2 “On your understanding do not lean.” and so I may misinterpret God’s law. Christ promised He will make the wise appear fool. Teh Catholic Church teaches tough Truth, because these truth concerns God and His Salvation plan. Therefore, to the outsiders and those Catholic that do not properly examine the Catholic Church’s supported Biblical evidence for all her teachings and interpretation, can easily become victims of superficial interpretations and partial Scriptural truth. Finally, those zeal Protestant that I met, I always wounder how much more zeal they would have if only Christ reveals to them the fullness of the Truth that is revealed to the Catholic Church. That fact puts me and my fellow Catholics to shame that we who have been given so much find our separated brethren love much more. Samer

      • Samer, thank you for expressing your views. The major point of difference I would stress is the idea that Christ gave up his authority to men. As you probably know, Protestants reject that idea. We believe the authority of the church resides in Christ alone, not a succession of men appointed by other men.

  27. God bless you James, and Betty. As happy Catholics, my husband and I have been edified for 15 years by your beautiful fatih, the generous way you share it with so many and thank you for never uttering one word of division. God bless you.
    Your sister in Christ,
    Annie

  28. I have been a Christian with a growing passion for evangelism for 50 years. In 2000 the Holy Spirit lead me into the Catholic Church. I was so urged to obey because of God’s heart for unity in His Body. I grew up as a P.K. in a wonderful evangelical family. (So thankful!) His call to be part of the “bridge” He is building was once again confirmed by this amazing video from our Pope Francis to Bro. Copeland’s Church family! The Holy Spirit is at work mightily throughout the Christian world calling us to “recognize” and love our brothers and sisters in Christ. I had so many misconceptions of what I “thought” the Catholic Church taught that it was very hard for me to even consider them as Christians! Much study and even more prayer prepared me to say “yes”. Our union is “in Christ” not in our complete understanding of doctrine. Thank you James Robison, for saying “yes ” to the moving of the Holy Spirit in this time of history! Love your show!

  29. From Argentina,
    I have heard a message from Francis Pope, calling us (every Christian) to be one, I am a catholic, and it was a stunning message for me. I firmly believe we can learn a lot of Bible and way of praying from Protestans, and you could learn a lot about Mary, Jesus Mother and Saints from us. We just need enough humility to listen to each side.
    Hope we all start to walk close togheter. Sorry for my English.
    Our Lord bless you and your community all.
    A sinner seeking for Lord´s mercy

  30. I am Catholic and have many Protestant friends. Together we have shared our joy and hope that our wonderful, loving, humble Pope Francis will not only unite our faiths but “rub off” his goodness on all, making us Christians In the true sense of the word.

    • Dr. Cindye Coates

      Bobbie – With all due respects, “the goodness” of a “humble” pope does not make us Christians in the true sense of the word…. ONLY and I repeat O-N-L-Y the GOODNESS of CHRIST makes us Christians. True Christians would never look to religion to unite us – Only by the HOLY SPIRIT are we united.

  31. Deacon Keith Fournier

    I was at the conference where you spoke James. Clearly, your heartfelt, rousing and humble words were inspired by the Holy Spirit. I believe that your presence at the event with Jack Hayford, Tom Phillips and Fr Contalamesa, the Preacher to the Popes, is a sign and seed of a prophetic work which is being unleashed the the Lord for this new missionary age of the whole Church. I am honored to call you my friend and eager to stand at your side in the work which unfolds before us.

    In the Lord, Deacon Keith Fournier

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