This week I was blessed to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome.

Witnessing the Miracle Jesus Prayed For

Satan – Lucifer, Beelzebub, the Father of all lies – has focused his fury against the church of the living God. Perhaps in the center of Satan’s crosshairs is his attack on the prayer of Jesus in John 17 that all believers live in unity. God revealed this assault to me and many other church leaders around the world, and also millions of saints and prayer warriors who have been praying diligently for the prayer of our Lord Jesus to be answered in our day. I believe I am beginning to see the walls of division that have held many Christians captive and divided, often silencing the witnesses of those Jesus commissioned to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth.

I believe we are going to be blessed to see Jesus’ prayer answered. For years on LIFE Today, I have encouraged our viewers with these words: “If you want your prayers answered, seek to be an answer to someone else’s prayers.” Upon hearing that challenge, many have found great comfort and released rivers of compassion toward others.

After hip surgery five years ago when I battled staph infection and was so weak I could not lift a cup of water to my lips, God got my full attention. He spoke 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.

I believe I am beginning to witness what Jesus prayed for. Over three years ago, many respected evangelical leaders and Spirit-filled Catholics began meeting together to pray for God’s will to be done and to bring true believers together in supernatural unity. We know it is God’s will for those who have been born from above to become bold witnesses for His glory and Kingdom purpose and to go into all the world and make disciples of Christ. 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.

I believe the prayers of earnest Christians helped lead to the choice of Pope Francis. Many were amazed that a humble man, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, filled with such love for the poor, downtrodden, and overlooked from a radically socialist country (Argentina) could be named Pope. From the moment it happened, I felt like it was an answer not only to the prayers of truly concerned believers, but even a step toward seeing Jesus’ prayer answered.

This week I was blessed to be part of perhaps an unprecedented moment between evangelicals and the Catholic Pope. On Tuesday, for nearly three hours, a few of us were blessed to meet in an intimate circle of prayerful discussion and lunch to discuss not only seeing Jesus’ prayer answered, but that every believer would become bold, joy-filled witnesses for Christ.

Consider some events leading to this supernatural gathering at the Vatican in Rome. Years ago God told me to reach out beyond the safe, comfortable walls of my Southern Baptist tradition. He wanted me to reach beyond denominational barriers and seek to bring the family together so the church would put His arms around a hurting world and pull everyone close to His heart. I reached outside my sectarian Baptist comfort zone to Pentecostals, Charismatics and Catholics, as well as those outside the church.

To the shock of many, I stood on the platform next to the very charismatic Ken Copeland and welcomed attendees of his Believers’ Convention to Tarrant County Convention Center. During that very brief welcome as I was leaving the podium, Ken Copeland grabbed me by the shoulder and said, “The Holy Spirit is all over you. Get back up there and keep sharing.” I gave testimony of the dynamic power of God to set captives free, even defeated preachers like I had been. Estimates were that over 7,000 people flooded the altar even before I could give the invitation. I have never stopped reaching out in love beyond walls that have been have built for personal comfort and which, too often, diminish the power of the Gospel message. Because of friendship, I have continued to share my heart with Ken and Gloria and he has asked me to speak into his life and to those he seeks to teach and help. They have blessed me and Betty faithfully with their love and encouragement.

Unknown to either of us, Ken’s ministry and LIFE Outreach were both supporting an evangelical Episcopal named Tony Palmer who ministered and helped the poor in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There was a Catholic bishop, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, overseeing the area who was also ministering to the poor. Tony went to him and said, “I want to let you know that I will work at your side. You are the senior minister in this area and I will submit to your loving leadership.” Immediately in that humble relationship, a bond of love and peace was formed. They knew they were brothers in Christ and over the years their relationship continued to grow. Our Missions Director, Steve Coetzee, was also very close to Tony Palmer and encouraged us to faithfully support his mission outreaches.

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was chosen to be Pope Francis, Bishop Tony Palmer was surprised and pleased. He felt, however, he would likely never hear from him again and would certainly understand why. But suddenly, he received a call from Pope Francis asking him to come to the Vatican to visit. Tony assumed it would simply be a handshake, a moment or two together and perhaps a photo, and then he would go back home. But Pope Francis made it clear, “No, I want you to come to my private apartment and spend the day with me.” There in prayerful discussion the Pope talked about his desire to see the world evangelized for Christ. He wanted to see Catholics and Protestants become a family as faithful witnesses. He shared that he wanted us to be brothers and the importance of the prayer in John 17 being answered. He wanted to personally know Protestant and evangelical leaders.

Tony told him he would soon be going to a large ministers’ convention that Ken Copeland hosts and there would be thousands of ministers there. Tony asked, “Would you like to write them a message or send a note?” Pope Francis said, “I would like to give them a video message. Hold up your iPhone and record what I say.” That message was like a glorious shot heard around the world, not just because of the love and compassion expressed, but also the desire for God to heal His family and that everyone would know Christ and believers would be like a family and become bold witnesses.  It was joyfully received by thousands of ministers and Kenneth Copeland responded by simply reading the desire of God expressed through Paul in Ephesians 4:13, “Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”

When the Pope received that message and others also saw the Pope’s message on LIFE Today as Pope Francis encouraged Tony to share the message on our program around the world, he then asked for Tony Palmer to invite Betty and me, Ken and Gloria, and a few other evangelicals to come meet with him in Rome.

Bishop Tony Palmer brought the group of seven together. (Gloria Copeland was unable to attend because she was speaking at a conference.) We went to the Vatican and met in the presence of the Lord. The love coming from every person was overwhelming.

During lunch everyone shared their gratitude for what God was doing. The Pope made it very clear that he wanted every believer to become Spirit-filled, joy-filled witnesses. After Ken had lovingly spoken a few words of encouragement and prayed for the Pope with meekness and humility, I asked through the translator if I could say a few personal words to Pope Francis. In those moments I talked about being an evangelist and how for 50 years we have been seeking to win people to Christ and challenging Christians to become faithful, compassion-filled witnesses. I went on to say that so many people in our Protestant churches do not really know Christ.

I shared the testimony of how I was christened in the Episcopal Church as a boy, but did not know Jesus. Later, I had a supernatural new-birth experience and Jesus became the Lord and love of my life. As a fatherless, homeless boy, I now had a father and the love of God flowed out like a river.  Amazingly, God called me to be an evangelist and I have never stopped proclaiming the Gospel to the ends of the earth. I told him how Betty had been baptized through immersion in a Baptist church, but during our relationship and hearing the excitement that filled my heart, she said, “James, I don’t know Jesus like that. He’s just someone I’ve always heard about.” One glorious Sunday morning the little Baptist Sunday school teacher left her seat in the choir, came forward, put her hand in the pastor’s hand, and said, “Brother Hale, I just gave my life to Jesus.” He said, “You’re the best girl in our church!” She said, “Preacher, stop telling me how good I am. I just met Jesus and He changed my life!” That was 53 years ago and she is full of Jesus. I said to Pope Francis many Protestants have never had a personal relationship with Christ even though they are church members, and I have seen many Catholics who don’t seem to know Jesus.

Pope Francis had written recently that, “Too many Catholics look like they’ve been to Lent with no Easter… It’s a mistake for them to look like they’ve been to a funeral” as he challenged Catholics to witness and never try to control the Holy Spirit, but yield to Him. The Pope responded in our personal conversation with such a dynamic evangelical message desiring all people who have religious associations (all Protestants, all Catholics – no matter who they are) as Paul said to the Corinthians, “to examine themselves whether they be of the faith.” He said he wanted everyone to have a personal life-changing encounter with Christ and enter into a personal relationship with Jesus and become bold witnesses for the Gospel. Religion is not the way; Jesus is.

So fervent was his message that as he concluded I said, “As an evangelist, I want you to know what you just said deserves a high five!” The translator communicated what I was saying and in a moment of exuberance he raised his hand and gave his first high five ever.  What a beautiful picture of love and supernatural oneness for the sake of the Gospel and those Jesus came to redeem.

We continued in such glorious fellowship that words could never begin to describe it. I am fighting back tears even as I write, so glorious was the manifest presence of Jesus. I couldn’t help but wonder in those moments if Jesus, as He did when Stephen was stoned leading to the conversion of Saul of Tarsus to become Paul the Apostle, perhaps once again stood at the right hand of the Father looking down on that scene in Rome between Evangelicals and the Pope, turn to the Father and say, “Look, I think my prayer is about to be answered. Look, Dad, maybe we can put Your arms around the world that I died to redeem and I live to fill to overflowing with Your joy, peace and love.”

Oh, how I hope and I pray that is the case and in my lifetime I cannot only see the prayers of so many answered, but above all I will live to see the prayer of the Lord Jesus answered for His glory and kingdom purpose. Dear God, please let it happen and let me gladly be a part of it.

Vatican meeting

Those who met with Pope Francis on Tuesday are, from left, Carol Arnott, the Rev. John Arnott, the Rev. Brian Stiller, the Rev. Kenneth Copeland, Pope Francis, the Rev. Thomas Schirrmacher, the Rev. Geoff Tunnicliffe, the Rev. James Robison, Betty Robison and Bishop Tony Palmer.

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  1. My family were members of the catholic church,I started reading the scriptures and praying.I remember this scripture jumping out at me Come out from them.James the catholic doctrines have hurt many people and continue to do so.Please stand for sound doctrine as a beacon for those trying to escape her false doctrines.Like me when I left I was broken , weak and confessed ,Please,please I am to heart broken to continue.

    • Dear Carrie: May you be comforted in your broken heartedness. I am so glad you found the truth in scripture. Hold on to the truth you have received and pray for more. James has often cautioned those who would speak against Catholic believers and clerics. I agree that some brushes paint too broad a stroke. The baby is to be retained when discarding the bathwater. However, the unqualified endorsement of any man ordained organization or the operatives of such organizations is equally fraught with peril. I am willing to walk the straight and narrow way in the company of any who truly believe in Jesus. If we characterize our self as protestant, catholic, or anything other than Believers in Jesus, we are missing out on what the author of our salvation intended. We must not deviate onto the broad way in a misguided attempt to achieve unity at the expense of truth. Stand on Scripture.

  2. When Jesus addressed the leaders of seven churches (plural) in Revelation 2 & 3, there is no mention of any leader or body of believers that would have constituted a church associated with Rome. When Peter corresponded by letter with his fellow believers, even though he knew his death was imminent, he did not designate a successor. There are many more references to Jesus as the cornerstone upon which the church is to be established than the single reference which is misconstrued to mean Peter is to be that rock. Matt. 16:16 “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God”. When mentioning the rock upon which the church is to be established, Jesus was referring to the statement of His full identity that Peter had received directly from God. The fact stated in that revelation is the rock, not Peter himself. This was a revelation to Peter, not an ordination to the bishopric of the universal church. The fact of Jesus’ deity is the cornerstone of the gospel message that James Robison proclaimed when I first heard him 45 years ago in Garland Texas. There is no other gospel to be preached. Peter knew what stone / rock the Church would be built upon, and against whom the gates of hell will not prevail. Peter knew that believers need no man to function as a priestly intermediary. Peter knew who was, is, and will always be the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls (see 1 Peter 2: 4-9).

  3. Before his untimely death, Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer, in a well-meaning but over simplified sound bite, was quoted as saying, “Brothers and sisters, Luther’s protest is over. Is yours?” If dogma were to be discarded, perhaps the protests would end sooner. Bishop Palmer styled himself as a bridge between the Protestant and Catholic worlds. He often lamented that being outside the ‘Mother Church’ prevented him from receiving communion. Does it not seem strange that Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer, desirous of receiving communion, was excluded from receiving communion by a stipulation of Roman Catholic Dogma? This dilemma points to the divisive effect religious dogma has when given pre-eminence above scripturally based doctrine. Bishop Tony’s belief system as it pertains to the divinity of Jesus, the need for repentance, the sufficiency of the atonement and so on would seem to closely parallel the beliefs of any pope who truly considers scripture to be the basis of sound doctrine. Yet prior to his death, no pope would extend to him the rite of communion because of his unfavorable denominational affiliation. If one seeks to accurately define heresy, one must look further than offense against dogma. The fact that I am not a member of the Roman Catholic Church does not make me a Protestant. I am not a follower of Martin Luther either. I am a believer in the fact revealed to and declared by Peter; “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God”. I stand with open arms to embrace those who make that declaration the primary basis for their walk along the straight narrow path. No institution, no ceremony, no ritual, no office, no dogma, no tradition of Pharisee or Gentile, no entity conceived and ordained by man can facilitate reconciliation to our Heavenly Father.

  4. Before his untimely death, Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer, in a probably well-meaning but over simplified sound bite, was quoted as saying, “Brothers and sisters, Luther’s protest is over. Is yours?” Bishop Palmer styled himself as a bridge between the Protestant and Catholic worlds. He often lamented that being outside the ‘Mother Church’ prevented him from receiving communion. Reverend Robison has recommended that all Christians embrace one another in unity as referenced in Jesus’ prayer recounted in John 17. Does it not seem strange to Reverend James that Bishop Tony was being prevented from receiving communion by a stipulation of Roman Catholic Dogma? To me, this dilemma is illustrative to the divisive effect religious dogma has when given pre-eminence above scripturally based doctrine. Bishop Tony’s belief system as it pertains to the divinity of Jesus, the need for repentance, the sufficiency of the atonement and so on would seem to closely parallel the beliefs of any pope who truly considers scripture to be the basis of sound doctrine. Yet prior to his death, no pope would extend to him the rite of communion because of his unfavorable denominational affiliation. If dogma were to be discarded, perhaps the protest would end sooner? If one seeks to accurately define heresy, one must look further than offense against dogma. The fact that I am not a member of the Roman Catholic Church does not make me a Protestant. I am not a follower of Martin Luther either. I am a believer in the fact revealed to and declared by Peter; “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God”. I stand with open arms to embrace those who make that declaration the primary basis for their walk along the straight narrow path. No institution, no ceremony, no ritual, no office, no dogma, no tradition of Pharisee or Gentile, no entity conceived and ordained by man can facilitate my reconciliation to my Heavenly Father.

  5. James, I am SHOCKED, have you never read the oaths of the Jesuit or the sworn duties of a Catholic Priest??? They will have no problem lying to you to usurp the protestant church and make you are a partaker of the plagues that will be delivered. I RAN from Gateway when I saw you doing this! You Rick Warren, Joel need to repent from this unholy unification you are practicing with the false prophet of the book of Revelations! He is drawing ALL religions, we are told to be separate! There has been NO PUBLIC REPENTANCE from the RCC for idol worship and a history of bloodshed!

  6. Julie, thank you for posting your quieostn and response. This has been something that I have been struggling with as well. On one hand I know that the Church sees marriage as joining of 2 souls to become 1 with one of the main focus of that marriage is to have children. On the other hand, I see nothing wrong with being able to designate someone you love as being able to make medical decisions for you if you are unable, ability to avoid estate taxes when a person you lived with for 30 years passes away or have someone you can confide in. With the way the laws are set up the only way to achieve this is through marriage (unless you can afford a lawyer to prepare legal documents and this will only take care of some of these issues). The Church is not against love. It isn’t against two people of the same sex living a life together. What it is against is sex between two men or two women because that type of sex is not capable of producing children. So the way I see it is there are really 2 separate issues here that people are confusing as one. The Church is arguing that marriage between 2 men or 2 women is not right in God’s eyes because no children can come of that marriage. Don’t forget we refer to God as Our Father and Mary as Blessed Mother. The gay right movement is focused on the legal benefits of marriage. Being able to visit a partner in the hospital, avoiding tax penalties, provide health insurance to someone they love. I personally believe the gay right movement focusing on marriage and not civil unions is because they feel they would not be treated equally (it would be like a second class marriage). I do see the argument for this. We know how the south was segregated for so many years and how separate but equal was not truly equal. To me the real way to solve this to provide an easy way for someone to designate another that they would like to have the legal ability to make decisions (health, legal or otherwise), ability to designate one person (other then one’s children) that they would like to add to their health care plan, and the right to provide the house 2 people have shared for years to avoid being taxed outrageously when the other person passes. To me this would be more inline with what Jesus would be in favor of. Don’t forget that Jesus told John to take care of Mary after He rose from the dead. In our current legal and health system, John would not have been able to visit Mary if she was in the hospital or make legal decisions if she was not able to do so. I personally don’t think that is what Jesus would have wanted and we should look for a way to provide the benefits that have been attached to those that are married in the government eyes to those that do not fit into the one man/one women marriage role, but to those that are single and want to select their best friend of 20 years or two men or two women that chose to share a life together. As Catholics, we need to stop believing that the best way to stop sin is through the legal system and start looking for ways to support and truly show love to one another.

    • I would agree on many of your points, but those pushing gay “marriage” do so instead of pushing something like “civil unions.” Marriage is a church institution that the government has chosen to recognize. The government could back out of the marriage business and simply allow legal contracts to cover all you seek. Any two people, regardless of sexual behavior, could then have the same rights as two married people without having to pervert marriage. Seek a legal contract and you will have less resistance from those wishing to preserve Biblical marriage.

  7. Mr. Robinson,
    What the writers to you in love have pointed out may not be what the pope represented to you in person, but you need to be open to diligently look at the catholic doctrine. The writers here have spoken the truth about known current catholic doctrine and practices. Please read Revelation about the City that sits on 7 Hills. You know they call Rome ‘the holy city’. It has to be a counterfiet because there cannot be 2 holy cities. Jesus was a Jew and He called the Holy City Jerusalem. You are dismissing too much that God has clearly pointed out in His Word. You need to examine it all, not just what is presented to you n person. You represent God. You cannot dismiss all these true statements various ones have made with any kind of integrity, even though you are a man of integrity. In the mouth of two or three witnesses a matter is established. You have many witnesses and public records of current catholic doctrine, and currently some other serious issues in that SYSTEM. God has truly warned, “come out of her my people”, the Bridegroom will not stay in her, neither will the Bride…….He says ‘My people’, so His people were in there. She says she is a bride but God calls her the Mistress of the world. Study prayerfully and carefully. Only God’s true will be done in Jesus’ Name, amen. We do not want unity with the compromise of dangerous principles that were NEVER accepted in the Word of the Living God. Jesus came as a carpenter. The religious leaders of His day were full of pomp. In Christ’s prayer and love, Judy.

    • Judy,

      There is not sufficient room or time to write a full dissertation on Revelation, but suffice to say that I do not believe the view that John wrote about modern day Rome or the Catholic church. He was writing of things “which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place.” The immediacy of the message is echoed four times in the book. By “soon,” I cannot conceive that he really meant “in over 2000 years or more.” It’s very clear in His word, and I cannot dismiss it.

      As for Catholic doctrines, I do understand that there are many serious differences — many we would call erroneous. At the same time, there are many common beliefs, including the most important belief that Jesus Christ is the son of God, the Messiah sent to save the world, and the only Way, Truth, and Life. On this, we agree. I also know that God hates dissension and strife. We must approach other believers with humility and love, not pride and criticism. We speak the truth in love as we believe God has revealed it to us, but we always remain open to correction from the Holy Spirit. Jesus was willing to sit down with the Pharisees if they would listen to Him and that is the goal — to sit down with anyone who wants to hear from God. Jesus was criticized for doing this, so we expect no less, but will follow His example and encourage everyone to draw closer to Him.

  8. We cannot trivialize Christian Leaders/believers meeting with the Pope. Do you know everyone who meets with the Pope must bow & kiss his ring? Do you realize when you bow & kiss the Popes ring you are doing exactly what Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to do? You have bowed your knee to an imposter of God & his son Jesus Christ. No it is not ok. No it is not ‘protocol’. When you read these following quotes you will understand why.


    “The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, he is Jesus Christ himself, hidden under the veil of flesh.” Catholic National July 1895.

    “We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty” …Pope Leo XIII Encyclical Letter of June 20, 1894,

    “Hence the Pope is crowned with a triple crown, as king of heaven and of earth and of the lower regions (infernorum).” -Lucius Ferraris, «Prompta Bibliotheca», 1763, Volume VI, ‘Papa II’, p.26)

    “Innocent III has written: “Indeed, it is not too much to say that in view of the sublimity of their offices the priests are so many gods.” -The dignity of the priesthood by Liguori p, 36

    We have “The Book of Martyrs” because of the Vatican. We have Isis because of the Vatican. We have Islam because of the Vatican. We have Mormonism because of the Vatican, etc., …They have not changed, they have passed the Torch from generation to generation. Underneath the Vatican is the largest library in the world documenting every word every saint ever said to the “Popery” in the Inquistion. Don’t you know these things? Surely you do. Perhaps you have been “beguiled” by the Arch Enemy of our Souls………………..

    • Well, from firsthand knowledge, you’re wrong on your very first point. No knee was bowed to the Pope, nor did he demand it. He is not persecuting Christians. He is not embracing Islam. He does not believe he is Jesus, God, or any form of deity. This is not an endorsement of Catholicism, but to demonize this Pope is not right.

  9. One World Religion and false prophet.
    I pray Jesus will keep me and my loved ones out of this.

  10. Well..the no one father…only God can forgive sin..not clergy… Kissing rings and bowing.. I could go on..get real!! If you can’t see the falseness in the catholic church..your blind!! Not to mention the praying to Mary and other saint who are asleep in Christ!!!! Get real!!

  11. It seems that Satan continues his deceitfulness by the disagreement between the Roman Catholic church and other Christian Denominations. Pope Francis is not asking us all to join the Roman Catholic church but be one united.(catholic mean united/one). It does not matter what your thoughts may be about one denomination to another, the fact remains that all true Christian have the same thing in common; we believe that Jesus is our savior, we believe he died and rose from the dead and that he is seated at the right hand of God. We believe that he Holy Spirit is alive and active here on the earth guiding God’s people and that we must be filled with the Holy Spirit so that we can be lead by God’s to do his will in our world. I have been catholic for 60 years and the Lord has allowed me to fellowship with other Christian through my music ministry. I have seen some really powerful and exciting events in my life time with my brothers and sisters in the protestant churches. Do not forget when we are called home to heaven God will not ask what doctrine we believed or what church we attended; He will say ” Well done good and faithful servent.”

    • Sorry, but it does matter! History proves that the Roman Catholic Church became “heretic” hunters. For the Roman Catholic Church, “heresy” means to “obstinately” doubt or deny any official Catholic doctrine… which have often been disputed include the authority of the Pope, purgatory, indulgences, the veneration of Mary and the saints, and transubstantiation the doctrine that the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ are fully present in every fragment of consecrated bread. They killed people who disagreed with them. For over a thousand years, the Roman Catholic Church hunted down and killed them! Many of them were Bible believing Christians.

      • Fortunately, we are not dealing with those people today. Nor the Jews who persecuted Christians. Or the Egyptians who slaughtered children. Or the Romans who beheaded the disciples. It’s nice to be in the present, with the old ways left behind.

        • Randy, you are right …it is nice today not to be burned at the stake for getting saved and rebaptized …my family and I would have been good candidates to be burned at the stake for being rebaptized, if it would have happened about 1525-1660. Our children were forced out of the Catholic School they were attending and could not received the sacraments. We got off easy and are fortunate!

  12. i only saw christ after being saved and baptised in full immersion…i never saw him under the roman church…but mostly anger jelousy and a deep hunger for money…and power..since the success of the council of nicea man has seen much deceit and confusion.God and jesus was from palestine not romr.In the reformation my people were killed overnight in honor of the papacy….i truly ask….unless the pope realigns his flock the the real rules of the real jesus first..then and onlly then should real born again christians consider the joining to the attractions of the papacy ..alot needs to be done y the pope until this happens in the name of true godly unity..

    • J Davidson, the Pope is asking for unity. Unity in purpose not come join our church. He is not asking believers to join or rejoin the Catholic Church. You seem to think he’s asking the Protestant church to be united under the banner of catholicism. This is not the case.
      Meditating on the scriptures in Ephesians 4 will aid in seeing the vision of the Pope. Regardless of what the Catholics have been guilty of in the past, forgiveness is what’s needed for them. I’m sure you can recite a plethora of instances where they (the Catholics) don’t deserve forgiveness and how they are wrong in their doctrine. I’m with you on that; however, the Pope is asking for unity not “come join my doctrine.”

      • Those who agree that Scripture settles all issues and that whatever Scripture says about any matter is ultimately authoritative, those people have a framework within which to work. However, if the gospel itself is compromised, there will be no unity.

        “But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8)

  13. IS this what Jesus prayed for?
    In a day when more and more Christian leaders are embracing the pope, calling for “unity,” Charismatic Anglican Bishop Tom Brown examines the issue:

    Was Peter the first pope? Is the pope the legitimate successor to Peter, the Vicar of Christ, with authority over all Christians everywhere? Or has he usurped authority that was never given?

    I believe, as we move forward, this issue will become more important… when a Catholic priest speaks of unity among Christians, they generally mean submission to the pope and unity with the Roman Church. Is that what Jesus had in mind? I would encourage you to take another look, from the perspective of a Charismatic Anglican Bishop, at this link:

  14. We can not unit with the seat of the Antichrist. The vatican is drunk with the blood of the martyrs. And they are going to take us back to the dark ages. People do not be deceived by wolves in sheep clohthing. Trust that this will not end well. Just read the book of revelation. The vatican is the whore of Babylon, and the mother of all harlots. May YHWY save us all.

    • Bernard (and others who read this),

      Please know that many theologians and respected Christians completely disagree with your interpretation of Revelation. I am certainly one of them. Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Boko Haram, ISIS…these are “antichrist” figures and mindsets. Not the Pope.

  15. I have a question. Why my comment was removed on. If you have censorship I thought it was only in communism.

    • Your comment was not removed. All comments are reviewed and many receive direct responses via email. Frankly, I didn’t understand your previous comment. I got the sarcasm, but literally didn’t understand many of the sentences, including this question: “How to adore the physical presence of Jesus in the Host?” That’s why it wasn’t posted.

      PS: We absolutely reserve the right to censor any comments on our website. No, that does not make us communists.

      • I didn’t read the original post, but perhaps I can help with the phrase, “how to adore the physical presence of Jesus in the Host.” As someone that almost became Catholic around 14 years ago, that studied under a strong Catholic Priest, Fr Phillip Scott, and also studied Scott Hahn and Tim Staples, I think I know more than a lot of Catholics, and certainly more about the Catholic Church than many leaders that are embracing the papacy.

        “Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament” was part of the problem that I saw in the Catholic Church. Catholics believe, as you may be aware, that the bread, or wafer, literally BECOMES the Body of Christ. This is known as Transubstantiation, as opposed to the doctrine of Consubstantiation, which is held by Anglicans and Lutherans. Because the Bread becomes the Body, it is to be worshiped as Christ Himself. They have a practice, where they will take the wafer, mount it in a beautiful gold “monstrance,” and carry it up and down the aisles of the church, as it is being worshiped as if Jesus Himself was walking by. It also can be mounted in front of the church, when people can come and worship, adore, pray to the “host” and in so doing believe they are praying to Jesus Himself.

        Between Masses, the “communion elements” – the “Body of Christ,” is kept in a Cabinet to the side of the platform, known as the Tabernacle. It is believed that Jesus HIMSELF is in the “Tabernacle.”

        Once when I was praying, asking God if He wanted me to unite with the Catholic Church – I was conflicted in my spirit – I had been convinced that it was, indeed, the true church – and if it was, I needed to join. If it wasn’t, I needed to run. The Scripture came to me, “avoid the very appearance of evil.” In my mind, I immediately began to see the statues of Mary and other saints in every Catholic Church.. statues with kneeling rails in front of them, so people can bow down and invoke these departed saints, and ask them to pray for them. I had done this. I had prayed to Mary many times, asking for her help before the throne of God, asking for her help with deliverance and exorcism. I had also prayed to Michael The Archangel, St. Peter, and the others saints. I thought God had abandoned me, and begged the saints to intercede, and for Michael to fight the devil on my behalf.

        After that Scripture came to me, it all began to APPEAR to be idolatry – praying in front of statues, or idols, in violation of the Commandment not to make unto any graven image, to bow down to it or serve it… As well as necromancy… speaking to the departed.

        I hope this helps with the question “How to adore the physical presence of Jesus in the Host?” as well as some of my concerns.

        • You speak the truth on the subject of the physical presence of Jesus in the Host that Catholic Church believe and practice.

          As a Christian I do not expect that everyone who hears the truth will “like” hearing it, but some will resent hearing the truth no matter how kindly we say it.

          The Catholic Church believe that transubstantiation takes place during the Mass, the host is changed into the real flesh of Jesus and the wine is changed into the real blood of Jesus.

          The Host (Eucharist) is not symbolic!

          A former Catholic

  16. I’m so sad over this. You can spin it anyway you want but if y’all really think that the Pope sees you as equals in any type of endeavor, you’re seriously deluded. That our church leaders would gather together to join with the Pope on his stomping grounds…yikes. With all due respect, how are you hoping to achieve this unity? And did Martin Luther mean nothing?

  17. Please, I realize I am a month late, but for everyone who knows the Lord it is crucial that we have more of these kinds of interdenominational Fellowship meetings. We have got to come together across denominational lines, do ministry events together and love each other. We are far more powerful coming together than we are separated. There are foundational teachings of scripture we can agree on and even though we disagree on others, we can still come together in the love of God! Think about the power of the Holy Spirit that can be released when believers come together in the love of God? Why haven’t we already done this? what is stopping us? What are the root causes of why we are not?

  18. Kissing the Pope’s ring, Bruce, is a sign of respect not worship. Is pledging allegaience to our flag worship? Is believing in the bible worshiping a book? I don’t think so.

    The word co-redemptrix is misunderstood. Chris is the author of our redemption, but there are secondary cooperators in his work. St. Paul said that we are to fill up what is wanting to the sufferings of Christ. Mary cooperated in the redemptive work in a way that is special. While Eve brought about sufering, Mary, in giving birth to the Savior, brought forth salvation. She consented to giving Him birth. She shared his passion – was with him through it all – as Simeon predicted. Think about how by giving the Savior birth, they shared genetics (blood, looks, etc.)

    Hope this helps. God bless you.

  19. I live in Italy and Catholic from birth. Not only do I go to Catholic Church but I watch and PRAY with most of the preachers in TBN, DAYSTAR etc. Congratulations James for the wonderful meeting you had with Pope Francesco. Nobody should judge you for what you did. It was a very good move. We are all children of the Most High GOD. We should join hands and PRAISE HIM together. He is the only one who should judge and I am sure HE is seated in HEAVEN above smiling because you have shown the world that, its not about which church we attend, it’s all about our LORD JESUS CHRIST who makes as one and our bodies are HIS temples. Thanks once again James and Betty. We are proud of you.

  20. I accepted Jesus as Lord through James Robison, and found out later that he too abandoned by his father, so I have a special place in my heart for him. One day I hope to meet him and thank him. Since then I have been a diligent student of God’s word, and I think the prayer for unity Jesus prayed in John 17:21 was in connection with John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” I think that meant his Holy Spirit inspired written word. Contrary to Tony Palmer’s message to Pastor Copeland’s church, I believe “sola Scriptura” Bible study is the path toward unity in Christ.

  21. Michael Sullivan

    It is important to state that there are many Catholics who went to Catholic school in the disruptive wake of Vatican II who THINK they know their faith, but do not. Unfortunately, most Catholics today are ignorant of their faith because of the massive upheaval that began in the 1960’s.

    But that is changing.

    With the publishing of the Universal Catechism of the Catholic Church and the growth of Catholic Bible Studies and other excellent resources, there is a new generation of Catholics emerging who could be described as Evangelical Catholics or Dynamic Catholics who know the Lord, know their Faith and know it from Sacred Scripture.

    Needless to say, if you are a former Catholic who came to Christ through another stream of Christianity, then first of all praise God that you know the Lord! And secondly, don’t assume that you know what the Catholic Church teaches simply because you used to be Catholic and went to Catholic school during one of the most disruptive and chaotic times of the Church in the last 100 years.

    Get yourself a Catechism and study it if you really want to know what we believe, but please don’t make the egregious sin of accusing us of believing things and doing things that we do not (e.g. worshiping Mary, idols, adding books to the Bible, etc.).

    Educate yourself with the best resources that are Catholic, not the anti-catholic screeds based on ignorance and prejudice.

    What is happening is a move of God. Don’t allow ignorance and prejudice to cause you to miss it.

  22. Michael Sullivan

    James Robison, you are a man of great courage to take this step towards unity. You had to know that your ministry would feel the backlash from those who have been tainted by the spirit of anti-catholicism. Bless you for your vision and courage!

  23. I am amazed at how quickly we (Christians)take offense. How are we supposed to change the world at large if we continually exhibit behaviors unbecoming to a child of God. Here on earth we are representatives of heaven where there is no fighting or hate. Why would anyone want to become a christian when we behave in this manner. Where is the love of God that’s supposed to be she’d abroad in our hearts. God Help Us!

  24. Bashing of Catholics may get you something you don’t want. What I mean is God may allow a beloved family member to become a Catholic so you will have to pray FOR them and not against them. In the story of Jacob and Rachel, Jacob unknowingly cursed Rachel by saying whoever has the stolen gods, he shall not live. Rachel had them. And she ended up dying in childbirth. Genesis 31 Pray FOR your enemies, if you think Catholics are your enemy. The Father’s desire is for unity. I am not a Catholic, but I was married to one, and my only naturally born child chose to become a Catholic. When a loved one is a Catholic it changes the way you pray about them. PLEASE let us all walk in love. ‘Bearing with others and forgiving whatever grievances we may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave us.’ Colossians 3:13 spoken in love, Mrs. Deborah Switzer John 3:17 He came to save not condemn

  25. Do you think kissing the Pope’s ring is a form of worship?

  26. James, can’t express how much love I have for you and Betty. I would love to meet you and spend an hour or so. Your words, life and ministry have been a river of life to me, and many times brought freedom. Nothing but respect and admiration.

  27. I heard Mel Gibson, who is an avowed Catholic, say Mary was a wonderful co-redeemer and co-mediator. I Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.” How can born again believers unite with this doctrine about Mary? Somebody please help me understand this!

    • Mel Gibson? Are you aware of the other things Mel Gibson has said?

      • Dear Brother James,
        From Mel Gibson’s statement may I assume that is a basic Catholic doctrine? Thank you for your response.

      • Glad you said that, James. The Catholic culture within the RCC is so dominant that the *culture* often dominates over the Scripture. The Scriptures have become fused with Catholic interpretative theology. Catholics in the pew (like Gibson) are presented with a distortion of what the Scriptures actually say. The matter of Mary has become an obsession with Catholics because she is an avenue
        of someone they can relate to “personally.” Catholics really do not connect much with the Protestant view of having a “personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” Catholics do not talk like that.
        They say they have a relationship with the Eucharist, yet they really cannot get their arms around the whole of Transubstantiation by Priest at Mass. Mary, on the other hand, is an easier person for Catholics to connect with since she was human. I hope Jan (above) will realize that Catholics cannot understand what they have never been taught. True, many will fight you tooth and nail while others (once explained) will open their hearts and say “Tell me more about that.”

  28. No father likes to hear his children quarrel, so our quarreling grieves our Heavenly Father’s heart!

    We need to have a love for the truth (2 Thess. 2:10) and to be walking in truth (3 John 1:4), but also to be walking in love:

    “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you …” Ephesians 5:1-2

    Nobody can change the past, but I believe that this pope is trying to change the future. We need to join that effort.

    I was raised Catholic, became born again after a visitation of the Lord at 16, and finally had to leave the Catholic church at around 20 due to strong doctrinal disagreements. I’ve been waiting about 40 years to see a true move towards unity and correcting the errors of the past. I believe that this pope has a heart to make those changes. The Copelands and the Robisons also have the Father’s heart for such unity to begin, and are willing to take the criticism. Let’s pray for all involved!


  30. God used Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt… Why not the Pope to lead the Catholics out of Religious Slavery.

  31. 1Co 10:21 You cannot drink the Lord’s cup and the cup of demons. You cannot participate at the table of the Lord and at the table of demons. Enough said!

  32. John Patrick Grace

    Father, Jesus our Lord and Savior prayed, may they all be one, as you are in me, as I am in you, may they be one in us, SO That the world may believe it was you who sent me.” We have not paid nearly enough attention to Jesus’ use here of “so that, in order that….” It means that the most powerful instrument we could have for evangelization is unity among Christians. Unity in the essentials, and that does not mean uniformity of worship styles or even uniformity in secondary matters.
    This hunger and quest for unity will be the greatest awakening of all, if we submit to God’s graces in this matter humbly but also fervently. We must also pray for the grace to listen to one another across denominational lines–never easy–and give up prejudices based on false understandings–never easy.
    We can do none of this without reliance upon the Holy Spirit. And Satan will do his utmost to keep Christians apart and bitterly denouncing each other for not having identical beliefs in matters that are not essential.
    Thank God for answered prayers through Pope Francis, James Robison and the other evangelicals involved in the meeting and prayer time at the Vatican. Shout it from the rooftops -Jesus is Lord!

  33. I will have my ruler out measuring the progress of these unions over time against the basic Bible tenets they agree on.
    That is being cautious. We live in the end times and the BIBLE says even the elect could be deceived.

    • I agree with you. Unity between Christians, for me, means unity between those who believe that Jesus is Lord and Lord of their lives. It does not mean unity with those who revere Mary as a mediator in prayer for us. Nor does it mean unity with those who have added to the Word of God with erroneous books in their Bibles. Nor does it mean unity with those who see the pope as a form of God. What are these Christian leaders thinking?

      • Well, I can assure you they are not thinking that meeting with the Pope equates to all of these negative things you list. Not in the least. Oneness comes when we all move toward Christ, not when we agree to think like other people.

      • Lorraine lalonde

        I AGREE, Cathie. My husband is Catholic and he is adamant that baptism at birth will get you into heaven, even tho I have shown him what the Word of God says, because he was taught that from the Catholic Church!!!

  34. P.S. – to Mary Jones who commented about the inquisition. With respect, please educate yourself about history. In England and Ireland, reformers killed Catholics in horrible ways for refusing to convert to protestantism and that’s not all….. It was a two-way street, but that is how the mentality was at the time in history. No one can say they haven’t done wrong. God bless.

  35. It is good that all Christians unite as Christ is not divided. It saddens me to read how ex-Catholics left the church because they were poorly grounded on their faith and uneducated about it. I read here from a person who says praying the rosary is idol worship. The prayer of the rosary is a reflection on the life of Christ. You didn’t know what you were praying or how to pray it. Catholics don’t worship Mary. If you did this when you were Catholic, you were wrong and taught wrong. Honoring the mother of Christ isn’t worshiping her. Her ‘yes’ to God brought Jesus into the world! Why do you hate her? Then there is the person who claims the Catholics teach works not faith. We must be ‘doers of the word not just hearers’ James 1:22. Doing is working. I think you need to re-read scripture. Christians need to stop hating because that hate is not from God. Hate is of the devil. We’d better start uniting because there are really bad times coming and it we don’t get our act together, we’re all going to be in deep trouble. Pray for God’s mercy and a reunited body of Christ. God bless you all.

    • Katie, Catholics do worship Mary and I can attest to that because I grew up Catholic and attended Catholic school. When praying the rosary, you are praying to Mary and asking her to pray for us. Mary cannot pray for us as she is in heaven and this is in NO way Biblical. Speaking of the Bible, the Catholic Church has added to the Bible by including erroneous books. Then there is the repetitious prayers, fish on Fridays (or go to hell), church on Sundays (or go to hell for this mortal sin), etc. When, as a young Catholic girl, I met Jesus as Lord and Savior, after about one year of going to Catholic Church I just couldn’t attend anymore. Why? Because even this once 14 year old girl could see the discrepancies and how lost the Catholic Church was. I could have stood up and given a better sermon than any priest because at least I could tell the Catholics attending my parish how to truly know God and know that you can get to heaven and that there is no such thing as pergatory. Seriously Katie, it is okay to let go of the traditions of the Catholic Church and truly know Jesus as Lord and Savior. Christ restores us to true freedom while the Catholic Church only provides the tradition of religion without REALLY know Christ.

  36. How does this equate a miracle?

  37. I was raised Catholic. After 40 years, I found Jesus! I had idols – praying the rosary with 50 hail Mary’s and a handful of Our Father’s indicates to me an idol. I had a great foundation of prayer from the Catholic faith – God did miracles for others and I was able to witness to that! I am thankful for the foundation of a reverence for my one true God, my Father in Heaven! Two weeks ago I was led to read the Catholic Catechism. One reason Catholics lose their faith, according to the Catechism, is they fellowship with non-Catholics. Where is Jesus’ love in this? God is love. Ever since knowing Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I have prayed for unity and for Catholics (those who still don’t have a full relationship with Jesus, because a lot do!) to have a full relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior. This includes myself as I have a lot to learn and grow!. Praising God for answered prayer! Lovingkindness breaks the yoke!

  38. I am a born again Christian, that left the catholic church because of their man made doctrines. I go with my catholic brothers and sisters to funerals, weddings and etc and was told I cannot receive communion Is that coming together. Does God approve this?

    • This issue troubled me at one time as well, until I did some research about what Communion, or the Eucharist, means to Catholics. The Eucharist is the central focus of Catholic faith. Catholics take Jesus at his word in John 6 when he says the bread and the wine are his body, broken for us. He does not say they are symbols for us to remember his impending sacrifice on the cross. Later in the same chapter, Jesus addresses those who don’t believe this. Rather than accommodating their alternative perspective, he says they are free to leave their association with him. Protestant tradition does not agree with Jesus’ statements about the bread and wine and rejects what he says. Catholic’s today feel the pain of this separation acutely.

      The elements of the Eucharist are Jesus’ body and blood by virtue of God answering the consecration prayer of the priest at Mass. So unless you agree they are his body and blood, and are willing to say so by giving your ascent of “Amen” when they are presented to you at a Mass, you are choosing not to participate in Communion because of Protestant tradition. So in fairness, the question is not that you are being denied Communion but why would you want to participate in something you don’t believe in?

      Blessings on your continued journey of faith.

      • True, Jesus never says the bread and wine are symbols, however the RCC leaps beyond the gospel by saying a Catholic priest has imputed power to change the elements. The gospel never says the Apostles have such power. But the Magisterium does. Thus, this is problem with Catholic theology outside the gospel. Further, following the Consecration rite, a Catholic Priest can choose one of 4 Eucharistic Prayers to recite leading to distribution of Communion to the congregation. In EACH one the Eucharistic Prayers, the Consecration is referred to by the Priest as a “memorial” celebration. Yes, –he actually reads from the Lectionary of the Mass which states “memorial” in each of the 4 prayers he can select from.

  39. shirley antony

    Love every bit of it. Answer to prayer.

  40. Why am I not getting goosebumps? The Body of Christ is not this or that institution or organization. So, the executives of some organizations got together and had some good fellowship. Great. Now back to real life where most people are mostly ignorant of even the basic teachings of Jesus.

  41. What a awesome experience for every one to meet Pope Francis. I believe Pope Francis us a people’s Pope & he is willing to cross all religious barriers to bring more followers to Jesus. What a miracle & humble servant to all. Blessed be.

  42. The Catholic church has always believed that salvation is through works and not be faith in Jesuschrist alone, also they are worshippers of idol’s when God said strictly in his word that he condemns idol worshiping. I say let’s be one with the church that believes in Jesus as the only way to heaven.

    • Which is why it is significant for them to now declare salvation is by faith through grace alone, and not through works.

      • Nowadays, so-called Christians talk about faith alone will get them to heaven. Lord Jesus din’t lie when He said that He didn’t come to abolish the commandments. Obeying the ten commandments will prove that you love God with your whole heart because you are doing what God said. The ten commandments will make you love your fellow humans. The faith in God without doing what God said is a false spirit.

        • David, Christ fulfilled the requirements of the law, ending the old covenant. The new covenant does not require believers to live by the old laws. We live in what Paul called the “age of grace.” This is not an excuse for us to sin, but it is a vastly different standard than the Judaic law.

          • Amen.

            Thank you for this report, but even more importantly for three decades of faith, hope and love in the ministry of reconciliation for the cause of unity. This is truly significant.

          • Did Lord Jesus really said that after His deah God’s commandment will cease and the people should just believe in me that I am the Son of God and will be saved? Satan also will be saved because he does believe that Lord Jesus is the Son of God. Show me where Lord Jesus said that.

          • I believe you are making leaps of assumption with your statement, but to understand the “law of faith,” start with Romans 3 and Galatians 3. Better yet, read both epistles all the way through for the full context. The NASB and NIV are better translations than the KJV, so you might want to go with one of those versions.

        • David: You don’t seem to have a proper understanding of grace. Salvation is not dependent upon anything YOU do (like keeping all the commandments and church rules). Salvation is based upon what Christ has done for you. As long as men are on this earth, you will sin for no one can keep the law. That’s why you need God’s grace. Show me any man or woman who truly does love God with their whole heart —and still has not sinned. It’s not possible.

          You are also neglecting there are 4 other Solas –grace being one them.

      • Hi James,

        It is important to clarify that the Catholic church is not “now” declaring something new. The Catholic church has always declared that salvation is by faith though grace alone, in Christ alone. The deposit of faith has not changed, nor will it change because it is guided by the Holy Spirit! Glad to see you are familiar with Tim Staples. Have you by any chance heard Steve Ray’s talk entitled “Faith Alone’? Its a good analysis of the biblical relationship of faith and works.

        • “The Catholic church has always declared that salvation is by faith though grace alone, in Christ alone.” ALWAYS? Really? I think you should check your church history again. You may need to review your history on the Protestant Reformation ( Also, Martin Luther was condemned by the Pope for his belief that the Bible is the central religious authority and that humans may reach salvation only by their faith and not by their deeds.

          Though the Pope said he agreed that salvation is by grace through faith in the work of Christ, this is a long shot from officially changing the stance of the Catholic church on salvation which is stated here: To gain the happiness of heaven we must know, love, and serve God in this world. Man must know, love and serve God in a supernatural manner in order to gain happiness of heaven. Man is raised to the supernatural order only by grace, a free gift of God ( We must not affirm beliefs that are contrary to the Word of God on the basis of “Unity.” As ministers, we preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. Though we should befriend, connect with, and love those outside of our beliefs, we must be careful not to affirm inaccurate beliefs on salvation that have led millions of people to an eternity in Hell.

          • Another problem with Catholic doctrine is the authority of scripture. Catholics believe that the Catholic Church has equal authority with scriptures on spiritual matters. Protestants, on the other hand, believe that scriptures alone contain the absolute authority for the Christian life. Christian leaders during the Protestant Reformation defined this doctrine with the Latin phrase “Sola Scriptura,” translated as “By Scripture Alone.” This is a huge doctrinal difference between protestants and Catholics, let alone the Catholic doctrine of divine motherhood. James, I know as an apostle and legendary Christian evangelist you understand all of these concerns with Catholic doctrine. Unfortunately, there are many Christians today who do not have a strong understanding of the foundations of Christianity, Calvary, salvation through faith, and Christian theology. Your article seems to say, “Catholics believe the same thing that Protestant Christians do.” I know this is not what you are trying to say. This can be taken by impressionable young Christians that you endorse everything the Catholic Church teaches. I think you should remedy this.

    • Ouch!! Catholics DO NOT worship idols, despite the teachings from our fellow Christian brothers and sisters.

    • Juan, Catholics don’t worship idol’s. Statues only represent the people they are praying to…asking for help with one of life’s problems. Who ever told you that was sadly mistaken, misinformed, and guided by something inherently evil. But Satan want’s it that way, doesn’t he. He wants us to criticize others including their manner of worship, their love of Christ and thus the love of God. I pray you will do more research before you make statements like that. Catholics should never be critical of those who have the love of Jesus and feel that they are on the right path….We are all on a path that leads to ONE place..We just do it differently. God help you find yours.

      • We are NOT supposed to be praying to men. That is why the writer said that that is praying to an idol. Either way God is the only one we should pray to.

    • @Jaun: Your comment reflects the Catholic misunderstanding of Philippians 2:12 “but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling” –this is why Catholic dogmatic theology teaches you can be saved and lost over and over again. This is where their idea of works enters into the salvation picture. Don’t blame people for having been taught error. And how naïve are Protestants who walk the aisle and claim they are saved –and then there is no transformation in their lives nor the desire? It’s not pixie dust.

  43. I felt in my spirit in the late 70’s that the heart of GOD was groaning for Unity in the body of Christ. PRAISE GOD IT is coming to pass!

  44. John & Patricia Twomey

    Thank you James and Betty. John and I were both raised in catholic homes and are very thankful for our catholic upbringing. We were baptized in the Holy Spirit in 1975. Since then we have not belonged to a denomination but believe in the whole body of Christ. We are partners with Kenneth Copeland Ministries and have supported your ministry for years. We are so excited to see this powerful move of God.

    • John and Patricia Twomey,
      And so it should be…When you are baptized in the Holy Spirit as I was in 1975 also….your outlook on everything changes about doctrine and manmade laws….Let us go by the Word of God and do our best to spread the Gospel as Jesus told us to do until He returns …. God Bless us all and God Bless the USA….

  45. ateca kaloudina

    From the very first moment this Pope was elected, I knew there was something different in this humble man that sets him apart, from his predecessors. GOD knew us and chose us to be His, even before we were born: God elevated him to this position so He could accomplish HIS PURPOSE alone, through him. The purpose being to share the Truth of CHRIST, that He alone is LIFE, to those under his leadership! GOD looks past the various churches and denominations and focuses on the individual hearts. His priority is; for all those who don’t know CHRIST, to know Him and receive Him also, as their Savior and LORD! This Pope, I believe is God’s channel for those under his leadership; that have yet to receive CHRIST in their hearts, to DO so! Last chance! Don’t limit GOD! He moves in mysterious ways to perform His wonders! This meeting is one such wonders!
    There will be more! GOD be praised! Hallelujah!

  46. Miriam Manning

    One Spirit,one body with Jesus Christ as The Head. What a blessing to get to pray in the Name of Our Lord for all in the fold. Hopefully some of the dead will be brought to life and start loving one another as Christ loves us. God Bless You all

  47. i am happy , for it is a great revival.

  48. Good to hear, however as much as I appreciate this ‘meeting’ and ‘unity prayers answered’, I strongly urge CAUTION as we are dealing with a highly technical pope – One, who in prophecy, is declared to be the ‘last pope of Rome’. I am praying and WATCHING…

    • Agreed, always “watch and pray,” as Paul said.

      As for the “last pope prophecy,” Catholics don’t believe it, historians don’t give it credibility, and I have no idea why any non-Catholics would give it the time of day. Here’s the Catholic take on it:

      • Bishop Freddie Steel

        It is a double-edged sword, beloved. Whatever positive things the unity can bring (salvation of the world), these events do fit into Bible prophecy. Global ecumenicism will take place prior to Christ’s return as well as a global government and global monetary system. I believe this is what we see unfolding. May we use it, in the meanwhile, to gather in the harvest quickly.

        • You are assuming John’s revelation was written after the fall of Jerusalem and, therefore, about events yet to happen and according to your specific interpretation.

          • Bishop Freddie Steel

            Agreed , , , I totally support your heart, dream and vision for the elimination of barriers that non-essentials have created. Christ’s body isn’t divided and you certainly carry a unifying burden, message and grace that I share.

            I trust you (with all of your weight of influence) not to compromise or diminish Christ while embracing the Pope’s unfolding inclusion and possible elevation of beliefs that would seek to be on the same level as Christ.

            We will have a challenge when|if the Pope moves to equalize Islam, Judaism, Catholicism and Christianity – which I believe he will do based on Bible prophecy.

            In the meantime, I pray God uses you to play a significant role in uniting the global Body of Christ.

          • Well, I trust that the elevation of beliefs will finally bring Protestants to the complete and full understanding of scripture and truth, not just the pieces that they like. For it is not the the Catholic faith that needs to change; rather those who revolted against the true faith more than 500 years ago.

          • Well said. Thank you

          • You have communicated your concerns to Brother James quite well…and I agree with your heart, wisdom and discernment in this matter!
            I will, along with many others, be praying for you James and Betty…that the 7 Fold Spirits of God guide you and protect you through this time.

          • I’m confused by this statement. Do you believe the book of revelation to be events still to come? What about the one world government, one world religion, false prophet and Antichrist? The seven year tribulation? I’m quite disturbed by your statement. This is all rapidly coming.

          • No, I am not convinced of this eschatology. I believe there is more evidence and consistency with God’s nature to view much of Revelation in light of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

          • In life today’s statement of faith, it says you believe in the return of Christ in glory. Is that still correct? Is it just the time of Jacobs trouble , tribulation, that you don’t believe? I just wasn’t aware.

          • It’s the idea that the tribulation is yet to come, when the seven-year seige of Jerusalem and 42 months in the latter part track so well with Nero and Titus. Some biblical scholars believe that much of Revelation has already occurred and I am inclined to follow this view. It was clear in John’s revelation that these events were to come quickly. (Also, be aware that this is James Randall Robison, James’ son. I am not speaking for him here.)

          • Ok thanks. I respectfully disagree though. I thought he was of the same thought because of the statement saying about the return of Christ. I think the unity Jesus prayed for will be not in the uniting of all religions, but when judgement begins with the house of God and true believers will be persecuted by those who are religious and think that they are doing God service. THAT will unite true believers. I have not heard any reply to my statements of the pope saying atheists go to heaven and only thru the Catholic Church is salvation. That cannot Go unchecked against the word of God but it is being so.

          • I think we both know that salvation comes through Christ alone. I cannot respond to your other claims about the Pope because I have not verified them.

  49. As long as there is no compromise, the righteous can freely mix up with any person or group of persons on earth, especially if given the privilege to preach the truth of Jesus Christ.

  50. Thanks for sharing this with the world! I believe Christ prayer I John 17 is being answered! So excited to witness it !

  51. I believe in bringing the body of Christ together as one in Christ to do the work of the LORD and shine the light for everyone to see .We’re called to be a witness for Jesus and to bring unity into the body and reach out to the lost with THE MESSAGE OF HOPE. to bring them in !
    I believe this is what was taking place at this meeting .
    The BODY working together as one under the HEAD (Jesus Christ ).

    VISION OF HOPE Ministries

    Friend & Partner with Kenneth Copeland Ministries

  52. agathe mary joyce

    praise be to god who sees and answers the need of his people as well as his will. am a catholic, with the charismatic renewal experience! praying for life and salvation to impact our catholic church more, last year, on the 1st of February ,after fasting a day the holy spirit whispered in me ” the awakening of God’s Elijah” ever since has been praying for it… and seeing it’s on the way.. glory to God!!! bring it on! God bless you james and Betty for having a heart after God’s will…..

  53. So, what does the Catholic Church need to do to bring about this oneness? What must they do, dogmatically?

  54. ……..and you shall be witnesses to me……… Acts1:8

  55. With feelings of concern, confusion and some tears, I hope this is the beginning of, “what Jesus prayed for,”

  56. Thank you James & Betty for representing the Body of Christ with such integrity in your meeting with the Pope. And thank you for sharing it with us.

  57. How blessed we are to be alive in this day when the Church is at last reuniting in purpose and direction.

  58. I am very blessed by this! We were praying for this over a decade, knowing it is God’s will. I’d like to be part of it too. God Bless You for sharing it!

  59. Malchi 3:17″They will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” 18So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.

  60. Knowing we are in the End Times, it is awesome to witness God’s Mighty Hand at work. The media would have us focus on all the evil happening around the world that would leave us doubting God’s Word. I am so encoraged by this gathering. Only God could orchestrate such a meeting. God is still on the throne and STILL in control. Thank you Rev & Betty Robison for acting on God’s will for His people.

  61. Cant you people see! open your eyes, this is the one world religion. The next will be the one world government. If you take the mark of the beast you will die twice. The lord God say’s come out of her my people that you may not be judged. You have been warned. The rapture of the real Church of Jesus Christ ill be very soon. If you are not ready you will be left here on earth and it will be hell on earth. It will be like the days of Noah people pleading to come into the ark, but God will shut the door. This is your final warning. Take Jesus Christ the real one, not the Anti-Christ. As for forgiveness of your sins and ask him to come into your life. Then read your bible. Trust no man!!!!

  62. Thank you James for reminding us that God created each one on this earth. He is wanting us to become one in Him as He and Jesus are one. My continued prayer is that we all become one in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior just like God has asked us to. Amen. Keep up your stand for Father God. There is no doubt in my mind that you and Betty know the one and only God and you tell all you come in the presence of that there is only one true God. Father God, Jesus Christ! Yeehaw. yes Yeehaw! May God Bless you and Betty and all his followers.

  63. When I speak with my friends who are from other denominations, I am always struck by how much we actually have in common. Especially when we focus on the “Apostle’s Creed”. I have to say yes to all of it. For the commenter who spoke of this Inquisition, a closer reading of history shows that the inquisition was a part of Spain trying to rid itself of the Moorish invasion and seeking out spies and traitors. The only Christian faith/denomination at that time was either the Roman church or the Orthodox church. So when you condemn the Inquisition, you condemn the only existing Christian faith of that time as it battled Muslim invaders who committed worse crimes as it took the Iberian penninsula by force.

  64. As a Catholic, this is heartwarming. It is wonderful to see unity in prayer. I love our Pope Francis. And I am grateful to Christ for this beautiful witness of unity. God bless you all.

  65. Very disappointed in you James and Betty. Never forget the Inquisition—Never forget!

  66. Many seem to forget that there is only one Church, that is the church of Jesus Christ.
    Men have made denominations, not Jesus.

  67. Praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! So blessed by your message-“Witnessing The Miracle Jesus Prayed For”! I’m going to send it to my church family at Deerfield Bible Church.

  68. OurGod works in such strange ways. thank you James for continuing to listen to Gods prompting and never give up.

  69. Amen !

  70. Been praying for the UNITY of ALL Believers…fulfilling Eph4:11-15,John17:21-23 and I AM glad that He who started this good work will perfect it till the Day of Christ,for Christ is not divided.

  71. Sipra Raychaudhuri

    Lord we are believing for your prayers to answered. Amen.

  72. What a beautiful story of faiths united. I am a Catholic with many Protestant friends, all of whom have expressed great joy over Pope Francis. He is a Pope for all people. I will be forwarding this article to all my Christian friends. Thank you for sharing it and God bless us all as we strive to become one in Christ

  73. PRAISE GOD! Thank you for sharing this, James.

  74. Was raised Catholic…(now a Gateway lady)…….…but so glad to see this happening!! Love ya

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