Pentecostal Kenneth Copeland and Pope Francis (quite an amazing encounter)

by Steve Ray on March 14, 2014

Kenneth Copeland is a Pentecostal preacher who has championed the “name it, claim it” tradition in Protestantism. He has an “empire” which he has built that spreads across the world with tens of thousands of followers, or more.

I remember as a teenager listening to him on TV and radio with my parents. Many of our friends at the time were followers of his teachings. 

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There would have been no more unlikely candidate to correspond lovingly back-and-forth on video with Pope Francis than Copeland. He admits this himself in the video. And he even brought up a Anglican priest named Tony Palmer to address his auditorium full of Charismatic leaders at their leader’s conference. The topic was unity and the end of the protest of Protestantism. Quite amazing actually.

This video shows the Kenneth Copeland leadership conference giving a prime-time slot to Anglican Bishop. Tony Palmer to share that the whole basis of the Protestant Reformation is now resolved and there no more reason for protestation.

The Pope spontaneously addressing Copeland's conference

He then shows a personal video that Bp. Tony made of Pope Francis addressing the conference participants, decrying the sins that have created our separation and asking for their prayers. Then Kenneth Copeland and leaders respond praying in the Spirit for Pope Francis and sending him back a video telling him that they love him!

This video is 45 minutes long and worth watching. It is divided up this way:

It starts with Kenneth Copeland praying and introducing Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer who gives his story of his conversion to liturgical worship and his friendship with Pope Francis before he was pope.

Then we see a video the Pope sent to Kenneth Copeland and his leadership conference and Kenneth Copeland the conference responding back to the Pope. Quite remarkable and demonstrates a move toward unity in much of Christianity.

You can watch the video by clicking on either of the images above.

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Darrell July 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Steve,
This is indeed an amazing step towards unity. However, the part where Tony Palmer talks about faith “alone” (around 29:30) just doesn’t sit right with me. Does it seem right to you?

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