A kiss is just a kiss? Not when it betrays the Lord Jesus Christ. It's been six weeks since I posted: Azusa Redux: Lou Engle, Greg Laurie uniting denominations?
That's a question that was resoundingly affirmed by Lou Engle in the sound of one sloppy wet kiss. The NAR-affiliated false teacher Lou Engle, founder of the "Azusa Now: The Call" exchanged foot kisses with a Roman Catholic leader live on stage in front of a cheering audience of 100,000+ packed into the LA Coliseum this past weekend. (See video at 6 hours and 55 in:)
The video shows the two throwing themselves to the floor in prostrate humility, each proclaiming that Christians and Catholics must unite in the name of unity. The kiss started with Matteo Calisi, the Roman Catholic leader appointed by Pope Benedict, who founded United in Christ, an organization that strives for ecumenism between Christians and Catholics. Telling the audience that division between Christians and Catholics is a “diabolical sin,” and that Jesus “doesn’t care” that Christians and Catholics disagree on biblical doctrine, he did what many Christians find unthinkable. Heather Clark over at Christian News Net describes it this way:
"Calisi then laid prostrate Engle’s feet, clutching one foot with his hands. Engle placed both hands upon Calisi’s back as he did so. When Calisi stood, Engle moments later fell to the ground prostrate at Calisi’s feet and kissed one shoe, as others gathered around to lay hands on them. Calisi then spoke against what he called a “spirit of division” between Christians and Catholics." (Source)
Doctrine and why we MUST divide
You may be wondering, "does Jesus indeed frown on us dividing over doctrine?" The answer can be found in Jesus' breathed-out Word: Galatians 1:8 warns of accepting another Gospel than the one that the apostles witnessed and preached. "if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!" Hebrews 4:12 tells us that our doctrinal beliefs in the Word of God do indeed divide, as the Word is "living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
What is so dangerous about Roman Catholic Doctrine?
The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) claims to be the one true Church as established by Jesus and His apostles. However, an examination of the doctrines upheld and taught by the RCC demonstrates that it stands in contrast with – and even in opposition to – biblical Christianity. Though not exhaustive, this White Paper analyzes and compares some of the core tenets of the Roman Catholic tradition with Scripture.
What is Lou Engle's Doctrine?
Engle is a card-carrying leader of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), one of the most dangerous heresies to infect the visible Church in our time. Here is just a snippet of Fast Facts from a White Paper on NAR Dominionism that I highly recommend you read:
Also known as Dominionism, Third Wave, Latter Rain, Kingdom Now, Joel’s Army, Manifest Sons of God, Charismatic Renewal, Charismania.
Its founder was C. Peter Wagner who claims that the Church of the 21st Century will be ruled by Apostles and Prophets. Wagner has anointed himself NAR’s “Presiding Apostle.”
Linked with the Kansas City Prophets “who brought grandiose claims that a ‘new breed’ of super prophets were beginning to arrive on planet earth who would change the world forever”; likewise Word Faith and Pentecostal movements.
Not governed by an official denomination, it is led by alleged apostles and prophets.
Teaches that the new apostles and prophets are to be the government for the emerging “New Order” church.
Claims there will be a reformation greater in scale than the Protestant Reformation.
Remember, Jesus never promised a giant outpouring of revival, but rather a giant falling away from the true faith. The Bible does, however, talk about a false revival. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 tells us of a coming counterfeit revival before the return of the Lord that will be both of such magnitude as to deceive the whole world and of such persuasion as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
Engle emerged from the Kansas City Prophets and Latter Rain movement, and was a senior leader of IHOP (International House of Prayer). When planning Azusa Now, he reached out to a number of Roman Catholic leaders. His own "Call" to blend Roman Catholicism with the visible Christian church was evident many years earlier. This video may shock those of you who thought Engle was just a garden-variety Evangelical: