This year, Pope Francis called for unity between Catholics and Protestants in a Charismatic Evangelical Conference hosted by Kenneth Copeland. At the end of the meeting, Copeland and the congregation blessed the pope and prayed in tongues over him.
Is unity possible?
The scripture says that the word of God does divide like a two edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Jesus Himself caused division “I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34). When the disciples stood for the truth, there was a division in the church. Even the Lord called for division “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord” (2 Corinthians 6:17; Revelation 18:4).
There is a big theological gap between Catholics and Protestants. Martin Luther, the reformer, presented 95 different points of protest. Here are a few:
4-The Bible says that Christ offered His sacrifice once and for all (Hebrews 10:10; 7:27; 9:28). The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the priest sacrifices Christ on the alter whenever he conducts Mass.
10-The Bible says that just before baptism a person should be taught the gospel, believe and repent (Mark 16:15, 16; Acts 2:38). The Roman Catholic Church teaches that little infants must be baptized and if they die before baptism, they will be consigned to hell.
Jesus prayed for the unity of His disciples “that they may be one” (John 17:11). But then, He clarified that this unity must be built on the truth and His word “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:17).
Real unity is possible only when Christians unite in the truth.