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Sign of the Times - Copeland, Engle and the Pope Call for Unity

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Sept. 12: Do not judge (Rom. 14:13; Luke 6:37--38).

Sept. 13: Divisions (1 Cor. 3:1--9).

Sept. 14: Evangelism through unity (John 17:23).

Sept. 15: Watchmen warnings (Ezek. 33).

Sept. 16: Appealing to all (1 Cor. 9:27).

Sept. 17: Salvation for Israel (Rom. 11:11--32).

Sept. 18: Messianic Jews and the Toward.

Psalm 133 reminds us how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity. Remember though, no one is arguing that the true body of Christ should not be unified but that unity must be rooted in doctrine. Here is what John 17 says:

"I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. -- John 17:20-21 (ESV)

The expression "those who believe in their word" refers to people who will come to Christ through the preaching of the Gospel! Romans 15 speaks about glorifying God in one voice but that voice must be consistent with His Gospel! The Mormons think they glorify God but we do not unify with them. The scriptures from 1Corinthians 3 perfectly illustrates what we have been saying. Paul was admonishing the Corinthians for following men, such as Apollos and Paul instead of Christ. Paul corrected the doctrine first then enjoyed the unity of the brethren. The John verse does show evangelism but remember the woes spoken over the Pharisees. They traveled the whole earth for a single convert yet made them twice the son of hell that they were. The reference to watchmen on the wall is hysterical as we will soon find out that the people involved in this call for unity are the very ones we need to be watchful of.

"Jerusalem Council II movement (Acts 15). The unity revival has already begun. In 2014, the pope sent a historic video to Kenneth Copeland. The pope's outreach to Kenneth Copeland produced a flood of Christian leaders who traveled to Rome for international reconciliation meetings. There has also been a strong movement for unity among American church leaders. However, the unity movement has not yet reached many of our cities and local churches. The urgent need to heal the body of Christ must be communicated from the national leadership of movements and denominations to the local churches. The city fathers must become champions of unity, bringing the body of Christ together to impact their communities. The prayer of Jesus in John 17 is not only about unity. It is for unity with a purpose, "That the world may believe" (John 17:21b). Unity is the key to transformation. We invite you to join with Kenneth Copeland, Lou Engle and Christians of many traditions as we fellowship, worship, pray and work together to transform our communities at the Kairos 2019 conference to be held at Christ for the Nations in Dallas, Texas on Oct. 3-5, 2019. The body of Christ must be healed to do its work for Christ." -- Ron Allen

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