Ronnie Floyd, Lecrae, and Hillsong Unite with the Pope at Monumental Together 2016 Gathering
As has been thoroughly covered elsewhere, the Together 2016 is hosting many theologically questionable people whom are widely popular with evangelicals. This rogue’s gallery includes Hillsong UNITED, Christine Caine, Kari Jobe, Kirk Franklin, the rapper “who happens to be Christian,” Lecrae, SBC President, Ronnie Floyd, Josh McDowell, Tedashii, Trip Lee, “God’s lover” Ann Voskamp, Matthew West, and Roman Catholic musician Matt Maher. It has to the attention of the Pulpit & Pen that Matt Maher won’t be the only Roman Catholic featured at this event. Pope Francis has added himself to the lineup, stating that he will speak to the audience via video. Founder of PULSE, Nick Hall, who helped organize the event, said,
We are humbled and honored by his involvement and eager to share his message with the crowd that gathers at Together 2016…That His Holiness would choose to speak into this historic day is a testament to the urgency and the need for followers of Jesus to unite in prayer for our nation and our world.
Many of the people in the lineup have already demonstrated a lack of Christian commons sense. For example Kirk Franklin helped write a profane gospel album with Kanye West and Ravi Zacharias gave a evangelically weak lecture sat the Mormon Tabernacle and often speaks with Christian figures of ill-repute such as Christine Caine. Now Zacharias, West, and their compatriots will engage in a partnership with the Pope of Rome himself. This isn’t a mere demonstration of a lack of common sense. This is a flouting of biblical admonition.
Sadly, inappropriate partnerships are nothing new for Southern Baptist President, Ronnie Floyd. In 2015, Floyd spoke at the ecumenical IHOP OneThing Gathering, hosted by NAR luminary, Mike Bickle. Floyd made it clear that he believed the doctrinal differences between he and Bickle were minimal. He has taken a similar and more concerning position with regard to the Together 2016 gathering. In a letter he wrote to the events’ producers, he stated:
In 1997, Promise Keepers held their Stand in the Gap rally on the National Mall. I had the privilege to speak to over 1.3 million men who attended from all over America. It was one of the greatest moments of my life. Unquestionably, the scene of a sea of men gathered to experience the Lord together was epic.
Now is the time for another million or more people from our generations to come together on the National Mall in Washington D.C. A gathering of people from all backgrounds of life and every ethnicity joining together in one place, at one time, for one day to unite around Christ and His hope for America and the World
Our greatest need in America is for the next Great Spiritual Awakening to occur. What if Saturday, July 16, 2016 was the day that God brought Spiritual Awakening to the National Mall in Washington D.C.? Do not miss Together 2016.
It’s incredible that the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a denomination that has historically stood on conservative biblical truth, has not only displayed a lack of discernment by partnering with an IHOP dominionist but with the false-gospel-proclaiming pontiff of the apostate Roman Catholic Church.
It does’t take a great theologian to figure out that God is not going to bring a revival through false worship that He hates.
Roman Catholicism teaches many dangerous doctrines. Chief among these is the teaching that Christians are saved by a combination of faith and works (Council of Trent, Canon 9). Rome also teaches that the Bible is not sufficient, but that the Bible and Church Tradition are equal in authority. In these Catholics traditions are seen things like praying to dead saints and the sanctification of Mary as a Co-mediator with Christ. The Catholic Church teaches many doctrines that should cause Bible-believing Christians to separate from them. Yet Ronnie Floyd chooses to speak at a conference with the Pope.
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 2 Corinthians 6:14-15
[Contributed by Jeff Maples and Brandon Hines]
[Edited by Seth Dunn]