Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | April 19, 2008

Blacks And Pentecostals Greet Pope Benedict XVI

Hmmm, all jokes aside (since my alter ego’s name is The Pope Of Pentecost) I am not too sure if I am down with Blacks such as “Elder” Bernice King (whatever) and Pentecostals such as Bishop James D. Leggett (who is the leader of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church) meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the inter-religious prayer service which was held today at 6:00pm in NYC. Uh, doesnt the bible clearly say in 2 Corithians 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” Dont you think this scripture could also apply to us who claim to know the “truth” to forsake assembling ourself with organizations such as the Roman Catholic Church who clearly teaches a mixture of falsehoods and truths???? Romans 1:21-25 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.  24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

Hmmm, Just An Observation. You be the judge!

Other religious leaders invited to attend include:

  • NCC President Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, General Secretary Dr. Michael Kinnamon and Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, NCC senior program director for Faith and Order and Interfaith Relations, will join the pope in an ecumenical prayer service April 18 at St. Joseph’s Church in the Yorkville area of Manhattan.
  • Also included among the 250 national and local Protestant and Orthodox leaders are heads of NCC member communions. A preliminary list of church leaders participating in the prayer service includes:
  • Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America.
  • Archbishop Demetrios of America, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
  • Bishop C. Christopher Epting, representing Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of The Episcopal Church.
  • Rev. Dr. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America.
  • Rev. Dr. Clifton Kirkpatrick, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
  • Rev. Dr. Donald McCoid, representing Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  • Bishop Jeremiah J. Park, Bishop of the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
  • Rev. Dr. William J. Shaw, president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
  • Bishop James Leggett, General Superintendent of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.
  • Dr. Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Leaders from the New York area who will greet the pope include Elder Bernice A. King, the youngest child of Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King; the Rev. Jimmy Seong G. Lim, executive director of the Council of Churches of the City of New York; and the Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.



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