Joel Osteen Meets with Pope Francis at Vatican: ‘He’s Made the Church More Inclusive’

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Joel Osteen Meets with Pope Francis at Vatican: ‘He’s Made the Church More Inclusive’

By Heather Clark | christiannews.net

ROME – Megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen was among a group of political and religious leaders who met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday.

022509-0233-1According to reports, Osteen was part of a delegation organized by the International Foundation in an effort to encourage interfaith relations and ecumenicism. Utah Senator Mike Lee (R), a Mormon, Gayle Beebe, the president of the interdenominational Westmont College in California, and Pastor Tim Timmons, founder of South Coast Community Church also in California, were among those who who greeted the pope, along with Osteen.

“I just felt very honored and very humbled,” Osteen told local television station Click 2 Houston. “It was amazing. And even to go back into that part of the Vatican—there’s so much history there, the place that they took us through. You feel that deep respect and reverence for God.”

The Lakewood leader also met with other Vatican staff during his visit, including Cardinal Pietro Paroli, Secretary of State for the Vatican, and had dinner with an unspecified staff member.

Osteen attended mass in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday prior to the meeting in the midst of a crowd of 100,000 people.

“Afterward, [the pope] spent an hour and a half going through the crowd with the Popemobile, greeting people,” he recalled to the Houston Chronicle. “It was very heartwarming to see him caring for people.”

Osteen told reporters that he believed the pope’s message and focus is one of unity.

“I love the fact that’s he’s made the Church more inclusive,” he said. “Not trying to make it smaller, but to try to make it larger—to take everybody in. So, that just resonates with me.”

But others have expressed sadness about Osteen’s recent meeting at the Vatican, stating that ecumenicism is far from biblical.

“Joel Osteen has joined the rank of all other popular ministries in bowing his knee to the anti-Christ system, and those that blindly follow his leadership will be the first ones in line with their hand out to be marked by the beast,” Pastor Mark Herridge Sr. of Pentecostal Lighthouse Church in Livingston, Texas toldChristian News Network.

“Any Protestant ministry that links up with the pope and Catholicism is betraying the sacrifice of millions of faithful Christians that have died at the hands of this brutal, dictatorial and oppressive religion that has never represented the Church of the Living God as outlined in New Testament teaching,” he said.

Amy Spreeman of Stand Up for the Truth said that it is important that Christians take note of these developments.

“You might be saying to your evangelical self, ‘Who cares what Joel Osteen does, or what the pope does, or what a Mormon senator does? These things surely don’t apply to my faith, do they?’” she wrote. “[P]erhaps it’s time to stop focusing on those audacious dreams and life tips and start paying attention to your Bible and to those pesky news headlines that threaten to wake us from our slumber. ”

13 Comments on “Joel Osteen Meets with Pope Francis at Vatican: ‘He’s Made the Church More Inclusive’”

  1. Rina

    One move closer to that one world church…I saw that the Pope had a meeting with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders..now with Evangelical Christians..the handwriting is on the wall. You know what is about to take place. They want a ONE WORLD CHURCH. Open up your eyes..we are moving fast to that towards the NWO – One World Church, One World Government, One World Money System (Possibly the chip as stated in the Bible). One will not be able to buy or sell unless he has the mark. Some think it may be the RFID chip bc it’s place in forehead or hand. I read these heading and also keep in mind that I try not to listen too much to mainstream media bc that in and of itself is very tainted. I stick to independent news. TY for keep us focused and aware of what’s going on. I need to keep the focus on this bc we are close saints.

  2. D. Preston

    Enter through the narrow gate. Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction and many there be that find it. Small is the gate and narrow is way that leads to life and few there be that find it. Matt7:13 The message of inclusion is error. My mother always warned me that if everybody is doing it, check it, there is something wrong. The same thing can be said to what’s going on in the world with its message of inclusion. When the world accepts something, ask yourself why? Most likely it is not inline with scripture. I say run from it because your very soul depends on it.

    I am not surprised by Joel Osteen, dude is into selling books and being accepted by all. His trip to the Vatican is totally inline with his belief system. I know people who live the alternative lifestyle praise and quote him. Something is wrong there. James 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
    But I must admit that I am saddened that Joel continues to get worse-going more towards the world and not better-moving toward holiness of scripture. I hope his eyes are opened sooner rather than later.

    Let us continue to hold people up to the light of God’s Word and to expose what manner of men they are.

    Peace to all the saints!

  3. Linda

    My heats is bleeding at what these pastors are doing to the body of the living God JESUS what is the wrong with them they show this man every day on local TV in my country and the message he is giving is he is blessed by the Anti Christ please ppl of the true and living God wake up and see where we are going right in the belly of the beast as the bible says “she is drunk with the blood of the saints” don’t add your blood to her cup………..

  4. Mel Wall

    Wow! Just wow! I just feel so sad to see a “pastor” that blind. I truly pray for him and those he leads. True bible study, discernment and just plain common sense would help you avoid this type of deception.

  5. Lilie

    I have to agree with Amy Spreeman when she stated in this article.”Perhaps it’s time to stop focusing on those audacious dreams and life tips and start paying attention to your Bible and to those pesky news headlines that threaten to wake us from our slumber. ”

    Stop focusing on these dreams, and life tips, and start paying attention to YOUR BIBlE, and all those news articles, news on YT given by godly men and women trying to warn the church. All the true christian media that is showing the American church, what is happening abroad to the persecuted church…. That is what we should be paying attention to, just like this news ex ministries put out. I do not watch the news on TV. I watch the news on YT from Christians , who are reporting ,all things that have to do with the end times, and news that has to do with bible prophecy being fulfilled. See, we need to know the hour that we are living in. God almighty, have mercy on us, here in America.

  6. Pocopat

    Is this not a sign of end times? Ecumenicalism. Has not the Catholic Church been trying for centuries to put all peoples under her dominion. Catholic means universal. At one time she controlled all of the world – and then the Schisms which formed the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox and Protestantism. Concordats have been signed with members of the Russian Orthodox, Lutherans, certain Evangelicals, and more, not to proselytize Catholics. In the case of Lutherans, Catholic priests can officiate over Lutheran churches but Lutheran priests have no such reciprocity. We are marching to the end.

  7. nicole williams

    This is sad yet foretold in scripture! I once went there and never felt the Holy Spirit in the place, my heart is concerned for those who get caught up in the feel good jump up and down (literally) message that is watered down adn leaves Christ outside of the big doors. The place has a cult feel and the simplest of all a child who hears the voice of Jesus can tell that the Messiah is notin the place. So very sad

  8. Stan Rogers

    Oh yea , the Vatican is also allowing Islamic prayer in the sanctuary. Christianity, Catholicism and Islam is the biggest merger in the history of man.

  9. PDS

    Could Pope Francis be the last pope? It’s been alluded to that the Catholic Church system will be instrumental in ushering in the False Prophet as described in Revelation 13:11-18. Anyhow, whatever is going on in the world – as believers we must keep our eyes on the Lord and his prophetic timetable – WATCH ISREAL

  10. Caroline Adams

    Jeremiah and Ezekiel spoke about Pastors and priest being liars and brutish. Beware of those who accept idolatry and preach a watered down version of the Bible. Joel Osteen and many other “mega church” leaders have a lying spirit and greedy hearts. Your fellowship with Jesus our Lord is the only way, not through a man!

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