Question: who will be leading in prayer to open this weekend’s Luis Palau evangelistic crusade here in Omaha, Nebraska?
Hint: this is his picture (I wonder if he’ll take off his little pink hat first? –1 Cor. 11.3-4)
If you do not think that this thing is way out of control then you can listen to Luis Palau tomorrow morning on Omaha’s Roman Catholic radio station. (it was this same Catholic radio station, KVSS in Omaha, that reported this morning that Archbishop Curtiss will be opening the festival in prayer).
This is not about reaching out to Catholics evangelistically but it is about partnering with Roman Catholics for ministry.
I will beat the same drum over and over again: biblical unity is a major theme in the New Testament and should be pursued with the utmost zeal by the Christian. However, the unity that the bible presents is that which comes through a common understanding of the gospel, not at the expense of the gospel (Phil. 1.27ff; Gal. 1.6-9; 2 Cor. 6.14ff).
The biblical illiteracy that is being displayed by evangelicals in Omaha this week is embarrassing. The embarrassment is followed closely by historical illiteracy. There was this little thing nearly five hundred years ago called the Reformation. This blessed time that served to recover the centrality of the doctrine of justification by faith alone seems to be forgotten by modern evangelicals. The obscuring of the gospel in an event that is supposed to promote the gospel makes me wonder if anyone even understands the gospel?!
Perhaps we need another reformation.
I wonder if Martin Luther would be asked to pray if he was around?
Another hint: he is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Omaha.