Betrayed with a Kiss: Azusa Now’s One World Religion
A kiss is just a kiss? Not when it betrays the Lord Jesus Christ.
That’s a question that was resoundingly affirmed by Lou Engle in the sound of one sloppy wet kiss. The NAR-affiliated false teacher Lou Engle, founder of the “Azusa Now: The Call” exchanged foot kisses with a Roman Catholic leader live on stage in front of a cheering audience of 100,000+ packed into the LA Coliseum this past weekend.
The video shows the two throwing themselves to the floor in prostrate humility, each proclaiming that Christians and Catholics must unite in the name of unity. The kiss started with Matteo Calisi, the Roman Catholic leader appointed by Pope Benedict, who founded United in Christ, an organization that strives for ecumenism between Christians and Catholics. Telling the audience that division between Christians and Catholics is a “diabolical sin,” and that Jesus “doesn’t care” that Christians and Catholics disagree on biblical doctrine, he did what many Christians find unthinkable.
Heather Clark over at Christian News Net describes it this way: "Calisi then laid prostrate Engle’s feet, clutching one foot with his hands. Engle placed both hands upon Calisi’s back as he did so. When Calisi stood, Engle moments later fell to the ground prostrate at Calisi’s feet and kissed one shoe, as others gathered around to lay hands on them. Calisi then spoke against what he called a “spirit of division” between Christians and Catholics." (Clark, “Lou Engle of The Call Kneels, Kisses Foot of Catholic Leader as Act of ‘Reconciliation’,” Christian News, 4/10/16).
You may be wondering, "does Jesus indeed frown on us dividing over doctrine?" The answer can be found in Jesus' breathed-out Word: Galatians:1:8 warns of accepting another Gospel than the one that the apostles witnessed and preached. "if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!" Hebrews:4:12 tells us that our doctrinal beliefs in the Word of God do indeed divide, as the Word is "living, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Amy Spreeman, Berean Research, 4/11/16).