It is no secret that Donald Trump’s shocking election as United States President was largely attributable to the Christian right, not to mention the Catholics who also supported him. Neither is it a secret that he not only appointed (during his campaign) but also retained (after his election) both his evangelical and Catholic advisory boards. Many professed Christians and Trump-supporters laud the president for his commitment to “restoring Christian principles” to America. One thing that must be remembered regarding the spiritual advisors of politicians, especially the most powerful leaders of the nations, is that they place the interests of their respective doctrines and beliefs above liberty of conscience, and use their influence to have their doctrines imposed upon the nations. This is one of the secret operations of the Jesuit Order; therefore we can rightly conjecture that there are some Jesuits on Donald Trump’s advisory boards. For this and other reasons, Trump’s evangelical advisory board is requesting a meeting with Pope Francis. Interestingly, they are requesting the meeting to further strengthen the bond between Protestants in America with Roman Catholics and to discuss a controversial article that Evangelicals state was calculated to divide the two.
The Washington Post published an article under the headline, “Trump’s evangelical advisers want a meeting with Pope Francis over controversial article.” Regarding the letter addressed to Pope Francis, it was reported, “President Donald Trump's evangelical Christian advisers are requesting a meeting with Pope Francis after a Vatican-approved magazine published a piece condemning the way some American evangelicals and Roman Catholics mix religion and politics. That request came in an Aug. 3 letter to the pontiff from Johnnie Moore, an evangelical author, activist and public relations consultant. Moore asked Francis for a meeting of Catholic and evangelical leaders — and quickly. ‘It’s in this moment of ongoing persecution, political division and global conflict that we have also witnessed efforts to divide Catholics and Evangelicals,’ Moore wrote. ‘I’m sure we will find once again that we agree far more than we disagree, and we can work together with diligence on those areas of agreement.’ Moore said he reached out to the pope because of his reputation as a ‘bridge builder’ and assumes Francis would be willing to build bridges to those who disagree with the piece published in La Civiltà Cattolica in July.”
In the context of discussing the controversial article, unity is the focus of the proposed meeting; and it very well could be that the document will only serve as a catalyst to further fuse professed Protestants (evangelicals) with Roman Catholics, which will forge an even stronger bond than before. Notice that Johnnie Moore wants the meeting to occur quickly, as the situation is viewed as an urgent matter. Mr. Moore represents and is speaking for Evangelicals of various denominations, who have united upon common points as are held by them in common. “The wide diversity of belief in the Protestant churches is regarded by many as decisive proof that no effort to secure a forced uniformity can ever be made. But there has been for years, in churches of the Protestant faith, a strong and growing sentiment in favor of a union based upon common points of doctrine. To secure such a union, the discussion of subjects upon which all were not agreed--however important they might be from a Bible standpoint--must necessarily be waived.”
Further detail about the letter penned by Johnnie Moore was provided in the article, “Evangelical Advisor to Trump Calls for Solidarity with the Vatican.” “Political tensions have maligned relationships between the evangelical and Catholic communities. Now evangelical leaders are pushing for unity with the Vatican… Together, Catholics, Orthodox, Protestant, and evangelical Christians throughout the entire world have shared - as you've said – 'an ecumenism of blood.’ In efforts to mend the wounds of the evangelical-Catholic relationship, Moore has requested a meeting with the pope in which he hopes to include other religious leaders with global influence…‘I'm sure we will find once again that we agree far more than we disagree, and we can work together with diligence on those areas of agreement,’ he added. ‘Evangelicals and Catholics have worked hand in hand on religious liberty, on the right of life, on countless other issues. We're friends in this country… I'm not willing to give up on the relationship.’ ‘We can't let division at this point in consequential history keep us from working together on areas of mutual concern…When evangelicals and Catholics work together, great things happen,’ he said.”
The choice of words used in the article cannot be overlooked. The phrase “mend the wounds” should bring our attention to Revelation 13:3, wherein it is stated that the Papacy’s deadly wound will be healed; and reading down further in the chapter it is stated that apostate Protestants in America will heal that wound. Neither is the last sentence inconsequential: “when evangelicals and Catholics work together, great things happen.” According to Bible prophecy, when these two entities unite, they will influence the state to enforce their decrees, namely Sunday observance, and great oppression and persecution will ensue for those who oppose their union and their false decrees.
It is plausible that evangelicals were anxiously awaiting such an opportunity to request and be granted an audience with Pope Francis to discover how together they can have an even greater influence over American politics. It would be well for us to consider that it is the Protestants in the United States reaching out to Roman Catholics, and that this union will be responsible for trampling upon the rights of conscience of the people in order to enforce her decrees, and then the infliction of civil penalties will result as was foretold in The Great Controversy. The bridge that Moore and other professed Protestants want to build with Roman Catholics is their hands firmly clasped to bridge the great gulf that was once fixed between the two. “The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience.”
White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 444
White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 588