In another ecumenical event sure to confuse and stumble believers – Brian Brodersen’s Calvary Costa Mesa will be hosting an ‘exclusive screening’ of “Palau: The Movie” on May 31st. The movie glorifies the life and ministry of ecumenical “evangelist” Luis Palau. [see https://www.facebook.com/events/2743998198974920/]
Palau’s ministry has been intimately involved with the Catholic church in their evangelical crusades. Over the years, the Palau crusades have included Catholic counselors for those coming forward to receive Christ. Palau crusade organizers actively seek out the involvement of local Catholic parishes, in preparation for their events.
The Catholic Voice reported how Father Ryan Lewis was approached by the organizers and remarked: “The thinking was that we (Catholic priests and volunteers) really need to be a part of this festival… if you’re Catholic, he (Luis Palau) wants you to be an energetic Catholic”.
The Palau Association even allowed the RCC to set up a prominent tent on one crusade site. The Palau Association allowed the priests to perform the Catholic sacrament of penance (confession) behind two black screens set up in the tent.
In 1992, the Arizona Republic provided this explanation of Luis Palau’s inclusion of the Roman Catholic Church: “Palau’s form of worship presents such a broad Christian message that it appeals to Protestants and Catholics alike … But unlike other Evangelicals who have actively tried to lure … Catholics away from their churches, Palau aims to keep people in their own Christian churches-regardless of denomination…” [See https://www.sermonaudio.com/new_details3.asp?ID=17165]
A March 2013 Christianity Today article notes: “Argentine native and international evangelist Luis Palau considers Jorge Bergoglio, the newly elected Pope Francis, a personal friend. In the piece, Palau says of Pope Francis: “You know he knew God the father personally. The way he prayed, the way he talked to the Lord, was of a man who knows Jesus Christ and was very spiritually intimate with the Lord…” [See https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/march-web-only/luis-palau-pope-francis-drinks-mate-evangelicals-bergoglio.html]
In an interview with Luis Palau on Relevant magazine website, talking about his friendship with the new pope, Palau stated: “I think that’s the emphasis he is going to bring to the papacy: That the Gospel is primary, that we must emphasize it and especially with youth.” But just what “Gospel” will the pope actually emphasize? Will the true Gospel of Jesus Christ be able to be emphasized when it is shrouded in Masses, Eucharists, Transubstantiations, Marian apparitions, and a “new” evangelization program that seeks to bring back the “lost brethren” to the “Mother” church?
In a 2013 Christian Post article, [https://www.christianpost.com/news/luis-palau-new-pope-francis-a-friend-of-evangelicals-92002/#gbFrZ4eByBRdC32d.99] is quoted as saying of Pope Francis: “”I’ve met him several times, gone to his place, we’ve talked, we’ve prayed together you know. He builds bridges to other Christian groups… He’s a friend. He’s a real friend”.
Luis Palau and his organization have actively evangelized on behalf of the RCC, and by promoting this movie at Calvary Costa Mesa, Brodersen is promoting this false evangelism. If this were an isolated incident, done in ignorance, that would be one thing. But this is only the latest example of what is now Brodersen’s extensive history of ecumenical compromises.
See the movie’s trailer here: https://www.palauthemovie.com/videos/