Written by Kenneth Copeland
At 6:50 a.m., July 20, 2014, my dear and long-time friend, Bishop Tony Palmer, departed this earth and went home to be with Jesus, our LORD and Savior.
While he was on earth, his and Emi’s ministry and anointing became a bridge between Catholics and Protestants in the Body of Christ. Tony had a major impact on the worldwide Catholic Renewal. In that role, while ministering and teaching The WORD of faith in Argentina, he met and became very close friends with Cardinal Bergoglio. Their friendship grew stronger and stronger, until they were more than friends. They became spiritual father and son in The LORD. Cardinal Bergoglio went on to become Pope Francis.
In January of this year, Tony brought a personal video greeting from Pope Francis to all of us during our annual Ministers’ Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. There, Tony was being THE BRIDGE. It was a marvelous and very anointed moment in all our lives.
Tony then returned to Rome with a video (both videos on his cell phone) from us to the pope. Pope Francis responded with a personal invitation to me and seven others: James and Betty Robison, Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, Dr. Brian Stiller, Thomas Schirrmacher and John and Carol Arnott. We all, hosted by Tony, had one of the most anointed and wonderful experiences of our lives. THE BRIDGE WAS BUILT, and we stood on it together in the glorious presence of a very pleased LORD and Savior. His powerful and heaven-commanded prayer in John 17:21 is finally coming to pass according to Ephesians 4:13.
John 17:21: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Ephesians 4:13: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
The unity of the faith—not doctrines. Our doctrines differ. Our faith is in Jesus of Nazareth, Son of the living God!
We know the devil is responsible for the attack on Tony’s life! He tried to stop this worldwide move of coming together in Jesus as one. Too late, devil! THE BRIDGE IS ALREADY BUILT! IT’S A LOVE BRIDGE—A BRIDGE THAT WILL NEVER FAIL. And, Gloria and I, and all in this ministry, are thrilled to stand strong on THE BRIDGE that grace built—through Tony Palmer. We love and miss you, DEAR BOY.
Jesus Is LORD!
Excerpt permission granted by Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka: Kenneth Copeland Ministries