For full disclosure, I am not a member of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and nor do I attend a PAOC church.
David R. Wells is the General Superintendent of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. The following is a screengrab of his Facebook profile with a post from him stating: “Greeting Pope Francis on behalf of the Pentecostal World Fellowship and the PAOC at the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the Charismatic Movement. Afterwards we were honoured to be part of the platform party at the Prayer/Praise Celebration at Circus Maximus with 10,000’s of thousands from around the World. Inspiring, Spirited-empowered celebration of Pentecost.”
There are several disturbing aspects to David R. Wells’ post and the photo of Mr. Wells greeting the pope is telling indeed. If a picture can speak a thousand words, this picture does just that.
Mr. Wells, I would like to ask you a few questions; I pray that you’ll take time to consider the implications of what you’ve done; not only as a Believer but as a Man of God who represents a national denomination:
1- How is it that you can celebrate 50 years of the Charismatic Movement with a cult? The Roman Catholic Church is a heretical cult which teaches Salvation by works as opposed to the Biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone; they also promote idolatry and various abominable practices that the Lord hates. You should know this, dear brother. Why then have you compromised the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in attending a celebration which extols, not the Holy Spirit of the Scriptures, but rather another spirit (2 Corinthians 11:4)? In celebrating with the corporate body of the Roman Catholic Church, you’ve aligned with what God hates. (Source here)
This was not a “Spirit empowered celebration”; this was a gathering of Roman Catholics who have had an experience that they claim in the genuine baptism in the Holy Spirit… but was it? On an individual level, there are certainly Born Again Catholics; on a corporate level, the church’s own official doctrines teach blatant outright contradictions to the Word of God in relation to Salvation. To call this a “Spirit empowered celebration” is an insult to the true working of the Holy Spirit of God.
2- In greeting the pope, did you preach repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ alone to him? This man is lost and without God. The pope himself stated that those without the Gospel will be in Glory. I quote: “On the contrary, the Lord has created us in His image and likeness, and has given us this commandment in our heart: Do good and do not do evil. The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, what about the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us first class children of God! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, with everyone doing his own part; if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of meeting: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good! We shall meet there.”
Mr David R. Wells, surely you shared the Good News of Salvation in Christ alone with the pope? I pray you did… though I don’t believe you took that opportunity. The photo above .. I’m certainly not suggesting you were “awe struck” but I am suggesting that you certainly look it. There is never a certain “time and place” to reach people with the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ; we’re to be in season and out of season; ready to give an answer for the Hope that is within us at every opportunity. Did you take that opportunity, Mr. Wells?
3- Were you not the least bit sensitive to what your denominational leaders would have thought of you attending this “celebration”? I know firsthand that there are Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada members who are grieved at your attendance and apparent support of the Roman Catholic Church’s “Holy Spirit Celebration”. Did it not cross your mind to consult – not with a few leaders – but with all them, in order to attain to the Will of God on this matter of affirming the RC Celebration? You have the platform to do this; did you? If so, who did you consult? If not, why not? You have caused division in your own denomination due to your acceptance of that which God calls detestable in His sight (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
While a brief open letter, I believe it’s an essential one. After I commented on your post and seeing you deleted it… I’m curious as to how many other dissenting voices you deleted. This is unfortunate. Your post has “only” positive comments; this gives a deceptive appearance, Mr. Wells.
I encourage you to re-consider your position on aligning with an organization who’s history is paved with the blood of the Saints. I encourage you to “come out from among them and be separate” from that which is at war with the Lord of Heaven, the Lord of Hosts.
David; your spirit is not right in this, dear brother. Your days as General Superintendent are indeed numbered; that is, if there are enough godly and discerning leaders within the denomination. Your reputation and integrity have been compromised in this, my brother; I plead with you to reconsider all of what you’ve done and to repent and to repent openly and publicly.
The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, by this very act, shows that it’s lost it’s way; it’s fallen by the wayside as a whole and is in need of restoration.
Revelation 2:18-29 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Thyatira. This is the message from the Son of God, whose eyes are like flames of fire, whose feet are like polished bronze: “I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things. “But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants astray. She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols. I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to turn away from her immorality. “Therefore, I will throw her on a bed of suffering, and those who commit adultery with her will suffer greatly unless they repent and turn away from her evil deeds. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches out the thoughts and intentions of every person. And I will give to each of you whatever you deserve. “But I also have a message for the rest of you in Thyatira who have not followed this false teaching (‘deeper truths,’ as they call them—depths of Satan, actually). I will ask nothing more of you except that you hold tightly to what you have until I come. To all who are victorious, who obey me to the very end, To them I will give authority over all the nations. They will rule the nations with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots. They will have the same authority I received from my Father, and I will also give them the morning star! “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”