“Anglicans are increasingly looking to the Vatican to take the lead in standing up for Christians around the world, a prominent bishop has said” (The Times, November 1, 2014). “In an address to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, a body set up in 2011 allowing Anglicans to join the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop Nazir-Ali said the Holy See was the main voice defending Christians under threat.” He further noted, “The Catholic Church has both a great opportunity and also a great responsibility” and he also called for “boots on the ground” to protect Christians in places like Iraq (ibid.).
Bishop Nazir-Ali’s comments highlight two important issues. First, many in the once-separate Anglican Church are increasingly looking to the pope and the Roman church to lead and protect Christians around the world. Second, many are now calling for the Roman church to promote the use of force to protect threatened Christians (ibid.). This is in conjunction with a recent Vatican summit that reaffirmed the need for military action against ISIS (Christian Post, October 6, 2014). The Catholic Church has a history of using force against non-Catholics.
End-time Bible prophecies indicate that a prominent church, supported by her returning “daughters,” will once again perform or encourage military actions against its enemies (Revelation 6:1-2; see Revelation 13). World events appear to be moving in that direction (Revelation 17:1-6).
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