More than half of evangelical pastors say Pope Francis is their brother in Christ.More than one-third say they value the pope’s view on theology, and 3 in 10 say he has improved their view of the Catholic Church.
Those are among the findings of a new study of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors, released this week from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.
Overall, the survey found that many Protestant pastors have taken a liking to Pope Francis.
Nearly 4 in 10 say the pope, known for his humility and concern for the poor, has had a positive impact on their opinions of the Catholic Church. Almost two-thirds view Pope Francis as a genuine Christian and “brother in Christ.”
However, half of Protestant pastors say they do not value Pope Francis’ opinion on matters of theology.
( Billy’s thoughts – The key is not what the Pope thinks but the key is what Jesus thinks and what the Bible teaches. I do struggle when the Pope has said good works can get you to heaven and when he made the statement a relationship with God is dangerous apart from the Roman Catholic Church. Salvation doesn’t come through a church but through Jesus. There are people in the Catholic and other churches who truly know the Lord and sadly there are lost souls in all churches. Read more of the above post here. )