21 July 2014

Bishop Who Urged Charismatics and Catholics to Unite Dies in Motorcycle Accident

Bishop Tony Palmer. Photo: Stand Up for the Truth
It's likely that few have forgotten the figurative ecumenical bear hug that was shared earlier this year between Pope Francis and charismatic charlatan Kenneth Copeland. The two were joined together virtually by means of the iPhone of Bishop Tony Palmer, whose message to the masses gathered at Copeland's church urged the charismatics and Catholics to unite as one. In fact, Palmer has been quoted as stating, "Brothers and sisters, Luther's protest is over. Is yours?"

Today it has been reported that Palmer died following a motorcycle accident in the UK. In spite of, and perhaps because of, the unbiblical nature of Palmer's agenda, the news is tragic. It should cause Christians to reflect upon the brevity of this life and the urgency with which we must be sharing the true and saving gospel of Jesus Christ—a gospel that may actually divide men, but that saves souls.

Christian Today reports:
Evangelicals and other Christians worldwide are mourning the sudden death of a bishop in a breakaway Anglican church who had become a close personal friend of Pope Francis.

British-born Tony Palmer has died in hospital following hours of surgery after a motorcycle accident in the UK.

He moved with his family to South Africa when he was ten but currenty lived with his wife Emiliana and two children in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. He was a bishop with the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, which embraced the middle ground of Anglican identity.

In January this year Pope Francis sent Bishop Palmer to a charismatic conference hosted by television evangelist Kenneth Copeland, where he unveiled a video message of unity and love that the Pope had suggested he do.

The news of his death was disclosed by Archbishop Charles Hill, patriarch and presiding prelate of Ambassadors for Christ Ministries of America, who wrote on Facebook yesterday (20th): "We are in prayer for the family of Bishop Tony Palmer who was in a motorcycle accident this morning in the UK after hours of surgery he went home to be with the Lord. He was a good friend and brother in the vineyard."

HT: Stand Up for the Truth

Further Reading
The Ecumenical Bear Hug of Pope Francis and Kenneth Copeland
Pope Francis Lies to All People, Says Belief in God Not Necessary for Forgiveness
Pope Francis: 'When We Encounter the Cross, We Turn to Mary'
Pope Francis Does Not Know God


  1. When I read the news yesterday morning I was stunned to find out it was him. I couldn’t stop thinking about him yesterday and the whole scene in January of Copeland with the Pope unification movement and the declaration of “Luther’s Reformation is over”. I even woke this morning with heaviness in my heart.

    I do pray this gives others cause for reflection on our eternal destination and as in 2 Peter 1:10 “Therefore brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fail”.

    Does anyone else think it is odd how quiet things are, especially from those of Palmer’s supporters (Copeland, Robison, a personal word from the Pope, etc). Just curious how there doesn’t appear to be any immediate outpouring of mourning from Palmer’s personal friends.

    “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” James 4:14

  2. I think that one of the greatest tragedies is that his death is a blessing for the Church; one less false teacher to misdirect the herd.

  3. Very tragic and may God of Truth consoles his family. What is even more tragic is what this man believed in and what he stood for which was dramatically opposed to the truth of God.


  4. This is a quote "there are 2 kinds of motorcyclists, those who have gone down, and those who will" and the metrics will bear this out. I've lost a couple of friends to MC crashes, both were killed, both were just riding a long and the bike went down, to no other vehicles, no alcohol, just plain old road conditions.


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