Adventists have been entrusted with the holy mission of giving to
the world the first, second, and third angel's messages of
Revelation 14. They were called upon to proclaim the coming of the
hour of God's judgment, the fall of the nominal Christian churches
(that became Babylon), and a warning against the beast, the image
of the beast, and the mark of the beast.
overlook the fact that within the ranks of these nominal Christian
churches are to be found many faithful souls who are eventually to
be called out. They are designated by God as "My people."
Although they have not been blessed with the knowledge of present
truth, they are living up to all the light that has come to them.
We should do all in our power to reach these precious souls still
bound by the chains of tradition and superstition. The very same
problem, however, which existed in the days of Israel exists today.
"The leaders of this people cause them to err." When
there is an apostasy, a departure from God and the truth, those
who have proved themselves to be false shepherds carry undoubtedly
the greatest guilt. It would be the greatest of follies to think
that, by joining these leaders in their plans and programs, we
would be better able to reach the people with the truth.
Christian world has compromised with the powers of darkness,
Adventists are not to enter into any kind of courtship with other
denominations. Commenting on Isaiah 8:12, the Spirit of Prophecy
watchmen on the walls of Zion not join with those who are making
of none effect the truth as it is in Christ. Let them not join the
confederacy of infidelity, popery, and Protestantism." 4BC
It should be
borne in mind that the faithful remnant is described as not being
defiled with women (Rev. 14:4). This means that here is no
ecumenical relationship or approach between them and the fallen
denominations. Adventists should stay away from churches and
meetings where the truth is denied; "for it is wrong to thus
encourage them while they teach error that is deadly poison to the
soul and teach for doctrines the commandments of men. The
influence of such gatherings is not good. If God has delivered us
from such darkness and error, we should stand fast in the liberty
wherewith He has set us free and rejoice in the truth. God is
displeased with us when we go to listen to error without being
obliged to go; for unless He sends us to those meetings where
error is forced home to the people by the power of the will, He
will not keep us." EW 124, 125. If we do not listen to the
warnings that have been given us concerning this trap of Satan, we
are in danger of putting darkness for light and light for darkness.
churches are under direct control of Satan; therefore, God tells
His people to come out from among them (Rev. 18:4). What excuse
can we present in the day of judgment, if we act contrary to this
in the days of Elijah, the line of demarcation between God's
commandment-keeping people and the worshipers of false gods is
clearly drawn.... And the message for today is: 'Babylon the great
if fallen, is fallen.... Come out of her, My people."' PK
In spite of the
fact that Adventists have been warned not to get involved in the
confederacy of Satan, because "the members of Satan's church
have been constantly working to cast off the divine law, and
confuse the distinction between good and evil" (TM 16), there
has been a great deal of forbidden association and collaboration.
It is not our purpose to make accusations, but when we see a real
danger we must lift up our voice like a trumpet, and show the
professed people of God their transgressions and sins (Isa. 58:1).
The Spirit of Prophecy explains this scripture as follows:
are called the people of God, the house of Jacob, though they
profess to be linked with God in obedience and fellowship, they
are far from Him. Wonderful privileges and promises have been
given to them, but they have betrayed their trust. With no words
of flattery must the message be given them. 'Show my people their
transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.' Show them where
they are making a mistake. Set their danger before them. Tell them
of the sins they are committing, while at the same time they pride
themselves on their righteousness." 4BC 1149.
It is written
that the sins of Babylon must be laid open. "The fearful
results of enforcing the observances of the church by civil
authority, the inroads of spiritualism, the stealthy but rapid
progress of the papal power, all will be unmasked." GC 606.
As a consequence of this work, Babylon will be "aroused and
enraged" and will finally take measures against us (EW 272).
Therefore, if we understand our mission, we will not be seeking
friendship, harmony, and cooperation with the fallen churches.
One of the
greatest evils to be unmasked is the purpose of Satan in uniting
the churches. "Satan determines to unite them in one body and
thus strengthen his cause by sweeping all into the ranks of
spiritualism." GC 588. Therefore, the professed people of God
should understand that, by cherishing the spirit of ecumenism,
they are playing into the hands of the enemy. Even if we did not
have the Spirit of Prophecy writings, the warnings contained in
the Bible should be sufficient to keep us clear of the embrace of
the tentacles of this dangerous octopus, called ecumenical
principles set forth in Deuteronomy [chapter 28:64-67] for the
instruction of Israel are to be followed by God's people to the
end of time. True prosperity is dependent on the conti nuance of
our covenant relationship with God. Never can we afford to
compromise principle by entering into alliance with those who do
not fear Him.... Those who ... come with smooth words and fair
speeches, apparently seeking for friendly alliance with God's
children, have greater power to deceive. Against such every soul
should be on the alert, lest some carefully concealed and masterly
snare take him unaware." PK 570, 571.
are being bound up in bundles, bound up in trusts, in unions, in
confederacies. Let us have nothing to do with these organizations."
"Satan has a
large confederacy, his church." TM 16. To associate with his
family of popular churches is to play into the hands of the enemy.
"Satan is constantly seeking to strength his power over the
people of God by inducing them to enter into alliance with his
subjects.... But the Lord has in His word plainly instructed His
people not to unite themselves with those who have not His love
abiding in them." PP 563.
examples of association, collaboration, and close friendship will
not be endorsed by genuine Adventists who understand the message.
relations and close connections of Adventists with Babylon did not
older publications have been included here as evidence that the
SDA Church started courting the fallen denominations several
decades ago and that she is getting closer and closer to them.
Congregational Church, Adventist Pastor (Enterprise, USA)
From an SDA
in front of the Congregational church as worshipers are still
arriving for Sunday morning services, (Pastor Barnes guns the
engine, pulls a sharp U-turn in the icy intersection, parks his
car and enters the foyer.... He then announces that the Enterprise
Seventh-day Adventist and Congregational churches will be holding
joint Easter weekend services. 'On Friday night, we will be
meeting here for a joint communion service. On Saturday morning
you are invited to attend the services of the Adventist church.
And on Sunday morning, we will be inviting the Adventists to
attend the Easter services here'... Congregational Pastor Emrys P.
Thomas . . . told them that Barnes was a personal friend of long
standing and that even though he was an ordained Seventh-day
Adventist minister, he made a good substitute Congregational
pastor."-Gleaner [official organ of the North Pacific Union
Conference], April 21, 1975.
Interdenominational Easter Services in SDA Church (USA)
From The Review
that you are justified in granting permission for the use of your
church building for an Easter service to be held by other
religious bodies." RH May 22, 1958.
Thanksgiving Service (Vicksburg, USA)
Community Thanksgiving Service will be held Thurs day morning at
10 o'clock at the Bowmar Avenue Baptist Church. Dr. John G. McCall,
pastor of the First Baptist Church will be the guest speaker....
Father Michael Glynn, pastor of St. Paul's Catholic Church will
lead the responsive reading, the Rev. C. Anthony Russo, pastor of
the Seventh-day Adventist Church will offer the Thanksgiving
prayer, and the Rev. Harold Jordon, pastor of the Bowmar Avenue
Baptist Church will direct music." Vicksburg's Evening Post,
November 26, 1975.
Service (Cicero, USA)
From an SDA
gathering together to praise the Lord in song were from the
following churches: Raymond Blackford, Bethel Lutheran; Dr.
William Early, Cicero Methodist; Rev. Stephen Bard, Cicero
Wesleyan; Father Duane Craycraft, Sacred Heart Catholic Church;
Rev. Don Paden, Cicero Christian; and Pastor Randal Murphy, Cicero
SDA Church." RH March 9, 1967.
Festival in Wayland (USA)
attend the Art Festival at St. Joseph's School on January 5 and 6
with public viewing to take place on Sunday, Jan. 6 from 1 to 3:30
p.m. This is sponsored by the Wayland Council of Churches which
includes Sacred Heart of Perkinsville, St. Joseph's, United
Methodist, United Church of Christ, and Seventh Day Adventist....
The Festival will close with an Ecumenical Service in the Church
on Sunday afternoon...."The Valley News, January 2, 1974.
Festival (Funchal, Madeira, Portugal)
of several Christian denominations attended the 'Oitavario'
[festival of eight days] of Prayers in Behalf of Christian Unity,
which will close today [January 25, 1976] with an Ecumenical
Service to be held at 11 a.m. in the English Church (Anglican
Church) on Quebra Costas Street. (The photo shows) from left: Rev.
Harper, chaplain of the English Church at Funchal; Rev. Pedro
Barbosa, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church; Right Reverend
Satterthwaite, Bishop of Fulham and Gibraltar; Father Rafael
Andrade, representative of the Funchal Diocese; and Rev. Paulo
Falcao, pastor of the Adventist Church."-Jornal da Madeira [Portuguese
newspaper], January 25, 1976.
Liberty Association of Colombia
From The Review
29, 1966, a further step was taken toward religious freedom in
Colombia, with the foundation of the Religious Liberty Association
of Colombia.... A Seventh-day Adventist, Raimundo Pardo Suarez,
was chosen as president. The vice president is the Reverend Noel
Olaya, a Catholic priest and a relative of several of Colombia's
past presidents. H. Niemann, pastor of the central church of
Bogota, was elected secretary, and Fernando Tapias, an Adventist
businessman, treasurer. Dr. Carlos Didacio Alvarez, a Catholic
lawyer and staunch defender of religious liberty, was appointed
auditor. The rest of the directorate was chosen from among leaders
of various religious persuasions." RH March 9, 1967.
important 'pre-theological' ecumenical meeting took place under
the sponsorship of John XXIII Center, of the Pontifical University
of Salamanca, May 24-25 . Besides the professors of this
University, there were Catholic specialists; Adventist, Baptist,
and Episcopalian ministers' as well as pastors of the Evangelical
Church, in attendance. The participants decided to continue having
dialogues of this kind on an annual basis."-LActualite
Oecumenique [France], June 15, 1966.
9. SDA Jubilee
From an SDA
celebrate her 75-year jubilee, our church in Hungary conducted
several religious services September 5 thru 8 .... The
meeting held on Thursday was attended also by representatives of
the Government and representatives of other churches and
denominations."-Adventecho [German SDA paper], December 15,
Fraternal (Bunbury, Australia)
Bunbury church ministers . . . said that Bunbury had the symptoms
of a morally sick community. They were concerned that the town
could become like Sweden, where, they claim, complete sexual
freedom was allowed. The seven ministers are members of the
Bunbury Ministers Fraternal. They are from the Roman Catholic
Church, Methodist Church, Church of Christ,
Congregational-Presbyterian Church, Baptist Church, Seventh-day
Adventist Church and Apostolic Brethren Church." -The West [Australian
newspaper], December 2, 1966 [emphasis sup plied].
Inter-Church Council (Ringwood, Australia)
Inter-Church Council comprises representatives of the Church of
Christ, Church of England, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian,
Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, Seventh-day Adventist and the
Ringwood East Baptist churches."-Eastern Post Gazette [Australian
newspaper], November 11, 1965.
Merging in China
From an SDA
Churches in China. Of late more and more news have been coming in
about churches joining one another and merging together. What a
unification on a local basis looks like, can be seen from the
guiding principles adopted for the merger between the Church of
Christ and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chinchow, Liaoning
Province, which we quote word by word from 'China Bulletin'
published by the Far East Office of the Foreign Missions
Department of the National Council of Churches in USA: 1. The
denominational names heretofore adopted by both churches are
abolished, and from now on the church will be called 'Christian
State Church of Chinchow.' 2. The organization, the buildings, the
properties, and the personnel become one. Surplus property will be
used for the socialistic upbuilding. 3. The Adventist tithe-paying
custom is revoked; let everyone give as much as he likes. 4.
Previously adopted patriotic resolutions will be adapted to the
new conditions after the unification. Provisions will be made for
a reformation in the way of thinking of the individual church
members. In compliance with the appeal of the Government for steel
production, the church will install and run her own factory, owned
by the people." -Der Adventbote [German SDA paper], December
Delegate at Seventh-day Baptist General Conference
From an SDA
delegate of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, I
attended the annual session of the General Conference of
Seventh-day Baptists, which was opened August 12, in Milton,
Wisconsin, USA."-Adventecho [German SDA paper], October 15,
14. New Look
at the Heads of Leading Churches
a) Head of the
Church of England
their belief concerning the leader of the Anglican Church. They
comforting is the discovery that one of God's latter-day champions
is none other than Archbishop Ramsey himself, one hundredth
occupant of the See of Canterbury."-The Signs of the Times [SDA
paper in USA], January 1968.
b) Head of the
Eastern Orthodox Christians
Roland R. Hegstad,
an SDA leader writes:
with Ecumenical Patriarch ATHENAGORAS.... I disengaged myself from
his gray-black whiskers and asked him jocularly, 'Did you give me
the same kiss of peace you gave Pope Paul on the Mount of Olives?'
His large expressive brown eyes twinkled. 'Yes,' he replied, 'the
very same kiss. But with you it was not necessary, for with you I
have not been at war!"-Liberty [SDA paper in USA],
believers are surprised at the changed attitude of the SDA Church
toward Roman Catholicism. The examples below will speak for
1. New Look at
An SDA church
"When we as
Protestant Christians consider the term of office of Pius XII, we
cannot refrain from showing due respect to the pious and
reverence-imposing personality of the deceased Pope. . . . John
XXIII, whose motto is 'Obedientia et Pax' (obedience and peace),
is piloting the Catholic Church thru a difficult time. I am
convinced that the prayers of the Protestant world in behalf of a
good Pope, make sense. May his decisions stand before One Who is
greater than he is!"-Jugendleitstern [German SDA paper],
Choir in Catholic Church (Indonesia)
From an SDA
Catholic Saint Ignatius Church in Magelang (Indonesia) was crammed
with 1700 people who came to hear the 'Way Singers' of our Far
Eastern Academy (Singapore)."-Adventecho [German SDA paper],
October 1, 1973.
first time in India, Protestant and Catholic choirs organized a
joint concert in New Delhi to raise funds for the Indian Red Cross.
The Catholic Sacred Heart cathedral choir sang with choirs of
Anglican, Methodist, Seventh-day Adventist and other churches and
the Delhi Choir Society."Universe [England], January 4, 1963.
Flights International (Kodiak Island, Alaska)
From an SDA
those cooperating in the project are Seventh-day Adventists.
Father Sean O'Donoghue, rector of the Kodiak Catholic church,
offered the facilities of the St. Mary's Parish School for use by
Maranatha.... The fellowship is genuine. Father O'Donoghue
delivers one of the early morning worship talks and prays for the
success of the Adventist center. He and the Sisters of the Sacred
Heart eat with the workers and seem intently interested in a
religion that would motivate people to perform as Maranatha is
doing. Father O'Donoghue is invited to participate in the opening
services lof the new SDA Church)."-GIeaner [official organ of
the North Pacific Union Conference], August 18, 1975.
From an SDA
'What we like
about this going concern is that it has cut across denominational
boundaries. At the recent election of officers at the annual
general meeting, a new committee was elected. It consists of two
Catholics, one Presbyterian, one Anglican, one Pentecostal, and
four Australian-Chinese Adventists (the four who saw the need and
went into action)."-Australasian Record [Australian SDA paper],
September 3, 1973.
Choir at Catholic Mass (Brazil)
" 'For those
who died in the Santa Luzia accident there is hope of resurrection.'
With these words of introduction, Dom Joao de Rezende Costa,
archbishop of Belo Horizonte, opened the ecumenical worship in
honor of the 18 victims of the accident.... Mass was celebrated by
the archbishop.... At the end, a choir of the Seventh-day
Adventist Church sang a few religious hymns and popular songs."-Diario
da Tarde [Brazilian newspaper], September 1, 1976.
7. Joint Ceremony
in a Catholic Church (Spain)
13 (1967), at 8:00 p.m., the crypt of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of
Pompeii was crammed. An act of meditation and prayer, organized by
the Ecumenical Center of Barcelona, was taking place. The ceremony
was jointly conducted by the Archbishop of Barcelona, Dr. Marcelo
Gonzalez; Rev. Enrique Capo, pastor of the Spanish Evangelical
Church; Mr. Antonio Comavella, of the Adventist Church; and Bro.
Roberto Giscard, monk of the Protestant community of
Taize."-La Vanguardia Espanola [Spanish newspaper], May 18,
Family Project (Philippines)
nominations committee yesterday [July 25, 1971] announced
acceptance of the nomination of the family of a Seventh-day
Adventist minister (Pastor C. Banaag) in search for the Christian
Family of 1971.... Minister Banaag has visited many countries in
Asia and the United States. His last trip was in 1968 when, as a
member of the International Church-State Commission composed of 34
religious liberty secretaries of various countries, he visited the
countries of Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Yugoslavia and
Czechoslovakia and was given a one-half hour audience by the Pope
Paul VI at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Pastor Banaag also
attended the ecumenical encounter with the Pope at the Apostolic
Nunciature on Taft Avenue last year when the pontiff came to
Manila for a visit. This year's search is under the joint
sponsorship of the Christian Family Movement and the Philippines
Herald, by appointment of the papal nuncio, with the cooperation
of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines."-The
Philippines Herald, July 26, 1971.
9. SDA's and the
From The Review
visit of the Church-State Study Commission to Italy, the members
joined in a general papal audience in St. Peter's. Afterwards
three members of the commission spoke briefly with the Pope Pierre
Lanares, religious liberty secretary of the Southern European
Division; Roland R. Hegstad, editor, Liberty; and Leif Kr.
Tobiassen of Andrews University. The pope . . . (presented) . . .
a souvenir medal to Dr. Tobiassen." RH May 30, 1968.
Decoration for an Adventist
From an SDA
Bacchiocchi, who studied at Andrews University and was Bible
teacher at the Adventist Junior College in Ethiopia, recently
received a gold medal from Pope Paul VI for taking the degree of
licentiate in church history with distinction (summa cum laude),
at the Papal Gregorian University in Rome."-Adventecho
[German SDA paper], June 15, 1973.
In the hands of
the SDA Church the threefold message has become so tame and
voiceless (6T 60) that all fear on the part of the fallen churches
seems to be gone, so much so that now even the Catholics advertise
Adventist books. A Catholic paper, for example, announces the
coming of an Adventist colporteur: "J. W. Proctor, The Great
Lakes representative of the Bible Story, spends his time in
visiting and building good will among all churches. He will be in
greater Chicago after January 1st, visiting parochial and public
schools, in the interest of promoting good literature in the
home."Universal Fatima News [Catholic paper in USA], December
Leaders Now Invited to Speak in SDA Meetings
From an SDA
Church Men's Club held a dinner meeting recently at a local
restaurant. Following the dinner they listened to an address given
by Sister Mary Marita, principal of Jackson St. Joseph School and
teacher of the fifth grade. Sister Mary Marita was invited by
William Moors to speak to the Men's Club."-Lake Union Herald
[SDA paper in USA].
Bernice, a Roman Catholic nun who is a graduate student in
mathematics at Andrews University, recently spoke to the
ministerial club at Andrews."-Lake Union Herald [SDA paper in
USA], January 2, 1969.
From The Journal:
afternoon more than 400 persons attended the dedication of the new
$80,000 library of the Washington Missionary College. Included in
the group were leading educators and librarians from nearby
schools and colleges.... Praising the project, Dr. Roy J.
Deferrari, general secretary of the Catholic University of
America, as principal speaker, said the 'library is worthy of
pride and admiration.'"-The Journal [USA], October 9, 1942.
Further down, the
article says that "among the guests on the speakers' platform
were the Rev. James R. Kortendick, reference librarian, Catholic
University; Professor Hurley, library science division, Catholic
University, Victor Schafer. oresarations department, Catholic
From a magazine
first time in Argentina, a dignitary of the Roman Catholic Church
appeared in a church of another religious confession to speak to
the congregation. The final prayer, offered in common, sealed
symbolically the Papal aim to cement the union of the Christian
churches, that is, the separated brethren. This was an historic
event, and even an astonishing one, since the Catholic dignitary
who came to the chapel was a bishop.
took place in the chapel of the Christian Adventist Church, whose
leaders invited the diocesan bishop of Goya (Corrientes),
Monsignor Alberto Devoto. He was a member of the Preparations
Committee for Vatican Council II, correspondent for the Press at
the 4th session of the council, a member of the Liturgic Reforms
Committee that introduced different changes in Catholic worship,
and he belongs to the line of dignitaries renovating the Argentine
"The news of
Monsignor Devoto's visit to the Adventist Church had created great
interest and expectation. Pastor Victor Schulz, local leader of
the Adventist Church, received the high dignitary of the Catholic
Church on his arrival. After a welcome had been given him,
Monsignor Devoto entered the church accompanied by the Adventist
leaders. The distinguished visitor was then introduced to the
assembly by Pastor Schulz. He expressed the pleasure of the
Christian Adventist Church 'for having on its rostrum such a
learned priest of the Catholic Church,' and he said he was looking
forward with great interest to 'the subject of his address,'
considering the fact that he (Mon signor Devoto) had attended all
the meetings of the Council, thus being thoroughly informed
concerning the atmosphere of the eminent congress, and familiar
with the historic transcendencies of the thoughts of its
promoters, John XXIII and Paul VI."-Asi [Argentine magazine],
From a newspaper
dedicate a chapel (in Maringa, Parana, Brazil). The presence of
diocesan bishop Jayme Luiz Coelho and other priests and pastors
transformed the dedication of the central chapel of the
Seventh-day Adventist Church into an authentic example of
ecumenism.... During the dedication services, pastor Jose Ira ja
da Costa e Silva, who handed the chapel over to the congrega tion;
the diocesan bishop; and mayor Adriano Valente had the
floor."-Folha de Londrina [Brazilian newspaper], May 14,
Exchange (Morganton, USA)
From an SDA
Hunter, pastor of the Morganton, North Carolina (SDA), district,
and a member of the local ministerial association, joined in
PULPIT EXCHANGE DAY, exchanging pulpits with (Father) Thomas Burke
of St. Charles Roman Catholic Church. The theme of the city-wide
program was 'Blest Be the Tie."' Southern Tidings [official
organ of the Southern Union], April 1975.
Visit to the Pope
Objectives of Complete Unity
general audience of Wednesday, the 18th inst., the Holy Father
received the participants of the Conference of Secretaries of
World Confessional Families. The group was accompanied by Bishop
John Howe, General Secretary of the Anglican Consultative Council,
and Mr. B. B. Beach, General Secretary of the Seventh-day
Adventists. This was the first time that representatives of the
Seventh-day Adventists met the Pope.
commemorate this significant moment, they offered an artistic gold
medal to the Holy Father.
Father directed the following discourse to them:
brethren in Christ:
to be able to receive such an important group today, and we
welcome you to Peter's See.
"In you we
greet the representatives of a considerable portion of the
Christian people, and through you we send our wishes of grace and
peace in the Lord to your Confessional Families.
happy to express, in your presence, our common faith in Jesus
Christ, the Son of God, the only Mediator with the Father, the
Saviour of the world. Yes, brethren, together with the Apostle
Peter, we proclaim that 'Neither is there salvation in any other:
for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby
ve must be saved.' Acts 4:12.
part, the Catholic Church is solemnly engaged, through Vatican
Council II, in an ecumenism based on increased fidelity to Christ
the Lord and on heart conversion (see Unitatis Redintegraho, 6-7).
At the same time, she is conscious that 'nothing is more alien to
ecumenism than that false irenicism that would harm the Catholic
doctrine and obscure its genuine and precise meaning (Ibid., p.
by the power of the word of God, let us therefore pursue, despite
all difficulties, the objective of full unity in Christ and in the
humbleness and love, let us direct our thoughts and our hopes to
our Lord Jesus Christ. Glory be given to Him, as well at to the
Father and to the Holy Spirit, for ever and
ever."L'Osservatore Romano [Catholic paper, Portuguese
edition], May 29, 1977.
for the First Time With the Pope
Wednesday, May 18, Pope Paul VI received in special audience the
representatives of the Conference of Secretaries of World
Confessional Families. In the group there were, among others,
Bishop John Howe, First Secretary of the Anglican Advisory
Council, and Mr. B. B. Beach, First Secretary of the Seventh-day
Adventist Church. This is the first time that a representative of
this religious body has come to meet the Pope. On that occasion,
to commemorate their visit, they presented the Pope with a gold
Conference of Secretaries of World Confessional Families was
organized twenty years ago, and its founder was the First
Secretary of the Anglican Advisory Council, Bishop John Howe. The
present Secretary of the Conference and at the same time the First
Secretary of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Mr. Beach, made a
statement at the Vatican Radio emphasizing the importance of this
first meeting of Adventists with the Pope. Word for word, this is
what he said: 'It was a great honor for me, as the Secretary of
the Conference, to be present here in Rome, in audience with the
Holy Father. On this occasion I presented to the Pope a book about
the world-wide work of the Adventist church."' -Glas Koncila
[Catholic paper in Yugoslavia], June 5, 1977.
Adventists are coming closer and closer not only to the Protestant
denominations, but also to the Roman Catholic Church, the
following prophecy is becoming more and more significant:
Saviour saw in the Jewish people a nation divorced from God, He
saw also a professed Christian Church united to the world and the
papacy." RH October 8, 1901.
Protestant leaders had talks with top Adventist leaders and
finally declared: "We are delighted to do justice to a much
maligned group of sincere believers, and in our minds and hearts .
. . acknowledge them as redeemed brethren and members of the Body
of Christ." Time Magazine [USA], December 31, 1956.
leadership, in turn, declared: "We are one with our fellow
Christian denominational groups in the great fundamentals of the
faith once delivered to the saints." Questions on Doctrine
[SDA book], p. 32.
different publications, SDA leaders have committed themselves to
refrain from any thrusts against the Catholic Church and to
withdraw from public sale any writings offensive to Catholics. The
Spirit of Prophecy declarations, that this pseudo-religious system
should be abhorred and shunned (GC 572), and that her sins should
be laid open (GC 606), have apparently been forgotten.
A Catholic paper
in Australia informs:
protest against Seventh Day Adventist publications offensive to
Catholics blew up in 1940 when a book, This Mighty Hour, published
by the Signs Publishing Company, another subsidiary of the
Adventists, caricatured the Pope as 'Antichrist' and as the
'Beast' of the Book of Revelation.
upon readers' letters, action was taken by the Catholic Women's
Social Guild which made a spirited public pro test. Many people,
including proprietors of hotels and guest houses, refused to
purchase products of the Sanitarium Health Food Company, another
was that officials of the Sanitarium Health Food Company called at
The Advocate office and expressed regret for the publication of
the offensive matter. The secretary for Victoria, South Australia
and Tasmania of the Sanitarium Health Food Company said in a
statement to The Advocate that the book in which the offensive
statements appeared 'was originally published in Europe and was
republished by the Signs Publishing Company here without their
careful customary scrutiny of its contents.' The passages
complained of, it was said, 'do not represent the views of the
Signs Publishing Company's management and certainly not of the
Sanitarium Health Food Company.'
said, further, that the book had not been in circulation for some
considerable time, was not then being circulated and was not
likely to be reproduced by the Signs Publishing Company. 'They
greatly regret their part in having republished it and doubt less
will attempt by some suitable means to rectify some things so far
as lies in their power.'
other Adventists also called at The Advocate office and repudiated
the secretary's statement, we accepted the assurance of the
secretary, as an official.
publications had not come to our notice and it seemed that the
above offensive type of publication was disappearing in the better
climate that has been developing in the intervening years, The
Advocate accepted recently in good faith the Sanitarium Health
Food Company's advertisement.
protests from some of our readers we contacted the Seventh Day
Adventist headquarters at Yarra St. Hawthorn, I and spoke to
Pastor L. Jones. He assured us that the book, This Mighty Hour,
had been withdrawn early in the forties and was not now in
circulation. He said that the author had, in fact, 2 recently
visited Australia and was asked about the book. ! According to
Pastor Jones, the author said that were he to write such a book
today he would write it differently. Pastor Jones added that a new
climate now happily existed between the religious denominations
and that so far as he knew nothing of this kind of literature,
which might be deemed offensive, was now being circulated by the
Adventists." The Advocate [Catholic paper in Australia],
February 13, 1964.
A Catholic paper
in Germany says:
should not interfere in family quarrels. Let Seventh-day
Adventists settle their own disputes among themselves. We do not
want to get involved in the strife as to whether this or that
direction is a true representation of Adventism.... In 1914 two
percent of the members were disfellowshipped from the German
Seventh-day Adventist Church, because they declared that
participation in war service, and that on the Sabbath (Saturday),
cannot be reconciled with the Adventist doctrine. The
disfellowshiped believers have considered themselves as the true
keepers and defenders of Adventism.... In the spring of 1936, this
'Reform Movement' was dissolved and forbidden all over the
country, as 'under the cloak of religious activities they were
pursuing aims which were opposed to the world views of National
Socialism.' Penalties were applied in the form of imprisonment and
confinement in concentration camps.... The Adventist 'Reform
Movement' in Germany is now reproaching the originally
incorporated and recognized Seventh-day Adventist Church for the
fact that they are seeking 'better relations to the powers of
darkness,' that they consider the Sabbath commandment as suspended
in time of war, that they adhered to the Nazi State, that they do
not ob serve the meat-eating prohibition, that they permit
remarriage of divorced parties, and that they extend the number of
those saved beyond 144,000.... There is something else, however,
which is important to us. The original SDA Church assures us
emphatically that they will 'abstain from any instigation against
Catholicism.' "-Paulinus [Catholic paper in Germany], March
CHURCH AND THE NATIONAL COUNCILS OP CHURCHES
It is unfortunate
that, in spite of the warnings contained in the Bible 12 Cor.
6:15-18; Rev. 14:4; 18:41 and in the Spirit of Prophecy, the
Adventist Church is taking part in National Councils of Churches.
The following examples will show what is going on:
A pamphlet issued
by the Christian Council of Zambia, Africa, shows a membership of
22 churches, and the SDA Church is listed as one of them. What is
CCZ? [pamphlet published by the Christian Council of Zambia].
From The Review
Adventist world leaders were convinced that the church could carry
on its work without any change in its teachings or means of
support, they yielded to government demands to align with the
Protestant organization.... Thus, with mixed feelings on both
sides, on March 24, 1972, Seventh-day Adventists became the
forty-second communicant in the Church of Christ in Zaire."
RH Feb. 27, 1975.
The Dutch press
informs about the Christian Churches in China:
Seventh-day Adventists were one of the first denominations to
become reformed and to join the Communist Church. Other
denominations followed before long, but not all. These were the
Evangelical Church and the Chinese Orthodox Church, the former
under the leadership of Rev. Wang, and the latter under the
leadership of Rev. Watchman Nee."-Haagse Courant [Dutch
newspaper], January 27, 1962.
publications add more information:
Adventists were declared to have gone through 'a new birth' as an
organization. They were rewarded by being officially classified as
a 'Reformed Church,' the first in Communist China." The Story
of Maly Liu [book], by Edward Hunter, p. 222.
seminaries in East China were merged into the Nan king Theological
Seminary, becoming the Ginling United Theo logical Seminary, like
separate faculties in a university. The whole range of Protestant
faith was indiscriminately brought together, including Seventh Day
Adventist and the Apostolic." The Black Book on Red China, by
Edward Hunter, p. 66.
A letter from the
National Council of Churches says:
Seventh-day Adventist is an associate of the National Council of
Churches.... The Seventh-day Adventists have been affiliated with
a unit of the Council since its formation in 1950." -Letter
From National Council of Churches [USA], March 21, 1960.
5. Poland and
The report on the
committee meeting of the Ecumenical g Council of Christian
Churches in Poland, held in Warsaw, February 23, 1967, says that
the Seventh-day Adventist Church was the first to hand in its
declaration of accession, joining the Ecumenical Council.
quote from several Polish papers:
are working in close cooperation with the Ecumenical
Council." Tribuna Ludu [Polish newspaper], December 15, 1967.
churches of Czechoslovakia held an ecumenical gathering January
18-19 , in Bratislava, for the purpose of dis cussing their
participation in the Fourth Peace Conference of All Christians,
which will take place in Prague, in October. The fol lowing
churches sent their delegates to this gathering: Orthodox Church,
Unitarian Church, Methodist Church, Church of Evangelical
Brethren, Church of the Brethren, Seventh-day Adventist Church,
Czechoslovakian Church, Reformed Christian Slovakian Church,
Lutheran Church in Slovakia, Silesian Church of Evangelical
Lutherans."-Rodzina [Polish newspaper].
Ecumenical Council in Session . . .
Delegation of twelve representatives has gone from Poland to the
Fourth Peace Conference of All Christians to be held in Prague.
This Delegation comprises leaders of churches that are united in
the Polish Ecumenical Council, such as the Seventh-day Adventist
Church, the United Catholic 'Pax,' and the United Christian
Fellowship."-Rodzina [Polish newspaper].
Dombrowski and Pastor Lyko were honored with the badge which was
granted at the celebration of the 'One-thousand
year-Christianization.' Furthermore, they were on the Board of
Directors at the Peace Conference of All
Christians."-BiwleWnach Infortnacynich [Polish magazine], May
The two ministers
mentioned in this report are prominent SDA leaders in Poland.
Baptist church paper reports that the Adventist Church in Hungary
belongs to the Council of Free Churches. Another issue of the same
paper tells of an official visit by a delegation from the
Hungarian Council to the Soviet Union. According to the report,
this delegation included Mr. Szakacs Jozsef, then president of the
Adventist Church and at the same time vice president of the
Council of Free Churches, in Hungary. The re port includes the
of Common Faith
report on the visit of the Hungarian Church delegation to the
of the Union of Evangelical Baptist Churches in the Soviet Union
invited an official visit from the Hungarian Baptist Church as
well as from the Council of Free Churches, for July 13-28. The
representatives were: Mr. Laczkovski Janos, president of the
national Baptist Church and vice-president of the Baptist World
Alliance; Mr. Szakacs Jozsef, president of the Adventist
Denomination and vice-president of the Council of Free Churches;
and Nagy Jozsef, Baptist theologian and dean, secretary of the
Hungarian Council of Churches....
service we expressed the hearty greetings of the Hungarian Baptist
Church and of the brethren of the churches which belong to the
Council of Free Churches. The congregations and the church leaders
received the greetings with sincere love.
delegation had the opportunity of having a sincere talk with
Baptist and Adventist brethren, and we told them how we work
together and respect each other's principles of faith....
leader Mr. Szakacs Jozsef expressed his appreciation to the
leaders of the Baptist Church especially for the brotherly love
which he enjoyed during his visit as vice-president of the Council
of Free Churches and president of the Hungarian Adventist Church,
and also for the timely help of the brethren, which made it
possible for him to meet the representatives and members of the
Adventist Church. All members of the delegation took part in the
services in the Adventist congregations.
our visit with many rich blessings and with the hope that we may
mutually be enriched through the common faith and
testimony."-Bekehirnok [Hungarian Baptist paper].
Billy Graham has accepted an invitation to hold a crusade in
Hungary. Graham's acceptance was announced jointly by the
evangelist and Sandor Palotoy, chairman of the Council of ' Free
Churches in Hungary. Palotoy extended the invitation to Graham
while in the United States for a General Council meeting of the
Baptist World Alliance. Himself a Seventh-day Adventist, Palotoy
represents the eight evangelical churches in Hungary."
-Southern Tidings [official organ of the Southern Union],
Graham's visit . . . was sponsored by the Council of Free
alliance of Baptist, Pentecostal, Methodist, Seventh-day
Adventist, and other denominations." Religious News Service
[USA], October 14, 1977.
From a report
filed early in 1984 by one who was associated with the SDA Church
in Hungary for twenty years, and published in the bulletin,
"Watchman, What of the Night?" vol. XVII, No. 9, we
quote these portions:
"In 1957 the
Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hungary became a member of an
organization called The Council of Free Churches (Hungarian
abbreviation: SZET), which unites all smaller, that is, almost all
small Protestant denominations in Hungary....
"In 1965 the
Council of Free Churches joined the Ecumenical Church Council with
all its member churches, most of which had already been in the
ecumeny, therefore also the Adventists, even if only indirectly.
As a rule, the current president of the Council of Free Churches
is also the vice-president of the Ecumen ical Church Council.
After the sudden death of S. Palotoy, Jozsef Szakacs succeeded
him, and he was at that time the presi dent of the Hungarian
Adventist Union Conference.
in the Council of Free Churches means that all denominations make
a financial contribution to it; share one theological seminary and
thus receive the same training at the seminary; strictly obey the
rules and regulations of the Council of Free Churches (concerning
elections!), proclamation of the Gospel, financial matters,
mission, etc., even if clear Biblical instructions are sacrificed
Adventists saw where all this was leading on the one hand, a
looser, much freer life style, mixed marriages (because
permitted), divorces, worldliness; and on the other hand, the
gradual prohibition, discouragement or cunning paralyzation of all
possible projects for children and youth, the use of literature
and other means of evangelization....
situation got so bad that faithful ministers, young and old, wept
together, fasted and spent many nights in prayer. They became
convinced it was time to stop this degeneration. In 1965, their
determination was followed by action. They raised their voices in
protest. The result: 6 pastors were dismissed and 300 church
members were excommunicated....
the leaders of the General Conference of Seventh day Adventists
had clearly been informed of these conditions, . . . they granted
recognition to that godless, wicked leadership on January 26,
1984. WHAT COULD BE THE REASON BEHIND IT?"
A leading daily
in Budapest informs what was done in the SDA Church in Hungary, in
Wilson, the president of the world organization of the Seventh-day
Adventist Church, along with other high-ranking church officials,
stayed in our country at the invitation of the Seventh-day
Adventist Church in Hungary between January 18 and 30. They
discussed church related matters and visited local congregations.
Wilson and Denes Zarka, the president of the church in Hungary and
their respective retinues visited Imre Miklos, the undersecretary
of State and president of the office for Church Affairs. At this
meeting N. C. Wilson informed Mr. Miklos of the steps they were
going to take concerning the matter of the splinter group within
the Hungarian Church. N. C. Wilson stated that, as in other
countries, the Seventh-day Adventist world organization recognizes
only one church organization, the one elected at the electoral
conference, and which also the State has recognized.
Wilson has expressed his appreciation for the useful and
beneficial attitude of the Hungarian State toward the church, as
well as for the high degree of religious liberty he had
experienced in Hungary."-Nepszabadsag [Hungarian newspaper],
January 31, 1984.
And what happened
to those honest Adventists who were "sighing and crying"
for the apostasy that they could see in the church? They were
disfellowshipped. The report from which we quoted before says:
years now, 1400 Hungarian Adventists have been vehemently
struggling to survive, that is, to be able to remain within the
church from which they have recently been excommunicated at one
7. SDA's and the
World Council of Churches
The New York
Council of Churches today admitted nine Roman Catholic theologians
to membership in its principal theological body, the Commission on
Faith and Order.... Also admitted to full membership were six
representatives of other nonmember churches, including the Seventh
Day Adventist Church...." - New York Times [USA], July 12,
An SDA church
there have been yearly dialogues between the World Council of
Churches and the Seventh-day Adventists.... Since 1968, the
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is acknowledged by
other international churches as a 'World Confessional Family.' The
Adventist participation in the yearly conference of the 'world
confessional families' has brought good results.... Conscientious
cooperation is necessary, as long as there is no compromise
regarding firmly established beliefs and religious
aims."-Adventecho [German SDA paper], February 15, 1973.
quoted in this writing should enable the reader to catch a glimpse
of the snare in which the church is get ting entangled. Not
everything that is happening in this field is published, and not
all that is made known in this connection ever comes to our
notice. But the limited number of instances mentioned reveal the
existence of a dangerous situation. Many sighing and crying
Adventists who can see the apostasy wonder what will be the final
end of this forbidden courtship. Under these circumstances the
following warning of the Spirit of Prophecy becomes very
leading the world to render obedience to God's law, the church is
uniting more and more closely with the world in transgression.
Daily the church is becoming converted to the world." 8T 119.
who are uniting with the world, yet claiming great purity, plead
for union with those who have ever been the opposers of the cause
of truth, we should fear and shun them as decidedly as did
Nehemiah." PK 660.
DANGER IN THE SDA CHURCH
A few years ago,
many SDA's were shocked when they heard that their brethren not
only laymen, but also medical men and leading ministers-were
getting involved with the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship
International, a Pentecostal group who is working to unite all
Protestant bodies in the fellowship of Spiritualism. In the
"Full Gospel Men's Voice" of September 1962, these
Pentecostal believers gave the following report about their tenth
annual convention held in Seattle, Washington, July, 1962:
Spirit came down upon the people.... Scores received the precious
baptism with the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues.... There were
representatives of many faiths assembled for a common purpose:
Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Dutch Reformed laymen, Methodists,
Lutherans, Nazarenes, Baptists, Seventh Day Adventists - and hosts
of others- all meeting at the feet of Jesus."
Some SDA's Are
This sad and
startling fact caused some agitation and led scrupulous Adventists
to raise their voice against this involvement. We quote from
"Newsletter" of February 1, 1963:
"It would be
far more pleasant to dismiss the whole thing by saying, as some
have vainly hoped, that our leading brethren (who attended that
Pentecostal convention) did nothing more than present the third
angel's message to the convention in Seattle, and that VOICE has
not accurately or fairly presented the case. But after examining
all the evidence available, interviewing the FGBMFI
representatives, listening to the actual tape recordings of the
proceedings at the convention, and examining certain cor
respondence over this issue, it is very apparent that VOICE has
given as fair and as accurate a picture as could be expected. .: .
"Elder R. A.
Anderson began his talk as follows: 'You know Christianity is a
religion of joy. (Audience: "Amen!") It's not a religion
of restrictions! The only thing we need to know is the power of
the Spirit in our lives and He will lead us into all truth.... The
religion of Jesus is a religion that sets the soul on fire with
the joy of Jesus. (Audience: "Amen!") Jesus opened the
prison house of sin and brought His people out, and as I look out
into your faces today I'm seeing a group of people who by the
grace of God have been brought out of the strongholds of sin. Let
us thank the Lord for that, it's a reality! (Audience:
"Amen!" Waves of applauses and cries of "Praise
God!").... I am happy for one thing as I see it today, and
that is the wonderful witness of you business men.... We need to
set our churches on fire! . . . It's been a great joy to be with
you! . . . I trust that this convention will set the people of God
on fire! (Audience: "Amen.") When a church is on fire
with the Spirit of God the world will take notice. May the Lord
richly bless you and make this a great convention for the
extension of His kingdom in the hearts of men.'
"We wish we
could say that the foregoing was only a sudden and unpremeditated
lapse on the part of Elder Anderson, but the clear evidence
indicates that this is not the case.... In 1950, Elders Wieland
and Short sent an urgent warning to the General Conference.
showing and warning the brethren that there was grave danger in
our ranks of worshiping the false Christ . . .. declaring the end
of this infatuation with the false Christ would be the reception
of Spiritualism. You yourselves know that their message was
totally rejected. Six years after this message came, some of our
leading men, among whom was R. A. Anderson, were conferring with
some of the Evangelical leaders. It was then that they seriously
compromised themselves on the great doctrines of the Atonement and
the Incarnation of Jesus.... The same year, Elder Anderson wrote
to Elder R. A. Grieve, then President of the North New Zealand
Conference, telling him of his wonderful fellowship with the
Evangelical ministers, how they were men of God, etc., admitting
that our past teaching on the nature of Christ had been incorrect,
and then concluding these startling admissions with this
astounding statement: 'We have come to the time in our history and
the history of the Evangelical Church in general, that we are
moving into the experience of the Pentecostal outpouring of
power.' (April 23, 1956.)
least ever since 1956, Elder Anderson has believed that the other
churches (whom Mrs. White pronounces 'Babylon,' and declares that
Satan has taken possession of them as a body), are in line for the
Pentecostal baptism of power together with the Adventists. Oh,
terrible deception! . . .
George Vandeman was at the Fellowship Convention for a number of
days, and from his own testimony in different parts of North
America, he bears witness to the wonderful fellow ship and
workings of God at this modern seance in Seattle. We reproduce
here a letter to that effect. We personally checked this evidence,
by interviewing a number of people who attended a public meeting
in Vernon, B.C., and find that they all heard Elder Vandeman
testify to the wonderful blessing he received from the Seattle
Convention. (A few days later came testimony from eastern Canada
that he was testifying to the same thing over there.)
from the outset of Elder Vandeman's very first meeting ... there
was a strange spirit....
meeting, with the exception of the last one, I believe, Elder
Vandeman spoke, sometimes repeatedly, of a meeting in Seattle....
He spoke of the earnestness of these wealthy men and the marvelous
fellowship there as he and Elder Richards, together with Billy
Graham and Oral Roberts and others spoke to and prayed with these
men. It seemed that he had gained a great deal of strength and
inspiration from his fellowship there. He just couldn't get over
speaking about it....
second meeting Elder Vandeman made a call for all to stand who
wished to reconsecrate their lives to God. The ap peal was strong
and I would not find fault with it, although in the meetings
generally there was a strange spirit, and there were the
references to the marvelous meetings and fellowship with the
wealthy business men. This was the Sabbath morning service.
Everyone, or practically everyone in that large auditorium stood
for consecration. Then, just before prayer, as we were standing,
he said: "Now we're going to pray for spiritual healing, and
then tonight we'll pray for healing of the body." . . . He
cited a few instances of marvelous physical healings that had
taken place at such meetings....
last meeting of the series . . . Elder Vandeman seemed more like
himself than he had at any of the previous meetings. The hypnotic
influence was not in evidence, at least not to the extent that it
had been.... Alice M. Rogers, Winfield, B.C., Canada.' ...
Richards from the Voice of Prophecy was also in attendance....
Elder Richards spoke on the coming of Christ, and only said such
things as would suit the hearers who were pre paring to welcome
the false Christ. His remarks sounded very much like the setting
up of the glorious temporal millennium on this earth such as E. G.
White said in The Great Controversy, p. 589 and it is certain that
is what his hearers gathered from the talk.
these three leading brethren, quite a number of other Adventist
ministers were in attendance. To the credit of some, they saw what
was going on at the convention, did not like what they saw, and
left with grave apprehensions as to the effect on the other
Adventist laymen in the audience, including some of our medical
men. With our brethren taking such a prominent part in this grand
spiritualistic carnival, they no doubt thought it was a good place
to be, especially when such a renowned leader as R. A. Anderson
placed his blessing upon the whole thing."
Some are Deceived
rapidly, the neo-Pentecostal movement, also known as charismatic
movement, has already penetrated"all denominations the
Protestant churches first, and then also the Catholic
Church," and is now spreading like wildfire, so that no
church, not even the SDA Church, is free from the influence of
this movement, informs Jean Zurcher.
We have been told
by some Adventists that what they have witnessed in certain SDA
circles is Pentecostalism. In an effort to obtain additional
information, some time ago the writer of this article put a
pertinent question to a well-informed brother who had been in the
SDA ministry for a long time. His answer was: "Just one
example: In the Adventist church at . . ., the pastor asked an
Adventist lady who had been a Pentecostal believer some time ago:
'When you were fellowshiped into the Adventist church, did you
stop receiving the charismatic gift? She said: 'Oh, no! I have
never stopped speaking in tongues.' And there was a chorus of
In his book
Rattling the Gates, published by the Review and Herald Publishing
Association, Roland R. Hegstad tells about an Adventist brother
who said to him: "I've been speaking in tongues now for
almost six years. Got the gift at a Pentecostal meeting in
Indianapolis. I'm still an Adventist, however, and I believe the
time has come to bring the gift to the Seventh-day Adventist
Church." Surely that brother is not the only one showing a
pro Pentecostalist tendency in the SDA Church.
"Spirit-filled SDA" dentist tells his experience as
a small church in Redlands. There were several speakers, but one
especially spoke with such power that I said, 'Lord, the power
with which he speaks is what I want in my own life.' . . . Then a
lady spoke to me. She said, 'I was praying today and the Lord told
me someone was coming to my church tonight looking for the Holy
Spirit, but I don't know who it is.' I said simply, 'I'm looking
for the Holy Spirit.' She suggested that we kneel and pray. They
told me to lift my hands and praise the Lord, which I did. All of
a sudden there came a deep peace within my heart and I knew the
Lord had done something for me. I could hear the people around me
say, 'He's being filled right now.' . . . Suddenly I began to sing
in a language I had never learned! Since that time I have not only
sung but also prayed in that language . . . The people in my
Sabbath school class noticed a difference in me. That following
Saturday I put down my notes and the Lord spoke through me in such
a way that many in the class began to weep. Afterward they told
me, 'That was the most wonderful lesson we ever had.' . . . I told
my wife about it, we all knelt together and prayed, and my wife
received the baptism in the Holy Spirit right in our home.... I am
now able to go to Full Gospel meetings, and there as well as in
our prayer groups, pray with all kinds of people-Catholics,
Nazarenes, Church of Christ, Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans,
Roman Catholics, Methodists and others-with such a spirit of love
and fellowship as I never before knew.... I also discussed my
experience fully with one of our leaders, the former head of the
ministerial department of our church, and he said, 'God has been
leading you every step of the way.' In my office I keep a goodly
stock of VOICE magazines, and almost every patient who leaves the
office receives one.... One evening I was asked to give my
testimony.... My brother, who is a practicing dentist in River
side, was there. After hearing my testimony the Spirit of the Lord
moved in his heart.... A few weeks later, at an inter-faith
renewal program, he received the baptism in the Holy Spirit.... It
was a new suit that led me to personally meet my Lord as the Great
Physician. Always I have had the right sleeve of my coats
shortened one inch because my right arm was that much shorter.
When the suit came, they had forgotten to alter that sleeve. My
wife suggested I take the coat to the tailor and have the sleeve
shortened. I decided to go to God and ask Him to lengthen my arm.
That night in the Evangel Temple in Redlands, as Pastor Lawrence
and others prayed for me, I felt a strange sensation in my right
shoulder and down that arm and it grew out a whole inch right in
front of our eyes! When I went home, my suit fitted perfectly. But
I faced a new problem, for now all my other right sleeves are too
short!" VOICE (Full Gospel Businessmen's church paper),
may not be needed, since SDA leaders admit that the
pro-Pentecostalist tendency among SDA's is growing rapidly. An SDA
church paper says: "There is a movement today that threatens
the eternal life of many people. Seventh-day Adventists-both
ministers and lay members-should beware. It is growing at an
alarming rate. It is spreading like an uncontrolled fire in a
wheat field.... It is known by several names.... Some people call
it the charismatic renewal or the charismatic movement. Others
know it as neo-Pentecostalism.... Although many Baptists,
Presbyterians, Lutherans, Anglicans, Episcopalians, Methodists,
Roman Catholics, Pentecostals and others, including some
Seventh-day Adventists, have participated in the experience, it is
not a church. These people remain in their own churches, yet they
often fellowship together, frequently in private homes, where they
sing and pray in tongues, prophesy, and read the Bible in an
atmosphere of great emotional fervor."-Australasian Record,
January 28, 1974.
In the first of a
series of articles on the charismatic movement, published in O
Ministerio [The Ministry], (March-April, 1975, Brazilian edition),
Jean Zurcher, secretary of the Euro-African Division (1975), says:
"What are we to think of this movement? In our churches, the
youngsters, the adults, and even the pastors are asking
themselves: Why should the Adventist Movement miss these
charismatic experiences? After all, wouldn't this really be the
Holy Spirit? Didn't the apostle Paul write to the Corinthians: 'I
would have you all speaking in tongues' (1 Corinthians 14:5) Did
not he thank God for speaking more languages than all others
(Verse 18)? And what should we say about the gift of healing?-As
can be seen, this subject deserves a deep study."
There is, chiefly
in the United States, a strong propensity in the SDA Church
towards assimilation to the other Evangelical churches, in which
the charismatic phenomenon is breaking out all over. This trend
can be seen especially among the SDA youth. Elder Nelson, from the
General Conference Youth Department, deplored this fact saying
now preparing the minds of Adventists.... I hear today, as I go
from coast to coast, a cry among the youth: Don't talk about the
law. All we want is Jesus. We just want to hear about His love.
Bless your hearts, I love to talk about Jesus, and His love, but
this kind of a feeling, this kind of a movement, is preparing
Adventist youth for a great disappointment. What is happening? . .
. There are thousands of youth today within the church, yea, tens
of thousands, that know nothing of the 2300-day prophecy. They
couldn't explain Daniel 7 if they had to. When you talk about the
three angels' message, they think it's something that is outmoded.
It is something to forget about. It has nothing to do today....
And then they make the statement, 'Our church is no different than
any other church.' I know what I talk about. They are preparing to
be fooled. Consider the rapture theory for a moment, that's now
capturing the world . . . (Elder Nelson ex plains it) . . . A
bunch of nonsense. How could Seventh-day Adventists believe this
kind of junk? But it's being heard from Adventist pulpits, it's
being presented by Adventist youth witnessing groups, it's for
sale in Adventist book stores, and I saw it prominently displayed
right down here just yesterday.... Our young people are singing
songs, 'We are one in the spirit . . .' In what spirit? That s a
Pentecostal holiness tongue-movement song, in which they shout and
sing, 'We are one in the spirit.' Who jumps, and shouts, and
hollers? What's happening today? Some thing is creeping in among
us, silently and steadily, preparing us to be fooled. We are being
attacked within and without the church. Thousands are readily
accepting the Evangelical teachings of Babylon today...."
(From a tape.)
influence of the neo-Pentecostal movement is evidently becoming a
serious problem in the SDA Church. Adventist publications admit
it. An article published in The Review and Herald (May 24, 19731
says: "The neo Pentecostal movement will prove to be a far
more subtle danger to the Seventh-day Adventist Church than
theological liberalism or evolutionary humanism." In January
1973, SDA leaders held a meeting to study the neo-Pentecostalist
problem, and the German SDA paper Adventecho No. 13, of July 1,
1973, made the following comment:
leaders of the Church-ministers, professors and authors-met at
Camp Cumby-Gay, Georgia, USA, from January 4 through 9, to study
the different aspects of, and the position of the Church toward,
the 'charismatic movement.' . . .
time Seventh-day Adventists had been observers of this phenomenon
in other churches, with the feeling that they themselves had
nothing to do with it. Although it shouldn't be said that this is
now an acute problem of the church, the occasion demanded a
reconsideration of the matter. This short cut to a victorious life
is making a strong impression upon the young people, and also upon
some of the students in our colleges....
come into the church causing disunity and division in her midst,
and these things and their representatives are simply condemned,
then the matter is only slighted off. The church, which is
attentive and vigilant, must be prepared, all the time, for a
serious rendering of account. Her own shortcomings may have caused
that which she is now fighting against.
that three participants had been invited from out side the United
States . . . shows that the whole problem has worldwide
is also the fact that the article from which we just quoted these
short portions was published under the title: "Are SDA's
going to speak in unknown tongues?"
Half a century
ago it would have been considered anathema to offer the Adventist
pulpit to a Pentecostal minister. But now no more. Well-known
faith healer Oral Roberts was invited to speak to the Adventists
in the university church (Loma Linda, California), at 11 a.m.,
March 8, 1983. We quote from a newspaper:
Roberts took the floor in front of about 1,800 listeners, he
received but polite applause.
left to warm, sustained hand-clapping. Not all skepticism had been
laid to rest, but the LLU graduates seemed willing to accept
Roberts' good works on their own merits....
about Roberts' credibility as a speaker at an Adventist conference
stem from his origins as a Pentecostal faith healer....
"'I was in
the desert not 70 miles from here when He [Jesus] came to me and
began to speak to me. I was devastated but I saw what must be
done,' he said....
Adventists continue to view Roberts with alarm. Nine protesters
passed out handbills in front of the church prior to the lecture.
The fliers connected Roberts to 'the false prophet . . . deceptive
theories . . . spiritualism . . . and the enemy.' Few attending
the lecture took time to talk with the pro testers...."The
Sun [published in San Bernardino, California], March 9, 1983.
To be more
correct, the news editor should have said that what conservative
Adventists are viewing with alarm is the mis taken idea that even
a Pentecostal faith healer may be invited to occupy an Adventist
pulpit. Pentecostalism is creeping in among the Advent people, and
not too many seem to be alarmed at the existing danger.
The danger is
increased by the false teaching that the latter rain is falling
and that the church is actually experiencing a revival. We quote
from SDA publications:
He is adding His power according to plan. He is giving, we
believe, the 'latter rain' experience. According to His promise,
He is pouring out His Spirit 'upon all flesh' (Joel 2:28). There
can be no mistaking this. We may not discern it or experience it,
but thousands are." RH Jan. 28, 1965.
rain for which we have been praying and that has been experienced
in such meetings of our leaders and evangelists as the recent one
at Camp Berkshire, New York, fell in a marked way on our regular
student literature evangelists at Waunita Hot Springs, June
30-July 3."-Central Union Reaper [SDA paper in USA], Sept.
rain is falling. The Holy Spirit is being richly poured out all
about us.... Why not read all about it in the Re view and
Herald." (Circular letter by R. G. Campbel to subscribers of
Review and Herald, 1968.)
evidences around over the world of early showers of the latter
rain." (Letter to the field, by W. J. Hackett, president of
North Pacific Union Conference, October 1968.)
concerned Adventists we must say, in conclusion, that "it is
vitally important for our church members to scrupulously
differentiate between the true Holy Spirit and Satan's
counterfeit," and to raise our voice "in warning against
the insidious danger creeping into the SDA Church."
In the Snare of
According to one
of their leaders, the neo-Pentecostal movement "is
spearheading the greatest religious revival the world has ever
known." (Clifford Ford, VOICE magazine, September, 1962.) The
"spirit" gave them a prophecy-this was reported by one
of their spokesmen-that every denomination would join them in a
mighty religious revival that would sweep in the pre millennial
reign on earth. The mushrooming growth of this movement, today, is
a hint that the prophecy may come true. And no wonder, for Satan
is making his final preparations to deceive the world with the
masterpiece of all deceptions-Spiritualism. Now mark the fearful
result: "Except those who are kept by the power of God,
through faith in His word, the whole world will be swept into the
ranks of this delusion." GC 562. The servant of the Lord
still adds: "I saw the rapidity with which this delusion was
spreading. A train of cars was shown me, going with the speed of
lightning.... It seemed that the whole world was on board. Then he
showed me the conductor.... He said, 'It is Satan. . . . He has
taken the world captive . . . and they are all going with
lightning speed to perdition.' I asked the angel if there were
none left. He bade me look in the opposite direction, and I saw a
little company traveling a narrow pathway. All seemed to be firmly
united by the truth." EW 263.
These last two
statements from the Spirit of Prophecy (GC 562 and EW 263) make it
plain that the whole world will be caught in the snare of the
Spiritualism, with only one exception-a small remnant of faithful
believers in the truth. This small remnant will then be clearly
distinguished from the church. Sister White writes: "In the
hour of the church's greatest danger most fervent prayer will be
offered in her behalf by the faithful remnant." 5T 524.
"At the time when the danger and depression of the church are
greatest, the little company who are standing in the light will be
sighing and crying... especially . . . in behalf of the church
because its members are doing after the manner of the world."
5T 209, 210. It is a fearful thought that, according to prophetic
evidences, not even the SDA Church will escape. This is one of the
reasons why some honest souls are sighing and crying "for all
the abominations that be done in the church" l3T 2671.
The servant of
the Lord warns:
intended to deceive us will come, bearing some of the marks of
truth. Just as soon as these shall be set forth as the great power
of God, Satan is all ready to weave in that which he has prepared
to lead souls from the truth for this time."3SM 404.
"The Word of
God . . . is to be our defense when Satan works with such lying
wonders that, if it were possible, he would deceive the very
elect. It is then that those who have not stood firmly for the
truth will unite with the unbelieving, who love and make a lie.
When these wonders are performed, when the sick are healed and
other marvels are wrought, they will be deceived." 3SM 407,
of Christ will be betrayed. Those who have had the light of truth,
and have enjoyed its blessings, but who have turned away from it,
will fight down the Spirit of God. Inspired with a spirit from
beneath, they will tear down that which they once built up, and
show to all reasonable, God-fearing souls that they cannot be
trusted. They may lay claim to truth and righteousness, but their
spirit and works will testify that they are betrayers of their
Lord. The attributes of Satan they call the movings of the Holy
Spirit." RH May 24, 1898.
"Go to God
for yourselves; pray for divine enlightenment, that you may know
that you do know what is truth, that when the wonderful
miracle-working power shall be displayed, and the enemy shall come
as an angel of light, you may distinguish between the genuine work
of God and the imitative work [of] the powers of darkness."
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