A religion that seems to transcend peculiar beliefs and unites many differing religions is the climate change religion. Individuals across many religions have joined the cause to combat climate change and view it as a pressing issue that needs to be immediately addressed or the world will face dire and deadly consequences. Move over Al Gore, the new face of championing the climate change movement is Pope Francis. Before his environmental encyclical was released and his repetitive public diatribes mentioning the issue, many were not even aware or concerned about global warming and what advocates of climate say the results of it are. However, Pope Francis did not stop at simply mentioning the problem; of course he must offer solutions that will supposedly combat this global threat. The solution was mentioned in his encyclical, a compulsory law enjoining observance of Sunday (the Catholic Sabbath).
“On Sunday, our participation in the Eucharist has special importance. Sunday, like the Jewish Sabbath, is meant to be a day which heals our relationships with God, with ourselves, with others and with the world…The law of the weekly rest forbade work on the seventh day…(Ex. 23: 12). Rest opens our eyes to the larger picture and gives us renewed sensitivity to the rights of others. And so the day of rest [Sunday], centered on the Eucharist, sheds it’s light on the whole week, and motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor.”1
Mandatory Sunday worship can only be brought about by the union of church and state. How can a church alone enforce by law worship? Likewise, how can a state legally force a religious practice upon its citizens, considering that the United States was founded upon the principle of a separation of church and state? The first amendment to the constitution states just that: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”2
In order for a National Sunday Law to be enforced, the separation between church and state must be closed, and both entities must be unified as one; and the climate change issue is the catalyst through which this unification will be accomplished. A Wall Street Journal report that came out March 30, 2016 confirms. Under the headline “Certainty, Climate Change, Church and State,”3 the author goes on to say “America was formed on a basic premise of the separation of church and state, but the climate religion blends the two together.”4
With Satanic agencies working through the elements of nature, controlling weather patterns, as far as God allows, along with the withdrawal of the spirit from the earth (see The Great Controversy page 589), we can expect the increase both in frequency and intensity of calamitous weather occurrences, until individuals become so desperate that they are led to believe that the only relief is appeasing God’s wrath by returning the nation to worship of God in the form of a National Sunday Law. At that time, climate change deniers, and Sunday worship rejecters will be subjected to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment, and even death.
“It will be declared that men are offending God by the violation of the Sunday sabbath; that this sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly enforced; and that those who present the claims of the fourth commandment, thus destroying reverence for Sunday, are troublers of the people, preventing their restoration to divine favor and temporal prosperity.”5
“Men in responsible positions will not only ignore and despise the Sabbath themselves, but from the sacred desk will urge upon the people the observance of the first day of the week, pleading tradition and custom in behalf of this man-made institution. They will point to calamities on land and sea–to the storms of wind, the floods, the earthquakes, the destruction by fire–as judgments indicating God’s displeasure because Sunday is not sacredly observed. These calamities will increase more and more, one disaster will follow close upon the heels of another; and those who make void the law of God will point to the few who are keeping the Sabbath of the fourth commandment as the ones who are bringing wrath upon the world. This falsehood is Satan’s device that he may ensnare the unwary.”6
“Satan puts his interpretation upon events, and they think, as he would have them, that the calamities which fill the land are a result of Sunday-breaking. Thinking to appease the wrath of God, these influential men make laws enforcing Sunday observance. They think that by exalting this false rest day higher and still higher, compelling obedience to the Sunday law, the spurious sabbath, they are doing God service. Those who honor God by observing the true Sabbath are looked upon as disloyal to God, when it is really those who thus regard them who are themselves disloyal because they are trampling under foot the Sabbath originated in Eden.”7
5. White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 590
6. White, Ellen. Christian Service (1925), page 155
7. White, Ellen. Manuscript Releases, Volume Ten (1990), page 239