GC of SDA Present at Ecumenical Meeting With the Pope
The annual conference of Secretaries of Christian World Communions took place in Rome on October 11–13, 2016. This unformal ecumenical forum that goes back to 1957 sees itself as “communions of Churches belonging to the same tradition and held together by this common heritage, conscious of living in the same universal fellowship and giving to this consciousness at least some structured visible expression” (Study Encounter, IV, 1, 1968, p. 46).
On Wednesday, before the general audience Pope Francis received in audience the participants in the Conference of Secretaries of Christian World Communions, which sadly included representation from the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The international ecumenical association meets annually in October, each year in a different country, to improve mutual awareness.
The picture below taken from the Adventist News Network on the church’s official website proves that the gentlemen furthest to the right pictured above with Pope Francis is Ganoune Diop, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Listed below are three separate articles covering the event, of which one is from the official Vatican website.
Although, it is sad that leading men from inside of our denomination are helping to heal the deadly wound of the papacy, it is not surprising because we have a more sure word of prophecy. Pope Francis just recently signed a document in Sweden declaring that the protestant reformation is over. This is largely in part because our church has stopped its protest in official capacity.
A brother in the faith recently shared with me that is high time to “Study your bibles and the spirit of prophecy, put your trust in Christ! The abominations are getting greater and greater.” I am in agreeance with my brother and if I might add, it is imperative that we cut out the “middle man”. We mustn’t allow fallible man to interpret the scriptures and spirit of prophecy for us in sermons and in books like the sabbath school lesson, church manual, sop compilations, bible “per”versions, policy books, devotionals, textbooks, and etc. Our only safety is in going straight to the source of the Water of Life and be like the Bereans who “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith [Ephesians 4:5; Jude 1:3], giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; – 1 Timothy 4:1 KJV
When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result. – The Great Controversy p. 445
I saw that the nominal churches and nominal Adventists, like Judas, would betray us to the Catholics, to obtain their influence to come against the saints. The saints will be an obscure people, but little known to the Catholics, but the church and nominal Adventists will know of our faith and customs, and will betray the saints and report them to the Catholics, as those who disregard the institution of the pope, that is they keep the Sabbath and disregard Sunday.
Then the Catholics bid the Protestants to go forward and issue a decree that all who will not observe the first day of the week instead of the seventh shall be slain, and the Catholics, whose numbers are large, will stand by the Protestants. The Catholics will give their power to the image of the beast and then Protestants will work as their mother worked before them to destroy the saints. But before their decrees bring forth or bear fruit, the saints will be delivered by the voice of God. – Manuscript 15-1850