QUESTION 8 OF 12:
Is the Ecumenical Movement Involved?
Ecumenism is the most fundamental characteristic of spiritual Babylon, being found not only in many of the Bible and the S.O.P. references to her-but even in the SDA denomination's own Bible Commentary:
"The capstone of ecumenical effort came with the creation of the World Council of Churches at Amsterdam in 1948... On the basis of Bible prophecy and the writings of Ellen G. White, SDA's anticipate the eventual success of the ecumenical movement, both in eliminating the divisions of Protestantism and in reuniting Christendom by bridging the gulf that separates non-Catholic communions from Rome. The ecumenical movement will then become a concerted effort to unite the world and to secure universal peace and security by enlisting the power of civil government in a universal religio-political crusade to eliminate all dissent. SDA's envision this crusade as the great apostasy to which John the revelator refers as 'Babylon the great.' They understand, also, that God's last message of mercy to the world prior to the return of Christ in power and glory will consist of a warning against this great apostate movement, and a call to all who choose to remain loyal to Him to leave the churches connected with it." (10 BC 362,363-1966 edition; page numbers vary in later editions).
The SDA Conference leadership has united with the ecumenical movement, and the World Council of Churches; so by her own definition, all who choose to remain loyal must come out of her! So, we see that the SDA denominational structure fits many of the Bible and S.O.P. characteristics of Babylon-as well as it's own published definition.
Some will admit that there is also a lot of corruption at the top in these days, but they are sure that their own local congregation isn't involved; however, the root word of leadership is lead: "by controlling the minds of these leaders, he [Satan] can influence the multitudes according to his will." (GC 595). "If the heart of the work becomes corrupt, the whole church, in its various branches and interests, scattered abroad over the face of the earth, suffers in consequence." (4T 210). "Internal corruption will bring the denunciations of God upon this people as it did upon Jerusalem." (2SM 378).
Others have said that the SDA structure isn't Babylon yet, because there are still a great number of honest-hearted and sincere people within it; however, the same is true about the Sunday-keeping Protestant churches and even the Roman Catholic church itself: having sincere, loving, caring, kind, gentle, honest-hearted members within a denomination, has nothing to do with whether or not it qualifies as Babylon. You can find faithful members among unfaithful leadership; but the religion is leading towards perdition, God's people should come out of it.
Bob De La Torre