German Apostasy Via Ecumenical Membership
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“On 10 April, 1997 the North German Union of Seventh-day Adventists joined the Arbeltsgemeinschaft Christlicher Kirchen in Deutchland (ACK) – The Council of Christian Churches in Germany, approximately 75 percent of the Constituency voting in favor. In May, 1997 the South German Union Conference voted likewise, but with a much smaller margin – 129 votes to 109 (54.2 percent in favor). Only the Baden-Wuerttemberg Conference, led by its President, Pastor Erhard Biro and former President, Pastor Heinz Hopf , stoutly opposed this move. We met with Pastor Hopf in the Conference headquarters in Stuttgard in 1997. He is a man of God with stout Seventh-day Adventist Bible convictions. Pastor Biro was also present.
Pastor Folkenberg, then General Conference President, was acquainted with this drive to join this Satanic body as 68 faithful German believers wrote to him in advance of the issue in a letter dated 30 November, 1996. Yet through his assistant he weakly replied,
Elder Folkenberg has received your letter of 30 Nov. 1996 and has arranged to forward your material to Bro. Frikart, President of the Euro-Africa Division (EUD]. Please communicate with the EUD administration in future. (Translated from German).
Numbers of faithful believers in Germany have recognized that it would be unwise to provide further financial support to an organization which has united in the rebellion against God. Full membership of the ACK entails a capitation fee decided by membership numbers. Already anguished members in Germany were asking,
What shall we do when our names on the church roll will ensure that further means from God’s treasury is provided in order to persecute and destroy true believers [in the future]?
Note by Ron: Are you providing funds to a church that aids and abets the Babylonian destroyers who will martyr many faithful SDA’s in the near future? End note.
This is a most perplexing question and one which Church administrators should never impose upon God’s flock. God’s sincere people deserve leaders of an entirely different order.
The shepherds of the flock betrayed, not only God, but also His flock. The unfaithful leaders in Germany have joined themselves to the Churches of Babylon.
“The churches, represented by Babylon, are represented as having fallen from their spiritual state to become a persecuting power against those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Testimonies to Ministers, p. 117).
Unrepentant, these false leaders will join Babylon in the persecution of God’s loyal Church members.
They shall put you out of the synagogues; yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” (John 16:2).
The German Seventh-day Adventist Church already has a track record fulfilling this prophecy of our Lord during both World Wars I (1914-1918) and II (1939-1945)). This matter is extensively documented in our book, The General Conference Confronts Apostasy. We instance one report in the Stuttgarter Neues Tagblatt, 26 September, 1918, referring to conscientious Seventh-day Adventists who refused to enlist in the army. The newspaper quoted the President of the Wuerttenburg Conference, Pastor E. Gugel.
They were admonished by the denomination, but because of their stubborn persistence they were a menace to internal and external peace, they had to be disfellowshipped. It sometimes happens that the authorities arrest such agitators. (Ibid).
In 2005 the two German Unions and the Austrian Union tepidly apologized for the actions against Seventh-day Adventist Jews in World War II. There will be fearful consequences in our German Church.
“Wherever the divine precepts are rejected, sin ceases to appear sinful or righteousness desirable. Those who refuse to submit to the government of God are wholly unfitted to govern themselves. Through their pernicious teachings the spirit of insubordination is implanted in the hearts of children and youth, who are naturally impatient of control; and a lawless, licentious state of society results. While scoffing at the credulity of those who obey the requirements of God, the multitudes eagerly accept the delusions of Satan. They give the rein to lust and practice the sins which have called own judgments upon the heathen.” (Great Controversy, p. 584).
In the Adventist Review, January 1995 Monthly edition, it was reported that our Church involved itself in a dialogue with the Lutheran World Federation at Darmstadt, Germany. This Federation represents 95 per cent of all Lutherans. Since the Lutherans were simultaneously avidly discussing unity with Rome, our dialogue had ominous overtones. It is especially concerning that in relation to this apostate Protestant Lutheran Federation, General Conference Policy 075 was applied. This policy states that Seventh-day Adventists “recognize those agencies that lift up Christ before men as a part of the divine plan for evangelisation of the world.”
Note by Ron: This means that the SDA church now recognizes that Rome and all her harlot daughters of Babylon, which Ellen White says are controlled by Satan as a body, EW 173, are part of the divine plan for evangelisation of the world, because they “lift up Christ.” End note.
It was ominous that the Lutheran World Federation was dialoguing with Seventh-day Adventist representatives upon the topic of Justification by Faith, the same topic upon which they were dialoguing with the Vatican appointed theologians. Even more ominous was the fact that the Lutherans and the Vatican came to an agree statement at the end of their dialogue.
The Lutheran Church, the church of our paternal ancestors, constitutes Babylon.
God has a church upon the earth who are His chosen people, who keep His commandments…. The fallen denominational churches are Babylon. Babylon has been fostering poisonous doctrines, the wine of error. This wine of error is made up of false doctrines, such as the natural immortality of the soul, the eternal torment of the wicked…. And advocating and exalting the first day of the week above God’s holy and sanctified day. (Testimonies to Ministers, p. 61).
This inspired statement brooks no contradiction. The Lutheran Church Organisation is Babylon.
Can any Church of Babylon take God’s last message, the Three Angels’ Message, to the world? The General Conference policy is rank apostasy.
Note by Ron:
"The Sins of Babylon--I saw that since the second angel proclaimed the fall of the churches, they have been growing more and more corrupt. They bear the name of being Christ's followers; YET IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DISTINGUISH THEM FROM THE WORLD. Ministers take their texts from the Word of God, but preach smooth things. To this the natural heart feels no objection. It is only the spirit and power of the truth and the salvation of Christ that are hateful to the carnal heart. There is nothing in the popular ministry that stirs the wrath of Satan, makes the sinner tremble, or applies to the heart and conscience the fearful realities of a judgment soon to come. Wicked men are generally pleased with a form of piety without true godliness, and they will aid and support such a religion.
Said the angel, 'Nothing less than the whole armor of righteousness can enable man to overcome the powers of darkness and retain the victory over them. Satan has taken full possession of the churches AS A BODY. The sayings and doings of men are dwelt upon instead of the plain, cutting truths of the Word of God. The spirit and friendship of the world are at enmity with God. When the truth in its simplicity and strength, as it is in Jesus, is brought to bear against the spirit of the world, it at once awakens the spirit of persecution. Very many who profess to be Christians have not known God. The natural heart has not been changed, and the carnal mind remains at enmity with God. They are Satan's faithful servants, notwithstanding they have assumed another name.'
I saw that since Jesus left the holy place of the heavenly sanctuary and entered within the second veil, the churches have been filling up with every unclean and hateful bird [Rev. 18:2]. I saw great iniquity and vileness in the churches; yet their members profess to be Christians. Their profession, their prayers, and their exhortations are an abomination in the sight of God. Said the angel, 'God will not smell in their assemblies. Selfishness, fraud, and deceit are practiced by them without the reprovings of conscience. And over all these evil traits they throw the cloak of religion.' I was shown the pride of the nominal churches. God is not in their thoughts; their carnal minds dwell upon themselves; they decorate their poor mortal bodies, and then look upon themselves with satisfaction and pleasure. Jesus and the angels look upon them in anger. Said the angel, 'Their sins and pride have reached unto heaven. Their portion is prepared. Justice and judgment have slumbered long, but will soon awake. Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.' The fearful threatenings of the third angel are to be realized, and all the wicked are to drink of the wrath of God. An innumerable host of evil angels are spreading over the whole land and crowding the churches. These agents of Satan look upon the religious bodies with exultation, for the cloak of religion covers the greatest crime and iniquity." E.G. White, Early Writings, pp. 273-275.