Who Will Persecute Whom in the

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Some very errant professing SDAs are trying to maintain that the Reformers will be some of the worst persecutors of the professing SDA church structure after the Sunday Law.

It would seem reasonable to me to look about right now to see who is inflicting persecution right now. This might be a more reliable determinative factor in anticipating just who will persecute whom in the time of trouble. The professing SDA church is taking many faithful SDAs to court. Steps to Life Ministries has reported how in third-world countries the church leaders have been instrumental in getting the home churches of independent ministries burned or otherwise destroyed. This, to me, is indicative of who will persecute whom. To date, I know of not one incident where an independent SDA Reformer has persecuted any professing Seventh-day Adventist.

In all of history the True Reformers have never done any persecuting. Rater, they were always the persecuted! Granted, there will be apostate folk who will leave the professing SDA Church structure and the principles of Adventism altogether, who will indeed be some of the worst persecutors of True Reformer, remnant Seventh-day Adventists.

Now Please Notice:

In Light of... the Lawsuit Against Rafael Perez

Part 1 of 5

"Bob Jones University"

Rafael Perez of the Eternal Gospel Church in Florida has lost to the SDA corporate church the lawsuit over the right to use the name "Seventh-day Adventist". The Eternal Gospel Church has been preaching and spreading the three angels' messages, and thus, exposing the man of sin, through the printed page, on radio, as well as in ads placed in major newspapers. What does this have to do with Bob Jones University? This university adheres to the historic Protestant understanding of the Papacy being Antichrist, and the Pope as the man of sin, and has been very vocal about this truth.

Many are aware of Senator John McCain's attack against Governor George Bush for speaking at Bob Jones University. But, what many do not know is that Democratic Senator Robert Torricelli recently introduced Concurrent Resolution 85 in the U.S. Senate which condemns Bob Jones University for racial and religious intolerance. A similar Resolution was also introduced in the House. Among other things, this Resolution states:

"Whereas officials of Bob Jones University have likened the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church to a 'possessed demon' and branded Catholicism as a 'satanic system and religion of the anti-Christ'. . .

"Resolved, That the Senate- 1) condemns practices, such as those prevalent at Bob Jones University, that seek to discriminate against and divide Americans on the basis of race, ethnicity, and religion; and 2) strongly denounces individuals who seek to subvert the American ideals of inclusion, equality and social justice."

Not only this, but The Interfaith Alliance, a liberal Protestant organization dedicated to the separation of Church and State, recently held a press conference endorsing and supporting this Resolution. Their spokesman, a Mr. Gaddy, declared at this press conference: "On behalf of concerned people of faith, I urge members of the Senate and House to denounce any association of bigotry, discrimination, and intolerance with religious faith.

"For Bob Jones University to foment bigotry in the name of Christianity is the height of hypocrisy, if not heresy."

We have liberal Protestants (the Church) urging Congress (the State) to condemn the historical Protestant truths regarding Roman Catholicism as being "heresy", and to denounce any association, organization, or individual who should proclaim these truths as guilty of spreading "intolerance", "bigotry", "discrimination", and subverting the ideals of the American public! Thus, any who choose to spread these truths (which are a major portion of the three angels' messages) and who publicly declare the truth that Roman Catholicism (as well as all the apostate Protestant churches) are part of Satan's kingdom of Babylon the Great, will be viewed as preaching "intolerance", will be looked upon as being "heretics", and will soon be guilty of committing a "hate crime"!

Not only this, but the Pope of Catholicism recently gave a public prayer in which he asked God to forgive the Roman Catholic church for the sins it committed in all the generations of the past ages. Even though the Pope kept the prayer very general and non-specific, and even though he stopped short of defining what sins he was asking God to forgive the church, this was still an unprecedented step in the process of unity and brotherhood among the religions of the world!

Satan is zealously working through all of these events to bind about and stop the preaching of the three angels' messages! He hates these last messages of mercy, and is doing all he can to quiet those who are or would herald these precious gems of truth to others! The devil will use any agent he can (whether a person, group, or church) who will devote themselves to his service, work to destroy these messages, and silence those who preach them. It is high time that we spread this precious message now, while we still have the freedom to do so! If we don't, we will either have to preach it under the most discouraging circumstances, or we will take our stand with the apostates, as we have been clearly warned:

"The work which the church has failed to do in a time of peace and prosperity she will have to do in a terrible crisis under most discouraging, forbidding circumstances. The warnings that worldly conformity has silenced or withheld must be given under the fiercest opposition from enemies of the faith. And at that time the superficial, conservative class, whose influence has steadily retarded the progress of the work, will renounce the faith and take their stand with its avowed enemies, toward whom their sympathies have long been tending. These apostates will then manifest the most bitter enmity, doing all in their power to oppress and malign their former brethren and to excite indignation against them. This day is just before us. The members of the church will individually be tested and proved. They will be placed in circumstances where they will be forced to bear witness for the truth. Many will be called to speak before councils and in courts of justice, perhaps separately and alone. The experience which would have helped them in this emergency they have neglected to obtain, and their souls are burdened with remorse for wasted opportunities and neglected privileges." 5T page 463

In light of the lawsuit against Rafael Perez, Senator John McCain's attack against Governor George Bush, Concurrent Resolution 85, The Interfaith Alliance statement, and the Pope's prayer, we don't have much time, we better get busy!

Jim Snipes snipes@sonic.net

In Light of... the Lawsuit Against Rafael Perez

Part 2 of 5

"The Message Now Given"

In the opening statements of the SDA church at the trial are plainly revealed what message the church is now giving. Is it standing up for God and voicing the three angels' messages upon which the church was originally founded? Or is it plainly showing that they are apostates, working for Satan, and voicing his message of "intolerance" towards these truths of God? Is the SDA church in union with God and His true remnant people, or in union with Catholicism, apostate Protestantism, and Satan?

Many are aware that the Eternal Gospel Church in Florida has lost to the SDA corporate church the lawsuit over the right to use the name "Seventh-day Adventist". What many may not be aware of is that in the opening statements of the SDA church at the trial are plainly revealed to all who want to see exactly whom the church is really united with and working for.

In the opening statements of the SDA church, The Eternal Gospel church, as well as all its members, are declared to be "a hate group" who preach "intolerance". The Associated Press report of the first day of this trial is as follows:

"The national headquarters for Seventh-day Adventists asked a federal judge on Monday to bar a West Palm Beach church it considers 'a hate group' from using the denomination's trademark name.

"Newspaper and radio advertising run nationally by the Eternal Gospel Church of Seventh-day Adventists denounces Catholics and most Protestants for worshiping on Sunday and likens them to Satanists and pagans.

"The ads indicate 'intolerance, a hate group,' [SDA] denomination attorney Jeffrey Tew said in opening statements. He called it 'a classic case of a breakaway church trying to use the mother church's name.'

"Church attorney [for Eternal Gospel] Robert Pershes told U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King that the name 'Seventh-day Adventist', registered as a trademark in 1980, is a generic term describing the religion.

"'What we have here is the trademark law being used in a religious context when it was intended to be used commercially.' Pershes said. 'One particular religion, even if it's a large segment of the religion, should not be allowed to get a monopoly.'

"The court fight has attracted worldwide interest among the denomination's 10 million followers. Dr. Russel Standish. . . plans to testify on behalf of the church pastor Rafael Perez's right to use the Adventist name.

"'The issue is vital to religious liberty,' Standish said outside court. 'It's a generic name. Anyone who wants to can call themselves a Seventh-day Adventist. . . '

"Pershes drew a round of 'amen's from spectators, many of whom carried well-worn Bibles and prayer books, when he said prophet 'Ellen White said the name Seventh-day Adventist is given to us by God.'. . .

"The trial is expected to last five to seven days." Sun-Sentinel.com Web Newspaper, web-posted 12:05 a.m. March 14, 2000, titled "Adventists accuse West Palm Beach church of being a 'hate group'."

Did you catch the importance of what the SDA church has stated here? The SDA church is publicly declaring that anyone who preaches the three angels' messages are preaching "intolerance" and are part of "a hate group"! They are also declaring that they do not want any connection with those who are preaching these life and death messages, and they are willing to go to court to prove it! The SDA church is plainly showing her unity with the other apostate Protestant churches by voicing the same message of "intolerance" as they are, and has even gone farther than these other Babylonian churches by declaring those who stand for and proclaim the message of the loud cry are part of "a hate group"!

The SDA church was originally raised up to proclaim the three angels' messages, but now they are declaring that they would be preaching "intolerance" and be part of "a hate group" if they would live up to their original charter from God! Then what does this plainly testify the SDA church has done with these heavenly messages which exposes Catholicism as far as they are concerned? We will let a past General Conference president answer this pertinent question - in the Reply Brief for Defendants of the Mary Kay-Silver trial, on page 4, Neil C. Wilson stated for the SDA church:

"Although it is true that there was a period in the life of the Seventh-day Adventist Church when the denomination took a distinctly anti-Roman Catholic viewpoint, and the term 'hierarchy' was used in a perjoritive sense to refer to the papal form of church governance, that attitude on the church's part was nothing more than a manifestation of widespread anti popery among conservative Protestant denominations in the early part of this century and the latter part of the last, and which has now been consigned to the historical trash heap so far as the Seventh-day Adventist Church is concerned." Equal Employment Opportunity Commission vs the Pacific Press Publishing Association and SDA Church, civ #74-2025 CBR, 1975.

To many, the opening statements of the SDA church in the Rafael Perez lawsuit publicly and legally distancing herself from the messages of Revelation 14 and 18, are startling to say the least. But this is not the first time the SDA church has officially taken this blatant course against God and His last saving message of mercy!

In 1991, a similar situation occurred in Australia in which the SDA church was suing a group of independent SDA brethren for publishing and distributing a paper called "The Protestant". This paper contained articles dealing with the fundamental truths upon which the SDA church was originally founded, Biblically showing that the identity of the little horn of Daniel 7, the leopard-like beast of Revelation 13, the anti-Christ and the man of sin all pointed to the Roman Catholic Church and the pope, as well as the mark of the beast being Sunday worship after it is a law, and God's seventh-day Sabbath being Saturday.

The reason why the SDA church became involved in this 1991 lawsuit is also similar because the independent brethren used the name "Seventh-day Adventist" as being the group responsible for this Protestant paper. The SDA church stated that they initiated this lawsuit against these independent brethren because the church "does have a duty to its members and must take all steps necessary to protect and maintain its good name and integrity within the community. . . " Letter to Chris Lewin, December 3, 1991, from McCarthy, Palethorpe & Blanch (the law firm representing the SDA church in Australia).

What about the position of the SDA church regarding the truths of the three angels' messages taught in this paper? Richard Coombe, the director of the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Department of the South Pacific Division of the SDA Church, makes the following "authorized" statement in behalf of the church: ". . . 'The Protestant' magazine misrepresents the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. . . Further, the damage being suffered by the Church is immediate. . . The only effective way to stop the damage is to stop the publication of 'The Protestant'. . . The damage being suffered will inevitably adversely affect the public support the Church receives, and the standing the Church enjoys. . . " January 3, 1992, Affidavit of Raymond Leslie Coombe, pg 5-6.

The SDA church also sought the destruction of all existing copies of "The Protestant" not yet distributed, as well as a restraint to be placed upon the defendants barring them from ever publishing any such material in the future without Conference approval! In this act, the SDA church was appealing to the State to use its civil power to stop the spreading of the truth the church once stood for!

It should be plainly obvious to all who want to see, that the SDA church has given up her beliefs in, and her position upon, the three angels' messages of Revelation 14 and 18! The church no longer upholds these precious truths of God, but has cast them away in order to stand upon a satanic platform of unity with Catholicism and all the rest of the apostate churches of Babylon. Thus the SDA church has given up the reason, as well as the foundational basis, for why she was raised up by God in the first place!

As the church has stepped off this eternal platform of truth, and thereby becoming the biggest "offshoot" there is, then what valid basis is there for her claim to still be God's true remnant church? She is no longer existing to spread the three angels' messages, nor is she existing to work for God's glory and honor in winning souls from darkness through these truths. Instead, she is only existing to try and hinder the spreading of these heavenly messages, and therefore is working for the Devil's glory and honor in trying to win souls from truth to darkness!

Since the SDA church has given up the truth and has publicly and legally disassociated herself from those who are preaching it, this plainly shows that she has indeed apostatized from God and His truth. How then can she be a church of God? It is an impossibility.

In light of the lawsuit against Rafael Perez, Wilson's statement at the Mary Kay-Silver trial, and the lawsuit against the publishers of "The Protestant", the SDA church is no longer a part of the true church in any way, shape, or form, but has definitely become a church of the enemy of Christ - the Synagogue of Satan, or those who say they are Jews (God's true people) but who are not, because they do lie (see Revelation 2:9, 3:9).

Ellen White warned all God's people that this would occur: "You think, that those who worship before the saint's feet, (Rev. 3:9), will at last be saved. Here I must differ with you; for God shew me that this class were PROFESSED ADVENTISTS, who had fallen away, and 'crucified to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.'. . . " A Word to the Little Flock, pg 12.

Jim Snipes snipes@sonic.net


Ron Beaulieu