The SDA Secret Agreement With Other Denominations--This is Betrayal of Sacred Trust if There Ever was Such!
"The Lord Jesus will always have a chosen people to serve Him. When the Jewish people rejected Christ, the Prince of life. He took from them the kingdom of God and gave it unto the Gentiles. God will continue to work on this principle with every branch of His work. When a church proves unfaithful to the work of the Lord, whatever their position may be, however high and sacred their calling, the Lord can no longer work with them. Others are then chosen to bear important responsibilities. But, if these in turn do not purify their lives from every wrong action, if they do not establish pure and holy principles in all their borders, then the Lord will grievously afflict and humble them and, unless they repent, will remove them from their place and make them a reproach.
God is not 'worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing' (Acts 17:25). E. G. White, The Upward Look, 131.
What follows is a statement by a former SDA credentialed minister, Vance Ferrell, who says in his autobiography that he resigned from the SDA Conference because he felt he could not abide by principle and remain a minister the SDA church. Vance runs a multi-million dollar independent book ministry, and if the following statement is not true, he would be a highly liable as a candidate for a libel suit by the sue-happy new movement SDA church. Here is Vance’s statement mailed to his mailing list in 1999:
“In this mailing, we will include a report I initially mailed out in 1999 (Update on the Secret Interchurch Planning Meeting).
In brief, in April 1999, I was told about a secret agreement by our church leaders in the spring of 1998, with representatives from other major denominations, to “tone down” our public presentations of the Sabbath truth and only present them within the confines of our own churches. In order to provide further verification of this most startling information, I asked another friend to phone the General Conference leader who divulged that information, and try to verify it and learn still more.
When he called, he was told that several meetings were held in Switzerland over a span of five years, and that they culminated in the Sabbath agreement which our church leaders entered into, in the spring of 1998. (The World Council of Churches headquarters, in Geneva, would be the obvious place where those meetings were held; since a very large number of denominations, including our own, regularly sent representatives to attend its various meetings.)
By the late 1990s, Pope John Paul II, who was a great worshiper of the Virgin, in response to predictions by apparitionists (their word for Catholic prophets who supposedly receive messages from the Virgin Mary), was eagerly expecting startling events to occur in 2000 and 2001 (which, though nebulously predicted, appeared to claim that Christ would return to earth at that time and set up a temporal millennium). (See our 112-page book, The Marian Messages: Final Events as Predicted by the Spirits to Faithful Roman Catholics. $5.50 + $2.50.)
Ratzinger, who by the later 1990s was entirely in charge of preparing and executing Vatican objectives, apparently had a different reason in mind for arranging for those secret Sabbath meetings with the Adventists. Too levelheaded to place much confidence in apparitionists who were in communion with a spirit calling itself the Virgin Mary, he had his sights on fulfilling the age-old goal of Rome: to bring the nations back into subjection to itself by exalting Sunday. He shrewdly recognized that if he could get the Adventists to “tone down” their Sabbath message, it would be far easier for him to get Sunday Laws enacted. Someone may question whether Ratzinger could be that interested in government enforcement of Sunday.
Significantly, another event also occurred in the spring of 1998. Ratzinger’s carefully prepared manuscript, issued by John Paul II as an encyclical, called for governments throughout the world to enact Sunday Laws.”
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