An Appeal to SDA’s




Galal Doss




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An Appeal to SDAs




Dear SDA friends,


Please read the following news from Zenit, followed by an important quote from the Lord’s prophet, and lastly my 10 heart-searching questions.



Galal Doss.




ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome


Code: ZE03051905

Date: 2003-05-19

Statement of Joint Working Group Between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches

VATICAN CITY, MAY 19, 2003 ( Here is the final statement of the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches. The Vatican Press Office issued the final statement of the JWG's plenary meeting held near Bari, Italy, from May 5-11, 2003.

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The Joint Working Group (JWG) between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches (WCC) held a plenary meeting near Bari, Italy, from May 5-11, 2003. This was the fourth plenary meeting since the 1998 General Assembly of the World Council of Churches which sent out the present mandate of the JWG, under the leadership of the two co-moderators, Archbishop Mario Conti (Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow, Scotland) and Bishop Jonas Jonson (Lutheran Bishop of Strängnäs, Sweden).

The meeting was held at Oasi Santa Maria, a center for spirituality, under the direction of Monsignor Colucci of the archdiocese of Bari-Bitonto, located just outside the town of Cassano delle Murge. Archbishop Francesco Cacucci and the whole local church welcomed the JWG in the traditional spirit of the Bari region, renowned for its history of contacts between Christians of various Churches, drawn to the Basilica of Bari which houses the tomb of St Nicholas.

Each day morning and evening prayer were celebrated according to the varied traditions of the churches and Ecclesial Community represented in the working group.

Two new members were introduced to the group: the Most Revd Brian Farrell LC, the new Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, who replaces the Most Revd Marc Ouellett who has become the Archbishop of Quebec; and Monsignor Felix Machado who replaces the Most Revd Michael Fitzgerald who has become the President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

The representatives of the WCC and the Catholic Church met separately for a brief time for some specific orientation, then moved into full plenary to share some significant developments in the lives of the WCC and the Catholic Church since the last meeting. The WCC representatives reported on the results of the Special Commission on the Relations with the Orthodox Churches, and the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Faith and Order held in Lausanne in 2002 and shared the plans thus far for future world events such as the Faith and Order Plenary (2004), the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism (2005) and the next Assembly of the WCC itself (2006). The representatives from the Catholic Church reported on the wide scope of bilateral relations and dialogues between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, Mennonite, Pentecostal and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as well as consultations with the Seventh Day Adventists and Evangelicals.

Much of the time of the meeting was given over to the discussion and detailed examination of draft texts related to three major areas under study by the JWG: The Ecclesiological Implications of Baptism; the Nature and Purpose of Ecumenical Dialogue; and Roman Catholic Participation in National and Regional Councils of Churches. Gratitude is due to the sub-groups who had prepared these texts for discussion. Much progress has been made in these studies and mature texts are anticipated for refinement at the next plenary, to be included in the report that JWG will make to the next Assembly of the WCC, and to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

A progress report was heard on the ways that the Churches and Ecclesial Community are engaging and collaborating on the Decade to Overcome Violence, and the JWG reaffirmed its commitment to supporting this important ecumenical initiative. The plenary also received updates on the matter of interchurch marriages and took note of the upcoming meeting of the International Association of Interchurch Families which will be held outside Rome in August.

The Revd Dorino Angelillo from Caritas Puglia visited the Working Group to give a comprehensive presentation on the situation related to refugees and immigrants in Italy in general and the region of Puglia in particular, highlighting the challenges that are before governments and churches as individuals and populations, of different cultures and religions, settle in the country.

This was followed by a reflection given by Professor Franco Vaccari, the President of Rondine-Cittadella della Pace, who spoke of the development of peace initiatives, particularly involving young people from areas of conflict in the world.

The rich ecumenical environment of Bari was experienced on several occasions. An opening ecumenical prayer service was held in the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta in Cassano delle Murge, at which Archbishop Cacucci presided, with testimonies presented by local Orthodox, Waldensian, Baptist and Seventh Day Adventist participants. The whole event was organized by the Ecumenical Group of Bari under the leadership of Fr Angelo Romita. Afterwards the Mayor of Cassano delle Murge, Giuseppe Gentile, addressed the JWG and spoke of the unity of Christians as a necessary sign and encouragement to civil society in its search for greater harmony and service to the common good.

A visit was made to the Dominican Patristic Institute of Bari which is a center for ecumenical dialogue, research and learning, bringing together Christians principally from Catholic and Orthodox backgrounds. A visit to the museum of the diocese of Bari-Bitonto helped to illustrate the important crossroads that Bari has been for Christians from Byzantine, Slav, Latin and Armenian traditions for over 1000 years.

The members participated in the celebration of the translation of the relics of St Nicholas at the waterfront in Bari, presided over by Archbishop Cacucci, which highlighted the strength of popular devotion to St Nicholas, who is venerated by the Christian East and West. The evening events concluded with a festive dinner to honor the JWG, given by the Mayor and municipal authorities, in the presence of the Archbishop. On Sunday, the members of the JWG prayed at the tomb of St Nicholas and visited the Archbishop at his residence.

The co-moderators expressed to the sisters and staff of the Oasi Santa Maria the gratitude of the members of the JWG for their warm hospitality and support which contributed to the success of the plenary.

The next plenary session of the JWG is planned for 6-13 May 2004.

[Translation of Italian original issued by the Vatican Press Office]


Here is the inspired warning from His servant:


   “The Lord has pronounced a curse upon those who take from or add to the Scriptures. The great I AM has decided what shall constitute the rule of faith and doctrine, and he has designed that the Bible shall be a household book. The church that holds to the word of God is irreconcilably separated from Rome. Protestants were once thus apart from this great church of apostasy, but they have approached more nearly to her, and are still in the path of reconciliation to the Church of Rome. Rome never changes. Her principles have not altered in the least. She has not lessened the breach between herself and Protestants; they have done all the advancing. But what does this argue for the Protestantism of this day? It is the rejection of Bible truth which makes men approach to infidelity. It is a backsliding church that lessens the distance between itself and the Papacy.  {ST, February 19, 1894 par. 4}


Now my straight 10 questions for every honest at heart SDA:

1.    Would Rome carry on consultations with the SDA Church if the SDA Church was determined to expose Rome as the man of sin, and Satan’s masterpiece of deception?


2.    Would Rome invite local SDA representatives to Bari to participate in their ecumenical prayer service if it knew that such  representatives were determined to pass to the World Council of Churches delegates (WCC) copies of the Great Controversy?


3.    Has the SDA Church since the death of Mrs. Ellen White been making a steady  progress away from the ‘path of reconciliation to the Church of Rome’?


4.    Are there any sign today that the SDA Church today is distancing itself from Rome?


5.    Is the SDA Church by its actions of progressing in the ‘path of reconciliation with Rome’ irreconcilably separated from Rome as God has commanded?


6.    Can the distance between the SDA Church and Rome be lessened without the SDA Church becoming a backsliding church?


7.    Can you be saved if you are part of a backsliding church?


8.    Can the curse of God be upon a church for having rejected part of Bible truth and still find favor with God at the same time?


9.    Do you know of any high ranking SDA church administrator/leader who is urging the members to study and distribute the Great Controversy?

10. Does your SDA Church today, where you are worshipping, exposes              through printed literature the Church of Rome?


If the answer to the above 10 questions is a solid NO, then why are you still holding a membership at a church which is determined to have God’s curse on it?



Galal Doss.