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Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unright-eousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.  2 Cor. 6:14-18

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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  John 8:32 

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me . . .  Hosea 4:6

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.  2 Tim. 4:3-4

And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
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"The hour has come, the hour is striking and striking at you, the hour and the end!"  Eze. 7:6 (Moffatt)

The words of Jesus Christ Himself about His Second Coming - Matt. 24:

21For then shall be great tribulation , such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. [Cf. Dan. 11:45-12:1] 23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  [Cf. Isa.  25Behold, I have told you before. 26Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [Wrote John the Revelator - Rev. 1:7, "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him" and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. (Cf. Rev. 19)]  . . .30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.  (Emphasis added.)

Of the great antichrist God has revealed through His prophet Isaiah:

12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (Cf. Isa. 2:1-6, 19-21; bold and italic emphasis added)

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Is the General Conference Involved in Ecumenism?

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The Goals of the Faith and Order Commission – Seventh-day Adventist Involvement;

THE CALL OF THE POPE & WHO RESPONDED)

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The insight of A. T. Jones that needs to be kept in mind as Roman Catholic legislation proliferates throughout America - "The papacy is very impatient of any restraining bonds"  more . . .

Ellen G. White: "When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result." (GC 445.1)

"When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with Spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and Republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan, and that the end is near." (5T 451.)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Hosea 4:6

We do not go deep enough in our search for truth. Every soul who believes present truth will be brought where he will be required to give a reason of the hope that is in him. The people of God will be called upon to stand before kings, princes, rulers, and great men of the earth, and they must know that they do know what is truth. (Review and Herald, February 18, 1890; TM 119)

Spirit of Prophecy Policy on Family Planning  (For full context cf. Adventists and Birth Control; Adventists and Birth Control (Concluded)

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Certain of the popular positions mentioned approvingly in some hyperlinked reports, essays, and blogs on this web page will of necessity cause reactions of strong disagreement, or at the very least discomfort, on the part of many readers. Regrettably, these positions cannot be separated from the core issues in the reports which prove the fulfillment of major end-times prophecies, and may of themselves be fulfillment of the prophecy of the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:1-5

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NEW►  By his personal interest in the National Prayer Breakfast, Pope Francis continues his determined quest for unity. Primarily a Christian ecumenical event, it also broadens the ecumenical movement to embrace other religions. This is exactly as Pope Francis and the Church of Rome would have it:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Pope Francis sends Message to US National Prayer Breakfast -

Pope Francis has sent a Message to the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, which was attended by US President Barack Obama, lawmakers from both parties, and thousands of guests.

A portion of the Message was read during the event, which has taken place since 1953.

The National Prayer Breakfast is a corruption of true Christianity, breeding false piety and hypocrisy. It is also a part of the framework of the Image to the Beast:

Political prayer breakfasts are bad religion [A 2010 article] -

THERE ARE only three things wrong with the National Prayer Breakfast: the past, the present, and the future. Last week, President Obama presided at the annual Washington event before what the New York Times called “a bipartisan array’’ of national and international figures. “I assure you,’’ he told them, “I’m praying a lot these days.’’ The president went with the flow of public piety, singing prayer’s praises as a source of calm, strength, and civility. It “can touch our hearts with humility,’’ he said. That had the ring of truth, since the prayer breakfast confronts the president with how little personal freedom he has. He could no more boycott the toe-curling display of religiosity than he could remove that flag pin from his lapel. Religion is not supposed to be coercive in this country, but the prayer breakfast is the ultimate command performance, and that is only part of the problem.

Washington is the Vatican of a larger cult. In municipalities across the country, and on US military bases worldwide, government officials gather to bow their heads and invoke God’s blessing - an exercise that should seem benign. But these official liturgies are fraught with dangerous implications. . . The breakfasts are “ecumenical,’’ with Jews and Muslims prominently invited, yet the organizing network, the Fellowship Foundation, aggressively promotes Jesus, who has become a kind of mascot of American military culture. . . I once observed to an Air Force general that his “voluntary’’ prayer breakfasts had to feel coercive to his juniors, and he squinted at me, “I’ll call off my prayer breakfast when the commander-in-chief calls off his.’’

It all began in 1953, when Dwight D. Eisenhower presided at the first “Presidential Prayer Breakfast,’’ as it was called then. That year Ike was baptized, and Jesus was openly conscripted into the fight against what Secretary of State John Foster Dulles called “the godless atheism’’ of Communism. Billy Graham, with his “Crusades,’’ was installed as the American pope, and “under God’’ was added to the Pledge of Allegiance. . . The good-versus-evil bi-polarity of the Cold War was enshrined . . . America had reinvented itself as a Messiah nation, with apocalyptic fervor justifying a nuclear readiness to destroy civilization: Better dead than Red. Under Eisenhower, the US nuclear arsenal grew from a few hundred to nearly 19,000 nukes. Jesus, indeed.

The national prayer breakfast cannot be fully understood without reference to this history. However “ecumenical’’ its trappings, and whatever the small number of non-Christian participants make of it, the tradition amounts to a religious festival of American Christian nationalism. President Obama spoke of humility, but this overtly theological claim on God’s favor goes to the heart of the imperial hubris that has led to one foreign policy disaster after another - up to and including today’s wars that, despite all protestations, can truly be perceived as religious. . .

The framers of the US Constitution were wary of all such public piety. Not for nothing did they omit the word “God’’ from its clauses.

As stated in the quotation above, President Eisenhower was actually baptized in 1953, and starting the National Prayer Breakfast was only one of his decisions which laid the foundation for the present momentum towards a theocratic dictatorship in the United States:

Jul 30, 1956: President Eisenhower signs "In God We Trust" into law -

On this day in 1956, two years after pushing to have the phrase "under God" inserted into the pledge of allegiance, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law officially declaring "In God We Trust" to be the nation's official motto. The law, P.L. 84-140, also mandated that the phrase be printed on all American paper currency. The phrase had been placed on U.S. coins since the Civil War when, according to the historical association of the United States Treasury, religious sentiment reached a peak. Eisenhower's treasury secretary, George Humphrey, had suggested adding the phrase to paper currency as well.

Although some historical accounts claim Eisenhower was raised a Jehovah's Witness, most presidential scholars now believe his family was Mennonite. Either way, Eisenhower abandoned his family's religion before entering the Army, and took the unusual step of being baptized relatively late in his adult life as a Presbyterian. The baptism took place in 1953, barely a year into his first term as president.

Although Eisenhower embraced religion, biographers insist he never intended to force his beliefs on anyone. . .

President Eisenhower may not have intended to force his beliefs on anyone; however, there is significance in the fact that he embraced Presbyterianism:

A PRESBYTERIAN POLITICAL MANIFESTO: PRESBYTERIANISM AND CIVIL GOVERNMENT -

For the last two decades or so there has been an apparent increase in the amount of conservative Christian political activism in North America. Many evangelicals and fundamentalists who had previously shunned politics began to see the necessity of political participation in order to prevent the encroachment of the state upon their legitimate activities, such as Christian education, or to prevent national sins, such as legalized abortion.

Undoubtedly, this Christian political activity is a positive development in Canada and the United States. More Christians are taking their biblical social responsibilities seriously. But Christian political activism also raises important questions. Is the ultimate political goal of Christians simply to achieve certain conservative government policies, or is something more needed for a completely biblical agenda? Every true Christian can agree on policy outcomes such as eliminating abortion, stopping the homosexual agenda, and protecting parental rights in education, but is that all we can gather from the Scriptures as to God's will for civil government?

The learned men who wrote the Westminster Confession of Faith spelled out the basic biblical position on civil government. The "civil magistrate" (i.e., any power- wielding government official such as an elected politician or an unelected judge) is a minister of God (Romans 13:4). He must reward good and punish evil. How is such a person to distinguish "good" from "evil"? By God's authoritative Word, the Bible. Government officials must rule in accordance with the Bible. To put it in different words, Christianity must be the established religion of any society that wants to please God.

But to say that God requires societies to be governed according to the Bible raises further questions. Who should interpret the Bible for the civil authorities? Many different groups of conservative Christians have irreconcilable interpretations of the Bible. For example, some professing Christians are completely opposed to capital punishment for any crime, whereas others support it as the just punishment for not only murder, but other crimes as well. Which interpretation is true?

In order to resolve this problem a Christian state must be more than Christian in a broad sense of endorsing a general concept of biblical Christianity. It must be Christian in a specific sense; it must have a confession of faith that sets out its theological understanding of the Scriptures and how to interpret them.

It is this author's settled conviction that the Westminster Confession of Faith is the most accurate and thoroughgoing account of the doctrines of God's inerrant Word, and is therefore the most reasonable choice for a Christian state to adopt. It is the contention of this paper that the historic Presbyterian view of the necessity for the establishment of Presbyterianism as the official religion of every society is the Scriptural view, and it is the task of this paper to demonstrate that truth to the current generation of Christians.

The author is expressing a personal opinion; but he is not misquoting the original Westminster Confession as it related to civil government and Christianity. Although the original Westminster Confession was revised in the United States, it is clear that it has continued to exert influence, as demonstrated by the author and other Presbyterians. It is quite likely that it influenced President Eisenhower. Now the National Prayer Breakfast has contributed greatly to the sanctimoniousness and hypocrisy of modern American politicians:

The National Prayer Breakfast shouldn't exist -

The National Prayer Breakfast shouldn’t exist, at least not in its present form.

While the event is an overwhelmingly Christian gathering, the breakfast is billed as an ecumenical event that celebrates prayer in generic terms. Since members of Congress help organize and host the event, it would be constitutionally questionable if it was officially focused on Christian prayer. So, in the spirit of inclusion and diversity, the event features a few members of other religious traditions. For instance, Dalai Lama attended this year’s breakfast as a special guest. . .

In any case, despite the event’s nominal ecumenicism, the conservative, Christian explosion in response to the relatively modest claim that religions other than Islam have the potential to harbor violent sub-denominations shows that the National Prayer Breakfast doesn’t come close to putting all faiths on an equal, elevated playing field. Instead, it is a demonstrably Christian event, organized to further the idea that America is a Christian nation, with a few non-Christians scattered throughout the audience to give the event legitimacy it doesn’t deserve. [Of course, the ecumenicism, nominal though it may be is very much favored by the papacy.]

With two sentences about Christianity’s less-rosy past, President Obama scratched the surface of the National Prayer Breakfast’s nominal ecumenicism, showing that the event’s overwhelmingly Christian attendees were fully expecting to hear a series of obediently Christian propitiations, perhaps with some of them shrouded in more inclusive rhetoric. This should go without saying, but apparently it doesn’t: The fact that this is the expectation at an event organized by Congress and attended by the President is wildly problematic.

As unlikely as it may be, it would be a good start if our next president doesn’t go.

For the reader interested in further historical knowledge, God in the White House is a valid narrative of the presidents' religious beliefs and their impact on politics, from Washington to Obama. This is a particularly enlightening narrative in view of the Religious Right's distortion of the historical relationship between Christianity and the constitution and government of the United States.

NEW►  It would be reprehensible to ignore the turmoil in the Middle East which is giving rise to murder and mayhem around the globe. Taken together with other conflicts in the world, this in itself fulfills a prophecy of Joel 3. According to Seventh-day Adventist eschatology, this is a part of the last days of earth's history. On verse 9 the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary states:

Adventist expositors have generally seen in this prophecy a forecast , not only of climactic events associated with the great day of the Lord, but of international military activities in the final days of earth's history. The gradual withdrawal of God's Spirit in these last days leaves the way open for a corresponding increase in satanic activity designed to lead men on to destroy one another. This process will reach its climax just before the coming of the Son of man in the clouds of heaven.

One might add that verse 10 aptly fits the "war" that terrorists are waging against powerful western nations.

The conventional wisdom is that it will take years to defeat ISIS. With the prophetic time clock winding down, this raises the prospect that ISIS will still be around when the actual events of Dan. 11:40-44 are taking place. Years ago Elder Grotheer said that those who thought that they understood the prophecy of Dan. 11:40-44 beyond identifying the general locations of the King of the South and the King of the North were kidding themselves. However, circumstances are changing. ISIS is spreading in the territories of both the King of the South and the King of the North. In the past it was difficult to conceive of any of the modern nations of those regions attacking the "he" of verse 45, a papacy backed by the armies of powerful western nations. Perhaps only madmen such as the ISIS terrorists would undertake such aggression. However, that is to presume exactly how the aggression will take place. Prophecy is often fulfilled in unexpected ways. In any event there are two significant points to consider in relation to ISIS:

1. It is now coming to light that the ISIS geographical strategy is based on Islamic eschatology. -

Islamic Eschatology - What are the end-time prophecies of Islam?

There are both minor and major signs that point to the climactic event in Islamic eschatology — namely, "the Hour," which is the time of resurrection and judgment. There is a Second Coming of Jesus in Islamic end time events, but it is not considered to be the decisive event. Rather, it is viewed as a sign pointing toward "the Hour." The beginning of the end times is marked by the appearance of the Antichrist, who is called the Dajjal. . .

The major signs pointing to "the Hour" are all critical events that are part of the end time sequence of events, beginning with the appearance of the Antichrist. Muslim scholars generally do not try to present a strict chronological order of what is going to ultimately transpire, but the order presented below is representative:

  1. The Appearance of the Antichrist, called the Dajjal. Despite the importance of this individual, he is never mentioned in the Qu'ran, only in the Hadith. He will be a Jew born in Iran to parents who have been childless for 30 years. He will have only one eye. He will claim to be a prophet, and then he will claim to be divine. He will deceive many by his godliness and his miracles. He will go forth with an army of 70,000 Jews and 70,000 Tartars, and he will conquer all the world except Mecca and Medina. His reign will last for 40 days during a time when one day will be like a year. Some passages of the Hadith indicate that he will have the word "Infidel" written on his forehead. His reign is characterized by cruelty and deceit. He has a militaristic mentality. His purpose is to be deified, worshiped, and to reign. There are many parallels between the Islamic Dajjal and the Antichrist revealed in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

  2. The Return of Jesus will put an end to the reign of the Antichrist. (Keep in mind that the Qu'ran teaches that Jesus was not crucified or resurrected. Rather, he was simply lifted up to Heaven before His enemies could kill Him. One of the reasons He must return is so that He can experience death, like all other men.) Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives and then head to Damascus to confront the Antichrist. He will pursue the Antichrist south into Israel and will kill him "at the gate of Ludd." That is modern day Lod, located near Tel Aviv. It is the site of Israel's international airport. The defeat of the Antichrist will result in the eradication of the Jewish people. . .

2. The Pope and the papacy are already in the crosshairs of ISIS -

Security Beefed Up at Vatican over Islamic State Attack Fears

As Islamic State (ISIS) extends its reach in Iraq and Syria, the fears of the brutal jihadist group committing a terror attack in western states continue to grow. Just this weekend it was revealed the Vatican increased security over intelligence reports of a possible attack on Pope Francis. . .

Just two weeks ago Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano warned the Italian lower house of parliament that Italy and Rome - including the Vatican - are a principal target of ISIS, given that it is a symbol of the West and Christianity.

While Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi tried to play down the recent increase in security, saying they had not received warnings of a "particular threat or cause for concern," Iraq's ambassador to the Vatican Habeeb Al Sadr shared a less blithe appraisal.

Al Sadr warned last week that ISIS sees Pope Francis as a key target, and may try to assassinate him during his upcoming trip to Albania on Sunday.

"What has been declared by the self-declared Islamic State is clear – they want to kill the Pope. The threats against the Pope are credible," Al Sadr told La Nazione on Tuesday.

After beheading Coptic Christians, Islamists say they will ‘conquer Rome’ next

The video shows men apparently being beheaded after being forced to kneel next to the Mediterranean Sea. A militant says they are sending a message “from the south of Rome”. At the end of the footage the same English-speaking fighter raises his knife to the water and says ISIS would “conquer Rome”.

Vatican Addresses Report Saying Pope Francis Is An ISIS Target

In an article published Monday, Italy's Il Tempo newspaper reported that the pope is a target of ISIS. The paper, citing an unnamed Italian intelligence source, states the pope -- who is considered the "bearer of false truths" by the group -- is "in the crosshairs of ISIS" and that the extremist group plans to "raise the level of confrontation" by attacking Italy and greater Europe. . .

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is behind the group's offense to overtake large regions of Iraq and Syria in an effort to establish its own Islamic State, issued a threat against Rome earlier this summer, near the start of Ramadan.

"Rush O Muslims to your state. It is your state. Syria is not for Syrians and Iraq is not for Iraqis. The land is for the Muslims, all Muslims," he said in an audio recording posted online and reported by the Telegraph. "This is my advice to you. If you hold to it you will conquer Rome and own the world, if Allah wills." . . .

While he has not endorsed American airstrikes against the group, Pope Francis has said ISIS must be stopped.

"I can only say this: It is licit to stop the unjust aggressor. I underline the verb: stop. I do not say bomb, make war, I say stop by some means," he said during a press conference last week, according to CNN. . .

While it is too soon to see a clear line of events to the fulfillment of Dan. 11:40-44, there are unmistakeable signs that this is yet another sure Word of prophecy verifying that the final events of this world's history are now in progress.

NEW►  When the popes speak, especially when addressing gatherings such as the one in the following report, their words flow from the wellspring of Roman Catholic history and traditions. Pope Francis is no exception, however original or innocuous his pronouncements may appear to be to those who are captivated by Vatican II and Rome's current charm offensive. The religio-political terms used by him are pregnant with meaning:-

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Sri Lanka - Philippines: Holy Mass with the Bishops, Priests and Religious people gathered in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Manila, 16 January 2015)

The love of Christ impels us” (2 Cor 5:14). In today’s first reading Saint Paul tells us that the love we are called to proclaim is a reconciling love, flowing from the heart of the crucified Savior. We are called to be “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor 5:20). Ours is a ministry of reconciliation. We proclaim the Good News of God’s infinite love, mercy and compassion. We proclaim the joy of the Gospel. For the Gospel is the promise of God’s grace, which alone can bring wholeness and healing to our broken world. It can inspire the building of a truly just and redeemed social order.

"Ours is a ministry of reconciliation.":

The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Rising Again to New Life

Although often called Reconciliation in common usage, the term "penance" best describes the essential interior disposition required for this sacrament.

In fact, there is a virtue of penance. This is a supernatural virtue by which we are moved to detest our sins from a motive made known by faith, and with an accompanying purpose of offending God no more and of making satisfaction for our sins. In this sense the word "penance" is synonymous with "penitence" or "repentance."

"We proclaim the joy of the Gospel."

What the Roman Catholic "Gospel" embraces is set out in the following article, which contrasts that "Gospel" with biblical Christianity. The biblical references appear to be sound, although the commentary on purgatory is ambiguous in that it is not clear whether the two destinations are reached immediately after death or at the first and second resurrections respectively:

Research: Roman Catholicism

Perhaps one of the most important events in the history of the Roman Catholic Church is the Council of Trent (1545–1563). This gathering sought to counter and respond to the Protestant Reformation. It was at this ecumenical meeting that Rome ultimately anathematized, or condemned, the biblical doctrine of justification . . .

The Christian will recognize that these condemnations of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone stand in direct contradiction to Scripture and amount to an anathema upon the Gospel itself. Romans 3:20–28, 4:3, 5:1, Galatians 3:1–3, Ephesians 2:8–9 and Colossians 2:13–14 are just a few of the numerous passages that address the various condemnations which Rome set forth at the Council of Trent.

"For the Gospel is the promise of God’s grace . . ."

The Roman Catholic concept of God's grace is a philosophical contradiction of the biblical doctrine:

Sanctifying Grace

Grace (gratia, Charis), in general, is a supernatural gift of God to intellectual creatures (men, angels) for their eternal salvation, whether the latter be furthered and attained through salutary acts or a state of holiness. Eternal salvation itself consists in heavenly bliss resulting from the intuitive knowledge of the Triune God, who to the one not endowed with grace "inhabiteth light inaccessible" (1 Timothy 6:16). Christian grace is a fundamental idea of the Christian religion, the pillar on which, by a special ordination of God, the majestic edifice of Christianity rests in its entirety. Among the three fundamental ideas — sin, redemption, and grace — grace plays the part of the means, indispensable and Divinely ordained, to effect the redemption from sin through Christ and to lead men to their eternal destiny in heaven. . .

Since the end and aim of all efficacious grace is directed to the production of sanctifying grace where it does not already exist, or to retain and increase it where it is already present, its excellence, dignity, and importance become immediately apparent; for holiness and the sonship of God depend solely upon the possession of sanctifying grace, wherefore it is frequently called simply grace without any qualifying word to accompany it as, for instance, in the phrases "to live in grace" or "to fall from grace".

"It can inspire the building of a truly just and redeemed social order"

The Roman Catholic claim of redemptive power is staggering:

The Roman Catholic view of the Roman Catholic Church

[The Roman Catholic Church] is the minister of redemption (1471) because only through it can full salvation come (Vatican 2, Decree on Ecumenism, 3). . .

'An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.'

Finally, "just" and "social order" are allied. While there may be dissertations in which "social justice" is not connected to "social order," one would be hard put to find them. In every one of the following articles, "Social Justice" and "social order" are connected. The reader may do a search within the documents for "social order." -

What Is Social Justice?

Few terms have become as unmoored from their Catholic origins, and have thus lent themselves to misunderstanding in contemporary discourse, as has the term “social justice.” What does the term mean when it appears in papal documents—particularly when it appeared in the formative years of Catholic social teaching? . . .

'Social Justice' is a Complex Concept

In his 1991 social encyclical "Centesimus Annus," Pope John Paul II warned that a bloated state "leads to a loss of human energies and an inordinate increase in public agencies, which are dominated more by bureaucratic ways of thinking than by concerns for serving their clients, and which are accompanied by an enormous increase in spending." I call that prophetic.

Let's also be clear that the Church's teaching condemns the idolatry of money and material goods.

The Church finds another way, neither condemning market activities nor exalting them beyond their rightful place in the grand scheme of things. It asks us to work for the highest good and to contribute as we can our time, talents and wealth that we have earned for the betterment of the world. The Church also demands that we build just systems of trade that enable the poor to be the agents of their own betterment.

Social justice from religious traditions

Even before it was propounded in the Catholic social doctrine, social justice appeared regularly in the history of the Catholic Church:

  • The term "social justice" was adopted by the Jesuit Luigi Taparelli in the 1840s, based on the work of St. Thomas Aquinas. He wrote extensively in his journal Civiltà Cattolica, engaging both capitalist and socialist theories from a natural law viewpoint. His basic premise was that the rival economic theories, based on subjective Cartesian thinking, undermined the unity of society present in Thomistic metaphysics; neither the liberal capitalists nor the communists concerned themselves with public moral philosophy.

  • Pope Leo XIII, who studied under Taparelli, published in 1891 the encyclical Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of the Working Classes,) rejecting both socialism and capitalism, while defending labor unions and private property. He stated that society should be based on cooperation and not class conflict and competition. In this document, Leo set out the Catholic Church's response to the social instability and labor conflict that had arisen in the wake of industrialization and had led to the rise of socialism. The Pope advocated that the role of the State was to promote social justice through the protection of rights, while the Church must speak out on social issues in order to teach correct social principles and ensure class harmony.

  • The encyclical Quadragesimo Anno (On Reconstruction of the Social Order, literally "in the fortieth year") of 1931 by Pope Pius XI, encourages a living wage, subsidiarity, and advocates that social justice is a personal virtue as well as an attribute of the social order, saying that society can be just only if individuals and institutions are just.

  • Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical Deus Caritas Est ("God is Love") of 2006 claims that justice is the defining concern of the state and the central concern of politics, and not of the church, which has charity as its central social concern. It said that the laity has the specific responsibility of pursuing social justice in civil society and that the church's active role in social justice should be to inform the debate, using reason and natural law, and also by providing moral and spiritual formation for those involved in politics.

  • The official Catholic doctrine on social justice can be found in the book Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, published in 2004 and pdated in 2006, by the Pontifical Council Iustitia et Pax.

While the advocacy of social justice can now be found in the ranks of a range of political and religious thinkers, it derives from an original Roman Catholic concept.

Pope Francis is an advocate of Roman Catholic supremacy in every fiber of his being. Multitudes will wake up to this fact when it is too late to escape it.

NEW►  It was described as a meeting which "broke a 200-year-old tradition which has seen few US politicians publicly courting the Catholic Church." In 1979 John Paul II became "the first Pope to set foot in the White House":-

1979: President Carter praises Pope's courage

Around 40,000 people gathered to see the Pope hold a Mass for 1,000 priests at St Matthew's Cathedral in Washington before he travelled to the White House on the last day of his tour of six American cities.

As he arrived he was welcomed by nearly 7,000 government and church dignitaries.

President Carter addressed John Paul II in Polish before he turned to the crowd and said: "For those of you who may not speak Polish, that means 'May God be praised'." . . .

Later the Pope and the President entered the White House where Mr. Carter was blessed by the pontiff [in fact the "blessing" embraced all of the assembled government dignitaries representing the nation.]

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this event was a great landmark in the history of the American nation. Now another great and profoundly significant landmark is scheduled:-

From [D]@gmail.com:

Pope Francis to Address Congress on September 24

The Pope confirmed last month that he will visit Washington D.C., New York City and Philadelphia during the first trip of his papacy to the United States.

The address will be the first time a Pope has addressed a joint session of Congress.

Boehner extended an open invitation to Pope Francis last March, saying that the first Pope from the Americas "has inspired millions of Americans with his pastoral manner and servant leadership, challenging all people to lead lives of mercy, forgiveness, solidarity, and humble service."

This event comes after over three decades of advancement of the Church of Rome's legislative agenda in the United States, first stealthily, but now with increasing openness to the view of all who can recognize religio-political legislation when they see it:-

Boehner announces Pope Francis accepts historic invitation will address Congress

One upcoming joint address to Congress has bipartisanship support; Pope Francis has accepted Speaker of the House John Boehner's, R-OH invitation and will become the first pontiff to address Congress on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Boehner announced at the GOP leadership press conference on Thursday, Feb. 5 that the pope will address Congress, saying, "We're humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people."

Boehner made the announcement Thursday morning, stating, "It is my great privilege to announce that His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the United States Capitol on Thursday, September 24, 2015." The speech is scheduled for the day after Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, while Congress is out on a recess, still to hear the pope speak the chamber will be full. The speaker noted, "It will be a historic visit, and we are truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation." This is first time a pontiff or a religious head of state has addressed Congress. Continuing Boehner articulated, "In a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father's message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds. His teachings, prayers, and very example bring us back to the blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another. We look forward to warmly welcoming Pope Francis to our Capitol and hearing his address on behalf of the American people."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA was equally excited about Pope Francis coming to speak to Congress. In her statement responding, she called him "the first pontiff born in the Americas." Continuing Pelosi expressed, "Pope Francis has renewed the faith of Catholics worldwide and inspired a new generation of people, regardless of their religious affiliation, to be instruments of peace," the California Democrat said. "In the spirit of the namesake of San Francisco, St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis' universal message of love and compassion speaks to millions around the world. We are eager to welcome His Holiness to the U.S. Capitol and we look forward to hearing his call to live our values, to protect the poor and the needy, and to promote peace."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY also issued a statement, welcoming the announcement and the pontiff's upcoming speech. McConnell commented, "The American people look forward to hearing Pope Francis' call to love our neighbors and to find new and creative ways to meet the pressing needs of those who exist on the fringes of society. From the slums of Buenos Aires to St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis is moving the hearts of millions and inspiring a new generation with an engaging and compelling style. I join Speaker Boehner in welcoming this inspirational leader, with his simple message of compassion and openness to others, to the Capitol."

So there it is: an "historic invitation," "the first time a pontiff or a religious head of state has addressed Congress," "bipartisanship support," the Democratic Party's House Minority Leader "equally excited ." Who among diligent Bible students can fail to recognize the Image to the Beast in this landmark event? It is a glaring manifestation!

The Image to the Beast has been formed for quite some time and has been speaking, gradually advancing the legislative agenda of Rome and ensnaring the many who have abandoned sound doctrine and the sure Word of prophecy, or who refuse to walk in the increasing light of advancing Truth. The "facts on the ground" clearly show that it is a grave mistake to continue to look for a national Sunday law, or to be of a frame of mind that fails to recognize the significance of the conjunction "both" in Rev. 13:15. Life has already been given to the beast, and it speaks as it progresses towards the fulfillment of Rev. 13:15b-17.

* Abortion; Subsidiarity (translated into "limited government;" N.B. "The crusade against Big Government rages"); Natural Law Legislation etc.


 

Pope Francis continues to promote his goal of "Christian Unity":-

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Pope Francis calls for Christian Unity

In a service rich with music and prayer the Pope said there should be more focus on what unites Christians.

"So many past controversies between Christians can be overcome when we put aside all polemical or apologetic approaches, and seek instead to grasp more fully what unites us," said the Pope.

"We need to realize that, to plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another, we need to encounter one another and to challenge one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who harmonizes diversities and overcomes conflicts," Francis continued.

But the conditions for true Christian unity are nonexistent -

Except for those who have departed from the Protestant faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils (1 Tim. 4:1,) including Seventh-day Adventists.

With the electorate clamoring for legislative action to better the economic condition of the people, the totally Republican controlled House of Representatives continues to give priority to the Roman Catholic agenda - religious ideology violating the separation of church and state. Difficulties and embarassment ensue because of the extremes to which the ideology inevitably leads:-

GOP Leaders Pull Abortion Bill After Revolt by Women, Moderates -

Some Republicans worried that the 20-week abortion measure might alienate millennials and female voters. But many female lawmakers were also furious over its clause stating that women can be exempt from the ban in cases of rape only if they reported the rape to authorities.

House GOP Cancels 20-Week Abortion Ban Vote, Introduces Another Anti-Choice Bill -

To avoid disappointing the hordes of anti-choice marchers descending on Washington, D.C., for the March for Life, Republicans will pinch-hit with another bill from their deep bench of anti-choice legislation—a bill to restrict federal funding for abortion coverage. . .

It’s unclear how many female GOP “no” votes leadership would have actually seen on the 20-week ban, given that Rep. Renee Ellmers (R- NC), who led the charge to change the ban’s rape exceptions and removed herself as a co-sponsor, said she would have still voted for the bill. . .

Given that Ellmers had also warned that the party risked turning off young voters by focusing on the abortion ban so soon after taking control of Congress, her concerns seem to have been more about optics and timing than substance.

It is glaringly evident that the Republican party is obsessed with the abortion issue. That the Roman Catholic Church itself is obsessed with abortion is expressly stated by Pope Francis:

Pope Francis: Roman Catholic Church ‘Obsessed’ With Abortion, Contraception, Homosexuality -

As the Times reports, Pope Francis seeks to make the church more welcoming. “This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people,” he said. “We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.”

While the Roman Catholic Church frequently focuses on issues like contraception and abortion, the pope himself thinks the church should take a step back. He told his interviewer, “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.”

As it is a question of public relations with those who revolted against the 20-week abortion ban, so it is a matter of making the church more welcoming. There is a snare here, both in Republican politics and in Pope Francis' preferred policy. The Pope's opposition to abortion and contraception has been expressly stated along with euthanasia, and homosexuality (referenced above,) the latter of which in particular places the pontiff on solid biblical ground, although he would not claim the Bible as his primary authority:

Pope calls abortion, euthanasia, IVF sins 'against God the creator'

Catholic moral teaching forbids abortion, euthanasia, the use artificial reproduction technologies such as in-vitro fertilization and research that involves the destruction of human embryos.

Pope Francis Challenges Filipinos: Families are Your Greatest Treasure, Oppose Abortion -

Pope Francis, in referencing the goodness and truth proclaimed by predecessors Saint Pope Paul VI and Saint John Paul II, further stated:

In the moment of challenge of the growth of the population, we have the strength to defend openness to life. The Philippines need loving families to protect the beauty and truth of God’s plan as ‘the future passes through the family.’ So protect your families — it’s your country’s greatest treasure…. Be sanctuaries of respect for life, proclaiming the sacredness of every human life from conception to natural death. What a gift this would be to society, if every Christian family lived fully its noble vocation! Our world needs good and strong families to overcome these threats.

Pope Francis Defends Catholic Church's Ban on Contraception But Says Christians Don't Have to Procreate 'Like Rabbits' -

That phrase "christians don't have to procreate 'like rabbits'" is pregnant with Roman Catholic doctrine on marital relations. The position of the papacy on both abortion and contraception are based on dogmatic claims of the Roman Catholic Church.

To some minds, the attempted legislation banning 20-week abortions is baffling; but it should not be:

House Leadership Should Thank GOP Women for Thwarting Anti-Abortion Bill -

Whether it was conviction or politics that led House Republican women to object, the party's leadership should probably be thankful that they stopped the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" from hitting the House floor yesterday. From a political standpoint, the legislation—which would have banned abortion after 5 months pregnancy—was baffling. After a midterm election spent making Democrat's "GOP War on Women" rhetoric look a little silly, one of the first things Republicans do in the new Congress is introduce federal abortion restrictions? And on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade at that? That's just spiteful. It's exactly the kind of thing that makes popular ideas about the party being anti-woman seem true.

Identification of the Republican Party with the Roman Catholic Church, and the party's aggressive promotion of Roman Catholic teachings is irrefutably based on facts:

The Vatican Connection: How the Roman Catholic Church Influences the Republican Party -

However, although Dole’s endorsement of the Catholic political agenda, along with a similar endorsement by the Republican Party platform, made the Republican Party in effect a religious or sectarian party, it is even more significant that the Catholic bishops took action to aid the Republican Party. The president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Anthony M. Pilla of Cleveland, departed from custom to tell the 250 bishops that, although they should not engage in partisan politics, they could address political issues that might be closer to the views of one party. Then, after a “stinging attack on President Clinton’s veto of a measure that banned a type of late-term abortion,” the bishops, according to the June 24 New York Times, “unanimously endorsed [Dole’s] appeal to Congress to overturn the veto.”

Meet the ‘evangelical’ Catholics who are remaking the GOP -

How many voters know that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a Roman Catholic? Or that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is a Southern Baptist, not a Latino Catholic? Or that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio worships at both a Catholic parish and an evangelical church?

More importantly, does it matter?

Actually, it does in today’s Republican Party, where a number of factors have forged a new religious identity that supersedes familiar old categories.

These prominent Republicans are emblematic of the new religious amalgam that, in many instances, has helped refashion denominational differences that were once almost insurmountable. Look no further than the stunning Virginia primary victory of Dave Brat, a Catholic with degrees from a Reformed Protestant college in Michigan and Princeton Theological Seminary, who took down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last week.

Running in a conservative district in the Richmond suburbs, Brat is described as both a Catholic and Calvinist, labels that would be considered incompatible in almost any realm. He’s a champion of a resurgent movement among Catholic intellectuals that seeks to marry Catholic social teaching with free-market economic libertarianism.

Recent presidential elections have elevated several evangelicals, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. But heading into the 2014 midterm elections, several of the Republican Party’s emerging leaders are Catholic, including some who maintain evangelical backgrounds or tendencies.

The challenge for Catholic politicians might be finding the balancing act between a Catholic and an evangelical appeal, said Amy E. Black, a political science professor at Wheaton College in Illinois.

“While the Catholic faith used to be a liability, it might even be an asset now,” Black said. “Evangelicals are a solid voting bloc in the Republican Party, whereas Catholics are likely to be swing voters. Republican presidential candidates know they need to appeal to evangelical voters, and they want to win over as many Catholic voters as they can.”

Evangelicals have been relatively predictable in the past few elections, while Catholics have been less so. . .

Cf. Rev. 13:11-18. There will be further examination of this critical subject, which is directly related to receiving the Mark of the Beast, in future postings on this web page.

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FINAL WORLD EVENTS IN PROPHECY FORESHADOWED 2014

 
Announcement:

Elder Wm. H. Grotheer died on Sabbath, Saturday May 2, 2009.

He has left a rich legacy of theological writings and sermons which will be a blessing to many until the end of time.

Follow the adjacent link to a moving tribute written by a former student of Elder Grotheer who has been a friend of the Grotheer family for nearly fifty years.

In memory of
William Henry Grotheer October 10, 1923
to May 2, 2009

 

"The hour has come, the hour is striking and striking at you, the hour and the end!"  Eze. 7:6 (Moffatt)