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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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After the truth has been proclaimed as a witness to all nations, every conceivable power of evil will be set in operation, and minds will be confused by many voices crying, "Lo, here is Christ, Lo, he is there. This is the truth, I have the message from God, he has sent me with great light." Then there will be a removing of the landmarks, and an attempt to tear down the pillars of our faith. (R&H, December 13, 1892.)



"A Message Whose Time Has Come"

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A Major Path For Rome Among Many Converging through Jerusalem to Global Domination By Satan in Person - the Ultimate Antichrist


(The Roman Catholic Social Doctrine - Ascendancy of the Roman Catholic dogma in the body politic of the United States.)



Daniel 7 and Leviticus 16 Harmonized

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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.
2 Thess. 2:8-12 (NKJV; emphasis added)


The contemporary body of corporate Seventh-day Adventists and many, many Independent Ministries are sleepwalking far behind the march of prophetic events.  It is high time to wake up and WATCH!

"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;


An urgent message to Seventh-day Adventists as the prophetic time clock winds down:

Text of Sermon, Sabbath, August 12, 1989

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The nearness of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ


"A Message Whose Time Has Come"

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Keeping an eye on the European Union:

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CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THE GEOLOGICAL AND CLIMATOLOGICAL SIGNS WHICH MULTIPLY - “the sea and the waves roaring” Luke 21:25; “Calamities, earthquakes, floods, disasters by land and by sea, will increase. . . ." - (R&H, December 11, 1900):

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A Major Path For Rome Among Many Converging through Jerusalem to Global Domination By Satan in Person - the Ultimate Antichrist


(The Roman Catholic Social Doctrine - Ascendancy of the Roman Catholic dogma in the body politic of the United States.)

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)


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►  Ben Carson provides a rich lode of evidence that he is wholly immersed in the delusional fables of the False Prophet. How many Seventh-day Adventists is he carrying with him into ultimate oblivion? (Rev. 19:20.) In 2 Tim. 4:3-4 the Apostle Paul predicted:

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

Among cross references are the following two:

Isaiah 30:10 (RSV)

Who say to the seers, “See not”; and to the prophets, “Prophesy not to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions

Thessalonians 2:11 (NKJV

And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie

Both of these texts are particularly applicable to these times when the light of true prophecy has gone out in the Christian world, and illusory predictions are substituted. It is of extreme significance that Paul's prediction is specifically linked to the papacy (which has corrupted and neutralized the Bible prophecies by its invention of Preterism, Futurism, and Higher Criticism.)

It transpires that Ben Carson has not plucked his "belief" that the pyramids of Egypt were built by Joseph as granaries out of thin air. The problem is that his sources (though not identified by him) are all fables tracing all the way back to the early Christian era. These fables have been embraced in the Evangelical world, and Carson is one of them! Note that these are the people who were duped into taking over the Republican party and opening the door to domination of party and nation by the Church of Rome - forming the Image to the Beast. (Note that use of the following articles does not constitute endorsement of any hint of doubt about the historical record of the Bible):-

The Long, Strange History of the Pyramids as the Granaries of Joseph

The most concerning part of this anti-science debacle is Carson’s assertion that claims about ancient history are merely “personal beliefs” that should not be evaluated against facts. When asked directly if he was specifically claiming that the pyramids were literally built under the direction of Joseph and were used to store grain, Carson replied, “It’s a plausible belief […] because I believe in the Bible.” But facts aren’t “beliefs,” and it’s disturbing that Carson feels that he can use “belief” as a magic wand to avoid having to support his feelings with facts. . .

But the second part of his defense was also upsetting because he cast his “belief” as existing in opposition to “secular progressives,” as though Christians would uniformly accept a crackpot version of ancient history—or the Bible.

The fact of the matter is that the claim doesn’t appear in the Bible at all. The story of Joseph and Pharaoh is told in Genesis 41, where Joseph tells Pharaoh that a prophetic dream foretells seven years of famine. In Genesis 41:48, we read that Joseph collected grain in each Egyptian city as insurance against the famine, and in Genesis 41:56 we read that this grain was kept in storehouses. If we read this literally, it would seem that there was a storehouse in each city, so even if you believe literally in Genesis, these storehouses cannot be the pyramids.

That did not stop people from speculating about them, however. Here is where things start to get complicated. According to some sources, the monk Rufinus reported in the second of two books he added to his translation of Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History that pyramids were shown as Joseph’s granaries in his day, c. 410 CE, but this passage doesn’t appear in modern editions, for reasons unknown to me. (The closest source I can find is a sixteenth century hagiography.) In St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, there is a series of murals made in 1204 that depict scenes from Genesis. Because many of these match closely to images in the illustrated Cotton Genesis, a copy of the Book of Genesis made in the fifth century CE, it’s assumed that the remaining murals reflect pages missing from the incomplete Cotton Genesis. One of these shows Joseph’s granaries as the Pyramids of Egypt, with holes at their peaks for pouring in grain. If this assumption is correct, then the Cotton Genesis would be the oldest identification of the pyramids with the granaries of Joseph. . .

Julius Honorius, a Roman writer of Late Antiquity (c. 500 +/- 50 years), was apparently the first to describe the pyramids as Joseph’s granaries, in his Cosmographia, in which he says that the pyramids “are called the storehouses of Joseph,” but without elaboration. . .

I guess we’re experiencing another outbreak of medievalism, but we can take heart that if it is true tha[t] the story was inspired by Jews and early Christians trying to syncretize their faiths with the glory of grain-giving Serapis in the Roman era of Egypt, then there is some irony in the pagan origin of Carson’s Christian extremist beliefs.

Did Joseph Build the Great Pyramid at Gizeh?

Dr. Ben Carson has made lots of controversial headlines this week with his assertion, that turns out to be quite common in certain Adventist/Fundamentalist Christian circles, that the biblical Joseph in fact built the Great Pyramid of Cheops–the one that appears on the back of our U.S. dollar bill as the “Great Seal” of our nation.

Although this assertion comes as a shock to the press and is repudiated by all Egyptologists, it has some broader background that is worth exploring–see Ana Marie Cox’s very intelligent post in the Daily Beast here. I remember hearing this theory here and there in Christian evangelical circles growing up in the 1960s as a teenager. The assertion that Joseph was the engineering genius (with God’s help of course!) behind the mysterious construction of the oldest pyramids–and that they were used for grain storage, is still floating around after 50 years, see the purported evidence here. The late Dr. Herman Hoeh, self-educated “historian” and biblical scholar, wrote an article in the Plain Truth magazine in 1964 titled “Who Built the Great Pyramid?” that is available on-line here. He asserts that not only Joseph was involved, but the biblical figure of “Job” was in fact Cheops, the non-Egyptian king who ruled Egypt in the 18th century BCE. If you read through Dr. Hoeh’s article you can see how naive readers would be taken in by his presumed knowledge of history while all mainstream historians and archaeologists, lacking biblical faith, are thus deluded and can’t see the truth.

This is the “closed” scientific world that Dr. Carson and millions of fundamentalist Christians live in and within that bubble everything makes sense. . .

It is hoped that the "millions of fundamentalist Christians" do not include too many Seventh-day Adventists.

NEW►  Pope Francis, the "man of peace," has made a startling, indeed dramatic, statement about the terrorist attack in Paris, France, on Friday, November 13, 2015:-

Pope Francis warns on 'piecemeal World War III'

A "piecemeal" World War III may have already begun with the current spate of crimes, massacres and destruction, Pope Francis has warned. . .

The Argentine Pope has often condemned the idea of war in God's name. In Saturday's homily, standing at the altar beneath Italy's fascist-era Redipuglia memorial - where 100,000 Italian soldiers killed during WWI are buried, 60,000 of them unnamed, the Pope paid tribute to the victims of all wars.

"Humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep," he said. Only last month, Pope Francis said the international community would be justified in using force to stop what he called "unjust aggression" by Islamic State militants, who have killed or displaced thousands of people in Iraq and Syria, including many Christians, the BBC's David Willey reports.

"Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction," he said.

Pope Francis calls Paris attacks piece of a ‘piecemeal World War III’

Pope Francis lamented a string of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, calling them a “piece” of a “piecemeal World War III.”

“I am close to the people of France, to the families of the victims, and I am praying for all of them,” the pontiff said Saturday, according to the Vatican Radio. “I am moved, and I am saddened. I do not understand — these things hard to understand.” . . .

“Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction,” he said.

He called the attacks “inhumane” saying, “There is no religious or human justification” for the violence.

French President Francoise Hollande on Saturday blamed the Islamic State terrorist group for the attacks that left 127 dead and scores injured.

He called the wave of bombing and shooting attacks in and around Paris an “act of war committed by a terrorist arm, the Islamic State group, a jihadist army, against France, against the values that we defend everywhere in the world, against what we are: A free country that means something to the whole planet.”

By any measure, the terrorist aggression in Paris on Friday is a significant end time event. One of the attackers is even reported to have shouted, "We are stronger than France," (cf. Joel 3:10.) Given the explicit declaration of President Hollande that the terrorist attack was an act of war, followed by the Pope's extraordinary statement, and the possibility that the NATO pact may be invoked, the question arises whether closer attention should be paid to the prophecies of Dan. 11:40-44. These prophecies are extremely difficult to interpret; but there is clear biblical exegesis identifying the parties involved as the papacy and the nations occupying the former territories of the Seleucid Empire and Egypt respectively. The Holy See has no armed forces; but there are nations so closely identified with this religio-political power that warfare by or against them may be representative of a papacy on the attack or under attack (cf. Why Pope Francis supports limited action against Islamic State; Pope Francis: US Action against ISIS a 'Just War'; Pope warns refugees bring ISIS threat: "ISIS has issued death threats against those in Rome and vowed to raise the group’s signature black flag above St. Peter’s Basilica.") There has been so much real movement towards fulfillment of Dan. 11:45, that it stretches credulity to think that verses 40-44 are not beginning to be/will not be fulfilled.

NEW►  The winds of change have been blowing in the Seventh-day Adventist Church for over five decades, with increased velocity in recent years, all in the wrong direction.

Writing about the first great apostasy, Ellen G. White stated:

What was the origin of the great apostasy? How did the church first depart from the simplicity of the gospel?—By conforming to the practices of paganism, to facilitate the acceptance of Christianity by the heathen. The apostle Paul declared, even in his day, “The mystery of iniquity doth already work.” [2 Thessalonians 2:7.] During the lives of the apostles the church remained comparatively pure. “But toward the latter end of the second century most of the churches assumed a new form, the first simplicity disappeared; and insensibly, as the old disciples retired to their graves, their children, along with new converts ... came forward and new-modeled the cause.” [Robinson, in History of Baptism.] (Great Controversy, Pp.384-385)

She wrote about another great apostasy - in the Seventh-day Adventist Church!:

One thing it is certain is soon to be realized,—the great apostasy, which is developing and increasing and waxing stronger, and will continue to do so until the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout. We are to hold fast the first principles of our denominated faith, and go forward from strength to increased faith. The New York Indicator, February 7, 1906.

Another statement by Mrs. White outlined a process of apostasy which has been fulfilled to the letter:

The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure.

Who has authority to begin such a movement? We have our Bibles. We have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth?

I hesitated and delayed about the sending out of that which the Spirit of the Lord impelled me to write. I did not want to be compelled to present the misleading influence of these sophistries. But in the providence of God, the errors that have been coming in must be met.

An Iceberg! “Meet It” (Selected Messages, Book 1, Pp. 204-205)

Ellen G. White also wrote this statement:

And because the Spirit is to come, not to praise men or to build up their erroneous theories, but to reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment, many turn away from it. They are not willing to be deprived of the garments of their own self-righteousness. They are not willing to exchange their own righteousness, which is unrighteousness, for the righteousness of Christ, which is pure, unadulterated truth. (Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, P. 65)

All of these statements have a bearing on the spiritual condition of the contemporary Seventh-day Adventist Church. This is borne out by the astonishing news reports and articles that appear regularly in the official church paper, the Adventist Review:-

From [D];

The Anthem of Adventism

With the enormous media coverage about Seventh-day Adventists occasioned by the public comments of Donald Trump and Ben Carson this week, Adventists in North America find themselves in a unique position. While delighted with positive news coverage about a handful of distinctive beliefs (read more here) and the benefits of a healthy Adventist lifestyle, many Adventists have realized that this movement needs to be known for more than these.

None of us can know for certain what God’s purposes are in allowing public attention on this movement at this moment, but we can be certain that He ultimately wants this faith community to be known and embraced for more than longevity and our impressive healthcare system.

This moment could be Adventism’s “breakthrough” moment—if we are prepared to seize the opportunity.

I’d like to propose that our unique understanding of the Great Controversy—specifically the story of the sacrifice of Christ at the heart of the “everlasting gospel”—is the reality for which we really should be known. . .

This good news is offered to all who respond to His love today—Seventh-day Adventists and Presbyterians, Methodists and Roman Catholics, Buddhists and Hindus—well, you get the picture.

At a moment when our culture is decidedly curious about Seventh-day Adventists, shouldn’t we be known for candidly describing the reality of the human condition—and the amazing reality of Christ’s reconciling love? Shouldn’t this be a “distinctive” for which we are also famous?

Is the preaching of Jesus Christ's reconciling love really the uniqueness of Seventh-day Adventism? Is this the only denomination professing to proclaim the reconciling love of Jesus. Is the Roman Catholic Church not prominent in teaching universal love, regardless of differences between denominations and religions; which nevertheless are all opposed to the God of heaven and His Truth?

Ellen G. White stated in crystal clear terms the primary mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which sets it apart from all other Christian denominations:

In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world. . . . They have been given a work of the most solemn import--the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels' messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention.

The most solemn truths ever entrusted to mortals have been given to us to proclaim to the world. The proclamation of these truths is to be our work. The world is to be warned, and God's people are to be true to the trust committed to them (9T 19). . .

The third angel's message must do its work of separating from the churches a people who will take their stand on the platform of eternal truth." It is a "life-and-death message (6T 61).

The Lord has been pleased to give His people the third angel's message as a testing message to bear to the world. John beholds a people distinct and separate from the world, who refuse to worship the beast or his image, who bear God's sign, keeping holy His Sabbath-the seventh day. . . . Of them the apostle writes, 'Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus' [Rev. 14:12] (Ev 233; underscored emphasis added)

What more can be said to reveal the depth of apostasy that has destroyed the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church! Ben Carson is bad news for true Seventh-day Adventism - period! He is giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the Three Angels' Messages, and his presence in the spotlight increases the difficulty that already exists for those whose purpose is to propagate Truth, pure and unadulterated. What are non-Adventists to think about Seventh-day Adventism as represented by Ben Carson AND the contemporary corporate body? Are they more likely to believe the Adventist leadership and their loyal followers, or those who try to explain the true Seventh-day Adventist movement? These faithful Seventh-day Adventists were once referred to by the leadership as a "lunatic fringe." Those who comprise this "lunatic fringe" are the true representatives of the unique Seventh-day Adventist message and the Gospel of Adventism.

NEW►  A sign of the times! An Adventist Today news item is a demonstration of the destructive influence of what is called "Progressive Adventism" within the Seventh-day Adventist Church These "progressive," or "liberal," Adventists are a faction within the Church body which has adopted as a credo the term "progressive." On close examination progressivism (not in its political sense,) should have been adopted by the Church body, and more recently the Independent Ministries, as a guiding principle for exactly the opposite purpose to that of the "Progressives." Ellen G. White wrote:

The Lord has made his people the repository of sacred truth. Upon every individual who has had the light of present truth devolves the duty of developing that truth on a higher scale than it has hitherto been done." (HM, July 1, 1897.)

We must not think, "Well, we have all the truth, we understand the main pillars of our faith, and we may rest on this knowledge." The truth is an advancing truth, and we must walk in the increasing light." (R&H, March 25, 1890.)

On the basis of these statements, the foundational Truth must always be at the core of progress. This is what it means to be walking "in the increasing light" of advancing Truth from the throne of God. Developing "that truth on a higher scale than it has hitherto been done" never involves abandoning or destroying the Truth, which has been the work of the "Progressives."

The Seventh-day Adventist Church inherited fundamental Truths from the Protestant Reformation, and received from God the special light of the Three Angels' Messages, at the heart of which is the Sanctuary Doctrine. Among the Truths inherited from Protestant Reformation was the identification of the Little Horn of Daniel 7, the "man of sin" of 1 Thess. 2:3 et seq., and the first beast of Rev. 13, as the papacy. The papacy has always cast a dark shadow over all of the fundamental doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Recognition of this fact has been repudiated by the leadership of the Church, strongly aided by factions such as the "Progressives"/"Liberals." Even so, what amounts to a naked demand for obeisance to the Pope is astonishing, and suggests remarkable confidence that the Church body as a whole is neutralized as a primary opponent of the papacy. The opening explanatory statement added after first publication was disingenuous in suggesting that "there is a tongue-in-cheek element to this column expressing an opinion." Readers' comments were cut off. Incredibly, the Publisher appears to have been taken aback by the backlash from the laity:-

A Proposed Letter of Apology to Pope Francis from the GC President

Readers of the Adventist Today web site and anyone living in Philadelphia who listens to or reads local media in or around that city may be aware of the recent mass mailing of a book, The Great Controversy, to 700,000 individuals living in that city or surrounding area. The mailing was intended to be coincident with a visit to Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love,” by the current Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis.

As readers of Adventist Today will know, The Great Controversy is a 19th-century work based on an extensive editing of materials originally produced by and under the name of a co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, Ellen Gould Harmon-White (1837-1915). Like a wide cross section of many other evangelical and later fundamentalist Protestant authors belonging to a wide range of conservative Protestant churches in 19th- and early 20th-century America, White was very critical of the theology and history of the Roman Catholic Church in Europe. Obviously, the heritage she reflected went back centuries, based on the long-standing, intense hostility that existed between Protestants and Catholics beginning at the time of the Reformation and continuing down into the late 19th century in many countries in Europe before being transplanted across the Atlantic to the United States.

A regrettable part of that heritage was the continued affirmation of conspiracy scenarios concerning alleged attempts of Roman Catholics to establish some sort of political advantage, usually by some nefarious means in America. Anti-Catholic hostility was exacerbated during the 19th century because of the competition for employment with native-born Anglo-Saxon Americans due to the large influx of immigrants from Catholic countries in Europe, especially Ireland. It even had a 19th-century political expression in America with the formation of the anti-Catholic, anti- immigrant, anti-Jewish “Know-Nothing” political movement.

We can be encouraged that the organization which was responsible for the mailing of the Great Controversy volume was not the official Seventh-day Adventist Church. The organization was Remnant Publications, based in Michigan. However, the message that this mailing was clearly intended to communicate is an anti-Catholic message and the source of that message emanates from a part of the Adventist tradition. In light of this action on the part of members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it is here proposed that the President of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church send the following letter or some version of it to the Pope asking for his understanding and forgiveness.

Here is a draft of the text of such a letter that would be written on the stationery of the General Conference of SDAs

His Holiness, Pope Francis

Apostolic Palace

00120 Vatican City

Your Holiness:

It is recently come to my attention that certain misguided members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the United States have distributed a book, written by the co-founder of this Christian denomination, to many individuals living in the city of Philadelphia, prior to your upcoming visit to that city.

That book is entitled The Great Controversy. That volume was written in the 19th century at a time in the history of the United Sites when the relationship between Protestant and Catholic Christians was much less than ideal. Unfortunately, that book reflected various very regrettable negative aspects of that relationship. A predecessor of mine has noted that the anti-Catholic views that this book endorses have been “relegated to the ash heap of history” by current Adventist leaders and lay persons.

I currently hold the position of president of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and in that capacity I am writing to you to extend the apologies from a leader of one group of Christians to another, asking for your understanding and forgiveness for the unfortunate actions of a small number of members of the Christian faith tradition which I represent.

At a time when all Christians of good will should be seeking to come together to solve the serious problems facing our world, the actions of a few should not be allowed to confuse and disrupt that cooperation. It is in the spirit of that concern that this letter is being sent to you.

Please accept this apology in the name of all members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church who wish you and the church you represent the blessings of God.

Very Respectfully,

Ted N.C. Wilson

The hard-edged tone of the article, the repudiation of fundamental Protestant prophetic interpretation, the vicious assault on the Messenger of the Lord and the gift of prophecy in the early Seventh-day Adventist Church - all betray a mind foreign to historic Adventism. This is worthy of a Jesuit! Astonishingly, there has been no hint of a public reprimand from the Church leadership for either the brazen heresies of this publication or the embarrassing disrespect shown to the General Conference President.

Ellen G. White wrote, "One thing it is certain is soon to be realized,—the great apostasy, which is developing and increasing and waxing stronger, and will continue to do so until the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout." The New York Indicator, February 7, 1906. Can anyone doubt that the contemporary Seventh-day Adventist Church is fulfilling this prophecy "on steroids" in its relationship with the Roman Catholic Church? Consider the progression from a medallion given to the Pope by B. B. Beach and the following statement in 1975:

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 pejorative sense to refer to the papal form of church governance, that attitude on the Church's part was nothing more than the 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. (From EEOC vs. PPPA (1975 Reply Brief for SDA Defendants in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment.)

This was a major landmark in a process of Romanization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church; but it was not the beginning. The present generation of Seventh-day Adventists, starved of instruction in righteousness, is probably not aware of an early manifestation of the process which occurred in 1949 when there was a revision on the Incarnation in the chapter titled "A Sinless Life." Another indirect but major manifestation occurred in 1967 when the Church opened a relationship with the World Council of Churches which led to the appointment of a representative to the organization's Faith and Order Commission. [From the hyperlinked bookmark, read through to "the full Constitutional statement of the WCC which is required for membership in that organization."] There have been other major developments; and harlotry displayed and on the rampage all along the way. [Note the Adventist Review articles that are no longer accessible from the hyperlinks. Special requests, with reason stated, must now be made. The publishers are obviously uncomfortable with collections being used to state the case against a harlot Church. Nevertheless, the titles of the articles are revealing enough.] The apostasy has increased to such a level that the Third Angel's Message is no longer a mission of the corporate body of Seventh-day Adventists. The publication under examination is an outrageous manifestation of the complete repudiation of the Message. Even some of those who profess to hold to the historic recognition of the papacy as the Antichrist go on to exempt Pope Francis and declare that the identity of the "apocalyptic Antichrist" is not known. On Sabbath School Net a posting on the Sabbath School Lessons for the fourth quarter of 2015 contains the following blog posting by an SDA pastor:

Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Sharing Prophecy

The last few weeks have been pretty intense in the religion-political world. The arrival of Pope Francis in America has elicited all kinds of responses. For some, he is a breath of fresh air. For others, he is no different from any other pope apart from his “terrific PR”.

Regardless of which position you may take, one thing is certain – Pope Francis is a historic pope. He is the first Latin-American pope and the first Jesuit pope. In addition “[h]is tour [in America] marked several firsts for the papacy: Francis was the first pope to address a joint sitting of US Congress. He also [conducted the]… first canonization to occur on US soil.” And if that weren’t enough, Christianity Today recently published an article titled “From Antichrist to Brother in Christ: How Protestant Pastors View the Pope” which reveals the results of a Life Way Research project which discovered that “[m]ore than half of evangelical pastors say Pope Francis is their brother in Christ.” This is a long shot from Luther, the father of Protestantism, who emphatically declared “I am entirely of the opinion that the papacy is the Antichrist.” . . .Examples of hateful rhetoric can include articles and memes insulting the Pope with phrases such as “Marxist,” “idolater,” “blasphemer,” or “man of sin.” Now some may argue “but that’s what the Bible calls him!” To which I would say, No. That’s what we call him while borrowing Scripture’s language. Truth is, we don’t know who the apocalyptic Antichrist is. While I share the conviction that the Antichrist is certainly the papacy, that does not automatically mean that a particular pope is the Antichrist. But even if Francis were the ultimate embodiment of the Antichrist, what have we accomplished by promulgating this? Calling someone “Antichrist” outside of Revelation’s narrative does nothing but offend those who do not share our world view. Letting people know who the Antichrist is not about slapping Antichrist on a picture of Francis and sharing it all over social media. It’s about inviting people into the story of Daniel and Revelation and lovingly helping them to see the entire tale unfold – a tale which has Jesus, not the Pope, as its central theme. . .

In summary, I wholeheartedly embrace the Reformers’ historicist interpretation of Daniel and Revelation. I am all for giving the warning. I am all for preaching final events. But it can never be done via false accusations, hateful rhetoric, or a continual thirst for more anti-papacy discourses which leave the avenues of our souls wide open to the dangers of apocalyptic paranoia. When discussing Revelations narrative we must remember that it is the “Revelation of Jesus,” that our words should always be seasoned with salt, that we are never to bear false witness, and that if there is one thing that we should thirst for more and more it is Jesus and Jesus only. Psalm 42:1 says “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.” May this prayer be ours.

Those who share the apocalyptic consciousness that Luther and the reformers proclaimed continue to view the papacy (not necessarily the pope) as the Antichrist. (Footnote links deleted.)

This "Pastor" claims to be a historicist (using the Grammatical-Historical or Proof Text hermeneutic.) His conclusions give the lie to that claim. The sacrilegious drivel of this "Pastor" makes a mockery of "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:" His concept of the Jesus Christ of the Book of Revelation is a desecration of this last critically important Book of prophecy in the Bible! As to Pope Francis, we must ignore his blasphemous titles (Vicar of Christ, Pontifex Maximus [hyperlink to unique analysis drawn from Rome's Latin Vulgate, exposing the measure of iniquity in this title,] etc,) the gross blasphemy of the Eucharist which he extols, his corruption of the Scriptures, and his propagation of pagan philosophy and pantheism??!! He is a brother in Christ??!! - WHICH CHRIST??

Viewing a Church Romanized to a degree unimaginable six decades ago (with probably more to come) expands one's understanding of this prophecy of Ellen G. White:

Here we see that the church--the Lord's sanctuary--was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God's power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief, and they say: The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. Thus "Peace and safety" is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God's people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together. . .

Our own course of action will determine whether we shall receive the seal of the living God or be cut down by the destroying weapons. Already a few drops of God's wrath have fallen upon the earth; but when the seven last plagues shall be poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation, then it will be forever too late to repent and find shelter. No atoning blood will then wash away the stains of sin. (5T:211-212)

One can feel no sympathy for "These dumb dogs that would not bark;" but one might feel a little sympathy for the decision makers of the family household corporations, who were influenced by them and blindly followed their soothing and deceptive words. One's heart bleeds for the "maidens, and little children" who will perish because of the corporate identity of the family. (Cf. The God of the Old Testament; The God of the New Testament.)


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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)