Saturday, April 15, 2017

GC of SDA Present at Ecumenical Meeting With the Pope

The Watchman

5 months ago

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The annual conference of Secretaries of Christian World Communions took place in Rome on October 11–13, 2016. This unformal ecumenical forum that goes back to 1957 sees itself as “communions of Churches belonging to the same tradition and held together by this common heritage, conscious of living in the same universal fellowship and giving to this consciousness at least some structured visible expression” (Study Encounter, IV, 1, 1968, p. 46).

On Wednesday, before the general audience Pope Francis received in audience the participants in the Conference of Secretaries of Christian World Communions, which sadly included representation from the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The international ecumenical association meets annually in October, each year in a different country, to improve mutual awareness.

The picture below taken from the Adventist News Network on the church’s official website proves that the gentlemen furthest to the right pictured above with Pope Francis is Ganoune Diop, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Listed below are three separate articles covering the event, of which one is from the official Vatican website.

Zenit: The World Seen From Rome

Ecumenical Patriarchate Permanent Delegation to the World Council of Churches

The Holy See Press Office

Although, it is sad that leading men from inside of our denomination are helping to heal the deadly wound of the papacy, it is not surprising because we have a more sure word of prophecy. Pope Francis just recently signed a document in Sweden declaring that the protestant reformation is over. This is largely in part because our church has stopped its protest in official capacity.

A brother in the faith recently shared with me that is high time to “Study your bibles and the spirit of prophecy, put your trust in Christ! The abominations are getting greater and greater.” I am in agreeance with my brother and if I might add, it is imperative that we cut out the “middle man”. We mustn’t allow fallible man to interpret the scriptures and spirit of prophecy for us in sermons and in books like the sabbath school lesson, church manual, sop compilations, bible “per”versions, policy books, devotionals, textbooks, and etc. Our only safety is in going straight to the source of the Water of Life and be like the Bereans who “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11

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