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1976 Apr -- A "NEW ORGANIZATION" -- (The Mystery of 1888, D. K. Short Manuscript -- Part 4) -- Summarizing the reaction to the message of Righteousness by Faith in the four years following 1888, Elder A. T. Jones at the 1893 General Conference said: All the way between open and free deliberate surrender and acceptance of it, to open, deliberate, and positive rejection of it -all the way between -the compromisers have been scattered ever since; and those who have taken that compromising position are no better prepared tonight to discern what is the message of the righteousness of Christ than they were four years ago.

This compromising attitude produced some serious blind spots. Jones continued:      Some of these brethren, since the Minneapolis meeting, I have heard, myself, say "amen" to preaching, to statements that were utterly heathen, and did not know but that it was the righteousness of Christ. Some of those who stood so openly against that at that time, and voted with uplifted hand against it, and since that time I have heard say "amen" to statements that were as openly and decidedly papal as the papal church itself can state them. (1) [0 how these "brethren" must have loved A. T. Jones.]

A failure to understand, and accept without compromise the righteousness of Christ by faith, led to a verbal acknowledgment of papal and heathen concepts which were mistaken for the genuine. This is the tragic consequence of not walking in the light which heaven bestows. The sparks of our own kindling look good to us. We are much more at ease with that which is of human origin than we are with that which comes down from God out of heaven.

But the righteousness of Christ by faith is more than merely an assent to a doctrine of how men are to be saved; it is a way of life by which men are to live. The righteousness of Christ determines human relationships, religious fellowship, and church administration. Among the apostles there arose contention as to who was going to be the "head" when the kingdom of God would be set up. Jesus called them

P 2 -- to Him, and set forth the very basic elements of church administration. He said:      The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But this shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. (2)

Matthew in reporting the same counsel quotes Jesus declaring emphatically, "It shall not be so among you." (3) In the true church, there is one Master, or head, even Jesus Christ Himself, and of the rest -laity and clergy alike - Jesus plainly stated - "All ye are brethren." (4) Because this would have been the fruitage in the acceptance of the message of Christ's righteousness, it was ignored by some. Of this the servant of the Lord stated in 1895 -"The righteousness of Christ by faith has been ignored by some; for it is contrary to their spirit and their whole experience. Rule, rule, has been their course of action. Satan has had opportunity of representing himself." (5)

In this year -1895 -on March 8, and in September -two very important messages came from Sister White's pen. One was entitled -"All Ye Are Brethren", and the other -"Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me." Note the counsel: The Lord has not placed any one of His human agencies under the dictation and control of those who are themselves but erring mortals. He has not placed upon men the power to say, You shall do this, and you shall do that. But there is a power exercised in Battle Creek [now Washington] that God has not given, and He will judge those who assume this authority. They have somewhat the same spirit that led Uzzah to lay his hand on the ark to steady it, as though God was not able to care for His sacred symbols. Far less of man's power and authority should be exercised toward God's human agencies. Brethren, leave God to rule. (6)

No man is a proper judge of another man's duty. Man Is responsible to God; and as finite, erring men take into their hands the jurisdiction of their fellowmen, as if the Lord commissioned them to lift up, and cast down, all heaven is filled with indignation. There are strange principles being established in regard to the control of the minds and works of men, by human judges, as though these finite men were gods. (7)

These wrong principles of administration -so contrary to the righteousness of Christ -were centered in 1895 in Battle Creek, and were corrupting the whole General Con-

p 3 -- ference.(8) The spirit of domination was extending downward "to the presidents of
[local] conferences."(9) What was the end result? Note carefully:
When men who profess to serve God ignore His paternal character and depart from honor and righteousness in dealing with their fellowmen, Satan exults, for he has inspired them with his attributes. They are following in the track of Romanism.(9)

This is the end result whether we reject the doctrine of righteousness of Christ by faith, or whether we ignore its application to church fellowship and administration. In 1893, Jones could say without fear of refutation that men who voted negatively in regard to the message in 1888 could say "amen" to statements of doctrine that were as papal as Papal Rome could state them. The servant of the Lord In 1895 could say upon the authority of Inspiration that when men in ecclesiastical office choose to ignore the principles of the righteousness of Christ, and seek to rule their fellowmen, that this also was placing the church In "the track of Romanism."

Some very vital principles are at stake here. In the Papal concept the Cathedral - the seat of the Bishop - is the center of authority, and is thus to be considered the Church. There can be no church in the papal concept without the reigning bishop, or human authority. On the other hand, the Judeo-Christian-Protestant concept is the priesthood of all believers. Israel was to have been "a kingdom of priests. (10) The Church which Christ established was to have been "a royal priesthood" under the great High Priest in the sanctuary above. (11) When the Jewish nation failed to realize this objective, they cast men out of their synagogues, and finally committed the crime of the ages -the murder of the Son of God. When the apostolic church departed from the simple dictum that Christ through the Holy Spirit was to administer His church, the Papacy was the end result. In 1888 when Christ came near to His appointed church of that hour in the Presence of the Holy Spirit, He was rejected as the head of the church by men who wished to rule, rule, rule. This rejection of the authority of the Holy Spirit as the true vicegerent of the

P 4 -- Son of God, placed the church in the track of Romanism.

Now for decade after decade this spirit of domination has so taken hold of the church, and its leadership that it has become a way of life and policy. Today, it has crystallized, and has been attested to in legal documents. In a brief filed in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles on behalf of the Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, dated May 16, 1975, it stated clearly and plainly -"'Plaintiffs-petitioners are the local governing body of the world wide Seventh-day Adventist Church, which is an extremely highly organized hierarchical church built upon ascending series of representative bodies." (p. 2, lines 7-9) This position was more boldly asserted in briefs filed in the case of Merikay Silver vs. PPPA. "The church was described as having 'orders of clergy', with different levels of authority, and a first minister at the top. In his affidavit, Elder Pierson referred to himself as the 'first minister' of the Seventh-day Adventist Church." (12) A footnote in a brief dated March 3, 1975 read:      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 a 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. (13)

Consider for a moment the time element as noted in this brief - "the early part of this century and the latter part of the last." Place this on our own church history -1888 -1903. What was taking place in the church at that time? Listen to what the servant of the Lord said at the 1901 General Conference Session:      I feel a special interest in the movements and decisions that shall be made at this Conference regarding things that should have been done years ago, especially ten years ago, when we were assembled in Conference, and the Spirit and power of God came into our meeting, testifying that God was ready to work for His people if they would come into working order.

The principles of heaven are to be carried out in every family, in the

P 5 -- discipline of every church, in every establishment, in every institution, in every school, and in everything that shall be managed. You have no right to manage, unless you manage after God's order ...

That these men should stand in a sacred place, to be the voice of God to the people as we once believed the General Conference to be, - that is past. What we want now in a reorganization. We want to begin at the foundation, and to build upon a different principle. (14)

But what happened, the reorganization of 1901 was overturned in 1903, and the Church was again on the track of Romanism. On this track we have been traveling over the years until now in legal briefs we can say that we are a hierarchy, with orders of clergy, and a "first minister." The development of the papacy was in three simple steps:   1)  The monarchial bishop developed in the early church; 2)  the Bishop of Rome assumed authority as the first among equals; and 3)  the same bishop asserted his right as the "first bishop" of the Church, or Pope. We have now arrived at the Papal form of church government with the President of the General Conference asserting in a sworn affidavit that he is "first minister" of the Church. Our Saviour said - "It shall not be so among you."

What is the picture that has emerged? We have now entered full scale into a "new" organization, discarding the counsel and admonition of the servant of the Lord. And what does this mean? Here is the divine verdict:      We cannot now step off the foundation that God has established. We cannot now enter into a new organization; for this would mean apostasy from the truth. (15)

Our apostasy is now complete; having switched over to the track of Romanism, we have crossed the Rubicon on the way to Vatican station itself. Without their consent, the laity of the Church have been transferred into a new organization, and thus unwittingly have been engulfed in the apostasy. But each member of the new organization has within his power to reestablish himself in the truth, and refuse to give his support, either financially, or otherwise to the "new" organization. On the basis of this decision, he is casting his vote as to his acceptance or

P 6 -- rejection of where the hierarchy has taken him. May God have mercy on us individually as we struggle for the freedom that truth alone can give. Ye shall know the truth and truth shall make you free.

(1) A. T. Jones, General Conference Daily Bulletin, 1893, p. 244
(2) Luke 22 :24-27
(3) Matt. 20 :26
(4) Matt. 23:8
(5) Ellen G. White, Testimonies to Ministers, p. 363
(6) Ibid., pp. 347-348
(7) Ibid., p. 348
(8) Ibid., p. 359
(9) Ibid., p. 362
(10) Exodus 19:6
(11) 1 Peter 2 :9-10
(12) Spectrum, Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 49
(13) Ibid., pp. 49-50
(14) Ellen G. White, General Conference Bulletin, 1901, pp. 23, 25
(15) Ellen G. White, Selected Messages, bk. ii, p. 390.

NOTES AND COMMENTS -- On Finances - We have not commented on the article in the Review (December 25, 1975, pp. 9-11) by Elder Pierson confirming the church's gambling in the stock market. We have waited and will continue to wait until we can obtain unquestionable verification as to what the church officials did during the hectic days of the stock market during January and February, and now March. Did they close out all of the church's involvement or not? What was the final loss, or was there a gain. --- (1976 Apr ) --- END --- TOP


1976 May -- ROMAN CATHOLICISM -- When the official summons for Luther to appear before the Diet of Worms reached Wittenburg, his friends were terrified and distressed, and entreated him not to Imperil his life. To this Luther replied:     
Christ will give me His Spirit to overcome these ministers of error. I despise them during my life; I shall triumph over them by my death. They are busy at Worms about compelling me to retract; but this shall be my retraction: I said formerly that the pope was Christ's vicar, now I assert that he is our Lord's adversary, and the devil's apostle. (l)

This forthright affirmation of truth became the prophetic foundation of Protestantism. Not only was there a protest against the faith, practice, and system of Roman Catholicism, but there was a turning away from it - an aversion for what it stood.

In the early centuries of the Christian era, the Church looked simply for an Individual antichrist. But as the centuries passed, the corruptions in the Roman Catholic Church became more and more evident so that the cry was increasingly raised that the various prophetic symbols of Antichrist -the Little Horn, Beast, Babylon, Harlot, Man of Sin, Mystery of Iniquity -fitted Romanism just as a custom-made shoe fits the foot. (2) This conviction that prophecy was being fulfilled in Roman Catholicism gave power to the Reformation.

The turning away from this anti-Christian system, this aversion and repugnance for the corruption of the apostolic faith was to lead to a complete return to primitive faith and godliness. Step by step, the errors of Romanism were discarded. Each new advance of the reformation moved the people of God closer toward a pure

P 2 -- faith. Finally the Advent Movement was raised up by God in 1844. To this Movement
God committed the final step out and away from Rome. It was to restore the Law of God to its rightful place, and to call men's attention to the dire consequences of receiving the mark of Papal authority -Sunday observance. There was to be developed in the hearts and minds of God's true children a complete aversion toward Roman Catholicism, and all that it stood for.

In our church school educational program, we prepared a Bible text book for the eighth grade, called - God's Great Plan. Several lessons were devoted to setting forth the interpretation of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation in complete harmony with the Protestant viewpoint. One lesson noted Roman Catholicism as "Satan's Masterpiece of Deception." Commenting on "God's Truth Cast Down," the author wrote for our youthful church school children:      "And his power shall be mighty," said the angel, "but not by his own power." No merely human power could do what this little horn would do. It was Satan's masterpiece of cruelty and deception, -of cruelty in destroying God's people, of deception in leading the world to believe false teachings. With fiendish satisfaction Satan has seen this little horn obey his dictates, and make the breach in God's holy law, which only the death of Jesus could restore. He has seen the little horn tear out of God's law the sacred Sabbath, the sign or seal of God's authority, and in its place establish a day of his own appointment as a mark or seal of his authority. (3)

The author of this eighth grade text book was careful to differentiate between Roman Catholics as individuals, and Roman Catholicism. In a lesson on the Beast of Revelation 13, she observed - "Although the papal church will be used by Satan to do this terrible work, we must ever remember that not all who belong to it are evildoers."(4) This we, too, must recognize. A sincere Roman Catholic is a person who believes ignorantly what the church teaches; but Roman Catholicism is the faith, practice, and system of the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1945, the Southern Publishing Association published a book by one of our outstanding Bible Workers, Miss Mary E. Walsh who had been a Catholic. It was

p 3 -- entitled -The Wine of Roman Babylon. Defining the whore of Revelation 17 as "the Roman Catholic Church", Sister Walsh concludes the first chapter by noting - "The examination of the 'cup' which is in the hand of the woman next demands attention ... Words cannot too strongly state the importance of every person's need of knowing exactly what is this wine in Babylon's Cup." (5) The chapters that follow discuss in detail the doctrines of Roman Catholicism -Infant Baptism, Auricular Confession, the Mass, Immaculate Conception, Immortality of the Soul, and Sunday Sacredness.

In 1942, the same publishing house had released another work by Christian Edwardson - Facts of Faith. This book was a connected compilation of all the documentary evidence possible on the work and teachings of Roman Catholicism, and some of the history of the groups that opposed its power during the period of the 1260 years -538 A. D. -1798 A. D. The author quotes Guinness as follows:      "The Rornanists themselves shame you in their clear-sighted comprehension of the issues of this question. [Who is Antichrist?] Cardinal Manning says, 'The Catholic Church is either the masterpiece of Satan or the kingdom of the Son of God.' Cardinal Newman says, 'A sacerdotal order is historically the essence of the Church of Rome; if not divinely appointed, it is doctrinally the essence of antichrist.' In both these statements the issue is clear, and it is the same. Rome herself admits, openly admits, that if she is not the very kingdom of Christ, she is that antichrist. Rome declares she is one or the other. She herself propounds and urges this solemn alternative. You shrink from it, do you? I accept it. Conscience constrains me. History compels me ... with the saints of the ages, I denounce it as the masterpiece of Satan, as the body and soul and essence of antichrist." (6)

In 1952 a Bible Conference was held in the Sligo Church in Takoma Park. One topic was - "Antichrist in History and Prophecy." It was ably presented by the late Dr. Frank H. Yost. He stated clearly that "the intent of this paper" is "to see the prophetic beast as Rome, and to concentrate intensively upon Rome in its Papal phase as the Antichrist of long centuries in history: a specifically blasphemous apostasy arising out of general apostasy." (7) The paper fulfilled the objective of the one presenting it. It was carefully documented.

P 4 -- But what is our present attitude and teaching? This is a serious question. We have been warned that "the conviction is gaining ground in the world that Seventh-day Adventists are giving the trumpet an uncertain sound." (8) Let us consider the legal case of Merikay Silver v. PPPA (Pacific Press Publishing Association.) As a friend of Merikay Silver, the secretary to Lawrence Maxwell, editor of the Signs of the Times, Mrs. Lorna Tobler submitted an affidavit stating what she believed the teaching of the church to be in regard to an hierarchical structure of church government. In a sworn testimony she declared:      "I have frequently heard the term 'hierarchy' used among Adventist[s] when reference is made to the Roman Catholic system, of which I have always been taught that Adventists strongly disapprove. I have never heard the term 'hierarchy' used to describe Adventist ministers as it is done in the defendants' brief. brief ... and I find it strange and contradictory to all I have ever learned in Adventist schools and churches." (9)

Using this statement as a point of reference, the legal counsel for the church noted in a second brief dated March 3, 1975, that such concepts as stated by Sister Tobler were "teaching false doctrine." Then they admitted -"It is true that for a period in its history, the Seventh-day Adventist Church had an aversion to Roman Catholicism and especially to the papal form of church government -an aversion shared by virtually all Protestant denominations." But now note the conclusion as stated in this brief:      While, however, Adventist doctrine continues to teach that church government by one man is contrary to the Word of God, it is not good Seventh-day Adventism to express, as Mrs. Tobler has done, an aversion to Roman Catholicism as such.

The term "hierarchy" or "hierarchical" has no such adverse connotation in Seventh-day Adventist theology as Mrs. Tobler suggests. (10)

Note carefully this legal brief does not say "Roman Catholics as such", but states, "Roman Catholicism as such." Let us review the terms used and their definitions. Roman Catholicism is the faith, practice, or system of the Roman Catholic Church. Aversion is defined as "a feeling of repugnance towards something with

P 5 -- a desire to avoid or turn from it." (11) Do you catch the picture? Has it awakened you? Adventism -that is official General Conference Adventism -no longer has an aversion to Roman Catholicism! What is the wine in the cup of the woman of Revelation 17? According to Mary Walsh's book, it is Infant Baptism, Auricular Confession, the Mass, Immaculate Conception, Immortality of the Soul, and Sunday Observance. And now by legal pronouncement, it is false doctrine if we have an aversion to all of this. May God have mercy upon us, and forgive us for supporting with our tithes and offerings this false theology being erected as the true faith of the remnant. It is time to wake up, and realize that what is being fed to the laity for a tranquilizing influence through our General Church Papers is not what really is, when the chips are down, and the church officials face the courts? How much longer are we going to sleep when the bridegroom is on His way to the wedding?

(1) Quoted in Great Controversy, p. 151
(2) See Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Vol. II, p. 789 by L. E. Froom
(3) Sarah E. Peck, God's Great Plan, p. 217
(4) Ibid., p. 440
(5) Mary E. Walsh, The Wine of Roman Babylon, pp. 11, 18-19
(6) Christian Edwardson, Facts of Faith, pp. 210-211, quoting from Romanism and
the Reformation, H. Gratton Guinness, pp. 158-159
(7) Our Firm Foundation, Vol. I, "Antichrist in History and Prophecy", Frank H. Yost, p.. 632
(8) Ellen G. White, Testimonies to Ministers, p. 86
(9) Merikay Silver v. PPPA, Tobler AE, paragraph 114, p. 39, lines 4-11
(10) Ibid., Church's Second Brief, March 3, 1975, p. 29, lines 24-25, p. 30,
lines 11-15,17-24.
(11) Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, article, "aversion", p. 61. --- (1976 May) --- END ---
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1976 June -- HAS ROME CHANGED? -- As a result of Vatican II Council, the impression gained acceptance in the minds of the Protestant world that Rome has changed. This concept has also been voiced within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Attending the Vatican II Council as observers were M. E. Loewen of the Religious Liberty Department, R. F. Cottrell of the Review, B. B.. Beach from the Northern European Division, who has been prominent in ecumenical discussions with the World Council of Churches, and the late Arthur S. Maxwell who at the time was editor of the Signs. The latter gave voice to his Impressions in a sermon delivered at the University Church in Loma Linda.

After mentioning the new "friendliness" of the atmosphere at the Vatican, Elder Maxwell stated there was another aspect revealed in the Pope's opening speech of the final session -love. Here are his words:      It was a beautiful speech. ... Do you know what his subject was? Love. I quote one paragraph:      The council offers to the church and especially to us a panoramic view of the world. Can the church, can we, do anything but look upon it and love it? Such a contemplation was one of the chief activities of the present session. Again and above all, love - love to all men today, whoever they are, wherever they are. While other currents of thought and action proclaim other principles for building up human civilization such as power, 'wealth, science, struggle, self-interest, and the like, the church proclaims love. This council is a solemn act of love for humanity.

I thought of offering this whole speech to our president -that is to the new president if there is one. You know, that speech of the pope's could have been given at a General Conference Session. It might be better than some we've had. You know the whole thing was a picture of the church loving humanity. Now, we've got to adapt our thinking a bit. There was no condemnation here of Protestants, no suggestion of a persecution of anybody,

p 2 -- but love, unfeigned love for everybody -the separated brethren and people who don't belong and all people of all faiths and religions. Very, very wonderful change and a very, very significant change.(1)

While admitting that the Roman Catholic Church "on matters of faith and doctrine has not changed," (2) Maxwell considered the Declaration on Religious Liberty by the Vatican Council "a tremendous change" in setting "itself alongside Protestants in declaring that every man has the basic human right to choose his own religion and follow the dictates of his own conscience." (3) And what conclusions did he draw from this? Read carefully what he said:      Whether the church will stay by that forever, I don't know. No, I'm not predicting the future - I couldn't say -but it does alter the situation in the Catholic Church and should alter our own attitude towards that church ... (3)

What suggestion did Elder Maxwell make? Note:      We must rethink our approach to our Roman Catholic friends. How can we reject an outstretched hand and be Christians? (4)

We have restructured our concepts of Roman Catholicism. In the second brief filed by the legal counsel for the officials of the Church in the Merikay. Silver v. PPPA case, we clearly indicated "there was a period in the life of the Seventh-day Adventist Church when the denomination took a distinctly anti-Roman Catholic viewpoint," - but all of this "has now been consigned to the historical trash heap so far as the Seventh-day Adventist Church is concerned. (5) Further we have stated that "for a period in its history, the Seventh-day Adventist Church had an aversion to Roman Catholicism and especially to the papal form of church government -an aversion shared by virtually all Protestant denominations." But now "it is not good Seventh-day Adventism to express. .. an aversion to Roman Catholicism as such.,. (6)

Can we really say with Elder Maxwell -we cannot predict the future in regard to the Roman Catholic Church, and therefore, our attitude toward Roman Catholicism should be altered as has been done by our church leadership? Do we have no light?

Is it not time to open the book - Great Controversy - and reread the chapter,

P 3 -- "Aims of the Papacy"? Note the very first paragraph of the chapter:      Romanism is now regarded by Protestants with far greater favor than in former years. ... The time was when Protestants placed a high value upon the liberty of conscience which had been so dearly purchased. They taught their children to abhor popery, and held that to seek harmony with Rome would be disloyalty to God. But how widely different are the sentiments now expressed. (7)

And can we know what the future will be?      The papal church will never relinquish her claim to infallibility. …Let the restraints now imposed by secular government be removed, and Rome be reinstated to her former power and there would speedily be a revival of her tyranny and persecution. (8)

We might ask why has this new attitude toward Rome come about - not only among Protestants in general, but also In the legal pronouncements of the Seventh-day Adventist church? Again the servant of the Lord has clearly stated:      It is not without reason that the claim has been put forth in Protestant countries, that Catholicism differs less widely from Protestantism than in former times. There has been a change; but the change is not in the papacy. Catholicism indeed resembles much of the Protestantism that now exists; because Protestantism has so greatly degenerated since the days of the Reformers. (9)

When we enter upon "the track of Romanism" (10) and seek to coerce men into a mold, and control the religious experience and activities of all the members of the church, then we see very little difference between the hierarchical patterns of the Catholic church, and our own "orders of clergy." Why then should we have an aversion toward Roman Catholicism? We shouldn't - for we have become like them!

The tragedy of all of this change is that it is being brought about under the cloak of "love", and "ChristIikeness." The Roman Church now presents a fair front to the world, covering with apologies her record of horrible cruelties. She has clothed herself in Christlike garments; but she is unchanged. Every principle of the papacy that existed in past ages exists today,(9) Why should we be so deceived? There are two reasons. 1)  We have stepped off the platform of truth, and have altered our basic doctrines. 2)  Our hearts are not being renewed by the Holy Spirit.

P 4 -- We are devoid of the Spirit of God. (12) These are the very two essentials that would make us foolproof against the stealthy but rapid progress of the papal power. Note:       None but those who have planted their feet firmly upon the foundation of truth, and whose hearts are renewed by the Spirit of God, are proof against her [papal] influence. (13)

While blindness covers the sight of "Israel", there are voices out in what we term, "Babylon" who sense what is taking place. Eric Gurr, who on October 1, 1975, was installed as Pastor of the Jarvis Street Baptist Church In Toronto, Ontario, Canada commented in an interview relative to Billy Graham -"What worries me about his [Graham's] stance is that the ecumenical movement is being gradually taken over by Rome." The reporter, Tom Harpur, Religion editor of the Star, noted that "Gurr is convinced that the growing friendliness among the churches will end In one worldwide super-church ruled from Rome." "In spite of the current renewal in the Roman Church, [Gurr] believes that Rome is farther from the principles of the Protestant Reformation today than 400 years ago."(14)

Does this not concur with the prophecies of the book of Revelation? Will not the woman in scarlet ride again? While Rome through its Vatican II Council seemingly opened the Bible for Catholics to read and study, we who have had the light of those Scriptures are closing our Bibles, -especially those books which warn us of the coming resurgence of the Papacy - Daniel and Revelation. The seventh chapter of Daniel still states the same things it always has. Revelation 13 still sounds the warning it did when the church was first organized. The lines are drawn clear and distinct. There are only two women in the book of Revelation -one in white, and the one in scarlet. There is none in either brown, nor gray. There is no reaching over the abyss to clasp the outstretched hand of Romanism.

However, there is a picture in Revelation of a coming union of religious forces -the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet send forth their spiritual power to unite the world in one great confrontation against God. (15) Would we know what "love"

P 5 -- and "Christlikeness" will be manifest? Let us read:      If the reader would understand the agencies to be employed in the soon coming contest, he has but to trace the record of the means which Rome employed for the same object in ages past. If he would know how papists and Protestants united will deal with those who reject their dogmas, let him see the spirit which Rome manifested toward the Sabbath and its defenders. (16)

Is it not time to recover from the "trash heap" where our church leaders have "consigned" our "anti-Roman viewpoint", and clean off the soiled truth, and let the faith of our fathers shine forth once more in its genuine luster?

(1) A. S. Maxwell, "Impressions of Vatican II". A sermon delivered in the University Church, Lorna Linda, Calif., transcribed in Present Truth, No. 3, 1968, pp. 3-4
(2) Ibid. p. 6
(3) Ibid., p. 11
(4) Ibid., p. 13
(5) Merikay Silver v. PPPA, Second Brief of Deft (C-74-2025 CB~4) March 3, 1975 p. 4, Footnote. Legally filed as Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. PPPA;(&)
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
(6) Ibid p. 30
(7) Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 563
(8) Ibid., p. 564
(9) Ibid., p. 571
(10) Ellen G. White, Testimonies to Ministers, p. 362 (1962 edition)
(11) See "No 'New Organization'" , Watchman, What of the Night, November, 1973
(12) See Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, p. 210: -"But the glory of the Lord had departed from Israel; although many still continued the forms of religion, His power and presence were lacking." Vol. 8, p. 250 - "My Father's house is made a house of merchandise, a place whence the divine presence and glory
have departed."
(13) Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 567
(14) Tom Harpur, "Fundamentalism Thrives at Jarvis Street Baptist Church", Toronto,
Star, March 6, 1976
(15) Revelation 16:13-14
(16) Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 574

P 6 -- NOTES AND COMMENTS -- A Storm Breaking -There is a storm brewing in the Adventist sky, darker and as devastating as any tornado which has swept through the land. The controversy over righteousness by faith in Australia has reached our headquarters in Washington. This not only involves Brinsmead's present emphasis but also the theologians at the Australian College. We had planned to pursue the present subject as found in this and recent past thought papers. But it is becoming evident that we must reconsider for our readers the basic historic faith of the Adventist Movement in the light of the coming storm. So while more research is being made as to our prophetic thinking as revealed in legal briefs, we will begin in the next thought paper to lay the ground work for a consideration of our historic faith, which was to make us a unique people to accomplish a special purpose that God designed that we should fulfill.

1967 Again - "Since 1967, gold has been walking a tightrope. Since that day the U. S. has continued to press for the excommunication of gold from the monetary system. It has threatened repeatedly during the last nine years to demonetize the metal. It has taken very strong steps in this direction." Myers Finance & Energy. April 23, 1976.. p. 1. Would you know more about the significance of 1967? Be sure to obtain and read and study - The Times of the Gentiles Fulfilled -a monograph published by the Foundation.

p 7 -- DJ pressing hard at 1000? We do not know, but will report as soon as authoritative information is available. We do believe the best comment we have read to date on the article, appeared in Letters (Review, Feb. 26, 1976, p. 3) where Frank Lang of Chattanooga, Tenn., wrote - "I was disappointed in the vagueness of Elder Pierson's discussion of stocks, bonds, and denominational policy." The rest of the letter was also excellent. BUT the question is - what kind of "lively stones" are being built in the church membership today as contrasted to the 1930's? --- (1976 Jun) --- END ---

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