On January 25, 2019, Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, gave a report on how the work of restoring unity among the Christian churches has been progressing. Quite predictably, Bishop Farrell’s statement was great news for Rome but disastrous for the rest of Christendom. Basically, he revealed that Christianity has moved away from all the old “controversies” and has entered into a new era of agreement. The bishop stated:
- “Practically the whole of Christianity is in a process of advancing beyond the controversies and competition of the past, toward greater understanding, trust and solidarity.” 
- “Pockets of mutual rejection and contention remain, but most of the world’s Christians have come to recognize one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, united in a common baptism and giving a common witness in serving the needs of suffering humanity.” 
Bishop Brian Farrell is Pope Francis’ right hand man who is leading the ecumenical efforts at the Vatican. He is busy bringing the Orthodox, Evangelicals and the Protestant churches into open unity with the Pope. This is part of the Vatican’s mission called “Unitatis Redintegratio,” which is Latin for the “Restoration of Unity.” This was a decree given during the Second Vatican Council which called for the “restoration of unity among all Christians.” 
There was a time when Protestants used to take a strong stand for Bible truth, but those days are gone. It was unthinkable to imagine that one day Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant leaders would openly work towards unity and common ground. Today there are no more condemnations of heresy being hurled at each other and all of the “old controversies” are slowly being removed. Why the sudden change? We have to understand that Rome hasn’t changed; she has only changed her strategy. Her objective is to reestablish papal supremacy by whatever means the church deems necessary.
For centuries the papacy used force and aggression against those who refused to acknowledge her primacy in spiritual and temporal powers. Persecution and death were the tools used by Rome to conquer the world and to establish the pope as the universal head of Christianity. Millions of sincere Christians gave their lives for the Protestant faith during the Roman Catholic Inquisition.
Persecution never fulfilled the Vatican’s objectives; it only fragmented the Roman church even more. Today the papacy is accomplishing her purposes through its ecumenical outreach. The purpose of ecumenism is to bring everyone under the primacy of the papacy. Where violence and terrorism failed, interfaith cooperation and interreligious dialog is causing the world to change its views about Rome and to embrace her as honorable and respectable.This is the reason why Rome is pushing for interfaith dialog and collaboration so that we can build trust and confidence with her. It begins with dialog and ends with “advancing beyond the controversies” and with “the recognition that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ,” just as Bishop Brian Farrell stated. No more attacks, no more accusations of heresy and no more proselytizing (preaching the Biblical gospel).
In exchange for unity with Rome, the churches are compromising both their historic “faith” and “mission.” The faith is the true Biblical gospel and the mission is the command to go evangelize the world with the final warning message (Revelation 14). It is a fatal mistake for any church to abandon or disregard the divinely appointed mission of teaching the truth to the world in exchange for peace and unity with Rome: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19, 20.
When God’s people continually engage in interfaith dialog and cooperation, little by little we begin to focus more on our common shared points of faith and less on the unique testing truths of our faith as found in the first, second and third angel’s message. We saw this happen in Panama during the Pope’s recent trip there. 
Interfaith dialog with Rome makes no distinction between the commandments of God and the doctrines and commandments of men. Everyone is OK – whether you follow the divine will of God or the evil works of men – that’s not important. Interfaith dialog with Rome tries to bridge the pure, elevating and noble truths of God with the deadly errors of man. What good will come to us when we engage in dialog with Jesuit-trained operatives whose job is to seduce God’s people with lying wonders?
“As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel’s message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position, and join the ranks of the opposition. By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light” (Great Controversy, p. 608).
In interfaith dialog the objective is to get each party to embrace the other. How can embrace that which the heros of the Protestant Reformation completely rejected? Will we embrace the hand of Rome that was rejected by Martin Luther, William Tyndale, John Calvin, John Huss, Zwingli and the millions more who were martyred for refusing to acknowledge the claims of the papacy. If we had some real Protestant Reformers today like the ones from the 16th Century they would stand up and openly repudiate these interfaith engagements.
The true Seventh-day Adventist message and mission is NOT just a call to keep the Sabbath. It is also a call to proclaim the Sabbath message to the world and encourage everyone else to keep it. It is also a call to proclaim the law of God, the righteousness of Christ and the Sanctuary message. We have also been given a warning messages to expose the deadly errors of spiritualism (immortality of the soul), the mark of the beast (Sunday-keeping enforced by law) and Babylon (Romanism and apostate Protestantism). These beliefs were never designed to stay between our ears. These truths must be proclaimed in a “loud voice” to the whole world, and this is why we simply cannot join Rome in these interfaith gatherings.Either God is calling out a people from every church or He isn’t. Either God has called a special people with a special message to give to the world or He hasn’t. If He hasn’t then there is no reason to stand alone, let us join them; but if He has, then for heaven’s sake, what on earth are we doing? The answer to these important questions will decide on whether we will fall victims in the deadly embrace with Rome or whether we will triumph gloriously in the final work of the Third Angels’ Message.
Notice how it is only those who believe, follow and proclaim God’s last-day message who will triumph in victory: “Victory will attend the third angel’s message. As the Captain of the Lord’s host tore down the walls of Jericho, so will the Lord’s commandment-keeping people triumph, and all opposing elements be defeated” (Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 410).
But there will never be any victory found on the road that leads towards Rome. That is a well-worn path that will only end in misery and defeat: “And the beast (Rome) was taken, and with him the false prophet (apostate Protestantism) that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” Revelation 19:20.
We have traded our trumpet for a flute! The failure on the part of many of our pastors and leaders to warn the church against the dangers of Rome is leaving us at the mercy of wolves! The great interfaith deception which is leading the whole world back to Rome is being met with approval by almost everyone. This Rome-ward trend is beginning to affect our evangelism as leaders from the General Conference, the division level and even the local unions have refused to allow their own members to share the Three Angels’ Messages during the Pope’s 2019 World Youth Day in Panama. 
If we neglect to proclaim the final warning message and if we fail to warn our very own brethren of the dangers that are upon us, we are being unfaithful to the ministry to which God has called us. We are told that God’s faithful people will do two things:
“They were impelled to (1) zealously declare the truth, and (2) the danger which threatened souls” (Great Controversy, p. 606)
Here is a 30 second video to commemorate the strong friendship that exists between Ganoune Diop, the top public relations officer at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists – and Roman Catholic Bishop Brian Farrell, the Pope’s right hand man who is bringing the whole world back to Rome.
“While the Protestant world is making concessions to Rome, and danger is increasing on every hand, let us arouse to comprehend the situation, and to see the contest before us in its true bearings. Let the watchmen lift up the voice, and give with clearness the message which is present truth for this time” (Signs of the Times, November 28, 1900).