This is a response to Ganoune Diop’s recent attack against those who do not support the church’s current interfaith outreach programs. Last week the Adventist Review published an article written by Diop in which he lashes out against those who disapprove of what he and others have been doing with regards to interfaith relationships.  At every level of the church – local, national and international – there is a coordinated effort in operation where the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Rome are engaging in new, never before seen joint worship services, interfaith bridge-building efforts and interfaith unity.Instead of addressing these real issues and legitimate concerns that are clearly visible in the modern interfaith movement Ganoune Diop creates many false assumptions, he distracts attention from the main issues and he verbally attacks those who do not agree with him. He calls them inquisitors, promoters of hate speech and the wrath of the dragon. He accuses his detractors of using “violent and angry rhetoric” and of having “antagonism” and “hostility” towards those not of our faith. We will first look at Ganoune Diop’s verbal attacks against those who disagree with him and then we will look at the substance of his article. The Wrath of the Dragon
Ganoune Diop labels those who are asking legitimate questions and who have real concerns about certain interfaith activities as engaging in “condemnations, accusations, discrimination, slanderers, accusers of the brethren and character assassins.” This language is excessive, but it also reveals that he will go to great lengths in order to defend his relationship with Rome and with the other churches. Standing up in defense of the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy does not make you an inquisitor, a promoter of hate speech or one who is filled with the wrath of the dragon (Satan).The wrath of the dragon mentioned in Bible prophecy (Revelation 12:17) describes the persecuting power that was manifested during the reign of pagan and papal Rome and will again be revealed against the Remnant people of God. This was fulfilled when the power of the state was used to persecute the faithful throughout church history. And this is the characterization that Ganoune Diop ascribes to certain Seventh-day Adventists who desire to defend the faith from Rome’s ecumenical embrace. Make no mistake; Diop calls those who are protesting his recent engagements with Pope Francis as the working of Satan – the wrath of the dragon. We must ask ourselves: Is it the devil’s work to cry aloud and to warn against crossing the great gulf to grasp the hand of Rome? Invoking the Inquisition
Then Ganoune Diop invokes the horrors of the Inquisition and hurls this label upon those who oppose his interfaith relationships. Equating the Inquisition with those who disagree with him diminishes the historical significance of the Inquisition when Protestants endured pain, misery, disparity and death. Inquisitors where part of a Roman Catholic office or ministry that was doing the bidding of the Pope to destroy Protestantism. Who is doing the Pope’s bidding today? Is it those who are trying to turn us away from Rome or those who are drawing us closer to her? How are Seventh-day Adventists who want to stop the church from seeking common ground with Rome doing the Pope’s bidding?
“The church that holds to the word of God is irreconcilably separated from Rome. Protestants were once thus apart from this great church of apostasy, but they have approached more nearly to her, and are still in the path of reconciliation to the Church of Rome. Rome never changes. Her principles have not altered in the least. She has not lessened the breach between herself and Protestants; they have done all the advancing. But what does this argue for the Protestantism of this day? It is the rejection of Bible truth which makes men approach to infidelity. It is a backsliding church that lessens the distance between itself and the Papacy” (Signs of the Times, February 19, 1894).
Then there’s the “hate speech” label that Ganoune Diop uses. The phrase “hate speech” is not just a label. It is also a legal term. This language is coming from the top religious liberty “expert” in Adventism and he is equating real concerns that many Seventh-day Adventists have as “hate speech.” Are we now advocating new legal standards for hate speech that will soon be prosecuted by law? That’s the inference he is making because hate speech laws will soon be used to shut down free speech. Is having legitimate concerns and voicing these concerns now considered hate speech within Adventism?If you don’t agree with Diop and the current interfaith activities that Adventists are involved in then you don’t have love. You have the “wrath of the dragon.” You are stirring passions of hatred and accusations and condemnations inside of you. You are a radical who uses “violent and angry rhetoric.” You are showing antagonism and hostility towards other Christians.
Diop’s Fake Issue – “Mingling”
Ganoune Diop describes his interactions with Rome and with the other churches as “mingling.” He says it’s not wrong to mingle with people. Here is what Diop says in his own words:
“The mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church cannot be fulfilled without mingling as Jesus did.”
“This radical rejection of mingling with others is, at times, expressed through violent and angry rhetoric.”
“Yet it is impossible to dispel prejudice without mingling with others, engaging others, having conversations, dialogues — and honest disagreements, certainly, but in ways that are respectful of their dignity.”
“Developing friendships does not mean believing the same thing, downplaying differences, or diluting one’s distinctiveness for the sake of mingling with others.” 
The Real Issue – Interfaith Worship & Building Bridges with Rome
Diop is trying to confuse all of Adventism with this issue. The issue is not about mingling or talking with people. That has never been an issue. The issue is participating with Rome in joint worship services, interfaith bridge-building and interfaith unity. These interfaith activities are not the same as mingling. Diop uses “mingling” to describe his work and the work of other Seventh-day Adventists.
You can mingle with people without having to participate in Rome’s ecumenical festivities, but that is not what’s happening. The real issue is that Seventh-day Adventists, including Ganoune Diop, are celebrating in Rome’s multi-faith, multi-cultural, multi-god worship services and festivities. Some are even participating in their Sunday morning Eucharistic Mass celebrations, but Diop completely ignores this point. He talks about “mingling” but doesn’t mention how Seventh-day Adventists leaders are celebrating in Catholic masses.Diop builds his entire defense on the basis that there is nothing wrong with mingling and talking to people of other churches. However, that is not the problem. Israel didn’t apostatize because they were simply mingling with other people or having conversations with them. They sinned when they started engaging in pagan inter-faith worship services and festivities with the other nations:
“It was by associating with idolaters and joining in their festivities that the Hebrews were led to transgress God’s law and bring His judgments upon the nation” (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 458).
Diop’s Fake Issue – You Hate the Other Churches
Ganoune Diop spends a lot of time building the case that Seventh-day Adventists should not be hating people of other churches. He believes that some Adventists have hate in their hearts and so Diop presents only two extreme positions on the question of interfaith relationships. Diop basically says that we can either engage them through mingling (joint-worship, bridge building activities) or we can hate them. Those are the only two options he gives us. Notice what he says in his own words:
“Both in the Bible and in the writings of Ellen White, we have a clear picture that antagonism and hostility toward other Christians should have no place in a heart in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit.”
“Both protology and eschatology can be instrumentalized as weapons of hatred toward others and thus used to betray the very purposes of God. Prophecies themselves can become pretexts for the denigration and vilification of others who believe differently.”
“Every follower of Christ is faced with a critical question: Does the love of God, which compels us to love our neighbors as ourselves, dwell in our hearts, or is the wrath of the “dragon” stirring passions of hatred and accusations and condemnations against other brothers and sisters in humanity and in Christianity?” 
In the above video Ganoune Diop sings the traditional Roman Catholic song for mass in Latin with an ecumenical choir. 
The Real Issue – Hate is Not the Issue
Diop presents what is commonly known as the faulty “either/or” argument. You either join them or you hate them. This creates a false dilemma that implies that there is no third alternative, when in fact there is. We don’t have to go to a Roman Catholic mass and participate in the Holy Eucharist in order to show that we don’t hate the other churches. We don’t have to sing Catholic Mass songs in Latin as Diop has done in order to show that we love people. Do I have to dress up like a Catholic priest and stand under the Holy Eucharist to show that I don’t have hate? Of course not; and it doesn’t make me hateful or unloving to question why Seventh-day Adventists would do such things.
There is no question that we need to have a love for souls. But how do we demonstrate a true, godly love for others? Here is what God says about having true love versus those who claim they have love but in fact don’t:
Diop’s Fake Issue – Fear and Paranoia is Causing us to Reject the Interfaith Movement
“The world is full of flatterers and dissemblers. Those who are men-pleasers, who cry Peace, peace, might well humble their hearts before God, asking for pardon for their insincerity and lack of moral courage. Such men do not smooth down their message from love for their neighbor, but because they are self-indulgent and ease-loving. True love is a love which seeks first the honor of God and the salvation of souls. Those who have this love will not evade the truth to save themselves from the unpleasant results of plain speaking. When souls are in peril, they will not consider self. They will not excuse or palliate evil” (Review and Herald, October 22, 1901).
Ganoune Diop says that opposition to interfaith relationships is based on “fear and paranoia” about the end-times. He argues that since a future persecution is coming that some are so worried about the time of trouble that they treat the other religious groups with suspicion and contempt for things that haven’t even happened yet (Sunday Law, persecution). This statement is so incredible that we will quote it in its entirety. Here is what Diop says:
“Misunderstanding Adventist eschatology can lead to serious consequences. Those who confuse future events with current reality dismiss relationships with other Christians as unnecessary and useless. They conflate other Christians with future enemies and act as if their destiny is already sealed; and further, that the “the mark of the beast” is already affixed on those who do not keep the biblical Sabbath. This fundamental hermeneutical fallacy clouds their thinking as to faith, hope, and love.” 
This is the common straw man argument fallacy in which Diop refutes an argument that isn’t being made by anyone. I don’t know of anyone who believes that the mark of the beast is already “affixed” on some people right now. So it’s easy to defeat an argument that no one is making. But the second part of Diop’s argument states that this same supposed “fear and paranoia” is also causing Seventh-day Adventists to reject the interfaith movement. Notice what Diop says:
“For some, the prospect of future persecution brings not only fear but antagonism toward other Christians, yet this is not a just response.”
“Paranoia can perhaps lead some to forget God’s injunction to not fear those who can only kill the body and can do no more.”
“Fear tries to do the impossible, crossing time and space to go into the future and remove a burden that makes life toxic. In this scheme of things, the present and the future are confused.” 
So the heart of the matter according to Diop as to why there is resistance against joining Rome in interfaith fellowship is based on the paranoia about the end-times. I really doubt that anyone is even thinking about the future time of trouble when protesting Seventh-day Adventists participation into Rome’s ecumenical movement today. Do people really dwell on some future scenario that isn’t even here when protesting current apostasy?The Real Issue – God’s Injunctions, not Fear, Causes us to Reject the Interfaith Movement
It’s not fear or paranoia that should cause us to reject the interfaith movement. In fact, we are told in one inspired statement to preach the Three Angels’ Message, to never fear the other churches, to love them and to never join them – all in the very same quote.
“The Lord is testing His people to see who will be loyal to the principles of His truth. Our work is to proclaim to the world the first, second, and third angels’ messages. In the discharge of our duties we are neither to despise nor to fear our enemies. To bind ourselves up by contracts (contract is defined as agreements, covenants, arrangements, engagements and deals) with those not of our faith is not in the order of God. We are to treat with kindness and courtesy those who refuse to be loyal to God, but we are never, never to unite with them.” (Testimonies, Vol. 7, p. 107, 108)
Read pages 104-109 to get the full context. She is talking about leaders who are betraying their sacred trusts by attempting to hide our distinctive name and truths at our institutions. So we are told not to despise or fear our enemies and to treat them with respect – but we are never to unite with them. Why? Because God tells us that He does NOT “dwell in their assemblies.” We are also told through inspiration that their services are an “abomination” in His sight. This is what God says:
If God will not dwell in their assemblies why are Seventh-day Adventist leaders in official church capacity seeking interfaith worship in these same assemblies where God is not present? Why are we building bridges into assemblies which God Himself declares to be an abomination in His sight? Or do we not believe this? Are we going to start picking and choosing what parts of the Spirit of Prophecy we want to follow and which ones we want to reject?
“I saw that since Jesus left the holy place of the heavenly sanctuary and entered within the second veil, the churches have been filling up with every unclean and hateful bird. I saw great iniquity and vileness in the churches, yet their members profess to be Christians. Their profession, their prayers, and their exhortations are an abomination in the sight of God. Said the angel, ‘God will not dwell in their assemblies. Selfishness, fraud, and deceit are practiced by them without the reprovings of conscience. And over all these evil traits they throw the cloak of religion’ ” (Early Writings, page 274).
This doesn’t mean that we can’t be loving and kind to people. This doesn’t mean that we should despise them. And it doesn’t mean that we can’t talk to people and mingle with them. What God does require of us is to “dissolve all union” with Rome:
Then Ellen White advises God’s modern day people to follow this same principle because today the same ancient ecumenical spirit of ignoring truth is being revived again:
“After a long and severe conflict, the faithful few decided to dissolve all union with the apostate church if she still refused to free herself from falsehood and idolatry. They saw that separation was an absolute necessity if they would obey the word of God. They dared not tolerate errors fatal to their own souls, and set an example which would imperil the faith of their children and children’s children. To secure peace and unity they were ready to make any concession consistent with fidelity to God; but they felt that even peace would be too dearly purchased at the sacrifice of principle. If unity could be secured only by the compromise of truth and righteousness, then let there be difference, and even war” (Great Controversy, p. 45).
“Well would it be for the church and the world if the principles that actuated those steadfast souls were revived in the hearts of God’s professed people. There is an alarming indifference in regard to the doctrines which are the pillars of the Christian faith. The opinion is gaining ground, that, after all, these are not of vital importance. This degeneracy is strengthening the hands of the agents of Satan, so that false theories and fatal delusions which the faithful in ages past imperiled their lives to resist and expose, are now regarded with favor by thousands who claim to be followers of Christ” (Great Controversy, p. 46).
This is the same ancient ecumenical, interfaith spirit being expressed today. Satan knows how good it worked during the apostasy of the early church and he is reviving this effort again.
Religious Liberty Workers Taking “Wrong Steps” in 1890
Satan introduced ecumenical aspirations even among the leading men in charge of the Religious Liberty work while Ellen White was still alive. A diabolical plan was being formulated to improve our influence and relationship with the world so that our religious liberty efforts could have much more success. This plan included that we not talk about the Seventh-day Sabbath, that we not share the final warnings, that we ignore the third angel’s message and that we show respect to the Antichrist in order to be embraced by the world. Thankfully Ellen White protested this effort and resisted it. The following is taken from Counsels to Writers and Editors, pages 94-96:
“The people of the world will try to induce us to soften our message, to suppress one of its more distinctive features. They say: ‘Why do you in your teaching make the seventh-day Sabbath so prominent? This seems to be always thrust before us; we should harmonize with you if you would not say so much on this point; keep the seventh-day Sabbath out of the Sentinel and we will give our influence and support’ ” (The American Sentinel was the official paper of the Religious Liberty work in Adventistm. Today it is called Liberty Magazine). Counsels to Writers and Editors, p. 94.
“In the night season, matters have been presented before me that have greatly troubled my mind. I have seemed to be in meetings for counsel where these subjects were discussed, and written documents were presented, advocating concessions. Brethren, shall we permit the world to shape the message that God has given us to bear to them? … Shall we for the sake of policy, betray a sacred trust? If the world is in error and delusion, breaking the law of God, is it not our duty to show them their sin and danger? We must proclaim the third angel’s message. What is the Sentinel for, but to be the voice of the watchmen on the walls of Zion.” (Ibid. pp. 94, 95).
How can we fail to see what is going on here? Ecumenically minded, Seventh-day Adventist religious liberty leaders called “influential men” in charge of the American Sentinel (religious liberty work) wanted the whole world to “patronize” and embrace us. They wanted greater success in the work. They wanted to become even more influential. But their plan was to drop the name Seventh-day Adventist, stop talking about the Sabbath, the third angel’s message, respect the Antichrist and unite with unbelievers!
“The religion of Jesus is endangered. It is being mingled with worldliness. Worldly policy is taking the place of the true piety and wisdom that comes from above, and God will remove His prospering hand from the conference. Shall the ark of the covenant be removed from this people? Shall idols be smuggled in? Shall false principles and false precepts be brought into the sanctuary? Shall antichrist be respected? Shall the true doctrines and principles given us by God, which have made us what we are, be ignored? Shall God’s instrumentality, the publishing house, become a mere political, worldly institution? This is directly where the enemy, through blinded, unconsecrated men, is leading us.” (Ibid. pp. 95, 96).
“In the night season I was present in several councils, and there I heard words repeated by influential men to the effect that if the American Sentinel would drop the words “Seventh-day Adventist” from its columns, and would say nothing about the Sabbath, the great men of the world would patronize it; it would become popular, and do a larger work. This looked very pleasing. These men could not see why we could not affiliate with unbelievers and non-professors to make the American Sentinel a great success. I saw their countenances brighten, and they began to work on a policy plan to make the Sentinel a popular success. This policy is the first step in a succession of wrong steps.” (Ibid. p. 96).
Ellen White, the living prophet, resisted this plan and called it “the first step in a succession of wrong steps.” Thankfully, in 1890 this erroneous policy was never implemented because of the faithful testimony of the living prophet. She was warned by God and she delivered her message. It was received, there was repentance and tears were shed. Everyone accepted God’s counsel at that time and the church presented a united front.
Where is the Protest Today?
But what is happening today? Our Religious Liberty leaders are following this same policy that Ellen White warned against. Who today is going to speak out against this? Who today is going to protest? Notice how Ellen White counseled that instant and decisive action was needed during the crisis of 1890:
“These things have gone as far as they should without someone protesting against them in plain words. The Lord’s time to set things in order has fully come. There are men in positions of trust who have not had an experience in the leading out of this work, and these men should walk with humility and caution” (Ibid. p. 96).
When the church goes down this path someone needs to set things in order. Someone needs to protest against these changes. Tragically, those who are speaking out are being called “inquisitors,” promoters of “hate speech” and the “wrath of the dragon.” This is the dangerous attitude being manifested by those at the highest levels in the church. The living prophet was to continue to bear her message through her writings, but sadly this is being rejected. Notice this testimony:
How can we have joint interfaith worship services with the popular churches when the popular churches are against us? This was the experience of our pioneers. The popular churches were against them. What we need to understand is this – if Rome and the popular churches are no longer against us then maybe we have rejected the following counsel and have made of none effect the Spirit of Prophecy:
“The world is against us, the popular churches are against us, the laws of the land will soon be against us … God has committed to us the special truths for this time to make known to the world. The last message of mercy is now going forth. We are dealing with men and women who are judgment bound” (Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 236).
“Those who engage in the solemn work of bearing the third angel’s message, must move out decidedly, and in the Spirit and power of God, fearlessly preach the truth, and let it cut … There is as great a difference in our faith (Seventh-day Adventist) and that of nominal professors (popular churches), as the heavens are higher than the earth … Their ministers (popular churches) have preached smooth things. God’s servants (Seventh-day Adventists), who bear sacred, vital truths should cry aloud and spare not, that the truth may tear off the garment of security, and find its way to the heart” (Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 2, pp. 299, 300).
This is why the popular churches were against our pioneers. This is why they weren’t having joint-worship services with Rome. They bore the straight testimony and the popular churches didn’t like that. “Oh, we can’t do this today,” some argue. “If we do then the world will think that we are a strange, peculiar, odd, extreme people.” This kind of reasoning is what led the religious liberty leaders in 1890 to make changes in the work thinking that they could improve their standing in the eyes of the world. Some today think that we can somehow shed the “odd, singular and extreme” label that the world characterizes us with. It’s not going to happen:
“When we reach the standard that the Lord would have us reach, worldlings will regard Seventh-day Adventists as odd, singular, strait-laced extremists. ‘We are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.’ ” (Fundamentals of Christian Education, p. 289).
Opposition From the Popular Churches is Proof We are Doing God’s Work
Whenever we embrace the non-threatening, non-offensive soft-peddling approach to evangelism we downplay our distinctive beliefs. We focus only on the common points of faith. This is part of Rome’s ecumenical strategy and many of our pastors and leaders are endorsing this method. However, inspiration instructs us to do the exact opposite. We are told that when the world resists and opposes our preaching – this will be proof that we are giving the true message for our time:
“Most startling messages will be borne by men of God’s appointment, messages of a character to warn the people, to arouse them. And while some will be provoked by the warning and led to resist light and evidence, we are to see from this that we are giving the testing message for this time” (Testimonies, Vol. 9, p. 137).
“The third angel is represented as flying in the midst of heaven, symbolizing the work of those who proclaim the first, second, and third angel’s messages; all are linked together. The evidences of the abiding, everliving truth of these grand messages that mean so much to us, that have awakened such intense opposition from the religious world, are not extinct. Satan is constantly seeking to cast his hellish shadow about these messages, so that the remnant people of God shall not clearly discern their import—their time and place—but they live, and are to exert their power upon our religious experience while time shall last” (Selected Messages, Vol. 3, p. 405).
What Ganoune Diop Neglects to Address
Ganoune Diop does a good job of deflecting away from the true issues.
- In his article he never mentions his 2 encounters with Pope Francis by name during those two historical events.
- Diop is completely silent on the blatant historical falsehoods and inaccuracies made by Pope Francis at these international, interfaith events.
- He never challenges Rome for their many unbiblical claims in these interfaith gatherings.
- Not one word about Adventist participation in Catholic masses.
- Not one word about how these interfaith relationships are today, right now, helping to heal the deadly wound.
- Not one word about how Pope Francis is building a united, universal political-religious confederacy of churches.
- Not one word about “multi-god, multi-faith worship services.”
- Not one word about how these interfaith forums which he is a member of are preparing for the formation of the image of the beast.
“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.” (Great Controversy, p. 445).
This is the problem that God has with ecumenism and interfaith cooperation. Inspiration says that the leading churches will unite to create an “image of the Roman hierarchy.” This is talking about Sunday laws and the final, closing conflict between good and evil. This is where it is all heading to. There was no ecumenical movement in Ellen White’s day so she did not call it “ecumenism.” But she foresaw the ecumenical movement when she predicted how “the leading churches” would unite and work together on “common” points of faith. This is exactly what we are seeing today.We Cannot Unite With Them
Again, Ellen White describes the ecumenical movement in the following statement and warns not to unite with them even on biblical common causes.
“The leaders of the Sunday movement may advocate reforms which the people need, principles which are in harmony with the Bible; yet while there is with these a requirement which is contrary to God’s law, His servants cannot unite with them. Nothing can justify them in setting aside the commandments of God for the precepts of men” (Great Controversy, p. 587).
In this instance she describes the ecumenical movement as “the leaders of the Sunday movement” who will be advocating many “reforms” and “principles.” Even when the common causes are biblical, we are told not to unite with them. They have their prophetic role to fulfill (Revelation 13) and Adventists have their own (Revelation 14).
The ecumenical mind actually stands for the very opposite of the true faith. God’s loud cry message of Revelation 18:4 that summons everyone to “come out” of Babylon is completely contradictory to the ecumenical movement’s call to unite the Babylonian family. In the following statement you will see how the Spirit of Prophecy warns us against adopting an ecumenical attitude:
“We are not to make less prominent the special truths that have separated us from the world, and made us what we are; for they are fraught with eternal interests.” Evangelism, p. 121.
The end is near, prophecy is fulfilling and the churches are uniting. The ecumenical developments that we are seeing in our world should make us more conscious than ever before of the times in which we live. The closing chapters of The Great Controversy describe all of these events accurately. We are told that all these great religious bodies will unite; and when they do, the final conflict in the great drama between good and evil begins. And in this final conflict we cannot be ecumenical.Conclusion
Our understanding and relationship with the other churches must be grounded upon the fact that God has raised up a prophetic movement with a special message for this end-time. Our distinctive message of Revelation 14:6-12, the visible, physical appearing of Jesus at the Second Coming, the Law of God, the Seventh-day Sabbath, the non-immortality of the soul, the Sanctuary message and our other unique truths puts us out of harmony with Rome and the rest of the churches and makes interfaith unity and multi-faith worship virtually impossible.
God’s message to the interfaith movement that is sweeping the world today is the same message of Revelation 14:8 and Revelation 18:4. It is a call to sever their relationships and to come out of those fallen religious assemblies. God is not in them. This divine imperative is to be given today. It is to be heeded now. May God grant us the divine power from on High to quicken our missionary zeal so that we can speedily fulfill the work committed to us.
There is no greater evidence that will demonstrates the spiritual health of the Remnant people than to see this missionary thrust to call people out of these churches. Calling people out is a divine mandate. Both in the proclamation to call people out and the obedience to come out. We are not just called to keep the Sabbath; we must call on others to keep it. We are not just called to come out of Babylon; we must encourage others to come out.
Seventh-day Adventists find themselves in a unique situation today with regards to the interfaith movement. This situation is both extremely dangerous and opportune. It is dangerous because union with Rome and the Pope is only done on their terms and conditions. Make no mistake. Rome is leading the long-anticipated, prophetic confederation of churches and the platform for this movement is based on compromise and corruption. The divided religious world is coming together in corrupt harmony. That’s how inspiration describes their unity.
“The professed Protestant world will form a confederacy with the man of sin, and the church and the world will be in corrupt harmony.” Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p. 975.
These are the words of God. This corrupt harmony is not future, it is now. But according to Ganoune Diop, if you make these kinds of statements or if you don’t agree with him and if you don’t accept the current interfaith activities that Adventists are involved in then you don’t have love. You have the “wrath of the dragon” stirring passions of hatred and accusations and condemnations inside of you. You are a radical who uses violent and angry rhetoric. You are showing antagonism and hostility towards other Christians. You are using the end-time prophecies to mislead others and to denigrate and vilify others. This is the worst possible response that Seventh-day Adventists can ever make.
For the true and faithful there is a different solution to the ecumenical/interfaith movement. The current ecumenical atmosphere that is without precedent also presents a wonderful opportunity for Seventh-day Adventists because God has promised divine power and protection only as we FEARLESSLY and COMPASSIONATELY proclaim our distinctive message to this doomed world. These truths found in Revelation 14 are the very messages that have brought us into existence as a people. This is the last merciful warning to this world and by receiving and proclaiming these truths we are preparing ourselves and others for the coming of the Lord.