“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!” (Great Controversy, p. 563).
It is one thing when leaders in the church engage in interfaith activities aimed at seeking a better relationship with the papacy at their own expense; but it is a whole different situation when we use our children as political props when pursuing a closer unity with Rome.
AISA [Italian Association of Adventist Scouts] is the Italian equivalent to the Pathfinders Club we have here in North America. AISA is a program that is sponsored by the Youth Ministry Department of the Italian Union of Seventh-day Adventists. The local AISA leaders in the city of Cesenatico, Italy decided to have a “Bible Marathon” for the young Adventist scouts.  This sounds like a good idea, right? I mean, who would be opposed to having a “Bible Marathon?” We all like the Bible and we like marathons. So a “Bible Marathon” would appear to be a good thing for our children.
But any marathon or project that is going to bring me into the arms of Rome to embrace the pope’s representative is completely unbiblical. This this not something that our kids need. It is not time to embrace the papal power of prophecy who claims to have the authority to change God’s 10 Commandment moral law. This is not time to embrace a system that teaches heresy and at the same time claims infallibility in spiritual matters. This is the same power that claims that its pedophile priests can forgive sin. This system teaches people to pray to the dead and to bow down before idols that cannot hear or see. This is the same power that, according to Bible prophecy, is determined to bring back all the churches, including ours, to “Rome Sweet Home.”
Have we completely lost our minds that we would embark on a journey with our youth into the arms of Rome? Can we not grasp the magnitude of what is happening? Leave the kids out of these interfaith engagements. This is damaging the young, vulnerable minds of our youth. It is God’s design that we teach the young people our historic, Protestant, Seventh-day Adventist heritage. God wants to use our kids to help finish the work during the time of the outpouring of the Latter Rain.
“After this I will pour out my Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions.” Joel 2:28.
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Revelation 18:4, 5.
We are called to finish the work of the Reformation by embracing and proclaiming the messages given to us by God. Sadly, some of our people have adopted an “ecumenical” mindset and this will lead many to surrender the faith and abandon the Three Angel’s Messages.
“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; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side” (Great Controversy, 608).
While the trend continues and as more and more people embark down the dangerous path towards Rome, God is calling His people to have a completely different experience. He is calling us to an experience of unity in the Three Angels’ Messages – and not into a unity of sin or transgression or into a unbiblical belief system. May God have mercy on us all and on our kids. May He help us stay the course He has given us.
“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…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, pp. 107, 108).