One of the greatest indications that we have come to the end of God’s mercy is when we see churches, including Seventh-day Adventists, being bewitched by Rome and blindly “wondering” after the beast with great admiration. Our own people are working to forget the past. They are no longer concerned with biblical doctrine. They have embraced the error that separation with Rome is a scandal and that unity is more important than truth. What an amazing fulfillment of the prophecy: “And his deadly wound was healed, and the whole world wondered after the beast” (Revelation 13:3).
On Saturday, June 12, 2021, Seventh-day Adventist leaders joined Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists, and Orthodox at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of San Ciriaco in Ancona, Italy to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Ecumenical Charter and to promote Eucharistic unity. This is the same Ecumenical Charter that calls for the creation of “One Holy Apostolic Catholic Church.”  This is the same Ecumenical Charter that the General Conference  and the Inter-European Division apparently said last year that the Seventh-day Adventist Church was not following. 
Well, apparently, church leaders are not only praising the accomplishments of the Ecumenical Charter, but are now saying that they are working on creating the Eucharistic unity necessary to solidify their relationship with their “brothers and sisters in Christ.” All of this is documented in a video posted by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ancona-Osimo. You can watch the video and set the subtitles in any language through the automatic language setting on YouTube. In the video, all ecumenical participants were greeted with the following words.
Minute 2:10 – “Welcome to this ecumenical celebration of the word of God on the occasion of the 20 years of the European Ecumenical Charter.”
Minute 3:00 – “As it is well know, the Ecumenical Charter was drawn up in 2001 and shared with the various churches and confessions present in Europe even in the differences Christians want to testify to their Christian roots of our continent and stand together in front of our challenges of the third millennium.”
Minute 4:00 – “We are Orthodox, Seventh-day Adventist, Methodist, Catholic Waldenses, Baptists and Anglican and we are committed to working towards unity in respect of the differences of tradition and the specifics of each one.”
This is the same Ecumenical Charter that declares: “We believe in “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church” (Section 1, p. 3), and works “Towards the Visible Fellowship of the Churches in Europe” (Section 2, page 4). The Ecumenical Charter is made available online by the Roman Catholic Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE).  This is the document that Seventh-day Adventist leaders were celebrating just last month!
Seventh-day Adventist Pastor Michele Abiusi spoke during this historic ecumenical celebration and expressed the following words on behalf of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He introduced himself with the following remarks:
Minute 9:43 – “Michele Abiusi Pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. I have the joy of living this decade because I was one of the signatories (founding member of the local ecumenical council). I believe in this project and we are pursuing it. We have set ourselves by statute. We say some goals have been achieved … we are currently working a lot on the Eucharistic welcome (hospitality) which is very much an important theme and we have witnessed the gospel together and we want continue to do so … we are all brothers and sisters in Christ and many barriers fall and one can give a univocal witness as Christians … and I hope that other churches can join the council (ecumenical) but above all that our churches which already belong should open up to ecumenism, as my father said, ‘You cannot be a Christian if you are not ecumenical.’ Thanks.”
Seventh-day Adventist Pastor Jonathan Breci also gave some remarks at this historic event:
Minute 34:27 – “Jesus in his priestly prayer first says that they may be one as you and I are one. This requires commitment; it takes effort and requires sacrifice … we as representatives have already discovered that we are there. We met and prayed together in our diversity and in our specificities and this is exactly the appeal that Christ has left and leaves through the testimony of each person who welcomes Him into their hearts or who values brotherhood and humanity that distinguishes our being … Christ did nothing by try to glue together all the pieces that he could … All the values that Christ transmitted are nothing else than simple values of humanity that welcomes a brotherhood of acceptance and of diversity. This is the love and the signal that can bless this journey.”
Today we are witnessing strange and unprecedented events as Adventist church leaders are promoting the teachings of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” and Roman Catholic Eucharistic celebrations. Never before have we seen such an ecumenical paralysis that is blinding the vision of so many church leaders. Never before has there been reason to think that so many of our people are traveling down a path that ends at a bottomless pit. Today we are in danger, because we are on the edge of a precipice – over which many will plunge into eternal ruin from which there will be no recovery.
Rome is a system that we used to believe was wrong. If you accept the clear teachings of the Bible with all your heart, as Seventh-day Adventists used to do, you cannot help but take the position that a system of religion that maintains an earthly priesthood with elaborate ceremonies, human confessionals, Eucharistic celebrations, Sunday sacredness, the veneration of images and relics, penances, teachings on the intercession of Mary and the saints, purgatory, boasts about changing God’s moral law, systemic child rape and a host of other grave errors – we have to come to the conclusion that Rome is a system of religion that is completely out of harmony with the will and purposes of God. There is no middle ground.
But then we have some of the greatest prophecies in the Bible that describe in the clearest language the rise, progress and destiny of this great religious power, the first beast of Revelation 13, the Mother of Harlots of Revelation 17 and Babylon of Revelation 18. These verses actually describe the role that the Papacy is fulfilling today, and God’s only solution to this spiritual dilemma is to give the most solemn warning to all of God’s true children to separate from this corrupt religious power. This is the only safe position that all Bible-believing Christians and Protestants will take. But this is not happening thanks to the bewitching influence of the ecumenical movement.
Roman Catholic Cardinal Edoardo Menichelli set Rome’s goals for the churches during his remarks at the ecumenical gathering:
Minute 18:55 – “We are gathered here today to pray for unity among Christians and to pray for reconciliation in the world. Divisions between Christians have existed for many centuries and have caused great pain and are contrary to the will of God.” We believe in the power of prayer and together with Christians scattered throughout the world we raise our plea trying to overcome every separation.”
Minute 45:54 – “Ecumenism is a spiritual necessity, and the disciples of Jesus the Saviour are convinced, as I have been, that ecumenism must be in obedience to the command of Jesus and His command of unity and communion.
Minute 49:27 – “May the Holy Spirit help us on this journey of CONVERSION towards unity and free us from the encrustations that history has sedimented and that with shared commitment and incessant shared prayer we are to solve together.
Archbishop Nazzareno Marconi also expressed Rome’s will for the churches:
Minute 19:50 – “Come spirit of love, come spirit of love down on this assembly and dwell in us spirit of unity, show us the path to unity of Christians. Holy Spirit of hospitality; teach us to be welcoming. Spirit of compassion; place deep in us an attitude of respect towards everyone. Those who meet with the spirit of hope help us free ourselves from what hinders our ecumenical journey and from the Holy Spirit.”
Rome speaks and the whole world obeys. The whole world bows to the authority of the papacy. How quickly and accurately the prophetic word is being fulfilled before our eyes today! The same word that declares, “His deadly wound was healed,” also says “and all the world wondered after the beast.” And again: “all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb.” (Revelation 13:3, 8).
Aren’t these prophetic warnings enough to open our eyes? Can we not see how the word of God makes the ecumenical events of Rome obsolete? If that’s not enough, here’s another warning for our people who think they can participate in these ecumenical encounters with Rome and then come to church on Saturday to worship the Lord:
“And his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast … He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity.” (Revelation 13:3, 10).
If we follow the beast, we will be led into captivity and we will go into Babylonian captivity. That’s what God says about following Rome. Each soul must make his or her decision. Either we will yield implicit and unreserved obedience to God, our Creator and Redeemer, or we will bow in obedience to God’s rival – the beast.
As Christians who believe in the Bible, we believe in tolerance and respect; but we also believe in the truth. To be true to our mission, we must speak out against the false and pompous claims made by the beast. We must oppose extravagance and blasphemy. And we must denounce the substitution of God’s laws for the traditions of man. The Book of Revelation reveals a very compelling message that calls all who fear God and keep His commandments to avoid the false worship of the mark of the beast. We must heed the following warning and share it with others: “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.
For Seventh-day Adventists, these events are supposed to bring a strong conviction of the shortness of time we have left. These events are supposed to awaken us to the realization that we have a world to warn in these last hours of earth’s history. The work of preparation for the final crisis, the end of sin, and the coming of the Lord should give us a sense of urgency so that we can finish the work that has been entrusted to us, and do it quickly. God is calling us; not to participate in the healing of the deadly wound and the subjugation of the world to Rome. No. God is calling for missionaries to encourage people to heed the final warning message and embrace the seal of God and reject the mark of the beast because the harvest is truly ripe. May God help us in this important and challenging responsibility. Failure to do this work will result in the loss of souls, including our own.
“Let not those who have the truth as it is in Jesus give sanction, even by their silence, to the work of the mystery of iniquity. Let them never cease to sound the note of alarm. Let the education and training of the members of our churches be such that the children and youth among us shall understand there are to be no concessions to this power, the man of sin. Teach them that although the time will come when we can wage the war only at the risk of property and liberty, yet the conflict must be met, in the spirit and meekness of Christ; the truth is to be maintained and advocated as it is in Jesus. Wealth, honor, comfort, home—everything else—is to be a secondary consideration. The truth must not be hid, it must not be denied or disguised, but fully avowed, and boldly proclaimed” (Selected Messages, Book 2, pp. 369, 370).
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