We have been warned of a coming apostasy or “falling away” just before the Second Coming of Christ (2 Thessalonians 2:1-11). Both the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy provides us with many admonitions, but what exactly will this “falling away” look like when it finally appears? Well, here it is in all its glory. The coming “threefold union” so long predicted has finally come.
“Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution” (Last Day Events, p. 131).
Seventh-day Adventists have been engaging in interfaith relationships with different “Christian” churches for the past 60 years.   But now the work of building bridges, dispelling misconceptions and finding common ground with other faiths has taken a tragic turn for the worse. Once we opened the door 60 years ago to interfaith cooperation and started making compromises, this path has only brought us further and further away from our mission as a people.
As a result, we have gone from having interfaith relationships with Roman Catholics and Protestants to now meeting with Falon Gong, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, Bahá’í, Zoroastrianism, Scientology, Aztecs and Wicca (witches). Yes, Wicca. Wicca is that old pagan religion that is based on witchcraft, magic and casting spells through the power of the occult.
On September 3 to 21, 2019 different faith groups, including Seventh-day Adventists and Wiccans, came together to unite in the “name of peace.” The event was sponsored by the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles and consisted of 4 different interfaith sessions culminating in an ecumenical march for “unity and solidarity.”
There are three different news sources that reported on this event. The first comes from the Church of Scientology’s website , another comes from a press release that was distributed to the public  and the final one comes from the Facebook page of David Miscavige, the President of the Church of Scientology. 
Idolatry has Never Looked Prettier
This entire ecumenical extravaganza began with a traditional, pagan Aztec ceremony designed to “bless those attending.” Aztec dancers performed while the “Shaman” (a person having access to the spirit world) made his offerings to the Aztecan gods. They danced, prayed and offered incense while calling on their many gods for blessings of peace during the interfaith event. Brothers and sisters, this is divination and communication with evil spirits.
1st Session – The first session consisted in highlighting the faiths of North America which included Seventh-day Adventists, the Agape Church (Pentecostal), the Aztec religion, Christian Science, and Scientology.
2nd Session – The second session dealt with the religions of the Middle East and the participants were Islam, Bahá’í and Zoroastrianism.
3rd Session – The third session addressed the faiths from Europe and included Anglicans, Wiccans and Roman Catholics.
4th Session – The last session covered the religions from the East and featured Falon Gong, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism.
The program concluded on Sunday, September 22, 2019 with an interfaith solidarity march through the streets of Los Angeles. This was a celebration to all the gods, goddesses, the universe (god) and to Lucifer himself! Have we completely lost our minds, and have we forgotten what God says about this?
“For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.” Psalm 96:5.
“They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.” Deuteronomy 32:17.
“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.” 1 Corinthians 10:14.
“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16.
“Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” 1 Corinthians 10:21.
Idolatry is abhorred by God (Exodus 20:1-6), and in these new, pluralistic, interfaith events we see the endorsement of the gods of Falon Gong, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, Bahá’í, Zoroastrianism, Scientology, Aztecs and Wicca.
They think that somehow they can unite these false gods with the true God of heaven through interfaith cooperation! What does the Creator of the universe have to do with animists and pantheists who bow down to animals, plants and to gods of stone?
During this interfaith forum Jesus is made equal to Lucifer. Truth and error, light and darkness and Christ and Beelzebub become one of the same – all in the name of peace and unity! They are crying, “Peace, peace; when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14). Far from obtaining peace, they are “treasuring up wrath unto the day of wrath” (Romans 2:5).
How Would Jesus Respond?
There is absolutely no biblical justification for any of this. There are no words that anyone can give to say that this is OK. This is not what Jesus did. Not only is Jesus the Author of all the Bible texts we’ve read so far, He also sat down with people whose belief systems were wrong and He worked to correct them, not celebrate them. When Jesus sat down in dialog with the Samaritan woman, what did He say to her? Notice how Christ didn’t focus on the common points of interest:
“Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews … God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:22, 24.
What did Jesus do? He peacefully engaged with people in conversation and showed them which was the best way to praise and worship God. Jesus always spoke truth with love, and He never sat down during a pagan celebration with divination and incantations to demons. The only words that Jesus had for the devil (Luke 4:9–13) were “It is written.” There was no cooperation or dialog.
“We need to be like Jesus,” is the call we hear today. I say “Amen!” But people today don’t know Jesus. They have no clue about His ministry or His preaching. Let’s see how the first hand eyewitness described Jesus. These are the people who actually saw and heard Him preach. It’s unfortunate that so many have a wrong, unbiblical view about Christ.
“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.” Matthew 16:13, 14.
People confused Jesus with John the Baptist, Elijah and Jeremiah. Oh really? You mean these timid, weak, mild-mannered prophets who were too afraid to say anything and who allowed people to continue in their apostasy?
Did the Jews really confuse Jesus with the same John the Baptist who publicly reproved King Herod because the Jewish leaders were too afraid to do so? Did the Jews really compare Christ to the same Elijah who denounced King Ahab and the nation for embracing idolatry? Did the people who saw Jesus first hand really confuse Him with Jeremiah who stood at the gate of the temple and laid out the sins of the nation, including their worship to Baal? Are these the same prophets which the Jews confused Jesus with? Yes!
This means that the false, easy-speaking, effeminate depictions of Christ that we often see today are not true. Jesus did sit down with sinners, but not with their idols. It is a disservice to the God of heaven when the followers of Christ act any differently. Yes, we must be respectful and engage others who have different beliefs but we don’t have to participate in their pagan festivities.
If we don’t share with others the truth of salvation from God’s word we become disingenuous. Are we going to accept and tolerate interfaith idolatry while on earth only to reject it when we get to heaven? Are we not to call upon all people to embrace Jesus now while we are still on earth? Ellen White asked these very same questions:
“Are we to wait until the fulfillment of the prophecies of the end before we say anything concerning them? Of what value will our words be then? Shall we wait until God’s judgments fall upon the transgressor before we tell him how to avoid them? Where is our faith in the word of God? Must we see things foretold come to pass before we will believe what He has said? In clear, distinct rays light has come to us, showing us that the great day of the Lord is near at hand, “even at the doors” (Testimonies, Vol. 9, p. 20).
Joining hands and building bridges with witchcraft and false pantheistic belief systems through interfaith celebrations goes against everything we stand for. It goes against the Bible, the Spirit of Prophecy, the example given to us by our pioneers and they also go against General Conference Working Policy. Adventist relations with other churches have been officially defined in the “General Conference Working Policy: Relationships with Other Christian Churches and Religious Organizations” which says in part:
“We recognize those agencies that lift up Christ before men as a part of the divine plan for evangelization of the world, and we hold in high esteem Christian men and women in other communions who are engaged in winning souls to Christ.” 
Who are witches directing souls to? Christ or devils? What about Falon Gong, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, Bahá’í, Zoroastrianism, Scientology and the Aztecs? Are they bringing souls to Christ? So it seems that we don’t even follow our own General Conference Working Policy.
What would our Seventh-day Adventist pioneers make of all these multi-religious prayers, interfaith marches, ecumenical worship services and interreligious cooperation? They have expressed their views on these matters, and it seems that our pioneers had an entirely different experience than the path we are trying to peruse.
Adventist Pioneers on Ecumenism
James White, Editor of the Advent Review and co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
“It has been preached for a few years past, by believers in the near coming of Christ, and has been rejected by the church. They have stumbled at this, to them, rock of offense, and fallen … there can be no reasonable doubt but that the present is the time for the cry, ‘Come out of her, my people,’ to be made … If God has led his people out, well what have been those means? ‘Come out of her, my people.’ And the intelligent and pious have obeyed it. It was a case of life and death, certain death, if they remained in the old organizations. Nothing but the truth can produce such glorious fruits as are here described. The truth enlightens, sanctifies and makes us free, in this as in every other case when it is obeyed. And if it is binding upon one it is upon all of God’s people to obey it. ‘Come out of her, my people’ is now being made. And considerations of the highest magnitude arise on every hand why this divine command should be obeyed.” James White, Come out of Babylon, Review and Herald, December 9, 1851.
Josiah Litch, a Millerite Leader.
“The Adventists in Vermont are an honor to any cause for untiring zeal and fervent piety. You will look in vain to find their superiors in any of the churches. The different denominations say, You have enticed them away from us—you are breaking up our churches.” Josiah Litch quoted in, Come out of Babylon, Review and Herald, December 9, 1851.
Joshua Himes, William Miller’s right hand man.
“We found that the friends and supporters of the Advent cause had, as a general thing, left their respective churches and declared themselves free and independent of all associations that stood opposed to the Advent at hand, where they professed friendship or hostility. They have regretted the necessity of this step. It has been said, that this movement was got up and carried forward by indiscreet men, disorganizers, come-outers. That there may be some such persons among us we will not deny; but that the great body of the Advent believers who have left the churches as such, were not…The churches have taken such a course in relation to the ‘faith once delivered to the saints’ that they could not honestly live with them. God has led his people out.” Joshua Himes quoted in, Come out of Babylon, Review and Herald, December 9, 1851.
Carlyle B. Haynes (1882-1958), Evangelist; Administrator, Conference President, Division President; Author, one of the better-known authors on Bible doctrine who authored over 45 books.
“We have heard much in recent years of the ‘ecumenical movement.’ This is it. Very little notice is given in these plans and arrangements to the divine commission of the church, which is to preach the gospel to all the world. The aim is to influence world politics, not to provide a channel for world salvation. The design is to mold and shape this world, not to prepare men for a world to come. It is not in their purpose to approach the problems of church unity in the light of the unifying teachings of the word of God. They are not aiming at doctrinal unity. They do not have in mind anything more than ‘getting together, working together, and presenting a united front.’ Their purpose is a mere external unity, a unity only of expediency, not of principle; and this in order to build something that will be a match to the Vatican in international strategy.” Carlyle B. Haynes, One Church for One World, Sign of the Times, August 3, 1948.
Francis D. Nichol (1897–1966), 21 years as Editor of the Review and Herald, associate editor for the Signs of the Times, and Chairman of the Ellen G. White Board of Trustees.
“We are well acquainted by now with a new, strange word ecumenical. The publicity given the World Council of Churches has added this word to our vocabulary … The logic of it really demands unity of all Christendom. And inasmuch as Protestants today do not generally conceive of Roman Catholicism in the way that their fathers did, there is no real reason why the ecumenical movement should not seek to make contact with Rome…It is at a time like this that we may thank God for a knowledge of Bible prophecy, for it is prophecy that turns the light on Rome, revealing its true origin, its true character, and its ultimate destiny. The student of Bible prophecy cannot consider making any compromise with Rome.” F. D. Nichol, Rome and World Church Union, Review and Herald, July 21, 1955.
W. A. Spicer (1865-1952), Missionary, Editor, President of the General Conference from 1922-1930.
“Beginning with Friday, and continuing over Sabbath and today Sunday, we have turned aside from the congress [1910 Edinburgh Missionary Congress, an ecumenical conference representing various Protestant Churches] to meet with our Scottish brethren in the little annual conference. The fellowship and blessedness of the meetings with this little [Seventh-day Adventist] flock seemed emphasized by the contrast with the great [ecumenical] gathering we had left. The Lord has been with us in the little [SDA] meetings. Thank God for the third angel’s message, and the blessed hope of the Lord’s soon coming! It is the only hope. Men talk and dream of a world-conversion; but we know the futility of such a thought … The coming of the Lord is the only hope of the world. The greatest betrayal of trust in the history of man would be for Seventh-day Adventists to settle down to mere philanthropic and humanitarian effort. We can never heal the hurt of this world; but we can obey our Lord’s command, and carry the witness of his last message to all the world, and then he will come to put an end of sin.” W.A. Spicer, Editor, Notes from the Edinburgh Missionary Conference, Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, July 21, 1910.
Roswell F. Cottrell (1814-1892), writer, minister. Member of the Review and Herald editorial committee and worked with James White.
“Now as the time draws near, we witness various efforts for unity, as though it were still the prevailing idea that unity is better than division … we observe that there are at the present the special object of unity of the Christian Church. A Protestant Ecumenical Council has also been called, and although its session was postponed, yet its proposed scheme of union is before the people in the published program…They can all agree upon certain unscriptural dogmas; but wherein they disagree on the revealed doctrines of the Bible, they can compromise these as things non-essential, agree to disagree, and so form a sort of union which perhaps I cannot characterize better than by the expression, harmonious jargon or disjunctive conjunction. It amounts to about this: ‘I can fellowship whatever of Bible truth you hold, provided you will acknowledge my errors upon these subjects to be equally as good as the truth.’ By such mutual concessions and compromises, the ‘visible unity’ of the church is to be effected.” R. F. Cottrell, Unity of the Church, Review and Herald, March 22, 1881. James White was President of the Review and Herald during the time of this publication.