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SDA 1982-1995 - Infiltration


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SDA 1982-1995 - Infiltration

  2. 2. God wants minute-men. He will have men who, when important decisions are to be made, are as true as the needle to the pole; men whose special and personal interests are swallowed up, as were our Saviour's, in the one great general interest for the salvation of souls. Satan plays upon the human mind wherever a chance has been left for him to do so; and he seizes upon the very time and place where he can do the most service to himself, and the greatest injury to the cause of God. A neglect to do what we might do, and what God requires us to do in his cause, is a sin which cannot be palliated with excuses of circumstances or conditions; for Jesus has made provision for all in every emergency. —Vol. 3, p. 505. {GW92 377.2}
  3. 3. 1976
  4. 4. Neal Wilson, President of the North American Division of SDA, gives this Sworn statement in the Silver-Tobler legal case involving the Seventh-day Adventist Church: Although it is true that there was a period in the life of the Seventh-day Adventist Church when the denomination took a distinctly anti-Roman Catholic viewpoint, and the term, hierarchy was used in a perjorative sense to refer to the papal form of church governance, that attitude on the Church’s part was nothing more than a manifestation of widespread anti-popery among conservative protestant denominations in the early part of this century and the latter part of the last, and which has now been assigned to the historical trash heap so far as the Seventh- day Adventist Church is concerned. Merikay McLeod lawsuit (P. 4, footnote #2, Docket Entry #84: EEOC vs PPPA C-74-2025 CBR). Sworn statement dated Feb.6, 1976. Further in the same brief: While, however, Adventist doctrine continues to teach that church government by one man is contrary to the Word of God, it is not good Seventh-day Adventism to express… an aversion to Roman Catholicism as such. (p. 30)
  5. 5. 1990 request for a Vatican observer to our delegated assembly: Seventh-day Adventist faction from Tennessee mailed an unknown number of anti-Catholic booklets (primarily composed of quotations from the book, Great Controversy] the week of July 8 to homes in Indianapolis, where 2,000 (delegates] gathered for the denomination's 55th world convention, July 6-14. "Shirley Burton, a spokesperson for the denomination, told the Indianapolis Star daily newspaper the tract was 'trash.' The pamphlet, United States in Prophecy, calls Catholicism a pagan religion and refers to the pope as a beast. "John F. Fink, editor of the Criterion, Indianapolis archdiocesan newspaper (wrote this], 'The Seventh-day Adventists have a history of anti-Catholicism, like many other Protestant religions in the U.S. during the 18th and 19th centuries. However, the main body of the Church has moved away from an anti-Catholic position. The new position of co-operation with the Catholic Church was exemplified by the invitation from the Seventh-day Adventists to the Vatican to send an official observer to the conference.
  6. 6. May 18th
  7. 7. Bert Beverly Beach has been our ecumenical liaison with the other denominations since at least 1965, when he became a member of a World Council of Churches committee. He made the presentation of Gold Medallion to the Pope and let us analyze it keenly.
  8. 8. For the reason that Dr. B. B. Beach was present on that occasion was due to the fact that he was there as a participating member of the "World Confessional Families." Commenting on the occasion of this joint interview with the pope, Religious News Service said that this gathering marked the ninth year in which our denomination had been members of the "World Confessional Families."
  9. 9. "The Vatican Secretariat for the Christian Unity of the Seventh-day Adventists became regular participants in the Conference (Secretaries of the World Confessional Families) in 1968." Why was Dr. Beach selected by our Church as the one to present the gold medal to the pope? This is something of a puzzler, until one recalls that it was Dr. B. B. Beach who coauthored that major document, "So Much in Common" only four years earlier in Geneva, Switzerland with Dr. Lukas Vischer, Secretary of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches. As a result of that publication, so little known to Adventist church members, Dr. Beach became well known to leading ecumenists of the other denominations. The "Review" for August 11,1977, in briefly commenting on this gift, said that the gold medal was a "medallion" and "a gold-covered symbol of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. " Examining this "symbol" of the Adventist Church more closely, we find that the obverse (the front side of the gold medal) portrays the resurrection Christ -not the mediating Christ nor the returning Christ. This is a typical Protestant Catholic centrality, for they focus their Sunday-keeping on Christ's resurrection morn, more than any other event in His life, before or after.
  10. 10. Just what IS the "World Confessional Families"? On page 100-101 of their book, "So Much in Common:' Beach and Vischer list nine ways in which Seventh-day Adventist involvement in the World Council of Churches has been of benefit. In the section dealing with this book, "So Much in Common:' we have considered these benefits. But one of them was especially significant: Our affiliation in the WCC has brought our Church, officially, into the "World Confessional Families." But what is the World Confessional Families? It sounds Catholic. At this point, all that this writer knows is this: 1- "So Much in Common," p. 100-101, tells us that it was our association with the WCC that brought us into the WCF: "5. Participation in Meeting of World Confessional Families-Since 1968 the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has been actively represented at the annual meeting of 'Secretaries of World Confessional Families.' This participation is largely the result of WCC/SDA Conversations and contacts that were made at the time of the Uppsala Assembly. It is hoped that expanded cooperation will ensure between the World Confessional Families in the vital realm of religious liberty." "So Much in Common," pp. 100-101.
  12. 12. There are several items on this gold medal which are designed to please the pope. 1. Christ is in a Catholic stance, like the Vatican painting by Francis de Assisi, and idols. His beard is forked. 2. This Christ has no crown on his head. The one in Revelation 19:12 does. 3. It appears that Jesus is standing on the summit of a mountain like Satan will when personating Christ. The true Christ will not touch the earth when he returns. 4. There is a cloud with nine lightning bolts extending from it, just as mystery religions and the medieval papacy used. It was a symbol of Satan in the mysteries. 5. There are eight angels. Eight is the symbol of the sun day. 6. The angels are shown facing toward and worshiping Christ, after he has arrived on earth. (They should be shown as facing the earth with Jesus as they come toward it.) 7. The Christ in Rev. 1:16 has seven stars in his hand. This Christ has six on each side. 8. The Maltese cross is a Vatican symbol. Typically, this has four equal rays flowing outward from a central sun. Each ray expands in width as it radiates outward and terminates in two horns, producing an eight-pointed cross. It is thus a sun symbol in two ways (the radiating sun, and the eight points.) 9. THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT READS THE SAME WAY THE PAPACY ATTEMPTED TO CHANGE IT–the way the third commandment is quoted in the Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine. When the Catholic Church changed the Sabbath Commandment, what did they change it to? They used the exact wording given on the back of the gold medal.
  13. 13. “It is a backsliding church that lessens the distance between itself and the papacy.” Ellen White, Signs, Feb. 19, 1894.
  14. 14. Samuele R. Bacchiocchi (29 January 1938,[1] Rome, Italy – 20 December 2008[2] )
  15. 15. Revelation 13 challenged EVER SINCE THE TERRORIST attacks on the World Trade Center by Islamic militants, the attention of some Christians has been directed to Bible prophecy, looking to see whether the Bible projects any role for this world religion in our time.
  16. 16. Samuele Bacchiocchi, noted Adventist scholar and author of various books on current denominational issues, now claims he is convinced that the Antichrist of Bible prophecy includes Islam as well as the Roman papacy, and that -- in his view -- the stated characteristics of Daniel's little-horn power more accurately reflect Islam than the papacy, specifically with regard to the uprooting of the three horns (Dan. 7:8, 24) and the "time and times and the dividing of time" (Dan. 7:25) during which this power would rule (2). While he insists that he still holds the papacy to comprise the prophesied Antichrist, at least in part, he raises serious doubts about the veracity of 538 as the starting point for the 1,260-day prophecy (3). He likewise claims that Adventism's historic view regarding the uprooting of the three horns in Daniel 7:8, 24 is historically inaccurate (4). And he now views the 1,260-day prophecy itself as an inexact illustrative device, calling to mind past periods of sacred history but not necessarily foretelling a future time of precisely-fulfilled dates (5).
  17. 17. Perhaps most seriously of all, when confronted by a respondent with Ellen White's clear endorsement of Adventism's historic dates for the 1,260-year prophecy (6), Bacchiocchi sought to weaken this fact by claiming Sister White was "committed to search for truth and recognized her limitations" (7). Other than the 2,300-day prophecy of Daniel 8:14, no time prophecy is more crucial to the identity and purpose of the Seventh-day Adventist Church than the 1,260 years of papal supremacy (Dan. 7:25; 12:7; Rev. 11:2, 3; 12:6, 14; 13:5). Any disputing of the integrity of this prophecy is thus extremely serious for any Adventist to contemplate . For Bacchiocchi to compare Ellen White's alleged "limitations" in understanding this prophecy to peripheral changes in the 1911 Great Controversy or similar discrepancies between the four New Testament Gospels -- as he did in defending his views to one inquirer (8) -- is to grossly understate the Biblical significance and vital role of this prophecy. Recent decades have witnessed a sharp increase in such challenges, and as the final events draw nearer we can be sure such challenges will increase even more. And if nothing else, they offer yet another opportunity to demonstrate the enduring soundness and surety of the prophetic faith we cherish.
  18. 18. Those who might wish further historical and contemporary evidence for the 1,260-year prophecy as historically believed by Adventists, may wish to consult another article by the present author, titled, "The Prophecy Standeth Sure," written to mark the 200th anniversary of the captivity of Pope Pius VI in 1798 (9).
  19. 19. Stampeded by Events Throughout the twentieth century, faithful Adventists steadfastly resisted the pressure of circumstances and events to alter our historic view of the Antichrist of Bible prophecy. Fascism, Communism, feminism, secular humanism -- these and other attractive targets have lured countless conservative Protestants away from the Reformers' identification of the papacy as the Biblical Antichrist.
  20. 20. For the most part, Seventh-day Adventists have kept clear of such diversions, recognizing that while numerous crises and difficulties may arise, they offer no ground to question the detailed forecast of end-time events provided by Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy. At the bottom line, one might well ask why it is necessary to tamper with the prophecies in order to find compelling reasons for condemning such anti-Christian belief systems as Communism or humanism! Many challenges may indeed face Christians on the road to the final events, but the details God has provided regarding the key players in Earth's last drama need not be altered in order to face such challenges. Whatever we may meet along the way, we know through prophecy the forces we will meet at the end. God's servant has written, under divine inspiration, that the Christian "has a chart pointing out every waymark on the heavenward journey, and he ought not to guess at anything" (10).
  21. 21. Sadly, Bacchiocchi's new understanding of the Antichrist prophecies seems less the product of careful Bible or historical study than an all-too-obvious reaction to the recent focus on Islamic terrorism in the wake of September 11. Bacchiocchi frankly admits this. In his newsletter he writes, "In good conscience I cannot ignore the Biblical implications of the current war on terrorism" (11). Regarding the Adventist pioneers and their understanding of the Antichrist prophecies, he claims: "It is unfortunate that our Adventist pioneers did not consider the prophetic role of Islam, as the counterpart of the papal Antichrist. Let us not blame them for this shortsightedness. After all, they lived before September 11 at a time when the Muslim
  22. 22. In short, Bacchiocchi's views represent a clear case of stampeded prophetic interpretation. Various others, mostly on the fringes of modern Adventism, have likewise ventured to tamper with our historic prophetic understandings, often in reaction to world events they too thought significant. Few, however, have possessed the credibility or scholarly reputation of Samuele Bacchiocchi. To his credit, he describes his conclusions on this issue as "tentative" (13) and admits it would be "presumptuous to claim that this newsletter offers comprehensive answers" to the questions he raises (14). We can only pray that the weight of inspired and historical evidence will cause him to withdraw and disavow this case of misbegotten creativity.
  23. 23. DANIEL 11:41DANIEL 11:41 INFILTRATION 1982-1995
  24. 24. DANIEL 11:41- "He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon" As the king of the North marched South in those ancient campaigns against Egypt, he marched through "the glorious land." So in this time of the final conflict, the king of the North will enter "the glorious land" and overthrow "tens of thousands." R.S.V. ("Countries" in verse 41 is a supplied word). This repeats in principle what happened many times during the history of the Jews. Especially does Daniel 11:40 (last part), 41 sound like a re- fulfillment of Assyria's invasion of Judea, which has already been cited from Isaiah 8. It is perfectly obvious that "the glorious land" in the time of the end has no relation to the Middle East. George McCready Price comes close to the truth when he suggests that it "probably means the Protestant world as a whole.'' The Greatest of the Prophets, p. 315.
  25. 25. But unless his point is clarified, it could be very misleading. Protestantism so-called in the world today is not "the glorious land," for since 1844 the Sunday- keeping Protestant bodies are part of Babylon (Revelation 14:8). Indeed, they constitute apostate Protestantism. The Advent Movement is now the successor of the Protestant Reformation. "The glorious land" must therefore embrace the people of the Advent Movement the world over. Truth often appears to be frightening. It flatters neither man nor denominational ego. Many have been educated to think that the true Church of the last days is impregnable. It will finally become impregnable, but that is mentioned in verse 45, not verse 41.
  26. 26. The word of God plainly declares that his law is to be scorned, trampled upon, by the world; there will be an extraordinary prevalence of iniquity. The professed Protestant world will form a confederacy with the man of sin, and the church and the world will be in corrupt harmony. {1888 901.7}
  27. 27. In this state of things it was decided that we would return to Battle Creek and there remain while the roads were in a muddy, broken-up condition, and that I would there complete No. 12. My husband was very anxious to see his brethren at Battle Creek and speak to them and rejoice with them in the work which God was doing for him. I gathered up my writings, and we started on our journey. On the way we held two meetings in Orange and had evidence that the was profited and encouraged. We were ourselves refreshed by the Spirit of the Lord. That night I dreamed that I was in Battle Creek looking out from the side glass at the door and saw a company marching up to the house, two and two. They looked stern and determined. I knew them well and turned to open the parlor door to receive them, but thought I would look again. The scene was changed. The company now presented the appearance of a Catholic procession. One bore in his hand a cross, another a reed. And as they approached, the one carrying a reed made a circle around the house, saying three times: "This house is proscribed. The goods must be confiscated. They have spoken against our holy order." Terror seized me, and I ran through the house, out of the north door, and found myself in the midst of a company, some of whom I knew, but I dared not speak a word to them for fear of being betrayed. I tried to seek a retired spot where I might weep and pray without meeting eager, inquisitive eyes wherever I turned. I repeated frequently: "If I could only understand this! If they will tell me what I have said or what I have done!" {1T 577.2}
  28. 28. THE RESULT
  29. 29. PSALMS 74:1-9 (Our Distinctive Signs are gone) When the symbols change, the message change
  32. 32. So we find that the Logo: the symbol of our message and the Sabbath: the banners of our belief are trying to be changed because they were not securing success to our institutions! The former has been done away with, what about the latter! Let’s see the difference. All the other churches have The Bible, The Cross and The Holy Spirit. In the Adventist home the GC tells us this on the current Logo: “It’s the foundation of Adventist belief and maybe recognized symbol of the Adventist Message to the world”. LIES FOLKS. What did Ellen G say is a symbol of our message to the world in 2SM 387 (1)? The 3 Angel’s logo. What the GC has given us are lies friends. And what’s the latest development in this church? In the universal meeting (1982) the SDA church voted positive to transmit the BEM Document to the churches for their response. B.E.M. document (Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry) famously referred to as the Lima Text with the Catholic Church.
  33. 33. (No authentic Seventh-day Adventist could accept such a preposition. In past ages myriads of God’s faithful people died because they believed in adult believers’ baptism by complete immersion, following in the footsteps of their Saviour, and because they held infant baptism to be wholly unscriptural. How could Seventh-day Adventists ever agree to the equality of one form of baptism, which is predicated upon the words and example of Jesus, and the other one, which has no foundation within the Word of God?)”
  34. 34. On the Eucharist he said this, “(The term Eucharist is certainly not a Protestant term, yet at least in one church in Auckland, New Zealand, and one church in Sydney, Australia, the communion has been referred to in their church bulletin as the Eucharist. This Catholicizing of the Adventist Church is not by accident. It is a deliberate effort to bring us under the banner of the Papacy controlled by Satan. (When we recognize the absolutely blasphemous claims of the Roman Catholic Church, which claims that the Priest is the creator of his Creator, that in the wafer he creates Christ in reality; when one considers the claims that the Priest can move Christ here and there, backward and forward, once again no earnest Seventh-day Adventist could ever accept such an abominable compromise. Also myriads of God’s people in the past lost their lives because they refused to accept such blasphemous claims of the Papacy.)”
  35. 35. SOURCES,_Eucharist_and_Ministry
  37. 37. Dr. Raoul Dederen, professor at the Seminary at Andrews University (The Seventh Day Adventist biggest College), was the Seventh- day Adventist representative at this meeting. Raul Dederen was a Jesuit Priest, it’s a fact of history: HIGHER MEN IN HIGHER POSITIONS IN HIGHER PLACES (that is The GC). We celebrated the success of the B.E.M. document in 2007. Do we baptize the same as the Catholic Church; do we believe that when we take the Holy Communion it’s the actual body of Christ brethren?
  38. 38. References Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry ( Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry - Faith and Order Paper No. 111 ( and-order-commission/i-unity-the-church-and-its-mission/baptism- ucharistand-ministry-faith-and-order-paper-no-111-the-lima-text/baptism- eucharist-and-ministry.html#c10470) Retrieved from ( title=Baptism,_Eucharist_and_Ministryoldid=503063751) Categories: Christian ecumenism
  43. 43. Selected Messages Book 2 (1958) Chap 49: A Distinctive Name and People (Our Distinctive Signs are gone) When the symbols change, the message change
  44. 44. Our Distinctive Sign The banner of the third angel has inscribed upon it, "The commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." Our institutions have taken a name which sets forth the character of our faith, and of this name we are never to be ashamed. I have been shown that this name means much, and in adopting it we have followed the light given us from heaven. . . . The Sabbath is God's memorial of His creative work, and it is a sign that is to be kept before the world. {2SM 384.3} There is to be no compromise with those who are worshiping an idol sabbath. We are not to spend our time in controversy with those who know the truth, and upon whom the light of truth has been shining, when they turn away their ear from the truth to turn to fables. I was told that men will employ every policy to make less prominent the difference between the faith of Seventh-day Adventists and those who observe the first day of the week. In this controversy the whole world will be engaged, and the time is short. This is no time to haul down our colors. {2SM 385.1}
  45. 45. A company was presented before me under the name of Seventh- day Adventists, who were advising that the banner or sign which makes us a distinctive people should not be held out so strikingly; for they claimed it was not the best policy in securing success to our institutions. This distinctive banner is to be borne through the world to the close of probation. In describing the remnant people of God, John says, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:12). This is the law and the gospel. The world and the churches are uniting in harmony in transgressing the law of God, in tearing away God's memorial, and in exalting a sabbath that bears the signature of the man of sin. But the Sabbath of the Lord thy God is to be a sign to show the difference between the obedient and the disobedient. I saw some reaching out their hands to remove the banner, and to obscure its significance. . . . {2SM 385.2}
  46. 46. The world and its scientists can acknowledge that E.G. White was 100 years ahead of time but now Seventh Day Adventists says that her messages are old stuff, she never did theology and she is just our favorite writer. Every church are proud of their prophets, Hindus and Dalai Lama, Muslim and Mohamed, Pentecostal and their fanatics, Confucius and their Confucius, and these folks are too ready to stone you when you speak of their prophets yet they are false prophets while Seventh Day Adventists have become afraid of a True prophet, WE DON’T WANT TO BE SOCIAL MISFITS WITH OUR E.G. WHITE.
  47. 47. Daniel 11:41 is the only passage in either Daniel or the Revelation that specifically mentions the great sifting in the Church of God at the time of the great final, test. Adventists should have no difficulty in recognizing the Sunday-law decree of Revelation 13 as the crisis that will greatly reduce the ranks of true Sabbath-keepers. Ellen G. White says that "chaff like a cloud" and "a large class" will "abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition" Testimonies, vol. 5, pp. 81, 136; The Great Controversy, p. 608. Indeed, Inspiration warns that the mighty shaking will be so devastating that "the Church may appear as about to fall" 2 Selected Messages, p. 380. It will be the greatest crisis in the history of God's people, the darkest hour in the experience of the true Church.
  48. 48. Assyria's invasion of Judea under Sennacherib and the terrible ravages of Judea wrought by his armies serve as an accurate type of this last conflict. Habakkuk also saw a vision of the Northern armies descending upon God's people. The prophet had been complaining to God about the sinful condition of His people and challenging the Lord to do something about it (Habakkuk 1:1-4). Then the Lord answered the prophet: "Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you. For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places that are not theirs" Habakkuk 1:5, 6. One might naturally raise the question as to whether God has made any way of escape from the king of the North. The prophet Joel also speaks of the Northern army coming against God's people and threatening them with heathen rule (See Joel 2:17, 20). But he adds, "In Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance" Joel 2:32.
  49. 49. It is significant to notice from the type of Sennacherib's invasion of Judea, that the enemy did not enter the city of Jerusalem. What is the significance of Mount Zion being the way of escape from the king of the North? "The sanctuary of strength," both in type and antitype, is depicted as being on Mount Zion. It has been seen that the word "strength" comes from the Hebrew word “maoz”, which means "refuge" or "fortress." During the Dark Ages the Church was robbed of this place of refuge by the Roman apostasy, which obscured the truth of the heavenly sanctuary. But since 1844 the light concerning the sanctuary has been restored to God's people. This is the refuge, the fortress and the saints' source of power.
  50. 50. More significantly, Daniel 8:14 shows that the time of the final test occurs during the great antitypical day of atonement. During the ancient Day of Atonement, the whole congregation of Israel were required to gather about the sanctuary in prayer, fasting and deep searching of heart (Leviticus 16; 23:27-32; The Great Controversy, pp. 430-432). Those who failed to afflict their souls at the sanctuary were cut off from among God's people. So, in this hour of the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary, God's people are called to gather on Mount Zion, where they may enter by faith into the most Holy Place. Says the prophet Joel: "Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord." "Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, 0 Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?" Joel 1:14; 2:15- 17.
  51. 51. Ellen G. White wrote: "I dreamed of seeing a temple to which many people were flocking. Only those who took refuge in that temple would be saved when time should close" Early Writings, p. 78. In its present Laodicean state, the Church of God is obviously not ready for the crisis, for it is not fulfilling the conditions of the great antitypical Day of Atonement. For this reason God is sending an awakening message to the Church, a message which points the people of God to the closing ministration of Jesus in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. The message of Joel 2 is being sounded, and Israel is being called beneath the mediatorial wings of Christ. Those who are found united with Christ in sympathy, understanding and faith in His work of final atonement in the most holy place will be preserved from the overflowing scourge. All who remain aloof from the call to the sanctuary will be swept into the ranks of the anti-Christ.
  52. 52. “Those who would share the benefits of the Saviour's mediation should permit nothing to interfere with their duty to perfect holiness in the fear of God. The precious hours, instead of being given to pleasure, to display, or to gain seeking, should be devoted to an earnest, prayerful study of the word of truth. The subject of the sanctuary and the investigative judgment should be clearly understood by the people of God. All need a knowledge for themselves of the position and work of their great High Priest. Otherwise it will be impossible for them to exercise the faith which is essential at this time or to occupy the position which God designs them to fill. Every individual has a soul to save or to lose. Each has a case pending at the bar of God. Each must meet the great Judge face to face.” – GC 488
  54. 54. PSALMS 74:1-9 (Our Distinctive Signs are gone) When the symbols change, the message change
  55. 55. NEW ADVENTIS T
  56. 56. Before the 1985 General Conference Session in New Orleans, much had been said about the development of the new Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal.  At that Session, it was introduced with much interest and huge sales. But this new, strange, hymnal introduces into the Seventh-day Adventist divine worship service hymns and Scripture readings containing Roman Catholic teachings not found in any earlier Adventist hymnal. SCRIPTURES USED IN THE NEW HYMNAL The old Church Hymnal quoted exclusively from the tried and tested Protestant King James Version of the Bible.  But the new hymnal uses a plethora of versions, the majority of which are greatly faulted versions, the translators of which have ignored the Divine anathemas: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation
  57. 57. There are 225 passages of Scripture in the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, consisting of 135 response readings, 14 Canticles and Prayers, 36 calls to worship, 13 words of assurance, 14 offertory sentences, and 13 benedictions.  The use of the various Scripture versions is as follows: New International Version (NIV) 69 (31%) Jerusalem Bible (a Roman Catholic Translation) 38 (17%) New King James Version (NKJV) 33 (14%) Revised Standard Version (RSV) 28 (12%) New English Bible (NEB) 22 (10%) The Good News Bible (TEV, Today’s English Version) 15 (7%) King James Version (KJV) 15 (7%) New American Standard Bible (NASB) 4 (2%)
  58. 58. It is truly shocking that in our official church hymnal, the Roman Catholic Jerusalem Bible is used more than 2 ½ times more than from the Protestant King James Version! The relegation of the King James Version to less than 7% of the passages utilized, demonstrates a decided move away from the Bible of the English Reformation and the Bible which established the Seventh-day Adventist Church. To cite the Roman Catholic Jerusalem Bible well over twice as many times as the Protestant and much more accurate King James Version, demonstrates a thinking that does Seventh-day Adventists no credit. The fearfully faulted and inaccurate New International Version (not a Protestant version) is used almost five times the frequency of the best Bible version in the English Language, the King
  59. 59. Scripture Reading, No. 756 (From Psalm 51, NIV) Teaches the Catholic doctrine of Original Sin! That this hymnal would prefer the NIV translation of Psalms 51:5, with its blatant distortion of Scripture, in order to uphold the disgraceful concept of original sin is unconscionable. It reads thus: Surely I have been a sinner from birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. From Psalm 51:5, N.I.V. The Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal Committee has included apostate doctrines of the fallen churches of Babylon. It is difficult to believe that there was not a determined element on the Committee deviously implanting Roman Catholic concepts into this hymnal, fully aware of that which they were achieving. A like number of passages from the Jerusalem Bible and the use of modern versions palatable to Roman Catholics, is but one evidence
  60. 60. ROMAN LITURGY The Roman Catholic unity is based upon conformity to their liturgy.  Thus, it is alarming that the Roman Catholic liturgical terms have been introduced into the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal. Such serve to desensitize Seventh-day Adventists to the inroads of Roman Catholic thinking. Even the use of the term “Canticles” in the sub-heading “Canticles and Prayers,” prior to No. 831 achieves this purpose.  And the term is used by Roman Catholics for all the Scripture passages in the back of their hymnbooks.  Yet, much more serious is the use of Roman Catholic liturgical terms for some of these canticles. Canticles and Prayers No. 833 shows this fact by its Latin designation, the Sanctus, No. 835 is termed the Magnificat, No. 836 the Benedictus, No. 837 the Nunc Dimittis, and No. 832 the De Profundis. Seventh-day Adventists have never heard of these Latin terms before! Listen to this quotation from the Catholic Encyclopedia. p. 93: “Canticles have been incorporated into the Divine Office of the Church [the best known are] the Magnificat (Lk. 1:46-55), the Benedictus (Lk. 1:68-79), and the Nunc Dimittis (Lk. 2:29-32).” Why were these Catholic names for Scripture printed in the SDA Hymnal?
  61. 61. HYMNS CAREFULLY SELECTED & CHANGED The hymns below have all had been added, or had their wording changed to teach Catholic doctrine. Was this accidental? No. How do we know? The new SDA Church Hymnal tells us: “The committee has sought hymns well suited for congregational singing and examined each one for scriptural and doctrinal soundness. They sought hymns that affirm the distinctive beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists as well as those that express points of faith we hold in common with other Christian bodies. Hymnals old and new provided texts and tunes of enduring value from other churches. Sometimes it was necessary to alter the text of these hymns to eliminate theological aberrations or awkward, jarring expressions.       “With great caution, the text committee replaced archaic and exclusive language whenever this could be done without disturbing familiar phrases, straining fond
  62. 62. NEW CATHOLIC HYMNS ADDED Hymn No. 3 (God Himself Is With Us): Verse two of this hymn also elevates the Roman Catholic concept of Mary, Come, abide within me; Let my soul, like Mary, Be Thine earthly sanctuary. This again assumes Mary is still alive. Gerhardt Tersteegen wrote the words of this hymn in German. A literal translation of the German words which he originally penned possesses no reference to Mary whatsoever. The original words were, Lord, come dwell in me, Let my heart and my spirit, Be another temple for Thee. Why did the SDA church hymnal committee accept a Catholic change to an originally Protestant hymn? Hymn No. 142 (Angels We Have Heard on High): In this hymn, verse four uplifts the Catholic notion that the dead are heavenly saints who can assist us: Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, while we raise our hearts in love. This verse has no place in a true Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal. In fact, this song was never found in earlier SDA hymnals. We should not be invoking the aid of
  63. 63. Hymn No. 403 (Let Us Break Bread Together): In this hymn abject sun worship is promoted. It is probably the best known of the aberrant hymns. When I fall on my knees, With my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me. This comes straight out of Babylonian paganism.  Such sun worship was condemned by God in the days of the prophet Ezekiel.  And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them. Ezekiel 8:16-18.
  64. 64. With the above hymn, you could use Call To Worship No. 864. This Call to Worship is based on Psalm 118:24-26. But instead of reading, This is the day which the Lord hath made. We will rejoice and be glad in it, as it does in the KJV, the SDA hymnal committee chose to use the The Good News Bible which says, This is the day of the Lord’s victory; let us be happy, let us celebrate! These words point the minds of many worshippers to Sunday, the day that Christ rose from the grave. Hymn No. 471 (Grant Us Your Peace) All the verses of this hymn are virtually identical to the hymn sheet handed out in the Vatican Square when the Pope lectures the assembled crowd. The four verses are identical in four languages, Latin, English, French, and Spanish. The English states: Father, grant us, grant us Your peace; Oh, loving Father, grant us Your peace. Grant us, grant us peace; Grant us, grant us, grant us Your peace. Grant us, grant us peace; Loving Father, grant us Your peace. In four different languages, thousands of faithful Catholics, with their eyes fixed on their holy father standing in the distant window, intone their worshipful prayer to him.  Consider the Latin version of what they tell him, as it is written in our new SDA Hymnal.  Dona nobis pacem, pacem; Dona nobis pacem. Dona nobis pacem.  Dona nobis pacem. Dona nobis pacem. Dona nobis pacem. This same Latin phrase is in a Catholic mass. (Did not Jesus say not to use vain repetitions in Matth 6:7?) Seventh-day Adventists are to sing all four stanzas. Latin is the official language in only one country of the world–the Roman Catholic Church (a.k.a. the Vatican). Why are SDA’s given a stanza in Latin to sing?
  65. 65. THE TWELVE TRINITY HYMNS               Never before in any SDA Hymnal was there an entire section of hymns dedicated to THE TRINITY.  This hymnal has at least twelve such hymns, which designates it as acceptable to Babylon (the Roman Catholic church and the World Council of Churches).  All twelve will be mentioned, but we will mention nine of them here:   Hymn No. 73 (Holy, Holy, Holy)  This hymn was originally written in 1826 by Reginald Heber.  In its original form it was a Trinitarian song, which read at the end of the first and fourth stanzas as follows:  “God in three persons, blessed Trinity!”                    This song was put into the 1909 and 1941 Seventh-day Adventist Hymnals, but the trinity part was changed to: “God over all who rules eternity!” and “Perfect in power, in love and purity.”  This song was purposely changed into a non- trinitarian song by Seventh-day Adventists, reflecting their views on the Trinity at the time of the change.                     In the new 1985 Adventist Hymnal this song was changed back to its original, reflecting the new views of the Adventist Church at this time.  Unless there is a public repentance, we can only conclude that once it was Non-Trinitarian, but now has changed into a Trinitarian church.  Hymn 47:  (God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven)  In this hymn, SDA’s
  66. 66. Hymn No. 71 (Come, Thou Almighty King)  Again, the wording of this hymn was changed in the new hymnal!  In this hymn, SDA worshippers are led to worship the Catholic Trinity concept of God:  “To Thee, great One in Three, eternal praises be.”  Old SDA hymnals did not have this wording. Hymn No. 72 (Creator of the Stars of Night)   This hymn written in the 800’s in Latin probably by a Catholic during the Dark Ages.  Adventists are again led to sing to a false God with these words:  “To God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, Three in one.”   Hymn 27: (Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart!) Verse 5 was taken out of the old hymnal and replaced with: “Praise Him who reigns on high, The Lord whom we adore, The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, One God forevermore.”   Hymn 30: (Holy God, We Praise Your Name – Stanza 4)  “Three we name You; While in essence only one.”  In the “trinity” concept all three “manifestations” of God are of one substance.  Hymn No. 116 (Of The Father’s Love Begotten)  This new hymn teaches Adventists that Christ was begotten “Ere the worlds began to be.”  That Jesus is begotten from all eternity and through all eternity is a Trinity concept.  SDA’s believe that Jesus had life original, unborrowed, and underived.
  67. 67. Hymn No. 234 (Christ Is the World’s Light)  This hymn teaches SDA’s to pray to the Catholic Trinity.  Three Persons are the same god:  “Give God the glory, God and none other. Give God the glory, Spirit, Son, and Father; Give God the glory.” by the way there is no place we are told to pray to pray or give glory to the Holy Spirit Hymn No. 235 (Christ is Made the Sure Foundation)  This was a “Latin hymn” of the 7th century.  It was in the old SDA hymnal, but the hymnal committee decided to replace the old fourth stanza with a new one that now leads Seventh-day Adventists to worship the Catholic Trinity concept of God:  “Praise and honor to the Father, Praise and honor to the Son, Praise and honor to the Spirit, Ever three and ever one.”  The oneness meant is a physical oneness, for in the Trinity, all are composed of the same identical substance.  Scripture Reading No. 709 (“Trinity”, from Eph. 1, 2, and 4, R.S.V.)  This Scripture teaches about the Godhead, but the title teaches Adventists to call God by the Catholic term—“Trinity”.   The inclusion of these Trinitarian songs makes every hymn to God in the book directed to the trinity.  Seventh-day Adventist believe in the God-head (God family) composed of 3 distinct eternal Beings not a “three in one” concept.  Spirit of Prophecy calls the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—“The Heavenly Trio.”
  68. 68. HYMNS BY JOHN M. NEALE (1818-1866)  When the Second Advent movement was preaching the coming of Christ in 1843-44, John M. Neale was part of the Oxford Movement a movement originating from Oxford University in England to encourage the Romanization of the Anglican church and England.  John M. Neale helped in this movement by translating old Catholic hymns into English.  Those who made the new SDA hymnal saw their value—selecting 13 of them.  They are:  Hymn No. 42, 72, 115, 116, 136, 169, 170, 230, 235, 424, 429, 629, 646.  Three of these (italicized) are in the list of the ten new Trinity hymns. CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA (c. 200)  Clement, the founder of the Alexandrian school of theology, which mixed pagan philosophy with truth and corrupted the Bible manuscripts, gives us Hymn No. 555. THE VENERABLE BEDE (673-735)  This Benedictine monk in Northumbria, England, wrote Hymn No. 228 in the SDA hymnal, where Adventists can sing about Jesus, who is “with Father and with Spirit, one”—another hymn devoted to the Trinity that Bede believed in.
  69. 69. JOHN OF DAMASCUS (676-749)  John was a monk in Syria, who composed hymns which are still in everyday use in Eastern Christian monasteries throughout the world.  Two are in the SDA hymnal!  Hymn Nos. 169 and 170 (two versions of the same hymn) call the Catholic faithful to celebrate Easter—“the royal feast of feasts.” BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX (1090-1153)          In the early 1100’s AD, a great hero of the persecuted Church of the Wilderness, Henry of Lausanne, rose up in southern France preaching the true Word of God—that baptism avails nothing without faith; that Christ is only spiritually present in the sacrament; that prayers and alms profit not dead men; that purgatory is a mere invention; and the church is not made up of cemented stones, but of believing men.  Thousands flocked to hear his sermons.  Rome’s churches were emptying; the priests were without flocks; and pilgrimages, fasts, invocation of saints, and oblations for the dead were all neglected.
  70. 70.                     Bernard of Clairvaux, the most commanding figure in the papal world, was sent to oppose Henry.  Bernard, was the only man in Europe, who could and did (at the Papacy’s behest), persuade the leaders of Europe to engage in the Second Crusade.  It was he, who had determined who would be the next pope, and, in fact, his power was greater than the pope.  He elevated the worship of Mary in the Catholic church.  He helped to start the order of the Knights Templar.  He helped to direct the Romanizing of the Celtic church in the British isles.                          Against Henry, Bernard had the civil arm to cooperate with his eloquence.  Henry was seized, carried before Pope Eugenius III, who presided at a Council that condemned and imprisoned him.  From that time we hear no more of him, and his fate can only be guessed at.                   Bernard of Clairvaux has three hymns respectfully placed in the middle of our “Protestant” SDA hymnal by his admirers—Hymns No. 156, 241, and 242.  Today, in the last hymn, he teaches Adventists to sing these words that Catholics can sing concerning the Eucharist:  “We taste Thee, O thou living Bread, and long to feast upon thee still; We drink of Thee, the Fountainhead, and thirst our souls from thee to fill.”
  71. 71. BERNARD OF CLUNY (Early 1100’s)  A Benedictine monk of the first half of the twelfth century, Bernard has two hymns in the SDA church hymnal—Hymns No. 424 and 429—which together teach Adventists that the righteous dead are not resting in the grave awaiting their resurrection, but are now in heaven praising the Trinity God that he believed in. FRANCIS OF ASSISI (1181-1226)                 Hymn No. 2 (All Creatures of Our God and King) is written by one of the most famous and popular of Catholic “saints,”—the founder of the “Franciscan” order.  In this Catholic hymn, not found in any previous SDA hymnal, Adventists worship the Catholic concept of God with these words:  “Oh, Praise the Father, praise the Son, and Praise the Spirit, Three in One.”  (Interestingly, Francis is a favorite among ecumenicals.  His “Song of Brother Sun” was chosen at one major interfaith gathering as the single song that everyone present— Christian and non-Christian—could sing together.) THOMAS A KEMPIS (1380-1471) This Roman Catholic monk has given the SDA hymnal yet another Hymn No. 148  devoted to “the Trinity whom we adore forever and forevermore.”
  72. 72. CHRISTINA ROSSETTI (1830-1894)  Christina was an English poet.  She, her mother, and her sister became seriously interested in the Anglo-Catholic movement that was part of the Church of England.  Her Hymn No. 126 stanza 2 teaches SDA’s that there are many arch-angels. ALTERED HYMNS Altered Hymns Nos. 27, 71, 73, and 235 are already mentioned.   Hymn No. 402 (By Christ Redeemed):  There is a major Catholic error in this hymn as verse two upholds the blasphemous doctrine of transubstantiation in the eucharist:  “His broken body in our stead Is here, in this memorial bread.”                       This is the false Catholic doctrine that the substance of the bread and wine are changed into the actual flesh and blood of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, even though the external appearance remains the same.  We, as Protestants believe that the communion bread and unfermented grape juice are symbols of Christ flesh and blood.                 George Rawson, the author of this hymn, did NOT write “Is here”, but “is shown”.    Who changed the words?  Unless there is a public repentance, we can only conclude that the changes
  73. 73.  Hymn No. 300 (Rock of Ages):  Investigative Judgment Down- graded.  In verse three, the message of God’s judgment is taken from the hymn.  Augustus Toplady had written, “When I soar to worlds unknown, see Thee on Thy judgment throne”  But in the new hymnal the words were changed to:  “When I soar to worlds unknown, And behold Thee on Thy throne.”                          Why was the word “judgment” left out, especially at a time when the judgment hour message is so essential to be shared with the inhabitants of the world?  The previous Church Hymnal, No. 474 made no such deletion in the fourth verse.  Surely this was a deliberate decision to eliminate the judgment message from this hymn.  There is a judgment before the Second Advent!  New theology teaches that the judgment occurred at the cross when Jesus died.  Again every hymn was carefully examined, and we must conclude this was not an accident—until we hear a public
  74. 74. Hymn No. 125 (Joy to The World):  Second Advent Down-graded.   The words of verse one in this well-known hymn in the new SDA Hymnal state:  “Joy to the world, the Lord is come!”  Isaac Watts’ original words were: “Joy to the world, the Lord will come!”  Surely the original words of this hymn would have been far more appropriate for Seventh-day Adventists looking for the second advent of our Lord. Hymn No. 518 (Standing on the Promises):  The fourth verse that teaches how to gain victory over sin—“Standing on the promises I cannot fall, listening every moment to the Spirit’s call, Resting in my Savior as my all in all,”— was deleted. TWO STRANGE HYMNS Hymn No. 194 (Sing We of the Modern City)  This hymn has this strange wording in stanza 2:  “Christ is present, and among us; In the crowd we see Him stand.  In the bustle of the city Jesus Christ is every man.” Hymn No. 648 (I Vow to Thee, My Country)  This is a strange hymn exhorting the worshipper to vow a nationalistic vow to give one’s life to his earthly country:  “I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above, Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love:  The love that asks the reason, the love that stands the test, That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best; The love that never falters, the love that pays the price.”  What is this doing in a church hymnal?
  75. 75. We would be very naïve if we did not believe that there are those within our Church, obviously in positions of influence, who are working deceptively to change the very foundations of our faith.   Since 1985, the SDA church officially has a hymnal that Catholics would approve of and from which Adventists worship the god of the beast system. 
  76. 76. THE ULTIMATE END???!!
  77. 77. DANIEL 12:3- "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." This beautiful promise includes not only the living saints who are glorified shortly before the coming of Christ, but all who come forth in the resurrection of the just. Jesus said, "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father" Matthew 13:43.   The long, turbulent stream of history is running its course almost to its end now. For the saints it ends not in desert sands, but it flows out into the sea - "the sea of glass." Fellow pilgrims, look up! The sky is flushed with the glory of eternity!
  78. 78. Satan will work his miracles to deceive; he will set up his power as supreme. The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out--the chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place. None but those who have been overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony will be found with the loyal and true, without spot or stain of sin, without guile in their mouths. We must be divested of our self-
  79. 79. There are many in the church who at heart belong to the world, but God calls upon those who claim to believe the advanced truth, to rise above the present attitude of the popular churches of today. Where is the self-denial, where is the cross- bearing that Christ has said should characterize His followers? The reason we have had so little influence upon unbelieving relatives and associates is that we have manifested little decided difference in our practices from those of the world. Parents need to awake, and purify their souls by practicing the truth in their home life. WHEN WE REACH THE STANDARD THAT THE LORD WOULD HAVE US REACH, WORLDLINGS WILL REGARD SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS AS ODD,