September 23, 2015: This is intended to jolt you, and it is not hype! Did you ever, in your wildest imagination believe the day would come in the Seventh-day Adventist church, when the leadership will be lobbied by the membership to apologize to the Papacy? Well, that sad day has arrived! I want to share with you this news clip from Adventist Today, and warn you ahead of time that it is only a draft proposal request of Ted Wilson to place on Church letter head. I am not suggesting that Wilson will sign this or a revised draft of the petitioned letter, but it is eye-opening to even muster the courage to petition the church on a matter so central to the Third Angel’s message. I am producing the proposed letter and ideas behind its creation so as to preserve its memories, in the event it has been removed.
A Proposed Letter of Apology to Pope Francis from the GC President
“by Ervin Taylor, September 13, 2015: Readers of the Adventist Today web site and anyone living in Philadelphia who listens to or reads local media in or around that city may be aware of the recent mass mailing of a book, The Great Controversy, to 700,000 individuals living in that city or surrounding area. The mailing was intended to be coincident with a visit to Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love,” by the current Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis.
“As readers of Adventist Today will know, The Great Controversy is a 19th-century work based on an extensive editing of materials originally produced by and under the name of a co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, Ellen Gould Harmon-White (1837-1915). Like a wide cross section of many other evangelical and later fundamentalist Protestant authors belonging to a wide range of conservative Protestant churches in 19th- and early 20th-century America, White was very critical of the theology and history of the Roman Catholic Church in Europe. Obviously, the heritage she reflected went back centuries, based on the long-standing, intense hostility that existed between Protestants and Catholics beginning at the time of the Reformation and continuing down into the late 19th century in many countries in Europe before being transplanted across the Atlantic to the United States.
“A regrettable part of that heritage was the continued affirmation of conspiracy scenarios concerning alleged attempts of Roman Catholics to establish some sort of political advantage, usually by some nefarious means in America. Anti-Catholic hostility was exacerbated during the 19th century because of the competition for employment with native-born Anglo-Saxon Americans due to the large influx of immigrants from Catholic countries in Europe, especially Ireland. It even had a 19th-century political expression in America with the formation of the anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant, anti-Jewish “Know-Nothing” political movement.
“We can be encouraged that the organization which was responsible for the mailing of the Great Controversy volume was not the official Seventh-day Adventist Church. The organization was Remnant Publications, based in Michigan. However, the message that this mailing was clearly intended to communicate is an anti-Catholic message and the source of that message emanates from a part of the Adventist tradition. In light of this action on the part of members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it is here proposed that the President of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church send the following letter or some version of it to the Pope asking for his understanding and forgiveness.
“Here is a draft of the text of such a letter that would be written on the stationery of the General Conference of SDAs:
“His Holiness, Pope Francis
00120 Vatican City
“It is recently come to my attention that certain misguided members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the United States have distributed a book, written by the co-founder of this Christian denomination, to many individuals living in the city of Philadelphia, prior to your upcoming visit to that city.
“That book is entitled The Great Controversy. That volume was written in the 19th century at a time in the history of the United Sites when the relationship between Protestant and Catholic Christians was much less than ideal. Unfortunately, that book reflected various very regrettable negative aspects of that relationship. A predecessor of mine has noted that the anti-Catholic views that this book endorses have been “relegated to the ash heap of history” by current Adventist leaders and lay persons.
“I currently hold the position of president of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and in that capacity I am writing to you to extend the apologies from a leader of one group of Christians to another, asking for your understanding and forgiveness for the unfortunate actions of a small number of members of the Christian faith tradition which I represent.
“At a time when all Christians of good will should be seeking to come together to solve the serious problems facing our world, the actions of a few should not be allowed to confuse and disrupt that cooperation. It is in the spirit of that concern that this letter is being sent to you.
“Please accept this apology in the name of all members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church who wish you and the church you represent the blessings of God.
Ted N.C. Wilson
While I don’t believe Ted Wilson will sign this letter, or any version of it, as he has repeatedly urged the free distribution of The Great Controversy, I am led to wonder what has inspired this sense of unease with the Third Angel’s message among many denominational theologians. I soon realize that for far too long it has stopped being preached, and when it is heard today, by the post modernists and evangelical-trained “scholars,” it comes off as a threatening doctrine, when in truth it embodies a call for true “worship.” There is nothing offensive in these words, for they constitute “the everlasting gospel” of love, to a lost and dying world:
“6 I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. 8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. 9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Rev. 14: 6-12
But what if Ted Wilson is coerced by the special interest groups around the world church to sign such a letter, or some variant to it, and he complies? This is certainly not out of the realm of possibilities. After all, the misquoted “predecessor” that Taylor mentioned in his proposed letter to the pope was actually written by Neal Wilson, Ted’s father. Here is the full citation:
“Although it is true that there was a period in the life of the Seventh-day Adventist Church when the de-nomination took a distinctly anti-Roman Catholic viewpoint…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 consigned to the historical trash heap so far as the Seventh-day Adventist Church is concerned.”—Read the full article on this subject, beginning on page-2 of last June’s issue of The King’s Journal.
I hope you get a sense of urgency of where we are in the stream of time, and realize that God has always had a people, a goodly remnant, throughout the ages who have been faithful preservers of His truth, and He still has a people today. They may not be recognized by the corporate leadership of the denomination, as were the Waldenses of their times, but they nevertheless exist in our world church today. They have been commissioned to their posts of duty by Y’shuah (Jesus), and are inspired by the lives and teachings of the Apostles and early reformers, and are standing under the banner of truth today, leading the way to the Kingdom of YHWH. Please join us in this march to victory! Here’s how:
- Start by attending our Sabbath afternoon Bible Studies and fellowship: Conference line: 1-805-399-1000, PIN: 121929#, at 5:30 pm EST. See the live presentations at: http://www.freeconferencing.com/ Under Participant Login, enter the Meeting ID number: 197-149-977.
Today is September 23, and it is the Day of Atonement (DOA) or Yom Kippur, for the year 2015. Exactly 171 years ago this date would have been a big deal for the early Adventists, but today, it comes and goes without even a passing notice. Most of all, this year’s day of atonement is special, in that it is memorialized by the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, on the proverbial door steps of the SDA World Church’s Head Quarters, relocated to Silver Spring, Maryland. Francis will have been the first Jesuit pope, and the first pope ever to address a joint house of the US Congress, and all of this has gone on with Adventist’s silence and turning of their heads the other way, as it were.
We are now so embarrassed of the book for this time—The Great Controversy, that the denomination has made it a project to have it distributed as “the leaves of autumn” (no pun intended, it this is now autumn) to the 1.5 million or more visitors who will be thronging the Washington DC to get a glimpse of the pope. What have we chosen to do instead? Well, the strategy is to sing the ten commandments in a catholic cathedral, and invite others to this entertainment. What a lost opportunity!
Here is a powerful fact, of the more than ten Seventh-day Adventist churches in the immediate vicinity of Washington DC, not to mention the surrounding counties, there have been no evangelism plans, for a simple mass literature distribution. We’re as it were, on our own. There has been a stand down attitude to this very rare moment in the history of our church and in the history of the world! Why has it been so quiet? I believe I know the answer: I have been writing about this for years now, and in the past few months have been very vocal Online, yet the silence continues. The truth of the matter is self-evident: we have been so tightly intermeshed with the Vatican today, that it would be betrayal of our relationship with them for the world church to organize a campaign to place the world on notice that Rev. 13: 3 is to reach its consummate fulfillment in our day. Let’s see what that pass of Scripture says: “3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.”
The prophecy could never be true had not SDA’s been included in the expression “all the world.” The frightening reality is this, “8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Rev. 13: 8. This means that “all” those who give allegiance to “the beast”—the Papacy—are those “whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world!” There is more to the SDA’s silence than immediately meets our eyes, and soon the mask will be ripped off the face of this “conservative” church, and behold it will morph into “a catholic procession.”
So, what is the DOA? It is the day of judgment, the final day of putting away of sins, and being “at one” with our God and Saviour. On this day, in the type, the sanctuary was cleansed of all sins it had harbored over the past year, and started the sinner out on a new leaf. It is indicative that there must be an end to sin in our lives, in this world, before we enter the Holy City. It is an annual reminder that YHWH is determined to having a people in whose heart is no “guile,” and who will stand “without fault” before His holy throne. In 1844, the DOA fell on October 22nd, and oscillates between September and October from year to year. Not knowing this fact, most SDA’s will commemorate the church’s historic birthday this year one month late.
The fullness of the DOA will be realized when this verse meets it consummate fulfillment: “Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.” Nahum 1: 15.
We are called to commemorate the “solemn feasts” in antitype, in full confidence that “the wicked (unconverted) shall no more” comingle with the righteous—it looks forward to the separation of the wheat from the tares in the Church of God. This separation is more graphically illustrated in the ninth chapter of Ezekiel.
Regarding the fulfillment of these words, we have been clearly counseled:
“In the ninth chapter of Ezekiel is portrayed the fate of the men of responsibility who have not glorified God by faithfulness and integrity. Read this chapter. Notice especially verses four to six: [quoted]. At the appointed time, the Lord God of Israel will do His work most thoroughly.”
“Study the ninth chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled; yet the time is passing, and the people are asleep. They refuse to humble their souls and to be converted. Not a great while longer will the Lord bear with the people who have such great and important truths revealed to them, but who refuse to bring these truths into their individual experience. The time is short. God is calling. Will you hear? Will you receive His message? Will you be converted before it is too late? Soon, very soon, every case will be decided for eternity.”
I have found myself wondering about the three lost angels, as of late, for I have not heard the distinctive features of the Third Angel’s Message at a time when it needs to peal forth in clear notes. But alas! The Songbird of prophecy has stopped singing!
I want to share with you that denominational apostasy will ultimately end in denominational ruin. But those who follow the Lamb—the 144,000, will triumph at last when He stands with them on Zion’s summit. “1Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.” Rev. 14: 1.
Garrick Augustus, September 23, 2015; Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Read more at: http://atoday.org/a-proposed-letter-of-apology-to-pope-francis-from-the-president-of-the-general-conference-of-seventh-day-adventists.html [Ervin Taylor is one of the foundation members of Adventist Today, and is on the Governing board; all bold emphases mine].
 EGW—MANUSCRIPT RELEASES, VOL. 18 [NOS. 1301-1359], PAGE 183
 EGW—MANUSCRIPT RELEASES, VOL. 18 [NOS. 1301-1359], PAGE 236, also found in Letter 106, 1909.