On December 20, 2021, Pastor Andres Ploompuu, the President of the Adventist Church in Estonia, met with the President of the Republic of Estonia, Alar Karis, along with other “members” of the Estonian Council of Churches, which includes Lutherans, Methodists, Roman Catholics, Baptists, Orthodox, Pentecostals and Seventh-day Adventists. The Adventist President, Andres Ploompuu, offered the following observations concerning the meeting between the churches and the head of state:
“It was nice to hear all of the heads of different churches proclaim that we have good relationships while we all have our own mission. This kind of Council of Churches which we have in Estonia is not seen in many other places in the world,” added Ploompuu. “It was a day of building bridges. The president was exceedingly friendly and it was obvious that he really was interested in hearing about the role of churches in our society.”
Here is the big problem. This is the same Estonian Council of Churches that is working to build bridges with the Pope of Rome. The member churches met with Pope Francis and expressed “gratitude on behalf of the Council of Estonian Churches.” They specifically reported that the Pope was “greeted by the leaders” of the “member churches.” During their meeting with Pope Francis, Roman Catholic Archbishop Andres Põder, President of the Estonian Council of Churches, gave the following remarks:
“It is a great joy, Holy Father, that meeting with you builds this living bridge between the past and the future, earthly and heavenly, and helps us to experience the unifying love and presence of Christ.”
Building bridges with the Pope of Rome? How long will we continue to justify and defend the modern interfaith movement, as well as our active participation in it? According to prophecy, Rome will rise to the point where she will become the voice of the churches. And, regrettably, the apostate Protestant churches are playing a key role in ensuring the Papacy’s full and final restoration.
“When 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 as a Protestant and republican government and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near” (Testimonies for the Church, Vol., p. 451).
How will Protestantism be able to stretch across the gulf? How will it cross the chasm towards Rome? By bridge-building, as the President of the Estonian Adventist Church put it. We are building bridges to Rome and to the other churches. All this bridge-building we see in our world today is pointing to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Soon, the “deadly wound” will be entirely healed, and “all the world” will go after her in “wonder” and admiration, as the Bible predicts (Revelation 13:3). #sda #adventist #adventista
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