A famous hymn often sung during Communion service is “Blest Be the Ties that Bind.” An article came out August 2, 2017, on The Tablet, a Roman Catholic international newsweekly, that incidentally, must be subscribed to in order to access its contents, with a title similar to the title of the above-named hymn. “The ties that bind: Is there unity between Evangelicals and Catholics in the US” is the title of the article. However, it should be said “cursed be the ties that bind Protestants and Catholics.” Why should those ties be cursed, some may inquire; is it not a good thing for Christians of all persuasions to unite in brotherhood, some may reason. Firstly, those calling themselves evangelicals were formerly known as Protestants (and if asked, would probably affirm the same); whose very name indicates a separation or Protest against the very doctrines, fellowship and assumed authority of the established Roman Catholic Church. The second question would be, what are those “ties” that bind professed Protestants in America and Roman Catholics? We are given an answer in Ellen White’s The Great Controversy, which mentions Protestants and Catholics and the very element that fuses them together:
“Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of spiritualism, the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome. The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience.” In case you missed it, the bonding agent is spiritualism, more specifically, the teaching and practice of spiritual disciplines including spiritual formation, contemplative prayer, centering prayer, chanting, essentially, mystical spirituality steeped in eastern religions. Additionally, the other ties that bind American Evangelicals with Roman Catholics are moral issues.
For those who may not understand the inspiration and credibility of the above-quoted author and book, the article itself, “The Ties that Bind,” confirms what those ties that secure the illicit union between Protestants in the United States and Roman Catholics are. Recounting a little history, the article reports, “there was certainly no ecumenism between puritans and Papists in the early history of the US. But there is more coziness between Evangelicals and Catholics now more than ever before, and more than one finds anywhere else. The kinship between Evangelicals and Catholics in the US began with the abortion battles of the 1960’s, and was galvanized with the founding of The Moral Majority by the late Jerry Falwell and his associates in 1979…The year 1994 saw the real sea change with the publication of Evangelicals and Catholics together, an ecumenical document…Quickly the document became a movement, and Evangelicals and Catholics joined together in common witness, or in simple and practical cooperation on moral and spiritual issues, above all, in fighting abortion and keeping Christian principles at the forefront of American politics and education.” The issues that brought about and strengthened this cohesion cannot be overlooked, which were abortion and other spiritual, “moral” evils, which today include the LGBT movement and the secularization of society.
The same book earlier quoted from, The Great Controversy, also brings to view that Sunday worship will be mandated by the government, firstly in the United States, on the premise of combating immorality; and this is just what this union of apostate Protestantism with Roman Catholicism, is seeking to do—influence the state to enforce her decrees and sustain her institutions, firstly by uniting upon such points of doctrines that they share and then persecuting dissenters. “Yet this very class [ecumenical union] put forth the claim that the fast-spreading corruption is largely attributable to the desecration of the so-called ‘Christian sabbath,’ and that the enforcement of Sunday observance would greatly improve the morals of society. This claim is especially urged in America.” “When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the State to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result.”
Now to the spiritualism component, to seal the bond; again quoting from “The Ties that Bind: “Then came the spiritual formation movement, with Richard Foster’s influential book, “Celebration of Disciplines (1978), and his subsequent founding of Renovare (1988) a non-profit parachurch organization dedicated to teaching Evangelicals and others the riches of liturgical prayer, fasting, meditation, confession and solitude. A previous generation of Evangelicals had shunned these dangerous practices as much too Catholic and not nearly Biblical enough.”
An interesting fact to consider is that spiritual formation originated with Ignatius Loyola, who also happens to be the founder of the Jesuit order, the most cruel, unscrupulous and powerful of all the champions of Popery. It is disgraceful and shameful that the majority of denominations professing to be Protestant are involved in these Roman Catholic mystical practices, in one form or another; and sadly, it has crept into Seventh-day Adventism and is being taught in their seminaries and conducted in their churches. The very book and author brought to view by Roman Catholics in the article “The Ties that Bind,” is the same book that has been and is being used as a textbook in Seventh-day Adventist institutions of higher learning, (Andrews and Oakwood University to name two), for students studying theology. Because this book is being promoted, studied, and imbibed by Seventh-day Adventists, and the spiritual disciplines that it sets forth are being inculcated, it is not difficult to see why Adventists have bound themselves in ecumenical alliances with the very enemies of their faith. And to silence the alarm that conscientious Seventh-day Adventists have raised about spiritual formation, some leaders and proponents of the satanic practice have simply changed the name, thinking to disguise its real identity. An article came out in Spectrum magazine called “Whose afraid of spiritual formation?” In the article, written in 2011, some startling revelations are made: “‘Spiritual formation’ is a controversial topic in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Adventist Review editor Bill Knott recently interviewed three seminary faculty members about criticism the seminary has received for programs on spiritual formation. The seminary chose to drop the term, opting instead for ‘Biblical spirituality.’” Let’s pause right there; because individuals were uncomfortable, not only with the term “spiritual formation” but even more so with the practice, faculty members from Andrews University did not cancel the classes, they did not change the course content, they simply changed the name, so as not to raise any concern and even mislead (bear false witness) concerned individuals as to what the class actually entails. Make no mistake about it, there is nothing Biblical about spiritual formation, only that its practice is expressly forbidden.
The article continues, “‘Spiritual formation’ and ‘spiritual disciplines’ are terms that are new to some, and there can be a tendency to reject something simply because the label is unfamiliar… First, ‘formation.’ This is a term that is used in Catholic religious education to emphasize that such education involves more than simply imparting information, but includes forming the whole person. The expression ‘spiritual formation’ originated in Catholic seminaries and religious communities. For religious communities (including monasteries) it is the period of introduction to that community’s life, traditions, and ways of prayer. The person is immersed in a new way of living, taught what it means, and guided by experienced brothers or sisters through the time of transition. It is a period of probation, in which both the community and the individual discern whether this is the right place for him or her to be. In Catholic seminaries, formation covers all that is involved in developing priestly spirituality—developing the whole person, nurturing the spiritual life, honing the intellect, and inculcating a pastoral heart.”
The origins of spiritual formation are clearly Roman Catholic, as brought out in the article; the only thing missing however, is the mention of the founder of these spiritual disciplines, Ignatius Loyola, also the originator of the Jesuit Order (whose aim is to utterly extirpate Protestantism), as mentioned before. The piece even goes as far as quoting from Pope John Paul II to further explain the practice. With this understanding, how can Seventh-day Adventists teach an entire course, or at the very least, teach practices that are Roman Catholic and call that Seventh-day Adventist Education? Its simple, some of the professors and pastors that are bent on teaching this heresy, have themselves been indoctrinated by Jesuit teaching from the schools they attended to receive their PhDs, while others may be specifically planted there to carry out such a work. These courses are educating students to be Catholics in their theology, their sympathies, their worldview and practices. These courses also prepare students to become ecumenicists. Remember, one of the ties that bind professed Protestants with Roman Catholics is spiritualism.
By this time, you are probably waiting to see Richard Foster’s name come up again in the Spectrum article. Yes, Richard Foster was mentioned; and it must be noted that the author classes Adventism in with the evangelical body; which Adventists should be distinct and separate from. “In our day, the terms ‘spiritual formation’ and ‘spiritual disciplines’ have largely been brought to evangelicalism (and thence to Adventism) by Richard Foster.”
The Word of God could not be clearer concerning the dangers of involving oneself in spiritualism and much more leading impressionable minds to do the same, and classifies such, in whatever guise it may assume, as an abomination and an accursed thing (Deuteronomy 18:9-12). Furthermore the persons that teach any other gospel than the everlasting gospel, and teach spiritualistic doctrines of devils such as the “spiritual disciplines” are themselves accursed. “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed” Galatians 1:8 and 9.
God’s injunction to Joshua and the Israelites regarding that which is accursed, is as verily applicable to God’s people today as when the words were first uttered: “And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it” Joshua 6:18. But just as God’s instructions went unheeded and were utterly disregarded in Joshua’s day, so it now is: “There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you” Joshua 7:13. For the sin of Achan, one man, the entire nation and congregation of Israel suffered and would continue to suffer defeat and loss until the accursed thing was removed and destroyed and the hoarder of the accursed item was exposed and punished so that all the congregation would fear. Seventh-day Adventists must make a clean break from that abominable, cursed tie that binds them in union with Roman Catholics and apostate Protestants—spiritualism. But oh woeful thought, many professed Seventh-day Adventists, like Achan, are cherishing the accursed and are calling what God declares accursed, “goodly;” which we cannot fail to mention was from Babylon (see Joshua 7:21). The offender had the unmitigated gall to call what came from Babylon, the enemies of God’s people, and what God pronounced accursed, “goodly.” There is no difference today as we see Seventh-day Adventists promoting this heaven-daring abomination, disguising it in ambiguous terminology and clothing it in seemingly acceptable garb, pawning it off as a new and more innovative way of achieving a deeper and more meaningful experience with God. But to the contrary, it drives individuals further away from God and His Word and opens them up to satanic intrusion. Furthermore, anything associated with Babylon, Roman Catholicism and her apostate daughters is accursed, and God’s people are called to come out from among them and to touch not the unclean (accursed) thing (see Revelation 18:2, and 4).
Anyone, regardless of denomination, profession or belief system, who practices spiritual formation opens himself/herself up to demonic inspiration and possession and will inevitably join, or at least be found in sympathy with the ecumenical alliance to subvert liberty of conscience and will not only condone and adhere to, but will also help push a mandated Sunday Law. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 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. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” 2 Corinthians 6:14-17.
White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 588
White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), pages 587 and 445