"What stronger delusion can beguile the mind than the pretense that you are building on the right foundation and that God accepts your works, when in reality you are working out many things according to worldly policy and are sinning against Jehovah? Oh, it is a great deception, a fascinating delusion, that takes possession of minds when men who have once known the truth, mistake the form of godliness for the spirit and power thereof . . .” (8T 249)
The Religious Right Connection:
From Adventist Review Online:
News Notes (March 2002)
Joe Escobar, a Florida Conference member, had the opportunity within the last year to personally present both President George W. Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush with copies of The Desire of Ages and The Great Controversy.
 This presentation would be laughable if it were not so tragic. George W. Bush is the President who has taken a wrecking ball to the U.S. Constitution and the wall of separation between Church and State. While this is much clearer at the end of 2007 than in March, 2002, it was nevertheless clearly discernible then. At about the same time as the presentation Roman Catholic activist Paul Weyrich reported on his website about a call to Karl Rove, "Before I get to the business of why I've called you," I said to President Bush's political guru Karl Rove, "I would be grateful if you would give your President a message from me." Rove was most obliging. "Tell him that he has mastered the art of Catholic governance," I said. Rove replied: "That's pretty good for a Methodist."
Weyrich's opinion of Bush's Catholicity was
shared by then U.S. Senate heavyweight, Roman Catholic Rick Santorum. A
In contemporary Western
debates, this idea of unity between faith and political allegiance often puts
Opus Dei-inspired politicians on the right. Santorum was a forceful champion of
this view. He told NCR that a distinction between private religious
conviction and public responsibility, enshrined in John Kennedy’s famous speech in 1960 saying he would not take orders
from the Catholic church if elected president, has caused “much harm in
America.” . . . Santorum told NCR that he regards George W. Bush as “the
first Catholic president of the
“From economic issues focusing on the poor and social justice, to issues of human life, George Bush is there,” he said. “He has every right to say, ‘I’m where you are if you’re a believing Catholic.’ ” (Emphasis added)
The President’s brother,
Jeb Bush, was and is a convert to Roman Catholicism, and was the prime
architect of the theft of
The presentation was naïve - and pathetic!! It hardly merited mention in a major SDA publication.
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,