There is much ado about the threat of Sharia Law. Here is an example of the all-encompassing interest and influence of the Roman Catholic Church on the laws of nations:-

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Pope Francis with judges at the Vatican: The Church must get involved in greater politics

The Pope held a meeting at the Vatican with a hundred judges from around the world. They participated in the Summit of Judges on human trafficking and organized crime that brought together legal experts to analyze this scourge and seek to combat it. . .

Pope Francis explained that the Church is also called on to engage in the field of politics and again requested the abolition of the death penalty.

There is only one period in earth's history when judgment between humans could safely be committed to the Church:

Church-State Relations (Official SDA Statement; caveat: as a reflection of the great apostasy, this statement endorses a much greater involvement by the Church in national and international politics and government than is consistent with the gospel commission)

The appropriate relation between religion and the state was best exemplified in the life of our Savior and example, Jesus Christ. As one of the Godhead, Jesus held unparalleled authority on earth. He had divine insight,[6] divine power,[7] and a Holy charter.[8] If anyone in the history of the world had the right to force others to worship as he dictated, it was Jesus Christ. Yet Jesus never used force to advance the gospel.[9]It is for the followers of Christ to emulate this example. . .

[4] The example of ancient Israel under theocratic rule is sometimes used to justify modern efforts to legislate religious mandates. Such justifications misapply Biblical precedent. For a relatively short period of this earth's history, God used particular methods to preserve His message for the world. These methods were based on a mutually agreed upon covenant between God and a family that grew into a relatively small nation. During this period, God directly ruled in a manner He has not chosen to utilize since. The experience of direct rule by God based on a mutually agreed upon covenant, while of invaluable importance to our understanding of the Lord, is not directly applicable to how modern nations should be ruled. Rather, the more applicable example of the relationship between the church and the state is that provided by Jesus Christ.

It was Christ who clearly stated the principle of separation of church and state. Therefore, Pope Francis' statement that "the Church is also called on to engage in the field of politics" is in direct contradiction to the Word of Him whom the Pope claims to represent - one of the numerous manifestations of the spirit of the Antichrist.

When the Pope declares that "the Church is also called on to engage in the field of politics" in the context of an international gathering of judges, what is the implicit objective? We have the answer to this question in the administration of justice in the United States, and particularly in the Supreme Court, which is the final interpreter of constitutional questions. The 2000 presidential election case of Bush v. Gore is a glaring example of the intent to impose Roman Catholic governance on the United States. In the Editor's Preface to the Watchman, What of the Night? essay "The Forming of the Image To the Beast Is It Now Accomplished?" Elder Wm. H. Grotheer wrote:

The selection by the Supreme Court of the President of the United States in a five to four decision, with three of the five judges confessed Romanists, plus the rapid fire changes initiated by the President without a clear mandate to govern, clearly indicates the meaning of what we have been told - "the final movements will be rapid ones. "Consideration needs to be given to the fact that the common bond between the Religious Right and the Hierarchy of the Roman Church is the issue of abortion, and the basis of this factor is grounded in the doctrine of the immortality of the soul.

Note his statement about the common bond between the Religious Right and the Hierarchy of the Roman Church. It is highly probable that Seventh-day Adventists are looking for a more obvious manifestation of coercion to accept the dogma of the immortality of the soul than the anti-abortion campaign. This would be inconsistent with the character of Satan, whose modus operandi is deception, which has been greatly intensified over the centuries. The process of Roman Catholic domination of the United States by behind-the-scenes manipulation was effectively started under the presidency of Ronald Reagan, and this was greatly accelerated under George W. Bush. The Roman Catholic Church has achieved a majority on the US Supreme Court, and this has resulted in decisions enforcing Church doctrine and dogma in areas including abortion and contraception, both inextricably tied to the immortality of the soul.

Three days after his initial meeting with the judges, Pope Francis made an unexpected appearance at the "Judges Summit," and delivered a speech. The text of the speech contain some revealing statements:

Pope Francis addresses Judges' summit on human trafficking and organized crime

I would like to warmly greet you and renew the expression of my esteem for your cooperation and contribution towards human and social progress, a task of which the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences is more than capable.

If I'm happy for this contribution and proud of you, it is in consideration of the remarkable service you can offer to humanity — both through an understanding of indifference and its extreme forms in the globalised world — and through solutions facing this challenge, trying to improve the living conditions of the needy among our brothers and sisters. Following Christ, the Church is called to engage and to be faithful to people, even more in the case of situations where open wounds and dramatic suffering are present, and where values, ethics, social sciences and faith are involved; situations in which the testimony of you all as individuals and humanists, together with your own social expertise, is particularly appreciated. . .

The meeting on 2 December 2014 with the leaders of today's most influential religions in this globalised world, and the summit on 21 July 2015 with the mayors of the major cities of the world, have shown the willingness of this Academy to pursue the eradication of new forms of slavery. I hold a special memory of these two meetings, as well as the noteworthy youth symposiums, all due to the initiative of the Academy.

Now, inspired by the same motivation, the Academy has brought you together, judges and prosecutors from around the world, with practical experience and wisdom in eradicating human trafficking, smuggling and organised crime. You have come here representing your colleagues with the praiseworthy aim of making progress in spreading awareness of these scourges and consequently manifesting your irreplaceable mission to face the new challenges posed by the globalisation of indifference, responding to society's growing concern and respecting national and international laws. Taking charge of one's own vocation also means feeling, and proclaiming oneself, free from the pressures of governments, private institutions and, of course, the "structures of sin" of which my predecessor John Paul II spoke, particularly in regard to organised crime. Without this freedom, a nation's judiciary is corrupted and corrupting.

Fortunately, for the realisation of this complex and delicate human and Christian project of freeing humanity from the new slaveries and organised crime, which the Academy has undertaken following my request, we can also count on the important and decisive synergy with the United Nations. . .

You are called to give hope and to do justice. From the widow seeking justice insistently (Lk: 18,1-8), to the victims of today, all fuel a desire for justice and a hope that the injustice that passes through this world is not final, that it does not have the last word. . .

If there is anything that runs through the Beatitudes and the protocol of divine judgment according to the Gospel of Matthew (Ch. 25), it is the issue of justice: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, those who suffer for justice, blessed are those who mourn, blessed are the meek, blessed are the peacemakers, blessed by our Father are those who treat the most needy and least of my brothers and sisters as myself. They — and here I am referring especially to judges — will have the highest reward: they shall inherit the earth, and they will be called children of God, they shall see God, and enjoy eternity with the heavenly Father.

In this spirit, I am encouraged to ask judges, prosecutors and academics to continue their work and carry out, within their own means and with the help of Grace, successful initiatives that honour them in the service of people and the common good.

The passages from the Pope's speech quoted above were selected for their obvious reference to religion, and the Christian religion in particular. There are other passages which state the interest of the Church of Rome in an all-encompassing involvement with society at large:

We must generate a crosscutting wave of "good vibes" to embrace the whole of society from top to bottom, from the periphery to the centre and back, from leaders to communities, and from villages and public opinion to the key players in society. As the religious, social and civic leaders have realized, achieving this requires that judges too become fully aware of this challenge, feeling the importance of their responsibility towards society, sharing their experiences and best practices and acting together to break down barriers and open new paths of justice to promote human dignity, freedom, responsibility, happiness and, ultimately, peace.

This reminiscent of Pope John-Paul's dictum recorded by Malachi Martin:

No human activity escapes the religious dimension, he said; but especially important are the activities that constitute the sociopolitical life of men and women wherever they reside. Indeed, the note that dominated and animated that encyclical document was John Paul's insistence that the hard, intractable problems of the world—hunger, violation of human dignity and human rights, war and violence, economic oppression, political persecution—any and all of these can be solved only by acceptance and implementation of the message of Christ's revelation announced by the papacy and the Roman Catholic Church. (Underscored and italicized emphasis added.)

The fact is that civil government should be concerned only with maintaining an orderly society, administering justice, and taxing citizens to meet the costs of government. This is to be separated from religion, and this should be recognized by any entity that professes to be a Christian Church. Moreover, human nature being what it is, diversity of Christian denominations is inevitable, as Roger Williams recognized:

God, Government and Roger Williams' Big Idea

Williams believed that preventing error in religion was impossible, for it required people to interpret God’s law, and people would inevitably err. He therefore concluded that government must remove itself from anything that touched upon human beings’ relationship with God.

The intrusion of the doctrines of one Christian denomination or another into civil government is a clear violation of the declaration by Jesus Christ of the principle of separation of church and state. The apostles Peter (1 Peter 2:13-17, and Paul (Romans 13:1-7) clearly recognized this principle in their statements on government. Indeed, the New Commentary on the Whole Bible (Based on Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown) states on Romans 13:

This chapter introduces the second section of exhortations, and the apostle moves directly from personal matters to the realm of the Christian’s responsibility in politics. In this section Paul notes that the Christian is responsible to the state because the government is an institution of God and is blessed of God. Most commentators divide this chapter into two basic sections: political ethics (13:1-7) and personal ethics (13:8-14)

In commenting on 13:3-4, this significant statement is made: "The statement applies equally to all forms of government, from an unchecked despotism—such as flourished when this was written under the Emperor Nero—to a democracy."

Christian principle demands that civil government must be kept separate from religion. Pope Francis' statement that "the Church is also called on to engage in the field of politics," is a direct challenge to that principle. The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences has no business being involved in conference with judges from all over the world. When Rome is involved in the administration of justice, however worthy the cause of eradicating human trafficking and organized Crime, it is an ill omen for the future of religious liberty for the individual law-abiding citizen.