Since U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, passionate opposition has been strong from all angles—from world leaders, world religions, business executives, liberals, the common citizen and even evangelicals, some of which voted to put Trump in office. With such backlash, Mr. Trump will be forced to confront this issue in the very near future. In his withdrawal message he did say the following: “… The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord…but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an — really entirely new transaction, on terms that are fair to the United States…So we’re getting out, but we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. And if we can, that’s great.” It very well could be that the new transaction, in whatever form it may come, could carry with it even more stringent measures, especially as weather calamities continue to become more frequent and disastrous.
One highly influential politician who represents her political party, Nancy Pelosi (Minority leader of the House of Representatives), has profusely cited Pope Francis in decrying the moral failure of Mr. Trump’s departing from the Paris climate agreement. So far she goes as to say that Trump has sinned against God, has undermined the “common good” [a Roman Catholic social teaching], and that addressing climate change is an act of worship that is enjoined upon all. This means that in the Paris agreement, worship (nature worship, Pope worship, Sun worship) is not only implicated, but is the objective.
Nancy Pelosi: “‘Faith leaders, starting with the Holiness Pope Francis, to the evangelical community, have urged us to be responsible stewards of the beauty of God’s creation. They believe as you live that this planet is God’s creation and we have a moral responsibility to be good stewards of it…’ When the pope went to the White House, he talked about the dangers of air pollution when he was here. Just last week, the pope met with President Trump and gave him a copy of his encyclical, which made the strong case to halt the climate crisis. The pope wrote the climate is a common good belonging to all and meant for all. The Bible tells us to minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us and that is what we are doing by walking away from this accord.’”  In other words, those who do not go along with the Pope’s encyclical and the Paris climate agreement are not worshipping “God.”
Laid out in Pope Francis’ encyclical is one of his chief solutions for addressing climate change, which is mandatory Sunday observance. Politicians and religious teachers alike will make the assertion that the calamities which they consider judgments from God are befalling humanity because of their desecration of the Sunday-Sabbath (which is not the Sabbath of the Lord but is a spurious, man-made child of the papacy). “This time is right upon us. The Spirit of God is being withdrawn from the earth. When the angel of mercy folds her wings and departs, Satan will do the evil deeds he has long wished to do. Storm and tempest, war and bloodshed,–in these things he delights, and thus he gathers in his harvest. And so completely will men be deceived by him that they will declare that these calamities are the result of the desecration of the first day of the week. From the pulpits of the popular churches will be heard the statement that the world is being punished because Sunday is not honored as it should be. And it will require no great stretch of imagination for men to believe this. They are guided by the enemy, and therefore they reach conclusions which are entirely false. See also The Great Controversy page 579.
Something else that cannot be overlooked in Nancy Pelosi’s speech is her mention of the “common good.” Even a cursory recollection of Pope Francis’ speeches and a search through his encyclical, will yield a plethora of incidences wherein he invokes the “common good.” In fact, he made the case for the common good when he visited the United States and addressed a joint session of congress. In his encyclical he used the term 30 times and even had the audacity to define it as nations giving up their national interests, individuals giving up their personal interests for the global community. “International negotiations cannot make significant progress due to positions taken by countries which place their national interests above the global common good.” This is reminiscent of the very rhetoric used in 1888 when the common good was being urged to enforce a National Sunday Law; there is no new thing under the sun.
Another startling use of the term “common good” in Laudato Si was in connection with the mingling of churchcraft with statecraft. We are told that when these two elements are merging, the end is right upon us. Here is the statement from Pope Francis: “True statecraft is manifest when, in difficult times, we uphold high principles and think of the long-term common good. Political powers do not find it easy to assume this duty in the work of nation-building.” Consider the following: “We have come to a time when God’s sacred work is represented by the feet of the image in which the iron was mixed with the miry clay… statesmen will uphold the spurious sabbath, and will mingle their religious faith with the observance of this child of the papacy, placing it above the Sabbath which the Lord has sanctified and blessed, setting it apart for man to keep holy, as a sign between Him and His people to a thousand generations. The mingling of churchcraft and statecraft is represented by the iron and the clay. This union is weakening all the power of the churches. This investing the church with the power of the state will bring evil results. Men have almost passed the point of God’s forbearance. They have invested their strength in politics, and have united with the papacy.”
As aforementioned, the common good is a Roman Catholic principle that Pope Francis is using as a governing strategy. It has been prophesied over a century ago that “Roman Catholic principles will be taken under the care and protection of the state.” By politicians seconding the testimony of Pope Francis and other religious leaders that addressing climate change constitutes worship of God and is a moral responsibility is a clear indication that we have come to a time when the separation of church and state is not absolute, that churchcraft and statecraft are mingling, and that the church [the ecumenical church under Popery] has the authority to dictate to the state and the long-expected Sunday Law is but steps away from being enforced.
 White, Ellen. The Review and Herald, September, 17, 1901
 White Ellen. S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Volume 4 (1955), page 1168.
 White, Ellen. The Review and Herald, June 15, 1897
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