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Chapter 3, Section 3

The Treacherous Influence of Spirit Power

Years before the fusion began, Ellen G. White had much to say about the treacherous influence of spirit power on the affairs of men and the combinations of religious groupings to be formed at the "time of the end."

"As Spiritualism more closely imitates the nominal Christianity of the day," she warned prophetically, "it has greater power to deceive and ensnare. Satan himself is converted, after the modern order of things. He will appear in the character of an angel of light. Through the agency of spiritualism, miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and many undeniable wonders will be performed. And as the spirits will profess faith in the Bible, and manifest respect for the institutions of the church, their work will be accepted as a manifestation of divine power."—Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, page 588.

And bringing in the amalgamation of the three religious powers, she adds, "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."—Ibid.

Both Pope John XXIII and Cardinal Cushing have publicly stated that the gulf separating Protestantism and Catholicism should be bridged, a desire shared by many a Protestant leader.

It is White's statement, however, that "Protestants will be foremost in grasping the hand of spiritualism," that causes the greatest concern, for it is precisely within the smoldering alliance of these religious powers that today's supernatural phenomena have found a home.

It was the late Arthur Ford, ordained clergyman and internationally known Spiritualist medium, who became the single most important agent to advance the fulfillment of this prophecy. It began quite innocently, yet from the very moment of its inception, the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship, brainchild of Arthur Ford, confirmed the validity of Ellen White's vision. Formed in 1956, principally by three men, Albin Bro, missionary and educator, Paul Higgins, a Methodist pastor, and Arthur Ford, it advocated the "encouragement of study within the Churches of psychic phenomena as related to personal immortality, spiritual healing, and prayer."

"When we explore the psychic faculties, we are not dabbling in something new and strange," commented Arthur Ford at the group's spring conference in 1958. "We are just trying to remind the people in the churches of something that has always been part of the Christian gospel, but has been neglected for centuries." Comprising more than half of its executive counsel of 24 members are clergymen of the Presbyterian, Methodist, Congregationalist, Episcopalian, Baptist, and other churches, but in its principles, the organization is merely a front for the promulgation of spiritualistic doctrines.

So popular was Arthur Ford among Protestant and Catholic clergy that at one of his 7:00 a.m. breakfast meetings in Greenwood, South Carolina, it was reported that no less than 174 men had turned out to hear him speak on the connection between psychic phenomena and religion. It is highly significant that within the Bible Belt stronghold, every local Protestant minister and Roman Catholic priest was present at the breakfast.

But Arthur Ford died, and since then the influence of his organization has greatly diminished. To some it probably seemed as if the initial stages of fulfillment regarding the three unclean spirits of Revelation 16 was being held back, but viewed from a cosmic distance, the process of realization continued uninterruptedly. Even before Ford's death, steps had been taken to assure its continuation, for no sooner did the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship eclipse than the gift of tongues moved in, setting the world churches on fire with a spiritual revival, so enticing and so influential that it has already been called the greatest spiritual awakening since the early apostolic church!

That the Protestant and Catholic church leaders had long felt the need for a "unifying force" is by now a matter of public record. Rare is the man who today is against this force.

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