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Global Peace and the Sabbath

Global Peace and the Sabbath
This year, Pope Francis is making a landmark visit to the World Council of Churches (WCC) at Geneva, Switzerland. His message is simple: "Walking—Praying—Working Together." His purpose is two-pronged: to promote global peace and to bring unity across denominational lines. Leaders at WCC see this occasion as a positive step in bringing hope to our world. Echoing their sentiments, the pope's representative affirmed that Christians must do everything they can to work for unity.

All of us are searching for peace—and global harmony is the ultimate dream. However, we must answer the important question: "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?" (Amos 3:3). Christian unity must be based on the foundation of Scripture. Should ultimate truth ever be sacrificed for unity? Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6), and, "If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand" (Mark 3:25).

At one of Jesus' last meetings with His disciples, He highlighted the importance of peace based on the foundation of obedience to His Word. "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you" (John 14:27). The apostle Paul warned Christians to be on the alert: "When they say, 'Peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them" (1 Thessalonians 5:3).

In Christ's day, the church struggled with the issue of tradition versus truth. Jesus said, "All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition" (Mark 7:9). Throughout His ministry, Jesus honored the seventh-day Sabbath. He identifies His last-day people as those who keep the laws of His kingdom. "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city" (Revelation 22:14).

Bible prophecy outlines the issues in the last days: There will be those who keep the true Sabbath, the day that Jesus set aside as holy, and those who keep another day in place of the Sabbath (Revelation 13, 14). Eternal peace and unity are found in the true Sabbath, not the traditional Sabbath (Isaiah 66:22, 23).

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