Harmony in Any Language: World Church Affirmation Sabbath Statement Gains Momentum
How do you say “harmony” in Spanish? We needed to know, because a Spanish-speaking SDA Church member sent us this email a few days ago:
“Buenos días apreciados hnos, como laico y anciano de iglesia interesado en mantener la unidad de la iglesia mundial quiero apoyar esta iniciativa, quisiera poder presentar la declaracion en la proxima junta de mi iglesia, no pertenecemos a la división norte americana pero si hecemos parte de la familia mundial para ello me gustaria poder tener este documento en españo”
“Good morning, beloved brothers,
As a layman and elder of a church interested in maintaining the unity of the world church, I want to support this initiative. I would like to present the statement at the next meeting of my church. We do not belong to the North American Division but as we are part of the world family, I would like to have this document in Spanish.”
A Spanish-speaking church wishes to show support for the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church and its voted actions by discussing the WCAS Statement of Harmony. This harmony statement has already been shared with our English-speaking friends and here is the Spanish translation. God provided Spanish translators to help us with this project.
As we consider the history of our world in the light of the great controversy, we believe harmony is worth striving for. God's messenger, Ellen G. White, wrote,
“So long as all created beings acknowledged the allegiance of love, there was perfect harmony throughout the universe of God. It was the joy of the heavenly host to fulfill the purpose of their Creator. They delighted in reflecting His glory and showing forth His praise. And while love to God was supreme, love for one another was confiding and unselfish. There was no note of discord to mar the celestial harmonies,” (PP 35, emphasis supplied).
Enter Lucifer, with his desire for self-exaltation. “Now the perfect harmony of heaven was broken,” (Ibid, emphasis supplied). The first chapter of Patriarchs and Prophets details this story; in many details it matches the current compliance struggle within God's remnant church. Read it to see how God handles rebellion.
Thank God for 6,000 years of patient love, working to reconcile the world to Himself (2 Cor. 5:19). We are still in this world, but we look forward to a time when:
“The great controversy is ended. Sin and sinners are no more. The entire universe is clean. One pulse of harmony and gladness beats through the vast creation,” (GC 678, emphasis supplied).
Spanish version of Statement of Harmony
Please continue to pray for WCAS and for faithful, loyal Seventh-day Adventists as this message echoes around the world.
Please pray especially fervently for those in sensitive areas who support this WCAS Statement of Harmony but choose to list their churches without names, due to tensions within their conferences.
Our special thanks to Elder Daniel Scarone of Michigan Conference for this Spanish translation.
“For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king” (1 Peter 2:15).
Harmony is a beautiful sound, in any language!