Other faiths ArgueEdit
Seventh Day Adventists argue that the original biblical Sabbath of the Old Testament has never changed from Saturday. They argue that they are the Sabbath keeping righteous church and thus the rest all break the “law of the sabbath” and thus will be punished for such.
- The “Lords Day” is the first day of the week. “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet” (Revelation 1:10)
- The principle of the Sabbath is without a doubt on the Seventh Day. This is exclusive to the Old Testament.
- But we must acknowledge such principles were changed, “For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.” (Hebrews 7:12)
- The Mosaic Law was fulfilled by Christ and thus worship was altered, this included the Sabbath.
- Of the 10 commandments in Exodus 20:1-17, Jesus reinstated all of them in his teachings apart from the Sabbath (Matthew 19:18) instead Jesus told us he is the lord of the Sabbath (Matthew 12:8)
- Thus this Law was appealed as were the punishments which went with it.
- In the New testament, worship begins on Sunday, as demonstrated: “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight” (Acts 20:7).
- Thus in the earliest Christianity, followers would gather on a Sunday. Remember the following:
- Jesus was resurrected on Sunday (Matthew 28:1-7; Mark 16:2, 9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1).
- Jesus appeared to the disciples on the first day of the week. (John 20:19)
- The Holy Spirit Came on the Pentecost, the first day of the week (Acts 2:1)
- The first Sermon was preached by Peter on the first day of the week (Acts 2:41)
- The First converts were baptized on the first day of the week (Acts 2:41)
- Jesus gave the apostle John the vision of Revelation on the first day of the week (Revelations 1:10)
- Ignatius, an early student of John the Apostle said the following: “if, then, those who walked in ancient customs came to a new hope, no longer sabbathing, but living by the Lord's day, on which we came to life through Him and through his death....”
- The bible also suggests a liberty in worship “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind”(Romans 14:5)
- Again here: “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days, Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” (Colossians 2:16-17)
- In defence: Adventists use this: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” (Matthew 5:17) This is used deeply out of context
- Adventists thus hold the view that Jesus did not fulfil the law.
- The problem would be on holding this point of view, is that this expression, as Jesus used it, included the whole Law of Moses and the Old Testament. If Jesus never fulfilled the Law of Moses, then Adventists must accept of all that too in regards to this scripture.
LDS Position on the SabbathEdit
Latter Day Saints believe in Sunday Worship. The Lord told Joseph Smith by revelation that the Sabbath Day is now the lords day and we must obey this commandment (D&C 59:16-20). He specifically commanded Joseph Smith "Thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day; for verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors and to pay thy devotions unto the most high" (D&C 59:9-10)
Thus the bibles position is one of sunday worship and the lord personally confirms this to Joseph Smith. The original Sabbath is no longer necessary or required, nonetheless the lord does not condemn those who worship him on a different day. Israeli latter day saints worship on the sabbath!