Friday, 23 September 2011
Seventh Day Adventists
Seventh Day Adventists are a Christian Church. Although they do fall under the protestant denomination of Christianity, there are indeed some strict differences in theology which are unique in comparison to other churches. These include, seventh day worship, denial of the immortal soul, vegetarianism and adherence to Kosher laws. Similar to us Latter Day Saints, they do live the law of tithing and also a health code identical to the word of wisdom (abstaining from alcohol, tobacco, tea and coffee).
The main thing I am going to discuss today though is their belief of Seventh Day Worship. The aspect which I myself find the most controversial of their beliefs in terms of scriptural compatibility. Seventh Day Adventists are also "sola scriptura" alongside other protestants. This means that they believe that the bible is a) Gods only word b) the highest authority of doctrine c) it is infallible and d) complete as a book. Thus, they go by "the bible alone" and all of their teachings depends solely upon their interpretation of the bible. Thus, all one would have to do is prove that the bible is a) not perfect b) not complete c) has been changed over time and d) is not the only scripture and e) god is not bound by any book and can speak when he likes, and all from that their entire theological system would indeed fall to pieces as I have proven to protestants numerous times now.
Anyway, Adventists believe that the bible teaches "seventh day worship" and thus they worship on a saturday. They deny that the resurrection of Christ on the sunday began a new covenant which in principle made the day of worship change to sunday. Which is what Latter Day Saints and other Christian denominations believe. Adventists claim that the Catholic Church changed the day of worship to sunday in order to "demonstrate its power", a claim which actually has no factual standing.
To the disappointment of Seventh Day Adventists though. I must be honest in saying that the bible does not teach Seventh Day Worship at all. Rather the new testament is wrote in the point of view that the sabbath day was changed to sunday, even with evidence presented the Adventist faith simply cannot accept it.
So what does the bible teach on this subject?
1) Daniel 2:21- And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:.
First of all, this scripture gives us an insight into the power of God. He can change the times and the seasons at his own will. Thus he has the power to change anything which is on Earth, hence if he can change "the times", he also has the power to change the day of worship.
2) Hosea 2:11- I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
This scripture is a prophecy directly stating that the Sabbath laws were to change, indeed if you look at today that has been fulfilled.
3) John 20:19- Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Here is an example in the scriptures of Jesus Christ preaching and teaching on sunday as Christians do today. (Sunday being the first day of the week). Thus Jesus Christ himself didn't keep the "adventist sabbath".
4) 1 Cortinthians 16:2- Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
Here Paul the apostle is commanding that the people worship on the first day of the week (which is sunday). He hasn't said about keeping the Jewish Sabbath has he?
5) Colossians 2:16- Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.
This scripture is the most important one to note. It's saying that no man should judge you on "sabbath days"! This scripture was wrote in retaliation to those who were being persecuted for worshipping on sunday. Effectively it admits that sunday worship really did exist in the time of the new testament and it is also admitting that you have the freedom to worship on whatever day you wish. Whereas Adventists believe that all who do not keep their sabbath will be destroyed and have the mark of the beast (666) burnt upon their heads. This scripture however indicates that there shall be no judgement on you for what day you worship. After all, latter day saints in Israel do worship on a saturday out of respect of the law and likewise latter day saints in Muslim countries actually worship on a friday out of respect of the law. Although sunday is the day the lord has set aside for us and recommends us to worship on, there will be no condemnation for it. For the bible is teaching not to let anyone judge you for sunday worship.
6) Hebrews 4:7-9: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
This scripture here is referring again to a new day of worship and rest which Jesus has given, outlining that he has spoken of "another day".
7) Revelation 1:10- I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.
The "lords day", which day is this? It is the day Jesus Christ was resurrected, the first day of the week, sunday. The day we are recommended to worship on.
Dr. Adam Clark, in his Commentary treating this scripture, says:
'The Lord's day' the first day of the week, observed as the Christian Sabbath, because on it Jesus Christ rose from the dead: therefore it was called the Lords day; and has taken place of the Jewish Sabbath, throughout the Christian world
8) Acts 20:7- 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
The Apostles are hosting a church service in the New Testament times, they have gathered on the first day of the week! (sunday). It hasn't said they've kept "the sabbath", they are engaging in sunday service! how can we tell? Well it says "to break bread" showing that they are having sacrament! hence sunday worship is ongoing in the new testament.
9) And what did the lord tell Joseph Smith? D&C 59:9-10: And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, 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;
The bible does not teach that we should worship on a saturday, anything but infact. There is abundant evidence within the New Testament that the day of worship changed to sunday to reflect the resurrection of our lord and saviour Jesus Christ. It does not tell you to "keep the sabbath" like the jews did, but rather presents that the "lords day" (sunday) is the new day of worship and this is backed up by the evidence that the apostles themselves worshipped upon this day and then wrote counsel to Christians telling them not to let men judge them for now worshipping on a sunday, therefore showing that the New Testament Apostles and the Seventh Day Adventist church are in two different minds about exactly the same issue. Thus saturday worship was indeed made redundant for sunday by Jesus Christ. A new Sabbath day was made partly to separate Christianity from its Jewish roots, and to make clear that the Christian covenant of grace was a new covenant or testament from the Mosaic law.
Upon reading this, Adventists themselves will typically deny the scriptures above and attempt to invent dubiousness meanings for them, taking them out of context. I do not judge them or mind them worshipping on a saturday, however whether they like it or not such worship is a mistake and they ought not to go on a bible bashing rampage on those who disagree, and of course saying that anyone who disagrees gets 666 burnt into their heads. This article in itself presenting what the bible actually teaches in a non offensive manner.
Posted by Tom at 12:33