December 1997, Vol. 9:4

THIRTY-ONE REASONS for keeping the Sabbath,
as presented by the Seventh Day Adventist Church -
REFUTED . . . Despatch's Editor ~ W.B. Howard

PART 2...Continued next Issue (Vol. 10:2)
 

(Continued from last issue, December 1997, Vol.9:4).
 

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13. The disciples rested on the Sabbath while Christ was lying in the grave, and after His life’s blood sealed the new covenant.

DESPATCH:
This is no reason for Christians keeping the Sabbath! The disciples simply rested on the Sabbath because they were still Jews.
 

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14. The evangelists, who wrote after the crucifixion spoke familiarly of the Sabbath as an existing institution. Matt.28:1; Mark 16:2; Luke 23:54-56.

DESPATCH:
Matt.28:1; the disciples were Jews, that is why they mentioned the Sabbath. Mark 16:2; same reason. Luke 23:54-56; same reason. There is NO indication whatsoever in these verses that the Christian Church, which was formed in Acts 2, should keep the Sabbath.

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15. Christ caused the early church to remember the Sabbath through prayer for about forty years after His resurrection. Matt.24:20.

DESPATCH:
This verse cited has nothing whatsoever to do with prayer after forty years etc! It is a prophecy about the Great Tribulation, and the instructions are to the Remnant of Israel escaping the Antichrist (see verses 15 -21). Compare also Mark 13:14-18.

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16. The Gentiles, saved by grace, observed no other day but the Sabbath. Acts 13:42,44.

DESPATCH:
Paul was giving a sermon in the synagogue to the Jews on justification by faith, that is why it was on the Sabbath (verse 14). Paul was being an evangelist to the Jews, see verse 38,39 (note the reference to not being under the Law of Moses, which is the dispensation of the Sabbath keeping). There is no mention of saved Gentiles keeping the Sabbath and “no other day”, not one mention. The Gentiles in the verses wanted to hear the Gospel message, they were unsaved, not “saved by grace”, see verse 42 and 44, and note verses 38,39.

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17. Paul preached by a river side, amid the scenes of nature, and where there was no synagogue,
on the Sabbath day. Acts 16:13.

DESPATCH:
The disciples were seeking the unsaved, and went to the river because they knew prayer was offered there on the sabbath. God led the disciples to those people to evangelise them (see verse 14). This was evangelism which brought forth the first convert in Europe. There is no mention of the Christian Church keeping the Sabbath in these verses.

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18. The Great Apostle to the Gentiles ‘reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath’ (Acts 18:4). He broke bread with that church (I Cor. 11:23). It was a Sabbath-keeping church.

DESPATCH:
Paul, “he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks “ because he was telling them about the Saviour (see verse 5). He continued to evangelise in Corinth, winning souls. In I Cor.11:23 there are verses about Christian order and the Lord’s Supper, NOT about keeping the Sabbath. It was NOT a Sabbath-keeping Church, because it was not the Jewish synagogue.

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19. The Sabbath is mentioned fifty-seven times in the New Testament. It is always spoken of by Inspiration as the Sabbath of the Lord.
DESPATCH:
It is mentioned fifty-five times, and only once had the Sabbath anything to do with Christians. All the rest were in reference to the Jews or Israel. The one which had to do with the Christian Church is Col.2:16 which tells us NOT to keep the Sabbath:
“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday, or of a new moon, or of the sabbath days.”
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20. Three steps are necessary in order to make a holy day: viz., resting, blessing, and sanctification. Gen.2:2,3.
Simply holding a religious meeting on a day without these essentials does not   constitute it a Sabbath.

DESPATCH:
Since the Christian Church has never been called to keep the Sabbath anyway, but to worship the Lord on the Lord’s Day, there is no need to try to meet any Sabbath requirements, we are not under Law but under Grace. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (the Law).” (Galatians 5:1). Although, we certainly want to rest, be blessed and be sanctified in our walk on the Lord’s Day.
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21. The Sabbath is place in the centre of the Law that contains God’s righteousness (Psalm 119:172), and shall not be abolished, Isaiah 51: 6-8.

DESPATCH:
The Old Testament Law has been abolished for Christians in the New Testament, that is why we do not keep the Sabbath, which is the sign of the Mosaic Law (read Exodus 31:12-17). Seventh Day Adventists do not understand the Age of Grace, and are still in bondage under an Israeli Law system. The whole book of Galatians should be studied for this teaching from God, remembering that God has said:
“For as many as are of the works of the Law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.But that no man is justified by the Law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, the just shall live by faith.And the Law is not of faith...Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the Law...”
(Gal. 3:11-13).
“Wherefore the Law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
 But after faith is come, we are NO LONGER under a schoolmaster.For ye are all children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”(Gal. 3:24,25).
(See also Romans).
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(THE LAST TEN “Thirty One Reasons for Sabbath-Keeping” of the Seventh Day Adventists
will be PROVED WRONG from Scripture next issue).

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