Seventh Day Adventism and The Sabbath
Many SDA’s are trying to gain acceptance as part of the orthodox Bible based Christian community. However, the following points show them not to hold the “faith once delivered
to the saints.” Jude 3.
These false doctrines of Seventh Day Adventism warn people to leave SDA and not to join with SDAs.
SDA’s insist that we must keep the Sabbath as a day of worship. This is wrong because:
SDA’s judge Christians as disobedient who keep Sunday as a holyday. Paul says that SDA’s are wrong to judge Christians for not keeping Saturday as a holyday.
SDA’s claim that the Roman Catholic church after Constantine in 320 AD changed the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday. This is false, as seen by ten quotes from church writers from 90-300 AD who all say that the practice of Christians everywhere was to meet on Sunday, not the Jewish Saturday Sabbath. SDA’s have no early quotes to show early Christians meeting on Saturday.
SDA’s deny that believers at death go to heaven. They say that believers go to soul sleep in the grave until Christ’s return. JW’s, Christadelphians and other false groups believe this error. See Chapter 97 in this book on “The Error of Soul Sleep”.
The main verses disproving the soul sleep error are:
At Christ’s return to raise believers bodies, He brings our spirits & souls from heaven with Him
SDA’S REGARD ELLEN WHITE (1825-1915) AS A PROPHET or TEACHER.
“I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” 1 Tim. 2:12.
Ellen White claimed to have received more than 2000 “inspired counsels from the Lord” (visions) from 1844 to 1868. (“he hath not seen.” Col. 2:18). SDA’s err in allowing a woman teacher to instruct them.
Mrs White said: “Christ took upon His sinless nature our sinful nature. Christ took our nature and it’s deteriorating condition.” (Q.D. p.654-656).According to White and SDA’s, Christ acquired a sinful nature. (False). Christ had a sinless human nature. Christ took our sin punishment, not our sin nature.
“Now while our Great High Priest is making atonement for us, we should seek to become perfect in Christ.” (ref: The Great Controversy, E.G.White, 1911, p.623).
SDA’s teach that though saved by grace, we are kept saved by keeping the Law. This is partial atonement. Therefore, to stay saved according to SDA’s, we must continue to keep
the Sabbath, the 10 Commandments and pay the tithe. “by whom we have now received the atonement.” (Romans 5:11).
Investigative judgment means no assurance of salvation. According to SDA’s, beginning on October 22, 1844, Christ entered upon the “judgment phase” of His ministry, whereby He blots out sin.
The SDA “Investigative Judgement” doctrine rests on Ellen White’s claimed revelation that Christ entered the Holy of Holies not at His ascension, but in 1844 (The Great Controversy, p.362-373).
Hebrews 9:12 contradicts White’s theory: “by His own blood he entered (past tense) in once (not in 1844) into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.’ Hebrews 9:12,25. (v.26. ‘now once in the end of the world hath he appeared (33AD) to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself’.
SDA’s teach that Christ transferred the record of believers sins to the heavenly sanctuary, which will be finally cleansed at the conclusion of the Investigative Judgment, their day of atonement.
White says in “Patriarchs and Prophets”, p.357 this heresy: “The blood of Christ, while it was to release the repentant sinner from the condemnation of the law, was not to cancel the sin. It would stand on record in the sanctuary until the final atonement.” SDAs filter all Scripture through White’s prophecies.
Hence SDA’s sins are not cancelled or forgiven yet. What a worry. No wonder they have no assurance of salvation until the imaginary Investigative Judgment is finished.
Q: If Christ can create the universe in 6 days, why does He take from 1844 until now to investigate the books? Is Christ a slow reader?
These 6 verses show the SDA Investigative Judgment to be false:
“The Lord knoweth them that are His.” 2 Timothy 2:19.
“I know my sheep.” John 10:14
“cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.
“he had by himself purged our sins.” Hebrews 1:3
“yet now hath he reconciled…” Colossians 1:21.
“having forgiven you all trespasses.” Colossians 2:13
Christ’s judgments are after He returns, not before: “When the Son of Man shall come in his glory then shall he sit upon the throne of His glory: and before Him shall be gathered all nations.” Matt. 25:31,32.
Hebrews 4:13 exposes the SDA limitation on Christ’s omniscience: “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” Since Jesus knows all cases already, why must He investigate?
White says in TGC page 422: “When Christ, by virtue of His own blood, removes the sins of His people from the heavenly sanctuary at the close of His ministration, He will place them upon satan, who, in the execution of the judgment, must bear the final penalty.”
Satan, according to SDA’s, becomes the scapegoat of Leviticus 16. This lack of clear distinction between the forgiveness of sins at salvation, and the blotting out of sins at some time in the future, makes it impossible for anyone to know, even at death, whether he is saved or not. (Isaiah 44:22).
SDA’s are not allowed to experience assurance of salvation, because there would be no pressure for them to keep the O.T. law and Sabbath as interpreted by Ellen White.
Having the sins of all men laid on satan, assigns to satan an indispensable role in the blotting out of sins. This nullifies the all-sufficiency of the finished work of Christ.
The Investigative Judgment and Scapegoat theories are “another Gospel” that Paul warns us about in Galatians 1:8,9. Paul places a double curse on those preaching a false gospel
such as SDA’s.
SDA’s believe that Sunday keeping will be the mark of the Beast of Revelation 13:16-18. White says: “In the last days, the Sabbath test will be made plain. When this time comes,
anyone who does not keep the Sabbath will receive the mark of the Beast and will be kept from heaven.” TGC p449.
This is not rightly dividing the word of truth. This shows SDAs careless, deceitful handling of Scripture.
SDA’s think that God has finished with Israel. Romans 11:2,25; Hosea 3:4,5 refute this idea.
To SDA’s, much of Revelation had been fulfilled by 500 AD. They don’t understand Daniel’s 70 week prophecy, taking the 69 weeks as literally 173,880 days (correct), but taking the last half of the 70th week (3.5 years) as being 1260 years (wrong). (Daniel 9:24-27).
Conclusion: Leave the SDA movement today.
WHY IT IS RIGHT FOR CHRISTIANS TO MEET ON SUNDAY, NOT SATURDAY, THE JEWISH SABBATH
Seventh Day Adventists accuse Christians of constantly breaking the fourth Commandment to keep the Sabbath (Saturday) holy. Christians meet on the Sunday. Some Christians
keep every day holy. Why do we meet on the Sunday, not Saturday?
Five main reasons are:
i) “Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between ME and YOU throughout your generations.” Exodus
ii) “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.” Exodus 31:16.
iii) “It is a sign between ME and the children of Israel forever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was
refreshed.” Exodus 31:17.
Also God reiterates this command in Ezekiel 20:12,20.
iv) “Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them.“Ezekiel 20:12.
v) “And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and ” Ezekiel 20:20.
Notice that God says on four occasions that sabbath-keeping is a sign between God and Israel, and that the Sabbath is to be kept throughout their generations, forever.
“Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth … the giving of the law…” Romans 9:4.
They never once say that they observed Saturday. For example, Barnabas (100 AD), Ignatius (107 AD), Justin Martyr (145 AD), Tertullian (180 AD), Victorinus (280
AD), Bardaisan (154 AD), Cyprian (200 AD), Irenaeus (178 AD) all write that Christians met on Sunday.
They never refer to Christian’s day of worship being the Saturday sabbath. The Edict of Laodicea (320 AD) officially confirmed a long established practice. This is significant because SDA’s say that the Catholic church after 320 AD changed Saturday worship to Sunday worship. This theory is nowhere found in Church Father’s writings, but instead Sunday as the Christian day of worship has always been the rule. The early church writers, many of whom were taught by the apostles, refer at least 14 times to Sunday as being the day of meeting together for worship.
The SDA Church has never successfully refuted these historical facts.
Church Fathers Observing SUNDAY, not SATURDAY, are: Justin Martyr 100-165 AD (Volume 1, Page 186).
“And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the
prophets are read … But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in
the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Saviour on the same day rose from the dead.”
“If then those who walk in the ancient practices attain to newness of hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but fashioning their lives after the Lord’s Day on which our life also arose through Him, that we may be found disciples of Jesus Christ, our only teacher.”
“Your new moons and your sabbaths I cannot endure”. Isaiah 1:13.
“You perceive how He speaks: your present sabbaths are not acceptable to me, but that which I had made in giving rest to all things, I shall make a beginning of the eighth day, that is a beginning of another world. Wherefore also, we keep the eighth day with joyfulness, a day also in which Jesus rose from the dead.”
“Wherever we be, all of us are called by the one name of the Messiah, namely Christians and upon one day which is the first day of the week, we assemble ourselves together and on the appointed days we abstain from food.”
“The Apostles further appointed: On the first day of the week let there be service and the reading of the Holy Scriptures, and the oblation: because on the first day of the week our Lord rose from the place of the dead, and on the first day of the week He arose upon the world, and on the first day of the week He ascended up to heaven.”
“The Holy Spirit upbraids the Jews with their holy-days. Your Sabbaths, and new moons, and ceremonies” says He, “My soul hateth.” By us, to whom Sabbaths are strange, and the new moons and festivals formerly beloved by God …”
“The Lord’s Day is both the first and the eighth day.”
“Others, with greater regard to good manners, it must be confessed, suppose that the sun is the God of the Christians, because it is a well known fact that we
pray towards the east, or because we make Sunday a day of festivity.”
“And let the parasceve become a rigorous fast, lest we should appear to observe any Sabbath with the Jews, which Christ Himself, the Lord of the Sabbath, says by His prophets that “His soul hateth;” which Sabbath He in His body abolished, although, nevertheless, He had formerly Himself commanded Moses that circumcision should not pass over the eighth day, which day very frequently happens on the Sabbath, as we read written in the Gospel.”
“The mystery of the Lord’s resurrection may not be celebrated any other day than on the Lord’s Day.”
SDA’s try to equate the Sabbath with the Lord’s Day by linking Mark 2:28 with Revelation 1:10. They reason that since “the Son of Man is Lord also of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27,28), when John says that he “was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day” (Revelation 1:10). Jesus was just saying in Mark 2:28 that as Lord of all, He could do as He pleased on the Sabbath Day.
Early Christian writers never once say that Saturday was their common day of worship.
i) “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.” Acts 20:7.
Early Christians met on Sunday for their agape love feast, followed by the Lord’s Supper.
ii) “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him …” 1 Corinthians 16:2.
Early Christians, who met on Sunday, were to give money in the collection. They did not meet on Saturday. This order was also given to the churches of
Galatia who met on Sunday.
iii) “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled … Jesus stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.” John 20:19.
“After eight days again his disciples were within, then came Jesus …” John 20:26.
Jesus appeared on the Sunday, as well as the following Sunday that the disciples met.
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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i) “One man esteemeth one day above another (Seventh Day Adventists): another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.”
Romans 14:5. “he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it.” Romans 14:6.
Note: Paul here had a great chance to say “you must meet on Saturday”, but he did not state either day as mandatory. Why did Paul not command sabbath keeping
here? Nor should we.
ii) “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.” Colossians 2:16. Jews protested Sunday keeping.
Note: Don’t judge people as being wrong because they don’t keep the Jewish Sabbath.
iii) “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is.” Heb. 10:25.
No mention here of the need to keep Sabbath Saturday.
KEY: The Mosaic Law (including sabbath) is compared to a dead husband (Rom.
7:1-4), a prison (Gal. 3:23), and a schoolmaster (Gal. 3:24-25).
Question: SDA’s say “But aren’t we supposed to keep the Mosaic 10 Commandments laws?”
Answer: We are not under the Mosaic law, but under a different law in the Church Age, “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus”(Rom.8:2;Gal.6:2) which is an internal Holy Spirit motivated law.
Sabbath keeping is never mentioned as part of this law.
i) “Ye are not under law, but under grace …” Romans 6:14,15 and Galatians 5:18.
ii) “Ye are dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another (ie. to Christ).” Romans 7:1-4.
Note: As a woman is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives, yet if the husband is dead, she is FREE FROM that LAW (v.2,3). So, Christians are become DEAD TO THE LAW, by the body of Christ, and we are MARRIED TO ANOTHER (Jesus Christ).
The Law is likened to the dead husband. This means that Christians‘ relationship to the Law has been severed.
iii) “Now we are DELIVERED FROM THE LAW, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in NEWNESS OF SPIRIT, and not in the oldness of the letter.” Romans 7:6. “Oldness of the letter” of the law is not how we serve. This states that:
This means that now we have Christ, we have the Holy Spirit, and we operate under a different law, the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. We are now FREE from the Mosaic law of sin and death. v.4 The righteousness of the law is possible to be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (by yielding to the leading of the Spirit daily).
v.9 Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.
v) “Christ is the END (5056) OF THE LAW for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Romans 10:4. Note: “END” (5056) means “termination, completion in respect to time.” “The law as a demanded obligation has come to an end because Jesus has fulfilled its demands and imparted his righteousness to those who believe. Christ has freed believers from its tyranny. The standards of righteousness come to us now not from outside by imposition, but from inside by the Spirit who writes the law upon our hearts.” _ The Complete New Testament Word Study Dictionary, by Spiros Zodhiates. Page 1376.
We are now under a NEW LAW from WITHIN called:
a) The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:2.
b) Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the Law of Christ.
c) Whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty. John 13:34; James 1:25; Galatians 6:2.
d) If ye fulfil the royal law.“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” ye do well. James 2:8
vi) In Galatians 3:23-25 Paul describes the law as:
a) a “before faith came, we were KEPT UNDER THE LAW, SHUT UP.” v.23
We were shut up in the prison of the law, until faith in Christ came. Then we were released from the prison of law by Christ, to serve in newness of Spirit.
vii) b) a SCHOOLMASTER that controlled us until Christ came.
“the LAW was our SCHOOLMASTER (3807 a strict, disciplining slave who led boys from home to school) to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”v.24
But after that faith is come, we are “NO LONGER under a schoolmaster.” v.25.
Note carefully: The Law brought conviction of sin to bring us to be saved by faith in Christ. Now that we are saved, we are NO LONGER under the Mosaic Law. This means that we are no longer under the Sabbath-keeping Law.
viii) Colossians 2:14 “Blotting out the handwriting of ORDINANCES (1378) that was against us,…and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.”
Ordinances contained the Ten Commandments as Eph. 2:15 and Hebrews 9:1-4 states.
ix) Ephesians 2:15 “Having ABOLISHED (2673) in his flesh the enmity, even the LAW (3551) of COMMANDMENTS contained in ordinances (1378) …”
Ordinance (1378) dogma means decree of the Mosaic Law, external precepts.
Law (3551) (“nomos” in Greek) means laws of the Mosaic statues, including:
a) laws of civil rights and duties, marriage, Levitical priesthood.
b) laws of external religious rites eg. purification, circumcision, sacrifices.
c) laws of hearts and conduct of men.
d) a code or body of laws.
Abolished (2673) (“katargeo” in Greek) means to destroy, cause to cease, do away with, put an end to, a complete cessation. Therefore, Christ completely abolished the Mosaic statutes, code and body of laws, contained in decrees.
Note: Christ ABOLISHED the LAW OF COMMANDMENTS.
The first covenant had ordinances which contained the tables of the covenant (10 Comm).
Since the first covenant has vanished (Heb.8:13), the ordinances are taken away (Col.2:14), so the 10 Commandments are abolished (Eph.2:15) as they are in first cov. & ordinances.(9:1-4
xi) “For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a CHANGE ALSO OF THE LAW.” Hebrews 7:12.
Note: The priesthood is changed from Levitical (v.11) to Christ. Therefore the Law of sin and death, is changed to the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ (Romans 8:2).
The Levitical priests received their authority from the Old Testament law, and since the Levitical priesthood has been changed, the Law has been changed. The Mosaic Law made no provision for a priest from Judah (Hebrews 7:14), so the entire system of Old Testament law has been changed and fulfilled in Jesus Christ and has therefore been taken out of the way (“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us..and took it out of the way” and, “Let no man judge you in..sabbath days.” Colossians 2:14,16).
The believer has been set free from the law (Gal.5:1-6),& is dead to the law (Rom. 7:1-4)
Objection: But does this mean that I am “free to sin?”
Answer: No. “Free from the law” does not mean “free to sin,” but it means “free to do the will of God.” We obey, not because of outward compulsion, but because of the inward constraint of the love for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14) doing the will of God from the heart (Ephesians 6:6). The indwelling Holy Spirit enables us to fulfil the “righteousness of the Law” as we yield to him (Romans 8:1-4).
xii) “There is verily a DISANNULLING of the COMMANDMENT going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.” Hebrews 7:18.
Note: The Old Testament Law is now DISANNULLED (115) (CANCELLED) by Christ.
xiii) “He TAKETH AWAY the FIRST (Mosaic Covenant with Old Testament law, sabbath-keeping, etc) that he may ESTABLISH the SECOND (the New Testament new covenant of Christ).” Hebrews 10:9.
xiv) “If ye are led of the Spirit, YE are NOT UNDER the LAW.” Galatians 5:18. A Godly life is not lived under the rules of the Law, but is a life led by the Holy
xv) “Certain have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, ye must be circumcised, and KEEP THE LAW: to whom WE GAVE NO SUCH COMMANDMENT.” Acts 15:19,20,24.
Note: The Apostles never commanded us to keep the law of the Sabbath day, because we are under the law of the Spirit of life.
Seventh Day Adventists are like Judaisers who trouble people with words and subvert people’s souls, saying, “You must keep the law of the Sabbath day” or you’re not saved.
xvi) “But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones (10 Commandments), was glorious,….which glory was to be done away: (v.7) … For if the ministration of condemnation (10 Commandments) be glory….(v.9) For if that which is done away was glorious (10 Commandments engraven in stones), much more that which remaineth (New Covenant) is glorious (v.11).” (II Corinthians 3:7,9,11).
“Done away” (v.11) is “katargoumenon” (Gk) meaning that the 10 Commandments law has “ceased, put an end to, abolished, done away with”- Barnes). It gave way to the law of Christ.
Question 1: But doesn’t the Law refer to the Ceremonial Law only, and not to the Ten Commandments?
Answer: NO because:
a) Romans 7:7 gives us an example of the Law as “Thou shalt not covet” (the tenth commandment).
“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” If it is true that number 10 is dead to us, then it is also true that number 4 is dead to us also.
b) 2 Corinthians 3:7-11(engraven in stones),
c) Ephesians 2:15 (commandments),
d) Hebrews 9:1-4 (The first covenant had…tables of the covenant; 8:13 ‘ready to vanish’).
Question to Sabbath-keepers:
“Ye shall kindle NO FIRE throughout your habitations UPON THE SABBATH DAY.” Exodus 35:3. Note: Seventh Day Adventists break the Old Testament sabbath by cooking food, burning a gas fire, driving a car with internal combustion etc, on Saturday.
Question to Sabbath-keepers:
Every one of the 10 Commandments, except number four, “Keep the Sabbath day holy” are repeated to be kept by Christians in the New Testament.
We ask, “Why did God see fit to repeat every commandment except number four? Did God forget to repeat number 4, while he took pains to repeat the other nine? Is God forgetful?”
Ephesians 4:25 Putting away lying, speak every man the truth ..
Ephesians 5:5 Nor covetous man who is an idolater.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness.
Romans 6:14,15 “ye are not under law.”
Romans 7:1-4 “dead to the law .. married to another.” (Law is like a dead husband).
Romans 7:6 “we are delivered from law.”
Romans 8:2 “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Romans 10:4 “Christ is the end of the law … to every one that believeth.”
II Corinthians 3:7,9,11. “written and engraven in stones…………….was to be done away.”
Galatians 3:23 “we were kept under the law, shut up” (like in prison).
Galatians 3:24,25 “after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster” (law).
Galatians 5:18 “ye are not under the law.”
Ephesians 2:15 “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances;”
Colossians 2:14 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, took it out of the way”
Hebrews 9:1-4,10 “The first covenant had ordinances of divine service, the tables of the covenant;”
Hebrews 7:12 “priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law”
Hebrews 7:18 “there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before ..”
Hebrews 10:9 “He taketh away the first (Mosaic law), that he may establish the second.” (new covenant)
Acts 20:7 “upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, ”
1 Corinthians 16:1,2 ” upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store..”
John 20:19,26 “… being the first day of the week, ..”.