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The Sabbath still matters

In Scripture the Sabbath was mostly connected with the Jewish observance of the Sabbath as beginning at sundown on Friday and ending at sundown on Saturday. it was meant from creation to be a day of rest, following the example of God himself.

At the beginning of the New Testament period, the true meaning of the Sabbath was lost in the midst of the many restrictions placed on the people by Pharisaical law. If you recall, Jesus expressed anger towards those Jews who were more concerned with keeping the day than helping someone in need. To put the Sabbath in perspective, Jesus said: "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath" (Mark 2:27). In other words, the Sabbath does not overshadow our responsibility to love our neighbor.

Because the early church was comprised mostly of born again Jews, the observance of the Sabbath remained important, but Paul regarded such strict observance as a yoke of bondage from which Christians had been set free (Gal. 5:1). Over the next two centuries the early church fathers agreed that the Sabbath observance in the strict sense of the law was not binding on Christians.

The "Christian Sabbath" view is the one we follow today. This view, which holds that Sunday is the Christian Sabbath, emphasizes the divine institution of the Sabbath at the close of creation. God's blessing and sanctification of the seventh day is taken to mean that he intended one day in seven to be observed by all people in all ages as a sacred day of rest and worship.

The other view today is the seventh-day Sabbath view, help by the Seventh-Day Adventists, who hold that Christians are obligated to keep the seventh day of the week as the Sabbath.

In truth, it doesn't matter if you observe the Sabbath on Saturday or Sunday, as long as you are intentional about setting aside one day for the Lord. John Parsons at Hebrew for Christians (a very nice website, by the way) makes that point when he writes, "We are called by Scripture to both remember and to guard the Sabbath Day, in order to consecrate it as a day devoted to the things that matter most in our spiritual lives before the LORD."

Then there are there is this promise from God. Even though he was directing this to the Jews, it applies to everyone who desires to please and delight in the Lord:

"If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD's holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob" (Isaiah 58:13-14).

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In many ways, this is a balanced and helpful answer. It might have gone a bit further by including Paul's discussion with the Romans regarding the observance of special days (Romans 14). Some made an issue of these observances while others did not. However, the onus rested with those who were not hung up on one day or another to wholly respect those who held certain observances--and the details surrounding those observances--to be of particular significance. So while a note like "in truth, it doesn't matter whether you observe the Sabbath on Saturday or Sunday" is appropriate in a full context like this one, it's probably not a line you want to whip out and fire off in a conversation with your Seventh-Day Adventist friends (In fairness, such a friend will commonly see clear to your liberty as well, though he be "fully convinced in his own mind" about his own Sabbath observance.)

Jesus=Sabbath
See Hebrews 4, esp. 4:8-10 (but context really helps).
The idea is the Sabbath is rest from our work. The Hebrew Sabbath was a precursor and indicator and microcosm of the true Sabbath rest, which would come in the form of a Savior, ie, one in whom we could rest from our striving for our own righteousness. Thus, to profane the Sabbath is to disregard Christ's atonement and attempt to earn one's own right standing before God. Jesus is the Sabbath.

Some real strength to this argument. Nice.

I agree. Very well put!

But I am wondering something much more specific. And this maybe the ENORMOUSLY NEEDED Book on The Apologetic for Marriage (a book I am hoping Josh McDowell will one day research and write, because it is needed bigtime). Anyways, here's my question, someone please help:

Let's say I'm in a long-term dating relationship (almost 1 year) with a girl and we connect on EVERY SINGLE area and even have probably half of the "spiritual compatibility" section on lock down...except for one part, she is Seventh Day Adventist, and I am the exact opposite - a free, non-denominational Christian who has even preached against tradition in my past. We connect so well, and everything is going so well. We both have mutual love for one another, and desire to go further. We will, of course, pursue pre-engagement counseling to get a third party objective opinion/guidance but what do I do? I feel like we have discussed it and discussed it, and she does not seem like she is willing to change. I do not want to ever change the woman I'm in love with, and of course, did not want to be in this position to begin with. But so far, this appears to be the woman the Lord has for me, and if so...how do I move forward from this?

I know that it is not God's best to live in a house divided and have such a large amount of dissension in a family like this will be. I mean think about it, it's not just a sabbath day thing, it's the only two days the average american family is actually together, and we will be separate. The confusion on the kids will be terrible ya know, one parent worships a God who cares about ridiculous details like Sunday or Saturday, 24 hours or 20, watching a comedy movie on the sabbath vs. Christian Movies only...stuff like that, and the other worships a God who doesn't care about details like that but just wants our heart, truly and fully devoted to Him every day of the week.

What do we do? please, any and all advice welcome

@GuestCola - Is she more adamant in belief or in practice? If more in practice, might the compromise be to declare this a "disputable matter" (Romans 14:1) and engage in this compromise: (1) attend her SDA church for as long as she desires, and (2) raise your children with the knowledge that this is the choice you have made together but that you understand and respect other choices. This would maintain the general idea of spiritual freedom (allowing them to make another choice in their late teens/adulthood) but demonstrate deference in love to your wife. If more in belief, will she agree that this is indeed a "disputable matter"? If not, this may be a difficulty too great to overcome in the long-term. If so, you may still go with the plan above.

Jeff~

You ask an interesting question... "Is she more adamant in belief or in practice?" As a former 3rd generation Seventh Day Adventist I can answer this on a broad spectrum knowing that there are practicing Adventists that vary on both sides of this answer. Most Adventists are adamant in BOTH belief and in practice. I will give you a brief answer as to why an Adventist believes it is very important to keep the weekly Sabbath.

The Adventist church believes that Ellen G. White is a prophet who is an "authoritative source of truth." (according to their fundamental belief #18 http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/fundamental/index.html). She wrote many books. Specifically in Early Writings and in The Great Controversy, she wrote that Jesus did not complete atonement at the cross. She believed and wrote that in 1844, Jesus went from the Holy to the Most Holy Place in the sanctuary in heaven. Since 1844, she wrote that Jesus is now investigating records of everyone's life... specifically sins that are written in books (since they were not blotted out at the cross by Christ's sacrifice). She wrote:

“All who have truly repented of sin, and by faith claimed the blood of Christ as their atoning sacrifice, have had pardon entered against their name in the books of heaven; as they have become partakers of the righteousness of Christ, and their characters are found to be in harmony with the law of God, their sins will be blotted out, and they themselves will be accounted worthy of eternal life.” The Great Controversy by EGW, p. 483

From the paragraph above, an Adventist believes that their atonement is not complete and sins are not blotted out unless "their characters are found to be in harmony with the law of God" which are the 10 Commandments (all of them). So they have to keep the Sabbath and the other 9 commandments in order to have salvation.

When I was growing up, I was told that all Christians who went to church on Sunday were deceived by Satan himself and eventually would persecute me at the end of the world. I was also taught that because I knew of the "truth" of keeping the Sabbath, that if I left the Adventist church and not keep the weekly Sabbath anymore, then I would not be saved.

The above is not a general answer for all Sabbatarians. I wanted to specifically address the question about Seventh Day Adventists and their belief of worshipping on Saturdays as the weekly Sabbath.

Guest Cola~

This is a VERY important matter for you to consider. Here are a couple of things that Adventists believe:

1. Atonement was not completed at the cross by Christ's death.
2. Keeping the weekly Sabbath for her is not just a matter of practice but she keeps it for her salvation.
3. Seventh Day Adventists believe that scapegoat from the OT Day of Atonement represents Satan. They believe that before Satan is thrown into the lake of fire that God will place our sins on Satan... he must pay for the punishment of sins.
4. The early church believed that Christ could have sinned. Ellen White herself wrote in earlier manuscripts that Jesus, before the earth was created was "exalted" to God's right hand and Satan was jealous. They do believe that Michael the Archangel and Jesus are one and the same.

Please... please... please... consider all this before marriage. SDA's have a distorted view of what Jesus has done for us at the cross. Both my husband and I were Adventist when we were married. We both studied our way out of Adventism. I participate on a forum for former Adventists (http://www.formeradventist.com/). Those who have left the church yet still married to someone in the church have difficult issues.

I pray that you may have an impact for Christ on your girlfriend and that she comes to know Christ for what He has done and completed for her.

vivian

I grew up as an SDA where mother was SDA and dad was not. Even though dad never made an issue of his objections to the SDA theology, there was constant stress. He believed most so-called Christians were fakes.

The Sabbath issue is a biggie since SDA theology teaches that in the "end times" anyone who worships on Sunday will have the mark of the beast and will certainly be going to hell. In short, the Sabbath and their "health message" are tied into their version of the gospel message and salvation.

I also grew up third generation SDA, and my husband was a fourth generation SDA. Adventists will never tell "outsiders" how deep the Sabbath practice goes. In fact, Adventists have a mandate to proselytize Christians into Adventism since they believe that in the end times, Sabbath-keeping will be the dividing wall between those who are saved and those who are lost. Anyone who "knows" the "Sabbath truth" and leaves it will be lost (although they may argue Sabbath-keeping is not necessary for salvation). Even when they cannot articulate "why", Adventists, even the most loosely observant, cannot leave the Sabbath without deep guilt.

Please, please do not marry an Adventist if you are not one. When the children come, the issue will rise up with a divisive vengeance because Adventists believe in a profoundly visceral way that they must teach their children to be Adventist because it is the only truth. They will be held responsible for their children's salvation if their children are not taught to be Adventists.

For more resources, see Rose Publishing's new "Ten Questions and Answers on Seventh-day Adventism" available here: http://www.rose-publishing.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=2331

Also, sign up for a free subscription to Proclamation magazine and read back issues online here: www.LifeAssuranceMinistries.org.

Adventism is simply NOT a Christian church with a heterodox belief about Sabbath. They have the unbiblical belief that humans have no soul, only body plus life-force, that when they die, their breath goes to God, their bodies to the ground, and they cease to exist except in God's memory from when He will recreate them at the resurrection. This belief means that sin is primarily a physical problem. They have no concept of a naturally dead spirit (Eph 2:1-3) or of the new birth which is the Holy Spirit indwelling and bringing to life their own dead spirit.

Adventists will never tell non-SDAs the reality of their beliefs because they know it is too hard for them to accept. They will refer to "soul sleep" as a misnomer for "no soul survives the body". And so on.

Ask God to show you what you need to know and to plant you in truth and reality and to protect you from deception as you talk to your Adventist friend.

>They have the unbiblical belief that humans have no soul, only body plus life-force,

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

>Specifically in Early Writings and in The Great Controversy, she wrote that Jesus did not complete atonement at the cross.

She never said that.

Elsewhere she had written:

"II. Complete Sacrificial Atonement Made on Cross

He [Christ] planted the cross between Heaven and earth, and when the Father beheld the sacrifice of His Son, He bowed before it in recognition of its perfection. "It is enough," He said. "The Atonement is complete.""--The Review and Herald, Sept. 24, 1901. {7ABC 459.6}

"Chap. 67 - A Perfect Atonement

And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Rom. 5:11." {That I May Know Him 73.1}

Our great High Priest completed the sacrificial offering of Himself when He suffered without the gate. Then a perfect atonement was made for the sins of the people. Jesus is our Advocate, our High Priest, our Intercessor. Our present position therefore is like that of the Israelites, standing in the outer court, waiting and looking for that blessed hope, the glorious appearing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. . . ." {That I May Know Him 73.2}

>Atonement was not completed at the cross by Christ's death.

False. The price for our atonement was paid at the Cross. His blood covers our confessed sins. One distinctive teaching of the SDA church is that we've looked at what was done in the OT and found that there were two atonements: one for the individual (when they made their daily sacrifice) and one for the Sanctuary (the Day of Atonement service).

>Keeping the weekly Sabbath for her is not just a matter of practice but she keeps it for her salvation.

Again, false. No amount of keeping any of the Ten Commandments will save anyone.

>Seventh Day Adventists believe that scapegoat from the OT Day of Atonement represents Satan.

Along with many other Protestant theologians, starting with Origen,; see also Gesenius, Hengstenberg. John Milton the famed poet thought so too:

"Paradise Lost", Book I

"Then [Satan] commands that ... be upreard
His mighty Standard; that proud honour claim'd
AZAZEL as his right, a Cherube tall:
Who forthwith from the glittering Staff unfurld
Th' Imperial Ensign"

>They do believe that Michael the Archangel and Jesus are one and the same.

Along with John Calvin, Theodore Beza, John Gill, John Wesley, Adam Clarke and Matthew Henry.

"The earlier Protestant scholars usually identified Michael with the pre-incarnate Christ, finding support for their view, not only in the juxtaposition of the 'child' and the archangel in Rev 12, but also in the attributes ascribed to him in D[a]n[iel]l ." -- John A. Lees, The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, 1930, Vol. 3, page 2048.

"There seems good reason for regarding Michael as the Messiah. Such was the opinion of the best among the ancient Jews.... With this all the Bible representations of Michael agree. He appears as the Great Prince who standeth for Israel (Dan. xii. I), and he is called "the Prince of Israel" (Dan. x. 21). -- William L. Alexander, ed., A CYCLOPEDIA OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE, originally edited by John Kitto, 3d ed. (Edinburgh: A & C Black, 1886). vol. 3, p. 158.

Actually the New Testament is very clear that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Sabbath. He's our Sabbath Rest now. See Colossians 2:16,17.
The word "testament" means "covenant." (Hebrews 9:15-17) Read the New Testament to see what the New Covenant entails.

Paul wasn't talking about the seventh-day Sabbath in Colossians.

The word "sabbath" covers two ceremonial sabbaths that were not feast days: the Day of Atonement and the blowing of trumpets. For more details see the study "An In-Depth Look at the Significant Words and Grammatical Structure of Colossians 2:16-17," at http://www.666man.net/Colossians_2_16-17_By_David_Conklin/colintro.html

Early Writings, p. 253 (written by Ellen G. White)

"As the priest entered the most holy once a year to cleanse the earthly sanctuary, so Jesus entered the most holy of the heavenly, at the end of the 2300 days of Daniel 8, in 1844, to make a final atonement for all who could be benefited by His mediation, and thus to cleanse the sanctuary."

David, she clearly writes here in Early Writings that Jesus entered into the Most Holy to make a "final atonement". This means that she didn't believe atonement was complete at the cross. So if she is your prophet... which words of hers is inspired? The words you quoted or the words I quoted?

Also, in the first message I left, I quoted from The Great Controversy,

“All who have truly repented of sin, and by faith claimed the blood of Christ as their atoning sacrifice, have had pardon entered against their name in the books of heaven; as they have become partakers of the righteousness of Christ, and their characters are found to be in harmony with the law of God, their sins will be blotted out, and they themselves will be accounted worthy of eternal life.” GC by EGW, p. 483

If in 1844, your sins were then written in books, then they were not forgiven and blotted out at the cross. Ellen White, in the quote above writes that our sins will not be blotted out until Christ investigates our records (which happens after 1844) and our "characters are found to be in harmony with the law of God [10 Commandments]."

In the OT, you will find many scriptures that say that when the priest made atonement for a sin, that sin which was committed was forgiven. I will give you 2 examples:

Lev 4:20 NASB
(20) 'He shall also do with the bull just as he did with the bull of the sin offering; thus he shall do with it. So the priest shall make atonement for them, and they will be forgiven.

Lev 19:22 NASB
(22) 'The priest shall also make atonement for him with the ram of the guilt offering before the LORD for his sin which he has committed, and the sin which he has committed will be forgiven him.

In both of these verses, you read that the priest made atonement and the sin was forgiven. This is a shadow of the reality we have in Christ. When He died on the cross, His sacrifice made atonement for us and our sins were forgiven. There is NO shadow in the OT that any priest had to investigate a person's character to see if they were in "perfect harmony with the Law of God" before their sin could be forgiven by the atonement made by the sacrifice. Christ's death at the cross was complete! Praise Him!!

>David, she clearly writes here in Early Writings that Jesus entered into the Most Holy to make a "final atonement". This means that she didn't believe atonement was complete at the cross.

You are confusing the atonement for the individual and the atonement for that Sanctuary. Everyday a lamb would be slain for individual sins--their atonement was then complete. Once a year there was the day of Atonement for the Sanctuary. The confessed sins of the people were transferred to the Sanctuary.

>So if she is your prophet.

I don't have a prophet.

>If in 1844, your sins were then written in books, then they were not forgiven and blotted out at the cross.

I didn't exist in 1844, so I had no sins to be recorded or blotted out. When Christ died on the Cross His blood became available to cover all confessed sins. Till the cross the blood of the lambs covered man's sins, symbolizing the blood of Christ.

David,
Are you Seventh Day Adventist?

This is fundamental belief #18 found at the SDA website (http://www.adventist.org/beliefs/fundamental/index.html).

"18. The Gift of Prophecy:
One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church and was manifested in the ministry of Ellen. G. White . As the Lord's messenger, her writings are a continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction. They also make clear that the Bible is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested. (Joel 2:28, 29; Acts 2:14-21; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 12:17; 19:10.)"

Do you believe that Ellen White is an "authoritative source of truth"?
Does she provide you "comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction"?
Do you test her teachings (all of them) by the standard of the Bible?

Why does the heavenly sanctuary need to be cleanse?
If ours sins make the heavenly sanctuary "dirty"... how did they get there?
Did God reside in a "dirty" heavenly sanctuary before 1844?
Does He still reside in a "dirty" heavenly sanctuary filled with books with our sins (with "pardon" written next to sins) because Jesus hasn't finished His job of cleansing the heavenly sanctuary?
If the sanctuary needs its own purging... did it commit its own sins or is it filled with our sins? Who's sins are desecrating God's Most Holy Place?
Why did God have to wait until 1844 until His heavenly sanctuary could be cleansed?

David,

Paul was steeped in Jewish tradition. He sat at the feet of Gamaliel which meant he must have known the Law and the Prophets backwards and forwards. The contruction he uses in Col. 2:16 is this: 1) festival 2) new moon and 3) Sabbath day. The "festivals" were the 3 yearly feasts. The "new moon" celebrations were the monthly celebrations and the "Sabbath day" was the weekly celebration. You have a yearly, monthly and weekly celebrations listed in the text below:

Col 2:16 NASB
(16) Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day--

Paul was mimicking OT construction when he wrote these verses. Check these OT references. They always list the feasts in ascending or descending order.

1Ch 23:31 and to offer all burnt offerings to the LORD, on the sabbaths, the new moons and the fixed festivals in the number set by the ordinance concerning them, continually before the LORD.

2Ch 2:4 "Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the LORD my God, dedicating it to Him, to burn fragrant incense before Him and to set out the showbread continually, and to offer burnt offerings morning and evening, on sabbaths and on new moons and on the appointed feasts of the LORD our God, this being required forever in Israel.

2Ch 8:13 and did so according to the daily rule, offering them up according to the commandment of Moses, for the sabbaths, the new moons and the three annual feasts--the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Booths.

2Ch 31:3 He also appointed the king's portion of his goods for the burnt offerings, namely, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths and for the new moons and for the fixed festivals, as it is written in the law of the LORD.

Eze 45:17 "It shall be the prince's part to provide the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the drink offerings, at the feasts, on the new moons and on the sabbaths, at all the appointed feasts of the house of Israel; he shall provide the sin offering, the grain offering, the burnt offering and the peace offerings, to make atonement for the house of Israel."

Hos 2:11 "I will also put an end to all her gaiety, Her feasts, her new moons, her sabbaths And all her festal assemblies.

So, in reference to the OT texts above, the only way to interpret Col 2:16 is that Paul was referring to the yearly feast, monthly feasts and the weekly Sabbath feasts. The weekly Sabbath day is included.

>Paul was steeped in Jewish tradition. He sat at the feet of Gamaliel which meant he must have known the Law and the Prophets backwards and forwards.

That is correct. What you then propose is Greek, not Jewish thinking. What you propose was covered here:
http://www.666man.net/Colossians_2_16-17_By_David_Conklin/216c.html.

A future article will show how the Greek word "heorte" was used throughout the OT. It was NEVER used in reference to either the Day of Atonement or the blowing of trumpets.

You should also read Ron du Preez's

    Judging the Sabbath: Discovering What Can't be Found in Colossians 2:16

. It was reviewed in Ministry magazine by Dr. Angel Rodriguez who has swung around to our POV (http://ministrymagazine.org/archive/2009/November/judging-the-sabbath). A recent review can be found here: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/publications/35-1/book-reviews/judging...

Take it from a former SDA:

If you want the full story on what Seventh-day Adventists believe then you have to ask the right questions. If you ask a SDA if those who worship on Sunday will be saved you might get an answer like "There will be people who today worship on Sunday that will be in heaven." At a glance this might seem innocent enough... they worship on Saturday but it appears they are not making a salvation issue out of it right? Not so fast... they just compartmentalized "today" from the "near future" and gave you an answer that, while accurate, deceptively hides an important detail. Yes, they do believe that you can be saved and worship on Sunday *today*. What you are not being told is that they believe that "Sunday keeping" is the mark of the beast and that "Sabbath keeping" is the seal of God. They believe and teach that at some point in the near future you will be presented a choice between Saturday and Sunday, and that if you are truly saved you will choose Saturday when that time comes. If you are not truly saved you will choose Sunday and will instead turn on the Saturday "Sabbath keepers" and hunt them down to kill them! It is taught that "Sunday keepers" are Babylon and that true Christians are being asked to come out of Babylon. Sabbath is taught to be the final test of salvation before Christ returns. It is taught that once someone learns the "Sabbath truth", if they later turn away from that special knowledge then they are eternally lost!

Their view of the tribulation is this: A global "Sunday law" will be passed forcing everyone to worship the beast (by worshiping on Sunday). The law will permit Sunday keepers to hunt down and kill those who "have the Sabbath truth". Sabbath keepers will then flee to and live in the mountains honoring God by their Sabbath keeping until Jesus returns to collect His faithful Sabbath keepers.

Michael

I am a former SDA, and for those of you defending Ellen White, here's the problem with her... She contradicts herself so many times that you can find something in her writings to justify almost any idea. I officially left SDA because they refuse to renounce her as a "prophet" and a "continuing source of authority" in their denomination.

To make the Sabbath a dividing point among believers is unwise because it creates hurt and frustration. 1 Timothy 1 speaks of it as a misuse of the law and Paul warns believers against this practice b/c it divides the body of Jesus.

If you marry an SDA and you aren't one, be prepared for a massive struggle. In His graciousness, God allowed my husband and I to exit together and we are on the same page. Jesus is our Sabbath, He's everything! Colossians says multiple times that Jesus is "all". So, we are faced with a choice, are we not? We can take God at his Word that Jesus is everything, or we can disbelieve Him. Believe, and enjoy rest & freedom in Jesus today! (Hebrews 3-4)

@ GuestCola,

I pray that God uses this conversation to help you in your decision. As you can see from the conversation above that keeping the weekly Sabbath for an Adventist is very important. I heard once that what a person talks about most and what they revolve their life around is their god. We are all created to worship... to worship something, someone, or God. We know that we can only serve one god.

I'm sure you've spent much time with this friend to determine if her god is the weekly sabbath or if she worships the true living king who died for our sake.

I conducted my own "mini" research on FB for about 6 weeks. I counted the number of adventist friends I had on my list. I then recorded each week, the number of times any friend mentioned how thankful they were for the sabbath and the number of times they were thankful for God's Son. I found that an average of 10% of my adventist friends were thankful for the sabbath each week. Within those six weeks... none were thankful for Christ who DIED for them.

There are many people who are Sabbatarians who see the weekly sabbath as a shadow of the rest we have through Christ's finished work. But for the adventist, they don't understand how Christ gives them rest because they believe that their sins will not be blotted out unless their "characters are found to be in harmony with the law of God [the 10 Commandments]" (The Great Controversy, p. 483 by Ellen G. White).

Stick tight to the gospel of Christ. He died to atone you, to forgive you, redeem, justify, and sanctify you with His blood and by His blood only. None of this by our works... but by His finished work that He completed for you at the cross.

vivian

>She contradicts herself so many times that you can find something in her writings to justify almost any idea.

The Bible critics say the same thing about the Bible. I don't listen to them.

On one Saturday In 1986, I was an adult Sunday School teacher getting ready to go and teach my Sunday School class the next day. I was worried and very uncomfortable because we were going to discuss the Sabbath and I knew without a doubt that the Sabbath was on Saturday and not Sunday. How was I going to explain to the class why Christians worship on Sundays and not Saturdays. I was worried and asked God for help. I did not know much about the Bible then and was relying on what we had gone through the previous day (Friday) as Sunday School teachers concerning the fact that the Lord resurrected on Sunday and that Paul told Christians to set aside their gifts/offerings on the first day of the week etc.
As I wondered and asked God what I was going to teach the next day, I heard perfectly clearly (and it came like a flash of lightning): "open to Galatians chapter 3." What??? Galatians chapter 3? What is there? Up until this time, I had experienced this communication from the Spirit only two or three times. I went for my Bible and read the entire Chapter 3 of Galatians. What I found was just amazing (read it yourself). The summary of the clear understanding I got was as follows: The promise was made to Abraham that all nations will be blessed through his seed. The seed was not referring to Isaac but to Jesus. Four hundred and thirty years (430 years) later, the law was given through Moses and it was this law that contained the Sabbath rules and restrictions and the command to keep the Sabbath. The Law was given not to nullify the promise but to lead the children as a School master until the seed to whom the promise was made would come. Now that the seed (Jesus Christ) has come, the Law has finished its work and all people come to God by faith in Jesus Christ. It does not matter when you choose to gather to worship God. Each day is the same - no one day is special.
I went to Church the next day and, sure enough, the question as to why we worship on Sunday instead of Saturday came up. I asked the class to turn to Galatians and read it. Every single person in the class got a complete understanding from the reading. Then when our class closed, I chanced upon another class that seemed to be engrossed in hot discussions and asked what was going on, to which one of them responded that it was on a question regarding the Sabbath. I told them to open to Galatians chapter 3 and we read it together and everybody understood completely and to their perfect satisfaction.
My prayer is that you will also receive complete understanding after reading Galatians chapter 3. Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ. God bless you.

>It does not matter when you choose to gather to worship God. Each day is the same - no one day is special.

And yet at least as late as the 5th century most Christians around the Med were still keeping the Sabbath. In India they kept the Sabbath till the 1540's and in Ethiopia they did so till around 1600. They knew from what they had been taught that the Sabbath (Saturday) was still relevant and meaningful. A good way to look at this is to realize that our physical rest on that one day is a sign of our continued spiritual rest in Christ all week long.

Exodus 31:13 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; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.

Who sanctifies you? Christ or self?