Answering Seventh Day Adventists

by Steve Ray on September 7, 2011

ellen-whiteI found this great little summary of errors of Seventh Day Adventism. This sect of Christianity claims that Christians should not worship on Sunday, which is the “sign of the beast’, but that we should all worship on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath.

This article summarizes their beliefs, errors, thoughts on Catholics and how to respond. Enjoy.  It begins:

Answering Seventh Day Adventism

There are two major distinctive claims of Seventh Day Adventism, which separate it from the rest of Christianity:

  1. First, that Christians are supposed to keep Saturday, the Sabbath, holy.  They oppose worshiping on Sunday, arguing that it’s against the Ten Commandments and generally anti-Scriptural.
  2. Second, that the founder of Seventh Day Adventism, Ellen G. White, was a prophet.

The official Seventh Day Adventist website declares:

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.

But as we’ll quickly see, White was no prophet, and her works are riddled with errors. Let’s look at two of her major claims about the Sabbath, both from her supposedly-inspired book, The Great Controversy. I. When Did Sunday Worship Begin?

For the whole article, click here.

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Vincent Rajiv September 7, 2011 at 9:58 PM

The founder of the Cult named as Iglesia ni Kristo in the Philippines is a former member of this sect before he found his own cult.

De Maria April 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Excellent article. I didn’t see it mentioned, but it seems to me that the Sabbath had been transferred to Sunday in Apostolic times as witnessed by the Scriptures:
Acts 20:7
King James Version (KJV)
7And 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.

1 Corinthians 16

1Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 2Upon 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. 3And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.

joachim September 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Hi De Maria

Regarding Acts 20:7. The text says that Paul preached on the first day until midnight. The Jewish day runs from sundown to sundown, so what the text is really saying it, that Paul preached from Saturday evening at sundown, until midnight. At Daybreak Sunday morning he journeyed on foot to Assos.

In Acts 13:15 We find Paul preaching in the synagogue on the seventh day sabbath. In verse 42 of the same chapter we read: “And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath” Acts 13:42 KJV

Paul was a sabbath keeper and the Scriptures are completely silent in regards to the transfer from the Sabbath of creation to the “day of the sun”

On page 50 of The Converts catechism of Catholic Doctrine by Rev. Peter Geiermann we read:

Q: What is the Third Commandment?
A: The Third Commandment is: Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.
Q: Which is the Sabbath day?
A: Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Q: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.
Q: Why did the Catholic Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A: The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday, because Christ rose from the dead on a Sunday, and the Holy Ghost descended upon the apostles on a Sunday.
Q: By what authority did the Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
A: The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday by the plenitude of that divine power which Jesus Christ bestowed upon her.
Q: What does the Third Commandment command?
A: The Third Commandment commands us to sanctify Sunday as the Lord’s Day

By suggesting that the transfer is scriptural, you are in fact negating the authority which the Catholic church claims as her own.

Tetaake September 23, 2012 at 2:36 PM

The Sabbath was not changed by the Catholic Church. The Sabbath day remains a Sabbath day as Saturday. Its the Solemnity of that day that is transferred to Sunday which is often named by the early Christians as the Lord’s Day (dies domini) or “Kuriake hemera” in Greek.

Nelly March 23, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Hey Joachim

I was just wandering about what you said about the Catholic Church changing the day of worship to Sunday because Jesus Christ rose on that day, have you ever wondered if Jesus was just keeping the Sabbath day holy by resting on the seventh day of the week as the third commandment commands us to do?

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