My Debate with a Seventh Day Adventist

Someone on Facebook asked me where I learn the stuff that I write.  My husband has been attending the College at Southwestern Baptist Theology Seminary for the last four years, and will be graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies in December 2017.  He has always loved to discuss his studies with me (even when I’m not fully coherent) and while I first tried to resist listening to his constant ramblings (with little success), I couldn’t help but learn a few things about theology.  I wouldn’t go as far as to call myself a biblical scholar, but I have learned how to use the many resources I have available.  With my own constant study and my husband’s continuous guidance, I am able to write these blogs.  With that being said, I’m not the best debater.  So, when a customer at my place of employment lured me into a biblical debate, I was caught quite off guard.

As soon as this customer found out I was a Christian, he immediately asked me if I had heard of the Seventh Day Adventists.  I told him there were a couple of people I worked with that were SDA and from what I could tell, they were strict observers of the Sabbath and that I do not believe that the Sabbath is a command under the new covenant.  He asked me where the bible said that.  I simply told him that the Sabbath was part of the mosaic law and we are no longer under the mosaic law.  He asked me again, ‘where does the bible say that?’  Trying to rack my brain to a sermon I heard from John MacArthur , I took too long to answer and he continued with his own argument about why the Sabbath is still in effect.

He pulled out his phone and opened his bible app to Revelation 12.  I won’t write out the whole chapter, but his main emphasis was, “those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus” (vs. 17).  He went on for a long time asking things like, “if we are supposed to keep the other nine commandments, then why aren’t we supposed to keep the Sabbath?”  I was surprised that with all of his questions he didn’t give me a chance to answer any of them.  Perhaps I wasn’t assertive enough, but that is my nature.  Also, in a retail setting it is a little difficult to decide how best to handle these situations while other shoppers are coming through and asking me questions about what they are buying.

So here are my questions for him.  First, what day do you observe the Sabbath?  Wikipedia says of the SDA distinctive, “the Sabbath should be observed on the seventh day of the week, specifically, from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset.”  Second, what day go you go to worship services?  Again, Wikipedia says, “The major weekly worship service occurs on Saturday.”  So, are the SDA really keeping the Sabbath law?  No, they are not.

Exodus 16:29 says, “See! The LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Remain each of you in his place; let no one go out of his place on the seventh day.”  The Sabbath law requires that we do not leave our homes, therefore going to worship services on Saturday is breaking the Sabbath.  Chris Rosebrough (Pirate Christian Radio) provides a list of how the Torah defines the Sabbath.  So read it and see, Are You a Sabbath Keeper or Sabbath Breaker?