Seventh Day Adventists claim that a Christian must keep the Sabbath. Is that what Scripture teaches? Or is this legalism? Or worse, are they are cult?
The Sabbath was a "SIGN" (Ezekiel 20:20 ) given to the Jews because the Jews require a SIGN (1 Corinthians 1:22 ).
The Jews require a SIGN because their NATION began with SIGNS (Exodus 4).
The sign of the Sabbath was unknown to every man, woman and child in the book of Genesis for more than 2000 years, for it was first revealed to Moses on MT. SINAI in 1500 B.C. This explains why no one in Genesis ever kept or observed the Sabbath: Adam, Enoch, Seth, Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, etc.
NOTE THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURES
"Wherefore the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL SHALL KEEP THE SABBATH, to observe the sabbath throughout THEIR generations. It is a SIGN BETWEEN ME AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL." (Exodus 31:16-17).
"Speak thou also unto the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, saying, Verily my SABBATHS YE SHALL KEEP: For it is a SIGN BETWEEN ME AND YOU." (Exodus 31:13). "Moreover also I (God) gave them (Israel) my sabbaths, to be a SIGN BETWEEN ME AND THEM." (Ezekiel 20:12).
(Nehemiah 9:13-14) "Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments: And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandest them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:"
(Did you notice WHEN God made known His holy sabbath? It was only in the time of Moses to the Jews on Mt. Sinai , not before; they did not have the sabbath until then .)
The heresy taught by the Adventists is based on the fact that since Genesis 2:1-3 speaks of the Sabbath as blessed and sanctified, everyone from that TIME (4000 B.C.) on kept it. This conveniently overlooks the Biblical FACT that Moses wrote Genesis 2:1-2 and did not write it until 400 years after Abraham was DEAD.
The first day was actually set apart as a sanctified day of rest BEFORE the Sabbath according to Exodus 12:16, and these instructions were given to Moses and Israel BEFORE any law was revealed on Mt. Sinai.
Christians in the New Testament do not meet on the Jewish Sabbath. They meet on the FIRST day of the week (Acts 20) and take up collection on the FIRST day of the week (1 Corinthians 16:1-4) and preach the FIRST day of the week (Acts 20:7) because their Saviour rose the FIRST day of the week (Luke 24, Matthew 28) and the Holy Spirit came down the FIRST day of the week (Acts 2:1-6).
Now the way the Adventists throw out this barrage of New Testament truth is by pretending that there are two laws in the Old Testament which they call the "CEREMONIAL LAW" and the "MORAL LAW." They classify the Jewish Sabbath as a MORAL LAW instead of a ceremonial law because it is found in the ten "moral" commandments at Sinai. This overlooks five Biblical facts that deal with sound doctrine, and it marks the Adventists as a cult perverting the word of God and twisting the Scriptures.
There are MORAL LAWS given right in the same list with CEREMONIAL LAWS (see Leviticus 19:5-9,11-12).
There are CEREMONIAL LAWS given right in the same list with MORAL LAWS (see Leviticus 19:17 ,18,19,20,22,23). Notice that the SABBATHS are ceremonial observances to be kept (Leviticus 19:30 ).
The New Testament clearly forbids anyone judging you in respect to the ceremonial observances of ANY day (Colossians 2:16 ). When giving the "ten MORAL COMMANDMENTS" in the "MORAL LAW" (to quote the Adventists), Paul purposely omits the SABBATH or the observing of the SABBATH as a MORAL LAW OR A CEREMONIAL LAW (Romans 13:8-10). According to Paul, the Old Testament Sabbath is not a moral commandment for ANY Christian.
Observe that the Old Testament laws on STONE (the "moral law" of the Ten Commandments) were done away with in Christ (2 Corinthians 3), and the Christian's reason for observing the real moral commandment (Paul omits the Sabbath from them: Romans 13:8-10) has nothing to do with SALVATION. It has to do with good health, testimony, spiritual success, answered prayer, and peace of mind (see Galatians 5; Romans 6-7; and Ephesians 4-5). No Christian was ever saved or was ever kept saved by keeping ANY of the commandments - moral, ceremonial or otherwise (Galatians 2:16).
Here is another way that the Adventists contradict the Bible and the Sabbath. Note that in Exodus 31:13-14 the Bible clearly says to the Jews that if they break the Sabbath they shall surely be put to DEATH. 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. Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death : for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. (Exodus 31:13-14)
When confronted with this scripture they immediately back up and state that we are under grace and not under law. Which is it: grace or law? It has to be either one or the other. The Bible clearly states that the two cannot mix. (Author unknown but I would be happy to give him/her credit if I find out their name.)
(The following links are shared for the material mentioned, not as an endorsement for all of the content of those authors.For example the first book is found on a Church of Christ website , a denomination which believes a person must be baptized in order to be saved and the second website's author has so much material on his website there would be no way for me to personally endorse or negate it.)
Testimony of a former Seventh Day Adventist who worked amongst the founders, The Whites and has first hand knowledge of the misery this cult causes (section 2): http://www.bible.ca/7-Seventh-day-Adventism-RENOUNCED-by-D-M-Canright.htm
This website warns Christians that most prophecy websites are written by Seventh Day Adventists but they won't disclose this fact. They slip their false doctrine in and it causes confusion and duress at best, at worst it deceives a person into its false teachings: http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Seventh-Day%20Adventist/sneaky.htm
If you want to get born again in Christ Jesus, please take this time now to talk to God. You can say something like this: God I know I am a sinner and I need a Savior and I believe Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah. I believe Jesus Christ was born of a virgin mother, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and that He lived a sinless life because He was God in the flesh, and that He was crucified as the once for all sacrifice for mankind's sins. I believe he was buried and rose from the grave and was witnessed alive before ascending to heaven where He now sits on the throne as King of Kings. I repent of my sins and accept Jesus' gift of salvation today and I ask Him to be my Savior and Lord. I ask the Holy Spirit to come and make a dwelling in my heart and to lead me into all righteousness. Thank you God for hearing my prayer and for sending your Son to save me by dying in my place at the Cross so I can be in the family of God. And Father, I understand that while I am saved by my confession of faith, it is also Your will for me to get water baptized to show my private confession in a public way, and so I ask you to lead me to the church or baptismal situation you have for me so I can get baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen!