I figured that when I got to the Fourth Commandment that all the Adventists would make their presence known, and I was correct.  I also figured that the anit-sabbatarian crowd would trot out the three passages they usually use to try and make their point.  Once again, I was correct.

I would like to try and answer these objections briefly.  If you find my arguments incomplete, but would still like to take an honest look at the issues, I would encourage you to check out the following books.  The first one is Call the Sabbath a Delight by Walter Chantry.  The second is The Lord’s Day by Dr. Joey Pipa.  The third is On the First Day of the Week: God, the Christian, and the Sabbath by Iain D Campbell.  Any of these three books does a very good job of presenting the scriptural arguments for the Presbyterian and Reformed view of the Sabbath.

The first argument I will make is towards those who insist that the practice of Sabbath keeping is still in effect, but it is still to be kept on the seventh day of the week (Saturday) rather than on the first day of the week (Sunday.)  And I’d like to begin by tossing the ball back into their court.  Can you prove that the day we currently know as Saturday is the seventh day of the week as counted from the creation of the world?   Can you create or reference an unbroken record of Saturday Sabbaths all the way back to the first Sabbath mentioned in Genesis 1?  You place a lot of weight on Saturday being THE day that is now and always has been the true Sabbath, and all others are, at best, in error.  At worst we are heretics worthy of anathema, scorn and mockery.  It’s one of your main points of identity.  Fine.  Please produce a complete record of consecutive Sabbaths, and make sure it includes all of the Sabbaths from Genesis 1 to Exodus 20, for I am especially anxious to see a record of those days.  You will, of course, need to fix the precise date of the events of Genesis 1, including the first Sabbath.  Please number all of the days since the creation of the world and show me that this coming Saturday is the next in the series and that the number is precisely divisible by seven.  Let me know when you’ve got that done.  I’d earnestly like to study it.

Why do we insist that the Sunday, the Lord’s Day, is the Christian Sabbath?  It’s true that the New Testament does not specifically use the word “Sabbath” in reference to the Lord’s Day.  But lots of good theological words we use today aren’t in the New Testament, like “trinity” for instance.  And “sacrament.”  The fact that a word isn’t used a certain way in the New Testament is a very weak argument.  It proves nothing.  What counts is how the New Testament defines the concept.

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