Is the Sabbath God’s will for mankind?

As Sabbath-keepers, we have all had conversations between Sabbath School and the Divine Service that went something like this.

Them: “I just don’t know how most of the world doesn’t know the Sabbath truth.”

Me: “I know. It’s pretty simple, huh? God commands it: I do it.”

Them: “That’s right. It’s just black and white: ‘Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God.’”

For someone who has grown up within Adventism the seventh-day Sabbath seems so completely obvious. The difficulty is understanding why most of the Christian Church completely and utterly rejects Sabbatarianism.

 

Biblical study

One of the easiest places to start is Dale Ratzlaff’s book, Sabbath in Christ. Sabbath in Christ is an extended Bible study that works through all the key passages from Genesis to Revelation. A former Seventh-day Adventist pastor, Ratzlaff carefully and pastorally guides the reader through a journey of discovery, showing the biblical reasons most Christians don’t make Sabbath their main day of worship.

Robert Brinsmead provides a wonderful tutorial on the ethical basis for Christianity. If you think that would be the Ten Commandments, you might want to think again.

Historical reconstruction

Robert Brinsmead’s Sabbatarianism Re-examined investigates the various movements within early Christianity. Robert lays out the biblical and historical reasons the majority of the apostolic Church abandoned Sabbath-keeping prior to 70 AD.

A Digest of the Sabbath Question provides a summary of the Sabbatarian questions posed to Brinsmead’s ministry in 1981.

Explore what Adventist leaders knew about Sabbath abandonment and when they knew it. See "More about Key Barriers to Sabbatarian Theology" on page 1.

Theological investigation

If you still have questions, you’re in good company: we did too! Where Ratzlaff and Brinsmead leave off, the research team led by Dr D. A. Carson compiles the results of a biblical, historical and theological investigation into the whys and wherefores of Christian worship. From Sabbath to Lord’s Day provides definitive biblical, historical and theological answers as to bible-based Christian practice.

 

If you would like to measure the strength of each side of the Sabbatarian debate, it’s difficult to walk past Perspectives on the Sabbath: Four Views. Perspectives sketches out a Seventh-day Adventist, Presbyterian, Lutheran and Baptist position on the Sabbath.

Each scholar outlines his own position and responds to the other positions. The volume provides a ready reference to common arguments and a valuable guide to ancient sources pertaining to the matter. Without being the definitive word on the question, this volume helps to demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of each position.

Lying for God

If you’ve mastered the material in each of these books, but still want more information, then you’re ready for our ground-breaking research report Lying for God.

While scholars elsewhere maintain a dispassionate calm, Lying for God provides no-holds-barred proof that seventh-day Sabbatarian doctrine is not biblically sound. We do this through by exploring history, biblical exegesis, linguistic analysis, rabbinical rulings and theological reasoning to comprehensively disprove seventh-day Sabbatarian doctrine.

What’s more, we expose the lies that Sabbatarian apologists keep perpetuating, despite having been comprehensively disproved each step of the way.