The Sabbath Question

The Seventh Day Adventist Church has some conflicting practices among themselves, but the one they have built their name upon regards the timing of their weekly Sabbath observance. This is a matter of strong belief (faith) on their part.

Although most Seventh Day Adventists in the United States believe it is permissible to observe the annual period of Christmas and Easter, many of their brethren in other countries vehemently disagree. But they do all agree that the seventh-day Sabbath observance reflects whether one is in the true Church or not. Notice some of the strong language they use when speaking of the seventh-day Sabbath opposed to the observance of Sunday worship:

The change of the Sabbath is the sign or mark of the authority of the Romish church [Catholic Church] . . . The keeping of the counterfeit Sabbath is the reception of the mark. (Ellen G. White, Great Controversy, Vol. 4: 281)

Sunday-keeping must be the mark of the beast . . . The reception of his mark must be something that involves the greatest offense that can be committed against God. (Elder U. Smith, The Marvel of Nations: 170, 183)

The Sunday Sabbath is purely a child of the Papacy. It is the mark of the beast. (Advent Review, Vol. I, No. 2, August, 1850)

Sunday-keeping is an institution of the first beast, and ALL who submit to obey this institution emphatically worship the first beast and receive his mark, "the mark of the beast." . . . Those who worship the beast and his image by observing the first day are certainly idolaters, as were the worshippers of the golden calf. (Advent Review Extra, August, 1850: 10-11)

Here we find the mark of the beast. The very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, on the part of the Catholic Church, without any authority from the Bible. (Ellen G. White, The Mark of the Beast: 23)

Are you beginning to get a much deeper sense of the enormous confusion that exists, not only in the religions of this world, but especially the faith that calls itself "Christian?" If you were to look at the hundreds, and even thousands, of varying and opposing Christian beliefs (faiths), you would indeed see that all of them disagree with each other. There is no other conclusion; all of them cannot be true. If one is true, then indeed, all the others are false and full of lies.

As previously stated about the Seventh Day Adventists, they have a common belief in the seventh day as their weekly Sabbath; but in some areas of the world, they disagree about the observance of Christmas and Easter.

It is true that there is no mention of either of these observances in the Bible. It is also true that both of them have come from the Catholic Church, and that neither one comes from any authority stated in scripture. Even the name "Christmas" shows its origin, which comes from the "Mass of Christ."

So if you are one of the thousands among the Christian faiths, do you have "faith" in the observance of Easter and Christmas, or mass for that matter? If you do believe, does it matter to you that the authority for the observance of Christmas and Easter comes from the Pope and the Catholic Church?

If you do not believe in the authority of the Catholic Church to establish doctrines for the faith of your church, then why do you believe so many of the doctrines this early church established? If you do believe the Catholic Church has authority from God to establish many of the doctrines of most other "Christian" churches, then why don't you fully submit to her complete authority and leave the false one that you have been embracing?

It really adds up to confusion, doesn't it? But the bottom line is that you, and you alone, are accountable for what you believe. Only you can decide for yourself what is true and what is false. To do so, you must be truthful with yourself about your long-held religious beliefs; and most of all, you must be truthful to God because, as your Bible says, "...no lie is of the truth" (1 John 2:21). This should be obvious if a person genuinely seeks to be truthful. If some doctrine or belief in God is a lie, then by its very definition it cannot be true or from God.

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