I am a former Seventh-day Adventist. I was active in the church and worked for the denomination as an educator and on campus. I graduated from an SDA University. After leaving the SDA Church, I still observed the Sabbath (Saturday) for a while but then stopped. My question to all of you is: Do Christians need to keep the Sabbath?
Instead of making this a formal Bible study, I will share some websites to get you started on your own research.
If you are seeking arguments for Sabbath-keeping, I would suggest you explore:
The Seventh-day Adventist Church, https://www.adventist.org/beliefs/fundamental-beliefs/living/the-sabbath/
7th Day Church of God, https://cog7.org/about-us/what-we-believe/
If you want arguments against it, check out:
Grace Communion International, https://www.gci.org/books/sabbath/
or any number of the websites that oppose SDA teachings and Ellen G. White. There are numerous websites, many by former SDA’s out there on the web.
I have not read all the material on every website but am familiar with a number of positions for and against Sabbath-keeping for Christians. In the Bible, you can look at:
Exodus 16, 20, 31, 35, Leviticus…
There are a number of Bible verses regarding the Sabbath. I added Colossians as it appears to say that Sabbath observance is no longer mandatory. Of course, the Apostle Paul talks in great length about the “Law” in the Epistles.
I would suggest you also take a look at Acts 15. The Council of Jerusalem included: Peter, Paul, Barnabas, James, and many others. The discussed what was expected of new Gentle converts. The Sabbath is mentioned during their discussion, but it appears that it was referring to the fact that the Law of Moses was being taught every Sabbath in the synagogue. This may have been a reason the early church fathers were trying to clarify which of the teachings applied to Gentile converts:
“20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. 21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.”
When the letter to the churches is drafted, the Sabbath is not mentioned, hence, an argument could be made that it indeed was not one of the requirements. However, you need to read, pray, and come to your own conclusions:
“28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; 29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.”
I would be interested to know what you think about Sabbath (Saturday) Observance. God Bless!