Has the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and other Sabbatarian sects become divisive “cults” and legalists clothed in Christianity? Please allow me to explain?
Repeatedly, I observe SDA insisting that Christianity fails to worship on the Sabbath and there is a distinct condemnative tone that accompanies this allegation. Jesus never infused the 4th-Commandment (ceremonial law) into the New Covenant as Jesus IS the Sabbath’s rest and the Sabbath’s fulfillment for the one who trusts in Him as Lord (Hebrews 4). The Sabbath Day was not given to anyone as an edict until Moses (Exodus 16) and the Sabbath was then codified at Sinai (Exodus 20), some 2500-years subsequent to the creation narrative in Genesis and Day-Seven’s rest. Elohim did NOT give the Sabbath Day command to Adam, Enoch, Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, NOT ONCE nor does God chastise any Gentile from Adam forward for disobeying the Sabbath but He does hold the Gentile culpable for violating the nine-moral Laws of the Decalogue and the Moral Law of Conscience (Romans 2:15).
It’s also noteworthy that the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15 did not burden the Gentiles with the Torah or the Sabbath in the New Testament Church as the Gospel was received with great joy among the Gentiles in the First-Century. Jesus did infuse the other nine-“moral laws” of the Decalogue into the New Covenant via His Earthly ministry but the Sabbath IS Jesus in type (Colossians 2:16) and Jesus provides the faithful a “rest” from the arduous and condemnative Law of “sin and death” that only defined sin void atonement (Romans 3:20; Romans 8:3); therefore, the SDA member and other Sabbatarian’s violate Scripture when they suggest or demand that a Christian must rest or worship on Saturday and these groups unfortunately morph into a legalist cult seeking dissension among the brethren in their OBSESSION with a Day in lieu of true substance; that is, Christ crucified and Him victorious over sin for one who believes; this divisive legalism is evil (Romans 14).
It is becoming readily apparent that SDA and other Sabbatarian sects’ verge on the title of “Christian cult;” therefore, please check yourself and your Church’s doctrine. If you are in Christ, you are free to worship and “rest” any day or every day, including Saturday and-or Sunday, to honor our Lord as you are NOT under Law but under GRACE (Romans 6:14) in Jesus as Lord; NO ONE possesses the authority or the divine right to chastise a Christian in this matter; therefore, PLEASE stop with the condemnation of Sunday as the Lord’s Day?
Romans 14 (ESV), It is written…
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master[a] that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written,“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” 12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.