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Sunday is the day upon which we all hold our communion and assembly – Justin Martyr

June 20, 2011

“Sunday is the day upon which we all hold our communion and assembly” (Justin Martyr, First Christian Apology, 2nd C.)

Justin’s testimony is important, for their exists a direct link from him, through Polycarp, right back to the Apostle John. During his life, Polycarp was personally acquainted with, first of all, John – then later with Justin Martyr, with no evidence of doctrinal dispute existing between them.

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Other very early documents such as the non-canonical Epistle of Barnabbas and the Didache appear to show that Christians were very soon assembling on Sundays. The Epistle of Ignatius which can be dated to about A.D. 107 gives the reason why The Lord’s Day was now seen as having more importance than the sabbath:
‘Be not deceived with strange doctrines, nor with old fables, which are unprofitable. For if we still live according to the Jewish Law, we acknowledge that we have not received grace….If, therefore, those who were brought up in the ancient order of things have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord’s Day, on which also our life has sprung up again by Him and By His death.’ Of several other early church documents which can be fruitfully consulted on this topic, ‘Apostolic Constitutions: Church life in the 2nd Century’ says this:
‘On the day of the resurrection of the Lord–that is, the Lord’s Day–assemble yourself together without fail, giving thanks to God and praising Him for those mercies God has bestowed upon you through Christ.’

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The Jerusalem Council disproves sabbatarianism

June 20, 2011

An even bigger problem for those who teach one regulated sabbath observance which is more or less ‘set in stone’ for all time, is Acts 15 where, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and dating to about AD49 or 50, the Apostles discussed which elements of Old Covenant law needed to be taught to those Gentiles who were coming to Christ. The Sabbath is highly conspicuous by its absence! Since the topic was, apparently, not even raised, this tends to confirm that the Apostle s fully understood that the Sabbath was given to Israel alone.

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Legalism

September 5, 2009

Christians ought not to adorn themselves with jewellery. We understand this to mean the wearing of rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, and showy tie tacks, cuff links and pins–and any other type of jewelry that has as its main function display–is unnecessary and not in harmony with the simplicity and adornment urged by Scripture.

7th Day Adventists Believe, p.287

Due to the influence of Ellen G. White, Adventists refrain from using alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, and narcotics. They must not eat certain foods prohibited in the Old Testament, such as pork, ham, and shellfish. Most Adventists follow a vegetarian diet, the rest eat meat sparingly.

Beyond the dietary restrictions, White told Adventists to avoid gambling, card playing, dancing, and attendance at theaters.

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And only certain music styles are good:

Debased music…destroys the rhythm of the soul and breaks down morality. Great care should be exercised in the choice of music. Any melody partaking of the nature of jazz, rock, or related hybrid forms, or any language expressing foolish or trivial sentiments, will be shunned by persons of true culture. Let us use only good music in the home, in the social gathering, in the school, and in the church.

Adventist Church Manual, quote from this source

The above quote appears to be an adaptation of 7th Day Adventists Believe, 1988, p.284