Church of God, Carmichael, CA

The Sabbath
and The Lord's Day

H. M. Riggle, 1928

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INTRODUCTION TO THE REVISED EDITION

Preface

  Before the death of the first apostles of Christ certain law teachers troubled the churches, trying to impose upon them the rites of Moses' law. In a large assembly of apostles and elders at Jerusalem, it was fully decided and settled not to bind the law upon Gentile Christians (see Acts 15). In the Epistles of Paul powerful arguments are brought forth to teach the abrogation of the law and the superior qualities of the gospel, the law of Christ. The apostle declares the law teachers "pervert the gospel of Christ," are "vain janglers," "understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm."

  After the death of the apostles a number of sects arose that taught the law is binding and enjoined the observance of the Jewish Sabbath. Among these were the Ebionites, who flourished in the second century and dissented from the general church. They were among the rankest heretics of their time.

  About the time of the Reformation a body of people arose in England that zealously advocated the observance of the seventh day. They had many able ministers and writers, and published many books. Today their work has become entirely extinct.

  A small body of people known as Seventh day Baptists arose in 1664. They are now very few in number.

  In 1846 Seventh day Adventists began teaching the Jewish Sabbath. They have been very zealous. They have poured out their means by the millions and have filled the land with their literature. Probably no other small body of people on earth have published and circulated as much literature over the world as these. No other people have met with more disappointments during their existence. Miller, the founder of the Adventist movement finally opposed the Sabbath, and warned his followers against its observance. Scores of their most prominent ministers have at different times renounced the faith as an error. Many have been led into infidelity as a result [3] of the mistakes of Adventism. We believe the whole system is a yoke of bondage.

  These law teachers travel from hamlet to city, scattering their doctrines by lecturing in tents and halls and by distributing tracts, papers, and books among the people. Although but few accept the doctrine, hundreds become unsettled, and can scarcely be reached by the truth. To counteract this influence and to set forth the truth, is the object of this book. It will be found to be pointed and thorough on the subject. It is a complete treatise on all the important points relating to the Sabbath and the Lord's Day.

  Having received a written permission from D. M. Canright, Grand Rapids, Mich., I have made some choice quotations from his excellent work Seventh Day Adventism Renounced. Mr. Canright was for a number of years a very prominent minister and writer of the Adventist faith. At the time he renounced their doctrines in 1887, he held a number of the highest offices in the society, and was, no doubt, one of the ablest ministers they have ever had. Hear his testimony:

  "After keeping the seventh day and extensively advocating it for over a quarter of a century, I became satisfied that it was an error, and that the blessing of God did not go with the keeping of it. Like thousands of others, when I embraced the seventh day Sabbath I thought that the argument was all on one side, so plain that one hour's reading ought to settle it, so clear that no man could reject the Sabbath and be honest. The only marvel to me was that everybody did not see and embrace it.

  "But after keeping it twenty eight years; after having persuaded more than a thousand others to keep it; after having read my Bible through, verse by verse, more than twenty times; after having scrutinized, to the very best of my ability every text, line, and word in the Bible having the remotest bearing upon the Sabbath question; after having looked up all these, both in the original and in many translations; after having searched in lexicons, concordances, commentaries, and dictionaries; after having read armfuls of books on both sides of the question; after having read every line in all the early church Fathers upon [4] this point, and having written several works in favor of the seventh day, which were satisfactory to my brethren; after having debated the question for more than a dozen times; after seeing the fruits of keeping it, and weighing all the evidence in the fear of God, I am fully settled in my own mind and convinced that the evidence is against the keeping of the seventh day."—Seventh day Adventism Renounced, pages 185, 186.

  Such testimony is of great value and weight. In the chapters "The Sabbath on a Round Earth," and "The Law," I quote from his work at some length. Also, scattered throughout the book are a few quotations from D. S. Warner's former book on The Sabbath. In some cases I have given extracts of the quotations, instead of giving them in full or verbatim. I ask the reader to give this book a careful study with unbiased mind; and I believe the truth contained in its pages will be flashlights from the throne of God to your understanding.

Yours in Christian love,

—H. M. Riggle

INTRODUCTION TO THE REVISED EDITION

  If a system of worship is wrong, then all the labor to build up a system is misdirected effort. We sincerely believe that the whole Sabbatarian contention is resting upon a wrong premise. After a most careful study of the question, we believe that the Scriptures do not support the observance of the seventh day under the Christian dispensation.

  All truth runs parallel. Truth never contradicts. If we can adduce a single truth against the observance of Saturday keeping under the gospel, then let it be borne in mind that every other truth is against it. If we can sustain our position by a single truth, then all truth upholds it. On this eternal principle we build our arguments. It is the truth we want. With open hearts let us carefully investigate the whole subject.

  I kindly ask our Sabbatarian friends to go with me in the perusal of this important subject, and in our study together, may the Holy Spirit lead us into a correct knowledge of the truth. H. M. R.[5]

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