Evaluating the Strength of Arguments in the Sabbath/Lord’s Day Controversy, Part 1b: What are the Positions?

Here’s part 1 of what looks to be a thought-provoking examination of a controversial topic.

The Sabbath Complete

With a wider view of the history of the controversy and the various expressions of belief, it is time to examine how each position develops its case. There are similarities among the three major positions and, of course, differences. Below, the three major positions will be briefly evaluated. While it is helpful to understand the basic positions as presented here, it becomes even more important to understand the terminology that allows discourse, the method each position uses to state their case, the relevance of cited materials, and finally, the rules of interpretation. These latter considerations will be discussed in following parts of this series.

A Concise Summary of Positions.[1]

The Lord’s Day (LD) position posits that the Sabbath is a ceremonial law that was fulfilled like other typological laws of the OT that pointed to Christ and His work of redemption. The Lord’s Day on Sunday memorializes the…

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2 thoughts on “Evaluating the Strength of Arguments in the Sabbath/Lord’s Day Controversy, Part 1b: What are the Positions?

  1. Today I happened to read Col 2, and in v 16-17 it says, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come…”

    The greater context is that Christ fulfilled the Law, so that if we are in Christ, we have fulfilled the Law, just as we died and rose with Him in a vicarious manner, **therefore** “let no man judge you” about the Law especially the dietary aspects or of keeping the Sabbath and other holy days. That is, we kept the Law in Christ, have died vicariously so have died to the Law, and no longer need to keep the Law, since the Law was “a shadow of things to come”, namely, of Christ and the New Covenant.


  2. Amen Kathy! Many thanks for stopping and commenting, How sad so many fail to see the Decalogue in its context (a testimony of God’s covenant with national Israel) and the Sabbath for what He says it is (a sign of that covenant). We who have faith in Christ have entered into His rest – Jesus is our Sabbath!


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