Christianity--Church History/7th Day Adventists

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I know that the 7th day Adventists choose to worship on Saturday, the historical day of worship observed by Jews.  Nothing wrong with that.  But I have personally come into contact with them and they seem so judgmental for those who do not the same.  I find in my studies that if you claim to live by the laws of the OT, the measure is not obeying one law but all of them; and, if you fail in one point you have failed in all.  Is this correct and would you define 7th Day Adventists 'legalists' on one point of the law and failing to fulfill the rest, like animal sacrifices from whose blood was to be sprinkled on the ark of the covenant by a high priest once a year, which neither the Jews or anybody else practices?

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Hello Monty and thank you for such a great question.  By the way, in general this is a pretty old debate within and outside of Christianity - that is which day of the week we should meet.  Some claim that the change from Saturday to Sunday as a day of worship was done by the Catholic Church under Constantine in 312 A.D. That is unfortunately a fallacy. There is plenty of writings that state Sunday is the day to meet and worship - from early writers like Clement, Polycarp, and Pliny just to name a few. But to address your question directly it is indeed stated by the apostle Paul that if one follows any part of the law (as the law) then that person is accountable for the whole law.  It also states that no flesh shall be justified by the law.  I'm sure you are familiar with many other verses as well.  Let me say that most people are afraid to state the facts or identify heresy when it is found.  And, this may get me banned from the forum, but yes the 7th Day Adventist movement is a legalistic movement by action - if nothing else. But to be fair, they are not the only sect that attempts to blend the law with the gospel message of faith.  I think this is because in some communities of believers the leadership needs to feel like they are in control, and even some part of the individuals in the congregation feel the need to demonstrate their faith by adopting laws and doctrines that place burdens on them.  In general it seems that many people want rules and regulations and tough doctrines to keep them in line and make them feel they have been the best they can be - like a feeling of true accomplishment.  This then becomes a personal salvation where the burden is placed on the believer just as it was under the law of Moses.  In man's flawed reasoning there is always the tendency to be somewhat independent.  And again, we know what happens when man begins to set doctrine and make rules, they always seem to get it wrong.  
So, to conclude, you are right - completely right.  

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I can answer questions on: Biblical Studies, Biblical History, Church History, Early Christian History, Sociopolitical Background in the Early Church, Biblical Archeology, Biblical Theology, and some Greek

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I did my field work in Israel, Egypt, Turkey, and Jordan while on active duty in the US Air Force during the period between 1989 to 2000. I served as a Chaplain in five theaters of war and spanning well over a decade. This afforded me the opportunity to view digs, museums and Universities where i was blessed by the staff and many graduate students. I also viewed many original manuscripts, me Archeologists, Anthropologists, and benefited from the direct teachings of Rabbi's and many learned individuals. UI have personally written almost three hundred commentaries, Essays, Treatise, and Theses. I founded my own School on Early Christian History and recently began the process to offer courses in Biblical Archeology. I teach at the local community colleges, churches, and community centers. I have authored seven books and still continue research and study. I recently received my Doctorate in Early Christian History through Scripture Institute.

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I currently Hold two Doctorates in Theology and Divinity. Additionally i hold two separate master's in Biblical History-Biblical Studies, and Early Christian Studies. I'm also enrolled in salt lake Bible College as a Master's seeking a Masters in Christianity through the First 500Yyears. I have three Associate degrees in Electronic Engineering, Teaching, and Biblical Archeology. i was a Communications Engineer and worked in that field along with my Chaplianship; I received a field ordination in Kuwait by the US ARMY, yes the US Army. It's a very long story. Essentially I served in both branches for over five years; officially on loan to the Army when needed.

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Aside from Military Educational Awards and others, I have been entered into the National Archives, American Honor Society, Who's Who, and National Award of Academic Achievement, Distinguished Graduate Air Force Academy, Magna Cum in all of my Master's Degrees.

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