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Ent view which says that since Christ has brought the true Sabbath rest into the present the Sabbath commands of the Old Testament are no longer binding on believersCharles P Arand Concordia Seminary upholds the Lutheran view that the Sabbath commandment was given to Jews alone and does not concern Christians Rest and worship are still reuired but not tied to a particular da. Craig L Bloomberg the most exegetically based and convincing

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Perspectives on the SabbathPerspectives on the Sabbath presents in point counterpoint form the four most common views of the Sabbath commandment that have Perspectives on PDFEPUB or arisen throughout church history representing the major positions held among Christians today Skip MacCarty Andrews University defends the Seventh day view which argues the fourth commandment is a moral law of God reuiring. I'm definitely in Blomberg's camp on this one Fulfillment model though it's difficult to tell the difference truly between his and the Lutheran perspective because the Lutheran took such a strange approach to his essay Pipa Reformed Confessional sounds like a reborn Pharisee So does the 7th Day Adventist and frankly history's on his side if you're going to lean Sabbatarian

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Perspectives on the Sabbath review ´ 103 ☆ ➩ Perspectives on the Sabbath Ebook ➯ Author Christopher John Donato – Perspectives on the Sabbath presents in point counterpoint form the four most common views of the Sabbath commandment that have arisen throughout church history representing the major positUs to keep the seventh day Saturday holy It must therefore remain the day of rest and worship for ChristiansJospeh A Pipa Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary backs the Christian Sabbath view which reasons that ever since the resurrection of Christ the one day in seven to be kept holy is the first day of the weekCraig L Blomberg Denver Seminary supports the Fulfillm. When it comes to discussing the relevance and continuity of the Ten Commandments for the Christian the dividing line seems to rest on the application of the fifth commandment – the command to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy If obedience to the Ten Commandments is still in effect for the Christian then we must keep the Sabbath If it is not in effect for the Christian then we do not have to keep the Sabbath This of course is tied to the NT teaching on the law which is the seedbed of much of the controversyPerspectives on the Sabbath 4 Views presents four views on Sabbath keeping for the Christian It covers from the Seventh Day Adventist view which is the strictest view to the Fulfillment view which is the most lenientThe first view presented is the Seventh Day Adventist view by Skip McCarty There is much that McCarty rightly uses in defense of the Sabbath Day view He rightly starts in Genesis 22 and utilizes the Ten Commandments as given in Exodus and Deuteronomy McCarty clearly holds a continuationist view of the Ten Commandments so much so that he believes the Sabbath rest is still to be held on what our calendars still call Saturday Texts like Isaiah 565 6 6622 23 are used to claim that the Saturday Sabbath rest is universal for all time However as Pipa points out McCarty does not follow his application through since he does not believe we need to obey the other ceremonial observances p 76 What makes the Seventh Day view stand out is that it does not recognize the resurrection event as having any bearing on when the day in which the Sabbath is held – changing from Saturday to Sunday McCarty concludes his defense with this statementFor us Jesus’ fulfillment of the Sabbath doesn’t make Sabbath observance obsolete; rather it infuses it with even richer meaning than the most devout OT believer had the privilege of understanding or experiencing p 70The second view is that of the Christian Sabbath as defended by Joseph A Pipa Like McCarty Pipa begins in Genesis and uses some of the same texts to ground the nature of the Sabbath command As a continuationist for the Ten Commandments Pipa sees a moral grounding as opposed to ceremonial grounding for the Sabbath command and therefore believes it is binding on the NT believer Pipa holds that since the Ten Commandments are not ceremonial law having their grounding in creation and the law provide the basis for the rest of the Mosaic law and are repeated in the NT they are still applicable for the NT believer Pipa believes that the command to the keep the Sabbath is about the seventh day of the week and not necessarily tied to Saturday Since the Ten Commandments are not ceremonial or judicial they are not fulfilled in the sense of abrogating their use or applicability for the Christian Christ does fulfill them but does not end them Pipa rightly contends that the resurrection of Christ is the defining event that the NT church recognized as shifting the Sabbath rest from Saturday to Sunday Before the resurrection the basis for Saturday Sabbath was creation and the Exodus Since the resurrection Sabbath is remembered in celebration of and on the day of the resurrection event – Sunday When it comes to observing the Sabbath Pipa argues that the believer is to rest short of works of necessity preparing food or feeding animals and mercy tending to medical emergencies helping a neighbor fix their car so they can get to work the next day or certain types of businesses that cannot shut down on Sunday Admittedly this leaves room for much “work” to be done in Sunday I personally find this view to be the most convincingThe third view is the Lutheran view as presented by Charles Arand and the fourth is the Fulfillment view as defended by Craig Blomberg Though Blomberg believes there is enough difference between the two to separate them readers will have a hard time seeing the net difference The most notable difference is the evidence and method of defense each uses to support their view Arand depends heavily on Luther’s works while Blomberg rests on Scripture and history In the end they both come to the same conclusion that the NT believer is not bound to the Ten Commandments the same way the OT Jew was Therefore we are not bound to the Sabbath command with the same guidelines Yes we are to observe the Sabbath but we are free in Christ to do with our time as we see fit once we have worshiped with God’s people in our local churchThere is much to commend this perspectives book for Overall it is clear The challenging remarks are respectful It was good to see that each contributor had the opportunity to respond to the criticisms of the others Each contributor had a deep respect for the authority of Scripture and sought to show how their view supported that belief the best Three of the four chapters presenting the respective view were a bit long and I think some could have been cut out and still been satisfying to the reader and the writer