#1 Why Seventh-day Adventists Worship on Saturday?

From the religion’s scriptural text, The 28 Fundamental Beliefs, Seventh-day Adventists are taught to respect the day of Sabbath for worship.

Most religions consider this holy day to be Sunday, while Adventists are a rare percentage of Christians that interpret the Bible as stating Saturday is the most sacred day of the week, being the seventh.

Hebrew calendars and traditional Christians also recognize Saturday as being the seventh day of the week. The reasoning behind why Saturday is the seventh day to some Christians and Sunday is the seventh day to others, is solely based on individual interpretation of scriptural text. 

Alexander Bryant,  President of the North American Division and Vice President for the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, describes:

“We do not believe that the only way you can be saved is to keep the Sabbath. The Bible is the only source for their doctrine, and Adventists don’t believe other churches to be heretical if they worship on Sundays instead of Saturdays.

Meaning, they do not find it unconventional or unorthodox to worship on Sundays; however, they will continue to worship on Saturdays.

As stated on Adventist.org:

“The gracious Creator, after the six days of Creation, rested on the seventh day and instituted the Sabbath for all people as a memorial of Creation. The fourth commandment of God’s unchangeable law requires the observance of this seventh-day Sabbath as the day of rest, worship, and ministry in harmony with the teaching and practice of Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath.”

Supported by the biblical scripture Exodus 20:10:

“But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.”

Figure 1 – Reclaiming Sabbath

Related Scripture(s):

  • “‘There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the Lord.” – Leviticus 23:3.
  • “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” – Genesis 2:2-3.

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#2 Why Seventh-day Adventists Do not Wear Jewelry?

Avoiding lavish and expensive bids for attention, an Adventist believes that one should not dress in garments or accessories that could be seen as a disruption of worship or internal beauty, which is valued significantly higher than external appearance.

Finding exterior embellishments and showy accessories to be unnecessary, Seventh-day Adventists prescribe to a wardrobe and fashion sense that can be classified by characteristics of:

  • Modesty
  • Conservatism
  • Simplicity
  • Non-distraction
  • Non-attention seeking

You may see an Adventist wearing a simple gold wedding band but will typically not see any bracelets, necklaces, or earrings. Adventists also do not wear makeup or style their hair in colorful or ‘loud’ fashions.

Taking a very literal interpretation of the Bible (compared to religions such as Baptists that may allow for some abstraction and room for individual interpretation), Adventists feel that the word of the Bible is all-encompassing and unambiguously precise.

Referring to scriptures such as 1 Timothy 2:9, Adventists use passages such as this to justify minimal adornments and expensive items of clothing:

“I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes.”

Adventists believe that to be a decent Christian – one must practice self-forgetfulness.

Figure 2 – No Makeup or Jewelry – Adventist Mission

Seen wearing a broach pin here, this Adventist honors her Church by abstaining from lavish gems, colorful makeup, or superficial embellishments which could be seen as a distraction from worship.

Related Scripture(s):

  • “Because the daughters of Zion are haughty
    and walk with outstretched necks,
    glancing wantonly with their eyes,
    mincing along as they go,
    tinkling with their feet,
    17 therefore the Lord will strike with a scab
    the heads of the daughters of Zion,
    and the Lord will lay bare their secret parts.” – Isaiah 3:16-21

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