Wherever the church of Rome predominated these Sabbatarians suffered confiscation of property, fines, imprisonment and execution." Used by permission. After Jesus ascended back to heaven, the disciples of Christ continued to keep the seventh-day Sabbath for many decades. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. How did the British missionary school come to honor the Sabbath? They are disappointed to hear that early Waldensians always observed Sunday; that there is no proof of them worshipping on Sabbath. When we come to consider the Sabbath-keepers during the Reformation, we shall find that even Luther charged them with practising circumcision, while their own words still extant in quotations prove the contrary. 2, pp. Doctrine Before the Reformation. In 1181 the archbishop of Lyons excommunicated the Waldensians. In 1532, at a meeting between Waldensians and representatives of the French Reformation, held in the Valley of Angrogna, most of the Waldensians voted to join the French Reformation. Beware, ye who take delight in calling it the old Jewish Sabbath, a yoke of bondage, etc. . They hold also that Christ the Son of God is not equal with the Father and that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost these three persons are not One God and one substance….” (Peter Allix, Ecclesiastical History of the Ancient Churches of Piedmont. Constantine is the one that changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday, about 300 AD. On the contrary, they kept the Sabbath day, observed the ordinance of baptism, according to the primitive church, instructed their children in the articles of the Christian faith, and the commandments of God. 8 Johann Döllinger, Beiträge zur Sektengeschichte des Mittelalters (Munich: Beck, 1890), Vol. 1. In response, the Waldensians, and even some Adventists, have said that Ellen White was not a historian. ( Log Out /  Numerous other designations were applied to them; to their profession of extreme poverty they owed the named of "the Poor"; from their place of origin, Lyons, they were called "Leonistae"; and frequently the two ideas were combined in the title "Poor Men of Lyons". Based on Ellen White’s statement in The Great Controversy, Adventists have believed that some Waldensians kept the Sabbath, but not necessarily a sizable group. Many Christians keep Sabbath on Sunday the first day of the week. Adventists share a sense of comradery with this group for another reason, too. II, p. 662. The fourth commandment itself says the “stranger” is to rest on the Sabbath (Exodus 20:10). Requirement-1 : Rest (Shabaton, שַׁבָּת֖וֹן) Shemot 35:2 [MT] : "Six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy Shabat rest to the Lord; whoever performs work on-it shall be put to death. However, historical evidence indicates that many did observe Sabbath during the Middle Ages. How did Yisraelites keep warm on Yom Ha-Shabat (י֖וֹם הַשַּׁבָּֽת)? How to Keep the Sabbath Holy – What is the Sabbath? In Deuteronomy 5:12-15, the Israelites were commanded to keep the Sabbath as a memorial of their deliverance from Egypt by God’s mighty hand. There remain, therefore, only the first and second of these four statements, which are that they were called by these names because they kept the Saturday for the Lord's day, and because they did not keep the Sabbath of the papist. In the 1400s, Louis XII of France sent people to learn more about them. To bind together the Adventist people as we wait for Jesus to come back, by sharing news and information about the church plus articles on doctrine, spiritual growth and mission. Mark Finley is arguably the most famous Adventist evangelist there is, and as a result probably doesn’t need a bio. Moneta concluded by quoting Colossians 2:16, commenting that “days related to Jewish festivals are not observed, on the contrary, the days instituted by the Church, and that is it.”7. The Waldensians (also known as Waldenses (/ w ɔː l ˈ d ɛ n s iː z, w ɒ l-/), Vallenses, Valdesi or Vaudois) are adherents of a proto-Protestant church tradition that began as an ascetic movement within Western Christianity before the Reformation. God has promised to bless all who keep the Sabbath. These historical accounts help us understand that at the very least there was a significant minority population of Sabbath keepers among the Waldenses and connected to them. The King having heard the report of his commissioners, said with an oath that they were better men than himself or his people"–"History of the Christian Church," Vol. Unlike other reform-minded groups, the Waldensians did not disappear, nor were they absorbed into other movements, but have continued their presence until today. "We now keep no more the Sabbath on Saturday as the Jews do; but we observe the Sunday, and certain other days as the magistrates do judge convenient, whom in this thing we ought to obey." After the holy Sabbath has been trodden down many generation, it is to be restored in the last days. We talk about the ten commandments, and we seem to believe that Christians should keep them. The Pharisees are understandably upset by this. This helps us to understand at least one reason why the Catholic Church despised this small group so much: they were a living testimony to the faith once delivered to the saints. 2. As a result, their teachings spread to far-flung regions of Europe. Robinson, in his Ecclesiastical Researches, quotes two primary sources that identify the Waldenses as Sabbath keepers. Such research is challenging because Waldensian documents themselves have been burned or otherwise destroyed through centuries of persecution.4 The only evidence one finds comes from the mouths of their inquisitors, who often portray them as a heretical movement. 31. If the Waldenses were not that much different from the Catholic Church, then why were they vigorously persecuted? 4 See James Hastings, Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1954), Vol. In recent years, a bit of a controversy has surfaced regarding the Waldenses. In response, the Waldensians, and even some Adventists, have said that Ellen White was not a historian. 3 http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09017b.htm (accessed Jan. 23, 2017);http://www.catholic.org/encyclopedia/view.php?id=6882 (accessed Jan. 23, 2017). All the holy prophets kept the seventh day. Rupp, History of the Religious Denominations in the United States. The name was derived from Waldes their founder and occurs also in the variations of Valdesii, Vallenses. The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, with all those of us alive here today." What led the Waldensians of northern Italy to give up Sabbathkeeping? There was at the very least a significant minority of Sabbath keepers that kept the Sabbath, although not all of them did. In the chapter De Sabbato, et De Die Dominico he discussed the significance of the seventh-day Sabbath of Exodus 20:8, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,” and contrasted it with the value of the Lord’s day, his term for the first day of the week.5, Anti-Sabbath Arguments Against Waldensians, Moneta claimed that the Sabbath was for the Jews, pointing out that it was a memorial of Creation and of their liberation from Egypt. Gerard Damsteegt is an associate professor of church history at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. Surely most of us who have read the Bible extensively have wondered why Christians don't keep the Sabbath. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Isaiah said Gentiles should keep the Sabbath (Isaiah 56:6, 7). Vaticano, Bononiensi, ac Neapolitano (Rome: 1743; reprinted, Ridgewood, N.J.: 1964), pp. XII, p. 665. It must be understood, however, that as the Jews observed the Sabbath, so also, we observe the Lord’s day.” He added, “this day we observe as an ordinance of the Church, and it is in reverence to Christ who was born on that day, who rose on that day, who sent the Holy Spirit on that day.”, Moneta continued his dispute by referring to Galatians 4:10, 11, stating, “It is sin to observe days.” He continued by pointing out that circumcision “will be of no benefit to you” (Gal. The Waldensians’ back-to-the-Bible approach appealed to many, and the movement quickly spread rapidly to Spain, northern France, Flanders, Germany, southern Italy, and even Poland and Hungary. The word Valdese changed through the centuries, and was pronounced Waldenses, and Waldensians. Their practice of wearing sandals or wooden shoes (sabots) caused them to be named "Sandaliati", "Insabbatati", "Sabbatati", Sabotiers". Anxious to surroun… Moneta passionately defended himself against criticism from Waldensians and Cathars that Catholics were transgressors of the Sabbath commandment. Further, those who do not keep the Sabbath should avoid being a stumbling block (1 Corinthians 8:9) to those who do keep the Sabbath. The Waldenses Kept the Sabbath. You can follow Kelly on his website: www.kellymcdonaldjr.com. Therefore, the Waldensians did not keep the Sabbath (in the sense of Saturday instead of Sunday) and were not guardians of the "Sabbath Truth” as somebody calls it. His ideas spread all over Europe. Consequently, they stopped training their itinerant preachers, or “barbes,” at the College of the Barbes in Pra del Torno and instead sent their pastoral candidates to Geneva, Switzerland, to be educated by John Calvin and his associates. Both say that the Waldenses were also called Insabbati or Sabbati because they honored the Jewish Sabbath, fashioning Saturday for the Lord’s Day (Robinson, Robert, Ecclesiastical Researches, 1792: Cambridge, pp 303-304). The church investigated the Waldensians’ teachings at the Third Lateran Council (1179) and condemned the believers as heretics.3 Subsequent councils repeated this condemnation of heresy, bringing severe persecution, and causing them to flee to more hospitable locations. When Ironically, Moneta’s Catholic arguments against Sabbathkeeping were used by Waldensians toward Adventists after Adventists began sharing the long-forgotten Sabbath truth with them. The Sabbath-keepers in the seventh century did not circumcise, nor did they in the ninth, or else Pope Nicolas I would not have quoted the epistle of Gregory unaltered. 9 John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536), trans. These two statements do not conflict. At the same time, a modern denial does not erase the pages of history. Some people have denied that they ever kept the Sabbath. As I mentioned, I am a Jewish believer. The Sabbath commandment is for the “stranger” too. We know God created the Sabbath after the creation of man, so did Adam and Eve keep the Sabbath? To help the non-clergy understand the New Testament he had it translated into the language which was commonly used at that time, Provencal. In modern times the name has been applied to members of a Protestant church that formed when remnants of the earlier movement became Swiss Protestant reformers. Who, other than Waldensians, were conducting mission tours across Europe in the middle ages? Jesus, or Paul had nothing to do with that! 7. 50 We know that in 1184 the French bishops who were called to the Council of Verona included them in the list of "condemned movements." They were originally known as the Valdese -- the dwellers in the valley. 8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. We just don't have to keep it as they did under the law. Seventh-day Adventists have traditionally held a special affinity for the Waldensians, who, during a time of religious oppression, preserved and shared the Scriptures […], Seventh-day Adventists have traditionally held a special affinity for the Waldensians, who, during a time of religious oppression, preserved and shared the Scriptures despite grim consequences. Sabbathkeeping among Waldensians was most widespread in Bohemia and Moravia, places to which they fled during papal persecution. Considered forerunners of the Protestant Reformation by various historians,2 the Waldensians stressed the importance of adhering strictly to the teachings of the Bible as the only rule of faith. . Did you ever hear of the Waldensians? 2, page 68). Based on Ellen White’s statement in The Great Controversy, Adventists have believed that some Waldensians kept the Sabbath, but not necessarily a sizable group. (Isaiah 56:2.) Letters wrote by the Church Leaders in Gaul show their rejection of the controversial order by Pope Victor to observe Easter Sunday instead of Passover (this provides clear evidence that the early church of that day did in fact observe Jewish traditions). Here is the eye witness account that his scouts brought back: “…they found no images, nor signs of the ornaments belonging to the mass, nor any of the ceremonies of the Romish church; much less could they discover any traces of those crimes with which they were charged. Notice that Saturday was not one of the Waldensian Protest. Gretzer, a German Jesuit who accused the Waldenses in the late 1500s/early 1600s, and Bishop Usher from Ireland (same time period) are in agreement. The king having heard the report of his commissions, said with an oath that they were better men than himself or his people” (William Jones, Jones Church History, 1832, Page 348; In the 1824 version, it is found in Vol. Recently, however, new evidence has come to light. They were simple people. Galatians 5:13-15 sums up the whole issue: “You, my brothers, were called to be free. They were persecuted, from 1535 (when they joined the Reformation) to 1848 (when they received religious freedom), because of their Reformed-Calvinistic (Protestant) faith in Christ. Three years later, the pope declared them to … . Was Jesus ignoring the command to keep the Sabbath found in the Hebrew Scriptures (Exodus 20:5, Deuteronomy 5:15)? Further, in 1190 the Bishop of Narbonne pronounced a … USA, Adventist Church in Australia Responds to Revised Religious Discrimination Bill, ‘Your Role Is to Generate Health in the Community,’ Health Expert Says, Ground-breaking Lawsuit Could Expand Religious Freedom Protection in Korea, Peter N. Landless and Zeno L. Charles-Marcel. Page 154). Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. The Waldenses were a body of Christians who stood aloof from the church in its alliance with the secular power, and consequently remained free from many of the corruptions and Pagan notions which the heathens had incorporated into their religion when they came into the national church. Contributing Writer • “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. “Strangers” are non-Jews or Gentiles (Isaiah 56:6). Waldo and his disciples, “the Poor of Lyon“, … We have some quotes about this below: In the 1100s-1200s AD, we learn about a group connected to the Waldenses known as the Passagani. However, those who choose to practice Sabbath-keeping should not judge those who do not keep the Sabbath (Colossians 2:16). “…They say that Pope Sylvester was the Anti-Christ of whom is made mention in the Epistle of St. Paul as being the Son of Perdition, who … [As an aside, Robinson refutes the idea that these people were called insabbati because of their foot wear; as he notes, the people of their region wore a different kind altogether]. The Sabbath is one of those commandments. 30. ( Log Out /  For several years I have researched, with the help of graduate students, archaic sources from European libraries for evidence of Sabbathkeeping among the Waldensians. We have some quotes about this below: In the 1100s-1200s AD, we learn about a group connected to the Waldenses known as the Passagani. The modern Waldenses deny any connection to Sabbath observance. (Isaiah 58:12,13.) On the contrary, they kept the Sabbath-day, observed the ordinance of baptism, according to the primitive church, instructed their children in the Christian faith and the commandments of God. They also confirm the validity of The Great Controversy’s account of Sabbathkeeping among early Waldensians. Jesus did prophesy that man would THINK to change the Sabbath, but just because man thinks he has, dont mean he has! "The Abyssinians and many continental Europeans, especially in Romania, Bohemia, Moravia, Holland and Germany continued to keep the Sabbath. In truth, they were a small, scattered but close-knit group that professed orthodox beliefs and generally remained faithful to the Catholic Church until the time of the Reformation. 475-477. 6 Scripture quotations marked NASB are from the New American Standard Bible, copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Moneta’s treatise clearly shows that a sizable group of Waldensians and Cathars in northern Italy and southern France during the thirteenth century were worshipping on a day other than Sunday, namely, the seventh-day Sabbath. Fathers prior to Egypt did not keep the Sabbath: Deut 5:2-3 "The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. Through the revelations of God’s words, I came to understand that the reason why the Lord Jesus did not keep the Sabbath and chose to go out and work on that day was that He wanted to tell those who lived under the law that He had ended the old age and brought with Him new work. 32. n. 1 Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy (Mountain View, Calif.: Pacific Press Pub. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Early Waldensians were members of a reformation movement in Europe, specifically the Alpine regions of Spain, France, and Italy, during the high Middle Ages. With few exceptions, Waldensians today deny that the ancient Waldenses kept the seventh-day Sabbath. God instituted the Sabbath and sanctified it right after the creation of Adam and Eve. Probably not. These evidences from such primary sources clearly show that Sabbathkeeping was a practice among a good segment of Waldensians in the thirteenth century, continuing into the fifteenth century. Either in 1184 or in 1215 the Waldensians were excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. Every single commandment can be found reiterated in the New Testament. Not a few celebrate the Sabbath with the Jews.”8. Although the Waldensians did not set out to oppose the Roman Catholic Church, they were branded heretics, excommunicated by Pope Lucius III in 1184, and targeted for extermination in several campaigns. 2 See, e.g., Earle E. Cairns, Christianity Through the Centuries: A History of the Christian Church, 3rd ed. He wanted to find fault so he could persecute them. ( Log Out /  The pages of history will clarify the situation for us. The answer goes back to the time of the Reformation. Know the brief history of how the Catholic church fulfilled its threat of 62:4 (from lecture) How were Christian churches outside of the jurisdiction of Rome corrupted through the ages? One Adventist historian has even gone so far as to suggest that The Great Controversy needs to be revised and brought up-to-date with present scholarship, because there is no primary source evidence for Waldensian Sabbath observance. No one prior to the Exodus from Egypt (Ex 16) even knew about the Sabbath law: Ezek 20:10-12 "So I took them out of the land of Egypt and brought them into the wilderness. The Sabbath was a symbol of a covenant between God and Israel, signifying that it was the Lord who set apart Israel from the other nations. A fifteenth-century manuscript, published by church historian Johann Döllinger in History of the Sects, reports that Waldensians in Bohemia “do not celebrate the feasts of the blessed virgin Mary and the Apostles, except the Lord’s day. 5:2, 3, NASB),6 and neither would Sabbathkeeping. We can therefore say very clearly that the Waldensians were not Seventh-day Sabbath keepers and they were not persecuted for keeping Saturday as the Sabbath! 5 Moneta and Tommaso Agostino Ricchini, Venerabilis Patris Monetæ Cremonensis ordinis prædicatorum S. P. Dominico Æqualis adversus Catharos et Valdenses libri quinque: Quos ex manuscriptis codd. Finding that many teachings and practices of the Roman Church were based more on tradition than Scripture, they rejected these doctrines and rituals, calling believers to return to the simplicity of the New Testament lifestyle and the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. The Sabbath is a blessing, not a curse!! But do not use your freedom to indulge the … While touring Torre Pellice, one of the group’s major centers in the foothills of the northern Italian Alps, Adventists often ask about Waldensian Sabbathkeeping practices. Right after the creation of Adam and Eve keep the seventh-day Sabbath Saturday to Sunday, about 300 AD vigorously. 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