Justin Martyr described Christians worshiping on Sunday twice in his first apology.

And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place

But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly.

This document cannot be dated any later than 165 since the author died at 165.

In the great controversy Ellen G White claims that for at least the first 2 hundred years, Sunday worship was unheard of by Christians.

In the first centuries the true Sabbath had been kept by all Christians

Ellen G White's and Justin Martyr's account of Christian history clearly contradict each other. How do Seventh-day Adventists respond to Justin Martyr's claims?

  • Not true Christians? – SLM Jan 3 '18 at 18:39
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    I don't think that the writings of the Church Fathers is considered anyway meaningful or relevant by Adventists, since it is not Scriptural. Will be interested in the answers. – guest37 Jan 4 '18 at 2:45

While I don't believe that there is a standard response from the Adventist church on this. One scholar has proposed that the appendix in which this statement was written, was a forgery, and added after the death of Martyr.

You can refer to the article here.

Adventist would argue that regardless of the contradiction that Sabbath is a biblical concept that has no scriptural evidence that it has been changed to Sunday.


Ok, I'll try to answer this.

In the great controversy Ellen G White claims that for at least the first 2 hundred years, Sunday worship was unheard of by Christians.

That is not what she wrote. Adventists also make no such claim. In fact, Adventists recognize the existence of Sun Worship (and hence Sunday) since ancient Egyptian times, also present in the Babylonian and Persian culture, even reaching religions such as Zoroatrism.

In 1977 Samuele Bacchiocchi (a Seventh-day Adventist author and theologian) published From Sabbath to Sunday, documenting the historical transition from the Saturday Sabbath to Sunday in the early Christian church due to social, pagan and political factors, and also the decline of standards for the day. Prior to his work, Seventh-day Adventists had focused on the role played by either the Pope, or by Roman Emperor Constantine I in the transition from Sabbath to Sunday, with Constantine's law declaring Sunday as a day of rest for those not involved in farming work. Subsequent to Bacchiocchi's work, Adventists have emphasized that the shift from Sabbath to Sunday was a more gradual process.

  • "Adventists recognize the existence of Sun Worship (and hence Sunday)" You must to be consistent recognize that Saturnday is no better. – Sola Gratia Nov 17 '19 at 13:56
  • We do not deny that there was worship of other deities on other days of the week. But you should not confuse Saturday with Sabbath. – Elender Góis Gallas Nov 18 '19 at 23:46
  • But the Sabbath fell on Saturday. It's just that neither Saturday nor Sunday mean anything to Christians or Jews qua days named after pagan gods, because Jews and Christians have no acknowledgement or care of pagan gods in their religion. The objection to the day being a day which pagans viewed as significant, is therefore insignificant for either day of the week. – Sola Gratia Nov 19 '19 at 16:00

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