Late in 2019, I finally was able to devote the time over Thanksgiving mostly to finish reading the final chapters of the book Forged from Reformation: How Dispensational Thought Advances the Reformed Legacy. To recap, my first post of this extended book summary covered the first section on historical theology. The second post covered the second … Continue reading What I Am Reading: Forged from Reformation – Part 3, The Rest of the Solas
While the traditionalist position provides some evidence in support of its position, there remain some problems with the position. The first three points include: (1) There is no explicit command for Sunday worship, (2) The historical references to Sunday are often in narratives especially in Acts that are difficult to conclusively apply, and (3) the command for gathering of donations in 1 Corinthians is overstated in its support for the traditionalist position.
How does the traditional explanation attempt to show that Sunday is a day of worship for this age? The position focuses on the historical events that occurred on Sunday and three references to Sunday in the apostolic church.
Church history does not furnish support for a Christian Sabbath idea of Sunday. The Christian Sabbath was not found until the Puritan era. Thus, the pattern throughout most of the church during history was a traditionalist idea of the LORD's Day throughout church history.
One of the more interesting areas of Christian faith and life concerns Sunday, also known as the Lord’s Day. This is a weekly day when Christians all around the world meet as local churches. This weekly day is a challenge to understand, when one studies the Scripture. It is not to say that the gathering on a weekly day is unusual, but it is the combination of what the Bible does not say about Sunday and what the Bible does say about Saturday, the Jewish sabbath, that make its consideration difficult.