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The next day, we'd go to church and I'd work hard at preaching, etc., for our Sunday congregation.

Finally, I became convinced that I needed to be in a seventh-day church in order to be free to proclaim what I had come to believe.

Bacchiocchi suggests that these factors led Christians at Rome to distance themselves from anything Jewish, and to forsake the Sabbath for Sunday.

He believes they justified the change by saying it commemorated the first day of creation and Jesus' resurrection; and, that Sunday was already respected, due to the popularity of sun-worship cults - therefore, the move would have been quite “politically correct.” Since the church at Rome enjoyed a certain prestige (perhaps because Paul and Peter had been martyred in Rome), Bacchiocchi suggested that almost all churches everywhere followed the lead of the bishops of Rome, who said Sabbath-keeping was not proper for Christians.

I saw some “lone Sabbath-keepers” struggle along, worshiping by themselves or with only their family, because they felt there was no acceptable seventh-day church near them - even though there were good Sunday congregations nearby.

One such lady from a rural area in Kansas visited our church and told me it was the first time in years that she had taken Communion!

In place of these, we enjoyed relaxing Christian music, reading, prayer, picnics (northern Maine weather permitting), playing with the kids, and fellowship with Christian friends.

Feeling cut off from the larger body of Christ is not universal among seventh-day Christians; but neither is it uncommon.Such was “church” - and normally well worth the effort - but, it did not feel like a Sabbath-rest. Seeing Sabbath-keeping's Negative Side Effects I soon learned that seventh-day Christians (like all others) have their share of problems - and maybe a few more.We sometimes found it difficult to relate to first-day Christians without awkwardness.Learning More About Church History A year or so after becoming a Seventh Day Baptist pastor, I ran into a challenge to Bacchiocchi's theory about how the vast majority of Christians could have been persuaded to abandon the Sabbath for Sunday.His theory was based on two discoveries: the Roman Empire had passed laws against Sabbath-keeping, which were aimed at persecuting the Jews; and, at the same time, certain early Christians in Rome were affected by anti-Jewish sentiments.” That question led me to books by seventh-day scholars: The Forgotten Day by Desmond Ford (1) and From Sabbath to Sunday by Samuele Bacchiocchi.(2) Eventually, I was convinced by their arguments.

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