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D.R. Dungan

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This book, The Sabbath or the Lord's Day, Which?, is a thorough treatment on the topic of whether Christians are to worship on the first day of the week or the last.

This book is divided into two parts, the first dealing with arguments for the Sabbath day as binding on Christians today, and the second dealing with arguments for the Lord's Day (Sunday) as binding upon Christians today.  Arguments put forth by the Seventh-Day Adventists are examined and exposed as contrary to Scripture.  Quotations from prominent Adventist works are also given and shown to be false.

About the Author:

D.R. Dungan is best-known for his book "Hermeneutics," which is still in print and is a required textbook in many religious seminaries and universities.  His skill as a logician was recognized by almost all who knew him.  He passed away in 1920.

Table of Contents:

Part One: The Sabbath
  • The Statement of the Question
  • Reasons for Keeping the Sabbath Examined upon the Hypothesis of a Pre-Mosaic Requirement
  • To Whom was the Law of the Sabbath Given?
  • Was the Law of the Sabbath Perpetuated in Christ?
  • Is the Decalogue Yet Binding?
  • The Law, of Which the Sabbath was a Part, was Done away in Christ
  • The Sabbath Itself has no more Claim upon the Christian than any other Part of the Law Given at Mt. Sinai
Part Two: The Lord's Day
  • The Source of Knowledge
  • The View Entertained by Christians in General
  • Unfair Methods of Advancing the Sabbath and of Opposing the Lord's Day
  • History Shows the Lord's Day has been Sacred in All Ages of the Church
  • The Teaching of the Scriptures Respecting the Day in Which Christians Should Meet for Worship
  • How the Apostles Understood the Topic of the Lord's Day
About this Edition
This e-Sword version has been proofread and re-formatted for ease of reading.  Obvious spelling mistakes have been corrected, and duplicate words have been deleted ("of of" has been changed to "of").  Main points in the chapters have been bolded and italicized.  Lists within paragraphs have frequently been formatted into numbered lists, now appearing like the table of contents above.

A reformatted and fully-searchable pdf file of this book can be found here.

In case anyone missed it from the titles of the chapters, this book shows that the Seventh-Day Adventists are false teachers in regards to their doctrine of Sabbath-keeping.

I always find it interesting to see people argue against keeping the Sabbath, who have no idea of what it's about or want it means. It's clear a lot of people don't want to keep it.  You have to ask yourself if God really wants me to keep the Sabbath would I do it?  If your answer is no, there is no sense in even opening your bible, because all you will see is any fragments that will support your selfish desires.  This is true of anything.  Do you really want to follow where he leads, or are you just looking to support your own ideas of truth.  Even Atheists can see the truth of the Sabbath in the Bible, they routinely make fun of christians for not following the commandments.


The Sabbath is a day to set aside all the cares of the world that constantly harass us, constantly weigh on our minds. A world that seeks to pull us away from God.  On this day we set all that aside to rest and spend the day with God.  An entire day committed to walking with Jesus.  Celebrating creation and God our saviour.  On the Sabbath all those things that seem so important during the week are set aside and we give the Lord our full attention.  As a christian why would you not want that?  Why would you not rejoice for such an opportunity each week? It is not a burden in the slightest it is a joy. Why would God take such a treasure away from us and leave us to wallow weekly in the burdens of the world missing the repreve that the Sabbath affords? I promise you that a couple of hours at church every week is no substitute for a weekly Sabbath celebration and rest.  I challenge you to try it.  Keep a Sabbath as God intended and see.

I'm guessing you didn't read the book.


The Sabbath was never commanded for Christians--it was only ever given to the Israelites of the Old Testament.

I agree that Seventh Day Adventists hold some bizarre & false teachings especially as it relates to the atonement. However, as it relates to obeying the Fourth Commandment I think they are closer to the truth than the evangelical church at large. I've found that men on all theological sides can write books that are very persuasive & compelling but fall short of being biblically accurate.  


Here's a few questions to consider:

Who was the 7th day Sanctified for in Genesis 2:3?

Who did Jesus say the Sabbath was 'made for' in Mk.2:27? Jews or Man?

How did the patriarchs keep a weekly cycle in Genesis if there was no 7th day Sabbath?.  

Where did Jesus abolish the Sabbath?

Did Jesus come to abolish the Law?

Did Jesus teach it was important to obey the Law of God?

Why did he spend so much time correcting the abuses of the Sabbath if only to abolish it after His ministry was complete

Where did Jesus instruct us to keep Sunday as the day of rest/assembly?

What time/calendar did Paul & the apostles follow in the book of Acts - Roman time or Jewish time?

Why is God going to have Sabbaths on the New Earth - Is.66:23?

Why does Paul repeatedly cite the authority of the Ten Commandments to NT Christians? See Ro.7, Ro.8:4, Ro.13, Eph.6

What law points out sin? See Ro.7 & James 2

What law does Jesus minister over as High Priest according to He.8, 9 & 10.

What is seen in Heaven when Gods Judgments fall on this earth according to Re.11:19?


These are just a few of the questions that need answering when approaching the Sabbath question. Almost every writer I've found invariably uses Church history to bolster there arguments against the 7th day. There is not a single text of scripture that shows God changed the Sabbath to Sunday or that God abolished the moral authority of the Ten Commandments. Add to this that NT writers consistently cite the Ten Commandments as the measure of sin (again...please read Ja.2:9-12) and what are we supposed to conclude? I think its best to obey God rather than the traditions of men (Mt.15) no matter how long those traditions have lasted.


Just some balance

I'm guessing you didn't read the book.


The Sabbath was never commanded for Christians--it was only ever given to the Israelites of the Old Testament.


Hi Brad,

In more ways than one, I agree, and so with that, it begs the question for the Gentile believers as to what the Sabbath is, or that is there an actual sabbath for the Gentile believers that they have to follow?


Now, I'm not going to answer those questions because that is not what a review of this book should incorporate, but it is a question that could be discussed on a Blog page, or on the theological discussion board.


I have thoughts of my own about this, and its not going to be shared here, I might right put up a blog about it on my Theological Rants blog. Just have to wait and see what happens.




At the risk of becoming a hypocrite and breaking the forum rules I offer this




Mat 12:1  At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. 
Mat 12:2  But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. 
Mat 12:3  But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; 
Mat 12:4  How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? 
Mat 12:5  Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? 
Mat 12:6  But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. 
Mat 12:7  But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. 
Mat 12:8  For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. 
forgive me if this violates the rules

Now, I'm not going to answer those questions because that is not what a review of this book should incorporate, but it is a question that could be discussed on a Blog page, or on the theological discussion board.



I also Have questions about the questions

I will note these few things, and I will leave it at that.


There is no New Testament evidence of Christians gathering for worship on the Sabbath day.  Paul preached to Jews in the synagogue on the Sabbath, but the church is never said to gather on the Sabbath.  Acts 20:7 makes it clear they met on the first day of the week.  I Corinthians 16:1-2 makes it clear that they were meeting on the first day of the week.  The apostles did not institute this without Jesus' divine instruction and approval.  Whatever the apostles taught by inspiration is the same as though Jesus Christ Himself said it.


This is the same day that Jesus rose from the dead, and also the same day in which the church was revealed with power on Pentecost.  This is why it is called "The Lord's Day."



There is not a single text of scripture that shows God changed the Sabbath to Sunday or that God abolished the moral authority of the Ten Commandments. 




Having similar laws in the New Testament does not mean that the Ten Commandments are still binding.  Some of the laws of the United States are the same as the laws which England had in place over the colonies.  Does that mean that when one obeys the United States law that they're actually obeying the Law of England?  No.  It doesn't.  The New Testament carried over several Old Testament laws (and no only some of those found in the Decalogue).  But that doesn't mean that Christians (Jew or Gentile) follow the Ten Commandments.  They follow the laws divinely given in the New Testament.

Well, the formatting didn't work well.  The phrase "There is not a single text of scripture that shows God changed the Sabbath to Sunday or that God abolished the moral authority of the Ten Commandments" was supposed to be a quote from prchrmack.


Please read 2 Corinthians 3:3 which shows that Christianity isn't about the things written on the "tablets of stone" (AKA the Decalogue).  And also read Colossians 2:14-16 and see that Sabbaths were not binding on Christians.

I'll gladly  continue this in the proper forum - I didn't intend on starting a full scale debate here. I think we need to read the scriptures more carefully and without preconceived notions - but I know it is nearly impossible to do as we all bring our theological understanding into the text. The verses often used to support Sunday as the Lords day (Ac.20 & 1 Co.16) most definitely do not say what they are purported to say. A careful study of text & context will reveal. I'll hold on that for now. Perhaps we should move this to another location??




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