Further, in 1190 the Bishop of Narbonne pronounced a … The Waldenses Kept the Sabbath. Constantine is the one that changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday, about 300 AD. Fathers prior to Egypt did not keep the Sabbath: Deut 5:2-3 "The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. In response, the Waldensians, and even some Adventists, have said that Ellen White was not a historian. 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. ( Log Out /  His ideas spread all over Europe. 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. Their practice of wearing sandals or wooden shoes (sabots) caused them to be named "Sandaliati", "Insabbatati", "Sabbatati", Sabotiers". But the Catholic Church did not take kindly to the Waldensian call to reform. During the early part of the seventeenth century, the Swiss histo - rian Melchior Goldastus (1576 1635) commented on Emperor Frederic II s These significant findings of Waldensian Sabbathkeeping invite further investigation into manuscripts prior to the twelfth century that may bring to light even more evidence about Sabbathkeeping among early Protestants in Italy and France. Adventists share a sense of comradery with this group for another reason, too. Rupp, History of the Religious Denominations in the United States. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 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. Did you ever hear of the Waldensians? 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. II, p. 662. Assn., 1911), p. 65. Change ), Protestant Confessions About the Sabbath (Part 2 of 2), Protestant Confessions About the Sabbath (Part 1 of 2), A Call to Repentance and Turning toward God continued…. Below we have some primary source quotes describing this fascinating group. 2. (Isaiah 58:12,13.) 7. The Sabbath is one of those commandments. At the same time, a modern denial does not erase the pages of history. (Isaiah 56:2.) “…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 extolls himself above everything that is called God, for, from that time, they say, the church perished…He lays it down also as one of their opinions, that the Law of Moses is to be kept according to the Letter and that the keeping of the Sabbath, circumcision, and other legal observances ought to take place. 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. They were simple people. 32. 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. 4 See James Hastings, Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1954), Vol. The modern Waldenses deny any connection to Sabbath observance. 8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. There at least seems to be several reasons that we should. 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 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 … For several years I have researched, with the help of graduate students, archaic sources from European libraries for evidence of Sabbathkeeping among the Waldensians. 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. The name was derived from Waldes their founder and occurs also in the variations of Valdesii, Vallenses. He wanted to find fault so he could persecute them. 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. Every single commandment can be found reiterated in the New Testament. 475-477. How to Keep the Sabbath Holy – What is the Sabbath? Jesus, or Paul had nothing to do with that! 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. Surely most of us who have read the Bible extensively have wondered why Christians don't keep the Sabbath. In response, the Waldensians, and even some Adventists, have said that Ellen White was not a historian. We also know from history that the Catholic Church has worked hard to exterminate anyone who opposed their agenda. 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). In recent years, a bit of a controversy has surfaced regarding the Waldenses. The Sabbath is a blessing, not a curse!! The Waldensians never followed the Seventh-day Adventist’s Sabbath but they followed more Paul in Romans 14,5-8. Three years later, the pope declared them to … “Strangers” are non-Jews or Gentiles (Isaiah 56:6). As a result, their teachings spread to far-flung regions of Europe. 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. Was Jesus ignoring the command to keep the Sabbath found in the Hebrew Scriptures (Exodus 20:5, Deuteronomy 5:15)? They lived in the Piedmont mountain valleys of northern Italy and Southern France. 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. Moneta passionately defended himself against criticism from Waldensians and Cathars that Catholics were transgressors of the Sabbath commandment. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, with all those of us alive here today." Doctrine Before the Reformation. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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. Wherever the church of Rome predominated these Sabbatarians suffered confiscation of property, fines, imprisonment and execution." 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. We just don't have to keep it as they did under the law. Ford L. Battles (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995), p. 23. 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. 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. However, historical evidence indicates that many did observe Sabbath during the Middle Ages. Robinson, in his Ecclesiastical Researches, quotes two primary sources that identify the Waldenses as Sabbath keepers. God has promised to bless all who keep the Sabbath. 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. They are disappointed to hear that early Waldensians always observed Sunday; that there is no proof of them worshipping on Sabbath. But do not use your freedom to indulge the … Unlike other reform-minded groups, the Waldensians did not disappear, nor were they absorbed into other movements, but have continued their presence until today. 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. The Ten Commandments, including the Saturday Sabbath, were not done away with when Christ died. 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. 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. They also confirm the validity of The Great Controversy’s account of Sabbathkeeping among early Waldensians. We talk about the ten commandments, and we seem to believe that Christians should keep them. Isaiah said Gentiles should keep the Sabbath (Isaiah 56:6, 7). . The pages of history will clarify the situation for us. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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. ( Log Out /  Recently, however, new evidence has come to light. 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. They were also called the Cathars--which meant 'holy ones.' The Sabbath commandment is for the “stranger” too. When The Jewish Sabbath starts Friday at sundown and ends Saturday at sundown, the 7th day of the week. "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." With few exceptions, Waldensians today deny that the ancient Waldenses kept the seventh-day Sabbath. How did Yisraelites keep warm on Yom Ha-Shabat (י֖וֹם הַשַּׁבָּֽת)? What led the Waldensians of northern Italy to give up Sabbathkeeping? One of the primary sources of evidence of Waldensian Sabbathkeeping during the first half of the thirteenth century comes from a collection of five books written against the Cathars and Waldensians about 1241-1244 by Dominican inquisitor Father Moneta of Cremona in northern Italy. Used by permission. 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. 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. In the 1400s, Louis XII of France sent people to learn more about them. 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. 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. 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. Jesus responds with an argument that redefines the Sabbath, asserts his role as the promised Messiah, and points to his divinity (Matthew 12:3-8). Contributing Writer • 8 Johann Döllinger, Beiträge zur Sektengeschichte des Mittelalters (Munich: Beck, 1890), Vol. who kept the true Sabbath.”1. . 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! There was at the very least a significant minority of Sabbath keepers that kept the Sabbath, although not all of them did. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996), p. 221. ( Log Out /  In fact, if one of them be true, it almost certainly follows that the other one must be true also. Notice that Saturday was not one of the Waldensian Protest. 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 fourth commandment itself says the “stranger” is to rest on the Sabbath (Exodus 20:10). “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. Page 154). XII, p. 665. 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. 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. 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. In 1181 the archbishop of Lyons excommunicated the Waldensians. 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. The answer goes back to the time of the Reformation. 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. These two statements do not conflict. 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. 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. 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. After the holy Sabbath has been trodden down many generation, it is to be restored in the last days. . Calvin believed that the Sabbath still had spiritual significance, but that the literal seventh day was ceremonial and a shadow, basing his view on the same scriptural passages as the inquisitor had used against the Waldensians.9 The new generation of pastors educated under Calvin no longer taught the seventh-day Sabbath, but Sunday, as the day of worship. 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. All the holy prophets kept the seventh day. 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". Anxious to surroun… As I mentioned, I am a Jewish believer. 2, page 68). Not a few celebrate the Sabbath with the Jews.”8. 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. “All” mankind will keep the Sabbath in the New Earth (Isaiah 66:22, 23). n. 1 Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy (Mountain View, Calif.: Pacific Press Pub. Waldenses, members of a Christian movement that originated in 12th-century France, the devotees of which sought to follow Christ in poverty and simplicity. 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. ( Log Out /  5:2, 3, NASB),6 and neither would Sabbathkeeping. There was at the very least a significant minority of Sabbath keepers that kept the Sabbath, although not all of them did. The institution of the Sabbath at creation. 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, pp. We know God created the Sabbath after the creation of man, so did Adam and Eve keep the Sabbath? 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). 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. You can follow Kelly on his website: www.kellymcdonaldjr.com. London: 1689. Ironically, Moneta’s Catholic arguments against Sabbathkeeping were used by Waldensians toward Adventists after Adventists began sharing the long-forgotten Sabbath truth with them. Early Waldensians were members of a reformation movement in Europe, specifically the Alpine regions of Spain, France, and Italy, during the high Middle Ages. 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. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. 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. After Jesus ascended back to heaven, the disciples of Christ continued to keep the seventh-day Sabbath for many decades. The Pharisees are understandably upset by this. . However, those who choose to practice Sabbath-keeping should not judge those who do not keep the Sabbath (Colossians 2:16). 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. Of special interest to Adventists is their practice of Sabbathkeeping, as already noted. The Lord required us to call it honourable, (Isaiah 58:13.) But to Jesus, Sabbath observance pointed to something greater. Galatians 5:13-15 sums up the whole issue: “You, my brothers, were called to be free. 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). Either in 1184 or in 1215 the Waldensians were excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. Vaticano, Bononiensi, ac Neapolitano (Rome: 1743; reprinted, Ridgewood, N.J.: 1964), pp. Gerard Damsteegt is an associate professor of church history at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. If the Waldenses were not that much different from the Catholic Church, then why were they vigorously persecuted? Probably not. 9 John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536), trans. Seventh-day Adventists have been particularly interested in this movement, because many Protestants see them as a connecting link between the early church and the Protestant Reformation. But just because man thinks he has, dont mean he has, etc the time... Sabbath observance pointed to something greater the very least a significant minority of Sabbath keepers kept... Waldenses kept the Sabbath commandment derived from Waldes their founder and occurs also in did the waldensians keep the sabbath Scriptures... 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