BSA Evangelism Tracts

BSA Pamphlets
BSA Evangelism Tracts

By the Bible Sabbath Association

 

The BSA has a variety of short, easy to understand pamphlets available. These can help educate new believers, but also evangelize others. We give discounts for bulk orders. We have a brief list below:

  • Roman Catholic and Protestant Confessions about Sunday – This pamphlet is a series of quotes by Roman Catholic and Protestant ministers confessing that the true Sabbath is Friday sunset to Saturday sunset
  • Whatever Happened to the Sabbath? – This small pamphlet gives a brief overview of the Sabbath. It cites scripture and insightful questions to cause others to consider the importance of the Sabbath.
  • Why Do You Observe Sunday? – This pamphlet is an overview explaining that Sunday is just a common day; it then transitions to show the Apostle’s example of keeping the Sabbath.
  • Other small tracts available:
  • Why the Seventh-Day Sabbath?
  • Why the Protestant Reformation Failed!
  • 100 Facts on the Sabbath Question
  • What Would Jesus Do on the Weekend

To overview these tracts, click the link below!

http://biblesabbath.org/index.php?pr=Leaflets_and_Tracts

A Great MEMORIAL Day

A Great MEMORIAL Day

by John Quincy Adams

“There are two kinds of Memorials. Physical ones such as postage stamps, coins, the founding of universities and hospitals, or the giving of some simply physical token as a mere rose. Then there are Spiritual ones such as setting apart a day or days as with wedding anniversaries, baby dedications, and the like in memory of some event.

God has called upon men to memorialize holy things in both the physical and Spiritual realms. In the physical, for 4,000 years, there was the offering-up of certain clean animals in sacrifice, to memorialize the truth that “the wages of sin is death”, and, that “without the shedding of blood

there is no remission of sin”. Then, when the perfect sacrifice came, that which was imperfect was done away (1st Cor. 13:10).

Other divinely instituted physical memorials are the symbolical partaking of the broken bread and the fruit of the vine, to portray symbolically the broken body of our Lord Jesus Christ and His shed blood which is to be observed “till He come” (1st Cor. 11:26). There is also the watery burial which is to memorialize the death of our Lord Jesus, and His burial and resurrection. Thus this baptism sets forth in symbol-form our own belief as well, in that as surely as Death lay the body one-day in the grave, yet there shall at last be a resurrection for the body…”

(this article is an excerpt from the June-July 1999 edition of the Sabbath Sentinel)

To read the rest of this article, which starts on page 11, click this link: http://biblesabbath.org/tss/477/tss_477.pdf

In the Beginning Creation According to Genesis

Genesis

In the Beginning Creation According to Genesis
by David Rives

The Holy Bible contains a historical record of the world from the time of creation. That record begins in the book of Genesis, which in the Greek language means “Origins.” In the original Hebrew it is known as “B’reshit” — Beginning — and in the very first sentence, the foundation of the whole Bible, we learn that “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” So let’s start at the VERY beginning.

To order this informative DVD, click the link below:

https://biblesabbath.org/shopping/pgm-more_information.php?id=97&=SID

Pentecost Proves the Sabbath

Pentecost Proves the Sabbath

by Kelly McDonald, Jr,

In Leviticus chapter 23, God revealed a series of celebrations to be observed throughout the year. One of them is called Pentecost. It also goes by other names such as Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, and First fruits (of the wheat harvest). It is a unique festival in two aspects. Firstly, it is the only holy day that does not fall on a specific day of the Hebrew Calendar. Instead, we must calculate its timing. Secondly, we must know when the weekly Sabbath occurs.

The verses about this celebration are found in Leviticus chapter 23:15-22. We will look at a few of these verses: “15 And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. 16 Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord…21 And you shall proclaim on the same day that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it. It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.”

Notice that Pentecost is the day after the seventh weekly Sabbath from Unleavened Bread. This means it always occurs on the first day of the week. Any church body who celebrates Pentecost on Sunday is acknowledging that the true Sabbath is from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. This includes the Catholic Church. Some of their authors and clergy have admitted this!

John Laux, an author of textbooks for Catholic schools, wrote: “If we consulted the Bible only, we should still have to keep holy the Sabbath Day, that is, Saturday, with the Jews, instead of Sunday…” (Laux, p 51).

John Gibbons, a Catholic Cardinal, wrote: “But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify” (Gibbons, pp 72-73).

The Catholic Church acknowledges the timing of the Biblical Sabbath. Any church that celebrates Pentecost on Sunday reflects the same belief. Pentecost proves the Sabbath.

Kelly McDonald, Jr, BSA President

www.biblesabbath.org

History of the Sabbath

Andrews History
History of the Sabbath

By J.N. Andrews

This one of the most important books ever written on the Sabbath. Andrews traces the Biblical and secular history of the seventh-day Sabbath, and the origin of first-day observance. It is a vigorous scriptural and historical defense of the Sabbath.

In this book, you will find convincing evidence to settle this long-drawn controversy between Sabbath and Sunday. You will be amazed to see the kinds of arguments and ways in which Sunday defenders tried to make it sacred – and how flawed these arguments are.

A thorough examination is essential for everyone to take a stand on this question. The evidence is here. May God grant you a willing heart, in order that you may stand by His side and His people, regardless of temporal consequences, for it is written, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

To order this thorough and exception book, click the link below!

https://biblesabbath.org/shopping/pgm-more_information.php?id=4&=SID

Ignatius and the Sabbath

Ignatius and the Sabbath

by Bob Thiel

“This is the second part of a multi-part series explaining why certain early documents that are claimed against the seventh-day Sabbath are misunderstood and not actually against it.

Many on the internet and elsewhere, have pointed to some basically 19th century translations of certain ancient documents in an attempt to support their contention that Sunday was observed early on by the original Christians. But do they support such?

Perhaps the most commonly cited major claim in favor of early Sunday worship is from Ignatius’ Letter to the Magnesians…”

(this article is an excerpt from the January-February 2015 edition of the Sabbath Sentinel)

To read the rest of this article, which starts on page 18, click this link: http://biblesabbath.org/media/May-June2016.pdf

Understanding Colossians 2:15-17

Understanding Colossians 2:15-17
by Kelly McDonald, Jr.

In Colossians 2:15-17, Paul wrote “15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. 16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival [feast day] or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.” (NKJV)

In this excerpt from Colossians, Paul proclaims our triumph over the forces of evil through Jesus Christ. He then shifts to explain that due to Christ’s victory over the enemy, we should not let anyone judge us in food and drink. The Greek word translated as food is brosis; it refers to food defined by Leviticus 11.

Paul then takes this attitude towards food and applies it to certain days. The word “regarding” in verse 16 is translated from two Greek words: en meros. En means inside of and meros means your share or participation in something. The believers in Colossae were eating and drinking during special times. Three specific kinds of times are mentioned: festival, new moon, and Sabbaths.

Some have used this verse to say that we can make any day a festival or Sabbath and no one can pass judgment on us. How do we go about understanding the terms festival, new moons, and Sabbath? How do we define them?

When we read the Bible, context is key. There are different kinds of context. One of the main forms of context is comparing all verses in the Bible on a given subject. Some people call this “using the Bible to interpret the Bible.” This type of research will generate many references and allow us to better grasp the subject.

It is imperative to understand that the entire Old Testament is the background material for the New Testament. When the apostolic authors, such as Paul, use certain terms they often are derived from their uses in the Old Testament. This is especially true with the subject matter we are considering. The Feast Days, New Moon Celebrations, and the Sabbath are mentioned together multiple times before Paul wrote Colossians 2.  I have listed three below:

I Chron. 23:31

“and at every presentation of a burnt offering to the Lord on the Sabbaths and on the New Moons and on the set feasts, by number according to the ordinance governing them, regularly before the Lord…”

Nehemiah 10:33

“…for the showbread, for the regular grain offering, for the regular burnt offering of the Sabbaths, the New Moons, and the set feasts; for the holy things, for the sin offerings to make atonement for Israel, and all the work of the house of our God.”

Ezekiel 45:17a

“Then it shall be the prince’s part to give burnt offerings, grain offerings, and drink offerings, at the feasts, the New Moons, the Sabbaths…”

Thus, we can see that these three special days are used together in the Old Testament. By the time Paul used these terms in his letter to Colossae, a context of meaning already existed. This does not allow us the opportunity to twist or change the meaning based upon what we want the verse to say, but how the Bible has already defined these terms.

The Greek words used for each of these three celebrations bears witness to this as well. The Greek word translated as festival is heorte. It is used 27 times in the New Testament; all of them reference the feast days in Leviticus chapter 23. Paul uses the verb form of heorte in I Corinthians 5:8 to instruct the Corinthians to keep Passover and Unleavened Bread.

The Greek word translated as New Moon is noumenia; it is only used once in the New Testament. It refers to the New Moon celebrations [while these are mentioned in Numbers 28:11-15, we do not have a lot of information about them]. Finally, the Greek word translated as Sabbath is sabbaton, and it is translated as Sabbath or Sabbaths.

Thus, the Colossians were partaking in Biblically approved food and drink during God’s appointed times. Other people were judging them FOR their participation in them! This is absolute proof that the early Christians celebrated them. Another question which arises in this discussion is as follows: Why were they being judged for Biblical behavior?

Colossae was a city in Asia Minor. This area of the world had been influenced by the Greek thought for centuries before Paul lived. A common philosophy among the Greeks was called asceticism. Asceticism is the belief that spirituality could only come through abstinence from things in life that were physically enjoyable – such as certain kinds of food. Thus, these enjoyable behaviors were considered morally wrong. Some ascetics treated their bodies harshly; they viewed it as a way to subdue their carnal desires as a preparation for spiritual experiences. Some thought angels could be seen through rigorous asceticism. Unfortunately, this man-made philosophy was present among the Colossian congregation.

To confirm this detail further, we will apply another kind of Biblical context. This method involves reading the rest of the chapter, which is verses 18-23: “18 Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God. 20 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations— 21 “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” 22 which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.”

These verses display obvious references to asceticism. Paul references spiritual experiences, including the worship of angels. Next, he references the doctrines and commandments of men (not the doctrines and commandments of God). Lastly, he describes their neglect of the body. The human teaching of asceticism cannot truly overcome the desires of the flesh; it temporarily restrains them.

In the Bible, the Festivals of Leviticus 23 and the seventh-day Sabbath are the most joyous times of celebration and feasting. The believers were eating the nicest foods and drinks available. The ascetics judged the Colossian believers for physical enjoyment during God’s appointed celebrations.

Paul concludes verses 15-17 by saying that these celebrations “…are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.” The Greek word translated as substance is soma. It means body. These special times have past and future meaning [the shadow]. But a shadow only exists when light shines on a body. Paul explains that these days are more than just shadows; their true purpose belongs to Christ’s body. In other words, they are part of Him! In Leviticus 23:2, they are called the Feasts of the LORD.

In conclusion, Paul wrote that we should let no one judge us FOR celebrating these special times. Christ followed them on earth. If Peter’s shadow could heal a man, how much more can the shadow of Christ empower us and strengthen His body! This gives Christians yet another reason to celebrate them.

Kelly is President of the Bible Sabbath Association (BSA). www.biblesabbath.org

The Ten Commandments Twice Removed

Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments Twice Removed

By Danny Shelton and Shelly Quinn

Has the church been guilty of discarding the Decalogue?

A backlash of attention to the Ten Commandments–unleashed by recent U.S. court rulings–rallied Christians in defense of its public display. Amid the cresendo of concern, a lone voice vies for attention, “If you love Me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

Is our defense of the Ten Commandments triggered simply by a sentimental interest of Christian culture? Is it posssible the Church stands before God as guilty as our government for discarding the Decalogue? With unflinching conviction, the authors join their voices with great Christian leaders like Billy Graham, D. L. Moody, John Wesley, and Charles Spurgeon, to trumpet the truth– God never revoked His Ten Commandments!

This book answers critical questions with compelling clarity and Bible evidence. Did the Ten Commandment exist before Mt. Sinae? Were they nailed to the cross? How do we de-mystify Paul’s writings about the Law? Does man have authority to change God’s law?

Click the link below to order this book!
https://biblesabbath.org/shopping/pgm-more_information.php?id=28&=SID

 

Sabbath Meditation #8 – The Breath of God

Sabbath Meditation #8 – The Breath of God

by Kelly McDonald, Jr

“The LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7).

“Six days thou shalt do thy work and on the seventh day thou shalt rest. That thine ox and ass shall rest and the son of thy handmaid and the stranger may be refreshed” (Exodus 23:12).

In Genesis 2:7, we learn that God blew within man the breath of life, and he became a living soul. The Hebrew word translated as soul is nephesh. It refers to the biochemical processes that make us alive. This same word is used of the animal life (Gen. 1:20, 21, 24, 30). Even the fishes are nephesh-es!

However, God created man differently than other animals. The nephesh of mankind was initiated by a breath from Him. At this same moment, God also placed a human spirit within man. “But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding” (Job 32:8). This human spirit grants us understanding and allows us to have contact with God. It sets us apart from other animal life.

In Exodus chapter 23, God reminded us to honor the Sabbath so that we may be refreshed. The Hebrew word translated as refreshed is naphash. It means to be breathed upon or refreshed (as if by a current of air). It is the root word for nephesh.

In Exodus 31:17, this same word is used in reference to God being refreshed on Sabbath: “…the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed”. In John 4:24, Jesus told us that God is Spirit. While God is a Spiritual being, He was still ‘breathed upon’ or refreshed on the Sabbath.

As we meditate on these verses, we learn a deeper reason for the Sabbath. This special day has been empowered by God to provide a breath to refresh us physically, biochemically, and spiritually.

No other day of the week can provide this special impartation. Even God, who is Spirit and never changes, experienced this breath or refreshing.

These details grant us tremendous insight into the Sabbath commandment. We can now better understand why the instruction to honor the Sabbath is often repeated in the Bible and the gravity of honoring it.

The Sabbath is the only day with a breath from God that refreshes the breath God placed within mankind. Your nephesh and your spirit were created to receive this special current of air from God. The simple rules in the Bible that guide our observance of the Sabbath position us to receive it.

If the original breath from God in Genesis gave us life, what will His breath do for you every week on Sabbath?

Selah.

Kelly McDonald, Jr  –  BSA President www.biblesabbath.org