Why the “Nation Sunday Law” theory is a hoax

What is “National Sunday Law”?

For those of you who are not familiar with the term, National Sunday Law is the long awaited time by Seventh-day Adventists. It is suppose to be a time when the great United States of America will spear-head a passage of the law (bowing down the whims of the “beast” — the Papacy) which will require everyone to observe Sunday as Sabbath instead of Saturday.

According to the theory, rather, “prophecy”, US will pass a law making Sunday as the national day of rest. Everyone should observe it, otherwise, will be persecuted. Since the faithful Sabbathkeepers, namely, the Adventists will not obey the National Sunday Law, they will be persecuted and will run to the caves and wait for the 7 last plauges, the closing of probation, latter rain, blah, blah, blah…

There has been false alarms over time. I can vividly remember when I was a kid when a beloved Adventist missionary warned us over and over again for the “coming Sunday Law”. He would show a calendar where Monday is the first day and Sunday is the seventh. He said, it’s an indication that the “prophecy” is coming. Lo and behold, the great guy died, I graduated from college, got married then had a son, and there were no “National Sunday Law” in sight. In 1998, quite a few Adventists were shaken when the Pope issued a call for Catholics to “guard” their Sabbath day, Sunday and obey it faithfully. They said, it’s “the start”. The false alarm eventually fizzled out.

Lately, I’ve been receiving emails from Adventist friends, reading articles from Adventist websites and discussing in forums. I notice this trend again. The National Sunday Law buzz is all over their community once more! It was confirmed by my mom when she visited us over the weekend. She said, our local country Adventist congregation has been yeilding to this hype these days, discussing it Sabbath after Sabbath. I tried to explain to her why this cannot happen. The result is this article.

Why is this a hoax?

Let me give three (3) reasons why this is not going to happen.

1. The present trend in political liberal America. The National Sunday Law theory depends largely from politics, obviously because it takes politics to pass and implement a law such as this. Let’s try to observe what’s happening in the US nowadays.

First of, let’s look at how liberal America take the 10 Commandments. Notice how Americans successfully protected their “rights” in choosing a religion for themselves, avoiding people to impose their own beliefs. As a matter of fact, the 10 Commandments cannot be put up in any public places — schools, public offices, and the likes — because of this reason.

Secondly, and in connection with the first, remember how the liberals successfully blocked the inclusion of the study of “creationism” in science subjects? According to them, evolution is based on scientific facts, creation isn’t.

Thirdly, just few months ago, the US congress failed to pass a law prohibiting states in allowing same-sex marriage. The conservatives are so against same-sex marriage because it will thwart the plan of God and destroy the institution God established in creation — the family. Unfortunately, the conservatives do not have enough number in congress to pass a law prohibiting this act therefore, other states are still free to conduct same-sex marriages.

The 10 Commandments, creation and heterogeneous marriages — these 3 are considered by conservative America as important components of their religion. And yet, they can’t do anything about it.

Now, here’s the punch line. If these important aspects of religion cannot gain support, how can we expect the United States — a country of freedom, of choices, a country to seems to protect as hard as it can the rights of every individual — pass a restrictive law such as the National Sunday Law?

2. America is NOT Roman Catholicm, Roman Catholicm is NOT America. This NSL theory has 2 big components — the Roman Catholic Church and the United States of America. They are getting it wrong, though. US is largely a protestant country, not a Roman Catholic country. They only have one Roman Catholic president, and he didn’t even finish his term.

And guess what, most Protestants do not care about which day to “observe” as “holy day”. Yes, most do gather for fellowship on Sundays, but their main concern is to share the gospel of grace — the love of God through Jesus Christ — and not to promote a united “Sabbath day”. In fact, mega churches like Rick Warren’s Saddleback Community Church have about 2 or 3 services on Saturdays. And they don’t care. So, why would Protestestant America bother about the National Sunday Law?

I do hear about some Protestant groups calling for making Sunday a very special day. But hey, they don’t represent the entire evangelical church in the US.

3. National Sunday Law theory came from Ellen White. “And so?” you may ask. Read this, this, this, this, this , this and especially this. Those will pretty much explain what I mean.

This theory came from an unreliable source and unreliable “prophet”. How can any modern day students of the Word of God be fool by such a hoax!

Why am I so passionately against this

“Why don’t you just leave them alone”, you may ask. I would have, if not for this main reason: the Adventist church, or at least their members, are using this hoax as a scare tactic for both prospective members and their current members. When my mom told me about their discussions at church, I know I had to so something about it, at least what I can do online and other ways in reaching out. This is part of her story: she said, after the typical Sabbath service, my aunt told her, “Alam ko, pag may Sunday Law na at hinahabol na kami ng mga nag pe-persecute, ikaw ang magtuturo kung nasaan kami, kasi alam namin na kampi ka sa paniniwala ni Arnold” (translation: I know, when Sunday Law comes and persecuters are pursuing us, you’ll be the one to tell them where we’re hiding because you’re symphatetic to Arnold’s belief).

(FYI, my mom got born again already, she tried attending a Christian church back home but I can’t blame her for continuesly attending our local Adventist church because its basically her family. My Adventist family members know why I left Adventism and in their mind I’m a poor lost soul. Thanks to Jesus, I’m not)

See what you believe can do for you? I can’t tell you enough words to describe how a wrong belief can destroy families, and even your belief to the real God! Imagine, these people are so engrossed with waiting for the Sunday law to come, so engrossed with the Sabbath. Ask them if they have a personal relationship with Jesus or if they are sure of their salvation and you’ll be surprised of the variety of answers.

What’s my point? This scare tactic damages people. So I call on Adventists all over the world — PLEASE, STOP THIS NON-SENSE. The National Sunday Law serves only one purpose — It generates fear. Stop telling people about this theory. Instead, bring them closer to Jesus. Focus on leading them to a personal, close, intimate relationship with the saviour who “cast out fear”.

  • gang

    All the prophecy was written and foretold 100 years later yet it was true for today.

  • junie

    please be aware of the words coming from ur mouth my friend…because you will swallow everything you`ve said when that time has finally come…remember that adventist is not the one who prophesied about it…but God himself…may God bless u in every step you will take… remember it`s not yet late to review the holy scriptures…..

  • BereanMinded

    Do Seventh-Day Adventists by any chance know that they are NOT the only Sabbath keeping group out there? Last time I looked, I counted more than 500 groups, organizations, assemblies, affiliations, individuals, and churches who ALL observe the Sabbath. How many of them recognize the Adventists as the "remnant " of Revelation 12:17? And when the "National Sunday Law" goes forth, what will become of them? They won't take the "Mark of the Beast" because they keep the Sabbath, and they won't join the Adventists because they don't acknowledge their interpretation of Revelation 12:17! Seems to me that Adventists had better worry less about converting Sundaykeepers, and concentrate more on their fellow Sabbathkeeping brothers and sisters who see NO significance in their existence.

  • BereanMinded

    Here's something else: Since it has been almost 100 years since Ellen White's passing, it obvious that the Seventh Day Adventist Church has been without a "living prophet" since that time. Who is to say that God cannot…or will not…select one of the 500 plus OTHER Sabbath keeping churches, and anoint them with a new "messenger" for this time with the "gift" of prophecy? If that means that THEY would now become the designated host "Remnant", then what does that do to the Adventists and their claim to it?

  • 2regit2Q

    say 500 according to you only sda have reachout more …………to spread the hope, few places left unentered by sda……….. endurance my friend ………………peace

  • roy

    how i wish God will give you enough knowledge about Sunday law, open your mind it not being implemented so easy, it will take time and so smooth that most of people couldn't even recognize that it is a Sunday law that the bible talking about, first it will be family day next sunday shopping law, it is a combination of laws to create Sunday law, for the people of the world accept it heartily. got my point?

  • arnoldgamboa

    Where is this “Sunday law that the Bible is talking about?” I can't seem to
    find that in my Bible.

  • Sala

    Pray earnestly and seek Gods wisdom to guide you….be on guard! You, who know the truth..spread it.Now is the time and when God closes the door of mercy..thats it. Its no turning back.
    My friend,the bible has never changed, nor has the prophecies…may God touch your heart to know what is happening around you.Sunday law is coming in small laws…Get personal with Jesus and he will direct your eyes to see and ears to listen.

  • Nezacc

    im a seventh day avntst……..we need to pray an closer to God more,,,,,we have nothing to fear if we are in God side….

  • http://www.facebook.com/BondMoneyRecordsDaJoker Aha Amenhotep V

    It is totally idiotic to believe that Sunday law is real. Islam is the worlds fastest growing religion. In America Islam is on the rise, Hinduism is on the rise, Spiritualism is on the rise, Occultism is on the rise. There is no way that any bill prohibiting worship on anyday other than sunday will be pass. God does not only deal with America. God is Global. Lol! Us westerners really make me laugh. The Muslims worship on Friday, Jews and Adventists worship on Saturday, Hindu’s worship everyday, Catholics and Protestants worship on Sunday. No way this will be possible. Lol the dry state laws are being lifted as we speak. The hoax is falling apart like all the other Ellen White stuff. Also think about this. The greatest battle of the religion is irreligion. Secularism is on the rise everywhere, no Catholicism and Sunday Laws.

  • bob

    arnold, although i am not a christian, left the sda church many years ago, you are seen to be ignoring the catastrophic prediction that in revelation, “no man can buy or sell, save he that hath the mark.” if the bible is true, that will happen. what the exact scenario or mark will be, no one knows. i personally would be very surprised if it does not include some sort of sunday and mary worship. both sunday and mary worship intrinsically support the great heresy, immortality of the soul. when satan transforms himself to be christ, because he is the author of these doctrines anyway, as ‘christ’ he will declare them to be the truth. the world will unite behind ‘christ’ and the time of trouble such as never has been will be on the horizon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IMFS2H4XDLUK3FKBEIDHB6B3RQ Ken Symes

    “people couldn’t even recognize that it is a Sunday law that the bible talking about”

    The Bible?

    I’ve just researched and posted an article on Sunday law, church and shopping in Prince Edward Island and I’m quite sure there’s no place where the Bible ever prophesies anything about a coming National Sunday Law. It would be kind of odd for the Bible to include such a “national” prophecy for a nation which did not even exist when the Scriptures were written.

    In any case, Prince Edward Island is the last Canadian province to vote on whether to repeal the old Sunday laws restricting shopping, etc. Quite interesting how it played out. I’ve posted the story with details, pics and video :) and welcome all visitors.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IMFS2H4XDLUK3FKBEIDHB6B3RQ Ken Symes

    This National Sunday Law would trample on the rights of Adventists, Jews, Muslims and others to worship and rest on the day of their own choosing.

    In Canada, we guarantee religious freedom as a civil right and therefore our Supreme Court ruled that the old Lord’s Day Act violated this right and it has been repealed in province after province.

    I’m not American, but it seems to me that this right to religious freedom is also part of what Americans ascribe to. Thus, how could such a National Sunday Law ever be passed?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IMFS2H4XDLUK3FKBEIDHB6B3RQ Ken Symes

    Hey Arnold,

    Great post. I really liked what you had to say and how you reasoned it through. The strange thing about facts is that sometimes they make things worse for those who already have their minds made up. God grant that we hold convictions, but also remain openminded.

    I’d love to have you review my new post on this same subject: Sunday law, church and shopping in Prince Edward Island
    Let me know what you think, if you get the chance. And keep up the good apologetic blogging ;)

  • Twelveonec

    Here are some Scriptures concerning what the LORD has to say about when he prophesys something in His Word, in which He shows how it will certainly come to pass.

    Isaiah 44: 6, 7
    ” Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts, I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
    And who, as I, shall call, shall declare it, and set in order for me…..”

    Isaiah 42:9 “Behold the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

    Habakkuk 2:2, 3
    “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and meke it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

    Isaiah 55: 10, 11
    “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
    SO SHALL MY WORD BE THAT GOETH FORTH OUT OF MY MOUTH: it shall not return unto me void, BUT IT SHALL ACCOMPLISH THAT WHICH I PLEASE, AND IT SHALL PROSPER IN THE THING WHERETO I SENT IT.”
    For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come, it shall not tarry.”

    John 13:19 “Now I tell you before it come that when it is come to pass, ye may believe…”

  • TWELVEONEC

    Below are cited two instances CONDITIONAL WARNINGS of judgment withheld and judgment inflicted:

    Story found in book of Jonah (4 chapters)
    ***[ There are times when some prophecies/warnings are made to the people on condition of repentence, as in the story of Jonah and his message to the people of Neheveh. And in their case, the judgment was conditional. If they did not repent, there would certainly be judgment inflicted, but thankfully for their sake, they repented and the judgment not pronouced upon them.

    Story found in Genesis chapter 6-8
    ***[ Another instance was, in the case of the people in Noah’s day, although he by the Spirit of the Lord, preached to them for 120 years, yet only Noah and his family was saved then. Although all others were warned and could be saved had they entered the ark, yet they perished by their own choice, due to disobedience. Isn’t it amazing that many of the animals obeyed and entered the ark and perished not, but humans perished because they would not enter in ! ]****
    And so it will be today, many unbelievers, scaffers etc… See Matthew 24: 37-37; II Peter 3: 3-7

    Do not be an unbeliever, God’s Word never fails.

    We all should be like this person here mentioned in:

    Isaiah 66: 2 “…to this man will I look, even to him that is POOR and of a CONTRITE SPIRIT, and TREMBLETH AT MY WORD.”
    because

    Psalm111: 10 “THE FEAR OF THE LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understandiing have all they that DO HIS COMMANDMENTS: his praised endureth for ever.”

    Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

    (emphasis of caps added)

  • Gotojesussteves

    if your a seeker of truth, it really is found in the book of Rev. which puts empphisis on faulse worship. Its written in a symbolic easy to understand code. the Bible totally interpets itself. Many people accept the counterfiet sabbath that was blessed by man. (sunday). God allows all this to happen (deception) so the universe can see it for what it is.
    Gods finale warning to the inhabitants of the earth is drawing near. Truth so closely resembles deception the only way to tell them apart is the Holy Scriptures careful study.
    I went to church on Sunday but it wasnt in the Bible. 180 mentions of day 7 not day 1. Lets be reasonable. wheres the evidence. Go to a 7 day adventist church and they will show those who seek truth. Only truth seekers will be saved . The truth has been thrown to the ground. God is watching and keeping close records on all. I hope you choose the right side.

  • Shala Hussey

    Hello,
    If this is so, I’d like to ask one question…
    the Sunday Blue Law has already tooking place over sea.
    and here in the United States The issue already went to Congress as the “Blair Amendment, and almost got passed. but It’s coming back.
    but if they believe Sunday is a day to worship which I believe everyday is a day to praise but the Lord set aside the Sabbath which is Saturday. Tell me what day did Jesus died, and what day he raise. because and the bible states Friday Jesus died for our sins, and Sunday which is the first day he raise. What did he do on Saturday? before you choice to change the word of God. please look it over, I am a Seventh-Day Adventist, and i am very young. I did a report over the Sunday Blue Law. I learned alot.
    but I also learned when breaking one commandment you broking all…. so please look over the eight commandment which is found in Exodus 20:8, and remember the key words are “Remember the Sabbath Day”….
    have a blessed day.

  • Ben

    I could not be more agree with this article. I grew up in an SDA home and was a victim of all this lies and hoaxes. Great Post!

  • SDA

    @135795db2012048d555ab35b335c6bc4:disqus You have explained beautifully the truths that God has spoken through Ellen White. For these “infidels”, I feel pity because God is already showing a warning sign. Even Jesus said it Himself! “He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, [It will be] fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, [It will be] foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O [ye] hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not [discern] the signs of the times?” Matthew 16: 2,3

  • SDA

    I feel sorry that you think that these are lies. You have shut out the light given to you. I pray that you and others like you would change their hearts and minds to prepare for this world wide event and for Jesus’ Second Coming.

  • SDA

    Arnold, I’m very sorry to hear that you rejected the truth given to you by God through Ellen White. It is written that Jesus said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not!” Matthew 23:37
    YOU and ALL THESE UNBELIEVERS are “killing” the words of a prophet of GOD!
    If you are willing to “harden not” your hearts and ask for a heart of flesh and not of stone, then God Bless You and your choice.

  • Anonymous

    @92c943b27aec68e24bf6e153789bd465:disqus thank you but I’m happy with my relationship with Jesus and I don’t need Ellen White to tell me what happens next.

  • Yamy

    “By their fruits, ye shall know them.”

  • Guest

    By the way, a form of it is taking shape, but it’s not specifically called National Sunday Law. That would be too blatant. It comes by other names… and more subtle, that it’s barely noticeable. Screaming “hoax!” and crying “foul!” won’t help. Just open your eyes and observe. If it doesn’t happen, well and good. But if it does… well, let’s hope it’s not too late… :-) Cheers!

  • SDA

    I respect you and your views. I will not force you to believe in what I say but just take note of what the Bible speaks of and God Bless you in your search for Him!

  • Etoile

    Listen folks
    I grew up in a SDA home and still am an SDA but God has been showing me that the interpretation of the prophecies by the SDA church is false. Somebody is deliberately scaring you guys with the Sunday law and I would like to find out who this is.
    There is no Sunday law and the new world order will implement a new brand of islam that will accept homosexuality and child molestation. The entire world will be on a new brand of sharia law and the worship of Jesus will be prohibited. After all, isn’t it the job of the antichrist? Being against all christians and christ himself.
    Anyway, the important thing is to love thy God and love thy neighbor according to Jesus. So, let’s stick to it and good luck in the war!