January - February 2001 The Sabbath Sentinel
Letters to the Editor
Just received "The Sabbath Sentinel"
- Sept/Oct issue. I tore it into pieces and thrown it into
the rubbish. (T)his is Paul's answer to your remarks on his
preaching concerning how women ought to behave: 1 Corinthians
14:37-38. And this is Peter's response: 2 Peter 3:15-16. Repent
of your error! Please remove my name from your list. I don't any
relationship with any False Teachers.
Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and
from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and
love. [2 John 1:3].
Mariappan Eddiah -- Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
I read the scriptures you quoted and in response I would
like to remind you of several scriptures. First, Proverbs 18:13,
where it states that giving an answer before you hear it is
foolishness. Second, 1 Corinthians 7:6, where Paul
admits that he is speaking his own
opinion, and not of a command of God. Third, in 2 Timothy 2:15,
we are cautioned to study so that we can rightly divide the word
I found it interesting in your electronic mail message to me
that you demand that I "stop twisting and perverting the
scripture" yet you forwarded the same scriptures with which the
article dealt as proof of your point. At the same time, you did
not deal with how Paul could have written such things in the
face of the clear manner in which God dealt with women in the
Old Testament, and Christ in the New.
What you find written in the pages of The Sabbath Sentinel
is not intended to be gospel. They are the writings of men and
women that are intended to enlighten others--or at least to get
others to consider scriptures in a different light. They are not
intended as writings on which you should base your theology.
Indeed, if you accept what is written in these pages as truth
without independent study and verification, you are accepting
the doctrines of men in place of the commandments of God.
One clear command is that we prove all things. Inherent in
that command is that we disprove also. Your response was not a
rational explanation of the error of the article, but was the
irrational response of tearing up the magazine and throwing it
in the rubbish. How then will you come to grow in knowledge if
your response to any new understanding is to reject it out of
hand and refuse to consider it in light of scripture? As a
brother, I caution you to consider proving error, so that you
can reject it.
That stated, I pray that nobody reading this magazine uses
it as the basis of biblical understanding. Much truth is found
within these pages, but nobody can perform a complete biblical
study on any subject in the few pages allotted to a writer
here. It is up to the readers to "prove all things."
I read with great interest Mr. Wong's article on the Sabbath movement in China, as
well as his following
interview. However, I believe that there needs to be a
correction. Mr. Wong stated that the first Christian group to
reintroduce the seventh day Sabbath to China was the Seventh Day
Adventist Church in 1896. Actually, Seventh Day Baptist history
states that there was a Seventh Day Baptist sabbath school in
Shanghai, China as early as 1884. Among the superintendents were
D. H. Davis, Dr. Ella Swinney, and Gideon Henry
FitzRandolph. Mr. FitzRandolph's wife, Lucy Greene FitzRandolph,
gave birth to at least two of their children while living
there. A Seventh Day Baptist Church building was built in 1910.
May you be blessed as you continue to spread the truth about the
Sabbath of the Bible. Sabbatarian christians have much to gain
by edifying each other in the name of Jesus Christ.
Thanks for the insight. Perhaps Paul Wong can look into your
insight and bring some more information to TSS in a future
article. Indeed, it sounds as if you have some background in
this area yourself. How about an article from you?! Write me at
the address below if you would be interested in doing an
article! Or, email me at
A friend in California made us aware of a recent article in the
Sabbath Sentinel magazine about Sabbath keepers in China. Would you
be able to email us the article? Also, would you give us
permission to reproduce the article in PETAH TIKVAH MAGAZINE? We
will, of course, give full credits including the address for our
readers to contact your publication for a subscription. Also,
could you send us a copy of the
China Sabbath issue? (By the way, we do supply you with
Petah Tikvah Magazine.)
Rick Aharon Chaimberlin
Your crediting TSS and the Bible Sabbath Association for the
article is appreciated. We are always looking for ways to spread
the truth about God's Sabbath. With more people reading and
helping, it will be easier to get the message out. Many hands do
indeed make light work. In the event that you did not know, the
subscription is free to the magazine. Subscribe on line at
www.biblesabbath.org or write to Bible Sabbath Association,
802 N.W. 21st Ave. Battleground, WA 98604. You may also call at
This is in answer to your recent article-"The Issue"- published in the
Sept/Oct 2000 issue of the Sabbath
Sentinel. It disturbs me that you seem to think we
have to be able to give an answer to the New Covenant Theology
(NCT), or anyone for that matter, as to why we keep GOD's HOLY
SABBATH. Your article seemed to say to me that if we can't find
new and convincing arguments, then we have to succumb to these
folks. HOGWASH!! I don't keep the Sabbath with the
idea I have to justify my actions to any man or manmade
organization. I keep the Sabbath because GOD created it,
sanctified it and set it apart as Holy (Gen. 2:2-3) I keep God's
Sabbath because GOD placed it as a sign of his people as a
perpetual covenant (Exodus 31:13-16).
I don't have to justify my actions to the NCT because Christ
tells us to present the Gospel and if anyone doesn't accept it, to
shake the dust off our feet and move on. I don't keep the feasts on
a regular basis because there is nowhere in the old or new
testaments that commands it according to the present day method of
keeping them. There is no place in the Bible that says the Feast of
Tabernacles stands for the millenial reign, for example. Or that
the Feast of Trumpets stands for the last trumpet sound. The only
explanation for the feast is given in the old testament and no one
keeps them according to the instructions given. There is no
authorization for man to choose at random different cities and
towns as vacation sites and call them feast sites. And God says in
Deut. 16:16 that three of them are to be kept in the city of
Jerusalem and that's not being adherd too, either.
Eph. 2:15 tells us that the laws contained in ordinances were
abolished and the Feast Days and the ceremonies that accompanied
them were called ordinances in Numbers 9 and 10. We don't need to
worry about whether we can justify our obedience to GOD according
to the NCT or any other man made organization. We just need to
worry about justifying our actions before GOD. If we please him,
that's all that matters. If we seek him first and serve him with
all of our being, GOD will take care of the NCT and others like
them according to his time table, not ours.
Let's just keep the Sabbath and admonish others to do so
according to the plain Bible truth. If they refuse to accept it,
that's between them and GOD. Amen!!
Thank you for reading The Sabbath Sentinel and for your
comments on the president's message. To be sure my articles
provoke comments both pro and con. May God continue the
strengthen your resolve to do his will and your conviction
regarding his Sabbath truth.
Dr. Sidney Davis, Pres.
I want to sincerely thank you for the fine job you are doing as
editor of TSS. I do have a question for you, and that is, I am
having a little trouble interpreting the pictures on some of the
magazine covers. You know how some magazines put a small picture
of the cover on the inside with an explanation, "About Our
Cover"? You may want to consider that, then dummies like me
won't have to wonder what the message is, when you are obviously
sending one on the cover....
I read your article on a woman's
role in the church. Even if that were the best article I had
ever read on the subject, and even if I agreed with every point
you made, I would still ask the following question: Is the TSS
the right vehicle for this type of article? I suspect the
article will cause some subscribers to react in a negative
While no one does a perfect job, you have been doing an
excellent job as editor, and you are my friend and brother in
Christ. I have taken the liberty to express myself to you in
love and respect and I hope you will receive it in that spirit.
Thanks for your insight. I had not given much thought to
whether or not our covers were understood, assuming that
everyone was getting the idea that was being conveyed by the
picture. Your idea about explaining the cover has merit, and I
will try to incorporate an explanation as I have time and
room. It could even become a short one page regular feature
within TSS. I like your idea, and I really appreciate your
taking the time to send it to us.
As to TSS being the right place for such an article on
women's roles, I wonder, what more correct place could there be?
You mentioned in your lengthy letter that some other
publications might be more appropriate for the publication of
that article. I appreciate your concern. There is only one
publication that reaches across all corporate and organizational
lines to Sabbatarians everywhere, The Sabbath
Sentinel. The improper and inappropriate treatment of
fellow children of God who happen to be born with internal
instead of external reproductive organs crosses all of those
same lines. It has resulted in stifling the gifts of God that He
says we all have been given. With that in mind, what more
appropriate place can there be at this time?
We have had a few negative responses. They have been
outweighed by the many positive ones, from people who recognized
the disparity of treatment of women by God and Christ, and what
we interpreted from the writings of Paul. But I do recognize
your concern and you may rest assured that I would not have
broached the subject if I had not seen a need for it. Thank you
again for your support and encouragement.
January - February 2001 The Sabbath Sentinel