Sunday laws are coming. The harbingers of their arrival are already visible today. What will we Sabbathkeepers do when they arrive?
I would like to share an excerpt from one of Sister White’s letters with you, which is on this subject. There is some very valuable insight in it that will soon be of great value to us.
Read on to See How to Use Sunday Laws Wisely
The light given me by the Lord at a time when we were expecting just such a crisis as you seem to be approaching was that, when people were moved by a power from beneath to enforce Sunday observance, Seventh-day Adventists were to show their wisdom by refraining from work on that day, devoting it to missionary effort.
To defy the Sunday laws will but strengthen in their persecution the religious zealots who are seeking to enforce them. Give them no occasion to call you lawbreakers. If they are left to rein up men who fear neither God nor man, the reining up will soon lose its novelty for them, and they will see that it is not consistent nor convenient for them to be strict in regard to the observance of Sunday. Keep right on with your work, with your Bibles in your hands, and the enemy will see that he has worsted his own cause. One does not receive the mark of the beast because he shows that he realizes the wisdom of keeping the peace by refraining from work that gives offense, doing at the same time a work of the highest importance.
When we devote Sunday to missionary work, the whip will be taken out of the hands of the arbitrary zealots who would be well pleased to humiliate Seventh-day Adventist. When they see that we employ ourselves on Sunday in visiting the people and opening the Scriptures to them, they will know that it is useless for them to try to hinder our work by making Sunday laws.
When a man, white or black, is arrested for Sundaybreaking, he is placed at a great disadvantage. He is humiliated. And it is well nigh hopeless for him to obtain a fair trial. Often when Sabbathkeepers in the Southern states are arrested for working on Sunday, they are sent to the chain gang where they are forced to work on the Sabbath. The Lord does not counsel them to place themselves where they are obliged to dishonor His holy rest day.
Our churches should understand the methods to be used in avoiding this difficulty. Sunday can be used for carrying forward various lines of work that will accomplish much for the Lord. On this day open-air meetings and cottage meetings can be held. House-to-house work can be done. Those who write can devote this day to writing their articles. Whenever it is possible, let religious services be held on Sunday. Make these meetings intensely interesting. Sing genuine revival hymns, and speak with power and assurance of the Saviour’s love. Speak on temperance and on true religious experience. You will thus learn much about how to work and will reach many souls.
Let the teachers in our schools devote Sunday to missionary effort. I was instructed that they would thus be able to defeat the purposes of the enemy. Let the teachers take the students with them to hold meetings for those who know not the truth. Thus they will accomplish much more than they could in any other way.
God has given us plain directions regarding our work. We are to proclaim the truth in regard to the Sabbath of the Lord, to make up the breach that has been made in His law. We are to do all that we can to enlighten those in ignorance; but we are never to confederate with men of the world in order to receive financial assistance.
— Letter 132, 1902, emphasis added
Breaking It Down
I believe the above makes it clear that we should devote Sunday to evangelism/missionary work. The rest of the letter, which I recommend reading, further emphasizes this. Therefore, we should hold any and all religious services on Sunday with the express purpose of reaching others. In other words, Sister White is not recommending we hold regular Sabbath meetings on Sunday as well. This is exactly the mistake that led the early Christian church down the path to giving up the Sabbath entirely. Accepting the Mark of the Beast is the last thing we want to do.
I believe it would be best to hold Sunday meetings outside of church buildings. This would keep the two kinds of meetings distinct in our own minds. Sister White gave three very good examples of how to do this above: open-air meetings, visiting people in their homes and “cottage meetings” (inviting people into our homes). Of course, there are other options, but we would probably have to rent any other space (e.g. hotel conference rooms). Thus, for most of us, the three methods listed above would be the most sensible.
Now Is the Time to Prepare
Remember, there isn’t much time left in these “years of plenty” before the “years of famine” will begin (see Pharaoh’s dream in Genesis 41)*. Now is the time to store up the Word of God in our hearts. We must submit ourselves to the Refiner’s fire to prepare for the straightness to come. Let us wrestle with God in prayer and purge the world from our lives. He will make us able stand the test in the time of trouble! We will never need to fear Sunday laws, or any other law, when Christ stands for us!
* Please note that I’m not claiming that there is a repetition of the time element of this prophecy. It is simply an illustration of the circumstances that will surround us during the time of trouble.
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