Early Waldensians were members of a reformation movement in Europe, specifically the Alpine regions of Spain, France, and Italy, during the high Middle Ages. Adventists share a sense of comradery with this group for another reason, too. How did the British missionary school come to honor the Sabbath? The Waldesian movement took it’s name from Valdus or Waldo who, around 1170, following a crisis of conscience, sold his possessions and spent the rest of his life preaching the Gospel to his fellow men. God instituted the Sabbath and sanctified it right after the creation of Adam and Eve. . ( Log Out /  All the holy prophets kept the seventh day. Ironically, Moneta’s Catholic arguments against Sabbathkeeping were used by Waldensians toward Adventists after Adventists began sharing the long-forgotten Sabbath truth with them. Used by permission. 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. Sabbathkeeping among Waldensians was most widespread in Bohemia and Moravia, places to which they fled during papal persecution. 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). Their practice of wearing sandals or wooden shoes (sabots) caused them to be named "Sandaliati", "Insabbatati", "Sabbatati", Sabotiers". They are disappointed to hear that early Waldensians always observed Sunday; that there is no proof of them worshipping on Sabbath. Beware, ye who take delight in calling it the old Jewish Sabbath, a yoke of bondage, etc. As a result, their teachings spread to far-flung regions of Europe. We talk about the ten commandments, and we seem to believe that Christians should keep them. God has promised to bless all who keep the Sabbath. Below we have some primary source quotes describing this fascinating group. After Jesus ascended back to heaven, the disciples of Christ continued to keep the seventh-day Sabbath for many decades. 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. Every single commandment can be found reiterated in the New Testament. 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. But the Catholic Church did not take kindly to the Waldensian call to reform. At the same time, a modern denial does not erase the pages of history. II, p. 662. (Isaiah 58:12,13.) Not all the Waldenses were Sabbatarians. The answer goes back to the time of the Reformation. 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. The Sabbath-keepers in the seventh century did not circumcise, nor did they in the ninth, or else Pope Nicolas I would not have quoted the epistle of Gregory unaltered. However, historical evidence indicates that many did observe Sabbath during the Middle Ages. Jesus, or Paul had nothing to do with that! Who, other than Waldensians, were conducting mission tours across Europe in the middle ages? Fathers prior to Egypt did not keep the Sabbath: Deut 5:2-3 "The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. Was Jesus ignoring the command to keep the Sabbath found in the Hebrew Scriptures (Exodus 20:5, Deuteronomy 5:15)? Doctrine Before 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. Rupp, History of the Religious Denominations in the United States. 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. 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. ( Log Out /  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. 2. 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. They were originally known as the Valdese -- the dwellers in the valley. 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! 2, pp. 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. [As an aside, Robinson refutes the idea that these people were called insabbati because of their foot wear; as he notes, the people of their region wore a different kind altogether]. who kept the true Sabbath.”1. Page 154). . After the holy Sabbath has been trodden down many generation, it is to be restored in the last days. When The pages of history will clarify the situation for us. 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. Either in 1184 or in 1215 the Waldensians were excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. ( Log Out /  "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." 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. “…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. They also confirm the validity of The Great Controversy’s account of Sabbathkeeping among early Waldensians. . If the Waldenses were not that much different from the Catholic Church, then why were they vigorously persecuted? (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996), p. 221. Anxious to surroun… “Strangers” are non-Jews or Gentiles (Isaiah 56:6). The Sabbath commandment is for the “stranger” too. The Ten Commandments, including the Saturday Sabbath, were not done away with when Christ died. 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. In fact, if one of them be true, it almost certainly follows that the other one must be true also. “All” mankind will keep the Sabbath in the New Earth (Isaiah 66:22, 23). Constantine is the one that changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday, about 300 AD. We know God created the Sabbath after the creation of man, so did Adam and Eve keep the Sabbath? "The Abyssinians and many continental Europeans, especially in Romania, Bohemia, Moravia, Holland and Germany continued to keep the Sabbath. 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. The Waldensians never followed the Seventh-day Adventist’s Sabbath but they followed more Paul in Romans 14,5-8. 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. Vaticano, Bononiensi, ac Neapolitano (Rome: 1743; reprinted, Ridgewood, N.J.: 1964), pp. 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 fourth commandment itself says the “stranger” is to rest on the Sabbath (Exodus 20:10). 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. The Pharisees are understandably upset by this. You can follow Kelly on his website: www.kellymcdonaldjr.com. We just don't have to keep it as they did under the law. 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. 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. 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. Contributing Writer • . 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. 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. During the early part of the seventeenth century, the Swiss histo - rian Melchior Goldastus (1576 1635) commented on Emperor Frederic II s The Sabbath is one of those commandments. There was at the very least a significant minority of Sabbath keepers that kept the Sabbath, although not all of them did. 8 Johann Döllinger, Beiträge zur Sektengeschichte des Mittelalters (Munich: Beck, 1890), Vol. 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 Lord required us to call it honourable, (Isaiah 58:13.) Ellen White shares “Through ages of darkness and apostasy there were Waldenses . For several years I have researched, with the help of graduate students, archaic sources from European libraries for evidence of Sabbathkeeping among the Waldensians. Gretzer, a German Jesuit who accused the Waldenses in the late 1500s/early 1600s, and Bishop Usher from Ireland (same time period) are in agreement. Unlike other reform-minded groups, the Waldensians did not disappear, nor were they absorbed into other movements, but have continued their presence until today. In response, the Waldensians, and even some Adventists, have said that Ellen White was not a historian. Wherever the church of Rome predominated these Sabbatarians suffered confiscation of property, fines, imprisonment and execution." 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. 475-477. 1. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. 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. Further, in 1190 the Bishop of Narbonne pronounced a … In recent years, a bit of a controversy has surfaced regarding the Waldenses. Assn., 1911), p. 65. 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. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. 7. “…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 … Not a few celebrate the Sabbath with the Jews.”8. 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." 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. Some people have denied that they ever kept the Sabbath. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. But to Jesus, Sabbath observance pointed to something greater. 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. Notice that Saturday was not one of the Waldensian Protest. The name was derived from Waldes their founder and occurs also in the variations of Valdesii, Vallenses. In the 1400s, Louis XII of France sent people to learn more about them. Surely most of us who have read the Bible extensively have wondered why Christians don't keep the Sabbath. Waldo and his disciples, “the Poor of Lyon“, … 5:2, 3, NASB),6 and neither would Sabbathkeeping. 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. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 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. 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. 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. There at least seems to be several reasons that we should. 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). Galatians 5:13-15 sums up the whole issue: “You, my brothers, were called to be free. London: 1689. 32. 8 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. The church investigated the Waldensians’ teachings at the Third Lateran Council (1179) and condemned the believers as heretics.3 Subsequent councils repeated this condemnation of heresy, bringing severe persecution, and causing them to flee to more hospitable locations. To help the non-clergy understand the New Testament he had it translated into the language which was commonly used at that time, Provencal. Did you ever hear of the Waldensians? 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). The Waldenses Kept the Sabbath. 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 do not use your freedom to indulge the … 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…. Know the brief history of how the Catholic church fulfilled its threat of 62:4 (from lecture) How were Christian churches outside of the jurisdiction of Rome corrupted through the ages? The Sabbath is a blessing, not a curse!! In 1181 the archbishop of Lyons excommunicated the Waldensians. Isaiah said Gentiles should keep the Sabbath (Isaiah 56:6, 7). Gerard Damsteegt is an associate professor of church history at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. 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. 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. 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". ( Log Out /  His ideas spread all over Europe. The Jewish Sabbath, he said, was “a sign and figure of the spiritual Sabbath of the Christian people. 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. 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. 2, page 68). The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, with all those of us alive here today." 2 See, e.g., Earle E. Cairns, Christianity Through the Centuries: A History of the Christian Church, 3rd ed. Waldenses, members of a Christian movement that originated in 12th-century France, the devotees of which sought to follow Christ in poverty and simplicity. Of special interest to Adventists is their practice of Sabbathkeeping, as already noted. The Sabbath was a symbol of a covenant between God and Israel, signifying that it was the Lord who set apart Israel from the other nations. We also know from history that the Catholic Church has worked hard to exterminate anyone who opposed their agenda. Three years later, the pope declared them to … How did Yisraelites keep warm on Yom Ha-Shabat (י֖וֹם הַשַּׁבָּֽת)? (Isaiah 56:2.) The modern Waldenses deny any connection to Sabbath observance. “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. n. 1 Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy (Mountain View, Calif.: Pacific Press Pub. However, those who choose to practice Sabbath-keeping should not judge those who do not keep the Sabbath (Colossians 2:16). USA, Adventist Church in Australia Responds to Revised Religious Discrimination Bill, ‘Your Role Is to Generate Health in the Community,’ Health Expert Says, Ground-breaking Lawsuit Could Expand Religious Freedom Protection in Korea, Peter N. Landless and Zeno L. Charles-Marcel. 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. These two statements do not conflict. 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 Jewish Sabbath starts Friday at sundown and ends Saturday at sundown, the 7th day of the week. 30. Robinson, in his Ecclesiastical Researches, quotes two primary sources that identify the Waldenses as Sabbath keepers. 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. 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. 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. The word Valdese changed through the centuries, and was pronounced Waldenses, and Waldensians. They were simple people. 9 John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536), trans. With few exceptions, Waldensians today deny that the ancient Waldenses kept the seventh-day Sabbath. Recently, however, new evidence has come to light. As I mentioned, I am a Jewish believer. . 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). Probably not. Moneta passionately defended himself against criticism from Waldensians and Cathars that Catholics were transgressors of the Sabbath commandment. In response, the Waldensians, and even some Adventists, have said that Ellen White was not a historian. XII, p. 665. There was at the very least a significant minority of Sabbath keepers that kept the Sabbath, although not all of them did. They were also called the Cathars--which meant 'holy ones.' How to Keep the Sabbath Holy – What is the Sabbath? 31. The institution of the Sabbath at creation. What led the Waldensians of northern Italy to give up Sabbathkeeping? 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