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The witness of

The Seventeenth Century

of Christianity

regarding the Sabbath of the Lord.

J. F. Coltheart. 1954.

Some obvious spelling mistakes in the quotations and their sources have been rectified.


England: 1618.

"At last for teaching only five days in the week, and resting upon Saturday, she was carried to the new prison in Maiden Lane, a place then appointed for the restraint of several other persons of different opinions from the Church of England. Mrs. Traske lay fifteen or sixteen years a prisoner for her opinion about the Saturday Sabbath."

Pagitt's "Heresiography," p. 196.

 

England: 1668.

"Here in England are about nine or ten churches that keep the Sabbath, besides many scattered disciples, who have been eminently preserved."

Stennet's letters, 1668 and 1670. Cox, Sab., 1, 268.

 

England:

Mr. Thomas Bampfield, who had been Speaker in one of Cromwell's parliaments, wrote also in behalf of seventh-day observance, and was imprisoned for his religious principles in Ilchester jail.

Calamy, 2, 260.

 

Hungary, Rumania:

But as they rejected Sunday and rested on the Sabbath, Prince Sigmond Bathory ordered their persecution. Pechi advanced to position of chancellor of state and next in line to throne of Transylvania. He studied his Bible, and composed a number of hymns, mostly in honour of the Sabbath. Pechi was arrested and died in 1640.

 

Sweden and Finland:

"We can trace these opinions over almost the whole extent of Sweden of that day - from Finland and northern Sweden.

"In the district of Upsala the farmers kept Saturday in place of Sunday.

"About the year 1625 this religious tendency became so pronounced in these countries that not only large numbers of the common people began to keep Saturday as the rest day, but even many priests did the same."

"History of the Swedish Church," Vol. 1. p. 256.

 

Muscovite Russian Church:

"They solemnize Saturday (the old Sabbath)".

Samuel Purchase, - "His Pilgrims," Vol. I, p. 350.

 

India: (Jacobites) – 1625.

"They keep Saturday holy. They have solemn service on Saturdays."

"Pilgrimmes," Part 2, p. 1269.

 

America: 1664.

"Stephen Mumford, the first Sabbath-keeper in America came from London in 1664."

"Hist. of the Seventh-day Baptist Gen. Conf."
by Jas. Bailey, pp. 237, 238.

 

America: 1671 (Seventh-day Baptists).

"Broke from Baptist Church in order to keep Sabbath."

See Bailey's History, pp. 9, 10.

 

England: - Charles 1, 1647 (when querying the Parliament Commissioners).

"For it will not be found in Scripture where Saturday is no longer to be kept, or turned into the Sunday, wherefore it must be the church's authority that changed the one and instituted the other."

Cox, "Sabbath Laws." p. 333.

 

England: - John Milton.

"It will surely be far safer to observe the seventh day, according to express commandment of God, than on the authority of mere human conjecture to adopt the first."

Sab. Lit. 2, 46-54.

England:

"Upon the publication of the 'Book of Sports' in 1618 a violent controversy arose among English divines on two points : first, whether the Sabbath of the fourth commandment was in force; and, secondly, on what ground the first day of the week was entitled to be observed as 'the Sabbath.' "

Haydn's "Dictionary of Dates," art. "Sabbatarians," p. 602.

 

Ethiopia: -1604.

Jesuits tried to induce the Abyssinian church to accept Roman Catholicism. They influenced King Zadenghel to propose to submit to the Papacy (A.D. 1604). "Prohibiting all his subjects, upon severe penalties, to observe Saturday any longer."

Gedde's "Church History of Ethiopia," P. 311,
also Gibbon's "Decline and Fall," ch. 47.

 

Bohemia, Moravia, Switzerland, Germany:

"One of the counsellors and lords of the court was John Gerendi, head of the Sabbatarians, a people who did not keep Sunday, but Saturday."

 

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