Sabbath in Pitcairn Islands

The Sabbath is an important part of the belief and practice of Seventh-day Adventists, and is perhaps the defining characteristic of the denomination. It was introduced to the Adventist pioneers in the mid-19th century by Rachel Oakes Preston, a Seventh Day Baptist. Seventh-day Adventists observe the Sabbath from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset, in similar manner to Judaism. They believe that keeping the seventh-day Sabbath is a moral obligation arising out of the Ten Commandments, which in honoring God as Creator; which was given at the end of Creation in the book of Genesis.
Seventh-day Adventists observe the Sabbath from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. During this time, Adventists avoid secular work and business, although medical and relief work is accepted. Though there are cultural variations, most Adventists will also avoid activities such as shopping, sport and certain forms of entertainment.
Adventists typically gather for their church services on Saturday morning. Some will also gather on Friday evening to welcome in the Sabbath hours (sometimes called Vespers or opening Sabbath), and some will similarly gather at the close of Sabbath, closing Sabbath.
Law and Sabbath – Traditionally, Seventh-day Adventists hold that the Ten Commandments (including the fourth commandment concerning the Sabbath) are a part of the moral law of God, not abrogated by the teachings of Jesus Christ, which apply equally to Christians.In the past Adventists have distinguished between moral law and ceremonial law, arguing that moral law continues to bind Christians, while ceremonial law was abrogated by Jesus. Many scholars today question the distinction, arguing that it is arbitrary. The distinction was first questioned at the 1888 Minneapolis General Conference Session.

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