Seventh-Day Mennonites are Mennonites who honor the 7th day of the week (or Saturday) as the sabbath day. Typically each congregation is democratic in forming their community guidelines for matters such as sabbath. Most communities tend to prefer and defend Sunday as the day of worship. They do vigorously defend the 7th day doctrine as well as cite the original Mennonites practicing it. Not only Sabbath, but other Old Testament doctrines such as men growing beards, women wearing head coverings, differentiating between clean and unclean meat, etc.
Original Mennonites claimed to be purely descended from the sabbath keeping Waldensians. The Mennonite church existed before the Dutch Reformed church and still exists in great numbers today. When sabbath keeping was outlawed in numerous other countries many formed from the Waldensian faith under the names of Congregationalists, Anabaptists, and Mennonites, which all share similar doctrines. The book Martyrs Mirror attempts to trace the history Mennonite's doctrine of baptism back to the apostles.
Typically Mennonite congregations keep Saturday holy, as a day you cannot do work. Sunday is a bonus day for worship. A large number of Mennonite communities only keep the 7th day sabbath (or Saturday), keeping it consistently as practiced by the early Pilgrim Fathers.
- "We have now seen that the Baptists who were formerly called Anabaptists and in later times, Mennonites, were the original Waldenses and have long in the history of the church received the honor of that origin…. The Mennonites are descended from the tolerably pure evangelical Waldenses, who were driven by persecution into various countries’ and who during the latter part of the 13th C. fled into Flanders, and into the provinces of Holland and Zealand." Dr. Ypeij and Rev. J.J. Dermout, History of the Dutch Reformed Church Vol. 1, 1819.
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