Superstitious Church leaders scrap 13th Sabbath tradition

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SILVER SPRING, Md. — In a dramatic shift for the Adventist church, world leaders have decided to discontinue the practice of holding special offerings and communion on the last Saturday of each quarter (the 13th Sabbath).

“There’s absolutely nothing holy about the number 13,” said General Conference Vice President, Lee Harmon. “It was a bad idea to single out 13th Sabbaths in the first place. It’s just got too many spooky connotations.”

The announcement to shift dedicated mission offerings, as well as the practice of communion and foot washing to a different quarterly Sabbath, comes right after Halloween celebrations which are widely shunned by Adventists because of the holiday’s roots in the occult. “Listen, if we are going to avoid the appearance of evil by skipping Halloween, putting the number 13 on a pedestal makes no sense at all,” said Harmon.

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Although no alternate Sabbath for special missions and communion has yet been identified, church leaders are looking at what Harmon is calling “Biblical numbers.” The 3rd, 7th, 10th and 12th Sabbaths of every quarter are candidates for becoming the “New 13th Sabbath,” said Harmon. Most bets are on the 7th Sabbath winning out.


9 Comments

  1. Richard Mills

    I like the idea of the 12th Sabbath. 12 Disciples, 12 tribes, 12 gates to Jerusalem, 12 jewels on breastplate, 12 SDA Divisions, etc. Twelve is the right number. Still have 4 quarters. Easy to remember. Our “13th” Sabbath is not well attended. Parents come late, the kids are late. The event time is too early (10 AM). Problem might be in December-too close to Christmas, Money all spent for family & friends’ gifts. Credit cards maxed out. Nothing left for missions!! Woe is me!!

  2. Barbara Hernandez

    I like our traditions and believe we should leave well enough alone. As Christians, we certainly should not harbor superstitious feelings. We know better than that! Thirteen is simply a number–nothing more.

    Barbara Hernandez

  3. Mark

    He must have forgotten to tell the rest of the church as we still have a thirteenth Sabbath offering and the “Youth & Adult Mission” for 2016, Quarter 2, South Pacific Division refers to Future Thirteenth Sabbath Projects on page 30.
    As for communion, we have always chosen a suitable Sabbath based on a number of factors, including when the pastor is available.

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