Sabbath observance, law and religious freedom

Challenges facing the Seventh-day Adventist Church


  • Mxolisi Michael Sokupa


Sabbath, law, religious freedom, Seventh-day Adventist Church, Blue Laws


This article focuses on Sabbath observance and the challenges facing the members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church globally and in South Africa in particular. The American experience marked the early beginnings of the church’s response to these challenges. The paper highlights some interaction with laws in America. A case study on Sabbath observance in South Africa offers a different perspective that has not been explored before. This paper should spark a debate that will go on for some time within the Sabbatarian groups in South Africa.

Author Biography

Mxolisi Michael Sokupa

Mxolisi Michael Sokupa is a senior lecturer at Helderberg College and a Research Fellow of Stellenbosch University, South Africa.