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Should Christians Keep The Sabbath?

By Guest Author On June 6, 2011 Under Law of Attraction

The Sabbath vs Sunday worship argument is a major point of division for most Christians – and it should be. When most people think of proponents of the Sabbath, they think of Seventh-Day Adventists. But what about other Christian denominations? And for that matter, what about Christians simply going “by the book”? Should they worship on Saturday as an alternative to Sunday too? Have they had it improper for centuries?

ABSOLUTELY.

Now of course those can be “fightin’ words” in today’s culture. But the solution is basically easy, even though the explanation can be much more difficult – especially for those who have a preference for custom over a limited comprehension of what scripture really says. After all, the disciples themselves talked about the dangers of the practices of men and their traps for those not grounded in the Word.

So what about the day of worship, and the evidence for it? There are in fact about eighteen common arguments or good reasons offered for disregarding the seventh-day Sabbath and picking Sunday to worship as the modern churches continuen to advocate.

Let’s take a look at just a few:

1) “What difference does it make which day you honor, as long as you remember to honor a day every week?”

The Sabbath commandment in Exodus 20:8-11 does not say to remember a day, it states to remember the “seventh day”. The decision was made by God, and he did not ask for man’s opinion on the subject. We’re also advised in Genesis 2:3 and in Exodus 20:11 that God blessed, sanctified and hallowed the seventh day. In other words, He made it holy and obviously only God can make a day holy. Man may try to honor God on a different day as he chooses, but he could never be able to make that day holy.

2) “There are historical records of groups of Christians keeping Sunday instead of Saturday (the Sabbath), as early as the late first century.”

And…so?

Does it matter when the mistake started? Of course not. If an error commences earlier, it doesn’t make it any less unsuitable. In fact there are quite a few of examples of disobedience throughout the Bible right? The Bible records that Abraham lied, Noah got inebriated, and David committed adultery and murder. Does that suggest it’s appropriate for Christians to lie, murder, get inebriated and commit adultery? Of course not.

In the end, it doesn’t make any difference what any other historic books or famous theologians say. For a Christian, it only matters what God says in His holy Word. And God says we are to remember and keep the seventh-day Sabbath in Exodus 20:8-11. Again, God or men?

3 – “Keeping the Sabbath is legalism.”

If obeying the Sabbath commandment is legalism, then obeying the other 9 commandments would also be legalism. Would you call it legalism not to commit homicide? Or legalism not to commit adultery? Is it legalism not to lie or steal? How about worshipping idols or honoring your parents? This is a very bad argument.

Does God call obedience “legalism”?

Not at all. According to the Bible, our obedience is proof that we “know God” and love Him (John 14:15; 1st John 2:3; 1st John 5:3). Obeying God’s Sabbath commandment is not legalism as some would suggest, but rather is a suitable “love response” to God.

 

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