A Critique Of Seventh Day Adventist Teaching On The Sabbath

The seventh day adventist (SDA) movement, which bases its distinguishing doctrine around the teachings of Ellen G. White  (1827 – 1915) asserts that the proper day on which Christians should assemble to worship is Saturday, not Sunday as evangelicals commonly maintain. SDAs will even often go so far as to say that assembling on Sunday instead of Saturday only became a practice adopted by the church in the fourth century A.D. when the emperor Constantine made Christianity the religion of the Roman empire.

Is the SDA movement correct on this point? It is this question that will be the focus of this article.

When Did the Early Church Assemble to Worship?

One misconception that needs to be addressed is the notion that the Sabbath day was given for worship. It wasn’t; rather, it was a day on which people would cease from their work in order to rest. There was, then, no official day that was ordained for the purpose of worship. It was expected that worship would be the daily practice of the pious Jew.

One only needs to delve into the rich literature that is preserved from the early church fathers to find out what day the church assembled to conduct worship. Indeed, Justin Martyr (100 – 165 AD), in his first apology (chapter LXVII), says,

And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs and exhorts to the imitation of these good things […] But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Savior on the same day rose from the dead. For He was crucified on the day before that of Saturn (Saturday); and on the day after that of Saturn, which is the day of the Sun, having appeared to His apostles and disciples, He taught them these things, which we have submitted to you also for your consideration.

Here, we have one early Christian report asserting that the Christians met together on the Sunday, not the Saturday, because it was on Sunday that the Lord rose from the dead.

We have, however, an even earlier writer who was in a key position to know the teachings of the apostles themselves, himself being a disciple of the apostle John. Ignatius (35 or 50 – from 98 to 117 AD), the third bishop of Antioch, in his epistle to the Magnesians (9), writes,

We have seen how former adherents of the ancient customs have since attained to a new hope; so that they have given up keeping the sabbath, and now order their lives by the Lord’s day instead (the Day when life first dawned for us, thanks to Him and His death. That death, though some deny it, is the very mystery which has moved us to become believers, and endure tribulation to prove ourselves pupils of Jesus Christ, our sole Teacher).

Ignatius, like Justin, asserts that the early church met not on Saturday, but the “Lord’s day”, which is clearly intended to refer to the first day of the week, since the reason given is that it is “the Day when life first dawned for us”, which I would take to be the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The “Lord’s day” is also alluded to by Ignatius’s mentor, the Apostle John, in Revelation 1:10. The important point is that the text does not refer to the Sabbath Day (Saturday), since the Christians reportedly had “given up keeping the sabbath” and now instead had arranged “their lives by the Lord’s day instead”.

Both Ignatius and Justin wrote in the second century, Ignatius very early into the second century. That is a long time before Constantine made Christianity the religion of the Roman empire in the fourth century. The epistle of Barnabas (which was composed sometime between the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70 and the Bar Kochba Revolt of A.D. 132), moreover, says (15),

And we too rejoice in celebrating the eighth day; because that was when Jesus rose from the dead, and showed Himself again, and ascended into heaven.

Tertullian of Carthage (160 – 225 AD), in his Apology (chapter XVI), notes that,

Others, again, certainly with more information and greater verisimilitude, believe that the sun is our god. We shall be counted Persians perhaps, though we do not worship the orb of day painted on a piece of linen cloth, having himself everywhere in his own disk. The idea no doubt has originated from our being known to turn to the east in prayer. But you, many of you, also under pretense sometimes of worshiping the heavenly bodies, move your lips in the direction of the sunrise. In the same way, if we devote Sunday to rejoicing, from a far different reason than Sun worship, we have some resemblance to those of you who devote the day of Saturn to ease and luxury, though they too go far away from Jewish ways, of which indeed they are ignorant.

Origen (184/185 – 253/254 AD) further writes (Homil. 23 in Numeros 4, PG 12:749),

On Sunday none of the actions of the world should be done. If then, you abstain from all the works of this world and keep yourselves free for spiritual things, go to church, listen to the readings and divine homilies, meditate on heavenly things.

I could go on in this vein for some time. There are many references in early Christian literature to the fact that the church assembled for worship on Sunday. I am not aware of any sources to the contrary, which would indicate that church assembly took place on Saturday.

The book of Acts, likewise, in 20:7, asserts that the early church convened on “the first day of the week” to break bread. The SDA interprets this in view of the Jewish evening-to-evening demarcation of days rather than the Roman midnight-to-midnight demarcation. Given this demarcation, it is argued, this could refer to Saturday evening. But Pliny the Younger (61 – 113 AD), the Roman governor of Bithynia, writing around 110 to the Emperor Trajan, mentions that Christians “were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god.” He goes on to note that, following this meeting, “it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of good food — but food of an ordinary and innocent kind.” It seems likely that Sunday is the “fixed day” that Pliny has in mind, rather than Saturday, since he mentions the pre-dawn assembly first and then mentions that the second meeting took place later in the same “certain fixed day”. Since Pliny was a Roman, one would expect him, if he were referring to the Saturday sabbath, to mention the later meeting first and then the pre-dawn meeting that occurred after the “certain fixed day”.

Here’s the bottom line: If one chooses to assemble and worship on Saturdays instead of Sundays, I fail to see any Biblical reason to think they are doing anything for which God will condemn them. But it is a mistake for one to assert that such is the proper day for the assembly of God’s people (i.e. that those who assemble on Sunday are in error), or the way that the early church did it.

Are Gentile Christians Expected to Keep the Sabbath?

It is striking that the letter written to the gentiles following the Jerusalem council of Acts 15 does not mention Sabbath observance. Indeed, the one time in which the gentiles are addressed concerning the Sabbath, they are told “Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of…a Sabbath” (Colossians 2:16). The reason given in Colossians is that “These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ,” a theme also taken up in Hebrews 4. Along similar lines, Paul writes in Romans 14:5-9:

One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Adventists will sometimes argue that Jesus and his disciples kept the Sabbath day, and indeed they did. But they, being Jews, also observed the passover meal. Few gentile believers today keep the passover, which was an annual celebration given specifically to the Jews.

Justin Martyr, in his Dialogue with Trypho (chapter XXVI), wrote that,

[T]he Gentiles, who have believed on Him, and have repented of the sins which they have committed, they shall receive the inheritance along with the patriarchs and the prophets, and the just men who have descended from Jacob, even although they neither keep the Sabbath, nor are circumcised, nor observe the feasts.

Tertullian of Carthage also regarded the observance of the Sabbath “to have been temporary” (An Answer to the Jews, chapter IV).

It may therefore be concluded that, although Christians are free to observe and keep the Sabbath, it is by no means compulsory for the Christian, for the Sabbaths merely foreshadowed the reality that is found in Christ. The person who does not observe the Sabbath should not judge the person who does. And the person who observes the Sabbath should not judge the person who does not.

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  1. moose says:

    speaking of the “sabbath” day, god commanded moses to stone a man to death for committing the horrendous offense of picking up sticks on the “sabbath” day. numbers 15: 32-36

    is that man in hell now?

    what an amazing god

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    • Carl says:

      The man was blatently doing it, which possibly denotes a rebellious attitude. I really doubt God sends anyone to hell for picking up sticks…. but, for rebellion ? That is a different story

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  2. Brittney says:

    I am quite shocked about this article from a man with great intelligence to lead people away from the Sabbath which God created from the beginning starting in Genesis. A day created as memorial of God; a day He gives us to rest and spend with Him and His body. I am not Seventh Day but was starting your Curriculum “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist” and wanted to know you more since we will be studying your book for 32 weeks. I will be doing my research more closely on your statements in your book since it is quite easy for you use statements of untruth in this article. Your ending paragraph is quite a statement since yourself have judged yourself; in several of the videos that my family have watched.

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  3. Sandy says:

    The Sabbath was created as a memorial of creation, instituted as one of the two great institutions: marraige and the sabbath. To say that it was not made to come apart and worship God as the creator and just merely a day for people to rest is to take away the sanctification from the day and then you’ll be walking in the way of Cain. Choosing what seems right in your own eyes.
    There are many things in the Bible God calls us to do that do not make sense to the carnal mind. Just remember, if God calls it Holy and sanctified, HE set it apart for holy use. Just like that day to us seems like any other day… Nadab and Abihu (under the influence of wine) did not see a difference between their fire and the fire God reigned from heaven and they paid the punishment with their lives. We should not place things God calls holy as common either (that’s being under the influence of spiritual wine of Babylon which is false doctrine).
    He said “Remember” in the holy Decalogue because it was previously stated (before Jews existed). Please take time to study this great truth. This is apart of the seal of God, keeping the commandments (not taking the mark of the beast) in Rev 14:6-12. http://www.Sabbathtruth.net may be a good place to start after praying for discernment.

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    • Brinx says:

      Jesus said that if a man lusts in his heart he is guilty of adultery, and if he hates his brother he is guilty of murder, correct? Meaning he expounded the sphere of influence on the commandments. This was a “new” teaching and way of thinking about the commandments, yes?

      Next point: are all activities consecrated as Christians, ie work, eating, drinking, etc? I assume you would agree. Did not Jesus state that the worshippers God desires worship in spirit and truth? I assume you would affirm this. Therefore, as Christians is not EVERY day a day of worship? I assume you pray every day, praise every day, minister every day, sing hymns in your heart every day? Is this not the worship God desires? What if I worship on both Saturday and Sunday? Which mark or seal have I taken? God’s or the Beasts? Am I obeying or disobeying? By worshiping God on both days have I become a rebellious disobedient son? Why just worship on one day. Is he not the Lord of every day? Will I be condemned for worshipping Him on every day. By devoting each day to him and his kingdom, praying, and ministering have I sided with his enemy?

      Final point: am I commanded to marry? Paul said it was better not to marry, yet you equate it with keeping the sabbath as a “great” institution. Would you condemn singleness as not fulfilling one of the 2 great institutions? Would a single believer be displeasing to God if in their devotion to Him they remained unmarried? Rather would He not commend them for their “increased” devotion? Of course, Paul said that singleness would be a gift. Likewise, would God condemn those who consecrated and worshipped every day, including Saturday?

      The issue I have with Shabbat keeping isn’t that it goes to far, it’s that it doesn’t go near far enough for NT believers. Just like not murdering or committing adultery didn’t go far enough, so that Jesus took the Law even further, deeper, and expanded it. We as believers under the new covenant know and understand that observing the law did not save anyone. If it was powerless to save, by what power does it “unsave”? If I, being a man of faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus, worship on every day, shall I be condemned? Shall my meeting with other brothers and sisters occur only on certain days? Do you not meet with them on various days to conduct spiritual matters? Do you only worship the Lord on Saturday? No prayers, hymns, or ministries on Sunday or any other days? Have we entered in to God’s rest through Jesus Christ? If not then why did Jesus promise rest for all those who came to Him? If so then is not every day a day of rest in Jesus? Please consider making EVERY day Shabbat. Thank you for your time.

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      • Rhonda Glaser says:

        Wow. The commandments were given to man to “keep”. Several comments prior to this some people have stated that Sunday was the first day (let there be light) Obviously Saturday was and is the Sabbath. It is to be remembered. It is to be kept holy. It is the Sabbath of the Lord, God. Gathering in worship remembers, keeps and honors the holiness of God and His day. The sabbath.

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    • Mike says:

      “The Sabbath was created as a memorial of creation, instituted as one of the two great institutions: marriage and the sabbath.” Marriage to help us understand how God relates to His church and the Sabbath, the rest that comes through the finished works of Jesus, that is, the gospel. The sabbath has never been about a day except for the children of Israel. This is why Paul wrote the letter to the Hebrews as they were having difficulty having come from a Jewish heritage to understand this and were as many Christians do, place the keeping of the law over the gospel of grace (new covenant) that Jesus ushered in at His death and resurrection. Why as Christians would we think we can keep the law that has been impossible to keep even to those it was given to, the children of Israel. If one law is missed then all has been transgressed. Worship on the right day is what some will eloquently argue, don’t eat this they will cleverly argue. There is no other hope but by Jesus and only by Jesus. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. (Galatians 5:4 KJV). For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. (Galatians 5:5 KJV).

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  4. Brian Goode says:

    That’s a lie that God didn’t establish a day of worship. Leviticus 23:2-3 He commanded a holy convocation for Israel. So this is biblically incorrect to say God didn’t command a day of worship. It’s his stamp that he is creator and the angels rejoiced. ( worshipped on Sabbath).

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  5. Leo Gallegos says:

    You are missing the whole point Frank Turek do the historical research on how and why the Sabbath was changed. And ask yourself the question who’s authority do I recognize? Gods authority or mans authority and his traditions. Daniel 7:25 prophesied about the little horn antichrist power would think to change times and laws. It was prophesied that this would happen and it did. The Bible says we should obey God rather then man Acts 5:29 http://www.sabbathtruth.org. Here is a satatment taken from a catholic catakism. Question: which day is the Sabbath Day The Catholic Mirror of September 23, 1894, puts it this way: “The Catholic Church for over one thousand years before the existence of a Protestant by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday.”

    To point up the claims we’re talking about, I want to read from two Catechisms. First, from the Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine by Reverend Peter Giermann. “Question: Which is the Sabbath day? Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day. Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church in the Council of Laodicea transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.”

    Second, from Reverend Steven Keenan’s Doctrinal Catechism we read this: “Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept? Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday, the seventh day; a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.”

    Then from Cardinal Gibbons’ book, The Question Box, p.179, “If the Bible is the only guide for the Christian, then the Seventh-day Adventist is right in observing Saturday with the Jew. Is it not strange that those who make the Bible their only teacher should inconsistently follow in this matter the tradition of the Catholic Church?”

    One more statement taken from the book, The Faith of Millions, p. 473. “But since Saturday, not Sunday, is specified in the Bible, isn’t it curious that non-Catholics who profess to take their religion directly from the Bible and not from the Church, observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Yes, of course, it is inconsistency but this change was made about fifteen centuries before Protestantism was born, and by that time the custom was universally observed. They have continued the custom even though it rests upon the authority of the Catholic Church and not upon an explicit text from the Bible. That observance remains as a reminder of the Mother Church from which the non-Catholic sects broke away like a boy running away from home but still carrying in his pocket a picture of his mother or a lock of her hair.”

    That is a most interesting statement, is it not, friends? And it is a very true statement. There is some inconsistency somewhere along the line, because we have examined the statements of history, and you can check them for yourself in any library. I’m not reading anything one-sided here at all. I’ve tried to give you an unbiased picture. Although we have seen the claims made by the Catholic Church in their publications, we are not reading them to cast any reflection upon anyone, by any means. We are simply bringing you a recital of what has been written and what claims have been made.

    – From the Joe Crews Radio Sermon Library

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  6. Esibelle says:

    God bless you for your work which aims at advancing the gospel. May the good Lord continue to give you success in Jesus name! Amen!!!

    I will be grateful if you can address the following concerns of mine.

    If it is a misconception that the sabbath day was not given for worship and that no official day was ordained for the purpose of worship for a Jew, why did God command in Leviticus 23: 3 that

    ” You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of complete rest, an official day for holy assembly. It is the Lord’s Sabbath Day, and it must be observed wherever you live (NLT).” ?

    Why did Jesus also went for worship on Sabbath? Luke 4:16
    “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.”

    Does the fact that the early church was not worshipping on Sabbaths but decided to worship on Sundays mean God doesn’t require us to remember the sabbath day, the seventh day to keep it holy? A commandment that was in the very heart of the decalogue?

    Justin Martyr (100 -165 AD)
    Justin explained why there were worshipping on Sundays
    1. God began the creation of the world on that day
    2. Jesus rose from the dead on that day.
    This however, doesn’t say that the Sabbath day must not be kept. God specifically asked that the seventh day sabbath is kept as a memorial of his creation and redemption work (Exo 20:8-11,Deut 5:15).
    “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God….For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it”. Exodus 20: 8- 11
    The reason why God commanded in the Decalogue for the sabbath to be kept is because He created the world in six days and rested on the sabbath. Now if we decide we don’t want to keep the sabbath because the early Christians did not keep it, are we not refusing to keep God’s creation memorial?

    There is no text in the whole of scripture which suggests that the special blessing and holiness God conferred on the the seventh day sabbath has been revoked because Christ rose on Sunday. The blessing and holiness of the seventh-day sabbath will remain on the day forever I believe.

    Origen (184/185 – 253/254 AD) further writes (Homil. 23 in Numeros 4, PG 12:749),”On Sunday none of the actions of the world should be done. If then, you abstain from all the works of this world and keep yourselves free for spiritual things, go to church, listen to the readings and divine homilies, meditate on heavenly things.”

    Origen commanded the early church to do this. There is no text in the New testament where the apostles commanded this from the early Christians. Jesus nor the disciples never commanded Sunday to be kept as holy as the seventh day Sabbath (Saturday). God rather commanded this.

    There is no doubt in my mind that the early church met on Sundays for worship. But does that nullify the fact that the seventh day sabbath that God commanded us to keep holy must not be kept holy as well? I don’t think there is a problem if you decide to keep Sunday as a day of worship. But i believe in addition to that we must honour God and keep his day, the only one he clearly spelt out that we should keep…in the very heart of his commandment.

    Quotation from the writer of the article:
    “It may therefore be concluded that, although Christians are free to observe and keep the Sabbath, it is by no means compulsory for the Christian, for the Sabbaths merely foreshadowed the reality that is found in Christ. The person who does not observe the Sabbath should not judge the person who does. And the person who observes the Sabbath should not judge the person who does not.”

    “for the Sabbaths merely foreshadowed the reality that is found in Christ”.

    The seventh-day sabbath is not foreshadowing the reality that is found in Christ because it existed before the fall, before the need for Christ. Since it is in the heart of the ten commandments, are we saying that the remaining nine commandments are also foreshadowing Christ?. Do we mean that “thou shall not kill, steal, commit adultery etc are foreshadowing the reality that is found in Jesus? Therefore now that Jesus has come, we are free to break all these commandments or at least replace them with alternatives?

    I will be very grateful if you can clarify these points for me as I am an honest seeker of truth.

    Thank you.

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  7. Alejandro says:

    I will like to encourage you to read Hebrew 4 : 9 it says “there remain a sabbath rest for the people of God”. now I am not a SDA, I go to south florida church of christ, my church is also known as one miami church. People there don’t agree with me on the Sabbath day , I am a sabbath keeper, I keep the day because it is one of God’s Ten Commandments. I keep it because Jesus kept the day. A Christian is a follower of Christ , I do not follow churches or other Christian. Why would the 4th Commandment say to remember the sabbath day. I have debated with other Christian on this. Now, I am not saved by keeping the Sabbath. I keep the sabbath because I am saved.
    But Frank Turek may God continue to bless you and never stop working for God .

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    • Brinx says:

      I appreciate your heart and comment. Sincere question: do you keep the Passover feast? Jesus kept that, did he not? Second question: should not every day be a sabbath devoted unto the Lord? For whether we eat or drink or whatever we do it should be done to the glory of the Lord? So if I’m working as a Christian am I not also a priest holding out the aroma of Christ? As for the other commandments, Jesus took them further, should we not take the 4th further as well? He said if you lust in your heart you are guilty of adultery and if you hate you are guilty of murder. Should we not then go further and believe as a Christian with the full revelation of Jesus, bought and paid for bondservant, that everyday is a day devoted unto the Lord? Circumcision was now of the heart, not the flesh. Now every activity of a Christian is consecrated. There is no more, for believers, separation of the civil and religious. Now all things render spiritual in the economy of Jesus. What let’s say if I worshipped on both Saturday and Sunday? I assume you would be ok with that? But am I observing The mark of the beast by worshipping God on both the 1st and 7th days? Thank you for your time.

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      • josh says:

        I would like to celebrate my birthday every day…but not every day is my birthday. Don’t think there’ll be anything wrong in honoring my country every day, unfortunately each day isn’t July 4th independence day…If Gen 2:2-3 that God finished his work of creation on the Seventh Day and rested, blessed it an sanctified it…then He set an example from the start for a weekly memorial day of his creation…no wonder the other of the 10 commandments given to Moses sounded like “new” rules beginning with “Thou shalt…” but the sabbath commandment was a reminder…”Remember to..”

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  8. Ron says:

    I find it very telling that not one, of the very well resoned responses, has a single cogent reply. I especially loved hearing the responses by those who are admittedly not SDA, but have been lead to the truth of the Sabbath, through other means. Truth be told, it was a Seventh Day Baptist who presented the truth of the Sabbath to a Sunday keeping Adventist. The idea of keeping the sabbath did not originate with Ellen White, making patently false the claim that “this distinguishing doctrine is based on the teachings of Ellen White”. I have only recently discovered the videos of Dr Turek, and have been enjoying them mostly, but I’m rather disappointed in the lack of an intelligent response to, the responses to, this article.

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    • Brinx says:

      Are you as disturbed by that 7th Day “baptists” false prophecy about Christ’s second coming as much as Frank Turek’s comments here?

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  9. Bill says:

    So which day is the seventh day? Would it not be the one before the “start” of the work week.

    I can’t believe people would really waste their time caring or arguing about such things in an age of grace.

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  10. Caroline says:

    Sunday is NOT the “Lord’s Day.” Saturday the Sabbath is. The Bible is it’s own interpreter – in 1 Corinthians 14:13 (King James Version) it says, “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing scriptural things with scriptural.” Here are scriptures that tell you which day is the Lord’s Day: “For the Son of man is LORD even of the Sabbath day.” (Matthew 12:8) – “And He (Jesus) said unto them, the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath, therefore, the Son of man is LORD also of the Sabbath.” ( Mark 2:27,28) Since Christ created man and the Sabbath, He should know!
    “And it came to pass on the second Sabbath after the first, that He went through the corn fields….and He said unto them, that the Son of man is LORD also of the Sabbath.” – (Luke 6:1-5). The Sabbath was NOT abolished, NOT nailed to the cross. That was the “handwriting of ordinances” which Moses wrote in a book that included all the civic laws for the Jews and also included details of the annual festivals and feast days, the New Moons, meat and drink offerings and annual sabbaths, which foreshadowed Christ’s sacrifice one the cross. The weekly Sabbath on Saturday was NOT nailed to the cross. Look at modern translations such as New American Standard Bible (NASB), The New International Version (NIV), The Message, etc. and you will NOT see “handwriting of ordinances” in Colossians 2:14,15. It IS included in the King James Version which is the ONLY trustworthy Bible. All the modern Bibles have been corrupted by removing or changing 2,886 words that negatively affect 356 doctrines and add Catholic beliefs and even occult phrases! So if you want the actual translation from Hebrew, Greek, get the King James Version (KJV). God bless!

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  11. Mario says:

    I agree with most of what was written in the article, especially the concluding statement. However, I would like to point out the following in accordance with Sola Scriptura.

    Although it appears that under the New Covenant there is no official day ordained for the purpose of worship, Leviticus 23 clearly shows that the Sabbath day was given by God Himself for rest and also for coming together to worship [a Holy Convocation], even if it was solely to the Israelites under the Old Covenant. So to say that “that the Sabbath day was not given for worship” is false and unbiblical.

    Acts 20:7 does not denote a religious service but the dividing of loaves of bread for eating a meal—as other New Testament passages show. To assert that this verse proves that Christians or “the early church” came together regularly for the purpose of worship, is reading into the verse [and into Scripture] something that just isn’t there.

    One verse commonly cited to justify Sunday as being labeled ‘the Lord’s Day’ is Revelation 1:10, where John said, ‘I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day’. However, nowhere does the Holy Bible define or even suggest the first day of the week (Sunday) as the ‘Lord’s Day’.

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  12. Chan Kaeyo says:

    I am Chan Kaeyo from Papua New Guinea.

    Dear Christian brothers and sisters, greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

    Firstly, can anyone tell us about who and how did our forefathers kept Track of Time from Creation to Jesus Christ and then to now? Addition, can someone tell us when did God give the Ten Commandments, was it to Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham or Moses after them? If at the time of Moses, how then God declared Noah, Abraham and Lot righteous if no law or a certain day was given them to observe? Can anyone tell us Why God gave the Ten Commandments and When? Can someone tell us how was the Sabbath observed in those days, like going to the temple or stay quit in their own houses with kids, cattle, strangers (visitors, or non Jews)?

    In the days of Jesus, He and His Disciples broke the Sabbath law by walking to the Synagogue every sabbath, picking ears of the corn, Jesus telling a sick patient to take up his bed and go home on the sabbath.

    When asked why they were breaking the sabbath law, what did Jesus say?

    Jesus said, Sabbath was made for man and not man made for the sabbath. Then on the next verse, he said, Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

    According to my explanation, it says that man is boss of the sabbath just as Son of man is boss of the sabbath.

    At other times, Jesus said that He did not come to destroy the law but to Fulfill (note. He did not say obey but fullfil?), he further stated that Law and the Prophets were until John the Baptist. Rome 10.4 says Christ is end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.

    But certain people asked him which was the greatest law/commandment they should obey to be saved. Jesus gave two commandment, (1) love your God with all your heart, all your soul and mind. (2) love your neighbor as you love yourself.

    Then Jesus told them that all other laws and commandments hange on these two commandments.

    However, Jesus told them one time that they should follow His Father’s Commandments if they love him (Jesus).

    If law and commandments were until John and too if law ends in Christ, what are those Father’s commandments than?

    According to my understanding, the Father’s commandments Jesus referred to are two fold (1) Believed in the Son Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, (2) Love Him, Jesus Christ

    Because Jesus said He obeyed His Father’s commandment. Which Father’s commandment? Roman 5.8, God commanded his love toward us while we were yet sinners.

    So, was it because of the law God gave us his Son Jesus to die for our sins? No,it was a free gift. Not even one asked God for Jesus Christ.

    So if you want to be saved, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, (John 3.16).

    Yes, you already accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and now you are discussing about going to church to serve God together with other believers.

    Now, the point is this: after getting saved, you are trying to go back to the law again which brought you to Jesus already, (law was a school master that pointed you to Christ dying on the cross like Moses hanging a serpent on the cross for the wicked Jews to come closer and be healed).

    Likewise, after accepting Jesus Christ follow his law written in your heart. Which Law? The law of his spirit, Holy Spirit. He is your school master now after law brought you to Christ.

    How will you obey? By the time you confessed your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour through believing his death and resurrection, God immediately grant you his Holy Spirit and he will guide like the physical law did. You obey him and grow up in spirit.

    If you list at someone, the spirit of God will tell you that its sin. Then what will you do? As soon as you hear this from your heart, you pray, ask God to forgive you for the lustful thought. If someone swears at you, the spirit of God will tell you not to swear back but forgive. If you disobey this and swear back, you will notice that spirit of God is grips. Its time to get down and pray for forgiveness. There you are growing in spirit and when its fully grown, you will be like the house built on stone and never fall when destruction comes. You will shine like light house built on the hilltop and everyone will see your face shines like that of Moses aftering staying with God.

    So do you need a law here to live a life God wants you to live? Is it because you go to church every sabbath or Sunday so you are changed into the likeness of God? You serve God ever moment of your life and going to church is a physical thing organised to share testimonies to strengthen other beilivers who go trough trials and temptations.

    Going to church will never save you my brothers and sisters. Word of God in the Bible is plainly very clear that following those laws and ordinances will never save you. They testified about Christ and once He died, all came to a stop there and Jesus Christ took prominence.

    He is the only Author and Finisher of our Faith in God. God seeing Laws can not save mankind, He gave us his only begotten Son Jesus to die for our sins to blot out the sins we committed because of the law telling us to do this and that, which we can not fulfill all laws in detail. If you say you go to church on Sabbath and if your caring you are travelling with your family to Sabbath breaks down on the road, will you leave it there and walk? Or driving your car not breaking the Sabbath law. If you have animals as pet, they too must not move around on the Sabbath because you breaking one little law means you are guilty of breaking all laws and commandments. If you judge others about keeping the law, don’t you know that God will use the same measurement to judge you?

    If you are a Sunday church goer and accuse other friends going on Sabbath for going back to serve a creature more than the creator, is that not sin accusing one other?

    It is Jesus Christ who died and not Sabbath or Sunday.

    So it Christ our Lord Jesus we serve and only trough Him is Eternal Life. Amen

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  13. James Nathan Sappington says:

    It is ridiculous and intellectually dishonest to imply that any human being alive is worshiping on the seventh day or the first day of the week. There have been numerous changes to the chronological calendar throughout history. Two major changes come to mind. In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII removed ten full days in the month of October from the Julian calendar. But not every culture made the changes including England. In accordance with a 1750 act of Parliament, England and its colonies changed calendars in 1752 removing eleven days. Common sense and fifth grade math would prove that regardless of when God began counting days in Genesis ! . . . when human beings removed 10 or 11 (and any number of other days in recorded history) from HIS count . . . no person in the modern era could possibly know what ‘day’ Saturday or Sunday actually falls on in our current week. Not you. Not me. Not anyone. So when you’re sitting in church this weekend, consider this; It’s probably Wednesday . . . the 4th day. Only fools would argue about it!

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