Below is my response to being attacked for keeping the Sabbath:
I have been accused of teaching LEGALISM. And I would like to clarify my beliefs and why I believe and teach what I do.
I have NEVER preached legalism. I have preached that you should love God. And I have preached that there is a proper way to love God, by keeping His commandments (Jesus said this, not me “If you love me, keep my commandments”). You do not show God love by sinning. But I never claimed you lose your salvation just because you have sinned.
And I think you have a spirit of the devil when you falsely accuse me of legalism, when I never preached anything like it.
If you want to call me names, call me something I am. But when you just make a false accusation, well the bible says Satan is the father of lies. So what spirit is moving you to call me that when I never have said anything to warrant being called a legalist?
I do believe in keeping the 7th Day Sabbath, because I believe you can find all 10 commandments in the first two chapters of Genesis. I believe these commandments always existed. I Am not a Seventh Day Adventist or any other denomination.
Being a sabbath keeper, people like to attack us by saying we teach legalism or “works=salvation”. I believe works result in believing. And if you don’t believe, what do you act upon? I believe works is only a sign of what you believe, not what saves you. But you do have to believe in Jesus in order to be saved.
If you are only believing part of the Bible, then you aren’t believing all of what Jesus says. Jesus is God. Jesus is the one who created the heavens and the earth. He also created the 7 day week. And He didn’t create people on the first day, he created them on the 6th. I think if Jesus wanted people to gather to worship Him on the first day, he would have created them on or before the first day. So by keeping the sabbath, I am just following along with how God created things in the first place. He even says that we are created in His image. ANd He rested the 7th day, blessed it and SANCTIFIED it. It is the only day in the whole bible that He sanctified. Why worship a Holy God on a unsantified day? (meaning, why choose Sunday instead of the 7th day?)
The New Testament speaks early on about corruptin in the church. It was happening shortly after Jesus was resurected. If you deligently search out history, you will see references to christians that kept the sabbath. And you will also find writings calling people christians who kept Sunday. You have to keep in mind that these are secular people sometimes who are writing this history. So they may not know the bible. So if a group of people call themselves christians, even if they aren’t doing the works of christians, if you don’t know the bible, then it is easy to believe they are christians just because they say they are.
It is up to you to do your own research.
You need to clear your mind and read the Bible and see if you would come to the same conclusions that you have always been taught.
I can’t find a reason to go to church on Sunday in the whole Bible. It is an unsanctified day. Adam and Eve didn’t do it. We are created in God’s image, and the only day He rested was the 7th day. The 7th day is the only day sanctified. Jesus said if you love Him, keep his commandments. Well Jesus is God, and Jesus wrote the 10 commandments. All 10 commandments are intertwined together and are all based on the first commandment. There is no reason to keep the other 9 commandments, if you don’t believe the first. And if you truely care about the first commandment, you will want to do your best to keep the other 9 commandments. This is why Jesus said if you break one commandment, you are guilty of breaking them all. They all relate to the 1st commandment.
And I may seem to talk about the sabbath alot. But most christians seem to accept 9 commandments. Most catholics accept 8 of them. But in reality, if you only accept 9 or 8 of them, you aren’t accepting all of them. And Jesus did say “If you break one commendment, you are guilty of breaking all of them.” If you reject ANY of the commandments, you reject the first. If God is not the creator, why have a seven week cycle? If Jesus is not the Creator, why obey Him?
Sin is wrong, because we are made in God’s image. God does not lie. So if you lie, what are you making an image of God look like? A liar? Is it wrong to make God look like a liar?
I don’t teach legalism. I don’t teach works=salvation. I do teach works is a sign that you are one of God’s people.
There was this guy that was going to take his car to the junk yard cause it didn’t work anymore. A man fixed the car. The car worked. Then he told the man, “Thank you, you saved my car from the junkyard. It works now.”
Many people have a broke relationship with God do to sin and unbelief. God is Holy, and a Holy God can have no relationship with what is unholy. Light has no fellowship with darkness. You have to have something that removes sin from your life before you can have a relationship with God. And Jesus is the free gift of salvation, who died on the cross for you. This is a gift that YOU CANNOT EARN. You either accept it by believing. Or you reject it by not believing. Once you accept it, you can start to have a relationship with God. If you are saved, you should be able to work.
Just because you stop a car from going to the junkyard, it doesn’t mean that the car suddenly works. You simply stopped it from going to the junkyard. If it doesn’t work, it probably won’t have much of a relationship with you, cause you are never driving it. It just sits there. You might as well throw it in the junkyard if it doesn’t work, or doesn’t work properly. A car not working properly that is on the road can hurt others. It is probably best to get rid of it.
It is one thing to be saved. It is another thing to have a working relationship with God. And if you don’t have a working relationship with God, then you are like that car that just sits there IDOL, not moving. And we know how God feels about idols, don’t we?
I don’t celebrate Christmas (december 25) because Jesus wasn’t born that day. Jesus is God. Jesus always existed. But even if you want to celebrate the day that the Word became Flesh, it isn’t December 25. That is some OTHER Jesus’s birthday, but not the Jesus of the Bible.
There is no refernece in the Bible of Jesus gathering people on the FIRST DAY to worship. The Disciples never gathered on the first day, except for PENTACOST which happened to fall on Sunday that year. One time. But every 7th day (Saturday) they taught in the synagogues to both JEWS AND GENTILES.
Martin Luther was a catholic monk. When he started the Reformation and nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the catholic church, in that theses still contained much catholic doctrine like PURGATORY which most christians reject today, and even himself later rejected it. So it isn’t like he was perfect. Plus he had years and years of catholic influence.
One of the catholic doctrines that Martin Luther kept was the keeping of Sunday. There were other reformers like Andreas Karlstadt (or sometimes spelled Carlstadt) who rejected keeping Sunday. But you don’t hear about them.
Karlstadt had his own theses, which was 151 Theses. In 1511 he became chancellor of Wittenberg university. In 1512 he awarded Martin Luther his doctorate. (note:Martin Luther got his doctorate from Karlstadt.)
Now think about this. At that time, most people did not have access to a bible themselves. Most were illiterate. Literation rates only went up once the bible was printed in other languages besides latin. In those days, it was still hard to find a non-latin bible. The catholic church kept the bible in latin in order to keep knowledge away from people so it could control them. All people were familiar with is what they had traditionally experienced. It was traditional to go to church on Sunday, because the catholic church was about the only church you could go to.
Also, when a person was given a job, many times they had to work a 6 day week, beginning Monday and ending SATURDAY. They had sunday off.
If you look for a job today, you will find it hard to find work in which you can keep the 7th day sabbath and still be able to provide for your family. I am stuck at the lowest position at my job because they said they can’t promote me, no matter what a good worker or how intelligent I am, if I can’t work Saturday (the 7th day). SO I am stuck doing backbreaking manual labor at a trucking company because i have trouble finding another job in which I can make enough to feed my family.
So one reason Luther’s teachings may have gained popularity over Karlstadt, might not be because they were right. Plus, people don’t like change. Also within the catholic church there had always been sort of an anti-jew sentiment. The jews were looked down upon by many people as being “the ones who killed Jesus.” They were also looked down upon as rejecting the messiah. ANd christians who kept the sabbath were many times associated with the Jews. It made christians feel more seperated and BETTER to keep sunday, not because it was biblical, but because they felt they were superior to the Jews. To them, it was a sign that they were God’s real people, not the jews.
But you have to remember, most of these people were illiterate in those days. They didn’t have their own Bible to read. And when they did hear it read, it was always accompanied by the teachings of the person or church reading it. And their interpretations. Many of these people were also very use to treating Sunday as if it was the Sabbath, because that is what Roman Catholic doctrine had taught for so long.
Karlstadt was one of the few men in the Reformation who observed the Sabbath. But his teachings were rejected by the leaders of the Protestant movements. Luther admitted in His book Against the Celertiel Prophets: “Indeed, if Carlstadt were to write further about the Sabbath, Sunday would have to give way, and the Sabbath-that is to say, Saturday-must be kept holy.”
Luther did not have any solid arguement against what Karlstadt taught.
The only reason Luther could think of as an excuse for perpetuating the Roman Sunday is given in his Larger Catechism. Luther reasoned that “to avoid the unnessary disturbance which an innovation would occasion, it should continue to be Sunday.” (Shaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge,article “Sunday”).
There, that is the excuse that people keep Sunday today. They don’t do it because it is right or because it is biblical. They do it “to avoid the unnessary disturbance which an innovation would occasion” (which basically means keeping the 7th day Sabbath would cause to much change and disturbances in their life).
And keep in mind, Luther got his doctorate from Karlstadt. And Luther spent most of his life in a catholic church learning their teachings.
Jesus said the Sabbath was “made for man”. He didn’t say Jew. He said the sabbath was “made for man.” God created everything so that man would NEVER miss a sabbath with God. Man was created the 6th day, not the first. That way man could rest on the sabbath with God. God was busy working and creating the first 6 days, so since man was created in His image, mankind did not have a a sabbath rest until God rested also. If God never rested, then man would have no rest, because we are created in His image.
The sabbath is a sign that you are God’s people. The jews were God’s people, so they kept the sabbath. Adam kept the sabbath. Able kept the sabbath. (what other day but a santified day would you chose to worship the holy God?) The rest of the world were not God’s people and they didn’t keep the sabbath and rejected God’s ways.
Today christians are God’s people and we should keep the sabbath as a sign that we are His people. It all ties back into the first commandment. We should keep all ten of his commandments.
You can do what you want and believe what you want. But is it right? Do you wish to make God feel loved? There is only one thing you can do to make God feel loved. At least it is the only thing I saw in the whole bible. If you want to show God you love him, Jesus said to “keep my commandments.”
Jesus wrote the 10 commandments and never broke any of them. And when the pharisees accused him of breaking it, He corrected their teachings which were wrong. Jesus might have broken it according to THEIR understanding, but Jesus is the one who wrote the commandment in the FIRST PLACE. Jesus had no misunderstandings about a commandment He wrote. And if you read the bible, you will see that He corrected them. He never said “You’re right, I’m breaking it, i can do whatever.” No, he CORRECTED them and explained He was not breaking it. Jesus had no sin in Him. He was a pure sacrifice. Had He broken the sabbath, He couldn’t die for my sins because God requires a SINLESS offering and breaking a commandment of God is SIN.
And one thing I think is odd. You never see a christian telling a non-believer “Hey you are breaking the sabbath, that’s a sin”. But yet they will tell people homosexuality is a sin. Or murder is a sin. Or child pornography is a sin.
Well all those things are based on the Ten Commandments. Why are all those things a sin, but not breaking the sabbath?
The Sabbath commandment TELLS YOU WHO THE CREATOR IS. The creator is the one who made everything in 6 days and rested the 7th. No other “god” did that. ANd it says to “remember the sabbath and keep it Holy”, yet everyone tries to FORGET about it.
Instead of gathering on the last day of the week, which is the 7th day, people do THE EXACT OPPOSITE and gather on the 1st.
That sounds like rebllion to me when you do the total opposite of what God says and wants.
The only thing that changed once Jesus came, is that He is a better sacrifice than an innocent animal. He is God in the flesh who is sinless and gave His life for sinners so that a sinner might be saved. Jesus is the perfect sacrifice that you can do nothing to earn. Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for all your sins.
Someone who steals, doesn’t look like a christian to me. If someone tells me they fixed my car, and yet I hit the brakes and my car doesn’t stop, then my car isn’t working right. I know how it is suppose to work. It didn’t stop when i hit the brake pedal. So therefore it isn’t working right. I don’t see the signs of a car that is working right. It isn’t fixed and there is no SIGN that it is fixed. Just the mechanic falsely telling me it is fixed. But there is no sign of the car being fixed in its workings.
Do I sin? Sadly yes. I probably don’t keep the sabbath perfectly either.
I’m not saying people who sin aren’t saved. I can’t judge your heart. But to break a commandment and then claim you are not sinning, well now you are calling God a liar and you are in unbelief. And the Bible says you must believe Jesus in order to be saved.
The truth may hurt. A fortress made of lies, can easily crumble under the slightest little breeze of truth. And that whole fortress you put so much into is gone instantly. But if you build a house out of truth, it can withstand a hurricane of lies and not suffer one bit.
I’m not saying I’m absolutely right about everything. I’m just making a plea that people examine what they been taught and what they believe, and study history and the bible, to see if what they believe is actually true or not.
But from my understanding of the bible, it looks like these “sunday churches” are ritualistically breaking a commandment of God every week by not keeping the Sabbath. It is not a sin to gather on any day and worship God, at least as far as I know. But it is a commandment to REMEMBER the Sabbath and keep it holy, and to do all YOUR work 6 days, but of the seventh you rest. And it seems like a perfect day to gather together and worship God, because you are commanded not to work, so EVERYONE can gather at the same time because people are commanded not to work, and it is the only sanctified day unlike sunday and the other days.
But it seems like sunday churches make a ritual out of breaking a commandment of God every week by not remembering or keeping God’s 7th day which He sanctified.
And God said if you break one commandment, you are guilty of breaking them all. So it is JUST AS BAD as commiting a murder every week. And if someone was ritualistically killing someone every week, I doubt you would think they were truely saved or a christian. If someone was breaking any of the other 9 commandments every week, like a ritual, you would doubt they were saved or truely a christian.
Any true doctrine of the bible can be backed up by other scripture. If I think a verse in the bible has a certain meaning, i can normally find other verses to back up that meaning.
People with quote Colossians 2:16 as a reason they don’t have to keep the sabbath. But where is the other scripture to back up their interpretation? Normally you can easily find other scripture to back up an interpretation, if that interpretation is correct.
The Hebrew sanctuary was the not the real thing as it was a shadow of the real. The sacrifices that were being made were not doing very much for the sinner in reality because it didn’t really cleanse him. It was a symbolic function. If you did the service, it did not make you perfect, it was only symbolic activities.
Hebrews 10:1 For the Law having a shadow of good things to come, [and] not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
It was a symbolic activity with the holy days, meats and drinks. They were not something that could cleanse a person from sin.
Colossians 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [days]: 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ.
Because these are not the actual body, when Jesus died and the curtain was rent from top to bottom this meant that the ceremonial Laws were no longer to be practiced. It was done away with. Don’t let anyone put you back on that symbolic path anymore. It is finished. Let no one judge you in not keeping the ceremonial Laws – meats, drinks and holy days connected with the sanctuary. It’s not necessary, that was done away with. That’s what it means, don’t let anyone judge you for NOT keeping the ceremonial laws.
Let’s look at:
Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
“handwriting of ordinances.” These were not the Ten Commandments at all, which were written with God’s own finger (Exo 31:18) and put inside the ark ((Ex. 40:20;Deut.10:1-5). The handwriting was Moses’ writing on parchments and kept in the side of the ark as we see here:
Deu 31:24 And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished,
Deu 31:25 That Moses commanded the Levites, which bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,
Deu 31:26 Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against you.
Col. 2:16 says: “the sabbath days” not the Sabbath. The feast days that were ordinances were also called Sabbaths in which Christ fulfilled the substance of, and were a shadow of things to come.
In Collosians 2:16, I believe it is referring to the ceremonial sabbaths, not the 7th day sabbath which existed at the beginning of the world. For further proof to my interpretation, I’ll go to another verse people like to quote as evidence that it is okay to break the Sabbath.
Corinthians 1:16 verses 1,2
16 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
Please carefully notice what the apostle said, and also, what he did not say. Many have assumed that a religious meeting was held and a collection plate passed. This is not the case. Paul was writing special appeals to the churches in Asia Minor, because many of the Christians in Jerusalem were suffering greatly for lack of food and daily necessities. Paul asked the church at Corinth to gather food, clothing, etc., and store it up at home until he could send men to transport it to Jerusalem.
The expression “lay by him in store” in the original Greek gives the clear connotation of putting aside at home. Even Sunday advocates agree to this.
There was no service held on the first day of the week. The gathering up and storing was to be done on that day. Why did Paul suggest that this work be done on Sunday, and what was involved in getting it done?
First of all, the letter would have been shared with the church on the Sabbath when they were all gathered for worship. The first opportunity to do the work would be the next day – the first day of the week.
Paul’s counsel to the Corinthian Christians is to do their work on the first day of the week, “so that there be no gatherings when I come.”
The disciples preached to both Jews and Gentiles in the synagogue EVERY SABBATH. They knew he would be there on the Sabbath to preach. He wanted this WORK done before he came.
Acts 13:42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.
Acts 1: 12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.
(They were still concerned about how far they traveled on the sabbath. If the sabbath was done away with like people claim, why even talk about a sabbath day’s journey? A sabbath day’s journey is about 2 kilometers or less than 2 miles.)
Most theologians will agree there isn’t once verse in the Bible which changed the Sabbath to sunday. Even sunday church leaders will agree with this. Most teach that you don’t have to keep the sabbath. And almost all of them will agree the Sabbath is the 7th day.
But the catholic church does claim they had the authority to change the sabbath to Sunday, not based on the Bible changing the sabbath, but they claim as a sign that they have authority on earth as God’s true church, they can change the sabbath to Sunday based on THEIR AUTHORITY. And they say all the churches of the world follow them, and that Sunday is the sign of the catholic churches authority over the world.
There was no Roman Catholic church until about 300 ad. And some will argue that christians were already gathering and worshiping on Sundays before the roman catholic church came about. ANd then they claim this is proof that christians always kept Sunday.
But the catholic church finds its roots much earlier in history.
The Nicolaitans were followers of Simon Magus. They practiced keeping Sunday.
The Nazerenes and Ebionites which many consider the true followers of that time, kept the 7th day sabbath. In fact, they were often confused for jews and attacked. You can read about romans having trouble telling them apart from jews cause they both gathered the same days. And many times, they would just get lumped together with the Jews.
Simon Magus was a sorcerer from Samaria. The Samarians considered him as ‘Gods’ divinely chosen representative (Acts 8: 9-10). When the Apostle Peter recognized his real motives, he rebuked him in the strongest terms as being ‘in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity’ (Acts 8: 22-23)
The root of the word Nicolaitans comes from Greek nikao, to conquer or overcome, and laos, which means people and which the word laity comes from. The two words together especially means the destruction of the people and refers to the earliest form of what we call a priestly order or clergy which later on in church history divided people and allowed for leadership other than those led by the spirit of the risen Lord. A good translation of Nicolaitan would be “those who prevail over the people.” This clerical system later developed into the papal hierarchy of priests and clergy lording over the flock. The Council of Trent stated, “If anyone shall say that there is not in the Catholic Church a hierarchy established by the divine ordination, consisting of bishops, presbyters and ministers, let him be anathema.” It is not the question of the ministries but rather in the separation of them into a hierarchy over the people. This very idea was taken over by the Protestants with their own corruption of leadership roles and coverings. The Church of Ephesus was commended for hating the deeds of the Nicolaitans. The wrong separation of the clergy from the laity is a great evil in God’s sight and He hates the lust for religious power over others. There is an ungodly spiritual authority in the Church today, which is nothing more than the prideful spirit of control, manipulation, domination and intimidation and a rebellion of the rightful authority of God.
Faithful believers who have put on Christ Jesus, are all God’s laity. Peter exhorted us to
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not for filthy lucre but of a ready mind. Neither as being lords over God’s heritage but being examples to the flock. And when the chief shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away.
Shepherds serve the sheep but the wolves that clothe themselves with so-called leadership and spiritual authority serve themselves, thinking that they serve God, in essence, this makes them false christs. Early church leaders were established as overseers, not a ruling hierarchy.
The followers of Simon Magnus and the nicolaitans were the first “christians” to practice keeping Sunday. And the roman catholic church sprung from that.
So while some may claim early christians didn’t keep the sabbath, but gathered on Sunday instead, please remember they could be talking about the nicolaitans and Simon Magus’ followers, and not the real christians who are normally considered to be the Nazerenes and Ebionites (who did keep the 7th day Sabbath).
Isai 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith Yahweh, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, [that] from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith Yahweh.
To me, this sounds like the Sabbath is to be kept by all (“all flesh”).
And how is the Sabbath “ceremonial” when God created the Sabbath the first week of creation? The Seventh day is the only day God sanctified, and He sanctified it the first week of creation, the first time the 7th day ever existed.
King James Bible
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Some other interesting reading:
The complete testimony of the fathers of the first three centuries concerning the Sabbath and first day