Sabbath Keeping

Sabbath keeping

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: Which are a shadow of things to come... Colossians 2:16-17

I hear the following sentiment often--

"Nice website, but you've forgotten
to tell people that they must keep the Sabbath."

What the writers are referring to is their belief that we must keep the Saturday sabbath just like the Jews did in the Old Testament. These people are dead wrong and they are out in droves. By and large they belong to a cult called Seventh Day Adventistism. Their founder is a false prophetess named Ellen White.

As with a number of other articles that I have written on this site, the one you are now reading was born out of hearing the same old false doctrine over and over--in this case, sabbath-keeping. I hear from the Seventh Day Adventists and I hear from the Christian babes who are too weak in the word to withstand their assaults. When I got up this morning, 2/22/99, it was in my mind to go ahead and write about it.

The only way to determine if something is right or wrong is by the Bible. It is our only source of truth. I cannot stress the importance of Bible reading enough. When you know the Book, people can't fool you. You won't be tossed about with every new wind of doctrine. You won't be unsteady, unsure and gullible. People tell me, "What they are telling me sounds right." Forget about sounding right! What does the Bible say, my friend? "Let God be true and EVERY man a liar." Don't be lazy, read the Bible. The sluggard will pay dearly.

When someone tells you some doctrine, compare it to the scriptures. Isaiah 8:20--

if they speak not according to this word,
it is because there is no light in them.

How can you know if they are speaking according to God's word or not? You've got to read and study it for yourself. The best thing a Christian can do for their spiritual growth is read the word of God and obey it! If you do these two things you've got the best you can get as a Christian. You'll be a strong built up soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ and you will hear from the Lord.

The commandment we are looking at is--

Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Seventh Day Adventists will tell you that you can't be saved if you don't worship on Saturday which is ludicrous. They desire to live under the Mosaic Law, yet they do not perform the hundreds of ordinances that it includes. Even if they did try to live by the whole Mosaic law they would fail. If they trust it for their salvation they will go to hell. God has made only ONE provision--Jesus (see John 3:36).

The SDAs keep selected portions of the law based on the writings of their false prophetess Ellen White who supposedly got a new vision. There are no more new visions--we will be judged ONLY by what God has revealed from Genesis to Revelation. Jesus said, "...the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." (John 12:48)

As you read through this treatise look for these points:

I will include some excerpts from e-mails exchanged with a person coming out of Seventh Day Adventism. This person's comments will be in italics. Also included are some relevant scriptures along with short expositions.

I read that it doesn't matter what day we keep the Sabbath, and felt freedom for a short while and then thought about how Jesus was keeping the Sabbath still.

A couple of things:

New Testament ExhortationThe Ten
First Commandment

Matthew 4:10 ...Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

First Commandment

I am the LORD thy God...Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Second Commandment

Revelation 9:20 ...they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

Romans 2:22 ...thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?

Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these... I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Second Commandment

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.

Third Commandment

Matthew 6:9 ...Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Matthew 5:34-35 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

Third Commandment

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.

Fourth Commandment

There is no commandment exhorting sabbath keeping in the ENTIRE New Testament. Rather, (1) we find that we are to let no man judge us when it comes to sabbath days (Col. 2:16), (2) we find Jesus saying the sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath (Mark 2:27), and (3) we find that the seventh day sabbath is a shadow of the true, heavenly rest (Hebrews 4:4-4:11).

Fourth Commandment

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Fifth Commandment

Ephesians 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

Fifth Commandment

Honor thy father and thy mother.

Sixth Commandment

Revelation 21:8 ...murderers...shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these...murders...they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Peter 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer,

Sixth Commandment

Thou shalt not kill.

Seventh Commandment

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery...

Romans 2:22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery?...

13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery...

Seventh Commandment

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Eighth Commandment

1 Peter 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a...thief...

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more...

Romans 13:9 ...Thou shalt not steal...

Romans 2:21 ...thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

Eighth Commandment

Thou shalt not steal.

Ninth Commandment

Revelation 21:8 ...all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Revelation 22:15 For without are...whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

1 Timothy 1:9-10 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for... liars...and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Ninth Commandment

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Tenth Commandment

Ephesians 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry Romans

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness... covetousness...

Romans 7:7 ...I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

Romans 13:9 ...Thou shalt not covet...

I Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be ..covetous...with such an one no not to eat.

I Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous...shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Ephesians 5:3 ...covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

1 Timothy 3:2-3 A bishop then must be blameless...not covetous;

2 Timothy

2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous...

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness...

Tenth Commandment

Thou shalt not covet.

I have read what the SDA's say about the scripture too. They are so good at covering the beliefs. I just learned about the new covenant and the freedom last week.

Glory to God. May you grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

When I read Matthew 11:28,29,30 I stopped and said to myself. " his yoke is easy and his burden is light. I want to know more.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaamen! These are some of my favorite verses. We are not all yoked down by the divers ordinances, we are come into a living breathing relationship with Jesus Christ. We love Him and show that love by serving Him, He loves us and helps us as we walk this pilgrim way.

I can see I have to leave the church now. How does one leave a Sabbath that I have been keeping.

If you want to observe Saturday as your day of rest, go ahead. It is not a crime. But you must realize that every Bible believing church that I know of goes to church on Sunday so you will probably have to change the day that you worship. In time, as you grow in knowledge (start by reading the book of Galatians), you will see that the Sabbath was only a shadow or a figure or example of our heavenly rest that we will enter into one day (read the book of Hebrews).

The SDA believe that since the Pope wrote out a 46 page letter on keeping the Sabbath last year that the Sunday laws will go into effect on the Dawn of this next new years . I have read part of the popes letter, and since this is one of the things that is coming true it is scary to quit keeping the Sabbath.

As I said before my friend, forget about what man says and look at what the Bible says! Jesus said, "...the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." (John 12:48) He didn't tell us to listen to what men say outside of the Bible. He said "Sanctify them with thy truth THY WORD IS TRUTH." The Bible says "Let God be true and every man a liar." Believe the Bible and make no provision for the influence of man's doctrine.

Why does God say "remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy" Ex 20:8 ?

The sabbath was given to man so that he would get some rest from his labors and worship God. But more importantly than our physical rest, it symbolizes when we leave our labors here on earth and enter into our heavenly rest. Read the book of Hebrews which opens up the meaning of the entire Old Testament.

Another writer asked me a question about sabbath keeping and then said, "In Romans 14:5-6, Gal.4:10-11 and Col. 2:16-17 Paul had splendid opportunities to the tell the gentiles to always keep God' s Sabbath and His ordained, appointed feasts but he did not."

I responded, "The scriptures you list answer your question completely. Let's take Colossians 2:16 for example, '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.'" Romans 14 and I Corinthians 8 are excellent expositions of Christian liberty. I have freedom, bless God."

I do indeed have respect to the concept of the sabbath and on Sunday, I rarely do more than go to church, cook, and relax. Nevertheless, the sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. I have some flexibility. Jesus is about freedom not about being yoked up to a 10,000 pound wagon.