In these last days we see much strife, confusion, and division, even among Christians concerning this topic of Sabbath Keeping. Should we keep it? Should we keep it not? Is it Saturday? Or is it Sunday? How do we keep the Sabbath? Is it required for one to be Saved? Are Catholics evil because they changed the Sabbath day to Sunday if indeed it is Saturday that is the True Sabbath?
Many fights, arguments, and divisions is a result because of the confusion this topic has wrought among this last day generation and God is not the author of confusion.
To say or teach that a person MUST keep the Sabbath in order to be Saved is a false doctrine.
A True Christian is a person who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Apostles. And here is a Truth that is indisputable. Jesus nor any Apostle ever instructed us to continue to keep the Sabbath. Now, man interprets some verses to imply that we are to keep it, but the Truth is Jesus nor any Apostle ever plainly and clearly told us, taught us, or commanded us to keep the Sabbath Holy. You would think, if Sabbath keeping was as important as this generation makes it out to be, that Jesus or the Apostles would not have forgotten to clearly state this important detail. That they wanted us to continue to observe the Sabbath Day. But the Truth is Jesus never told us to keep the Sabbath. The Disciples of Jesus never told us to keep the Sabbath, and the Apostle Paul never once instructed us to keep the Sabbath. So then if Jesus didn’t tell us too, and His Disciples didn’t tell us too, and the Apostle Paul never told us too, Where does this teaching come from?
It comes from man, and his misinterpretation of Scriptures. Man teaches that we Christians must keep the Sabbath. So even though Jesus nor any Apostle instructed us Christians to keep the Sabbath, because man thinks we should keep it and MUST keep it, they will interpret verses to mean that we are to keep it. But please notice that none of the verses that man interprets to mean that we are still required to keep the Sabbath says we are to still required to keep the Sabbath, it is man’s opinion, their interpretation that says that.
There are many verses that Saint John says “keep my commandments”. Many people assume those commandments are the 10 commandments. If you want more information on that topic, read the Article “Obey the Old Testament?”
Now lets make one thing clear, Man says “keep my commandments” to mean the 10 commandments. Man interprets “keep my commandments” to mean the 10 commandments. Does Scriptures interpret “keep my commandments” to mean the 10 commandments? Well believe it or not the answer is “NO” Scriptures plainly teaches what “His commandments” are. (click HERE to see Scriptural proof) Leave it to this last day generation to not let Scriptures interpret Scriptures.
Now you have a choice to make, you can continue to believe what man says or believe what Scriptures say and teach. You can continue to believe “keep my commandments” to mean the 10 commandments, which by the way no Scriptures supports that belief, or to believe the Apostle John who plainly tells us what “His Commandments” are, to believe on the name of Jesus Christ and to love one another. The choice is yours, believe man or God.
Many people like to use verses out of the Old Testament to support their belief that we Christians are to keep the Sabbath.
Anyway, people like to use all the Old Testament verses that say to keep the Sabbath forever, or a perpetual covenant to mean, that we as Christians are to continue to do it.
The problem with this belief is that there are many, many verses in the Old Testament that commands the Israelites to keep forever, or perpetual, or an everlasting statute.
The Israelites were commanded to sacrifice animals for ever, and many other things they were commanded to keep forever. Please click on these verses in the Book of Leviticus alone: (Lev 6:18,22) (Lev 7:34,36) (Lev 10:9,15) (Lev 16:29,31,34) (Lev 17:7) (Lev 23:21,31,41) (Lev 24:3,9)
Clearly Jesus changed all these things, we no longer have to sacrifice animals, even though the Israelites were commanded to do so FOREVER. They were commanded to sacrifice forever and to keep the Sabbath forever as well. Jesus changed everything.
Lets not lose sight of the main point here, just because the Lord commanded the Israelites to sacrifice animals as a forever thing to do, does not mean we Christians are to sacrifice animals. Likewise, just because the Lord commanded the Israelites to keep the Sabbath forever, does not mean we as Christians are to keep it as well. So to use verses in the Old Testament that teach the Israelites to keep the Sabbath forever as a perpetual covenant, does mean we Christians, under a new covenant with Jesus Christ, are suppose to continue to do what God commanded the Israelites to do under the old covenant.
Another thing people use to back up their own belief that we MUST keep the Sabbath, is they say because Jesus kept the Sabbath, as it was His custom to do.
Now people will say, “Jesus is our example for what we are to do, and His custom was to teach in the synagogue on the Sabbath” Tell me, wasn’t it Jesus custom to walk every where He went? Should we then forbid horses, cars, trucks, trains, airplanes and everything that is not walking? Might as well outlaw running as well because it was not the custom of Jesus to run places? God forbid.
The point is, just because it was Jesus custom to read in the synagogue on the Sabbath does not mean, we MUST keep the Sabbath. Know you not that Jesus while alive, had to keep all the laws of Moses, all the statutes, and ordinances, and Judgments, else sin would have been found in Him. Jesus kept all the six hundred plus commandments given to the Israelites by the mouth and hands of Moses. He had to or He would not have been a perfect sacrifice, without spot and blemish. It was Jesus custom to keep ALL the laws of Moses. This however does not mean we as Christians under a new covenant have to do what He did and what His custom were to do, namely to keep all the commandments of the laws of Moses.
So then even though people use this verse to try to support their beliefs that we MUST keep the Sabbath, this verse DOES NOT teach that. It does not say or instruct us Christians to keep the Sabbath.
So then lets go on to other verses that they interpret to mean that we MUST keep the Sabbath, however none of them say so. Many people say and teach that we Must keep the Sabbath because the Apostles kept the Sabbath. i would kindly ask them to show me where they kept the Sabbath, and they would eagerly go to the Bible and show me the verse which said they taught in the synagogue on the Sabbath.
The problem with this is, just because they taught in the synagogue does not mean they were keeping the Sabbath Holy. For thousands of years, to keep the Sabbath meant to “Do NO WORK” it was a day of rest to the people, and the Israelites were commanded to keep it. “To KEEP THE SABBATH” never meant “To teach”.
The point is just because they taught, or even worshiped on the Sabbath, does not mean they were keeping the Sabbath by doing so.
For example, Pastor Bob on July 7th on a Sabbath, taught and worshiped God. Does this mean Pastor Bob kept the Sabbath on July 7th? After Church, he went and worked 8 hours at his second job that he had. My point is, just because Pastor Bob taught and worshiped God on the Sabbath, does not mean he kept the Sabbath Holy by doing so. To keep the Sabbath Holy is not to work, it is a day of rest from your works. If your work is to teach, then to teach on the Sabbath is to work on the Sabbath, if teaching is your work.
Let us assume for a moment that the Apostle Paul does not keep the Sabbath and he has a message about Jesus Christ to teach all the people, what day of the week would he have the biggest audience to give his message too? Well in those days, when did the people gather together? The Sabbath !!! Yes, every Sabbath all the people went to the synagogue to hear the Word, a good size gathering of people. What better opportunity to teach the people the message of Jesus Christ, then on the day all the people came together to hear the Word which was on the Sabbath.
My point is, just because Paul taught on the Sabbath does not mean Paul was keeping the Sabbath by doing so. He taught on the Sabbath because that was his best opportunity to reach a mass of people all at once, with the message of Jesus Christ.
Now before people start falsely accusing me of saying that Paul is a Sabbath breaker, let me clarify. Whether Paul worked on the seventh day or not, i know not, nor does Scriptures reveal one way or another if he did or did not. Therefore i know not, nor have i bothered God by asking Him if he did, being it is a trivial matter.
To believe they kept the Sabbath because they taught in the Synagogue on the Sabbath is false. Know you not they taught every day? What then, because they taught every day meant they kept every day Holy to the Lord? That every day was the Sabbath, because they taught every day? God forbid
So we see that many verses they use to back up their belief that we MUST keep the Sabbath Day Holy, do not teach that belief, and the Truth is still the same. Jesus, nor any Apostle ever instructed us Christians to keep the Sabbath Holy. So as a True Christian, a True follower of Jesus Christ, i will continue to obey what Jesus and His Apostles teach me to do, and NOT what the precepts of man tell me to do.
Here is an interesting point to ponder upon. We know that it was the Lord Jesus, who was the “Lord” of the Old Testament, when the Lord spoke to Moses in the Old Testament it was the Lord Jesus which did so. The Lord Jesus specifically said, several different times concerning the Sabbath that “NO WORK” be done on the Sabbath. Now what is interesting is, that when the Pharisees accused Jesus of breaking the Sabbath. Jesus response to this accusation, consider:
So think about that, Jesus clearly says breaking the Sabbath is to do ANY WORK, yet Jesus replies when accused of breaking the Sabbath “I WORK” Jesus in essence confessed. Did He sin? Under the Old Covenant they would say “yes”, but under the New Covenant, which we are under, He did not. There is no New Testament teaching that teaches Sabbath breaking to be a sin, Nowhere in all the places that lists what is considered to be sins, is Sabbath breaking mentioned, NO where are we instructed to keep the Sabbath.
John 5:8-10 Jesus tells a man to work on the Sabbath day, knowing it was breaking the Sabbath to do any work. A man gathers sticks and God had him stoned to death in Numbers 15:32 , yet Jesus tells a man to pack up his bed and work.
Should we keep the Sabbath then? Apostle Paul sheds some light on this by his teaching.
The Bible teaches us what is sinful, and on those matters they are sinful, but on matters that the Bible does not reveal if it is or is not sinful, let every person judge in themselves and not judge others.
Maybe for one it is a sin to celebrate Christmas, but to another it is not, or maybe it is a sin for one to eat meat, while for another to do so it is not, Or maybe it is a sin to not keep the Sabbath to one, but to another who does not keep it, it is not sin.
If someone keeps Saturday as the Sabbath, what is that to you? If someone keeps the Sabbath on Sunday, what is that to you? IF someone don’t keep the Sabbath at all, what is that to you? In the words of Paul, let every man be fully persuaded in his/her own mind.
The problem with this generation is when a person is convicted by the Spirit that he should keep Saturday as the Sabbath, Holy to the Lord, and this person goes out trying to convince others the same thing, which the Spirit has NOT convicted them to do. So then there is strife, arguments, divisions, and confusion, all of which are not of God.
If you feel you must keep Saturday as the Sabbath, God be with you.
If you feel you must keep Sunday as the Sabbath, God be with you.
If you feel you do not need to keep the Sabbath, God be with you.
If you feel you have to tell others what is sinful because what you are convicted of and the Bible does not condemn, God is not with you. Please read Article on “To Judge or Not to Judge” for more information about that topic.
i have kept the Sabbath for over 11 years, would not work on the Sabbath, Every job i had i informed them before i started working for them, that i would not work on the Sabbath. i have been offered triple pay ($75.00 an hour, at that former job) to work a Sabbath and would not. i don’t keep the Sabbath because Jesus tells me too, or because the Apostles told me to, nor because it is one of the 10 commandments. i made a vow to God that i would keep it because i love Him, and the Spirit put it upon my hear to do so, NOT that i am required to do so, or commanded to do so, but because i want to keep it for Him, to show my love for Him.
I, having kept the Sabbath most of my life, have more right to teach others to keep it, then those who teach it and do not keep it, yet if i teach others to keep it, i commit sin. The Spirit convicted me to keep it. The Bible does not command me to keep it. Should i teach others to do something which the Word of God does not teach nor command? God forbid.
You see to teach others that they must keep the Sabbath, even though their Spirit has not convicted them to do so, nor does the teachings of Jesus Christ or His Apostles teach them to do so, is teaching a false doctrine, it is their opinion, and their opinion they should keep to themselves, and not press it upon others. LET EVERY MAN BE FULLY PERSUADED IN HIS OWN MIND. It does not say to try to persuade others, which is evil to do so.
Let us stop judging others, and trying to persuade people to do or not do things which the Bible does not teach us to do or not to do. If the Spirit convicts you to stop doing something, or to start doing something, by all means, do what the prompting of the Spirit tells you to do, or not to do. BUT DO NOT, teach others to do, or not to do the same thing, when the Spirit has not convicted them to do it or not do it. You do error if you do that wicked thing, it only causes divisions, and confusions among the children of God. God is not the author of confusion, but satan is. If then you teach people to do or not to do things, which the Word of God does not teach us to do or not to do, you do cause confusion by your doctrine that you teach. Is it not enough that we Christians do what we are instructed to do in the New Testament? Why then ADD more Do’s and Don’ts. The New Testament does not teach us to keep the Sabbath, why then do you teach others to keep the Sabbath, when the Word of God itself does not teach that. Obey the Word of God, not what men teach.
It is my hope that everyone set a day aside to keep Holy to the Lord, even though we are not required to, as followers of Jesus Christ.