Key Doctrinal Questions: Lord Sabaoth What of the Sabbath?
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. Some denominational sects (notably Seventh Day Adventists) teach that if you do not observe the correct day you will be condemned/eternally damned regardless what else you believe, you observe, you obey, and you do. These same denominational sects teach that the Lord's Day, the Sabbath, is not Sunday, the day observed by the vast majority of 'Christians,' including the majority of the most devout Christians, but rather is Saturday, the day observed by Jews, including even the most libertine of religious Jews, i.e., "Reform" Jews. Is anyone right? if so, who is right, and does it really matter?
If manifestly unbiblical, and thus ungodly groups (e.g., "Reform" Jews, "Conservative" Jews...) are right about the Sabbath, and groups of seemingly biblically sound, and thus godly christians (e.g., independent fundamental protestants, evangelical protestants...) are wrong regarding a matter so basic and fundamental to their faith as the Sabbath, then do the "godly" have any thing right after all, and are the "godly" actually godly after all? and are the "ungodly" actually ungodly after all?
. Genesis 2:1-3
"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 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."
. Exodus 20:8-11
"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: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
"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."
. Leviticus 23:3
"Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings."
"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
"Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
"These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD's passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD. And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the LORD for a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin. And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD. And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto the LORD, with their meat offering, and their drink offerings, even an offering made by fire, of sweet savour unto the LORD. Then ye shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering, and two lambs of the first year for a sacrifice of peace offerings. And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits for a wave offering before the LORD, with the two lambs: they shall be holy to the LORD for the priest. And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the LORD your God. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God. For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD. On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein. These are the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day: Beside the sabbaths of the LORD, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the LORD. Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days. And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD."
. Jeremiah 7:23-28
"But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
"Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them. Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.
"Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee. But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth."
"Thus said the LORD unto me; Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people, whereby the kings of Judah come in, and by the which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem; And say unto them,
"Hear ye the word of the LORD, ye kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that enter in by these gates: Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.
"But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.
"And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein; Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for ever.
"And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house of the LORD.
"But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched."
. Ezekiel 20:9-24
"But I wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt. Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness. And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them. Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.
"But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them. But I wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out. Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.
"Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness. But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your father, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols: I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.
"Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness.
"Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth. I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries; Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers' idols."
. Nehemiah 13:15-22
"In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals.
"There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem.
"Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day? Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath.
"And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day.
"So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice.
"Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the sabbath.
"And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy."
. Malachi 4:1-3
"For behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven: and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
"But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked: for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts." [This prophecy has not yet been fulfilled.]
"Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse."
. Matthew 5:17-20
"Think not that I come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
"For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."
Though Christian Ministers and Christians are so fond of pointing to the case of Jesus sparing the life of the woman caught in the act of adultery as 'evidence' of Jesus' purported New Testament Policy of merciful, gracious condoning of capital sin, the simple truth is that Jesus' New Testament standard of godliness, and righteousness is more demanding than God's "severe" Old Testament standard was (incidentally God the Father's Old Testament standard was Jesus' Old Testament standard; and Jesus' New Testament standard is God the Father's New Testament standard). Indeed, if you look over Jesus' statements (which He received from God the Father, per John 12:48-50) regarding murder and adultery, you will find His New Testament standard is higher not lower, it is more demanding not more lenient and permissive.
"Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder; which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence."
"Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."
"Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
"Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."
"For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom."
"While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David.
"He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
"If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?"
"And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
"And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to taken any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
"Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect form the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
"Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
"Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had know in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
"Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so: lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
"And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."
"For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
"After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
"He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
"Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
"Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
"Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirst, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
"Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal."
"But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
"Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
. Mark 12:28-31
"And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
"And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
"And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none commandment greater than these."
So tell me, what do you suppose loving the Lord thy God with ALL of thy heart, and soul, and mind, and strength involves or entails? Would it reasonably include keeping the ten commandments, all of them, including keeping the Sabbath holy?
. Luke 18:18-21
"And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
"And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
"And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up."
Yes, the ruler had kept these enumerated commandments, but as evidenced by the discussion which followed he was guilty of allowing riches to become an idol in his life, which separated him from God.
Why mention this selection of scripture verses? To demonstrate that Jesus did not do away with the Ten Commandments, but instead insisted on observance of them.
. John 12:48-50
"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
"For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
"And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak."
. Other pertinent Scriptures
. Observations, Synthesis, Thoughts, & Conclusions regarding keeping the Sabbath Holy.
First, let me really "stir the pot": I am a Minister - Ministers, Priests, Levites, Prophets...have always served the LORD on the Sabbath, so do I, i.e., I preach, teach, witness, write spiritual passages on Christ's Bride, Ministries' website(s), and for years have broadcast on the Lord's Day, though all days are truly His, even as Paul attests that he accounts all days the same.
Additionally, I travel to services....
What's more, if I were blessed with marriage, I would certainly lay with my wife on the Sabbath. But then I have three decades of wedded love I have missed out on, to make up for (as if I will ever be able to make up for those lost decades!). Thank God marriage is honorable in all and the bed undefiled (though it has escaped me for all of these decades). For those good people who believe sexual relations in the marriage bed on the Sabbath are sinful, permit me to ask if they imagine that such sweet God-created, God-directed, God-honoured, God-sanctified rest is forbidden on the day of rest?!
If I were blessed with children, I would instruct them, love them, and care for them on the Sabbath too.
The reason I mention these things is that I want you to understand I am not talking about some academic abstraction that I do not deal with, address, and even wrestle with myself. This matter of keeping the Sabbath holy, and resting on the Sabbath, is one of the Ten Commandments (the fourth Commandment, which places it ahead of "Thou Shalt not murder!" and "Thou Shalt not commit adultery!"); therefore, it is extremely serious, and deserves to be very seriously considered.
I am not claiming to have it absolutely 'nailed down,' as to what is acceptable behaviour on the Lord's Day and what is not, though clearly much of what so many professing 'Christians' engage in on the Lord's Day is unacceptable (and some is not acceptable on any day!).
Multitudes of Christian Ministers in the USA routinely, habitually, go out to eat at restaurants on Sunday, the Lord's Day, and make mention of it in Church in a way that encourages their congregations to do likewise; similarly, vast multitudes of Christians routinely eat out on the Lord's Day. If pressed on the subject as to whether such conduct is biblical or God-pleasing, typically they will say something to the effect that those places of business are open anyway, that their frequenting those businesses on the Lord's Day is benefiting the people who "have to work there on Sundays," and psuedo-piously add that by eating out at these restaurants they can 'witness' to the employees and others.
Perhaps, but permit me to ask a few questions:
Kindly understand, I am raising these questions to cause you to think, to really think about it, to pray about it, to seek the Lord about it, and to decide for yourself (with the Holy Scripture's teaching & the Holy Spirit's prompting) what the Lord would have you to do.
My observation is that many christians, ministers, and churches in America are altogether too accepting of all manner of activities on the Lord's Day that are not acceptable to the LORD, and that this is a far more critical matter than whether Saturday or Sunday is the 'correct' day, or the observed day.
I think that one of the greatest dangers of eating out on Sunday is that it blurs the whole matter of what is acceptable on the Sabbath, and leads to engaging in other behaviours on the Lord's Day, behaviours which are truly flagrant violations of God's revealed will and commandments.
When I say unacceptable, I include the following: engaging in sports; watching sports events, whether by attending such events in person or watching via electronic media; engaging in physical exercise - which is a different thing from recreation; making and/or listening to secular music; doing chores which do not need to be done on the Lord's Day, e.g., going shopping at the grocery store, lawn-mowing & engaging in other loud, obnoxious, activities (e.g., using power tools like weed whackers, blowers, chain saws, and vehicles like motorcycles and snowmobiles), car-washing, housecleaning, and church-cleaning, attending movies (and how many of these movies are not tolerable with God for you to view on any day, let alone on the Lord's Day?), and doing other shopping, e.g., "going to the mall"....
Now regarding recreation, I would say there is recreation and then there is recreation, i.e., there are activities which are restful, enjoyable, not ungodly, and which likely do not break the Sabbath, e.g., spouses coming together sexually may be judged by some people to be recreational, though it is in fact spiritual, emotional, and an absolutely fundamental cornerstone behaviour (which can properly be viewed as a sacrament, for God says it is holy/undefiled/sacred, with ONE spouse for life), it should not be categorized as being amongst the light, frivolous, past-times, and trivial pursuits that comprise recreation (though multitudes of people do engage in fornication and adultery for recreation!). Recreational activities may include christian fellowship activities such as church picnics (which may even include baptisms); but sports events at church picnics for adults clearly cross the line. Walking is one thing, jogging is another, as is running; clearly there is a difference between children playing, and adults exercising and competing in sports events. Swimming and sailing are perhaps acceptable, but do you really imagine that using loud raucous motorboats, ski-boats, ski-sleds, and the like are acceptable on the Sabbath with God?
Some christians, ministers, and denominations, forbid a range of recreational activity called dancing on any day, there are many widely different forms within this grouping, including fairly quiet, romantic slow-dancing for couples; very exuberant, boisterous athletic dances; country-style square dances and line dances; "hot" Latin dances; frenetic, purposely sexually erotic, jungle boogie "dances," "go-go dances," hip-hop dances, and very many idiotically foolishly absurd spectacles which are also called dances. Then there are "dances" which are in fact pagan religious rituals and observances, e.g., partially naked tribal dances and fertility rites. One church I visited, a conservative, Presbyterian church, offered ball-room dance lessons for its single members/attendees in the church building on Sundays after services; I wanted to take the lessons, as I wanted to learn how to perform such a dance for future occasions, wedding! and it also offered me a tangible and excellent opportunity to possibly meet my beloved bride, but I could not bring myself to take dance lessons on the Lord's Day, though of course no-one else at the conservative, evangelical Presbyterian church saw anything remotely amiss about it. Oy Veh!
I realize that some christians and ministers very enthusiastically enjoy loud, noisy, fast, power vehicles, people like William Franklin Graham III, also known as (aka) Franklin Graham, people like Joe Gibbs, Jeff Gordon, Mario Andretti, Pat Robertson, Kenneth Copeland...to name but a few. OK, so enjoy those vehicles on other days, but NOT on the Lord's Day! I would also recommend that such christians, ministers, and christian leaders abstain from using such vehicles on Saturday out of consideration for those who worship on that day. Have you ever heard of "Disturbing the Peace"? What do you think that law was about, and created for anyway? Where do you really imagine it came from? And for the edification of those christians who do revel in gratuitous, cacophonous noise-making [which is infinitely different from 'making a joyful noise to the LORD'], there are those of us for whom such noise is disturbing on any day of the week, and especially so on holy days.
School/extra-curricular, and school-age sports programs, e.g., Little League, Pop Warner Football, Elementary/Primary/Grade school, Jr. High/Middle School, Pony League, High School, and College/University, did not use to engage in training, practice, nor competition on the Lord's Day (a stark difference from the scheduling that pervaded professional sports and even world-class amateur sports, e.g., the Olympic Games; but in recent years colleges and high schools have begun to schedule athletic competitions on the Lord's Day, e.g., NCAA football, basketball, and baseball, and unimaginably now even Little League games are scheduled on the Lord's Day, as seen in the recent Senior Little League World Series, and Little League World Series. No Christian who believes that Sunday is the Lord's Day should participate in amateur athletic competitions on the Lord's Day, nor permit their children to compete or practice on the Lord's Day, much less encourage their children, and others' children to do so, and/or insist that their children and/or others' children do so, nor enter a profession which frivolously requires participation (let alone habitual participation) on the Lord's Day, i.e., defiling of the Lord's Day, and seductively solicits multitudes of adults, young people, and children to participate vicariously as spectators/fans, and to embrace active participation as competitors, coaches, cheerleaders...in such Lord's Day-breaking pastimes. PERIOD!!! This is not complicated, it is clear-cut, the myriads of christians, ministers, and christian leaders who practice and encourage such sin not withstanding.
There is clearly a considerable difference between engaging in life-sustaining and protecting work such as that performed by those people in medicine, nursing, emergency medical and ambulance services, fire-fighting, police work, military service...on the Lord's Day, versus utterly frivolous entertainments, e.g., playing baseball, football, basketball, hockey, golf, tennis, car-racing...; and despite what journalists, news people, and their corporate employers would tell you to the contrary, there is typically no pressing need whatever for functions such as news announcing on the Lord's Day. But the Lord's Day in the United States of America and Western European nations, is simply routinely trod under foot nowadays, while observance of religious commands by muslims is haled as holy, sacred, deserving of utmost respect....
It should go without saying, but regrettably it does not, that sports which are engaged in on the Lord's Day are not acceptable with the LORD. Therefore, permit me to say this very explicitly to all of those christians who engage in the Business of professional sports on the Lord's day (whether as athletes, coaches, managers, broadcasters, reporters), e.g., car-racing, football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, tennis, golf...: you have some serious answering to do to the LORD who created you, and who sacrificially bought you. The same holds true for all of those other christians who own professional sports teams, who invest in them, who frequent professional sports events, and who encourage such behaviour by others, most outrageously from their PULPITS!
Dear ones, joining in singing "God Bless America" at these sports events does not sanctify them nor make them Holy, God-Honoring events, acceptable to be engaged in on the Lord's Day (regardless how many "spiritual authorities" tell you otherwise)!
Nor does attending a church service in the morning permit one to do whatever one cares to do for the remainder of the Lord's Day with God's approval; rather, it signifies that you should know better, and are without excuse.
For those christians who imagine that somehow it may be acceptable to break one of the Ten Commandments regularly, and that it can be done with impunity, it should be noted that in addition to breaking the fourth of the Ten Commandments, the practices mentioned above also involve the breaking of eight of the remaining nine Commandments, that is a total of nine of The Ten Commandments routinely being broken in the process of engaging in professional sports on the Lord's Day, encouraging other to do so, and participating in such sports competitions as spectators...and at times even Commandment # VI - Thou shalt not murder, has been broken in the pursuit of victory and the spoils of victory in sports competed in on The Lord's Day, which brings us to a total of ten of The Ten Commandments being broken.
OK, so you don't believe the previous paragraph, here are The Ten Commandments:
The Ten Commandments
And God spake all these words saying, I am the LORD thy God....
I - Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
[If you choose to break commandment # 4 routinely, you are giving witness that you have other gods that you observe, and observe in preference to the one true God.]
II - Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
[Any and virtually every sport category, competition, league...presents graven images as awards/trophies to the victorious competitors, runners-up...as rewards for winning and as inducements to compete.]
III - Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.
[For christians to profess faith in Christ whether privately to teammates...or publicly to spectators...in the context of their lightly, routinely, habitually breaking the LORD's Sabbath by engaging in sports competitions on the LORD's Day is a demonstration of this (though I am certain many a professing christian will vehemently disagree).]
IV - Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
V - Honour thy father and thy mother.
[Many an athlete and spectator breaks the sabbath despite the beliefs, faith, teaching, and requests of their parents, and thus dishonours their parents and breaks Commandment # 5 also.]
VI - Thou shalt not commit murder.
[Al Davis, Jack Tatum - Darryl Stingley; Todd Bertuzzi - ?; Scott Stevens - Paul Karia, ....]
VII - Thou shalt not commit adultery.
[Cheerleading teams across the country, definitely including those winning top cheerleading competitions, insist on one-upping one another by concocting and performing evermore lewd ghettoized discothèque routines, while many boy "student-athletes" engage in gratuitous crotch groping, ala the hip hop and rap performers, including such wholesome favorites as Justin Timberlake.]
VIII - Thou shalt not steal.
[Winning by stealing and cheating is rampant in sports, and not just at the professional level, it is rampant in the major collegiate sports programs; it is fully accepted, routinely engaged in and encouraged by top NCAA coaches and programs, (and no, I'm not talking about doping and substance abuse, though that is involved too). For instance, Ohio State's Head Football Coach Jim Tressel; Univ. of Washington's Head Football Coach Ty Willingham (?), formerly Head Coach at Notre Dame & Stanford University, the Univ. of Virginia Head Football Coach.
IX - Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
[While such practices as breaking the sabbath and encouraging others to do so, and even teaching others to do so, may not constitute bearing false witness against thy neighbour in the sense of testifying falsely against a neighbour in a trial, nonetheless, it definitely constitutes giving false witness to thy neighbours, casting a stumblingblock before others, causing little ones that believe in Christ to fall into sin...and thus constitutes the most ruinous sort of false witness, that resulting in eternally damning consequences!]
X - Thou shalt not covet.
[Covetousness is certainly, unmistakably at the very heart of professional sports, but it also drives a great deal of what takes place in senior amateur sports, as seen in the Olympics, world championships, national championships, major amateur sports events/meets, NCAA championships, and the major sports programs in collegiate athletics. If you don't believe me, just look at the way so many younger people engaging in these sports now "behave," i.e., misbehave, strutting their stuff, acting like the cock of the walk, chest thumping, fist-pumping, chest-butting, yelling/screaming, trash-talking (deliberately baiting their opponents by demeaning and vilifying them through cursing, swearing, and talking vilely about them to them; and it is not confined to professional athletes and college "student-athletes," even high school boys adorn themselves with tattoos and with diamond earrings. Covetousness also is central to betting/wagering/gambling on sports events, and is central to ownership and management of sports teams, .]
All of this brings me to ask one of the greatest theological questions of all time - "Do you feel lucky...?" [from that spiritual classic, the movie "Dirty Harry"] The point is, rebellion against God is not worth it, it is not wise, it is not praiseworthy...regardless how many "big name" successes claim that such practice as that addressed on this page [i.e., breaking the Sabbath] is consistent and compatible with biblical christianity and is pleasing to God. Those "big name" successes, if pressed, will likely attempt to defend/justify their actions by claiming that far from breaking the Sabbath, and dishonoring God, they are in fact bringing honor to God and witnessing to his name in a secular context, and thus glorifying God and serving the Lord!!!! While the fact is, that the only people at sporting events on the Sabbath this may be truly said of, are those who attend sporting events on the Sabbath Day specifically to distribute gospel tracts and engage in similar evangelical witnessing. The christians who engage in such witnessing invariably distribute their tracts/pamphlets, and share with people, outside of events, as they are prevented from access to stadiums/auditoriums with such materials, and are prevented from distributing them inside of the facilities (additionally, frequently their are attempts made to prevent distribution of gospel literature even outside of sports event facilities, which prevention is immoral and illegal).
Very well then, if christians are not permitted to engage in amateur and professional sports events and programs on the Lord's Day, who is? If this were a nation under God no one would be permitted to, but the United States is not a nation under God, i.e., it is not a nation that obeys God, nor serves God, the National Anthem not withstanding. In the USA of today pagans, heathens, infidels, atheists, unbelievers...are the only people that can claim liberty to engage in whatever they care to do within the pagan parameters of the now pagan laws of the United States of America.
Jews who observe the Sabbath from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday are of course free to engage in any moral activities on Sunday, but not on Saturday, which again disqualifies them at the very least from all professional sports competition, with the possible exception of a sport such as baseball, which they could presumably contract to practice and engage in competition for during the days excepting Friday evenings and Saturdays. Those christians that observe the Sabbath from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday are not similarly exempted, as they would effectively cast a stumblingblock before the vast majority of christians, including little ones. Cultists, muslims...are numbered with the pagans, heathens, infidels, and assorted unbelievers, which is what they are.
What about music and performing arts...? God's Word does not explicitly require that music...engaged in throughout the week be worship music (even though that is what music was created by God to be, and what He created it for; and though christians' lives are in truth not their own, but His who bought them, and though christians are commanded to love the Lord their God with all of their heart, and mind, and strength, and soul). But at the very least, it should be clear that foolish, unwise, lewd, indecent, profane "music" and other performances are an offense to God on any day, and most grievously so on the Lord's Day, and do cast stumblingblocks before the Lord's little ones. In the USA of Today conspicuously, sexually provocative and provoking songs, dance movements, costumes, and performances have become the norm, pervading the music industry, and defiling every day of every week, definitely and deliberately including the Lord's Day. Regardless what various ministers and pastors may say to the contrary, Britney Spears & Jessica Simpson have been steered to, and have chosen to, become part of the problem rather than part of the solution, with disastrous "Pied Piper" consequences. Additionally, sensual, carnal music, lyrics, performances, dances, attire and the lack thereof have seduced the church.
I am only scratching the surface here, I realize, but isn't it amazing how wide and deep the implications are even from merely scratching the surface, or addressing the tip of this Titanic/Ship of Fools-sinking iceberg; the iceberg being that of choosing to rebel against God by refusing to keep the Sabbath Holy, and thus failing to worship and obey God the Father, God the Son, & God the Holy Spirit?
Rather than casting stumblingblocks before you, I am trying to look out for your souls, per II Corinthians 11:2 & 13:9b:
II Corinthians 11:2, "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ."
II Corinthians 13:9b, "this also we wish, even your perfection."
I have not mentioned a huge category of unholiness committed on the Lord's Day, i.e., the unholy speech, and actions that so very many ministers deliberately, proudly, habitually engage in from the church pulpits, during services, on the LORD's Day; I will address such gravely dangerous unholiness separately in another 'chapter.'
oh oh, i hope he doesn't see me crawling around down here, i'm not going too fast am i? you can see i haven't come from a restaurant, you know what they always say, "no shirt, no shoes, no service!"home (toc)
boy, i think he's kind of an old stick in the mud don't you, you know, a real party pooper...no wonder he still isn't married (and at 52 yet!), what gorgeous girl wants to marry an old fuddy duddy like him? he really is hopeless! it's too bad he isn't cute like me....
[don't you think it's strange that restaurants don't say "no didy, no service!"?]
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