How the Sabbath was “Changed” Pt. 4

To contextualize this discussion please read, “How the Sabbath was ‘Changed’ Pt. 1,” “How the Sabbath was ‘Changed’ Pt. 2,” and “How the Sabbath was ‘Changed’ Pt. 3.

Now, do Protestant churches know that Sunday sacredness is not Biblical?

Listen to the Methodists’ words:

“‘The reason we observe the first day instead of the seventh is based on no positive command.  One will search the Scriptures in vain for authority for changing from the seventh to the first.’ Clovis G. Chappel, Ten Rules for Living, p. 61″ (Marcussen 37).

Listen to the Baptists’ words:

“Harold Lindsell, former editor of Christianity Today, said, ‘There is nothing in scripture that requires us to keep Sunday rather than Saturday as a holy day.’ Christianity Today, November 5, 1976″ (Marcussen 37).

Listen to the Episcopals’ words:

“‘The Bible commandment says on the seventh day thou shalt rest. That is Saturday.  Nowhere in the Bible is it laid down that worship should be done on Sunday’ Phillip Carrington, Toronto Daily Star, October 26, 1949″ (Marcussen 37).

Need we continue? Friends, the Sabbath was given to man during the creative week to honor God as Creator (Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11). So when a person keeps Sunday instead of Sabbath, to whom do they give homage?

“The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] church” (Segur 225).

“”You are a Protestant, and you profess to go by the Bible and the Bible only; and yet in so important a matter as the observance of one day in seven, you go against the plain letter of the Bible, and put another day in the place of that day which the Bible has commanded. The command to keep holy the seventh day is one of the ten commandments; you believe that the other nine are still binding; who gave you the authority to tamper with the fourth?’ Library of Christian Doctrine Why Don’t You Keep Holy the Sabbath Day? pp. 3, 4. London: Burns and Oats (R.C.)” (The Mission Study Bible 551).

Friends, God’s law is immutable. He cannot change. For this reason Jesus had to take on the form of humanity and die the ignominious death of the cross (1 John 3:1-6; Philippians 2:5-8). There He nailed to the cross handwritten ceremonial laws and sabbaths, like the Day of Atonement, that pointed to Himself (Colossians 2:10-17; Leviticus 23:26-32).  For this reason, we no longer have to keep the Passover, the Day of Atonement, or offer burnt offerings. For as the moon reflects the sun’s light, so were these ordinances a reflection or shadow of Jesus. And these ordinances are separate from the Ten Commandments.

So, when Paul writes, “Let no man judge you in meat, or drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days,” he qualifies this statement in the next verse saying, “[w]hich are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ” (Colossians 2:16, 17). In fact, the sentence is not complete without that clause. In that same manner, when Paul says, “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind,” (Romans 14:5), he is not giving man license to disregard God’s holy Sabbath day. Rather, the context of this statement is around fast days and foods offered to idols. The Jews would customarily fast once or twice a week, and thus esteemed certain days more than the other (Luke 18:12). And we know Paul could not be making an alteration to the commandments of God, for later on Paul declares,

“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ” (Romans 14:10).

And by what standard shall we be judged?

“So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty” (James 2:12).

In the verses preceding this statement, we see James makes direct reference to the Ten Commandments (James 2:8-11).

If God could change the words His finger edged in stone to save the human race, would not our loving Father do that and save humanity the suffering we experience today, and even the poignant suffering of His only begotten Son? It was love that drove God to send His Son for us (John 3:16). For God is love (1 John 4:8, 16), and the law is a transcript of God’s character; “love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:10).

Today, God calls us to reciprocate His love. If we love Him, we would keep His commandments (John 14:15).

“For this is the love of God, that we keep [H]is commandments: and [H]is commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3).

This is the new covenant, Friends:

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people…” (Hebrews 8:10).

Upon these better promises, God seeks a relationship with us; we would be so intertwined with God, that His law, even His character, love, would be written upon on our hearts.

Do we want to express our love for our Maker? Do we want to express our love for the Redeemer? By God’s grace, let us let our love for God be actuated by our lifestyle. Let us do what he bids us, and keep holy His Sabbath day.

Thank You Jesus!

Amen!

Works Cited

Ségur Louis-Gaston de. Plain Talk about the Protestantism of to-Day From the French.. Patrick Donahoe, 1868. Internet Archive, archive.org/details/plaintalkaboutpr00segu/page/224/mode/2up?q=homage+they+pay, Accessed 06 August 2020.

The Mission Study Bible: Authorized King James Version: Study Bible with Ellen G. White Comments. Mission Publishing Inc., 2016.

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