So, this past week, I received a free booklet in the mail from some cult that was trying to get me to request more information, and in the book, one of their pet doctrines was that we should be celebrating church on Saturday, rather than Sunday.Â One of my friends was worried by the booklet, and asked me what was right, and I wrote him the response below.Â He then responded in this fashion:
tx! whew. according to the booklet, anyone who didn’t see Saturday asÂ the Sabbath was going to be dammed. he then provided many quotes whichÂ were heavily interspersed with his interpretations.
Regarding the Sabbath, the short answer is, it doesn’t matter which day you rest or meet with other believers. Groups that are hung up on which days you should worship are usuallyÂ controlling, cult-like organizations trying to draw people into theirÂ dysfunction (see, I have an opinion ;).Â Here’s some scriptures to
1. The Sabbath is made to help us, we are not made to slavishly obey some Sabbath rule:
One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain.Â The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need?Â InÂ the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God andÂ ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. AndÂ he also gave some to his companions.”
Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.Â So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
2.Â The Sabbath and other ceremonial rules such as sacrificing animals,Â were merely a foreshadowing of Christ.Â Now that He has come, we obeyÂ them by trusting in Christ – by RESTING in his work for us, we are,Â essentially, obeying the Sabbath.
Therefore do not let anyoneÂ judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religiousÂ festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
3. The Sunday sabbath was adopted by the Catholic church to combat paganism (similar to how they put Christmas over-top theÂ winter solstice).Â However, this may also have been done becauseÂ Constantine, who converted to Christianity, was a former sun worshipperÂ who worshipped on Sunday.Â So the “Saturday sabbath” folks DO haveÂ reason to say that perhaps the Sunday Sabbath was chosen for the wrongÂ reasons.
4. There are scriptural, New Testament reasons to worship on Sunday, chief of which is that Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday, though some dispute this.
- Matthew 16:21, 17:23, 20:19; Luke 9:22, 13:32, 24:46: “on the third day”
- John 2:19 “in three days”
TheseÂ passages would be consistent with a Friday afternoon death and SundayÂ morning resurrection, because of the Jewish “inclusive” method of
But in the end, it is the second point which is most important – it just doesn’t matter.Â What does matter is that weÂ practice
- the principle of Sabbath rest, that is, putting aside a day to stop
working and renew our relationship with God, others, and ourselves
- are trusting Christ for our righteousness, not keeping the rules slavishly