Remember the Sabbath Day to Keep It Holy

Today is Sunday, the first day of the week, and I hope you all are going (or have gone) to church today.

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

So keep today holy, but wait a minute. What do the following verses say?

“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.”  – Exodus 20:9-11 KJV

I will keep this brief, since I’m on my way out to church myself. Under the law the Sabbath was observed on the seventh day, or Saturday. Through the death and resurrection of Christ the law was fulfilled, and the early church then began observing the Lord’s day on the first day of the week, the day on which Jesus resurrected. This is why we go to church on Sunday and not on Saturday.

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Remember the Sabbath Day to Keep It Holy — 3 Comments

  1. The Sabbath was the most misunderstood commandment. Pharisees take this law as highly sacred above the rest of God’s original ten commandments. Their zeal in keeping the Sabbath obliterated their sense of justice and mercies toward man. Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath (Mk 2:27) was not exempted in their bigotry, for history chronicled their hatred when He divulged His true identity and for having done good on the Sabbath day (Mk 2:3-5) for which they closely observed.
    Jesus clarified the commandments, He made it plain, it is love for God and man that pulls the whole weight of the law.
    When He arose from the dead, it was on a Sabbath. We worship Him on that celebrated first day of the week when the disciples gladly discovered He had risen!
    As finite beings of fragile frame and constitution, we do have been designed to rest. Living constraints in human society have doubled the need of a day of rest, full or in part, Saturday and Sunday.
    So our Lord God Redeemer, help us by your grace and mercies.

  2. Lets do right lets us do as we taughted and glorify sabath the seventh day of the week as god told us

  3. Aren’t we supposed to do what Jesus did?? Jesus kept the Sabbath, so did his disciples.
    Exodus 20:9-11 is the fourth commandment. If God, Jesus and Holy Spirit (i.e., Jesus is God) are One then how can it be Biblically logical that Jesus had problems with one of God’s 10 commandments?? Read Matthew 5:18 “For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” In fact if we go back to Genesis 2:3 (“Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”) you will find the first thing God ever made holy (as recorded in the Bible) was not the animals, plants or man…it was in fact a day!!! It dealt with timing…and that ‘timing’ deals with ‘worship’ which Daniel prophesied in Daniel 7:25 (“He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.”) that a beast/kingdom/ruler will change the Laws of God especially the 4th commandment that dealt directly with the ‘time of worshiping God. So it was not Jesus who changed the Law nor the apostles but mere human interference through compromises brought in by the pagans who got converted into Christianity… the change (of the day of worship from Saturday/Sabbath to Sunday) was especially made obvious by the seal of a pagan Roman ruler, Constantine who ‘adopted’ Christianity for his political and religious gains. This change by pagan Rome is carried on by the Papal Rome till the present day and still followed by the Protestants (when we are not actually protesting but whose doctrines are still under the shadow of papal rome)
    In Matthew 5:17Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill…” If you notice he did not simply say he came to fulfill but Jesus started by saying he did not come to destroy. Jesus ‘fulfillment’ of the law does not mean he nailed the 10 everlasting commandments to the cross, but rather he strengthened it by writing it down in our hearts and our minds. Jesus is the Law and whatever teachings he gave, instructions and precepts, all have their basis on the ten commandments.
    Sunday is nowhere mentioned in the entire Bible. Sunday worship in Christianity sprouted 400 years after Jesus’ ascension to heaven when Christianity was rife and Satan became agitated and worked his deceptions through the influential and the religious leaders of the time and the most prominent institution, the church (more specifically the Roman church). It was the Roman church under the protection of the State power that changed the Sabbath to Sunday worship.
    Sadly protestants who claim to follow only the teachings of the Bible are still following the teachings/interpretations/decrees of Papal Rome. They break God’s commandment and justify their Sunday worship as a sign of respect to commemorate Christ resurrection. But Paul teaches in Romans 6:1-5 (“ 1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
    5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”) that if we want to show respect to the Resurrection of Christ then we honor it through Baptism.

    What CANDID statements have Catholics
    and Protestants made about the Sabbath?

    History reveals that it was decades after the death of the apostles that a politico-religious system repudiated the Sabbath of Scripture and substituted the observance of the first day of the week. The following quotations, all from Roman Catholic sources, freely acknowledge that there is no Biblical authority for the observance of Sunday, that it was the Roman Church that changed the Sabbath to the first day of the week.
    In the second portion of this article are quotations from Protestants. Undoubtedly all of these noted clergymen, scholars, and writers kept Sunday, but they all frankly admit that there is no Biblical authority for a first-day (Sunday) sabbath.

    CONFESSIONS

    ROMAN CATHOLIC
    James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of our Fathers, 88th ed., pp. 89.
    “But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.”
    Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism 3rd ed., p. 174.
    Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?
    Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her – she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday, the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.”
    John Laux, A Course in Religion for Catholic High Schools and Academies (1936), vol. 1, P. 51.
    “Some theologians have held that God likewise directly determined the Sunday as the day of worship in the New Law, that He Himself has explicitly substituted the Sunday for the Sabbath. But this theory is now entirely abandoned. It is now commonly held that God simply gave His Church the power to set aside whatever day or days she would deem suitable as Holy Days. The Church chose Sunday, the first day of the week, and in the course of time added other days as holy days.”
    Daniel Ferres, ed., Manual of Christian Doctrine (1916), p.67.
    Question: How prove you that the Church hath power to command feasts and holy days?
    Answer: By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of, and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same Church.’
    James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921), in a signed letter.
    “Is Saturday the seventh day according to the Bible and the Ten Commandments? I answer yes. Is Sunday the first day of the week and did the Church change the seventh day —Saturday — for Sunday, the first day? I answer yes. Did Christ change the day’? I answer no!
    “Faithfully yours, J. Card. Gibbons”
    (The above is in the spirit of the antichrist which the angel explained Daniel about the fourth beast he saw in Daniel 7….”He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to CHANGE SET TIMES AND THE LAWS. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.” Daniel 7:25)
    The Catholic Mirror, official publication of James Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 23, 1893.
    “The Catholic Church, . . . by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday.”
    Catholic Virginian Oct. 3, 1947, p. 9, art. “To Tell You the Truth.”
    “For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Roman Catholic] church outside the Bible.”
    Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1957), p. 50.
    Question: Which is the Sabbath day?
    Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.
    Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
    Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.”
    Martin J. Scott, Things Catholics Are Asked About (1927), p. 136.
    “Nowhere in the Bible is it stated that worship should be changed from Saturday to Sunday …. Now the Church … instituted, by God’s authority, Sunday as the day of worship. This same Church, by the same divine authority, taught the doctrine of Purgatory long before the Bible was made. We have, therefore, the same authority for Purgatory as we have for Sunday.”
    Peter R. Kraemer, Catholic Church Extension Society (1975),Chicago, Illinois.
    “Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts:
    1. That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man.
    2. We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living Church, the authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church, instituted by Christ to teach and guide man through life, has the right to change the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept her change of the Sabbath to Sunday. We frankly say, yes, the Church made this change, made this law, as she made many other laws, for instance, the Friday abstinence, the unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of Catholic marriages and a thousand other laws.
    “It is always somewhat laughable, to see the Protestant churches, in pulpit and legislation, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in their Bible.”
    T. Enright, C.S.S.R., in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, Feb. 18,1884.
    “I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ The Catholic Church says: ‘No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.’ And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.”

    PROTESTANT CONFESSIONS
    Protestant theologians and preachers from a wide spectrum of denominations have been quite candid in admitting that there is no Biblical authority for observing Sunday as a sabbath.

    ANGLICAN / EPISCOPAL
    Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the Catechism, vol. 1, pp.334, 336.
    “And where are we told in the Scriptures that we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded to keep the seventh; but we are nowhere commanded to keep the first day …. The reason why we keep the first day of the week holy instead of the seventh is for the same reason that we observe many other things, not because the Bible, but because the church has enjoined it.”
    Canon Eyton, The Ten Commandments, pp. 52, 63, 65.
    “There is no word, no hint, in the New Testament about abstaining from work on Sunday …. into the rest of Sunday no divine law enters…. The observance of Ash Wednesday or Lent stands exactly on the same footing as the observance of Sunday.”
    Bishop Seymour, Why We Keep Sunday.
    We have made the change from the seventh day to the first day, from Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of the one holy Catholic Church.”

    BAPTIST
    Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, a paper read before a New York ministers’ conference, Nov. 13, 1893, reported in New York Examiner, Nov.16, 1893.
    “There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will be said, however, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week …. Where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament absolutely not.
    “To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years’ intercourse with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath question . . . never alluded to any transference of the day; also, that during forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing was intimated.
    “Of course, I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history . . . . But what a pity it comes branded with the mark of paganism, and christened with the name of the sun god, adopted and sanctioned by the papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism!”
    William Owen Carver, The Lord’s Day in Our Day, p. 49.
    “There was never any formal or authoritative change from the Jewish seventh-day Sabbath to the Christian first-day observance.”

    CONGEGRATIONALIST
    Dr. R. W. Dale, The Ten Commandments (New York: Eaton &Mains), p. 127-129.
    ” . . . it is quite clear that however rigidly or devotedly we may spend Sunday, we are not keeping the Sabbath — . . ‘The Sabbath was founded on a specific Divine command. We can plead no such command for the obligation to observe Sunday …. There is not a single sentence in the New Testament to suggest that we incur any penalty by violating the supposed sanctity of Sunday.”
    Timothy Dwight, Theology: Explained and Defended (1823), Ser. 107, vol. 3, p. 258.
    ” . . . the Christian Sabbath [Sunday] is not in the Scriptures, and was not by the primitive Church called the Sabbath.”

    DISCIPLES OF CHRIST
    Alexander Campbell, The Christian Baptist, Feb. 2, 1824,vol. 1. no. 7, p. 164.
    “‘But,’ say some, ‘it was changed from the seventh to the first day.’ Where? when? and by whom? No man can tell. No; it never was changed, nor could it be, unless creation was to be gone through again: for the reason assigned must be changed before the observance, or respect to the reason, can be changed! It is all old wives’ fables to talk of the change of the Sabbath from the seventh to the first day. If it be changed, it was that august personage changed it who changes times and laws ex officio – I think his name is Doctor Antichrist.’
    First Day Observance, pp. 17, 19.
    “The first day of the week is commonly called the Sabbath. This is a mistake. The Sabbath of the Bible was the day just preceding the first day of the week. The first day of the week is never called the Sabbath anywhere in the entire Scriptures. It is also an error to talk about the change of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. There is not in any place in the Bible any intimation of such a change.”

    LUTHERAN
    The Sunday Problem, a study book of the United Lutheran Church (1923), p. 36.
    “We have seen how gradually the impression of the Jewish sabbath faded from the mind of the Christian Church, and how completely the newer thought underlying the observance of the first day took possession of the church. We have seen that the Christians of the first three centuries never confused one with the other, but for a time celebrated both.”
    Augsburg Confession of Faith art. 28; written by Melanchthon, approved by Martin Luther, 1530; as published in The Book of Concord of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Henry Jacobs, ed. (1 91 1), p. 63.
    “They [Roman Catholics] refer to the Sabbath Day, a shaving been changed into the Lord’s Day, contrary to the Decalogue, as it seems. Neither is there any example whereof they make more than concerning the changing of the Sabbath Day. Great, say they, is the power of the Church, since it has dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments!”
    Dr. Augustus Neander, The History of the Christian Religion and Church Henry John Rose, tr. (1843), p. 186.
    “The festival of Sunday, like all other festivals, was always only a human ordinance, and it was far from the intentions of the apostles to establish a Divine command in this respect, far from them, and from the early apostolic Church, to transfer the laws of the Sabbath to Sunday.”
    John Theodore Mueller, Sabbath or Sunday, pp. 15, 16.
    “But they err in teaching that Sunday has taken the place of the Old Testament Sabbath and therefore must be kept as the seventh day had to be kept by the children of Israel …. These churches err in their teaching, for Scripture has in no way ordained the first day of the week in place of the Sabbath. There is simply no law in the New Testament to that effect.”

    METHODIST
    Harris Franklin Rall, Christian Advocate, July 2, 1942, p.26.
    “Take the matter of Sunday. There are indications in the New Testament as to how the church came to keep the first day of the week as its day of worship, but there is no passage telling Christians to keep that day, or to transfer the Jewish Sabbath to that day.”
    John Wesley, The Works of the Revelation John Wesley, A.M., John Emory, ed. (New York: Eaton & Mains), Sermon 25,vol. 1, p. 221.
    “But, the moral law contained in the ten commandments, and enforced by the prophets, he [Christ] did not take away. It was not the design of his coming to revoke any part of this. This is a law which never can be broken …. Every part of this law must remain in force upon all mankind, and in all ages; as not depending either on time or place, or any other circumstances liable to change, but on the nature of God and the nature of man, and their unchangeable relation to each other.”

    Dwight L. Moody
    D. L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting (Fleming H. Revell Co.: New York), pp. 47, 48.
    The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. This fourth commandment begins with the word ‘remember,’ showing that the Sabbath already existed when God Wrote the law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been done away with when they will admit that the other nine are still binding?”

    PRESBYTERIAN
    T. C. Blake, D.D., Theology Condensed, pp.474, 475.
    “The Sabbath is a part of the decalogue — the Ten Commandments. This alone forever settles the question as to the perpetuity of the institution . . . . Until, therefore, it can be shown that the whole moral law has been repealed, the Sabbath will stand . . . . The teaching of Christ confirms the perpetuity of the Sabbath.”

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