“Everybody that I know that goes to church goes on Sunday.
Why are you so weird?”
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:18-19. We are not saved because we enter into a weekly Sabbath (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) rest. We are saved through the blood of Christ. The Sabbath is a great blessing that allows us to share our salvation in a special way. Our love for our Lord also directs us to be obedient to all God directs in the Bible, even if the road is narrow.
In Jesus’s day a discussion came up regarding divorce. Jesus didn’t base his answer on “majority rules” or “what was politically correct”. For His answer He went back to the beginning. Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female… see Matthew 19:4-6 Most biblical based Christians reject evolution by going to the beginning explanation of the world in Genesis. Isn’t it interesting that by the seventh day of Creation God “rested from all his work” and then blessed the day and sanctified it (made it holy, set it apart)? Why did He do this? Who did He do this for? What would it take to change such a mandate?
The 10 commandments are the base of God’s holy law. They do not change with man’s whim. The first four call for our obedience to God. The last six deal with our relationship to man. God’s desire is that these commandments be written on our heart. Isn’t it ironic (or tragic) that of the 10 commandments only the one that God starts with “Remember” is forgotten or ignored by most of the Christian world? See Exodus 20.
Jesus is supposed to be our example. He taught against the incorrect rules of the Jews of his day regarding the Sabbath. He made it clear that He was Lord over the Sabbath and that the Sabbath was made for man (not just the Jews). Many of His recorded healings were on the Sabbath.
If God intended for Sunday to replace the Sabbath then when we study the New Testament books you would expect this to be a very clear theme (especially after what was recorded for us from Creation). However, the strong pattern by the early Christians is clearly directed toward continuing Sabbath observance. Check out the book of Acts and do your own study.
Hebrews 4 tells us that “there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God”. If you study scripture with an open mind regarding the Sabbath you will come up with many warnings or red flags for any replacement of Sabbath with Sunday. Does being saved by grace give us a license to violate a command of God? Would intentionally violating any other of the 10 commandments be acceptable to God just because everyone else does it? God blessed it, sanctified it and said to remember it. Be very careful about saying every day is the same when God has said otherwise.
Many churches and denominations strongly emphasize their tradition, their creeds, their founder or “prophet”. They may say they do things based on the Bible, but in reality it isn’t so. Jesus spoke harshly against the traditions of the religious leaders of his day. Perhaps it is time to look at all we do, the day we set aside for worship and rest included, through primarily the light of Holy Scripture? Think about it.
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:12-14