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Hi Friends!

In the past month or two many people have asked me questions about the teaching of the Sabbath, and I felt led to put the results of my study together in one document. However I will post this study in installments. As always, if you wish to forward this on to someone else, feel free to do so.

If these things are new to you, I ask your prayerful consideration. I ask first that you don't take my word for anything, but that you consult the Word of God. Don't take the word of any human, whether he or she be a pastor or teacher or beloved friend or relative. In the end, when stand before our Maker, no other human will be there to answer for us. God has given us a Book which reveals His truth.

If these things are not new to you, please take the time anyway to read through the document. I hope you will be blessed. We're getting close to the end. Jesus is coming soon. Everything He's told us has come true, and His promise to return in the clouds will also be fulfilled.

"Trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey."


Should Christians Keep The Sabbath?

Part 1:A Great Question


This is a matter of greatest importance. It really revolves around the question, “How should a believer relate to his God?” or “How should a creature relate to his Maker?” It would seem that the simple and reasonable response to such an inquiry would be “with unquestioning obedience.” Does not our Creator God deserve to be obeyed? Who would suggest that it would be acceptable for the one made to dishonor and disobey the One Who has given life?

As strange as it may seem, there is one who has suggested and promoted that very idea! Long ago, the Scriptures tell us, Lucifer, a most talented, beautiful and wise angel, one who was a “covering cherub,” which means his lofty position was close to the very throne of God, somehow came to the way of thinking that he was deserving of the worship and adoration belonging only to God. “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’” Isaiah 14:12-14.

How he formed that conclusion is a mystery that cannot be explained. In the Bible it’s called the “mystery of iniquity.” II Thessalonians 2:7, KJV. But he did, and began a war in heaven (Revelation 12:7-9) through which he garnered the support of about one third of the angels. He was particularly jealous of Jesus, the second Member of the Godhead, through Whom everything had been created. Eventually Lucifer was evicted from heaven and the location of the battle was transferred to this earth.

The issues this fallen angel raised were fundamental. In his jealousy, he charged God with being restrictive, unjust and unloving; of requiring too much of His creatures. He claimed that the foundation of God’s government, the great law of love that had been written on the hearts of all His creatures resulted in virtual slavery. This despite the fact that until then only peace, harmony and happiness had been known! His would be a better way; one without law. Everyone would be free to pursue his own direction and follow his own wishes.

Upon planet Earth, this became the substance of his argument to Eve. Addressing her through one of God’s most beautiful creatures, the serpent, Satan suggested that it was alright to disobey God’s explicit command to not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He went on to say that she actually would experience life on a higher level if she violated God’s command; that she would become like God Himself. (See Genesis 3:1-5.) He told her that God didn’t really mean what He had said, that she wouldn’t really die.

Unfortunately, we know that Eve and her husband Adam disobeyed God and ate of the forbidden fruit, with chaos and catastrophe following. Sin and its lethal effects were admitted to the human family and to this day every sorrow and heartache can be traced back to that fateful act of disobedience.

Next: A Great Plan
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Your brother in Christ,
Doc

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Hi Kenn,

This post, as written, was ment to be a rather simple response to the qiestion that is so often ask reguarding Sabbath observence by today's Christians. It is not intended to be the final word on this subject but rather a basic primer on this most important subject that should be fairly easy for both Sabbath keepers and non-Sabbath keepers. I believe I gave all the refferences used for the original presentation but that in no way is all that could be given. 

 

You will also notice that there are some excellent post, with source references given, by others who have contributed to this thread.

 

There are many sources for the study of the Sabbath as given in the 4th Commandment. These include both Biblical as well as historical sources. If you are looking for something on a given area of study let me know and I'll see if I can provide you with additional information for study.

 

Respectfully, your brother in Christ,

Doc

Doc

 

This question is similar to the one: "should I drink water?"  My answer is: "Only if you want to."  If you do not want to, then don't.  For until you really want to keep the Sabbath, you can't.  For proper Sabbath keepking is only exhibited by those who want to keep it.  See Exodus 31:13; Ezekiel 20:12, 20. 

 

Sabbath keeping must be becasue it is responding to the desire placed in our hearts.

 

Maranatha :)
Ray

Hi Ray,

You are absolutely correct that the Sabbath can only be truly kept by those who want to keep the Sabbath. That being said however, when ask by someone who is not a Sabbath keeper if Christians "need" to keep the Sabbath, it becomes rather incumbuant on us to aid their understanding of the Biblical Sabbath truth, and to allow the Holy Spirit to help us create that desire. They must be given some fairly simplistic reasons based on Scripture and strong logic before telling them they MUST keep the Sabbath. Far too often SDA are quick to tell the non-Sabbath keeper it is a requirment for salvation instead of why we should want to to keep the Sabbath. 

 

Respectfully, your brother in Christ,

Doc

Doc

 

Your "question" is not totaly clear, however, I'll take a stab at what I think you are asking.  Non-sabbath keepers should be helped to understand just what it means to be a Christian.  That is a longer discussion then is possible here, however, if you want to look at it, go to my website: www.basicsoftheword.com and go to Resources then to Basic Christianity.  There you will find a set of Bible studies that outline the identifying features of a Christian according to the Bible. 

The short answer is this.  When one falls in love with Jesus, they will only want to keep the date with Him that He has asked us to keep each week.  Unless the Sabbath is seen as a date with someone we have a deep love for, it is just a formality. 

 

When one is preparing for a date, meal arrangements will be made, activities will be planned that both will enjoy, and some time will be spent just getting to know each other better.  Converstation will mutually enoyable and the company we keep will either be with those who are also dating Jesus, or who we are introducing to our best friend.  It is my opinion that this is the best kind of Sabbath keeping.

 

Maranatha :)
Ray

Christians should keeP the SABBATH..NT just christian,anY1..all aR entitle to keEp thE sabbatH.isa56:6,7.......

Hi Oqbemure,

 

Forgive me but I don't completely understand your comment. If you would care to explaine it to me I'll try to respond.

 

Your brother in Christ,

Doc

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