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Date Created:30 Aug 2014
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Seventh day Adventists claim that all Sunday Worshippers are
damned. They assert that all of them break one fundamental commandment; the
fourth commandment: Thou shall remember
the Sabbath and keep it holy.
I really do not like talking about other religions and their beliefs, especially after the severe discomfort I caused talking about and analyzing the beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and exposing the flaws of their teachings publicly.
But I just happen to fall into the category of those who go to Church on Sunday; and so when I am accused of breaking the commandments of God, I have to hear what it is my accusers have to say and either retract if proved wrong, or defend my practice.
For starters, I would like to say what the Witnesses say about the Sabbath is truly authentic and sound. They really do base their teachings on the bible when it comes to the Sabbath and I do not have any issues with their teaching on this topic at all. So if you really want to know the actual truth about the Sabbath, I would recommend that you ask them. Do so with an open mind, willing to learn, not wanting to disparage them or argue with them because that way, you will not learn a thing.
I learnt most of what I know about the Seventh Day from school. I had friends who, according to their research, believed that all people who go to Church on Sunday break one of the ten commandments; and according to what Jesus taught, those who break one aspect of the law break all of them:
“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” – Mathew 5:19
These were very strong assertions, and so I had to investigate what the bible says about this scripture.
Firstly, I analyzed scriptures like Romans chapter 3 which referred to the Law given to the Israelites as being given to them to lead them to Christ; and once Jesus came, it would serve its purpose. It was given to the Israelites to show them that they were sinners; because try as they could, they were not able to obey each and every aspect of the Law. The Law condemned them to death and hence made them realize the need for a mediator who through faith in him would declare them righteous.
You see, the Israelites learnt that works could not render them righteous, unless faith. Through faith in Christ, are we declared righteous.
“19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.”
Furthermore, the Bible tells us:
“ For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”—Rommans 10:4
This must be understood in the light of what Jesus says over here:
“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill” – Mathew 5:17.
What this means is that, when Jesus came, no longer will Christians be declared righteous through works of Law – which is impossible—but rather through faith in him. Christ Fulfilled the Law; because he showed us the real principle behind the Law—the love of God and neighbor.
The Sabbath now has a greater meaning for Christians. The fourth commandment foreshadowed something greater: the desisting of people from their own works of trying to prove themselves righteous and subjecting themselves to God and Christ. The Sabbath therefore, for a Christian is a state Christians get into once they believe in Jesus. They rest from works of law and adopt faith. They do enter God’s rest which is a rest indeed because no longer would they be captives of a law that causes death; but rather, they have been freed from death and sin by faith.
“So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.” –Romans 4:9-10
Therefore my research showed me that all faithful Christians do observe the true Sabbath by their faith in Christ Jesus, and not by obeying a command which restricts their rest to one day. It is an eternal rest—one which we should all strive to get into.
So those who worship in Sunday, or any other day, do keep the Sabbath if they have faith in Christ Jesus. No longer should I judge anyone based on a celebration of days and holidays. If they choose to desist from work on the Sabbath, they are doing it to God’s glory. If they choose not to, they are doing nothing wrong as long as they do it to God’s glory.
“5One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.” –Romans 14:5,6
So in conclusion, I only have one question for those who assert that Sunday Worshippers are damned:
“How on earth can I be damned for worshipping God on Sunday?”
And so another:
“So you do not worship God on Sunday?”
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