Are Sunday Worshippers Damned?
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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
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
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
“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
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
“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.”
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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