Should Christians Keep the Sabbath?
Have you ever wondered why there are so many reasons that professed Christians have not to keep the Sabbath and why many of these explanations even contradict each other? This page is dedicated to revealing in brief the constantly growing list of a multitude of explanations why many Christians say we do not have to keep this day holy. The first thing I noticed with sites opposing the fourth Commandment was that they devoted themselves to coming up with as many explanations as possible to try and prove that the fourth Commandment no longer applies. It was also not hard to see that these people did not have a love of the truth but were determined to destroy the truth at any cost and did not care how they abused scripture to do so. Biblical exegesis was never used but eisegesis was rampant. The points below will slowly reveal this as we move through the growing list of reasons that even contradict. If they were truth then there would never be any contradiction and everyone would have the same reason but not so.
There are some genuine misunderstandings about the Sabbath and most arise from the confusion between the Ten Commandments and the sacrificial law that is also called the ordinances, Mosaic Law or the Law of Moses. The sacrificial law was observed for centuries and thus it took quite some time for the Gospel to spread and for the Jews especially to understand that the sacrificial law ended at the cross when Christ became our one and final perfect sacrifice. This was a common problem that Paul had to deal with and took time to inform everyone that they no longer had to offer up these animal sacrifices. Romans 14:5, Colossians 2:14-17 and Galatians 4:9-10 are such times Paul had to deal with this problem as you will soon see.
Below is a point by point list of the rationalizations and misunderstandings given by those who want to avoid spending time with God on His holy day, which He made to be a blessing for us. The Biblical truth will be given straight after each justification that is in bold italics. So if you are looking for an excuse to avoid this precious Commandment of God's then pick your reason as many others have when they read the lies on satanically inspired web sites. Just be prepared for the response of Jesus such as Matthew 7:21-23 if you choose to do so.
1. The Sabbath was not made at creation as the word is not used. Incorrect. The word translated rested in Genesis 2:3 is “shabbath” in Hebrew and means Sabbath. So the first occurrence in the English translations may be Exodus 16 but in the original Hebrew text it is actually Genesis 2:3. And Saturday is called the Sabbath in more than one hundred languages to this very day just as God named it at creation and these languages date back to Babel in Genesis 11. God also said it “is a sign between me and the children of Israel forever.” Now note carefully why. Because “in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested [shabbath], and was refreshed.” Exodus 31:17. Parentheses are added. So this confirms the Sabbath existed from the beginning when it was added as the Seventh day of the week at creation. And did you note that the word “rested” in Exodus 31:17 is also “shabbath” in Hebrew and hence actually states God rested on the Sabbath after he finished creating and was refreshed. And also very relevant is that the words translated “perpetual” and “forever” in Exodus 31:17 are the same Hebrew word (H5769 ‛ôlâm) and mean just what they say. The words in bold in the following scriptures are also the same Hebrew word that is used for “perpetual” and “forever” in Exodus 31:13-17. Genesis 3:22, Genesis 9:16, Genesis 21:33, Psalms 103:17, Psalms 119:142, Psalms 145:13 and Isaiah 40:8.
2. God was not tired on the Seventh day and so has nothing to do with the fourth Commandment. Some say in response to God resting on the Seventh day that He does not get tired and the Bible only says He rested because he had finished all His work. God getting tired may or may not be true, but the fact is God still said He rested. So if God does not get tired then why did He rest? The only logical reason we have is that He either does get tired or He was setting an example of what the day was for which lines up with His Commandment and all other scripture. God said in Exodus 31:17 that the Sabbath “is a sign between me and the children of Israel forever” because “in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested [shabbath], and was refreshed.” Parentheses are added. Note the word “rested” is “shabbath” in the Hebrew as per Genesis 2:3. So it actually says that God was refreshed after taking a Sabbath rest. Did you note when God made this day and that He said He was refreshed from resting? So perhaps God does rest, and if not, then He is showing us that we should rest on this day so we will be refreshed. Saying that God rested only means that He had finished His work does not make sense or line up with any scripture and is eisegesis.
3. The fourth Commandment was not kept until Exodus 16 as this is the first time the word is used. Not true. The word rested in Genesis 2:3 is “shabbath” in Hebrew and means Sabbath. Exodus 16 comes before the giving of the Ten Commandments and this chapter does not say they just started keeping this Commandment but shows it was already being kept. So if they were already keeping it when did they start doing so? God said Cain was guilty of sin for killing his brother but how can that be? Scripture says that were there is no law that there is no transgression. (Romans 4:15; 1 John 3:4) So if there was no law then Cain could not be guilty of the sin of murder. And Genesis 26:5 says that Abraham was keeping all of God's Commandments, Statutes and Laws. So how could that not include the Sabbath being one of God's Commandments? So it is not an assumption to say that while the Commandments were not officially codified and written down, God's people obviously knew them and were keeping them. And we also know that Saturday is called Sabbath today in over one hundred languages as God named it at creation which dates back to Genesis 11 when God confused the languages at Babel. Since they were keeping the fourth Commandment before the Commandments were officially given, then we know they were keeping God's Commandments before God wrote them in stone. And points 1 and 2 above reveal that God rested on the Sabbath after He created it and was refreshed. And since Cain knew at least one of the Ten Commandments, and Abraham knew all of them, and the Sabbath was made at creation for this purpose, then why not then? This makes perfect sense. But saying they just started keeping it out of the blue in Exodus 16 when scripture shows they already knew the Commandment is not looking for the truth.
4. The Sabbath is a day of bondage and works. Here is one of the biggest misunderstandings. If only more knew the real truth they might not be so busy trying to avoid this blessed day. The Sabbath is a SIGN that we are His children who He loves and sanctifies, and it is a day that God desires us to rest on so we do not burn out and become ill and hence is for our well being. It is also a beautiful day of fellowship and worship which God desires for those who truly love Him to devote entirely to Him. So what part of this sign that is resting for our health or spending quality time one on one with our Creator is legalism, bondage or just too much of an effort? Some say that keeping the Sabbath is works but I am talking about resting. It is those teaching against the Commandment who are talking about work! Perhaps those who have chosen to call the day legalism or too much of an effort should set their Creator straight and tell Him, “I do not have to love you Lord! That is legalism and just too much of an effort! You don’t expect me to spend quality one on one time with you do you? I like you Lord but let’s not push the boundaries. I have other things to do!” The Sabbath is our favourite day of the week and it is a real blessing to the tens of millions who do understand what this Commandment is about. It is very sad for those who have been deceived and have no idea what a blessing this day is and what they are missing out on. (Isaiah 58:13-14)
5. You cannot go out of your place on the Sabbath. I find it hard to get my head around some saying Exodus 16:29 says we cannot go out of our place on the Sabbath so the day must be a burden. God's children were still traveling in the wilderness during those 40 years at this stage and Exodus 16 speaks about the manna that God rained down from heaven and how no manna fell on the Seventh day. On other days the manna would keep for one night only without spoiling but when it was kept an extra night over the Sabbath it still remained sweet and fresh. Some of these non-Jews thought they could keep any day as the Sabbath and went out of their places to find manna when they should not have. When they did not keep the Seventh day as God Commanded, as far as God was concerned they were breaking all of His Commandments and laws. So when Exodus 16:29 says they remained in their places, it is just saying they did not go out looking for manna when God said there would be none. There was nowhere else to go in those times anyway as they were traveling in the wilderness. So they were either out gathering manna or staying in their places. Shame on those trying to manipulate scripture like this to try and prove we should not keep this special day. Only those deceived by our adversary would do such a thing which also reveals this day does matter or Satan would not be coming up with so many contradictory lies and excuses to try and make us believe otherwise. I think most people know that Jesus kept the Commandment according to His custom (Luke 4:16) and that He and everyone else did not remain indoors every Seventh day and scripture does not say that we have to. The fourth Commandment is intended to be a blessing and not a burden as Jesus constantly demonstrated to the Pharisees who made the day into many burdensome man made rules that God never intended.
6. Those that broke the Sabbath were stoned. Some use the argument that since people were stoned for breaking the Sabbath and that they are not anymore, the fourth Commandment must be abolished. But note that not only those breaking the fourth Commandment were stoned but also adulterers (Leviticus 20:10). And those who broke the third Commandment were also put to death (Leviticus 24:16). Being put to death used to be the penalty for wilfully breaking any of the Ten Commandments, not just the fourth. But it did not apply when they were broken in ignorance, meaning not willfully, so death was easily avoided. God ruled the people directly under the theocracy of Israel and commanded immediate punishment for certain flagrant acts of disobedience. God still feels the same today, but punishment is delayed until the Day of Judgment because of Jesus who now says, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone” John 8:7. Note that being cut off meant to be put to death and then read Numbers 15:28-36 by hovering your mouse over the scripture and note that being cut off (put to death) applied to all the Commandments that were not broken in ignorance. (Verses 28-31) Straight after these verses we find an example that just happened to be the Sabbath. (Verses 32-36) It could have been any Commandment and it would have still been the same result. Compare the Good News Bible with the King James above for verses 30-31 in regards to being “cut off” for further confirmation that this phrase means being put to death for willfully breaking any Commandment. See stoned for working on the Sabbath for detailed information.
7. Jesus broke the Sabbath hence so can we. If Jesus broke the fourth Commandment then he would have been a sinner and could not have been our Saviour. Those using this appalling excuse should consider more carefully what they are accusing Christ of. Note in John 9:14-24 who is accusing Jesus of breaking the fourth Commandment. Hence if one chooses to believe the accusation of the Pharisees, then one has to accept that they (and the others) are also correct in calling Jesus a sinner for doing so. In John 5:18 the Pharisees accused Jesus of breaking the fourth Commandment yet again for healing a man on the Sabbath. When John wrote the words Jesus broke the Sabbath, he was describing Jesus' actions from the Pharisees' perspective (compare John 9:14-16) which we will see the evidence of in a moment. The Pharisees also accused Jesus of blasphemy for making Himself equal with the Father but were no more correct on this allegation than they were on their accusation of Jesus breaking the fourth Commandment. Note the words of Jesus in Matthew 12:10-12 as to if healing on the Sabbath is sin. Jesus states it is lawful to do well and heal on the Sabbath. See did Jesus break the Sabbath for detailed information.
8. The Sabbath is just for Israel. That is true and those quoting this are confessing the Commandment is for them and apparently do not even know it. Here is something that the majority of Christians have missed or do not seem to understand and also why some get so much Bible prophecy incorrect. Paul says that those who are Israel of the flesh (as in literal Israelites), are NOT Israel anymore today. This changed 3.5 years after the cross. Read the 70 weeks of Daniel explained for the explanation. Paul states in Romans 9:6-8, Galatians 3:28-29 and Isaiah 41:8 that those who belong to Christ are Israel today and are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise. Now please note this final point that also reveals this is correct or Gentiles cannot be under the New Covenant at all. Read Hebrews 8:10 to see who the New Covenant was only made with. If you are not Israel then you are out in the cold. It is that simple! See is the Sabbath only for Israel for detailed information.
9. The Sabbath is only for the Jews. How can that be? The Commandment itself says it is also for the “stranger who is within your gates.” (Exodus 20:8-11) And Saturday is still called the Sabbath in over one hundred languages as God named it at creation and these languages date back to Babel in Genesis 11 that predates the Jews. God is “is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33) who wrote nine laws for everyone mixed with one just for the Jews. And especially when there was a law that was ONLY for the Jews and God did not write it there. The children of God in Exodus 16 were also not Jews and so this appalling or very ignorant excuse requires no further explanation! See is the Sabbath only for the Jews for detailed information.
10. Christ ended the Mosaic Law so the Commandment no longer applies to Christians. This one is either deliberate deception or ignorance. The Mosaic Law and the Ten Commandments are clearly two separate laws although I have seen many try and prove otherwise but the truth speaks for itself for those who want it. The Mosaic Law was instituted because God's people broke the Ten Commandments and we are told it was added because of sin until Christ comes. The Mosaic Law was written by Moses (hence its name) and was written in a book that was stored on the OUTSIDE of the Ark of the Covenant. (Deuteronomy 31:24; Deuteronomy 31:25-26) The Ten Commandments on the other hand were written by God and were written in stone and were stored on the INSIDE of the Ark of the Covenant under the mercy seat, which is under the Shekinah glory which represented the very presence of God Himself. (Exodus 20:1, 22; Exodus 32:16; Exodus 31:18; Deuteronomy 10:5) So these two separate laws were written by two separate entities and were stored in two different locations. One was established because man sinned and the other is the law of God and is a reflection of His very own character. And since scripture says that the Mosaic Law was added until the seed (Jesus) should come because the law was transgressed. (Galatians 3:19) Then what other law was transgressed? The Mosaic Law contained all the sacrifices that were introduced because God's Ten Commandment law was transgressed (broken). To argue that the Mosaic Law and the Ten Commandments are the same is as foolish as saying that when one sinned they had to commit adultery to make reconciliation for their sin. Before the cross when someone sinned they had to take an animal sacrifice and have its blood shed by the temple priest. This abysmal justification should require no further explanation. See the Ten Commandments and the ceremonial law for detailed information.
11. The Sabbath is a ceremonial law. This is effectively the same excuse as the one above so please see the above point if not already read. To state the obvious, the Mosaic Laws were written in the Mosaic Law and the Ten Commandment laws were written in the Ten Commandment law! The Sabbath is the fourth Commandment and was first written and spoken by GOD! See is the Sabbath a ceremonial law or moral law for detailed information.
12. The two greatest commandments end the fourth Commandment. We find this in Matthew 22:35-40 but those who know scripture will already know that Jesus was quoting Deuteronomy 6:5 in the Old Testament and this verse is 17 verses after the second reading of the Ten Commandments where no one can say the fourth Commandment was not relevant. This is also why Jesus said ALL the law hangs on these two Commandments just as it did in the Old Testament when this was first spoken in Deuteronomy 6:5. See what is the greatest Commandment for detailed information.
13. Galatians 3:10 says you are cursed if you obey the law. Why would anyone be cursed for loving another person or God? It saddens me when some go this far to avoid a precious Commandment of God. The verse says you are cursed if you do not do what is written in the “Book of the Law.” This is what Moses wrote in a book and hence is the Mosaic Law, not the Ten Commandments. You certainly would be cursed if you continued to make all the animal sacrifices that Christ ended on the cross. See what is the law in Galatians for detailed information.
14. Galatians 4:9-10 says the Sabbath is bondage. No it does not. The word Sabbath does not occur in the entire book of Galatians. Paul is referring to something that had days, months and years in various seasons. This is the law of sacrifices with its feast days, monthly new moons and yearly sacrificial sabbaths such as Passover and the Day of Atonement just to name two. James states the Ten Commandments are the perfect law of liberty meaning freedom, not bondage. (James 1:25; James 2:10-12) The sacrificial law on the other hand meant having to take an unblemished animal to the temple priest to be sacrificed every time you sinned before the cross and was indeed bondage. See Albert Barnes and People's New Testament Commentaries. See Galatians 4:9-10 for detailed information.
15. Romans 14:5 says the Commandment is abolished. Not true. The word Sabbath does not even occur in this chapter, or the entire book of Romans for that matter. God’s holy day is always called the Sabbath or Sabbath day and is never just flippantly referred to as a day. The word alike was also added by the translators and is NOT in the original text and also tends to make it appear to say something it is not saying. The issue in this passage was between Jews and Gentiles and the keeping of the sacrificial feast days which are several and why more than one day is implied. See Adam Clarke and Albert Barnes Commentaries. See Romans 14:5-6 for detailed information.
16. Colossians 2:16 says not to let anyone judge you for not keeping the Lord's Sabbath. No it does not. It says not to let anyone judge for not keeping the ordinances (verse 14) which was the sacrificial law of Moses and hence sabbath days, which is also definitely plural in the original Greek text and refers to many such as Passover and the Day of Atonement Sabbath and five others. Luke 1:6 also identifies the ordinances and the Commandments as being different. Ezekiel 45:17 is the perfect parallel to Colossians 2:16 and reveals that everything described in this verse is what was done to make reconciliation for sin. It is also not unclean food or drink as some modern translations imply but meat and drink [offerings] that belonged to the ordinances, or sacrificial law if you prefer. How can I be sure? To begin with, there is no such thing as unclean drinks in the Bible and so that translation has to be wrong. Compare Galatians 4:10 and Colossians 2:16 and see Adam Clarke and Albert Barnes Commentaries. See Colossians 2:16 for detailed information.
17. Colossians 2:14 says the Ten Commandments were nailed to the cross. This is the same as the above point so no, it does not. This verse says the ordinances were nailed to the cross, not the Ten Commandments. Luke 1:6 also reveals the ordinances and the Ten Commandments are not the same thing. The only law that ended at the cross is the one that Jesus replaced by becoming our perfect sacrifice. This was the ordinances that are also called the law of sacrifices or the Law of Moses. See the above point. And read were the Ten Commandments nailed to the cross for detailed information.
18. Ephesians 2:15 says the Ten Commandments were abolished. You will note that it does not say the Ten Commandments but the ordinances which were practiced because of sin were abolished in His flesh on the cross. Luke 1:6 shows the ordinances and the Ten Commandments are different. It was the ordinances that caused the enmity between Jews and Gentiles as the Gentiles knew they were under no obligation to obey the Law of Moses. See Albert Barnes Commentary. See Ephesians 2:15 for detailed information.
19. The New Covenant abolishes the law. The Bible says no such thing. God said He found fault with the Old Covenant. But what did He say was the fault? (Hebrews 8:6-10) You will note that God said the fault was with the people who were not obeying His law. So what did God do in the New Covenant? God said He would write His law in our hearts and minds instead of on stone tablets so we would internalize His law and desire to love and obey it. (Ezekiel 36:26-27; Hebrews 8:10) God did not say some of His law either. He said My Laws meaning all of them! See does the New Covenant abolish the Ten Commandments for detailed information.
20. Every day is holy unto the Lord, and Christians should worship God every day. I agree and do! And so did everyone else that kept the fourth Commandment in the Old Testament. Perhaps these so called Christians should set God straight and tell Him, “Your Commandment is wrong God because I worship you every day!” It is really not wise to mock God and His Commandment like that. God blessed only the Seventh day and He sanctified only the Seventh day and every day cannot be Holy. Only God can make a day Holy. His children in Exodus 16 thought that they could keep any day instead of the Seventh day also and God was so angry with them that as far as He was concerned they were breaking ALL His laws. The Commandment is not just about worship but is also a day of rest. If you keep every day as the Sabbath you will not be Holy, you will be Lazy! It should be obvious to any truth seeker that it is not possible to keep every day and when God commands something, He means it. See I worship God every day for detailed information.
21. The Sabbath is not in the New Covenant. Incorrect. The diligent truth seeker will note that scripture actually proves it has to be in the New Covenant. Exodus 24:3-8; Hebrews 9:11-18 and Hebrews 12:24 reveal that the Old and New Covenants were sealed with blood. Hebrews 9:15-17 says that a Covenant requires the death of the testator and has no power while the testator lives. And Galatians 3:15 says a Covenant cannot be changed after the death of the testator. So the New Covenant was sealed by the blood of Jesus that afternoon when He died and it cannot be changed afterwards by anyone. When Luke was referring to the woman preparing spices and ointments for the body of Christ, He said, “…they rested the Sabbath day according to the Commandment.” Luke 23:55-56. This was after the New Covenant was sealed by the blood of Christ and they were still keeping the Sabbath according to how the Commandment instructs. Luke wrote this half a lifetime after the cross and there was no way he would not have known if it was changed. Some also say it was changed to Sunday in honour of the resurrection but it is impossible for Sunday to belong to the New Covenant for the same reason being that it cannot be changed after it was sealed by the death of Christ. See is the Sabbath in the New Covenant for detailed information.
22. Matthew 24:20 does not prove the Sabbath was kept after the cross. Not so. Those trying to avoid this Commandment say that it was probably only Jews that Jesus was referring to but that is not possible for several reasons. To begin with, Matthew 24 is one of those passages with a dual application. It applied to both the time the temple was destroyed by the Roman army in 70 A.D. and also to the time just before the second coming of Christ. Speaking of the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem in 70 A.D., Jesus said to His disciples that every stone of the Jewish Temple would be “thrown down and that there will not be one stone left upon another.” Matthew 24:1-3. The disciples asked Jesus when this would be AND what shall be the sign of His coming. If you want to apply the Sabbath only to the Jews in Matthew 24:20 then you also have to apply the second coming as only being for the Jews also. This eisegesis would also only apply if the fourth Commandment was only for the Jews which is impossible.
23. Romans 10:4 says Christ is the end to the Law. If you stop and think about it for a moment you will realize that Jesus was an end to the law that He replaced by His own final sacrifice. This passage and other scripture reveals it was the Law of Moses (sacrificial law) that ended with Christ and not the Ten Commandments of which the Lord's Sabbath is the fourth. Here are just a few scriptures that would contradict an end to the Ten Commandments. (Matthew 5:17-19; Luke 16:17; Romans 2:13; Romans 3:31; Romans 7:7; Romans 7:12; Revelation 22:14). See Adam Clarke's Commentary. See Christ is the end of the law for detailed information.
24. The Sabbath was made for man. Correct! (Mark 2:27) it was made to be a blessing to man but this obviously does not change or abolish a Commandment of God. Why would anyone think it does unless they are looking for a reason? All the Commandments were made for man and I would hope no one will say we can pick and choose which of the others they want to obey also. The Sabbath was made for man in the beginning in the Old Testament where everyone kept it so what has changed? Nothing! The issue here was that Pharisees had challenged Jesus over the picking of corn for lunch and the response from Jesus was that this day was made to be a blessing to man, not a burden, and it is not a blessing if you have to go hungry! See the Sabbath was made for man meaning for detailed information.
25. We are under grace and not law. Paul showed that grace did not mean we could continue in sin which is breaking the law of God. (1 John 3:4; Romans 4:15) Paul says, shall we continue in sin because we are under grace? In the strongest possible words he says, “God forbid!” (Romans 6:14-15) And in the next verse he says we either continue breaking the law which is “sin unto death” or we obey it which is “obedience unto righteousness.” (Romans 6:16) An easy choice I believe. See not under law but under grace meaning for detailed information.
26. Jesus is the Sabbath rest. This rationalization is eisegesis at its best. This is one of the newest and worst justifications that came after many started teaching the truth on Hebrews chapter 4 that teaches the fourth Commandment remains for Christians today. In verse four we find the use of the word sabbatismos that means a literal “sabbath keeping.” The Thayer dictionary and the Bible in Basic English also translate the Greek word sabbatismos correctly to an equally literal phrase of “Sabbath keeping.” Professor Andrew T. Lincoln states the following in regards to taking “Sabbatismos” literally. So this excuse was one Satan produced to come against this truth. For every truth Satan always has at least one lie to come against it. To begin with, the Sabbath is a day of physical rest and knowing Jesus does not and cannot give you physical rest. Jesus said that not even the equivalent of a comma or a full stop is going to pass from His law as long as Heaven and Earth are still here which they obviously are. (Matthew 5:18, Luke 16:17) The fourth Commandment is the largest of all ten and to say Jesus is the Sabbath abolishes the entire Commandment and that is a lot of commas and full stops! Matthew 11:28 is also often quoted to imply that Jesus will give you physical rest in place of the Sabbath which is impossible. This verse speaks of spiritual and not physical rest and that should be obvious to anyone seeking truth. People's New Testament Commentary explains it well. “Labor and are heavy laden. Feel heavily the burdens of life, of sin and sorrow.” See is Jesus the Sabbath rest for detailed information.
27. The Sabbath was changed to Sunday in the Bible. So which is it? Ten Commandments, Nine Commandments, no Commandments or Ten Commandments but the Sabbath was changed to Sunday? Those opposing the truth have any one of these excuses and often all four but are so busy trying to prove that this Commandment does not matter that they do not notice they contradict themselves. No one can agree why this Commandment supposedly does not matter so we need to recognize that Satan is behind this and attacking the law of God as he did from the beginning. Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 16:2 are nothing but bad assumptions as someone worshipping on a particular day of the week does not change a Commandment of God. Neither of these verses say the fourth Commandment was changed to Sunday and it is not possible anyway as the New Covenant cannot be changed after it was sealed by the blood of Jesus on the cross. There is not ONE single scripture showing ONE single person in a Church on Sunday in the New Testament, which you certainly would find if the day had been changed. And not forgetting that Jesus said His law would not change. (Matthew 5:18, Luke 16:17) Every single scripture that shows anyone in the Church are all on the Sabbath only! Here are some proof texts that unlike Acts 20:7 are not assumptions. (Acts 13:14, Acts 13:27, Acts 13:42-44, Acts 15:21, Acts 17:1-2 and Acts 18:4) Those opposing the truth say these meetings in the Church are not worship meetings. So by that we would not have one regular Church gathering in the entire Bible and that would also be no different from saying that Christians in the Church today are not worshipping God either! As for Sunday, in the time of Christ days ended at sunset and began after sunset. (Genesis 1:5; Leviticus 23:32) So careful examination of this passage reveals that Acts 20:7 is actually Saturday evening and not Sunday anyway. Some Bible translators were observant and noticed this and translated this verse accordingly. Many also fail to realize that breaking of bread was done at every meal and the last supper was just that with some symbolism added. (1 Corinthians 11:24) And in 1 Corinthians 11:25 being the next verse you will notice Paul said we can have communion as often as we desire. So in the time of Christ communion was celebrated on any day. Note the feeding of the crowds in Matthew 15:36 was not communion and yet Jesus “gave thanks” and “broke the bread.” And in Acts 2:46 we again see that breaking of bread was done with every meal and does not imply communion. And Acts 27:34-36 also shows that they “gave thanks” and “broke the bread” which in this case was a meal for strength and survival. In any case, we find four verses further on in the context of Acts 20:11 that this was just a meal. See Acts 20:7 or Sabbath to Sunday change for detailed information.
28. John 20:19 shows the Commandment was changed to Sunday. This rationalization is so bad and the truth so obvious I nearly did not include it. And like Acts 20:7, someone worshipping on any other day of the week does not change a Commandment of God. In any case, John 20:19 does not show the Apostles celebrating the resurrection of Jesus as some claim. The verse says the apostles were hiding in fear of the Jews and did not even believe Jesus was resurrected. Mark 16:11-14 shows Jesus rebuking them for their unbelief. If this one does not reveal the deliberate attempt at deception than nothing will.
29. Romans 3:28 says we are not justified by the deeds of the law. If one reads through to the conclusion of this chapter we find out if that means not having to obey the law. In Romans 3:31 Paul asks is the law made void through faith? He says in the strongest possible words, “God forbid! We establish the law.” We are not justified by keeping the law because we cannot keep it perfectly and so we would fail. By faith the repentant sinner goes to God with Christ’s merits and the Lord credits to you the obedience and righteousness of His Son, who did keep it perfectly. Romans 2:13 informs us that it is those who obey the law that are justified. See Romans 3:28 for detailed information.
30. Ephesians 2:8-9 says by grace are you saved through faith. This is true but it does not mean we can disobey God's law. This is the same situation as Romans 3:28 which says we are not justified by the deeds of the law and Romans 3:31 revealing that the law is NOT made void through faith. We are not justified by keeping the law because we cannot keep it perfectly and hence we would fall a long way short if we tried. It is by faith the repentant sinner goes to God with Christ’s merits and the Lord credits the obedience and righteousness of His Son to you because He did keep it perfectly. Romans 2:13 informs us that it is not the hearers of the law, but the doers of the law that are justified. When we sin we repent and confess our sin (1 John 1:9) and then believe by faith that the blood of Christ cleanses us of all sin. It is then that we receive the free gift of God which is His grace. This is His unmerited and undeserved favour that you do not deserve but get anyway because of Christ interceding for us on our behalf through His death and resurrection. However, there is no sacrifice that will cover wilful and un-repented sin. (Hebrews 10:26-29) There are also those who teach by faith alone and nothing else but James 2:20 says that, faith without works is dead and in James 2:24 states by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. See are we saved by faith alone and not works for detailed information.
31. If you are going to keep the fourth Commandment then you have to keep all 613 Old Testament laws. The foolishness of this one saddens me deeply. By this statement those opposing the truth are claiming there is no difference between the law of sacrifices and the moral law. So slitting the throat of a lamb because you sinned, and thou shalt not commit adultery are the same thing in other words. If I have to explain this one in more detail then the reader is not looking for truth in the first place! So enough said.
32. Galatians says the Ten Commandments were only until Christ. All expert theologians agree that the letter from Paul to the Galatians is about judaizing teachers that insisted they should still be observing all the rites of the Mosaic Law (sacrificial law) such as circumcision and the feast days and sacrificial sabbaths such as Passover. They taught that Paul was inferior to the other Apostles and that the sacrificial law was still binding and necessary for justification. Every chapter except for chapter 6 refers to the sacrificial Law of Moses and not the Ten Commandments. See what is the law in Galatians for detailed information.
33. Jesus fulfilled and abolished the law. The word fulfil in Matthew 5:17 means to give full meaning to the law and does not mean to abolish. The NIRV explains the meaning of fulfil in these words, “I have come to give full meaning to what is written” and the CEV reads, “I did not come to do away with them, but to give them their full meaning.” And how could it abolish the law anyway when Jesus just finished saying that He did not come to destroy the law and that it would last as long as Heaven and Earth and that we are not only to obey it but teach it also. How do you obey or teach a law that has ended? There are other scriptures that use the same Greek word used in Matthew 5:17 and if fulfil meant to bring an end to the law, then our “Joy,” our “Righteousness,” the “Word of God,” our “Obedience” and other things would also be ended. This particular Greek word “fulfil” does not and cannot mean to bring to an end or destroy. See Jesus fulfilling the law meaning for detailed information.
34 Only Seventh Day Adventists keep the Commandment and so must be wrong or there would be more Churches. If keeping the fourth Commandment was truth then indeed there would be more Churches and there are! As more and more Churches look for the truth and continue to study the Word they are finding the relevance of the fourth Commandment and what happened to it. As a result there are now over 550 different Sabbath keeping denominations and the count continues to grow.
35. The Sabbath was a shadow. A shadow of what exactly? You will not hear the answer to this one without it being a twisted lie. The shadows Paul refers to in Colossians 2:17 are related to the holyday's being the feast days that were practiced because of sin and came in after sin. Passover was a shadow of the crucifixion for instance and all the feast days were instituted because of sin and are all shadows of a future event. The fourth Commandment was made before sin has nothing to do with sin other than it is sin to break it and hence cannot be a shadow of anything. All theologians have never disagreed on this as it is so obvious. It is only those opposing the truth that come up with ignorant statements like this one.
36. Revelation 1:10 says the Lord's Day is Sunday. Not true. This verse does not even give so much as a hint of Sunday. The Bible does say that Jesus has a special day and all verses say He is Lord of the Sabbath day which is Saturday. (Matthew 12:8; Mark 2:28 and Luke 6:5) Accredited historical records reveal everyone was still keeping the Seventh day being what we call Saturday until some time after the Jewish wars (70-90 A.D.) when some switched to Sunday in fear of persecution for Judaism. It was more than 300 years after the cross when an early Church historian wrote that Rome begun calling Sunday the Lord's Day. “In the year 325, Sylvester, Bishop of Rome (AD 314-337), officially changed the title of the first day, calling it the Lord's day.” (Lucium, Historia Ecclesiastica, p. 739) Sunday is a tradition of man and against the will of God and Jesus said that those who keep traditions in place of his Commandments are hypocrites. (Mark 7:6-9). See Revelation 1:10 for detailed information.
37. Isaiah 66:22-23 does not teach we keep the Sabbath forever. Some claim that since Revelation 21:23, 25 says we have no need of the sun or moon and there shall be no night. Then how could we be keeping the Sabbath from one new moon to another? And so they claim this passage in Isaiah says nothing about Sabbath worship and it just means that we will perpetually worship Him. This error comes about from either not wanting truth or an inability to understand the book of Revelation that is written as a chiasm and not in chronological order. These verses apply to the millennium when we are in what the Bible calls the “great city, the holy Jerusalem” (Revelation 21:10) that descends out of heaven onto the New Earth God creates. (Revelation 21:1) Hence it is the Holy city that eventually descends from heaven that is lit by the light of God and thus has no sun or moon. The New Earth on the other hand will have a sun and a moon just as the current one has and needs. The moon is needed for the tides to keep the seas moving which is a necessity. Either way, God is not a liar and if God says that we will come to worship Him from one Sabbath to another then that is exactly what He means. God specified a measurement of time twice in this passage and obviously because time will be measured as it always has. The Greek Septuagint also reveals that Isaiah 66:23 should have been translated as month and not new moon. See do we need to keep the feasts for detailed information on this point. The following also verifies it will be kept forever. Remember God said it “is a sign between me and the children of Israel forever.” And note why. Because “in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested [shabbath], and was refreshed.” Exodus 31:17 Parentheses are added. Did you note the word “rested” in Exodus 31:17 is also “shabbath” in Hebrew and hence actually says that God rested on the Sabbath after creating and was refreshed! So this verse alone confirms the Sabbath was made at creation and will be kept forever. Note also that the words translated “perpetual” and “forever” in Exodus 31:17 are the same Hebrew word and means what it says. The words in bold in the following scriptures are also the same Hebrew word used for “perpetual” and “forever” in Exodus 31:13-17. Genesis 3:22, Genesis 9:16, Genesis 21:33, Psalms 103:17, Psalms 119:142, Psalms 145:13 and Isaiah 40:8. Remember those who belong to Christ are Israel today.
38. We do not know what day it is. Not the words of a truth seeker. Any one of the following three points confirm when the Sabbath day is. The Jews have kept the Sabbath on every seventh day being what we call Saturday for more than three thousand years before the cross and still are right to this very day. Jesus was a Jew and there was no conflict with the Pharisees who were always looking for a way to condemn Christ. They condemned Jesus on how He kept the Sabbath but never on the day being kept. More than a hundred nations around the world call every seventh day the Sabbath in their own language and this also always falls on the day we call Saturday. And of course scriptures such as Luke 23:52-56, 24:1-2 also reveal that the Sabbath is Saturday. Note carefully that Luke shows it falls between what we call Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Here is the same passage from the Good News Bible for further clarity on the day names. See when is the Sabbath for detailed information.
39. The calendar has been changed. The only Calendar change since the cross was by Pope Gregory XIII (Gregorian calendar) in 1582. Before this date we had the Julian calendar from Julius Caesar but it was eleven minutes out each year. So Pope Gregory corrected the error by dropping ten days from the Calendar. So in 1582, the Calendar went from Thursday, October 4 to Friday, October 15. While ten days were dropped, Friday still followed Thursday and so the weekly cycle was not affected. And again this is confirmed by the fact that more than one hundred nations in the world still call Saturday the Sabbath today that dates back to Genesis 11. The day named Sabbath in each particular language still coincides with the Seventh day being our Saturday, which also coincides with the Seventh day which the Jews could never have lost count of. See has the calendar changed the Sabbath day for detailed information.
40. Pentecost falls on a Sunday and Jesus rose on a Sunday. This argument has no biblical foundation. The day Pentecost falls on or the day Jesus rose on does not change a Commandment of God. If scripture does not say so, it is not so.
41. It is a burden because you cannot light a fire if you are cold. I can understand why some may genuinely believe this based on Numbers 15:32 where they stoned a man for gathering sticks on the sabbath but it is in fact not true. You will note in the previous verses that being stoned was ONLY for wilfully breaking God's Commandments but not when it was done in ignorance or accidentally. So we know this man was gathering sticks when he did not have to and was wilfully and deliberately breaking a Commandment of God. We also know it was not cold and hence there was no need and why it was wilful sin. How can I be so sure? By lining up this incident with ALL other scripture. Jesus said to the Pharisees that the Sabbath was made for man when they told Him He could not pick corn on the Sabbath when he was hungry. What Jesus was saying to them is the day was made to be a blessing to man. (Mark 2:27) That means not going hungry or being cold or left sick. Jesus said it is lawful to do well on this day such as healing the sick or pulling an animal out of a pit it had fallen into. (Matthew 12:10-12) Jesus also said in Mark 2:25, “Have you never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungered?” Jesus used the words “When he had need?” as things of necessity are lawful to do on the Sabbath and eating is a necessity. If you are cold or freezing in the wilderness then lighting a fire to keep warm would not be breaking the Commandment since that would be a necessity. Jesus revealed the following in regards to this day being made for man and to be a blessing to him and not a burden:  Human needs are more important than human traditions or ritual requirements. (Matthew 12:3-4, Matthew 12:10-12)  The work performed in connection with the Temple service is in keeping with the requirements of the Commandment. (Matthew 12:5)  Christ is greater than the Temple (Matthew 12:6) or the Sabbath day. (Matthew 12:8) See do not light a fire on the Sabbath for detailed information.
Some have said that the issue of the fourth Commandment is not really clear in the Bible or that the Commandment is not repeated in the New Testament as clearly as it was in the Old Testament and so therefore must be irrelevant. But it was man who divided the Bible into the Old and New Testaments and God put no such division between them. So just because the Translators divided the Bible into two books called the Old and New Testaments does not mean everything starts again in the New. Everything from the Old Testament continues into the New just as if it was one book not divided. The only changes between the Old and the New Testaments are what we are specifically told has changed. So you also do not establish if one of the Ten Commandments still exists in the New Testament by looking for it being repeated. To the contrary, you have to look to see if there is an unmistakable instruction that says a Commandment is gone or changed and if scripture is silent then it still exists. God does not work on assumptions and especially on something as important as His Moral law such as His Sabbath. If a Commandment of God was changed then the Bible would be screaming the change at us.
The Sabbath is what is called the test Commandment by many which comes from Exodus 16 where God says He would test the people to see if they would keep His law or not. How did God test the people? He tested to see if they would keep the fourth Commandment on the specific day He blessed and sanctified. See can the Sabbath be any day. When they did not keep the fourth Commandment on the Seventh day as instructed, God accused them of breaking all His law. James was no doubt referring to this when he said the following in James 2:10-12.
The mark of the beast or the mark of the Catholic Church also revolves around the fourth Commandment. See what is the mark of the beast and the Sabbath. And God knew that Satan would attack this Commandment and that many would fight to bury it, and this is why He made it an end time issue which will be the final climactic event where God is going to see who loves Him enough to obey Him even if it means persecution. Hence once again it will be the test Commandment to see who truly loves God. So what if the issue on the fourth Commandment was made extremely clear? No one could debate or argue it, right? This is undoubtedly not what God wanted. God knows that only the truth seekers who truly love Him will see the obvious about the fourth Commandment and they are the ones that do truly love and belong to Him and only they will pass the final test.
Besides the multitude of Old Testament scriptures that still apply in the New Testament unless told otherwise, we have Luke using very unmistakable words that say “they rested the Sabbath day according to the Commandment” and this was after the cross where the New Covenant had been sealed by the blood of Jesus and hence cannot be changed. See is the Sabbath in the New Covenant. And we have the witness of everyone in the New Testament Church since all Church meetings are on the Sabbath only. Acts 20:7 is not in a Church and was in fact Saturday evening. Place you mouse over the previous tooltip for two other bible translations that even state Saturday evening. Remember that in Biblical times a new day started at sunset and not at midnight as it is today. See Acts 20:7. And we are also told that a Sabbath rest belongs for the children of God in Hebrews. See Hebrews 4:9. There is a lot more and none of the evidence is assumptions, misunderstandings or abused scripture like the above forty plus excuses and reasons.
So where is that one crystal clear scripture that says the Sabbath of the Lord thy God has been removed and no longer has to be kept? And if this supposed one unmistakable scripture did exist, then why isn't it the same reason everyone gives? Instead we have loads of excuses and abuse of any scripture that can be used to try and make scripture say what it does not and this alone makes it very obvious that Satan is at work here.
Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My Commandments.” John 14:15 Do you truly love Him? Then enjoy the blessings of an uninterrupted day of fellowship, rest and worship on the day He blessed and made holy just for you even if it means enduring tribulation. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were prepared to die rather than break a Commandment of God and they were triumphant as a result of their stand. See also how to keep the Sabbath holy.