Sunday Is Not The Sabbath

I have no desires to write an article extolling the misconceived virtues of Seventh Day Adventism but there is certainly one point that, even if obvious, bears calling out. Sunday, our general Christian day of worship, is not the Sabbath. You may think it’s an overstated fact since God rested on the seventh day (Saturday) but we need to remember this great truth.

The Sabbath is a hallowed day for Jews and considered holy under Judaic law. It is the day our Creator rested as an example for us. It was not a rest from physical labors but rather it was a symbolic fact of the rest that we should find in Christ. There are many great truths that can be found in studying the seventh day but I don’t want to focus on those lest I digress from my main point, so let me just Ten Commandmentsreiterate the point once more, Sunday is not the Sabbath.

Having said that, I’m not Jewish. I am not Jewish by birth or heritage and I am not Jewish by faith (although you might make some Abrahamic arguments here). I am a gentile Christian. As a gentile, I am not bound by the cultural observances or customs of Jewish law. Further more, the gentile’s historical day of worship has fallen on Sunday due to both the day of resurrection and the Apostle Paul’s words in First Corinthians sixteen, two. Our historical day of gathering wasn’t an opposition to the Sabbath, I think it just happened that way to leave the Sabbath open as a witness for the Jews (see Acts 17:2).

All this brings me back to my main talking point: Sunday is not the Sabbath. I know, I keep repeating myself. I’m hoping the point sinks deep into your soul but I’m also hoping you’ll understand why I’m hammering away at it. Quit treating Sunday like the holy day that exists under Jewish law. Christians, pastors especially, seem to be as adamant about Sunday as Pharisees are about Saturday. As a gentile Christian, I refuse to take the crushing hardness of Mosaic law (as it applied to the Sabbath) and move it up a day. That was not the point of the resurrection.

It seems the church has allowed Mosaic law, from the day of rest to the burden of tithes, to continue in existence by moving it all to a different day. Church offerings are a wonderful thing (Pro 3:9) and a day of fellowship is prudent (Heb 10:25) but those things should be encouraged in believers, not demanded under some form of ‘Christian Law’. People who have to work on Sunday to feed their families shouldn’t be allowed to sip a cup of guilt. Most Christians would rather their brethren bear a burden of absence and guilt instead of putting it upon themselves to set aside time to go and fellowship with those who couldn’t do so on Sunday!

For those who wish to be dogmatic about it, Sunday was not written in stone. The finger of God carved for Moses these immortal words:

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Exo 20:8)

That sabbath day was Saturday, not Sunday. If Christ did away with the law by virtue of his glory (2 Cor 3:9), do you really want to be found guilty of reimplementing the law and, even further, changing it?! That’s a surefire way to garner some damnation to yourself.

If you wish to assign a bit of glory to Sunday, that’s fine. We have reasons to consider it a holy day. Just make sure you don’t try to force that holiness upon others in some form of spiritual law.

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