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Which is the right day to worship- Saturday or Sunday?

Updated on February 19, 2016
One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike.   Each person must fully convinced in his own mind. (Romans 14 :5 KJV).
One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must fully convinced in his own mind. (Romans 14 :5 KJV).

Introduction

The world today has many different religions To name a few Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Judaism and Christianity. Christianity is an off-shoot of Judaism, and is perhaps one of the largest religions in the world. There are many denominations in the Christian religion itself, which have different practices and interpretation of the bible (the holy book). One major difference between Christian denominations is which day to worship, Saturday or Sunday?

Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in there is, and rested on the seventh day: wherefore the Lord Blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:8-11).

Fourth Commandment

The seventh-day worshipers often stress that Sunday worshipers completely ignore God’s laws, which is evident in the doctrine they teach that the Law of Moses were ALL nailed to the cross. They point out that if one carefully research the scripture it will be found that the Ten Commandments are still in place as in old testament days

When Moses had finished writing the words of this law in a book to the very end, Moses commanded the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, “Take this Book of the Law and put it BY THE SIDE OF THE ARK of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for A WITNESS AGAINST YOU. – Deuteronomy 31:24-25

The fourth commandment to remember the Sabbath to keep it holy, was given to tell the children of Israel that He (God) rested on the Sabbath.

Why a Sabbath?

Only a small percentage of the Christian churches today keep the Saturday Sabbath. Most Christian denominations worship on a Sunday.

Is this practice against God's fourth commandment?

Were the Commandments done away with at the Cross?

In Matthew 5:17-18 Jesus states: -

Think not that I have come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, not one jot or tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. (St. Matthew5:17-18)

Heaven and earth are still here, thus so are God's Laws, however all has been fulfilled.

Christ’s mission was not to destroy the Law or the prophets, but save from the "curse" of the Law. Thus His mission was to heal, teach and die on the cross to defeat the penalties of death and hell.

If one studies the Sabbath Command more closely, we find that worship was not God’s intention for the Sabbath day. God established the 7th Day Sabbath as a weekly reminder that He (God) rested from His works. The Sabbath day of rest was established to keep the children of Israel out of trouble. If we keep a custom over and over it becomes a part of our nature. Eventually, we do not need to remember it. If the Sabbath is a part of the Jewish practice, like Sunday is a part of the Christian practice, then the Jews do not have to be reminded to keep it holy.

Lord of the Sabbath

In the book of Matthew, Jesus Christ told his followers that he did not come to destroy the law or the prophets.

Did He say that? He said that He did not come to destroy the law or the prophets, till all be fulfilled. He made this comment, when he was alive. He had not died and rose from the grave yet. Today, all has been fulfilled.

In Mark 9:1 Christ said

Verily, I say unto you, that there be some of them that stand here which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power. (Mark9:1 KJV).

The above-mentioned bible passage verifies that all has been fulfilled, or some of them standing there have been living for over 2000 years.

The bible passage below states:

And he said unto them, "The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath, Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath." (Mark 2: 27-28 KJV).

It is often argued that God does not need rest, but man needs rest physically and emotionally. God created the earth in six days, and decided to take a day-off on Saturday. God worked day and night for six days and took a day and night off on Saturday. Can man work seven days and seven nights? Can man work six days and six nights? Can man work seven days, and rest seven nights? Can man work seven nights and rest seven days?

Jesus declared himself "Lord of the Sabbath" indicating that the Sabbath rest is no longer applicable, since He (Jesus) does not rest on a Saturday.


Origin of Sunday worship

It is claimed that the ancient Romans worshipped the sun god Mithra. During the rule of Emperor Constantine, church customs and holy days were blended with pagan sun worship. Thus Sunday was established as the day of worship and this practice was later adopted by most Protestant churches.

Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 3:10-17 that our foundation must be in Jesus Christ and not the teachings of men.

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians: 3:11 KJV)


The Covenant of Circumcision

Circumcision of the foreskin was a covenant made with God, Abraham and his descendants.,

This is My covenant which ye shall keep, between Me and you and thy seed after you: Every man child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt Me and you. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he who is born in the house or bought with thy money must needs be circumcised; and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised man child who flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken My covenant. (Genesis 17: 10-14 KJV).

The command to keep the Sabbath day holy was not given as a covenant to Abraham, even though the Sabbath already existed.

Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. (1 Corinthians 7:19 KJV)

Paul's Command

In 1 Corinthians 7:19 Paul writes to the Gentile church:

The newly converted Gentiles at the time of Paul's teaching were often pressured to adopt the practices written in the Jewish law.


Paul's teachings

In Galatians Paul writes:

Why then the law? It was ADDED because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made – Galatians 3:19

In this verse of scripture Paul was referring to the Book of the Law that was to last until Christ’s mission was fulfilled. . Jesus Christ came, and paid the price by being nailed on the cross. This sacrifice did not do away with the law, what it did away with was the curse of the law.

Blotting out the HANDWRITING OF ORDINANCES that was AGAINST US, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross – Colossians 2:14

Many argue that the principles of the Ten Commandments have been in effect from creation, and that the other laws were added because of sin against God’s moral laws. These laws pointed to a Messiah who would come, but would not do away with them. Thus Jesus Christ’s goal was to fulfill the Ten Commandments and live a life that would reveal the true character of the Father.


In Acts 28 Paul declares that he did nothing against the customs of the Jews:

And it came to pass that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together; and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren though I have committed nothing against the people or customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.(Acts 28:17 KJV)


Here Paul is telling the chief of the Jews that He had not broken the Jewish customs. Paul was a Jew and he was circumcised. Therefore, it could be argued that by preaching that one does not have to be circumcised he is not preaching the correct gospel of Jesus Christ, since the covenant was between Abraham and his seed.

Similarly, the Sabbath was given as a day of rest, not as a day of worship. Adam and Eve did not have to worship on the seventh day. Thus the weekend still exist, with Saturday as a day of rest and Sunday as a day of worship.

Under Grace

Sabbath worshipers who profess that we are still under the law, often quote the following verse,

What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? BY NO MEANS! – Romans 6:15


Sabbath keepers, often link verses in the new testament back to the laws and commandments. However, it should be pointed out that rules were also given in new testament books for believers to live by. For example:

In Colossians Paul writes:

And whatsoever ye do in word and deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him – Colossians 3:17.

He goes to tell them

Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. (Colossians 3 :18-20 KJV)

In first Peter, Peter writes:

Honor all men, Love the brother hood. Fear God, Honor the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only the good and gentle but also to the froward. (1 Peter 17 -18 KJV)

When we understand the text

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      Kiss andTales 17 months ago

      Sgt Thank you for allowing me to share .

      I certainly as you are not trying to out speak or be higher then anyone ,but what is so important to me is the truth ,I do speak truth. The world has many versions based on experiences . and they settle for less instead of solid gold. Peace

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      Gunny Cracker 17 months ago from Elkhorn, WI

      Thanx Kiss. I know you are right again.

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      Kiss andTales 17 months ago

      SgtP you are very knowledgeable of the much caos in politics and religion . but through all

      the mulk , the real truth that matters is the diamond under the coal. The heavenly Father would certainly not allow satan to destroy the truth completly.

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      Gunny Cracker 17 months ago from Elkhorn, WI

      I agree with you. The pharisees practiced the Jewish-law as some still do. The Ten Commandments are God's law which does not change. Today we must be wary of Talmudic Jews especially those who practice Kabbalah(Synagogue of Satan). I believe they are a den of vipers who hate Christians. I also believe they made 9/11 happen using Freemasons and members of the Bush-family. The death-worshipping Moslems were just the patsies.

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      Kiss andTales 17 months ago

      True never said it was not .but we are not contracted. Under the old mosoaic laws Jews vowed to keep. We are not original Jews. The Messiah has came and. Gone. Jesus better the. Laws and cover generations of people being the last sacrificed lamb.

      If you. Reverse back to the Jewish laws you forfit his sacrefice he did for you

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      Gunny Cracker 17 months ago from Elkhorn, WI

      Jew or not murder, theft, adultery, idol worship, covetting, etc are offenses to God. Jesus Christ remains the only mediator between God & man.

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      Kiss andTales 17 months ago

      The best way to understand this is ask yourself are you a Jew ?. If you say no then you were never contracted to keep the ten comandments. Also remember Jesus was born a Jew into Jewish law.

      Mat 15:24 says he was sent only to the lost sheep of Isreal.

      Gentiles were welcome when Peter was assigned later after Jesus went back home to heaven.

      The ten commandments was never a requirement to other christian nations.

      So far the Jewish calendar is different from our calanders today.

      They measure time by the moon and sun set to sun rise .

      We do not measure the same way.

      So that also would not be the Sabbath day according to the Jewish calendar.

      People seem to follow man traditions

      and get caught up with untruth.

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      Gunny Cracker 17 months ago from Elkhorn, WI

      Circumcision is not mentioned in the Ten Commandments and Jesus said "Let he who is incircumcised(all male newborns) remain uncircumcised! Murder, theft, no false gods, adultery & REST on the seventh-day Sabbath are mentioned. And thank God tithing is not mentioned either.

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      Kiss andTales 21 months ago

      King James Version

      Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

      Why this changed

      The Sabbath day was part of the covenant or contract between God the Father , who personally took Isreal as a special possession as his people. They agreed after they exited Eygpt under the depression of Pharoah as slaves.

      When he did deliver them his purpose was to delive them to lands of their own flourishing with fertile soil producing an abundance of food and beauty everywhere.

      But first as they Journey to this land they must learn to be a holy people just as their heavenly Father is holy. So the first laws was the ten commanents, they were bound by the contract to keep the laws. They agreed to, even though there were other nations of people around them they were not obilgated , they were not Jews but considered pagan nations .

      Now there was a mixed company that left Eygpt who was convinced that they had the true God Jehovah compared to the deities they had been worshipping.

      But the point here is that your verses basically are quoted from that period of time in the old testement.

      Are you a Jew ? another point

      Because they were the only ones obligated as his chosen people to keep Sabbath day.

      Next what about the Messiah , it is very clear The Jews did not deny his existence , so they say he was just a prophet who they rejected and killed because they were haulty prideful and prestigious and political, but when Jesus was not of this sort or political they rejected him.

      The point is this was the real Messiah.

      The works , proved he was the one.

      So now that they took that attitude and pursued a course to killed him, but by him being God’s son he was restored back to life .

      The point is Jesus was the last sacrefice that would ever be needed .

      Mt 27:51And look! the curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two, from top to bottom, and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.

      No more holy room to sacrifice for forgiveness here in the temple .curtain removed. Never replaced.

      Mt 23:37“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the killer of the prophets and stoner of those sent to her—how often I wanted to gather your children together the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings! But you did not want it.

      Mt 23:38 Look! Your house is abandoned to you.

      Mt 23:39 For I say to you, you will by no means see me from now until you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in Jehovah’s name!’”

      That is the case of the Jews who refuse to say these words Blessed is the one who comes in Jehovah's name.

      They will still be practicing the old covenant not accepting the truth.

      Which is rejecting the annoited of Jehovah is rejecting Jehovah .

      How sad there is no hope or future rejecting the Messiah who purpose was to

      be a cure for us all.

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      flpalermo 21 months ago

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      flpalermo 21 months ago

      Is the Pope Catholic?