Some Qs for Sabbath Keepers

a) When it is the Sabbath in Jerusalem it is not the Sabbath on the other side of the world. Therefore, strictly speaking, are those on the other side of the world breaking the Sabbath if they work when the Sabbath is happening in Jerusalem?

b) Define what it means to keep or break the Sabbath? HOW DO YOU KNOW WHETHER YOU ARE KEEPING IT OR BREAKING IT? Is partial observance a breaking of the Sabbath Law? Do you strictly adhere to every requirement of the Law regarding Sabbaths? Have you made a list of all the things you can’t do on the Sabbath? And how does your conscience reconcile it when you don’t keep all the things on your list? Do you repent and ask God’s forgiveness?

Remember, if you break even one point, like cooking food, going for a drive in the car or a long walk : doing anything that is work (turning on/off lights) then you’ve broken the Law regarding Sabbaths, and you’ll be counted as a transgressor – as if you had broken ALL of God’s laws : For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10

c) If you have decided to KEEP the Sabbath, then how are you not UNDER ALL of the Law?

(Romans 3:19-26, 14:5-6, Colossians 2:16-17)

Now we know that whatsoever things the law says, it says to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:19-20

The Law was given to convince us of our guilt, and to prove to us that we can’t be justified by keeping the Law, that we need Grace.

5 Responses to “Some Qs for Sabbath Keepers”

  1. Natasa Says:

    Is anyone there to answer this?

  2. ian vincent Says:

    It may be helpful for those who preach the gospel to those who are still under the law and not under grace.

    It is exactly the same issue as the circumcision issue addressed in the book of Galatians. An exact parallel.

    It’s perfectly fine and good to rest from your work on a Saturday or a Sunday, as it is fine to circumcize infant boys.

    But those who observe these things as law believe that it adds to their salvation, and that without it they are not saved.

    The most important thing is the conscience. If a person’s conscience only has peace if they strictly keep the Sabbath (their conscience is tied to it) then their conscience has not yet found rest and peace and purification in Jesus shed blood. They don’t yet have a pure conscience by virtue of the Blood.

  3. Al Says:

    Great questions Ian, I’ve run into a few Sabbath keepers lately. One denied Paul. One said it wasn’t a salvation issue. (so what’s the point right?) And One said it was. This one pointed to a twisted interpretation of Jesus fulfilling the law and the prophets as He spoke in Matthew 5:17-18. Thus also denying the apostleship of Paul and what he wrote about. Especially in Romans. A careful reading of Romans 3 through 11 reveals a proper understanding of grace through faith and not works for me.

  4. Natasa Says:

    One brother made recently video about his on Youtube. This provoked a series of comments. SK agree that this is not salvation issue but they say that they do this from obedience and that law is still valid but now from different perspective ’cause God law is evelasting.

  5. ian vincent Says:

    It’s too simplistic for people to say that God’s Law is everlasting and therefore the Sabbath should be observed.

    Jesus broke the Law of the Sabbath and was not sinning bcos He is greater than the Sabbath – He actually IS the Sabbath.

    According to these people, then Jesus sinned, bcos He broke God’s everlasting Law.

    Concerning the Law of God : We no longer sacrifice animals and observe Jewish festivals bcos Jesus fulfilled those laws by Himself being our Sacrifice. That’s WHY we don’t sacrifice animals or keep Jewish holidays.

    In EXACTLY THE SAME WAY He is our Sabbath, just as He is our Sacrifice. That’s why we are not bound to keep the Sabbath any more than we are bound to sacrifice animals.

    It’s very much a God thing to work 6 days and rest 1 day. It becomes a salvation issue when people’s consciences become tied to it : they come under the law and not under grace. Exactly the same as how circumcision became a salvation issue for the Galatians.

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