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by Sylvia Todd in General Questions about April 20, 2016 open - report

The Sabbath Day

A question that is often asked in our emails is "Why do we celebrate the Sabbath on Sunday?" This question will come both from those who insist that it ought to be on Saturday, and from people who just want to know. Because of that, I thought it might be a good topic for answers from different walks of life :).

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    by Schalk de Beer about May 1, 2016

    In Alexander Hislop's book he explained why the Sabath was changed to Sunday. Our friend Constantine,  mixed paganism with Christianity to get support from both,  because he needed the people's support to sustain his leadership. That's where the Roman church was born, with the set of books included in the Bible  as well as the ones that was excluded. The Christians then was divided in the ones that changed to Sunday, and the other group that didn't change was still persecuted with the Jewish people. Sunday was used as a day for sun worship before that time.

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    • Pastor Marty Pena
      by Pastor Marty Pena
      May 1, 2016

      Thank you Schalk de Beer, this answer you can find in the internet and it is always the same answer, if you seek you will find the truth, whatever it is. Love in Christ. We go to church on Sunday because most churches are closed on the Sabbath, but...  more

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    by Pastor Marty Pena about April 24, 2016

    Tamara my precious sister in Yeshua, Christ Jesus,

    I copied and pasted Pastor Todd's summary at the end of me answering this question:

    Summary: The Sabbath day begins on Friday at dark and ends on Saturday at dark, but we attend church on Sunday here because that is when it is open. The Sabbath was created as a day of rest. I try to fellowship with God every day wherever I am, and for a long time it was while pumping out septic tanks.

    The summary is the bottom part of Pastor Todd, and as a Pastor myself, I agree with Him 100% I fellowship with the Lord from the moment I rise until I go to sleep, in they byways and highways, the Holy Ghost is my best friend inside of me who directs all of my steps and has for 52 years almost 53. That kind of tells my age, and yes that is my profile picture, thank God for His Grace. My sister Tamara, I am in totally agreement with you 100% and with Pastor Todd. It is awesome that we have that Grace from Him.

    I love you my sister, have a very blessed Sunday. Just got home from church, as I had to deliver the 11:00 am sermon.

    God bless you and your family, and remember I love you, Shalom :)

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    • Sylvia Todd
      by Sylvia Todd
      May 18, 2016

      That is a great way to observe the Sabbath, Martha! In particular, I think when we serve "in church", it's difficult to call Sunday a day of rest. In fact, it is probably one of the busier days!

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    by Pastor Marty Pena about April 24, 2016

    Pastor Todd,

    Thank you for response. Yes, I agree to many Christians bicker about things that are not important and about who is right and who is not.

    We commune with the Holy Ghost 24 hours a day, even in our sleep. Sunday we go to church because most churches are only open on Sunday, mine happens to have service both days, and often I am the one of the delivering the message, and I thank the Holy Ghost for using me as His vessel for His Glory.

    In your summary you said it all. The Sabbath is from Friday at Sundown to Saturday at Sundown. I am not Jewish, do have Jewish family members, but I have always honored all Ten Commandments as Yeshua, Christ Jesus did as well. We do not pick and choose from the Ten Commandments.

    Again in your summary you said it all. Thank you so very much for answering my initial comment, and for all you do for the Kingdom of God.

    Love you dearly Pastor Todd, have a blessed Sunday. I am off to church.

    God bless you this day and always, Shalom........

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    by Dion Todd about April 24, 2016

    The Sabbath Day

    This has long been a point of dispute in the church and here is what I believe to be true: Practicing Jews observe the Sabbath day beginning on sunset of Friday until sunset on Saturday, and this is technically correct:

    “So the evening and the morning were the first day.” (Genesis 1:5 NKJV)

    The real "Sabbath" day clearly falls on Saturday and we should probably just use the words "Saturday" or "Sunday" when referring to a certain day of worship because no one argues over when those fall.

    The word “Sabbath” (Strongs: 7673 shabath, “shaw-bath”) means to “Stop, desist from exertion, cease, celebrate, put away (down), (make to) rest, be still. It was to be a “Day of rest.” You worked six days and rested on the seventh.


    Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest, that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female servant and the stranger may be refreshed. (Exodus 23:12 NKJV).


    During creation, God worked six days and rested on the seventh:
    And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. (Genesis 2:2 NKJV)


    The idea was for mankind to take one day a week off to rest and recover from your work. I have had the Lord come down on me for working seven consecutive days in a week and when I tried to work that Sunday, some things fell apart, and others caught fire. I would have been better off staying in bed. We try and take one day off a week to rest. If we work on Sunday, then we try to take off a day during the week, like Monday, Tuesday, ect...


    But let us say that keeping the Sabbath law on Saturday is a big thing for you, then this is how you would properly observe the Sabbath day under the law because it involves a lot more than just showing up to church on a certain day. How much of the Sabbath law will you choose to keep? 40%? 80%? James told us: For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. (James 2:10). 


    1) You should stay home (Exodus 16:29). You are forbidden to travel on the Sabbath. The Jews later stretched this to 1/2 mile from home, but the actual text means to completely stay at home. There is no possible way for a pastor / preacher / priest to scripturally keep the Sabbath day law. Think about it, on the day of rest, they are working when they should be at home resting. Don’t think that their job is easier than yours, I have done both and I can tell you that it is not. On the Sabbath day, the church should be empty for everyone there is already breaking the law of the Sabbath. If you are going to live by the law, then the people that stayed home are more righteous than you. 


    2) No kindling a fire (Exodus 35:3). This means no cooking or barbecues or grilling. You should prepare your food on “Preparation day” which is Friday before dusk or be prepared to eat it cold.


    3) All work is strictly forbidden (Exodus 20:10; Leviticus 23:3; Jeremiah 17:21-22). This includes not watering the lawn, cutting the grass, and no hobbies. A man was stoned in Numbers 15:32 for gathering sticks on the Sabbath. For those that do have to work on the Sabbath, Jesus told us: "Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?” (Matthew 12:3). There are apparently exceptions, at least for those priests.


    4) No trading, buying or selling (Nehemiah 13:15, Amos 8:5). This means that you cannot buy gas, stop at a restaurant, buy groceries, or buy a copy of the sermon that you heard at church.


    5) Refrain from personal pleasures (Isaiah 58:13). This means spending your time resting, in prayer, and worship. No watching television, attending sporting events, movies, etc…


    When Jesus was here, the pharisees were teaching a bunch of laws made of do’s and don’ts. They forbid Jesus to heal on the Sabbath day, because that was considered “work.” (Matthew 12:3). Let us not be like them.


    Thank God for His grace. All that I am saying is that we need to lighten up with the law and the rules. When a lawyer asked Jesus how He could inherit eternal life, Jesus’ answer was about “Love”:


    And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” (Luke 10:25–28 NKJV)


    The Sabbath was created to give mankind a rest from their labor: And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27 NKJV)


    As for arguing about it, Paul wrote us: “One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind” (Romans 14:5 NKJV).


    And again: “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths” (Colossians 2:16 NKJV).


    Personally we attend church on Sunday here, always have, and probably always will. If you go to our church on Saturday you will only find the janitor there. Also we are not the first to do this, Paul and the disciples met on the first day of the week (Sunday), had communion (the breaking of bread) and then he gave a message that lasted until midnight, so it was not forbidden. This was on Sunday and it sounds like a typical church service today, but it was called the "First day of the week" and not the "Sabbath day":

    “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.” (Acts 20:7 NKJV)


    For a couple of years, I had to work 12 hours every Saturday and Sunday and could only attend church services on Wednesday or Thursday. During that time, I learned to fellowship with God wherever I was and led several people to the Lord Jesus. For a while I played in the praise team at a Seventh Day Adventist church on Saturday, and then in my own church on Sunday morning. We do not have to look for reasons to disagree because we are still brothers and sisters in Christ. Taking a different day off to rest from work should not make us enemies.

    Also I have attended nightly meetings at church from Monday through Sunday, and God was there every night. I spend most mornings in my prayer room and find that His presence shows up there as well. We spend far too much time bickering over tiny details when we should be worshiping God seven days a week, wherever we are, like He intended.

    Summary: The Sabbath day begins on Friday at dark and ends on Saturday at dark, but we attend church on Sunday here because that is when it is open. The Sabbath was created as a day of rest. I try to fellowship with God every day wherever I am, and for a long time it was while pumping out septic tanks.

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    by Pastor Marty Pena about April 22, 2016

    In both Old and New Testament there is not a shadow of variation in the doctrine of the Sabbath. The seventh day, Saturday, is the only day ever designated by the term Sabbath in the entire Bible. Not only was Jesus a perfect example in observing the weekly seventh day Sabbath, but all His disciples followed the same pattern after Jesus had gone back to heaven. Constantine Made Sunday a Civil Rest Day. When Emperor Constantine I a pagan sun worshipper came to power in A.D. 313, he legalized Christianity and made the first Sunday-keeping law. His infamous Sunday enforcement law of March 7, A.D. 321, reads as follows: “On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed.”

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