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The Truth About the Lord's Day

We're happy you decided to learn why we worship on Saturdays instead of Sundays. We accept the Bible as our only creed and hold certain fundamental beliefs to be the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. The following statement of faith constitutes the church's understanding and expression of the teaching of Scripture concerning God's mandated day of worship, the Lord's Day:

A Challenge for You: If Sunday is Not the Seventh Day of the Week, How Can it be the Lord's Day?

Reach for your calendar. Do you see what I see? Exactly! The days of the week are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Saturday is the last day of the week -- the seventh day. Now reach for your Bible. Turn to Genesis 2:1-3. Do you see that? Yes, God rested the seventh day. That means He ceased His work. He brought creation to a conclusion. He was satisfied with what He had done, and declared it all to be "very good" in Genesis 1:31. He was pretty pleased, and to cap off this great work of creation, He "blessed the seventh day and sanctified it..."

So the seventh day is a special day to God. I hope you agree with that, because that's what the Bible says. It's important that you agree with God. He is the author of the Bible. He is the Creator, and we are the creatures, therefore, we are obliged to obey Him. Right? So, since we are both in agreement with the Lord now, turn with me to Exodus 20:8-11. By the way, this is the first place in the Bible where all Ten Commandments are listed at the same time, even though they all existed long before Moses and the children of Israel to whom God is here giving His law on two tables of stone at Mt. Sinai. Remember, the first time we see the Bible talking about God's special recognition and blessing of the seventh day is Genesis 2:1-3, when only two people were on the earth -- Adam and Eve, and neither of them were Jews or Israelites (oh, the Jews didn't come into the picture until 2500 years later!).

Now, let's get back to Exodus 20:8-11. This is the Fourth Commandment in God's holy Ten Commandment Law. Do you see what I see? Wow! God says in the Fourth Commandment that we should NOT FORGET, but "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy...." Notice here that God did not leave it to us to choose which day we would call the Sabbath day. He tells us that "the seventh day IS the Sabbath of the Lord thy God." See that? The seventh day is the Lord's Day! The seventh day of the week is Saturday. the Lord says to you and to me that that day (Saturday) is His special day, and we should keep it holy (do not desecrate it by doing secular work like our laundry, cleaning the car, going to the store, cutting the grass, going to the movies, having a party, getting a haircut, etc.). You believe in the Ten Commandments, dont you? Do you only believe that God gave them to mankind (not only to the Jews), or do you also believe that we should OBEY them? If we don't obey the Ten Commandments, we're in trouble. Read Ecclesiastes 12:13,14 to see what your duty to God is concerning His Commandments.

On the Lord's Day, the seventh day of the week which God calls the Sabbath, we should honor God by going to church and worshipping Him. Do you know that's what Jesus did? Yes He did! Look at Luke 4:16 right now with me. See that? Jesus' manner was to be in the house of God every Sabbath. Christians are followers of Christ, aren't they? Well, Christ kept the Sabbath. The Sabbath is Saturday, the seventh day of the week. What day should you go to the house of God? Where will you be this Saturday (Sabbath)? There's a seat waiting for you at Praise Tab, and at thousands of other Seventh-day Adventist churches this Sabbath. We look forward to seeing you.

Please understand that the Sabbath cannot save us, but then again, neither can singing in a choir on Sunday, or not committing adultery on Monday save us. We are not saved by what we do or by what we don't do -- we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8). However, when we are saved by grace, we do not and cannot simply do as we please and say we don't have to obey the Word of God, since we are under grace. People who are under grace do not have license to disobey God's Ten Commandments as found in Exodus 20:3-17. To be under grace is to be in compliance with God's Word. God's grace does not exempt us from full obedience to the holy Law of God. Rather, it gives us power to obey the Law, and to live in harmony with God's will.

SUNDAY IS NOT RECOGNIZED BY GOD or the Bible as a Christian day of worship! Jesus did not abolish the seventh day Sabbath because he rose on Sunday, or for any other reason. In fact, He knew in advance that Jerusalem would be attacked by the enemies of His people, and said before His death that "when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet... pray that your flight (fleeing from the Roman enemy) may not be in winter or on the Sabbath...." Matthew 24:15-21. Do you understand what you just read? This is Jesus speaking of things that would happen to Jerusalem AFTER His death, and warns the people to pray that they would not have to flee on the Sabbath. Jesus knew that this attack on Jerusalem woud not have happened until AD 70, some 39 years after His death and resurrection! So the question is this: Since Jesus knew that almost forty years would pass before His prophecy came to pass, would He not have told us in the Bible to worship on another day other than the seventh day Sabbath, if that was His will? After all, He prophecied about the Sabbath, that it would be in existence some forty years after His death. Wouldn't that have been the opportune time to tell us that "by the way, after my death, make sure your flight be not on the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK -- SUNDAY, because I will rise from the dead on SUNDAY and change the day of worship for Christians"? Well, Jesus knew that He would rise the third day after His death. He knew that day would be Sunday, yet nowhere in the Bible (you agree with the Bible, don't you?) does He require, suggest, command, ask, insinuate, authorize or jokes about Him, Paul, the Catholic Church, or any of us changing the day of worship from Sabbath to Sunday. The fact is... IT HAS NOT, AND CANNOT BE CHANGED!

The disciples and apostles continued worshipping God on the seventh-day Sabbath after Jesus death, burial, resurrection and ascention up into heaven. Read these Bible texts for yourself: Luke 23:50 to 24:3 (here, you will see that the women who followed Jesus all the way to the cross and the tomb continued keeping the Sabbath afterward). In fact, you see here that the Sabbath (SATURDAY) is the day AFTER the Preparation (FRIDAY) and BEFORE the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK (Sunday). See also Mark 15:42. If you believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus to seal the possibility of our salvation, then you must also believe in the story of Easter - Jesus died on "Good Friday," was buried on that same day, rested in the tomb through the Sabbath, and finally, rose from the dead triumphantly on the "first day" of the week, which is Sunday. Even in death, Jesus RESTED the seventh day, according to His Father's Fourth Commandment. Paul kept the Sabbath all his life and throughout his ministry. He did not keep any other day. He did not authorize anyone to keep another day. Read these texts about Paul's weekly worship experience: Acts 13:13-16, 26, 27, 42-44; 16:11-13; 17:1-4; 18:1-11.

The Term "First Day of the Week" (Sunday) is Used Only Eight Times in the New Testament, but is NEVER Called the Lord's Day!

  1. Matthew 28:1 - Does not say it is a worship day or that the day of worship has been changed. In fact, Jesus kept the Sabbath (rested)in his grave on Saturday, and when the Sabbath was ended, Jesus got up early Sunday morning and went to work!
  2. Mark 16:2 - Does not say it is a worship day or that the day of worship has been changed.
  3. Mark 16:9 - Does not say it is a worship day or that the day of worship has been changed.
  4. Luke 24:1 - Does not say it is a worship day or that the day of worship has been changed.
  5. John 20:1 - Does not say it is a worship day or that the day of worship has been changed.
  6. John 20:19 - In this text we have the first assembly of any group on the first day of the week, but we can see that it was not to worship, but rather because the disciples were afraid of the Jews.  Also, keep in mind that our Saturday evening, for the Jews, was the "first day of the week" because a new day began at sundown.  In other words, at sundown on Saturday the first day of the week, Sunday began.
  7. Acts 20:7 - In this text we do have an assembly which "seems" to be a worship service because Paul "preached" to them.  The interesting thing is that the Jews, the ones writing the New Testament, would have called Sunday night the "second day" rather than the "first day" because it was after sundown.  Because their day began at sundown this meeting actually would have taken place on what we call Saturday night, but to them it was the "first day" of the week. Even if this can be looked at as being on Sunday there still is no record of a change being established and we need to keep in mind that, to the Jews, the "breaking of bread" was a real meal time not a worship time.
  8. 1 Corinthians 16:2 - Paul is definitely talking about an offering or "collection for the saints" but it can be seen from this passage that Paul was not there yet.  It can also be seen that he was telling the readers/listeners of his letter that he wanted them to "lay by him in store" so that there would "be no gatherings when I come."  It does not say anything about a change being made in the day of worship.  Some have said that this shows that they were worshipping on the "first day", but that is not what it says.  Paul actually seems to be asking each reader/listener to take an inventory on the first day of the week of what God had blessed them with and set some money aside so that when he got there there would not have to be a "fund-raiser", everyone could just bring what he had already set aside for this offering.  Actually, we have already seen in Acts 17:2 that Paul had a "manner", or habit, of preaching on the Sabbath and nothing is said about him having a habit of preaching on Sunday also.
I hope you are now willing to concede that the Bible does not command or permit Christian worship on any day other than the holy Sabbath, the seventh day of the week which is Saturday. That is the Lord's Day. We keep it holy every week at Praise Tabernacle. God loves you so much, "that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish (be lost) but have everlasting life." That's God's vision for your life. Why don't you make a full surrender to Him and His Word now? All He asks is that "they that worship Him, must worship Him in Spirit and in truth." Will you accept the truth today? See you at Praise Tab this week.
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