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QUESTION:WHAT DO I TEACH ABOUT SABBATH (SATURDAY) WORSHIP? IS THERE A PROBLEM WITH IT

  ANSWER: “YES … IF YOUR SALVATION DEPENDS ON IT”

EXPLANATION:
Unfortunately for the Seventh Day Adventist, his salvation depends on Saturday worship.

BUT DIDN’T GOD REST ON THE 7TH DAY … THE SABBATH … SATURDAY?
Yes he did, but that was only after six days of his perfect and sinless works of creation.

HOW DOES THAT APPLY TO THE SDA?
If they could perform perfect and sinless works for six days since they were born, they can rightfully claim spiritual salvation with resting on the Saturday and then enter heaven when they die. They will have been just like God.   

I’M LOST?
God is a Spirit and he didn’t need to create anything as he would have been perfectly happy without a physical universe. But God sets the example of sinless and perfect works in a physical universe, for physical men to follow, that is, six days of perfect works must be performed. God wants us to be like him.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
God gives us his Ten Commandments of works that must be perfectly fulfilled in order for us to have perfect rest like him on the 7th day.

SO?
Unfortunately for the SDA, he separates and elevates Saturday worship from the rest of the nine commandments. He thinks that if he worships on Saturday, then God will be pleased.

SO?
The SDA is ignorant of what the Bible says in that all of the Ten Commandments have equal weighting, such that failure on one, negates the others. The Bible says
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10.
There is only one law, it’s called the …law of God … (Rom 7:25; 8:7), containing the Ten Commandments.

SO?
The law of God is like a pearl that can’t be split into pieces. If you try to make several pearls from one pearl, you destroy it.
Another example is a mousetrap made up of ten parts … the wooden base, the spring and so on. If one part is broken, the mousetrap can’t work.
Similarly, God’s law is made up of Ten Commandments … if you break one of them, then the whole lot are broken!

SO?
All commandments are of equal weighting … no amount of Saturday worship can make up for breaking any of the other nine commandments … and vice versa.

WHAT’S THAT MEAN?
It means you have to do the whole lot perfectly, which Christ did, so that God would let Christ back into heaven. That means if you can be perfect like Christ, you can get into heaven also.

GO ON …
Perfect Sabbath rest comes after, as it were, a lifetime of sinless performance of the other nine commandments. That is fulfilling the two great commandments of love your God and your neighbour (Matt 22:36-40).

SO?
It’s a package deal. The Ten Commandments can’t be separated. It’s called God’s law. All parts depend on each other. It’s like a car, if the starter motor won’t work, the car can’t start … no matter how perfect the hundreds of other parts of the car are.

SO?
As Sabbath rest has been perfectly completed as the result of the perfect fulfillment of the commandments, it is useless to try and replicate it.

SO?
Christ has done this already on our behalf. The demands of the law, the Ten Commandments, have been completed. To attempt to keep the Sabbath, or any other commandment, for our salvation, is a mockery to God.

SO?
We are wasting our time and effort trying to repeat the process.

SO WHAT DAY DO WE WORSHIP ON?
As we follow Paul as he follows Christ, Christians worship on a Sunday which is the 1st day of the week (1Cor 16:1-2; Acts 20:7).
Put it this way, the law was put to death, including Sabbath worship, when Christ fulfilledit. Christ rose on the 1st day of the week and that’s why we worship him on Sunday.
Put it this way, if a man pays your money debts, you don’t worship the money, you worship the man. Similarly, if Christ has paid the debt of Sabbath worship, you don’t worship the Sabbath, you worship Christ.

BUT CAN’T I WORSHIP ON SATURDAY IF I LIKE?
You can worship every day of the week if you like … but not for your salvation! The demands of God’s law, the Ten Commandments, have already been completed.

BUT DOESN’T PAUL OUTLINE THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN HIS WRITINGS?
Yes, he does, but the 4th commandment is not mentioned. Christ kept God’s law perfectly on our behalf. To attempt to keep any of the commandments for salvation is a mockery and spits in the face of God.  

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Harley Hitchcock


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