Should Believers Keep The Sabbath

Monday, 7 November 2016

This has been a difficult subject to research as there are different viewpoints but at the end of the day we need to return to what Scripture says.

In Romans 14:5 it declares one man considers one day more sacred than another, another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

The scriptures stated above make it clear that sabbath keeping for the believer is a matter of spiritual freedom not a command from God. We are not to judge one another in regards to the sabbath for this is a matter in which each believer needs to be fully convinced in their own mind. Sabbath keeping was not a command the apostles felt necessary to force onto gentile believers.

It does state in Exodus 20:8-11 that the believer is to do no work on the sabbath day. Also nowhere in scripture does it state that the sabbath was a day of worship. Wherever a meeting is said to be on the sabbath, this is a meeting of Jews and/or Gentile converts to Judaism not for Christians.

Acts 2:46-47 states that every day was a day of worship. Believers broke bread in their homes and ate together with a gladness of hearts. If there was a day that Christians met together regularly, it was a Sunday not a Saturday. Acts 20:17, Corinthians 16:2.  In honour of Christ's resurrection on Sunday, the early Christians observed Sunday not as the "Christian" sabbath but as a day to especially worship Jesus. There is nothing wrong with worshipping on the Jewish sabbath. We should worship God every day. There is freedom in Christ 2 Corinthians 3:17, Galations 5:1.

If a believer feels led to do so, then they can practise sabbath keeping which includes not working on the sabbath. Romans 14:5 but we are called not to judge believers who wish to do this Colossians 2:16.

The entire law is summed up in a single commandment which is love your neighbour as yourself.

God has been speaking to me about keeping the sabbath as a set apart day but this is personal to me. Many believers today do things differently asd as they feel led. Each persons walk with The Father is unique to them and we must remember and respect that.

Blessings
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