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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The Importance of Sabbath Observance

William Wilberforce had this to say about keeping the Sabbath day holy:
Oh what a blessed day is the Sabbath, which allows us a precious interval wherein to pause, to come out from the thickets of worldly concerns and give ourselves up to heavenly and spiritual concerns. Observation and my own experience have convinced me that there is a special blessing on a right employment of these intervals. Oh what a blessing is Sunday, interposed between the waves of worldly business like the divine path of the Israelites through Jordan. There is nothing in which I would recommend you to be more strictly conscientious than in keeping the Sabbath holy. By this I mean not only abstaining from all becoming sports and common business, but from consuming time in frivolous conversations, paying or receiving visits, which among relations often leads to a sad waste of this precious day. I can truly declare that to me the Sabbath has been invaluable.

William Gladstone, the well known British Prime Minister, said on one occasion: 
Tell me what the young men of England are doing on Sunday and I will tell you what the future of England will be. The religious observance of the Sabbath is a main prop of the religious character of the country. From a moral, social and physical point of view, the observance of the Sabbath is a duty of absolute consequence.

Sir Robert Peel, another Prime Minister, said: 
I never knew a man escape failure, in either body or mind, who worked seven days a week.


Gerry Leddy said...

Wilberforce was talking about the Sabbath, did he say anything about the Lord's day.

You may have heard about these rewards being offered for the missing bible verses, but no matter if you didn't but if you can give me the where the answers can be found I could be a millionaire. Think of the many needy people I could help.

YOU are reading a public notice of a reward for a Bible text proving any one of the following 5 statements to be TRUE:

1. God changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday.

2. God blessed, sanctified and hallowed Sunday and removed His blessing from Saturday.

3. Christ or the apostles kept Sunday holy, or taught others to do so.

4. Being "under grace" allows us to violate God’s Ten Commandment Law.

5. Sunday is the Lord’s day.

Did You Know?
• Jesus kept Saturday holy 1,700 times. Luke 4:16 Luke 3:23 I John 2:3-6
• Sunday had its origin in the ancient pagan worship of the sun, and that it crept into Christianity as one of many false teachings and practices long after Jesus and the apostles had passed from the scene. II Thes. 2:3,4,8-10 Dan. 7:25

• The book of Acts notes Saturday being used for worship by early Jewish and Gentile Christians 84 times. Acts 13:14,44; 16:13; 17:2; 18:4,11

• Jesus affirmed the Law as binding and expected his followers to regard the Saturday Sabbath prayerfully 40 years after His death. Matt. 5:17-19 Matt. 24:20

• The Bible never suggests that Sunday be held in honor of Jesus’ resurrection. Matt. 15:8,9,13

• The 7th day Saturday Sabbath is the only day that God has ever blessed, sanctified, and hallowed. Gen. 2:2,3 Ex. 20:8-11 Is. 58:13,14 Mark 2:28

See For Yourself & Compare The Following:
The 4th Commandment
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." Exodus 20:8-11

I could be rich there are several places offering this reward and one 7th day adventist pastor offering $1,000,000 for these. I know that the Free Presbyterian church must know the answers for they only trust the bible as the source of God's word on the earth.

Shame to see that money going to waste

Rev Brian McClung said...


Yes, Wilberforce was speaking about the Christian Sabbath or the Lord's day as it is also called.

No I have never heard of that reward being offered. The questions are based upon a false premise and and are couched in such language as to make sure the individual will never have to pay out. In that sense they are a deceit.

The false premise is that God ordained the seventh day of the week to be the sabbath and subsequently blessed, sanctified and hallowed it. He never did. There are no verses in the Bible to say that He did.

God ordained a sabbath, which is one day in seven. The 4th commandment does not mention a seventh day of the week sabbath. It does mention a one day out of seven, sabbath, which is something totally different. It lays down the principle of a sabbath and nothing more. Those who argue otherwise are engaging in eisegesis, which is the process of interpreting a text or portion of text in such a way that it introduces someone's own presuppositions, agendas, and/or personal bias into the text.

It was this one day out seven, sabbath, that was blessed, sanctified and hallowed. The word 'week' does not appear in the 4th commandment or in any other command about keeping a sabbath, therefore there is no issue about breaking any of God's law where a change occurs.

It is true that in Old Testament times the sabbath was observed at the end of the week to mark God resting from creation. In New Testament times it was changed to the first day of the week to mark Christ rising from the dead.

This New Testament practice came by following the example of the Lord Jesus and the Apostles who hallowing this day in a number of ways:
1. Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week, Matthew 28:1-7; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1.
2. Jesus appeared to the disciples on the first day of the week, John 20:19.
3. Jesus again appeared inside the room to the eleven disciples eight days after again on the first day of the week. The Jewish way of measuring days meant that it was again the first day of the week, John 20:26.
4. The Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost, the first day of the week, Leviticus 23:16; Acts 2:1.
5.The first NT age sermon was preached by Peter on the first day of the week, Acts 2:14.
6. Three thousand converts joined the church, ie were converted, on the first day of the week, Acts 2:41.
7. These three thousand were baptised on the first day of the week, Acts 2:41.
8. The Christians assembled broke bread [observed communion] on the first day of the week, Acts 20:7.
9. The Christians also heard a sermon from Paul on the first day of the week, Acts 20:7. 
10. Paul instructed the churches to put aside contributions [take up offerings] on the first day of the week, 1 Cor 16:2.
11. The Lord Jesus gave the apostle John the vision of Revelation on the first day of the week, Rev 1:10.

The following quotation is taken from Dr John Gill’s commentary on Revelation 1:10:
Justin Martyr tells us, who lived within about fifty years after this time, that on the day called th tou hliou hmera, ‘Sunday’, (by the Greeks,) the Christians met together in one place, and read the Scriptures, and prayed together, and administered the ordinance of the supper; and this, he adds, was the first day in which God created the World, and our Saviour Jesus Christ rose from the dead; yea, Barnabas, the companion of the Apostle Paul, calls this day the eighth day, in distinction from the seventh day sabbath of the Jews, and which he says is the beginning of another world; and therefore we keep the eighth day, adds he, joyfully, in which Jesus rose from the dead, and being manifested, ascended unto heaven: and this day was known by the ancients by the name of "the Lord's day"; as by Ignatius, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Origen, and others.

Brian McClung