The Sabbath: Keep it Holy or Ignore It?

    “I am no preacher of the old legal Sabbath. I am a preacher of the gospel. The Sabbath of the Jew is to him a task; the Lord’s Day of the Christian, the first day of the week, is to him a joy, a day of rest, of peace, and of thanksgiving. And if you Christian men can earnestly drive away all distractions, so that you can really rest today, it will be good for your bodies, good for your souls, good mentally, good spiritually, good temporally, and good eternally.” -Charles Spurgeon

One of the curious things about the clamor that ensues when someone finds a picture of the Ten Commandments in a courtroom and immediately declares themselves offended and sues… is that Christians like me usually argue for displaying the Ten Commandments -but actually only observe Nine. We should start a petition asking for the Nine Commandments don’t you think? Sure murder is wrong, worshiping false gods is wrong, committing adultery is wrong, and taking the Lord’s name is wrong, but what about the Sabbath Day? How many of us keep it?

And even better point is that while arguing for the Ten Commandments, we should be quick to do so with humility as all of us have disobeyed them. But I digress…

How can we take the command against murder literally, even expand it to include hating someone in your heart, and not take the Sabbath literally? Acknowledging the fact that Christians are not under the Law of Moses according to the teaching of the New Testament is a good point, but we don’t mention that when it comes to taking the Lord’s name in vain, or any of the other commands for that matter. We apply nine commands literally and directly to our lives today, but not so much the one about keeping the Sabbath Day holy.

Interestingly, the New Testament at some point or another reiterates every commandment except for the Sabbath. Here are some quick facts about the Sabbath Day and the New Testament:

    Nowhere in the New Testament are there any instructions to keep a Sabbath.


    The early church met in Acts 15 specifically to debate whether or not Gentiles (non-Jews) who were becoming Christians should be required to follow the Law of Moses. The Church decided not to require them to follow the Law, nor were any instructions given them to observe a Sabbath.

    We are told not to let anyone judge us regarding a Sabbath Day. (Colossians 2:16)

    Jesus said man was not made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath for man. (Mark 2:27)

    If the apostles and the early church observed anything, it was the first day of the week. But no mention is made of them “resting” on that day. The apostles came together on the first day to break bread (Acts 20:7) and a “collection” was taken on the first day of the week. (I Corinthians 16:2). John mentioned being “in the Spirit on the Lord’s day,” (Revelation 1) a reference to the vision God gave him.

    Romans 14:5-10 says one man esteems one day above another, and another man esteems every day alike. It says each should be convinced in his own mind. It does not take sides.

Obviously, if the Lord had wanted to give us instructions concerning the Sabbath Day, or if the Holy Spirit had wanted us to observe the Sabbath Day, He could have given clear and straightforward instructions to the church exactly as He had previously given clear and straightforward instructions to the Jews. However, He did not.

The question becomes… on what basis does God no longer require a Sabbath Day? Or does He?

Here’s what I mean -The original commandment reads:

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
-Exodus 20:8-11 [NIV]

Notice the basis for the commandment was that God had finished the Creation in six days and rested on the seventh. Not only did he rest, but Genesis 2 says he blessed the day and made it holy. This wasn’t part of the Law, this was in the very beginning. God blessed this day at the start of mankind, long before Israel ever existed as a nation. Based on Genesis 2, it would not be difficult to argue that Saturday should still be a holy day. In fact a lot of people believe just that. They may still go out to eat, shop, watch live television, and in effect, pay other people to violate the Sabbath, but that’s another issue.

I’ve argued for the Sabbath Day occasionally when my wife asks me to mow the lawn on Saturday, or do some work around the house instead of watching the Miami Hurricanes lose again. (Isn’t football a holy activity? It’s in the Bible somewhere I’m sure…) But the truth is, I have wondered about the Sabbath precisely because I was worried that I was making excuses for it. I was worried that I might have ignored the command because I DO like to play/watch football, go out to eat, get some work done around the house and many other things that would not be in keeping with a holy day of rest. So is it just me and my wants, or is there a basis for no longer observing the Sabbath, just as there was a basis for observing it?

First, the Bible says if you do believe in keeping the Sabbath either on Saturday or Sunday, then you should.

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. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. Romans 14:5-6 [NIV]

Catch that? I’m not condemning anyone for keeping a Sabbath Day. In fact, if you do, wonderful.

Second, the Sabbath Day is NOT merely symbolic in some way. It has always had a symbolic meaning AND a literal one. So we can’t just dismiss it so easily. Symbolically, the nation of Israel’s “rest” was the Promised Land. The Promised Land was a shadow of something even greater, namely the eternal kingdom of God through Christ. In Christ Jesus, our symbolic Sabbath-rest is the eternal kingdom.

Israel had a symbolic “rest” in the Promised Land:
for as yet you have not come to the rest and the inheritance which the LORD your God is giving you. But when you cross over the Jordan and dwell in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to inherit, and He gives you rest from all your enemies round about, so that you dwell in safety, then there will be the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide. -Deuteronomy 12:9-11[NKJV]

The New Testament Book of Hebrews compares us today, with Israel of yesterday, saying:
Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Now we who have believed enter that rest
-Hebrews 4:1-2

This passage is speaking of those who didn’t go into the promised land because of their unbelief. (see Hebrews 3:16-19) Comparing that to us, the writer warns us to be careful we don’t fall short, and encourages us to believe. He concludes with:

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
-Hebrews 4:9-11

Since the Scripture says “there remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God,” then that rest is more than just the Promised Land of the nation of Israel. It also says, “Now we who have believed, enter that rest” -a present term because of salvation in Christ which is given right now, and it also says, “make every effort to enter that rest” -a future term because of God’s future eternal kingdom for everyone who believes in Christ.

Thus there was a symbolic rest for the nation of Israel represented by the Promised Land. It was a shadow of a much larger, eternal kingdom which came through Christ. In Christ, there is a rest, represented by the eternal kingdom of God received by faith.

Got it?

Now here’s the kicker. Even though Israel had a symbolic “rest,” they still had a literal day of rest, the Sabbath Day. So by extension, despite the fact we have a symbolic day of rest through the salvation that comes through faith and repentance in Jesus Christ, couldn’t we also have a literal day of rest as well? Just as Israel did? We certainly could. But do we?

And if not, on what basis?

Jesus gives us the answer in Matthew 12. A Scripture I’ve read many, many times, but never quite saw what was in there until recently.

The problem for Jesus and the disciples in Matthew 12, was the disciples were hungry and had been picking heads of grain as they went through the fields. Despite the fact that the Jewish Law allowed someone to snack on the grain in a field on the Sabbath Day, the ever-watchful, extremely legalistic and judgmental Pharisees pounced on the snacking sin.

“Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.” -Matthew 12:2

I’ve run into a few Christians who are good at pointing fingers, too. Haven’t you? Anyway, Jesus solves the entire argument in two examples and one Old Testament Scripture. Ready?

Example Number One:
He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests.
-Matthew 12:3-4

Example Number Two:
Or haven’t you read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple desecrate the day and yet are innocent? I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.
-Matthew 12:5-6


Old Testament Scripture:

If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. -Matthew 12:7 (referring to Hosea 6:6 which says “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.)

And finally,
“For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” -Matthew 12:8

Brilliant stuff. Deep stuff. Solves everything we’ve asked. Here’s how:

Jesus first mentioned the time David and his men were hungry, and the priest gave them the consecrated bread from the temple. It was meant for the priests to eat and no one else. Nevertheless, God did not condemn the priest for giving it to them, nor did God condemn David and his men for eating it. The principle is that God values compassion over religious ritual. Jesus pointed out that in Hosea 6, God had said “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” Mercy and compassion matter more than religious ritual as far as God is concerned. That’s a good lesson for today as well, as we often put our rules above loving and caring and forgiving others. Jesus would also reinforce this by saying that the Sabbath Day was made FOR man, not man for the Sabbath Day. (same story Mark 2:27)

Second, Jesus pointed out the priests have to work on the Sabbath Day and they aren’t condemned for it. The Old Testament Law required the priests to make special sacrifices on the Sabbath Day in addition to the regular sacrifices, yet they weren’t condemned for “working.”

Why? Well because as Hosea says, “acknowledgment of God” is more important than religious rituals as well. The priests could work because they were in the temple doing the Lord’s work.

And then Jesus drops the bombshell. Speaking of Himself he says, “one greater than the temple is here” and again, “the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

If the priests could work on the Sabbath because they were in the temple doing the Lord’s work, how much more the disciples of Jesus who were with the Lord Himself? He was and is much more important than the temple.

In fact,
According to I Peter 2:9, in Christ, we are priests.
According to Galatians 2:20, we no longer live for ourselves, but for Christ.
According to Romans 6:13 and 12:2, we offer ourselves to God as our spiritual worship
According to I Corinthians 6:19, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit
According to Acts 2:38, everyone who turns to Christ and is baptized receives the gift of the Spirit of God within them. Just as God’s presence remained in the temple, in Christ the Spirit of God remains in you.

So just as the priests could work without being condemned on the Sabbath Day because they were in the temple, in the presence of the Lord, doing the Lord’s work…

We too can work without condemnation, even on the Sabbath Day, as long as Christ lives in us because we are His temple and our lives belong to Him to do His will.

“I no longer live but Christ lives in me” Paul said in Galatians 2:20

If you have put your faith in Christ, repented of sin and been baptized in His name, and live each day as a believer and follower of Christ, then every day can be a Sabbath Day for you -a day dedicated to serving the Lord wherever you go and whatever you do.

It’s when we live for ourselves, instead of surrendering our life to God and surrendering to His will, that we get in trouble. The Law of the Sabbath convicts us as guilty. As a follower of Christ, you would be excused for working on the seventh day since you are living your life for God, and God lives in you. For you all days are alike. Same reason why God allowed priests to work on the Sabbath day at the temple. But if God isn’t in you, and you live life for yourself, then working on the seventh day of the week is uh… well…..mmmm…. sin. God made that day holy way back in the beginning of time.

Of course, if you’ve sinned, welcome to the club. I recommend giving your life to Jesus. He’s the Lord of the Sabbath.

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25 thoughts on “The Sabbath: Keep it Holy or Ignore It?

  1. I say we split the difference by keeping it holy and leaving some sabbath days open for other endeavors. I am not advocating ignoring it entirely. Maybe we could give it reverential deference two days out of the month. The first and third sabbath days for instance. I dunno, just an idea.

  2. “I am no preacher of the old legal Sabbath. I am a preacher of the gospel. The Sabbath of the Jew is to him a task; the Lord’s Day of the Christian, the first day of the week, is to him a joy, a day of rest, of peace, and of thanksgiving. And if you Christian men can earnestly drive away all distractions, so that you can really rest today, it will be good for your bodies, good for your souls, good mentally, good spiritually, good temporally, and good eternally.” -Charles Spurgeon

    and that was why spurgeon himself could not give up his sinful habit smoking his cigars.. ??

    http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/07/03/christians-are-supposedly-to-be-different/

  3. In the Protestant church only the 66 books approved by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1885, which today is known as the Authorized King James Bible, are allowed.
    Fourteen other books, which were included in the original King James Bible, and 22 other books which were mentioned or quoted in the King James Bible, are not included today.
    There was no specific list or accounting of all the books that made up the Bible until the commission of the first Bible by the Emperor Constantine in the 4th Century AD.
    It is believed there were up to 600 books, taken out by the formation of Catholicism by Constantine; even one lost book is a great loss.
    Also many do not know that the Apocryphal books were actually included in the King James translation until they were officially taken out by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1885.
    I will now give you the names of some of the other Holy books, mentioned in the Bible.
    Book of Jasher. – Joshua 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher?
    2 Samuel 1:18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)
    Book of Enoch. – Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
    Book of Samuel the seer, – Book of Nathan the prophet, – Book of Gad the seer.
    1 Chronicles 29:29 Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer,
    There are many more Holy Scripture books named, which can be found mentioned in the Bible. As Paul said “all scripture is given by inspiration of God” 2 Timothy 3:16 :: King James
    My conclusion is that if these books mentioned by God’s people in the Bible, was good enough for them to read and to study, and to accept that it is the word of God, then I to accept that these other books mentioned in the Bible is the word of God. And to reject them would be a grave loss to me. But we do know that if man has any involvement in writing God’s Word, he makes mistakes and sometimes changes the Word of God, therefore we must always seek the Holy Spirits teaching when we are reading holy scriptures today, for the Holy Spirit will always lead us into all truth as Jesus said.

    EVANGELIST BILLY BOLITHO

    http://www.evangelistbillybolitho.blogspot.com

  4. Ostriches only ask if smoking is a sin, or dunkeness,drugs, cheating, lying, stealing, porn,bulling, basjionmg, ignorance too, or tax evasion etc.,,

    No we ALL cannot STOP, take the ostrich approach under the guise of love to the definite bad acts of others, we as Christians are still called to be fruit inspectors of those who profess to be Christians ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY RARELY QUOTE IT in actual context OR LIVE THE BIBLE THEY CLAIM THEY BELIEVE IN-

    (Gen 31:42 KJV) Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.

    (Lev 19:17 KJV) Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.

    (Neh 5:7 KJV) Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.

    (Psa 119:21 KJV) Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.

    (Prov 24:25 KJV) But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.

    (Prov 27:5 KJV) Open rebuke is better than secret love.

    (Eccl 7:5 KJV) It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

    (Mat 17:18 KJV) And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

    (Mark 1:25 KJV) And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.

    (Mark 4:39 KJV) And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

    (Mark 8:33 KJV) But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

    (1 Tim 5:20 KJV) Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

    (2 Tim 4:2 KJV) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

    (Titus 1:13 KJV) This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

    (Titus 2:15 KJV) These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

    (Heb 12:5 KJV) And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

    (Rev 3:19 KJV) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

    http://thefocusonthefamily.wordpress.com/2008/07/03/verbal-abuse-is-always-unacceptable-too/

  5. >>My conclusion is that if these books mentioned by God’s people in the Bible, was good enough for them to read and to study, and to accept that it is the word of God, then I to accept that these other books mentioned in the Bible is the word of God

    get real.. do a better Bible study firstly..find a better church now too.

  6. You guys are funny. First you Cornish…

    In the Protestant church only the 66 books approved by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1885, which today is known as the Authorized King James Bible, are allowed.

    Hmmmm…. My “Protestant” Church has New International Versions in every pew, so obviously more than simply the KJV is allowed.

    But the biggest mistake is asserting the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1885 approved the 66 books of the Bible. Those books were approved long before he ever lived.

    The 66 books were approved by a gathering of churches from many areas and groups in the earliest of times. The Council of Nicea in AD 325-40, the Council of Hippo in AD 393, the Council of Carthage in AD 397 and the second Council of Carthage in AD 419. The last of which was a over 1400 years before the Archbishop of Canterbury approved anything. Not one church, not one guy, but a gathering of many independent voices and independent churches.

    I could go into great detail about the disputes over even what books are exactly referred to by some of the Old Testament writers, but regardless, mentioning a book does not make it Scripture. Paul mentioned what some Greek poets said in Acts 17, but that doesn’t make the Greek poets Scripture.

    All of the councils used a series of criteria when deciding upon books of the Bible, and they generally accepted all the books the Jews considered Scripture as the Old Testament. There was some support at two of the smaller councils for some of the extra books, referred to today as the apocrypha. The Catholic Church officially accepted the apocrypha at the Council of Trent in 1546, but regardless of that debate… Those extra Old Testament books do not change the teaching of the New Testament on the Sabbath.

  7. Nonconformer… You calling me an ostrich? Dude, I’m too short, trust me.

    First… uh… I didn’t ask if drunkenness, drugs, cheating, lying, stealing, porn, tax evasion, etc.. was a sin. I asked if smoking cigars is a sin.

    (And ignorance is a sin? Every teenager is going to hell? Shoot, we’re probably all in trouble.)

    Anyway, none of those Scriptures you gave teach that smoking cigars is sinful. Since all of our teaching and all of God’s revealed truth comes from the Scriptures, you just need to show me where the Scriptures teach smoking a cigar is a sin.

  8. WELL WELL WELL AREN’T YOU A COMPLICATED LOT.

    IT DOES CHANGE THE FACT THAT HOLY SCRIPTURES HAVE BEEN LEFT OUT.

  9. Yeah but… the argument for the Apochrypha concerns Old Testament books, and as such doesn’t change what the New Testament might say about the Sabbath.

    Just some food for thought for ya: The debate you’ve brought up has been going on since about 300 AD so it’s not so easy to solve. The basics go something like this…

    The test any book of the Bible was given, in order to determine whether or not it should be included in Scripture was: “propheticity” (Geisler, “Systematic Theology” p.522)

    -Only books written by a prophet or an accredited spokesperson for God are included.

    -Prophets and writers could be accredited by God through supernatural miracles and/or prophecies proven to be true.

    -Writers could be discredited if they contradicted previously revealed truth in previously established writings. (Same way courts base current decisions on past decisions.)

    -The people to whom a prophet wrote decided if it was from God. It wasn’t a decision that could be made centuries later.

    -Church councils, gatherings of church leaders from many different places, including all segments of Christianity (not one church organization but many), applied these criteria to the New Testament books.

    -All 66 books of the Bible were formally accepted by 393 AD. The Apocryphal books were debated and not formally accepted until the 1500’s by the Catholic Church.

    -Included in the 66 books of the Bible, was the Jewish Bible (the Protestant Old Testament) The entire Jewish Bible was considered prophetic by the early Churches.

    After that it gets really detailed. I encourage you to study the whole issue as it is very fascinating and interesting. Have a great 4th!

  10. IT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT TEACHES THE TRUTH HAS JESUS SAID, NOT – Church councils, gatherings of church leaders from many different places, including all segments of Christianity (not one church organization but many), applied these criteria to the New Testament books. HAS YOU SAID.

    LIKE I SAID IT DOES CHANGE THE FACT THAT HOLY SCRIPTURES HAVE BEEN LEFT OUT.

  11. Besides, no Scriptures are left out. Any of them can be read today and I have them on computer if I ever need them. Those books are simply not regarded as “Holy” nor “Scripture” by those outside of the Catholic Church.

  12. What do you think of 2 Corinthians 3:7? It seems to refer to the 10 commandments as the old law that we aren’t under anymore. Obviously we can’t all go out and start killing people – I think Jesus’ words about loving God and loving others pretty well makes that clear. It does make me wonder why we fight about having the commandments posted in our court houses. The golden rule would be better.

  13. too all the Ostriches, as to what scritpures teach that smoking is a sin… still do try the ones that teaches your body is a temple of the Holy Ghost.. and you are not to destroy, or abuse it.. in now matter what Bible you prefer too.. as far as the golden rule .. apply it here too.. and the ten commandements.. apply both of them rightfully.. http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/07/03/christians-are-supposedly-to-be-different/

    >> In the Protestant church only the 66 books approved by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1885, which today is known as the Authorized King James Bible, are allowed.

    sounds like someone is trying to promote his own hidden agenda again still too,

  14. I think eating too much also damages that temple of the Holy Spirit we call a body so if smoking is an official sin, what about too much cholesterol? A better argument would be to point out that any addiction can become wrong because it controls us. I Corinthians 6:12. The problem is, we can either point fingers and condemn or we can help people get free. The Law condemned, but Christ nailed the rules and regulations of the Law to the cross and brought that freedom.

    Justasking, you make a good point that posting the Golden Rule might be better than the ten commandments since the New Testament says loving your neighbor as yourself sums up the ENTIRE law. (Galatians 5:14)

    II Corinthians 3:7 speaks of the law as the “ministry of death” and the law can do nothing but condemn since no one is perfect. (Romans 3:20). The Law’s purpose is to lead us to Christ because it proves our sinfulness. The Law, besides rules for religious rites etc… also contained moral laws such as the Ten Commandments. Those particular laws and others like them, spelled out God’s standard of righteousness. No one can live up to that standard, proving our need for a Savior.

  15. Hi Pastor Brian,

    Can you explain Matt 24:20 and your commnents on the Sabbath with regards to this verse?

    Thanks

  16. Jesus said in Matthew 24:20 that at a time in the future, just before the destruction of Jerusalem (many believe He was speaking of what happened later in 70 AD when the Romans destroyed the city, and many believe He was speaking of a final destruction which is yet future to us… I personally believe the latter) that they should flee the city.

    He then comments they should pray their need to flee does not come while it is winter, while they were pregnant or nursing babies, or during the Sabbath. All of which would make fleeing difficult.

    It was just a common sense thing to remark about in my opinion. Especially considering who He was talking to. Many in Jerusalem, at that time and at this time, would refuse or be slow to flee because of the Sabbath. Even Christians who believe in Jesus, especially those who are Jews, continue to observe the Sabbath and might hesitate. (Acts 21:20)

    And Jesus remarked they should flee with no hesitation and no delay. If a person was on the roof of their house He said, they should not take the time even to go back inside for anything.

  17. I thank you so much for this awesome blog about the Sabbath. It has definitely set me free from religious bondage. For a long time I have mentally gone back and forth when thinking about the Sabbath.

  18. I thank you so much Crazy Pastor for this awesome blog about the Sabbath. It has definitely set me free from religious bondage. For a long time I have mentally gone back and forth when thinking about this topic.
    I did not know if it was right or wrong for today’s time. If I had to cook or do ministry work on the Sabbath, I felt guilty, but I was not sure if the guilt was coming from God or not. I could not really find solid information about the Sabbath in the New Testament and people’s advice was often conflicting, with no real evidence coming from the New Testament. I even thought that the scripture in the New Testament on this topic were contradicting each other!
    I battled with this issue from a long time, and asked God for an answer. I discovered your site last night and read your blog. I can now say that I am truly set free from religious mindsets about the Sabbath.
    I now realize that a Sabbath is good to take now and then for rest and to focus on God, but I no longer punish myself if I cant take a full Sabbath on a given week. I now feel free. Thanks for your ministry man. You are a powerful man of God. Thanks for keeping it real!

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