You may have read one of Mike Ruffin’s previous columns headlined “Sunday Isn’t Just Another Day.” As a Christian who takes God’s word quite seriously, I feel the need to address some major theological problems that appeared in that brief column.
In this article, he basically expressed concern that Christians today have forgotten about keeping the Sabbath day holy. I wholeheartedly agree, but that’s not where my problem with his theology rests. In the beginning of the column he says, “I don’t think it matters to God which day we choose to honor as the Sabbath.” By the end of the article he reaffirms, “In spite of how I may feel, it really doesn’t matter to God when you celebrate the Sabbath.”
My question is, how do we KNOW what does and doesn’t matter to God? Do we simply trust what preachers, Christian authors and religion columnists merely speculate? I’m reminded of an observation that Luke records in Acts 17:11 where he says, “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
Through the prophet Isaiah, God cautions us to do the same thing. He says in Isaiah 8:20, “To the Law and to the Testimony! If they speak not according to this word, they have no light of dawn.”
Despite the opinions of men, the clear biblical truth is that God actually did specify a certain day that his people are to keep holy. Notice Genesis 2:1-3, “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”
It is obvious here that God indeed created, blessed and sanctified a very specific day He named the “Sabbath” which means literally, “rest” or “cessation.” This particular day was made holy by God in the very beginning and, when the Ten Commandments were given at Sinai, the command to “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” was number four in the Decalogue. Here, once again, God specified the Sabbath as being the “seventh day.”
The patriarchs, the apostles and even Jesus himself kept the seventh day holy according to God’s eternal commandment. Obviously they considered the command of God to be of more importance than the opinions of men. In fact, Peter even says in Acts 5:29, “We must obey God rather than men!”
Throughout the Bible at many different times and ways God himself says, “Remember THE Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” Never will you find in scripture that the blessing upon the seventh day has been removed or transferred today nor will you find any evidence that the fourth commandment has been erased from the Decalogue. Yet, a religion columnist confidently says, “it doesn’t matter to God.”
We must realize that the Ten Commandments were etched in stone by the very finger of God to symbolize their perpetual and unchanging nature. To suppose that we have “editing privileges” with God’s Law or any part of his word goes well beyond presumption and should be avoided by the Christian at all costs.
Years ago, when I first decided to give my life to Jesus, I resolved to build that all important relationship on the solid rock of biblical truth. Whatever the bible taught would be what I believed — no matter if I was the only one who did. I can honestly say that I have extensively studied what the scriptures teach about the Sabbath of the fourth commandment and have concluded that the overwhelming weight of scripture indicates that it does indeed matter to God which day you honor as the Sabbath. That day is the day we know as Saturday. This may seem strange to you right now, but I would encourage you not to dismiss or accept this statement on my opinion alone, rather I strongly encourage you to be like the Bereans and “examine the scriptures to see if what (I) said is true” (Acts 17:11).
For more information about this important subject, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to: The Sabbath Truth, 7248 NC 97 West, Battleboro, NC 27809 and request a free copy of A Biblical Study of the Seventh-day Sabbath.