Jesus Christ is our Sabbath Rest

Jesus Christ is our Sabbath RestJesus is Our Sabbath

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Jesus is ‘Lord of the Sabbath day’ (Matthew 12:8). You see Jesus came to seek and save lost sheep who would hear His voice (John 10:3, 27) so when the Pharisees criticized Him for healing a man on a Sabbath day, Jesus reminded them, that they would not think twice to pull a sheep out of a pit on a Sabbath day.  Because Jesus created the Sabbath day he He could break the Sabbath rules and change them permanently.

So Jesus informed the Pharisees that people are more important than sheep and the salvation He provided was more important than rules. We now enter into the Sabbath rest He provided by paying for our sins.  Mark 2:27  “And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:”  Jesus came to relieve us from our attempt at achieving salvation by our works. We no longer rest for only one day, but ceace forever our at working to obtain God’s favour.   Jesus is our Sabbath, He is our rest now, He is our rest from works forever.

Do not reject God’s Sabbath through Jesus Christ.  There is no rest outside Jesus Christ, and no works can satisfy or provide relief.

Hebrews 4:9-11 “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

Sabbath Keepers exposed!

According to a Seventh-Day Adventist website, in an article titled, “What does the Sabbath have to do with salvation?”, by Erwin R. Gane…

“The Bible teaches that those who receive the gift of Christ’s character will observe His Sabbath as a sign or seal of their spiritual experience. Thus the people who receive the last-day seal of God will be Sabbath-keepers.” [Emphasis added] —

Blasphemy!  According to Mr. Gane, keeping the Sabbath is evidence of salvation, just as Charismatics/Pentecostals teach that speaking-in-tongues is the initial evidence of being born again.  BOTH of these doctrines are lies of the Devil.  Sabbath Keepers are false prophets!

Erwin Gane further states…

“There is not the slightest hint in the New Testament that the Sabbath was changed or abolished.”  —

WRONG!  This is evidenced by Hebrews 4:2-4, which state…

“For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.”

This passage of Scripture clearly evidences the fact that the Sabbath Day was only symbolic of a person’s faith (i.e., solely resting) in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins.  Mankind attempted to work his way to Heaven through self-righteousness, but he utterly failed (Romans 3:19; James 2:10).  This is represented by man working 6-days prior to the Sabbath Day.  Today, Jesus is our Sabbath, i.e., He is the fulfillment of what the Sabbath Day symbolized.  In Christ we rest for salvationColossians 2:16,17 state, “…or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come…”  A shadow is only cast when the sun is afar off in the distance.  Once the sun rises overhead, the shadow vanishes away.  Hence, when Jesus Christ fulfilled His earthly mission, He took the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross (Colossians 2:14).  There is NO Sabbath Day today.  It was nailed to the cross.  Jesus has become our Sabbath, and in Him alone we rest for our salvation. See conclusion below.

Sabbath Keepers Pervert the Scriptures and Worship the Sabbath

Erwin Gane further states…

“When we have true faith in Christ, we will not argue about whether it is convenient to keep holy His Sabbath day. We will do it because Jesus asks us to. Our Sabbath keeping will be the result and the evidence of our faith in Him. We will observe the Sabbath day as a memorial of creation ad a sign of Christ’s work of sanctification in our hearts. Sabbath keeping will be not only a sign of Christ’s work for us, but also an observance that strengthens our relationship with Him. It will be a vital part of our Christian walk and a tremendous blessing to us as we prepare for the seal of God and an eternity with our Lord.”  —

Sabbath Keepers are idolaters, worshipping the creature more than the Creator.  You’d think nothing else mattered in life except the Sabbath Day from listening to these people.  What did God say in Colossians 2:16, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days…”  God said not to become misguided by false prophets who would try to lead us away from Christ.  Carefully read,

Colossians 2:18,19… “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.”

The Scriptures are very clear, only Jesus Christ is to be worshipped!  Catholics worship Mary.  Charismatics worship speaking-in-tongues and the ‘experience’.  Sabbath-Keepers worship the Sabbath.  Televangelists worship money.  Christians are commanded to worship the Lord!  Sabbath Keepers are “vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head…” (Colossians 2:18,19).

Misguided Worship and the Cults

So many false religions are started because people get sidetracked from the main issue–Jesus Christ Himself.  One group is off worshipping Mary.  Another group is off worshipping Water Baptism.  Still yet another group is off worshipping the Lord’s Supper.  And now we have the Seventh-Day Adventists (SDA’s) and those in in the Hebrew Roots movement off worshiping the Sabbath.  Nothing is more dear to the Catholic than Mary.  Nothing is more dear to the Lutheran and Baptist than ‘water baptism’.  Nothing is more dear to the Pentecostal than speaking-in-tongues.  And nothing is more dear to SDA’s and Sabbatarians than the Sabbath.  Truly, nothing should be any more precious to the believer than Jesus Christ Himself, “Unto you therefore which believe he is precious…” (1st Peter 2:7).

The Bible never speaks of the Sabbath as being “precious”; but, 1 Peter 2:7 calls Jesus Christ precious!  We also read in the Scriptures about the “precious blood of Christ” in”

1st Peter 1:18,19… “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

From the blood sacrifice of Abel, to the saints washed in the blood of the Lamb in Revelation 7:14, the Word of God centers around the blood of Jesus Christ.  Yet, Catholics think Mary is precious, when the Bible does not say so.  SDA’s think the Sabbath is precious, but the Bible does not say so.  Charismatics think speaking-in-tongues is precious, but the Bible never says that.  What is precious to you?  If you are a genuine child of God, then Jesus Christ and the blood He shed for your sins and mine ought to be the dearest and most precious things in your life.

The doctrine of Sabbath Keeping, as evidence of salvation, is false.  The Apostle John said in

1st John 5:13… “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God;that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

Interestingly, John never mentions The Sabbath.  If observing the Sabbath were any type of evidence of being saved, then surely John would have mentioned it, because the entire reason he wrote 1st John was to help believers know they are saved.  Do you see how quickly false doctrines and cults are exposed when we shine the Light of God’s Holy Word upon them?  This is why Jesus said in John 5:39… search the scriptures!


To end with an excellent comment by one of our regular commentators Koko who said;

“here are two rests in the bible 1.) The first is the true rest that all believers (Jews and Gentiles) enter into when you become born again i.e. resting/ceasing from our works as a means of obtaining salvation. The book of Hebrews covers this topic 2.) The second is the Sabbath rest included in the ten commandments given to Moses. This as we can see clearly from Exodus 31: 15-18, was incorporated solely for the Jewish nation. It was strictly a sign between them and God. As believers Jesus is our rest. We can also worship on any day we choose. Please note though that all believers are already worshiping God all the time anyway in spirit and in truth. This is by virtue of being indwelt by the Holy Spirit. But we can and do put time aside to pray, study Gods word, worship God etc on any day(s) we so desire. We can also decide to take one day out or any number of days out to rest. Makes sense for health reasons. That’s also why you generally don’t go to work Saturday and Sunday.”

The Bible is very clear on the matter, Galatians says:

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (Gal 3:24-25)

Those who again place themselves under a schoolmaster (Jew and Gentile) by trying to uphold the Law, including the Sabbath, are actually denying the fact that Jesus Christ has already fulfilled the Law, including the Sabbath (Matthew 5:17-20).

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David g

Honor the Sabbath day and keep it holy is a ten commandment. Christ honored the Sabbath on earth . Their are scriptures that state we will honor the Sabbath together in Heaven. I’m not convinced on this issue yet. How many other ten commandments can I disregard?


Deborah (Discerning the World) wrote:

:) It’s wonderful to know this GOOD NEWS. I pray that many who read this learn the truth and listen to the Holy Spirit’s warning in their life and change their ways.

Jesus Christ is ALL WE NEED!!! When we add to Him, or try take away from Him, we actually curse ourselves as we place ourselves under law.

Hi Deborah, I have noticed there are more than a few churches calling themselves the Church of God, 7th Day. There’s even a 7th Day Baptist church. They claim that they are mentioned in the Book of Revelation and are the modern-day equivalent of the 1st century Pergamum Church of Asia Minor.


Deborah (Discerning the World) wrote:


You are right, the 10 commandments were not nailed to the cross, I am very sorry, I will change the article.

Hi Deborah. I am still confused as to whether the 10 commandments were nailed to the cross or not. For every web site that says no, there’s plenty more that says yes.

The 10 Commandments were given to the Nation of Israel, not to Gentiles. Therefore, where does the Scriptures teach in the NT that we are to keep them? I don’t find the apostle Paul teaching it.


I prayed about sabbath and God gave me Hebrews chapter 3 and 4. Is in the book of Isaiah Hebrews were ashamed of unbelief just like in these chapters we are told that we are accused of unbelief if we dont keep sabbath. Please read both chapters and pray on them.

and that is true that we shouldnt judge others if they keep sabbath. So, as a former new ager who truly appreciates your work on the awesome chart on kundalini vs holy spirit and all your resources used regularly to help people get out of the occult, I am asking to remove the sentence in the article saying that sabbath keepers are idolaters.

In lieu of the article you gave about statues and ordinances and how Jesus supposedly nailed them to the cross, please consider the word commandments mentioned in NT.

Luke 1:6 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

1 John 2:3 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

1 John 2:4 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

1 John 3:22 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

1 John 3:24 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

1 John 5:2 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1 John 5:3 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

2 John 1:6 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

Revelation 12:17 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 14:12 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Revelation 22:14 | View whole chapter | See verse in context
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Artaxerxes Miguel Garcia

“Christ is our Sabbath”? WRONG! The bible states “But the seventh day is the Sabbath of YHWH your God.” (Ex. 20.10). It does not say “Christ is the Sabbath of YHWH your God.” That eisegesis. Matthew 11.28 has nothing to do with Sunday or Sabbath. It is simply the person of Christ to whom we can find rest. But Christ as rest is not the same as “the Sabbath day” which He had sanctified, of which He said “The Sabbath” [not Christ] “was made for man” (Mark 2.27,28). In Hebrews 4.1-11 we find the same Sabbath day mentioned, not Christ, not another rest day, i.e., Sunday, but the same Sabbath day. And why do you use Colossians 2:16, 17 as basis for Christ as our Sabbath? You cannot find it there, either. It was stated in the plural (Sabbaton), “sabbaths” without the definite article “the” (ho in Greek), so it has no specific grammatical markers to identify it as the weekly sabbath, rather it is ritual sabbaths along with food and drink offerings which as “shadows” for the true substance to come, Christ. And when Christ died, these shadows ceased their validity. Shadows are rituals and the practices associated with it in the context of sin and sacrifices to teach God’s people about grace. But the Sabbath day had already existed before sin and rituals had been instituted, and so it CANNOT be part of the shadows. It will remain God’s Sabbath from Eden lost to Eden restored (Isa. 66.22,23), and will always remain God’s day of delight (Isa. 58.13,14) which was “made for man” (Mark 2.27,28). I hear some say “Christ is our Sabbath.” Who said it? God or pope Gregory? It was man not God for God had specifically mandated all His created beings to keep the Sabbath day holy as He had plainly stated in the Decalogue, and that Commandment was applicable for all governments of this planet. Another point is the fulfilling of Christ of the Law. But that does not mean we no longer fulfill it. No. The purpose why Christ came down in our sinful flesh is “that the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us” (Rom. 8.3,4), and that Law includes the Sabbath Commandment, not Sunday. Somebody cited James 2:8-11 making it a point that it is useless to keep the Sabbath and break the rest. I say, it is useless to keep all the rest and break just one precept. That’s what James 2.8-12 states. If Christ is your Sabbath, why end up having regular worship on Sundays instead of the Sabbath day Christ was Lord of?  :grin:

Tom Lessing (Discerning the World)

Artaxerxes Miguel Garcia

So you rigorously keep the Sabbath and cease from doing any of these things Exodus 20:10 forbids.

1) Sowing
2) Plowing
3) Reaping
4) Binding sheaves
5) Threshing
6) Winnowing
7) Selecting
8) Grinding
9) Sifting
10) Kneading
11) Baking
12) Shearing wool
13) Washing wool
14) Beating wool
15) Dyeing wool
16) Spinning
17) Weaving
18) Making two loops
19) Weaving two threads
20) Separating two threads
21) Tying
22) Untying
23) Sewing two stitches
24) Tearing
26) Slaughtering
27) Flaying
28) Salting meat
29) Curing hide
30) Scraping hide
31) Cutting hide up
32) Writing two letters
33) Erasing two letters
34) Building
35) Tearing a building down
36) Extinguishing a fire
37) Kindling a fire
38) Hitting with a hammer
39) Taking an object from the private domain to the public, or transporting an object in the public domain.

If you don’t adhere to one of these forbidden by law, you have broken the entire law. (James 2:10).

You wrote:

“Somebody cited James 2:8-11 making it a point that it is useless to keep the Sabbath and break the rest. I say, it is useless to keep all the rest and break just one precept.”

You are saying exactly what the person said. How odd can you get? “Keeping the Sabbath and breaking the rest” is equal to “Keeping all the rest and breaking one.” There’s no difference, no difference at all. Do you travel on the Sabbath? You are not allowed to do that, don’t you know?


[DELETED by DTW – your logic is skewed – if you think keeping the sabbath is going got make you more saved than those who don’t by all means, keep it, but don’t make your ‘law keeping’ problems mine.]

Tom (Discerning the World)

Yes, Jesus is the same yesterday, and today and forever. He fulfilled the law to perfection. But you say, no, He is not the same yesterday, and today, and forever, because you have to fulfill at least one law, the Sabbath.

Listen to this:

Do you want to be cursed?

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. (Galatians 3:10)

Read the addendum in this article to see how hypocritical the SDA members really are


Tom, Deborah I am shocked, disapointed, surprised. I no where insinuated keeping the sabbath makes one more saved than another. Nor do I believe it. We are saved by Grace, pure and simple. A free gift from Jesus, that can never be earned from works of the law.
Once we are saved by faith are we not commanded to do good works ?
Mat_5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
2Ti_3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

James said the following, not to be saved but because, he is saved and wants to be obedient to God.
Jas_2:14  What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Jas_2:17  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Jas_2:18  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Gods commandments are good and truth. I am sure you also agree with nine of them !!
Psa_119:151  You are near, O Jehovah, and all Your Commandments are truth.

This is the reason we keep the Sabbath. Not to be saved but because we love Jesus, and want to keep his commandments including his holy chosen day that he blessed.
Mathew 5:21 onwards, talks about the law – do not kill, Jesus says “that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment”. Do not commit adultery,Jesus says “that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. “.
He has made the law more difficult to keep in the spirit, not easier ! The commandment says do not kill, the spirit do not have anger to a brother”. If I donot have anger to a brother, am I allowed to disobey the physical commandment and kill ? Surely not !
If I do not lust after another mans wife (spirit), can I physically break the commandments and sleep with her ? No, I can’t.
In the same way Jesus is our spiritual Sabbath rest, but this does not mean I have license to break his physical Sabbath commandment.

The bible says our conscience must be clear before God.
(Rom_2:15  Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
Mine is, I keep the sabbath not to be legalistic in trying to be saved, but by realising Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice for someone as undeserving as myself, and wanting to show obediance. He is my ruler and I will obey his rules (Joh_14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.), regardless of what you or anyone else may say or do.

math 7:21-24 describes christians who cast out demons and prophesised in Jesus name being turned away from God at time of judgement, I would prefer not to be one of them vs 23 “and then I will say to them I never knew you! Depart from Me, those working lawlessness!”
Mat_19:17  And He said to him, Why do you call Me good? There is none good but one, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.
1Jn_2:4  He who says, I have known Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Is it wrong to obey Jesus ?
You have judged me and many others who have posted comments different from your teaching, calling them hypocrites, cursed, destined for hell etc. You base your views on what Paul says in Galatians 3:10, about justification. Once you are saved how do you show obedience to Jesus ? What Paul says will never have more authority than what Jesus says.
I do not expect you to approve this post. Will you not even reply personally to correct my skewed logic ? Or is my viewpoints so skewed, in favour of the word of God, that it causes you such distress !
Instead of hiding behind other peoples videos, maybe reading the bible more will provide better answers. I thank you in advance for the blessings

Luk_6:22  Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

Tom Lessing (Discerning the World)

Kevin wrote:

Tom, Deborah I am shocked, disapointed, surprised. I no where insinuated keeping the sabbath makes one more saved than another. Nor do I believe it. We are saved by Grace, pure and simple. A free gift from Jesus, that can never be earned from works of the law. Once we are saved by faith are we not commanded to do good works?

You may not believe it but the SDA does and propagates it.
Good works are not keeping the law in order to be saved, like the Sabbath. Did you read the links I posted earlier?


Hi Tom / Deborah,
Please don’t get me wrong, you have inspiring articles on your website, I believe the sincerity of your actions i.e. articles, esp exposing false prophets and doctrines. Added to the commitment you have to running this free website, I need to commend you.
Not for judging or trying to cause division, but, in an honest and sincere way as your website states “Jesus Christ the Son of God commands us to test everything that is said, comparing what was said with His Word.”,do I comment. This to contribute to the conversation about the truth of God’s word.

Like the Sabbath, why the big fuss ? It is just a day ! Jesus (God) has never forced anyone to worship him, we have free choice to obey him or not. Will Satan behave in the same manner when seeking worship from people on the earth ?

Christian Sabbath keepers have existed from Jesus time. First the disciples and then thru the ages. Sabbath keeping divided the early church
“Pope Nicholas I, in the ninth century, sent the ruling prince of Bulgaria a long document saying in it that one is to cease from work on Sunday, but not on the Sabbath. The head of the Greek Church, offended at the interference of the Papacy, declared the Pope ex-communicated.” Truth Triumphant, p. 232

Sabbath keepers were branded heretics by the Catholic church and excommunicated from Jesus.
“Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday [in the original: ‘sabbato’ -shall not be idle on the Sabbath], but shall work on that day; but the Lord’s day they shall especially honour, and as being Christians, shall, if possible, do no work on that day. If, however, they are found Judaizing, they shall be shut out [‘anathema,’ excommunicated] from Christ.” – Council of Laodicea, c. A.D. 337, Canon 29, quoted in C. J. Hefele, A History of the Councils of the Church, Vol. 2, p. 316.

When this failed communities were annihilated and burnt at the stake (inquisitions targeted Christians esp sabbath keepers). tens of millions of Christians died during the dark ages.
“They say that the blessed Pope Sylvester was the Antichrist of whom mention is made in the Epistles of SSt. Paul as having been the son of perdition.[They also say] that the keeping of the Sabbath ought to take place.” Ecclesiastical History of the Ancient Churches ofPiedmont,” p.169 (by prominent Roman Cathholic author writing about Waldenses)
“The inquisitors…[declare] that the sign of a Vaudois, deemed worthy of death, was that he followed Christ and sought to obey the commandments fo God.” History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages,” H.C.Les, vol.1
“For centuries evangelical bodies, especially the Waldenses, were called Insabbati because of Sabbath-keeping.” Gui, Manueld’ Inquisiteur
Published the statute “Cupientes” in which he charges himself to clear southern France from heretics as the Sabbath-keepers were called.
Also in Gui, “Manuel d’ Inquisiteur” vol. 1 p. 37
Papal Councils made blasphemous decrees regarding the Sabbath
“During the first crusade, Pope Urban II decreed at the council of Clermont (A.D.1095) that the Sabbath be set aside in honour of the Virgin Mary.” History of the Sabbath, p.672
NORWAY, 1436
(Church Conference at Oslo) “It is forbidden under the same penalty to keep Saturday holy by refraining from labour.” History of the Norwegian Church, p.401

Remember Sunday worship had existed for over a thousand years before a protestant church existed. Its origins are pagan worship, as is christmas. 25 th December is birthday of the sun god !
.Hence the Church would seem to have said, ‘Keep that old pagan name. It shall remain consecrated, sanctified.’ And thus the pagan Sunday, dedicated to Balder, became the Christian Sunday, sacred to Jesus. The sun is a fitting emblem of Jesus. The Fathers often compared Jesus to the sun; as they compared Mary to the moon.” -William L. Gildea, “Paschale Gaudium,” in The Catholic World, p. 58, March 1894.

Sola Scriptura VS Catholic Church Tradition
Dr Eck won the Leipzig debate when he confronted Luther with the Sabbath, knowing Luther kept Sunday !
If sola scriptura is your Reformation cry, you must return to the Bible Sabbath or you must reject sola scriptura and accept Rome’s claim to determine divine truth, evidenced by her power to change the Sabbath to Sunday. – Dr. Eck to Martin Luther in the Leipzig debate (Enchridion, 78 79) (quoted in Odom 246)

Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemity from Saturday to Sunday.” Peter Geiermann, The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1946 ed.), p.50. Geiermann received the “apostolic blessing” of Pope Pius X on his labors, January 25, 1910.

“The Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right of the divine, infallible authority given to her by her Founder, Jesus Christ. The Protestant, claiming the Bible to be the only guide of faith, has no warrant for observing Sunday. In this matter the Seventh Day Adventist is the only consistent Protestant. The Catholic Universe Bulletin, Aug. 14, 1942, p.4

Saturday to Sunday change a Mark of authority for the Roman Catholic Church

Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change was her act. It could not have been otherwise, as none in those days would have dreamed of doing anything, in matters spiritual, ecclesiastical and religious without her. This act is a mark of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters.i
Extract from a letter written by the Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons (November 11, 1895)

Catholic Bishop Admits they changed Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday – $10 000.00 dollars are up for grabs

Protestant arguments for Sunday worship are destroyed by the Roman Catholic Church at the Romes Challenge website

“The arguments contained in this pamphlet are firmly grounded on the word of God, and having been closely studied with the Bible in hand, leave no escape for the conscientious Protestant except the abandonment of Sunday worship and the return to Saturday, commanded by their teacher, the Bible, or, unwilling to abandon the tradition of the Catholic Church, which enjoins the keeping of Sunday, and which they have accepted in direct opposition to their teacher, the Bible, consistently accept her in all her teachings. Reason and common sense demand the acceptance of one or the other of these alternatives: either Protestantism and the keeping holy of Saturday, or Catholicity and the keeping of Sunday. Compromise is impossible.”

Harlot riding the beast – remind you of any particular church ? Do the harlot daughters have the same colours ?
Rev_17:4  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet. And she was gilded with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.

Gods first church had an extra colour – blue. Blue was prominent. All garments had blue fringes (law)
Num 15:38  Speak to the sons of Israel and command them that they make fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribbon of blue. 
Num 15:39  And it shall be to you for a fringe, that you may look upon it and remember all the commands of Jehovah, and do them; and so that you do not seek after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you prostitute yourself, 
Num 15:40  that you may remember and do all My commands, and be holy to your God. 

Jesus Ultimatum – Obey God
Rom_6:16  Do you not know that to whom you yield yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to him whom you obey; whether it is of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness.

Roman Catholic Church Ultimatum – Obey Church Tradition
“The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] church.” Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today (1868), p. 213

Why the big fuss over Sunday, after all it is only a day ! I will not judge anyone, and speak only for myself.
Confronted by both options I will take my chances with the Sabbath, anyday.


Dear Deborah,
I appreciate your response and hope I can answer your questions as best I can.
Yes I have recently been baptised into the Seventh Day Adventist church (nearly two months now). This after a non Seventh Day Adventist christian provided me with prophecy videos, specifically Daniels 2, 7 and revelations. The realisation that I had been deceived for so long regarding Sunday and the Sabbath. That I was indirectly paying homage to the little horn power that blasphemes god, makes war with his saints and seeks to change his times and laws, upset me. As you well know the Papal system removed the second commandment (idols) and the last (covet )was split into two to make ten again. The Sabbath was changed to Sunday, days changed from being evening till evening to midnight till midnight and the gregorian calender (pope gregory ) of 365 days replaced the biblical calender of 360 days.
I realised that if every one in South Africa kept the ten commandments, we would not need keys for our cars, security systems/burgalr bars at home, children could play in the streets, there would be no abuses or crime. This made me urgently seek a church that kept all of Gods commandments. As the name suggests the Seventh Day Sabbath as well as the second Advent of Jesus Christ our lord and Saviour are prominent for SDA church. Most believe we are in the end times so it seems appropriate to me to join a church that believes these things.
I like the fact that all sermons are rooted in scripture. You can question pastors about anything as they serve you. Whether it is hymns , Sabbath school or sermons, everything is done soberly in Jesus name. The church ideology is biblically sound.
I find Stephen Bohr, Doug Bachelor and Walter Vieth (S.A.) particularly insightful, also Paul Washer and Ravi Zacharias are pretty good.

To answer the question about breaking the Sabbath. Firstly I cannot say if you are sinning because I don’t know your conscience, the bible says a persons conscience must guide them. I am a sinner how can I point fingers at you Deborah ?
You talk about repenting from sinning, well what is sinning ?
1Jn 3:4  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
If the above is the biblical definition of sinning what do you repent from doing ?
If one does not believe in the law so how can you sin ?

I believe in the moral law ( ten commandments + laws common to all people incest, bestiality,homosexual etc. The ceremonial (sacrifice), festivals (atonement, trumpets, passover etc- also referred to as Sabbath days in O.T.) and civil ( penalties for law breaking in old testament times) laws have been abolished because they were a shadow of Jesus Christ our sacrifice , who took on himself our punishment for the purpose of redeeming our lost souls. This is why the moral law is important to me.

I hope I have answered your questions satisfactorily. Would you return the favour and answer my questions
Your statement of faith says you also believe in moral laws (homosexuality, incest etc), how many of the ten commandments do you believe, and if any why not the rest ?
On what day do you worship God in church, and how is this required of you using the bible ?
What is the biblical definition of sin and obedience ?
What pastors do you follow ?

Tom (Discerning the World)

Kevin wrote:

I realised that if every one in South Africa kept the ten commandments, we would not need keys for our cars, security systems/burgalr bars at home, children could play in the streets, there would be no abuses or crime.

The fact is, Kevin, you don’t need Jesus Christ and his cross if you could keep the ten commandments. PERIOD! People have often called me impolite for being so forthright in my answers. I would rather be accused of being rude and ill-mannered when I quote Scripture, because bluntness is the only way to pluck someone out of the fires of hell. So let me be frank. Anyone who believes that keeping the ten commandments is necessary to please God and gain salvation, is making the cross of Christ null and void.

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1 Co 1:18).

The cross of Jesus Christ is the power of God and not your or anyone else’s observance of the Sabbath. My advice to you is to flee from the SDA Church as soon as you can, which is NOW, or are you also oblivious of this warning?

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. (John 10:1-5).

By the way, is not having to need keys for our cars, security systems/burglar bars at home, children playing safely in the streets, and no more abuses and crime, the most important things in life to you? Oh dear, oh dear oh dear.

Tom Lessing (Discerning the World)

Kevin wrote:

To answer the question about breaking the Sabbath. Firstly I cannot say if you are sinning because I don’t know your conscience, the bible says a persons conscience must guide them. I am a sinner how can I point fingers at you Deborah?

So, if your conscience doesn’t impugn you, it’s OK to sin? I really appreciate your humility.

Artaxerxes Miguel Garcia

Tom (Discerning the World).

How can you base your keeping of the Sabbath on Jewish oral traditions which are NOT God’s Commandments? You think those 39 points that you have enumerated are God’s Laws? They are NOT. They are YOUR rules, NOT God’s rules. They are pharisaic rules and you yet you endorse them as though they God’s rules, but those pharisaic restrictions don’t necessarily mean they are God’s rules. When God says stop working on the Sabbath day, that prohibition includes only those He explicitly stated such as no cooking (Ex. 16.22,23), no igniting of fire in relation to building of the sanctuary (Ex. 35.1-3), no traveling in relation to personal interests (Isa. 58.13,14), no buying and selling (Nehemiah chs. 10-12), no work inside the house on the Sabbath day. And this keeping of the Sabbath is what I am my family have been enjoying since I was born into the world. The sabbath day is holy because God ordained it so. He never made it unholy or desecrated it or changed its blessedness in any way because there was NO REASON to. Therefore it will stand as the same holy Sabbath day from Eden lost to Eden restored (Isa. 66.22-23).

Your enumerated points are NOT what God had mandated or enumerated. I do not follow some of it, but some are explicitly stated such as the ones I have cited. Certainly your way of Sabbath-keeping is copied from the Orthodox Jews like the washing of cup in Matthew 12 and Mark 7, both of which are NOT valid in Christ’s eyes because they are HUMAN TRADITIONS, but NOT God’s Commandments. You ought to have distinguished which are God’s Commandments from pharisaic additions to it. But you don’t. In one breath you cite those pharisaic points are wrong. Obviously some of them are wrong because not all of them are scriptural or divine but pharisaic such as the washing of cup and of hands, and the “corban” (Mk. 7.10-19). God had given no such stringent rules as what the pharisees and Orthodox Jews had done. And we do not need to keep all those 39 points, either. Some of which are “senseless restrictions” and cannot be valid at all because they are NOT explicitly mentioned, enumerated, and prohibited by God. Therefore they are not God’s mitzvahs, but plain human stupidity invented by rabbinic Jews.

You cited James 2:8-12. Now i have been keeping the Sabbath day perfectly and keep all the rest. What can you do? Can you truthfully accuse me of one single sin? You cannot because i have kept all the Law not only in spirit but to the letter of it, and i am right and am sure I am walking in God’s ways because that is what God had commanded and that is what i did. You want to make it appear that my Sabbath-keeping is not valid because it’s ok to keep the Sabbath and break the rest. But no. I keep the Sabbath perfectly and keep all the rest perfectly. So there is no reason to condemn me for not keeping all the Commandments because i have kept and have been keeping ALL of them. You may rant and complain at this, but there’s nothing you can do. I am a law-abiding believer in Christ. You aren’t. I keep perfectly the Sabbath Commandment and the rest of the Commandments. You do not, you cannot, and you would not. So that’s not my problem but yours.

In Revelation 14:12 the saints keep the Commandments of God and the faith “OF Jesus.” I do that as a saint and am still doing it, and will be doing it, and persist in doing it steadily and trustworthily as long as I breathe. I’d rather die than break a single precept of God’s Commandment. When I die and when I rise from the dead, my attitude of Sabbath-keeping and Commandment-keeping remains the same and will never change. There is not one law-breaking principle, behaviour, or thought in my heart, and I’m happy to make sure that i keep God’s Commandments as what saints ought to do. Now what’s your problem?

Another area of Sabbath-keeping is travel. Are you saying that all traveling is forbidden during the Sabbath? If that’s what you mean, you are WRONG. Jesus was travelling during the Sabbath (Mark ch.2; Matt. 12), and yet He stated that it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath day (Matt. 12.12). Christ and His disciples were on outdoors on many instances during the Sabbath days. They were not inside the synagogues, for there is no such commandment that every Sabbath day every believer should always be inside the synagogue. Sabbath is a temple of time, not a place. It is the day that is holy, not the place. What was mandated is the regular “holy convocation” during the Sabbath day (Lev. 23.3), or a worship gathering. This is the reason why the New Testament believers always gather on the Sabbath day (NOT Sunday) to hear God’s words as what we can read in Acts 15.21; chs. 13-18. And you cannot say that their travelling on foot on the Sabbath day to gather for worship is sin because the purpose is worship. You cannot use the rabbinic/pharisaic/orthodox version of Sabbath-keeping or the 1-km distance travel as valid criterion for that matter because God had not prescribed such rule. That’s pharisaic, not Divine, and therefore, NOT valid. You ought to have distinguished what is Divine from human nonsense. This you have failed to do. You lump up together the obsolete and invalid pharisaic rules as divine, even if they are NOT, and you insist that i break the sabbath because i break the rules of these anti-Messiah pharisees specifically on travelling and on the 39 points YOU have defined. Should i adhere to their manner of Sabbath-keeping? Decidedly no. And why should i obey a human rule when God had not prescribed such rule in the first place? Should i need a rabbi’s opinion to teach me to be a good Sabbath-keeper? No. What God had stated plainly in the Scriptures are enough. No rabbis needed. No human traditions are necessary. And what were not prohibited in the Scriptures are NOT prohibited. What were plainly stated are to be understood in its immediate context.

When Jesus and His disciples traveled during the Sabbath day, they were accused of profaning the Sabbath because they grabbed ears of corn in their hands, which according the rabbinic Judaism is an act of threshing or harvesting. But which rule does it came from, from God’s or from the pharisees? When Jesus defended Himself of the charge of Sabbath -breaking, did He admit that He broke the Sabbath? No. He said “It is lawful to do well on the Sabbath day” (Matthew 12.12). There was no reason for Christ to break any of His Father’s Commandments because there is no reason for Him to commit sin and promote lawlessness. What He condemned is WRONG Sabbath-keeping, wrong law-keeping which during His day was legalism, – a keeping and performing of God’s Commandments while the heart and attitude is lawbreaking, a sort of hypocrisy and ritual religion without wholehearted allegiance to YHWH. But Christ Himself had no intention to alter of break the Law. On the contrary, He enforces it to the letter and the spirit of it (Matthew 5.17-19; 19.17). He did not said, “ONLY BELIEVE.” He said, Believe and “do” (Lk. 10.28.37; Matt. 7.21-27; Lk. 12.47). He does not break nor profane the Sabbath Commandment or any of the Commandments. Our Lord and Example plainly said “I have kept My Father’s Commandments and abide in His love” (John 15:10). Which of these words indicate that Jesus has an attitude, action, or disposition to be a lawbreaker? IN YOUR DREAMS. He was a law-abiding believer, and we ought to be like Christ: law-abiding; and be as perfect as God is in this very side of life (Matthew 5.48; Deut. 18.13; Eph. 5.1; Phil. 2.12-15; 1Jn. 4.17), and overcome as Christ overcame (Rev. 3.21; 21.7; Heb. 12.1-4; 1Pet. 2.21-24; 4.1,2; 1Jn. 2.3-6). There is no reason to say that you cannot be as perfect as God is or overcome as Christ overcame because Scriptures do not provide such silly excuse or reason for incompetence. On the contrary, that book is an encouragement that we can and ought to be perfect even in this sinful lifetime, despite environment, despite the sinful human heredity, just as Christ was in the same “sinful flesh” like ours. We ought to dominate sin (Gen. 4.7). The Bible does not say “NO, YOU CANNOT KEEP GOD’S COMMANDMENTS IN THIS LIFE, ONLY JESUS CAN DO THAT FOR YOU.” Heck, no. Since the days of the patriarchs, God says that there have been “thousands of them that love Me and KEEP My Commandments” (Ex. 20.6; Deut. 5.10; cf. Jn. 14.15; 15.10; 14.21; Dan. 7.9; 1Jn. 5.2,3; cf. 1Ki. 19.18). The remnant shall do no iniquity (Zeph. 3.13; Rev. 14.12; Rev. 12.17; 19.10; 22.14-King James Version; See Isa. 51.7).

In the context of James 2:8-12 your argument says that there is no difference in keeping the Sabbath day and breaking the rest of the Commandments. That’s not my problem. That’s yours. I keep the Sabbath Commandment and the rest of the Commandments. So where’s the difference? How about you? You keep all the rest of the nine and yet break God’s longest Commandment. How dare you desecrate that which God had commanded to be sanctified and provided with such well-explained rationale: “For in six days YHWH made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that in them is and rested the Sabbath day. For this reason YHWH blessed the Sabbath day and sanctified it.” (Ex. 20.11). If you keep the rest of the Commandments and yet break the Sabbath, there is no difference, either. So that logic applies to you, lawbreakers, not to us. We have no issue for lawbreaking because we do not break them, all of them (unless of course individually there are Seventh-day Adventists who do not keep God’s Commandments and fall short of the perfection required from them from God). But not all are wicked, not all are unjust, not all have sinned or rebellious. There ARE perfect saints who do not transgress the Commandments because they find no reason to do so. There ARE perfect, Commandment-keeping saints who do not need Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross any more because they no longer commit sin. They became righteous and remain righteous still, even if they are not conscious of it. The purpose of Christ’s death is for us to be holy, perfect, and permanently separated from sin and sinning. In short, He came down to the point of dying at the cross, “that the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in us who walk not in the flesh but in the spirit” (Rom. 8.1-4). And when we reach that point, why need to sacrifice Christ again and again and ask for forgiveness when there is no more reason to do so?

Tom (Discerning the World)

You wrote:

In the context of James 2:8-12 your argument says that there is no difference in keeping the Sabbath day and breaking the rest of the Commandments. That’s not my problem. That’s yours. I keep the Sabbath Commandment and the rest of the Commandments.

You are a liar; you have never kept all the commandments. No one has. Your lies make you a sinner and in need of salvation. REPENT and believe the Gospel which says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Yet, you say you do not come short because you keep all the commandments. You are the Pharisee, not us.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10).


Tell me, is Sabbath-keeping necessary for one’s salvation?

Tom (Discerning the World)

You are lost, my friend, and you know it. The purpose of Christ’s death is for us to be holy, perfect and permanently separated from sin and sinning ansd not for the remission of sin and lostness? Really?

And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. (Hebrews 9:22)

The purpose of the shedding of his blood was for the remission (forgiveness) of sin and not for a kind of holiness you accomplish by keeping the Law. Rubbish! If that were true, the publican in Luke 18 would never have prayed, “And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” (Luke 18:13). In fact, it was the Pharisee who never got saved who boasted that he kept all of God’s laws. Did the publican sacrifice Jesus again on the cross when he asked to be forgiven his sins? Perish the thought!



[DELETED by DTW – I am pretty sure you sinned today and broke at least 1 commandment that being: “Thou shalt not lie” that you keepest all God’s commandments.]

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