Are you keeping the 4th Commandment by resting on Sunday? This might sound like a silly question for majority of the born-again believers in the Christian world as most of them think they are literally keeping the 4th Commandment by resting on Sunday.
Even, I, myself, was thinking in the same way and, in fact, that was what my Pastors and Preachers taught me too.
But as I dug deeper into the Word of God; I realized that there is something wrong with the way Born-again Bible believing Christians keep the fourth Commandment.
For a few years I too followed the crowd and rested on the first day of the week as majority of the Christians around me did. However, each time I opened my Bible; the Word of God reminded me that – “I am not keeping the 4th Commandment the way God Almighty intended or instructed in His Word.
Well, here you might wonder; what is wrong with treating Sunday as the Sabbath Day or the Day of Rest ordained by God? here, as an answer to your question – I would like to ask you another question:
Does anyone under the sun have the authority to replace the God ordained day of rest with another day?
As far as I know, there is nothing in the Holy Bible that says – “Man has the authority to change God’s Laws.”
Also, nowhere in the Holy Bible it says: the day of rest has been changed from the 7th day of the week to the first day of the week.
That means; changes have been made not according to the Word of God but according to the words of man; not according to God’s will but according to man’s will.
Yes; here, you might be thinking – “oh! The whole world is doing it and has been doing it this way for centuries.” Well, that does not mean – it is right in the eyes of God.
But why it is not right in the eyes of God Almighty? As you know – God never changes and His Word never changes. God’s Word is the final authority in all things concerning the Kingdom of God.
The purpose of the 4th Commandment is to honor God’s Holy Day and He has given very specific instructions, in very simple but clear language, regarding how to honor it.
Let us examine the relevant Scriptures to find out more. In Exodus 20, God Says:
8“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10but 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 male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.
11For 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)
Saints; read the above verses carefully. What does the first verse say?
Remember the “Sabbath Day” by keeping it Holy. Here, God Almighty is asking His people to Remember the “Sabbath Day.” But how to remember it? Remember it by keeping it HOLY.
Here, before examining how to keep it Holy; I would like to elaborate a bit more about the significance of the Sabbath Day.
As you know, God Almighty established the Sabbath Day a long, long time ago, at the time of creation. Also, this day is very special for the LORD Almighty since He rested on it from all His works of creation and sanctified it; made that day Holy and He calls it “My Holy Day.”
Not only that, He also wants man, (not just the Jews and the Seventh Day Adventists) the ones that He created in His own image and likeness to remember that day; to honor that day by keeping it Holy.
Saints, please listen, each week when we rest on the Seventh Day, we are remembering God’s work of creating everything in six literal 24-hour days and resting on the Seventh Day.
And also, we are declaring before the World the fact that; God Almighty was the One who brought this world and everything in it into existence and not some random chances as the evolutionists say.
2By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. (Genesis 2, 2-3)
Well, the next question is: How to keep it Holy?
9Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10but 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 male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. (Exodus 20, 9 -10)
Yes; God commanded us to keep it holy by not doing any work on that day; by abstaining from gainful employment; but it does not mean that you cannot do anything good on that day; doing good for others is lawful. However, you should not use that day to make money for yourself.
Saints; if you truly believe that the Word of God is the final Authority regarding this issue; then, the truth is right in front of your eyes and that truth is:
Seventh day of the week is the Sabbath Day of the LORD or The Day Holy to the LORD, the day ordained by God for man to rest in order to honor God.
That means: if you engage in gainful employment or do your regular job or make others including your servants, even if they are unbelievers or aliens work on that day; then, you are desecrating it. Strictly speaking: you are making the LORD’s Holy Day – “Unholy” – Remember we are commanded to keep it Holy, because it is a day that is HOLY to Him.
Unfortunately, the shepherds that belong to the mainstream Protestant Christianity deny this truth through mis-interpretations of the Holy Scriptures. It is really ironic that those who claim to be the Servants of God do not submit themselves to the authority of God’s Word.
A very serious error that Both the Shepherds and the Sheep alike continue to make is; they consider their Sunday worship and Rest as a replacement for the seventh day rest.
However, according to the Word of God – Going to church on Sunday has nothing to do with the 4th Commandment.
On the contrary, the truth is -You are going to church on Sunday according to the traditions and doctrines of your denomination and not according to the 4th Commandment.
Saints; I am not against you going to Church on Sunday; we are free to worship God Almighty on any hour of the day or any day of the week. But the issue comes when you claim that you are keeping the 4th Commandment by going to church on Sunday or by resting on Sunday.
I have been going to church on Sunday all my life; but it does not mean that I am keeping the 4th Commandment. If I make such a claim, then, it is the gross misinterpretation of God’s Word.
According to the Holy Bible; according to the Word of God; I keep the 4th Commandment only when I rest on the 7th Day of the week; that is only when I abstain from gainful employment on that day.
During the last ten years; I have come across many sermons and arguments presented by mainstream Protestant Preachers and Pastors justifying their Sunday Rest. However, none of those arguments have any validity whatsoever, because they are not backed by any scriptural evidence.
By presenting these silly arguments, they are teaching their sheep to disobey God’s Commandments; they are not teaching obedience but disobedience and Jesus warns about this kind of people in Matthew 5.
17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
19Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5, 17-19)
Yes, as the above verses say, those who teach people to disobey God’s Commandments will be called “least” in the Kingdom of God.
Saints, please remember; if the God of Israel is your God; then you need to know that; He has a day that is very special and HOLY to HIM and that day is not the first day of the week but the Seventh Day of the week; that is what the Word of God says.
Those who say – first day of the week is the LORD’s Holy Day are either ignorant or trying to be deliberately unfaithful to the Word of God in order to get praise from men by being in agreement with what the crowd say.
Ten Commandments are the core of our relationship with God Almighty and they are eternal and reflect the eternal, holy character of God. Ten Commandments are also the core of both the Old and the New Covenants. Though both the Covenants have two different mediators (Moses and Christ) the core Terms of both the Covenants are the same.
Under the Old Covenant the Ten Commandments were written on the stone tablets but under the New Covenant they are written in our hearts.
By declaring our faith in Christ, we have entered into a Covenant with God Almighty in the precious blood of Christ and we have agreed to obey the Commandments of God which are written in our hearts. So, there is no way we can evade them or forget them.
According to the Word of God; if you break one Commandment; then, you are breaking all the Ten Commandments. See What Apostle James says about this.
10For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” b also said, “You shall not murder.” c If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.( James 2, 10-11).
Yes, Apostle James is talking specifically about the Ten Commandments; if you break one, you are breaking all. When you ignore the 4th Commandment, you are ignoring all the other Nine Commandments too.
Saints; as I mentioned earlier; going to church on Sunday has nothing to do with the 4th Commandment. Read your Holy Bible diligently and let the Holy Spirit lead you into His truth.
Remember – Jesus declared to the Pharisees: “I am the Lord of the Sabbath.”
Yes; the Seventh day of the week belongs to Christ; He is the Lord over it and you should set apart that day for Him by not using it for your own pleasures.
13“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,