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Can I Worship With Believers When It’s Not Sabbath? by Lisa Gleaves

Is it lawful to gather with a group of believers who don’t keep Sabbath? It may seem like a silly question, but it is a subject that stirs up strong feelings.

Sabbath Is Firmly Established
Let me clarify first that I’m NOT talking about keeping Sabbath on any day other than the day God established. He never changed the day. While many people choose to keep Sabbath on a different day, God still keeps it on His established day.

With that out of the way, I AM talking about getting together with groups of believers on days other than Sabbath. Looking at scripture, it’s easy to see that Sabbath was an established time for believers to meet, read God’s Word and pray together. Naturally, Sabbath is a day set aside to focus on God, spend time with Him and get to know Him better. So it makes sense to get together with others who have set aside the day to do this.

Two Questions
But is it lawful to gather with a group of believers on a day other than Sabbath?
And is it lawful to gather with a group of believers who don’t keep Sabbath?

Let’s look at the first question: Is it lawful to gather with a group of believers on a day other than Sabbath?
The answer is a pretty easy yes. Believers in Bible times gathered on many different days at many different times for many different reasons. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20

The second question is the one that causes problems: Is it lawful to gather with a group of believers who don’t keep Sabbath?
Of course I’m referring to believers who gather on Sunday. It is understood that most Sunday believers do not keep Sabbath. Most view Sunday as the “new Sabbath” or they really haven’t thought of Sabbath at all. It is not taught or it is simply explained as “done away with.”

What I have to keep in mind is that keeping Sabbath does not bring me salvation. It is an act of obedience and love after salvation. Whether I keep Sabbath or not does not add to or take away from my salvation. God sees the hearts of all believers. There are believers who love God but are ignorant of Sabbath (me a few years ago). There are believers who are aware of Sabbath but choose to believe a lie. There are believers who want to honor God by keeping Sabbath on Sunday. And there are believers who love God and honor Him by keeping His Sabbath on His established day. The common tie is that we are believers. We have been saved by God, undeservingly, from death.

My Story
When my family started keeping Sabbath, my husband was on staff (media minister) at a Southern Baptist church. So we were keeping Sabbath Friday sundown to Saturday sundown, then going to church on Sunday. We expected God to call us away from this church because they don’t keep Sabbath. We actively prayed and looked for other job opportunities. My husband was offered a job with a Sabbath keeping church, but heard God clearly say, “not now.” Instead, God asked us to stay and be an influence at our church. It’s not always easy having some different beliefs, but we have been surprised at the interest in Sabbath from people in our Sunday church. We share respectfully when God gives us opportunities and people have respectfully listened. We understand how they view Sabbath because we thought the same way two short years ago.

I understand that some believers and churches reject those who choose to keep Sabbath. I realize the pain and hurt that comes with rejection from those who are fellow believers. It just isn’t right. But keep in mind that rejection can go both ways. It is also not right to reject fellow believers who don’t keep Sabbath. If I see them as God’s fellow believers, I will want to share about Sabbath in love. I can’t control their response, only my motivation and actions.

The Answer?
I came to the conclusion that only God can give the answer to the question of whether to attend a non-Sabbath keeping church. For some, God will call them away. For others, like myself, God will ask them to stay. God knows the situation and how He can receive the most glory. Let Him be the one to guide you. You may face criticism and rejection from non-Sabbath keepers and Sabbath keepers alike, but you can’t go wrong when you keep your eyes on what God asks of you. Honor and obey God and you will find His blessings!

Until next week,
Lisa G.

Sabbath: Why Saturday? Why Not Sunday? – By Terrie Carpenter

Many of my Christian friends have asked me why I observe Sabbath on Saturday, when Christian churches hold service on Sunday. For a couple of years now, I’ve always answered that I can’t find where it was changed in the Bible. It’s become apparent to me my answer might not be sufficient for some, because their pastor tells them it’s an incorrect answer. But, dear friends, the Bible stands! So, let’s check it out together, shall we?

Bible Study Time: Select an online Bible program you’re comfortable with, being sure it has a keyword search feature. Next, look at any calendar, making sure we’re in agreement that Sunday is the first day of the week…Saturday, the seventh. Okay.
I’m searching the King James Bible, because it’s the most common Christian Bible.

First Search: Let’s begin by searching the phrase,”first day of the week.” The phrase came up only twice, other than finding the tomb empty. The first instance is in Acts. Paul stops in to have dinner and fellowship with the disciples and talks until midnight because he is leaving in the morning. This is not referred to as Sabbath here, nor is it a large gathering, although there were many believers at the time. It was the disciples, a term most often used to describe the original ones.
Acts 20:7 “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.”(KJV)

The second time the phrase appears: Paul is writing to tell the Corinthians to lay aside money on the first day of the week, each as God had prospered them, so they wouldn’t have to gather money when he arrived in town. Again, no mention of the day being the Sabbath…or of a “church meeting.” 1 Corinthians 16:2 “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” (KJV)

Second Search: Because many call Sunday “The Lord’s Day,” I searched that phrase and found only one occurrence.
Revelation 1:10 (John speaking) “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,” (KJV)
Giving Christianity the benefit of doubt, I also searched “The day of the Lord.” In EVERY instance, that phrase referred to “end of days.” So what John was saying is that in the vision God was giving him, he was seeing “end of days” via the Holy Spirit.

It’s become apparent to me my answers may not be sufficient for some, because their pastor’s are telling them it’s an incorrect answer. But, dear friends, the Bible stands! 

Starting With The Bible!
We started with the Bible and let God lead from there. It can be easy to look at a list of “do’s and don’ts” and get hung up on achieving a goal or looking like others who keep the Sabbath.

Third Search: I keyword searched the phrase “seventh day” and got 48 scriptures. I could list them, but I’m not sure there’d be space here due to limits, and to the amount of Scripture my next search produced! “Sabbath” got 146 Scriptures!

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Does it sound like the God you know? Jesus taught about Sabbath, He observed it. If the day had changed, don’t you think His teaching might have included that?
Colossians is a book about, among other things, false teachings. Verse 16 reminds believers “…Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an Holy Day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days.” Each of these things God gave guidelines for, and expects us to observe them. In fact, after Christ’s return, we will still observe them, under his reign! (See Isaiah 66)

Do a search on the “Constantine Creed,”         
but not in the Bible- you won’t find it there!
It was written long, long after Christ died…

And so my friends, for me, God Himself would have to
stand in front of my eyes to convince me His day is Sunday, not Saturday. No man will be able to do it. I think it’s part of the deception God warned about in 2 Timothy 3. God told us to test everything. Authenticity is my heart’s desire.

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How To Answer Family, Friends And Other Church Members – By Lisa Gleaves

Do you have people ask you to explain Sabbath?

Most people that I know are unfamiliar with the term or meaning.  When they stop to give it some thought, they usually respond that Sunday is the modern Sabbath after Jesus’ death.  They assure me that Sabbath is outdated and was done away with on the cross.  Many are sure that keeping the Sabbath now would be acting against God and trying to keep laws to get into Heaven.

How would you respond?

I am not an expert in answering this question, but God has given me the words when I have had opportunity to talk with others.  The method of answering that I love the best is my personal example. When I share what God spoke and revealed to my family and the difference it has made for us, it makes it harder to offend the listener.  It is not accusing and they can simply chose to believe me or not.

I share that God encouraged my husband and I to read the entire Bible completely, with fresh eyes, and see how it all ties together (like a circle that connects together in every way).  When we did this, we saw that God never did away with keeping Sabbath.  It is a day of blessing He established from the beginning of our world and it will continue forever.  Since choosing to keep the Sabbath, my family has received the blessing of rest in our lives as we had never known it before.

What about the details?

We started with the Bible and let God lead from there.  It can be easy to look at a list of “do’s and don’ts” and get hung up on achieving a goal or looking like others who keep the Sabbath.  When that happened to me in the beginning, I totally missed the point of Sabbath.  I eventually learned that when I prepare for the special day, look forward to it, and treat it as a blessing, everything else just falls into place.

My family begins Sabbath at sundown on Friday evening and ends it at sundown on Saturday.  We concentrate on spending time with God (so many ways to do that!) and resting our bodies.  If a need or opportunity comes along to show God’s love to others on Sabbath, Jesus made it clear that we should take that opportunity.

What is the purpose?

I celebrate Sabbath because it is a command from God.  I trust that He knows what is best for me and He proves this through the rest and blessing He provides through Sabbath.  Keeping Sabbath doesn’t get me into Heaven.  That is not the purpose.  But it is a command that should be kept to honor and obey God.

Will you take the time to share about Sabbath?

I encourage everyone to take the opportunities that God puts in front of you to share about Sabbath with others.  There is a strong veil over most peoples’ eyes and few will have that veil lifted. Sharing a positive Sabbath experience with someone might make a difference in their life and encourage them to start asking questions that will lead them closer to God.