Keep the Sabbath, Saturday or Sunday & Rest in Christ
06-13-2009, 11:16 PM (This post was last modified: 06-13-2009 11:30 PM by Strefanash.)
RE: Almost afraid to post...
Well, we are all living in states of unconfessed sin. If we weren't, and God's promise to cleanse us of all unrighteousness on honest confession (there's the rub: it takes divine intervention for us to even honestly confess rather than merely report our sin) were worth anything, we would be manifestly perfect.
So I am long past being thrown by this one.
OF COURSE there is unconfessed sin in my life, my heart is so deceitful that I have only the faintest grasp of what my own sin actually is. That is the way with all of us, therefore it is by God's mercy that I stand- and even here there is likely the sin of hypocrisy and unbelief in my very saying so - but there it is
But one thing: failure to keep Saturday as the sabbath is not one of them, ie one of the sins
Yes, sunday is not the sabbath, but i am free to honour any day i please, or none at all. St Paul said so: "let no man be your judge as regards sabbaths etc"
but let is assume that sabbath keeping really meant saturday. Does the Seventh Day Adventist practice of going to church on Saturday constitute keeping the sabbath?
is forced refraining from activity on saturday sabbath keeping, or merely pretending to keep the sabbath?
If sabbath keeping becomes a work of Law it will be something to boast about, and I have heard adventists boast about the number of Sabbaths they have kept. So what is the point of it? Not that God commands it, because our efforts to obey the commandment do not even touch the surface of the commandment itself, and so it is with legalism throughout
If obedience by willpower against our own impulses were not sin the pharisees, who were past masters at this, would be approved by God not condemned, but if such is sin then it is often all we have got and we are no better than pharisees, though of course, beding moderns, we have no notion of real dedication and zewal- we are mere dabblers.
If you or any other go to church out of this motive, and
I have, the very act of going to church, even on a Saturday if you insist, IS SIN.
For it is written "Who ordered of you this trampling of my Courts?" If we congregate or obey or anything out of mere duty, and not in delight, we are trampling his courts and defiling his Law, making a mockery of it. And this is the irony: it is those most dedicated to obeying God who make the worst mockery of Hisd commandments
Are you suggeseting that the church, christendom, keep ALL the rest of the Law but fall down on the Sabbath?
then you, and certainly the SDA's I have had dealings with, have no notion of the inner nature of sin.
NO ONE keeps the Law. Forced observances of the forms out of presumption fear or pride does not constitute obedience to it, for if it did equal law keeping then it was plain that we were justified by Law.
Given the habits of church attendance, if sanctimonious hypocrites go to a designated place on a saturday or sunday, if they indulge in the malicous gossip that comprises their prayer requests their sermons and their conversation, what difference would it make?
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