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Christian Observance of the Sabbath

Posted by Matt Postiff October 19, 2013 on Matt Postiff's Blog under Interpretation 

This past week, I received a question through our website as to why not all Christian churches observe the Sabbath. Here is my answer to the inquiry.

Not all Christian churches observe the Sabbath because they believe quite differently about the Law of Moses than other Christians who say it still regulates us. The following briefly outlines our beliefs.

1. We believe the Lord's day is the first day of the week, when our Lord arose from the dead, which is Sunday. Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:2, Luke 24:1, John 20:1, 20:19; Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2, Revelation 1:10.

2. We do not believe we are under the regulative regime of the Law of Moses. Romans 6:14-15, Galatians 4:21, 5:18. Rather we are under the Law of Christ. 1 Corinthians 9:21, James 2:8.

3. The Sabbath command has been explicitly set aside by newer revelation. Colossians 2:16.

4. Some Christians esteem one day to be more important than another, and other Christians esteem every day alike. Each of us must be fully convinced in our own minds, and live accordingly in light of the coming judgment. Romans 14:1-13.

5. Some of us believe a valid principle revealed by the Sabbath command is that man needs rest one of every seven days.

I trust you will consider the Scripture shared above. If nothing else, it would be good for you to hold your position with full faith, and permit others to hold their view, without passing judgment upon them as the Romans 14 passage directs.

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