Your Bible question was:
> I have been going to church for 10 years on Sunday. I met up with a
> who is a
> Seventh-Day-Advent. They believe that the Sabbath still exist and should
> observed on
> Saturday. I have to say, they brought up some interesting points about
> Sabbath. I am really confused. If the Sabbath is still in effect, why is
> everyone still worshipping on Sunday. I was brought up that the reason we
served on Sunday was because
> Jesus was resurrected on Sunday. As I talked and asked other Sunday
worshippers I get
> different answers. I can't help but to wonder now, with all these
> The question was still asked to me from that Seventh-Day-Advent, "Why is
> that the only commandment we have a hard time observing." I believe that
> 10 commandments are the characteristics of God's nature, so why are we not
> observing the Sabbath Day. Please help me with this question.
We will certainly do our best to help you not be confused about this Bible
subject. The simple answer is that Sabbath observance is no longer in
effect - regardless of what the Adventists say. We all live under the
gospel of Christ today, not the law of the Old Testament, including the
Sabbath law given to Israel (Col. 2:14-17; 2 Cor. 3:14; Gal. 3:24-25).
Regardless of their sincerity, the Adventists have twisted the word of God
to their own demise (2 Pet. 3:16; Gal. 1:8-9).
Let me sincerely warn you not to be drawn in by their error and false
teaching on this subject. Please consider the following from God's word to
see why I am giving you such a warning.
The Sabbath law was given to Israel by God at Mt. Sinai -- not at the
beginning of time to all men as Sabbatarians proport (Exo. 20:8; Neh.
9:13-14). It was given to the nation of Israel as a sign of the covenant
between God and the nation of Israel (Exo. 31:12-18; Deut. 5:15).
You must understand that we do not live under the law which God gave to
Israel through Moses -- we are to hear Christ Jesus (Matt. 17:1-5; Heb.
1:1-2; Matt. 28:18). We do not live under the 10 commandments -- they were
a part of a law given only to Israel, which distinguished them from all the
other nations (Exo. 19:5-6; Exo. 20:1ff). That law was removed by Christ
and now all men are under His gospel (Mk. 16:15).
Everyone one of the 10 commandments are renewed -- and even strengthened --
in the gospel of Christ (cf. Matt. 5:17ff). Every one, that is, except the
Sabbath command. This is not surprising, since it was a command to Israel
as a sign between God and Israel -- only.
Yes, Jesus was raised on the first day of the week (Lk. 24:1, 7, 21). In NT
times Christians gathered on the first day of the week to "break bread" (the
Lord's Supper) and worship together (Acts 20:7; cf. 1 Cor. 16:2). It is
undeniable that NT Christians assembled together, not on the 7th day
(Sabbath), but on the 1st day of the week.
The Bible never calls Sunday the "Christian Sabbath." Since such a term is
never found in the Scriptures we should not be used if we intend to "speak
as the oracles of God" (1 Pet. 4:11).
I have some material about the Sabbath on the BIBLE ANSWERS web site that I
encourage you to study. It was written after I had a series of discussions
and studies with some Adventists. I urge you to visit these pages. The
material goes into more depth than I have briefly written in this post.
The Sabbath Day: http://www.bibleanswer.com/sabbath.htm
Answering Adventists: http://www.bibleanswer.com/sevn_day.htm
If you have any questions about something in the material, please write
back. I'll be glad to follow-up with you.
Joe R Price
Mt. Baker church of Christ