Sabbaths and Days and Such

Every few years there seems to be a particular contentious issue that becomes a ‘hot topic’ for the church. The topic invariably involves an issue that is not one of the core beliefs of what C.S. Lewis calles ‘mere Christianity’, but vocal advocates of one position or the other tend to treat it as such, or at least relegate those of an opposing view as either unspiritual or slightly kooky.  In the past, such hot topics have been speaking in tongues,  predestination vs free will, and even the form baptism should take.

Up here in the northwest corner, one of the hot button issues that seems to pop up recurringly of late is that of the Sabbath.  Colin has found an article here that has what I believe is a well presented stand on the question, and I encourage you to read the entire article.  I’ve included a short quote below, but in any case as Paul instructed in Rom. 14:5, let everyone be convinced in their own mind… and remember, just because a brother (or sister) disagrees with you, that makes them no less a warrior for Christ!

“The Word of God makes it quite clear that Sabbath observance was a special sign between God and Israel: “The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant. It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he abstained from work and rested” (Exodus 31:16–17).
In Deuteronomy 5, Moses restates the Ten Commandments to the next generation of Israelites. Here, after commanding Sabbath observance in verses 12–14, Moses gives the reason the Sabbath was given to the nation Israel: “Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day” (Deuteronomy 5:15).”

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