“You observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.” (Galatians 4:10-11)

Should Christians Keep The Sabbath?

When is the right day to worship God? Should we worship on Saturday like the Seventh Day Adventist church say we should? Are we sinning against God by worshiping Him on Sunday? Did the Sabbath day change from Saturday to Sunday?

Old Testament

In the Old Testament God commanded His people to “remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” (Exo. 20:8). On it they were not to do any work but rest. They were to remember God's creation (Exo. 20:11) and how God redeemed them from slavery in Egypt (Deut. 5:15). It is also worth noting that the Sabbath day was set apart as a day of rest, not a day of worship.

New Testament

In the New Testament, however, we are not commanded anywhere to keep the Sabbath day, although all of the other nine commandments are reinstituted in the New Testament (cf. Matt. 19:18, Rom 13:9). Paul who was an apostle of the gentiles (2 Tim. 1:11), never once in his letters instruct the gentiles to observe the Sabbath. Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, actually wrote against people who go about telling people not to worship in certain days in Romans 14:5-6:

“One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord…”

The Sabbath a shadow

“Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.” (Colossians 2:16-17)

The Sabbath was a shadow, not the substance. The Sabbath day points us to our heavenly rest, where we will be free from sin and death and all labour (Rom. 8:23). God has prepared a rest for all His people (Heb. 4:8-9). There is also some aspect of a rest for the people of God now. The true Sabbath is in Christ; after all He is the Lord of the Sabbath (Mat. 12:8).

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

So why do Christians worship on Sunday?

Jesus resurrected from the grave on the first day of the week (Mat. 28:1, Mark 16:2, Luke 24:1, John 20:1), thus we recall our new creation and redemption from sin. He also appeared to His disciples on the first day of the week (John 20:19, 26). The Holy Spirit was also given to the church on the first day of the week (Acts 2:1, cf. Lev. 23:15, 16). The early church started by meeting everyday of the week but later on they met on the first day of the week (Acts 3:2, Acts 20:7 , 1 Cor. 16:1-2).

The Sabbath day did not change from Saturday to Sunday. One can choose any day of worship (Rom. 14:5). Sunday is a universally chosen day for worship for reasons stated above. Having a day of worship does not mean that we are free to do whatever we want on the other days of the week. We are to offer our bodies daily as living sacrifices. We mustn't worship the day, but the Lord. We are not to be holy on a certain day of the week and devils on the other. And we are not justified by observing days, but by faith alone in Christ alone (Gal. 4:10-11).

Conclusion

We are not require to worship God only on Saturday. We can choose to go to church on any day of the week we please as long as we are doing it to the Lord.

Soli Deo Gloria