Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy (Exodus 20:8-11, ESV).
Nearly every Christian has heard or read the ten commandments, and recognizes the above fourth commandment. What it means to them varies. Here are just a few of the answers:
Some Christians believe the seventh-day Sabbath commandment is still in effect. They rest and have church services on Saturday. Some of those add manyt of their own regulations to the Sabbath—much like the Jewish leaders did in the New Testament. Others adhere largely to biblical teaching. Unfortunately, most Sabbath-observing Christian groups tend to use the Sabbath as a point of doctrinal exclusivism: they regard Sabbath keepers as unbelievers or lesser-believers. This writer believes this is a major point of hypocrisy as the Sabbath-keeping Christians use Bible translations, Bible helps, Christian songs, Christian living literature and numerous other things that were produced by Sunday-meeting Christians. Any casual observer would note that almost everything that the world would recognize as good Christian work has not been done by Saturday-meeting Christians.
As with many other articles on this site, this writer encourages people to learn, be patient with others, and seek God in determining what He would have you do.
(We do plan to include more introductory literature here.)
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