Friday, 28 December 2007

The Sabbath Day

Someone wrote to me concerning the Sabbath day so I'm going to talk about it here. The Christian Heritage Party of Canada supports the so called Lord's Day Act which would support most businesses to close on Sunday, but does make allowances for those who keep a different day such as the 7th day Sabbath commonly held on Saturday:

A weekly twenty-four hour period of business closure should apply to all non-essential services and businesses across Canada. In respect of our Christian heritage, the day of closure should be Sunday. However, reasonable allowance should be made for those who, because of religious convictions, observe a different day of rest (See also 3.1.1),3.1.2, & 6.2.2).

I'm a Seventh Day Adventist so I am very glad that the party recognizes other days people keep holy. Sunday blue laws of the past didn't recognize this and gave Jews, Adventists, and others a hard time. For example, a 7th day Sabbath keeper would have to open for business for 5 days a week while his Sunday keeping competitor would be allowed to be open for 6 days a week. Fortunately, the CHP doesn't support this inconsistency.

Now, the following is NOT a CHP matter but what the Bible says on the Sabbath issue:

There is NO scriptural basis for Sunday observance. I studied the issue extensively before I became an Adventist so I know this. To make a long story short, the Sabbath is one of the unchangeable 10 commandment laws and the church continued to observe it in New Testament times. If you are a Christian who believes that the 10 commandments are still binding on Christians, then you have to observe the 7th day Sabbath. You can't substitute another day for the 7th day Sabbath and expect to still be keeping the 4th commandment. I would go as far as to say that the 4th commandment is the most broken commandment of all of Christiandom because too many people use their own human reasoning to justify observing a different day. If God wanted it changed, He would not have included it as one of the 10 commandments.

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