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Why we Still Need the Weekly 7th-day Sabbath — 9 Comments

  1. This is a sobering reminder of the Sabbath as rest and the Sabbath as test. One statement that has caught my attention is this:

    "It is interesting to me that many people who want to say that we are not “bound” to keeping the Sabbath, say so as if that is good news."

    This is such a telling thought! Should a child of God pursue only the minimal requirements to be part of God's Kingdom? This would be legalism. It would signify that the Sabbath is a burden we must endure, tolerate, "bear with," only because we don't want to lose out from scraping through the entrance. It would define our mindset as grudgingly letting go of only so much of the world - if we could - as would give us a fighting chance to be counted in. What if we could also discover that we need not read the Bible, or pray, or go to church, to enter the Kingdom of heaven?

    May we see the need to love the Lord with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind (Matt. 22:37). And may we love the Sabbath just because Jesus is our Creator and Redeemer, which are the only reasons we exist.

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  2. Well said. I particularly like your reference to the fact that we are spiritual Israel, grafted into the vine. So we should want to keep the Sabbath as Israel did (or sometimes should have). When visiting Israel, my wife and I attended a welcoming the Sabbath presentation given by a Jewish family in Jerusalem. I really loved the positive excitement with which they shared the blessing of the Sabbath. That excitement extended to the scriptures and their cultural heritage as well. And particularly to the honor and respect which the husband and wife held for each other. They delighted in each other.

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    • Thank you for sharing this cultural experience. It brought about a paradigm shift for me. I surely wish I could have witnessed what you witnessed in that Jewish home - the people that were taught of the LORD and given such a rich spiritual, cultural heritage to share with subsequent generations; were given inspired methods of making God tangible and present in their lives. I struggle with remembering God is constantly present and that He is a God that I can STAY connected to continually. I want to remember to feel joy and excitement the moment I wake for this reality and learn to embrace the excitement, the blessing of what God has provided. We are His; He is ours. What a thing to celebrate.

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  3. Amen Pastor William so well said that I shared this on my FB page. But I would like to point out another fact that, I have come to realize, that shows the effects of the rejection of this truth and how it’s the reason for the moral down fall in this country and not a political problem, but is being made one.

    First off notice what we are told happens when just one part of the law is broken.

    “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.”
    ‭‭James‬ ‭2‬:‭10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    “By consenting to break one precept, men are brought under Satan’s power. By substituting human law for God’s law, Satan will seek to control the world. This work is foretold in prophecy. Of the great apostate power which is the representative of Satan, it is declared, “He shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand.” Daniel 7:25. – {DA 763.1}

    Now notice where she puts the blame for the moral down fall and the start of it?
    Yes the dark ages came to an end in 1798, but the Reformation did not end until 1844, which had to do with the Sabbath truth, and much more being reveled but the protestant churches rejected this message and in stead, said the law was nailed to the cross.

    “The second angel’s message of Revelation 14 was first preached in the summer of 1844, and it then had a more direct application to the churches of the United States, where the warning of the judgment had been most widely proclaimed and most generally rejected, and where the declension in the churches had been most rapid. But the message of the second angel did not reach its complete fulfillment in 1844. The churches then experienced a moral fall, in consequence of their refusal of the light of the advent message; but that fall was not complete. As they have continued to reject the special truths for this time they have fallen lower and lower. Not yet, however, can it be said that “Babylon is fallen,... because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” She has not yet made all nations do this. The spirit of world conforming and indifference to the testing truths for our time exists and has been gaining ground in churches of the Protestant faith in all the countries of Christendom; and these churches are included in the solemn and terrible denunciation of the second angel. But the work of apostasy has not yet reached its culmination. – {GC 389.2}

    And so this rejection by the churches in America planted the seeds of this moral down fall but Satan and his big propaganda machine, is trying to make it a political problem when really it’s a spiritual one. This is one of the great lies spoken of below, that so many SDA’s are falling for.

    “The Bible declares that before the coming of the Lord, Satan will work “with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness;” and they that “received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved,” will be left to receive “strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11. Not until this condition shall be reached, and the union of the church with the world shall be fully accomplished throughout Christendom, will the fall of Babylon be complete. The change is a progressive one, and the perfect fulfillment of Revelation 14:8 is yet future. – {GC 389.

    “The remnant church will be brought into great trial and distress. Those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus will feel the ire of the dragon and his hosts. Satan numbers the world as his subjects, he has gained control of the apostate churches;” 9T 231.1. Who, I might add are out to unite church and state.

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  4. Brother Earnhardt,

    Some people like to argue and will continue to argue. Even if you have all the truth on your side they will keep on coming back to argue. I like what I've seen others do which is try to find common ground with our opponents as much as possible. Focus on what you have in common and then lead them into truth as they are open to receive it.

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