Question: Is God's Seventh-day Sabbath a salvation issue? Sabbath breakers say no. I will answer this in two ways. First, When a new convert wants to join their church and says, I keep the commandment forbidding adultery in my heart, but I do not obey it. Question: Does he get accepted into fellowship or membership? No.
Or, if a cleptomaniac comes to their church and wants to be accepted, but says that he does not want to stop stealing, he is not accepted. But when it comes to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ who says, that it is easier for heaven and earth to dissappear than the tiniest dot or comma from the Ten Commandments and I have not come to change the law or do away with it, but to give it fuller meaning. And unless your righteousness is higher value than the Pharisees, than you cannot enter heaven.--Matthew 5:17- than they chose to ignore Jesus.
So they are allowed to violate God's Sabbath which is the centre of the Ten Commandment law and has God's seal in it, isn't this hiprocracy?
My second answer is this: Repentance from sin in the Gospel is what? Sin is what? "The transgression of the law."--1.John 3:4. God's holy Sabbath [Saturday] violation is just the same as the other nine. In fact it is the center of the New Covenant.--Hebrews 8:10 in the New Testament. If Christians say they keep the law in their hearts yet are at liberty to violate it, they are not keeping any other. See James 2:10-12. So God's Sabbath is just as holy pointing out sin as the other nine.
And GOD blessed the seventh day and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which GOD created and made." [Genesis 2:1-3 KJV].
"Remember the seventh day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work. But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy GOD: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man servant, nor thy maid servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." [Exodus 20:8-12 KJV].
Note: The Sabbath [Saturday] is the fourth of the Ten Commandments in the Bible. In Catechisms, however, you'll find it as the third command. This is because papal Rome removed the second which for bids idolatry so they could import images of humans and adore, kiss and worship them instead of GOD.
All of the Ten Commandments point out sin to us [see Romans 7:7-14; 1.Jn.3:4 KJV]. On judgment day the ark of the new covenant containing the Ten Commandments will be visibly defending us for having obeyed them, or declaring us guilty of death. [Revelation 11:18,19].
Papal Rome makes the following boast:"Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday, because the Catholic Church, in the council of Laodecea (A.D.336), transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.---Peter Geiermann, The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, sec.ed. ,1910, p.50
Note, solemnity alright, but none of Sunday is being actually observed as a Sabbath day even though some of the Reformers did so strictly.
The importance of the true LORD's day (Revelation 1:10) can be seen that our Lord JESUS even kept His day holy in His deathbed from Friday sunset to til Saturday night (Luke 23:54-56) when His closest followers waited with the embalming of His body.
"And they rested according to the Sabbath commandment." [verse 56 last part]. His closest followers knew nothing of a supposedly Sunday sacredness. Forty years after the resurrection, John was in the Holy Spirit on the Lord's day [Rev.1:10] of which JESUS is Lord [Mark 2:28; Matthew 12:8].
Our Lord Jesus Christ did not declare Himself Lord of the Seventh-day Sabbath in the Old, but in the New Testament only.
Neither did the New Testament church long after the resurrection when the Gentiles came to Paul asking him to come and preach to them. Not the next day, but the next Sabbath day [Acts 13:42,44].
Another most important fact for Saturday Sabbath keeping as mentioned above, the Ten Commandments including the Seventh day Sabbath is up in heaven under the throne of GOD called the mercy seat where our sins are forgiven.
Note: Because this website had to be made mobile phone friendly and streamlined, if you want to see more contents, then you have to click on the little bars left side of the website name. Rolf Vaessen.Sabbath keeping does Note:not save us, but we cannot be saved without it by continuing breaking it and sinning without repentance.
Under the new covenant, the law of the Decalogue is being written into our hearts and mind by GOD Himself. [See Hebrews 8] With the heart we love and with the mind we can see why GOD is asking obedience from us.
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