“For truly I say to you, Till the heaven and the earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in any way pass from the Law until all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:18 MKJV).
All the Law of God is inviolable. Another way of saying what Jesus said is, “Till gravity passes away, not one iota shall pass away from the Law, until all is fulfilled.”
Have Heaven and earth passed away? So the Law of God hasn’t changed, not by one jot or tittle. But men, to suit their fancies, have changed the Commandment from, “Remember to keep the seventh day holy,” to, “Keep the first day holy, and treat the seventh as the others.”
Listen, however, to what God says:
Exodus 20:8-11 BBE
(8) Keep in memory the Sabbath and let it be a holy day.
(9) On six days do all your work:
(10) But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; on that day you are to do no work, you or your son or your daughter, your man-servant or your woman-servant, your cattle or the man from a strange country who is living among you:
(11) For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the sea, and everything in them, and He took His rest on the seventh day: for this reason the Lord has given His blessing to the seventh day and made it holy.
Who is he that has the gall to oppose God and change His Law, contrary to Him and the Scriptures? As it says of the lawless one: “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 until a time and times and the dividing of time…” (Daniel 7:25).
The Catholic Church boasts of its power and authority to change the Law of God. Many of those who have broken away from Rome’s tyranny claim to preach the Bible and only the Bible. Yet among several other Romish trappings like infant baptism, the doctrine of eternal torment, the Trinitarian heresy, and the observance of Mass, they continue in the blasphemous conduct of keeping Sunday holy instead of the Sabbath.
Did you know the Roman emperor Constantine decreed that those keeping the Sabbath of God and failing to observe Sunday as the day of rest and worship should be executed? Did you know Constantine was a sun god worshipper to the day of his death? It’s on record.
If you follow the Fourth Commandment of God, you have life. What and whose commandment are you following by keeping Sunday? Shall you have life following the law of a pagan ruler threatening death if you don’t obey him?
Hear what the apostles declared:
“And Peter and the apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29 MKJV).
Some point out that Paul says, “One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” (Romans 14:5). Notice, however, there’s no indication Paul was speaking of the weekly Sabbath. Therefore, one can’t assume he was teaching that keeping the Sabbath day was optional. We will find no allowance for that notion if we believe the whole of Scriptural testimony and Paul’s other words and doctrines.
Just a few chapters earlier, Paul said that “the Law is holy, and the commandment holy, just and good” (Romans 7:12). He also said, “Do we then make void the Law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the Law” (Romans 3:31).
If some wish to think that one commandment was changed, they need to remind themselves of the words of the Lord they presume to worship:
Matthew 5:17-19 MKJV
(17) Do not think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I have not come to destroy but to fulfill.
(18) For truly I say to you, Till Heaven and the earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in any way pass from the Law until all is fulfilled.
(19) Therefore whoever shall relax one of these commandments, the least, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Not one jot or one tittle. Therefore, the argument that another day can be named as the rest day, whether Sunday or any other, is contrary to the Lord and His Law.
I prefer to be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven by teaching the keeping of all of God’s Law. And we must remember James’ words:
“Whoever breaks one commandment is guilty of breaking them all” (James 2:10 GNB).
Sunday-keeping as a religious law is evil, a decree of mortals contradicting God Himself, yet presuming to be in His stead. Sunday-keeping as a matter of innocent persuasion is not as serious. However, whether we break God’s Law deliberately or ignorantly, we bring judgment upon ourselves; we suffer consequences.
I’ve kept Sunday and the true Sabbath, Saturday. As real fruit is better than the wax imitation, so God’s true Sabbath is much better than man’s.
But let’s remember that keeping an external day is by no means enough. We must strive for the internal Sabbath, the Coming to the Seventh Day of Life, wherein is true rest. You need to know there’s much more to the Sabbath commandment than a physical day; all the keeping of a physical day won’t avail if that “much more” isn’t obtained.
“For if [Joshua] had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also has ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief” (Hebrews 4:8-11).
Any objective seeker of truth will readily recognize that the arguments for Sunday as the Sabbath aren’t substantiated by Scripture. God hasn’t changed the Law; He hasn’t changed His nature; and He hasn’t changed His mind about keeping holy the Sabbath day (seventh day).
Read in our section The Sabbath.
Consider the alternative: If you die by disobeying God’s commandment and you die by disobeying man’s commandment, which death would you rather die?
“And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you of whom you shall fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yea, I say to you, fear Him” (Luke 12:4-5 MKJV).
The choice is yours.
There’s a religious fad sweeping nominal Christianity, that of indulging in Jewish worship practices and traditions. Many searchers have determined there are precious truths to be discovered in types and shadows, with great and rare blessings. Seekers are flocking to this thinking because they are empty spiritually. They’re unfulfilled in their churches and their systems of belief and worship; they’re unfulfilled within because in unbelief.
Wrong! While almost all nominal Christian churches celebrate Easter, why don’t they stop to consider that the pagan goddess of fertility and love, Ishtar or Ashtoreth, has the preeminence here even in the name of the occasion - “Easter”? As with Christmas, carnal religious leaders long ago decided to bring the heathen into their fold by “Christianizing” their idolatrous worship practices, cleverly paralleling them to, and interweaving them with, Biblical events and practices.
God prohibits our making or having images in a context of worshipping Him. However, man, in his unbelief, prefers a visible god to the Invisible One. Images are a sure sign of false religion and are widely used in nominal Christendom. Whereas images are seen as enhancing worship, God sternly commanded the children of Israel to destroy them, which tells us how odious to God and dangerous to man images are.