Today is our national holiday originally intended to honor the labor force. Many people have to work today regardless. But that is not what is on my heart today.
In the wake of hurricane Harvey I’ve been viewing news reports and one in particular about President Trump signing an order for a national day of prayer for yesterday, Sunday. In the comments for this particular news report there were people who were bashing Christians who worship God on Sunday instead of Saturday. It’s a sad thing when people who consider themselves Christians become so legalistic. They speak in the same way as the Pharisees did in Jesus’ time. Jesus chastised the Pharisees harshly for their legalism. The Pharisees observed the Torah outwardly, yet, without clean hearts inwardly (Matthew 23).
The command to observe the Sabbath was followed by the idea that man is to work six days and rest on the seventh (Exodus 20:8-10). The purpose was to have a day of rest and keep the seventh day holy to God. Does the specific day really matter to God when he knows the hearts of all men? Do these Sabbath keeper fanatics believe that all people who in past generations observed Sunday as their day of worship are going to burn in hell because they worshiped God on Sunday instead of Saturday? I don’t think so. God is merciful and knows the hearts of all men. I’m certain that his grace is sufficient to embrace the person who loved him and accepted the sacrifice his Son made for us, yet worshiped on Sunday or Monday, or Tuesday, or Wednesday, or Thursday, or Friday instead of Saturday. In this age people often do not have the Lord’s Sabbath off work. We are slaves to our employers when it comes to our work schedules. My son-in-law has Wednesday & Thursday off work. For him, his day of rest, which would be the seventh day, is one of those days. Does God reject him because he cannot observe a Saturday Sabbath? No!
There have been summer months in which my husband has been required by his employer to work seven days a week with only one day off every three weeks. Does God condemn him because his employer requires that he not have a Sabbath rest but once every three weeks? No! Being cognizant of exactly which day is the seventh day of the week is fine. Observing that day as Sabbath is good. But God will not condemn you to the fiery pit just because you worship him on another day of the week. All Yahuah, our God, asks is that we confess with our mouth that Yeshua (Jesus) is Lord and that we believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9). Anyone who does this will be saved. The day we worship does not redeem or condemn us.
There is only one sin that is unforgivable, blaspheming the Holy Spirit. What does that mean? Yeshua told us, when the Pharisees claimed that he was doing all the miracles he performed by Beelzebub they were attributing his work to that of Satan. That is blasphemy. To give Satan credit for the work of Gods Holy Spirit is unforgivable. Blaspheming Jesus is forgivable but not Yahuah’s Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:22-32).
So I say to all the hypercritical Christians, look to Yahuah and his Son Yeshua, keep your eyes on God and not on man. Work out your own salvation in fear and trembling and let others do the same (Philippians 2:12).
Romans 8:1-4 King James Version (KJV)
8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Blessings to all,