The apostle James makes it very clear: "But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law; rather, you are a judge. But there is only one Lawgiver, Who has power to save and to destroy" James Think about it: Are not those who judge the Fourth Commandment as unworthy of their obedience actually judging the Law? Are they not then judging God Himself? What is man that he should presume to judge the Law?
When anyone judges the Law, he is judging God. In effect, he is sitting in the seat of God and presumptuously assuming a prerogative of God to himself. In effect, he is proclaiming himself to be God! The Lawgiver never commanded that the first day of the week be kept holy!
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He alone created the seventh day and made it holy! Other proclamations by men to the contrary are null and void. As we will see later, that is exactly what the Israelites did. They rebelled and did not keep the Sabbath. They went after other gods. They went after Baal—the sun god. The sun god is worshipped on his day, Sun-day! The children of Israel and the children of Judah sinned against God because they had rejected God's holy Sabbath and His holy days and were keeping Sunday and the pagan holidays of Baal, the sun god. People are doing the same thing today!
In so doing, they are rejecting the holy convocations of God! By exalting their traditions and commandments, the Roman Catholic Church and all of mainstream Christianity keep Sunday and have rejected the Sabbath commandment of God. This is the same spirit and attitude which motivated the Jews to reject the commandments of God. In denouncing the traditions of the Jews, Jesus said, "Well did Isaiah prophesy concerning you hypocrites, as it is written, 'This people honors Me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from Me.
But in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men. Everyone who observes Sunday and rejects the seventh-day Sabbath of God falls into this category. By rejecting the commandments of God and observing the traditions of men, they constitute themselves as sinners before God.
Sunday-keeping is sin! Sunday-keeping is transgressing the Fourth Commandment of God!
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Sin is the transgression of the law! In the King James Version, I John reads as follows: "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth the Law, for sin is the transgression of the law. This translation is most profound when directly applied to those who reject the Fourth Commandment and substitute Sunday-keeping for Sabbath-keeping. They are constantly committing sin. Every week they are living and practicing a lie! Sunday-keeping is a sign of this world's false, apostate Christianity, whereas Sabbath-keeping is a sign of God's way.
Continuing in Exodus 31, God reaffirms Sabbath-keeping as a perpetual covenant, just as it was from the beginning. Everyone that defiles it shall surely be put to death ["the wages of sin is death," and "sin is the transgression of the law" Rom. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. A perpetual covenant is an everlasting covenant. As such, it supersedes and transcends all other covenants. This perpetual covenant has been included in every covenant of God from creation! And they greatly polluted My Sabbaths" Ezek. Because of the sins of the children of Israel in the wilderness, God punished them with 40 years of wanderings until all those over age 20 died.
At the end of the 40 years, just before they went into the promised land, God again pleaded with the children of Israel.
They did not walk in My statutes, nor keep My ordinances to do them—the ordinances which, if a man do, he shall even live in them. And they polluted My Sabbaths…" Ezek. They rejected God; they rebelled and refused to keep His commandments and laws.
That is far different than what most people have been taught by the Catholic and Protestant theologians. In their vicious attacks against God's commandments, the so-called "early church fathers" of the Roman Catholic Church viewed the Sabbath and holy days of God as an imposition against the Jews and a curse for their unfaithfulness.
In his Dialogue on , Justin continued his attack against God's way when he wrote to Trypho saying, "We, too, would observe your circumcision of the flesh, your Sabbath days, and in a word, all your festivals, if we were not aware of the reason why they were imposed upon you, namely, because of your sins and your hardness of heart. The early Catholic "fathers" taught that God gave the Jews the Sabbath as a penalty to curse the Jews.
As a result, they repudiate the holy Sabbath of God as a curse imposed upon the Jews as a sign of their unfaithfulness. Such perverse thinking of theologians is hard to imagine—yet, it is the truth! To justify their theological reasoning, they point to Ezekiel And I defiled them in their own gifts. However, they have deceitfully interpreted this passage, taking it out of context. The verse before, verse 24, clearly shows that they are absolutely wrong to conclude that the Sabbaths of God, the holy days and His statutes and judgments, were imposed on the Jews as a curse, to mark them because of their unfaithfulness.
Notice what the Scriptures record for us. When verses 24 and 25 are read together, they clearly relate a different story than what the so-called "early church fathers" would have us believe. God said: "Because they [the children of Israel] had not done My ordinances, but had despised My statutes and had polluted My Sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers' idols. Wherefore I also gave them over to their own statutes that were not good, and their own ordinances which they could not live. What God is telling us through Ezekiel is that because the children of Israel had rejected God's way, His statutes and judgments, and polluted His Sabbaths, that He then gave them over to their own devises and to their own statues and judgments.
The truth is that the Israelites had rejected God's Sabbaths and laws; they developed their own religions, patterned after Baal worship and the ancient Egyptian religions. They had their own "sabbaths"—which was the Sunday worship of Baal.
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They observed the annual pagan holidays—now called Christmas and Easter see I Kings ; These sins were the causes that brought the curses of God upon them. To faithfully keep the Sabbaths of God results in blessings, not curses.
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In Ezekiel , the "statutes" and "judgments" were not God's commandments, statutes and judgments. Quite the opposite is true. God turned them over to, or gave them over to, their own "statutes" and "judgments" as part of their own pagan religious observances. They deliberately rejected God's ways. Notice: "There is a conspiracy of her prophets in her midst, like a roaring lion tearing the prey.
They have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they made many widows in her midst. Not only was it true when Ezekiel prophesied these words, but this prophecy is also a perfect description of the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant religions of today. The priests and ministers hide their eyes from the Sabbaths of God and He is profaned among them! No wonder our society is profane, evil and corrupt. God means what He says about His Sabbath days. The ten-tribe nation of Israel rejected God's way and polluted His Sabbaths.
The ultimate result was that He sent enemy invaders to destroy them. After the Assyrians took them captive, they were removed from the land that God had given them. God sent them into captivity for their sins of Sabbath-breaking, as well as for all their other sins. God recorded the full account of why He punished Israel for their sins: "Now it came to pass because the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, Who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, and walked in the statutes of the nations whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which the nations had made.
And they built high places in all their cities for themselves from the Watch Tower to the fortified city. And they set up images and groves [for worship] for themselves in every high hill, and under every green tree. And they burned incense in all the high places, like the nations whom the LORD had removed from before them, and they practiced evil things to provoke the LORD to anger, for they served the idols of which the LORD had said to them, 'You shall not do this thing.
And they rejected His statutes and His covenant which He made with their fathers, and His warnings that He testified against them. And they went after vanity, and became vain, and went after the nations around them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them not to do like them. And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God and made molten images, two calves for themselves.
And they made a grove, and worshiped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire. And they used divination and sorceries, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger.
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Perhaps we should ask ourselves some serious questions about our own "Christian professing" nation. Are we not doing the same thing that the ancient Israelites did? Are we not facing destruction from within and invasion from without because of our sins and Sabbath-breaking? The prophecies of the Bible show that God is going to destroy this nation because of commandment-breaking! If you don't believe that we are suffering from heinous national and individual sins, just look around and see what is really happening!
The most obvious sins are Sabbath-breaking, idolatry and Sunday-keeping. Read the entire chapters of Deuteronomy 28 and Leviticus 26 and you will understand why we are suffering from all the curses of God for our sins. God prophesied that these curses would come upon us if we rejected His commandments and refused to obey Him.
As a society, and in nearly every Christian-professing denomination, not only are we breaking all the commandments of God with impunity, but Sunday-keeping is at the heart and core of all our national transgressions. Sunday-keeping is a lie! Sunday-keeping is not from God—and never has been! There is not one single text in the whole Bible to justify Sabbath-breaking and Sunday-keeping.
If you are a Sunday-keeper, ask yourself these questions: "How long will I refuse to keep the commandments of God? How many other lies and false doctrines have I been persuaded to believe because I have believed the lie of Sunday-keeping?