One major reason am writing a rebuttal to the subtle error of Pastor E. A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeem Christian Church of God, is because many sincere and innocent followers are being misguided to believe his false teachings in relation to the Sabbath of the 4th commandment in Exodus 20:8-11.
I sincerely don’t have anything against his character. God reads the mind of men and it is not my duty to sit on the judgment throne of God to condemn men for their actions because we all are striving by the Grace of God to reach unto perfection. If any man points out my sin, by the grace of God, I will pray for repentance to turn from that sin in heart and life. Thus I am fallible and prone to err.
But for Church leaders, such as Pastor E. A. Adeboye, who claim to accept the Bible has his final authority and then reject its plain and clear teaching in regard to the Sabbath, will consequently lead millions of souls, who have placed him in high esteem, to openly disregard the Law of Jehovah.
It is true many are gullible when it comes to Pastors interpreting scriptures. They refuse to study the Bible for themselves. They prefer the Pastors to interpret the Word to them. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong in using commentaries, asking Bible questions, meeting Pastors to explain some portions of the Bible to us, but we are to test all their explanations with “thus saith the Lord.” About these people Paul Prophesied:
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Tim 4:3-4 (KJV)
ADEBOYE AND THE SABBATH
What then did Adeboye wrote about the Seventh-Day Sabbath?
The devotional called “Open Heavens” is a devotional used worldwide by both members of the Redeem Christian Church of God and other Pentecostals who also accept the teachings of Pastor Adeboye. On January 7th, 2016, the topic for the devotional was “Day Seven Blessing” in which Pastor E. A. Adeboye truthfully accepted the fact that “Rest is the divine blessing which God bestowed upon His creation, particularly man.”
He also wrote the following statement:
“Many people do not know that rest is a divine benevolence which God Himself demonstrated as vital to good life and longevity. It is also obligatory for us to observe sabbatical rest.”
It should be noted above that the statement was mixed with little error. Though accepting the Seventh-day Sabbath was God ordain, he failed to use the Biblical word “Sabbath” which in the Hebrew means “Rest” but rather he consistently used the word “Sabbatical” or “Sabbatical Rest.” In fact he used the word sabbatical 6 times.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of Sabbatical means:
“Adjective: 1. of relating to sabbatical year. 2. Of relating to the Sabbath”
“Noun: 1. A period of time during which someone does not work at his or her regular job and is able to rest, travel, do research, etc. 2. Leave. 3. A break or change from a normal routine (as of employment)”
The second definition is exactly how Pastor E. A. Adeboye regards the Sabbath of the 4th commandment in the Decalogue. After quoting the 4th Commandment of Exodus 20:8-11, showing that the 4th commandment was still binding on all Christian, He wrote in the following explaining why many Christians are not benefiting from the sabbatical ordinance:
“Some children of God are not benefiting from this sabbatical ordinance because they are obsessed with the goal they have set for themselves. While it is good to set goals for yourself because the Bible in Proverbs 10:4 says; “He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich”, at the same time, you must not set the goal that makes you a sabbatical law breaker. You must take time to rest as at when due.”
Take note of the last sentence. He did not acknowledge that the Sabbath day which God had designed for man was the seventh day (Saturday), but he advised his followers and readers to just take any time to rest. In fact to use his own word, he wrote:
“I pray that you will not labour and miss out on the fruit of your labour in Jesus’ name. This prayer can only be answered if you respect the sabbatical law and always find a day to rest and commune with your God who gives you power to make wealth.”
As you can see in the above statement, truth was mixed with error. Whether he did it intentionally or unintentionally, the truth of the matter is that the statement was an advice to all members of RCCG worldwide to “always find a day to rest and commune with your God” and not the Seventh-day that God Himself had blessed, sanctified and given to man as his own holy day.
In his closing remark, he wrote the following:
“Action Point: Choose a day of the week when you rest from all your labour.”
That means, we are free to disregard God’s chosen day and choose a day for ourselves to rest and commune with our God.
This is a false claim. In fact, one sincere member of the RCCG on the website given below asked this question:
“Which day is actually the Sabbath day? Saturday or Sunday or can we use our discretion to chose the Sabbath day?”
And the answer that was given to him by another member was this:
“I believe that you can choose any day as Sabbath based on the Action point for today.”
Can you see how misleading these devotional can be. All are wondering after the Pastor’s teachings as in the last days many shall “wondered after the beast (Papal Rome).” Rev 13:3.
Another member called the Pastor’s teaching a “wonderful teaching” and pray that “Daddy G. O” will continue this teaching. He wrote:
“Father I thank you for this wonderful teaching about the creation. Give our Daady more wisdom to teach us your word, Amen.”
May God help us to study for ourselves what truth is and not what others think it is.
GOD AND THE SABBATH
But the following are some Bible quote about the perpetuity of the Sabbath being the Seventh-day (Saturday).
The Sabbath Before Sin entered the world
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 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.” Gen 2:1-3 (KJV)
The Sabbath was part of God laws and commandment After Sin entered the world
“Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” Gen 26:5 (KJV)
The Sabbath is regarded as the commandment and laws of God before Mount Sinai Ten Commandments
“And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.” Ex 16:23 (KJV)
“And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?” Ex 16:27-28 (KJV)
The Sabbath is part of the Ten commandment given at Sinai
“Remember the sabbath 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 manservant, nor thy maidservant, 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.” Ex 20:8-11 (KJV)
God called the Sabbath His Holy Day and not the First day of the week and he will bless all who keep this day not any other day
“If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.” Isaiah 58:13-14 (KJV)
Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath and not Sunday or first day of the week
“For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.” Matt 12:8 (KJV)
 See the link for Pastor Adeboye’s commentary: http://www.openheavensdaily.com/2016/01/day-seven-blessing-thursday-january-7th.html#more
 For some further explanation on the Sabbath and which day it is, follow the link. http://www.sabbathtruth.com/faq/advanced-topics/weighing-the-evidence