IS SUNDAY THE LORD’S DAY?


To my Pentecostal, Catholic, Anglican, Methodist brothers and sisters. Have you ever search the Scripture to know what is TRUTH?

Isaiah wrote:

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20

Moses also wrote:

“at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.” Deut 19:15

Jesus Christ repeated the same words:

“in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” Matt 18:26

WHAT IS THE LORD’S DAY?

Apostle John said, “I was in the Spirit on the LORD’s DAY, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet” Rev 1:10

WHO ARE THE WITNESSES TO THESE FACT?

Witness 1: MARK

Mark said Jesus is the Lord of the sabbath (Seventh day) and not first day (sunday) or any other day.

“And he (Jesus) said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore the Son of man (JESUS) is LORD also of the sabbath.” Mark 2:27, 28

Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath (Seventh day) and not the Lord of Sunday.

Witness 2: MATTHEW

Matthew also witness to what mark wrote that Jesus is the LORD of the sabbath day. Matthew said sabbath day, showing that the sabbath is a DAY that means one can’t decide to chose any other day apart from the DAY Jesus is LORD of.

“For the Son of man (JESUS) is LORD even of the SABBATH DAY.” Matthew 12:8

Witness 3: ISAIAH

Isaiah is another witness who identified the authority of God on the Sabbath by calling it “MY HOLY DAY.” No where in the Bible has GOD called the First day of the week (SUNDAY) my holy 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” Isaiah 58:13

Witness 4: MOSES

The Sabbath is the seventh day, and the seventhday is Saturday and not Sunday. SUNDAY was never appointed as a holy day by God.

“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. 3 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 2:2, 3

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 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: 11 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 20:8-11

Witness 5. LUKE

Luke a gentile convert to christianity, wrote that the disciples of Jesus went back home to keep the sabbath according to the commandment given to them by God. They would rather obey God’s commandment than anoiting Christ’s body.

“And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. 55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. 56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.” Luke 23:54-56

I pray the Lord will teach us his word better.

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE REDEEM CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD (R.C.C.G) TO REVIEW THEIR FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF NUMBER 40 (Part One)


Such topic as this is not my favorite to write on but I feel there must be a way to awaken the sincere Bible student on matters pertaining to salvation.

Some might rashly cut the knot by judging the article by its title without reading the article to know what it contains. This article is solely and specifically for members of the Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG) which is arguably Nigeria fastest growing Pentecostal denomination and to all other Pentecostal and Evangelical Churches worldwide.

Andrew Rice, writing in The New York Times, calls the RCCG “one of [Africa’s] most vigorously expansionary religious movements, a homegrown Pentecostal denomination that is crusading to become a global faith.”[i]

This letter is a broader view of a previous article that was written on the 9th January, 2016 which I titled, “Rebuttal to Pastor E. A. Adeboye False teaching about the Sabbath.” I am writing this article on a theological ground and not to castigate any personality but to point out, with the use of the Bible and other extra Biblical sources, the hidden deception in the system. I was once a member of this lovely and sincere group of people for years and I know for sure that many true worshipers are in this system. Therefore, am writing from experience.

Some one might say, “Who are you to sit in the sit of Judgment to Judge the man of God and his Church?” To such person I will reply, “The LORD admonished us test all spirits and character if they are of God with the use of His Word that is revealed in the Bible.” After reading this letter, i plead with all who are convicted by it to invite as much as they can find to read and print this letter and distribute it to their Redeem Christian Church of God friends or any other Pentecostal friend in other denomination. This letter can be printed an-open-letter-to-the-redeem-christian-church-of-god-2 in PDF version.

The aim of this article/letter is to point out one particle belief that the denomination hold in high esteem and that is belief number 40. According to their official website, the RCCG outlined 40 fundamental beliefs that the world Church are to obey strictly.

BELIEF NUMBER 40

I am very sure and certain that many of the members in this Pentecostal Denomination are ignorant of their fundamental beliefs not because the beliefs are not available at their disposal but they have refused to search and study for themselves what the church actually belief.

It is true that many of the beliefs outlined on their websites are Biblical but some are not and one of the unbiblical beliefs or doctrine being taught is that of belief number 40. After this study, we will be looking at other doctrines that are being taught in the church and see if they are biblical or not. The other beliefs can be found on their website by clicking this.

Belief Number 40 read thus:

THE LORD’S DAY: We believe that the first day of the week called Sunday is a special day which the believers should separate as the Lord’s day during which time are to gather to worship – Acts 20:7; 1Cor. 16:2; Rev. 1:10. The Lord resurrected on the first day of the week – Mark 16:9; Ezek. 31:12-14.”[ii]

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Although our focus will be on belief number 40, we also need to look at one other belief upon which this study will be based. The other belief is belief number 1.

Belief number 1 says thus:

THE BIBLE TEACHING: We believe that the entire Scripture, both Old and New Testament are written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit – II Tim. 3:16-17. All the Christian teachings and the Christian attitude of the Children of God are such as are established in the Holy Bible – II Tim. 3:10-15; II Peter 1:21; John 17:17; Ps. 119:105.

We believe that the Bible is the written and revealed Will of God. Man’s position to God, the way to obtain salvation, woe and destruction awaiting sinners that refuse to repent and everlasting joy that is kept for the born again souls. All the Bible teachings are holy, what the Bible reveals as the will of God are such that we should accept, and whatever God writes in the Bible and His Law are to remain unchangeable; for the Heavens and Earth may pass away but the Word of God stands forever. Deut. 4:22; Rev. 22:18, 19; Matt. 24:34-38.”[iii]

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According to the official website of the RCCG, the authority of the Bible is undisputable. The Bible reveals “the will of God” to mankind. The RCCG also belief that “both Old and New Testament” and “His Law” are “unchangeable.” Though the heavens and the earth may pass away, the Bible and the Law of God will “stand forever.”

If truly the RCCG up hold the Bible teachings as it is claimed on their website, then we need to ask them the following question:

“Why Do You Keep SUNDAY as the LORD’s DAY instead of SATURDAY the Seventh Day?”

Their likely response to this question is given in belief number 40 that was previously quoted:

Because “The Lord resurrected on the first day of the week[iv]

But wait a minute!

Is this really true?

Let us ask our sincere brothers and sisters in RCCG the following questions:

  1. Did Christ’s resurrection, on the first day of the week, give us any authority to transfer God’s Holy Day, Saturday, to Man’s Holiday, Sunday?
  2. If it is true that Christ’s death has given us the right to transfer the solemnity of the Lord’s Sabbath to Sunday, why didn’t God announce to us through any of His Prophets or Apostles or even Christ just as He inspired the Prophets and Apostles to write much about the Sabbath? At least we were told that, ‘Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets’ Amos 3:7. Would God have changed His 4th commandment that talks about the Sabbath, the seventh-day of the week or Saturday, without revealing the reason why this change was made in the Bible?
  3. Did Christ observe Sunday, the first day of the week? If he did I will prefer to observe Sunday rather than Sabbath (or Saturday). At least if I were to follow any one’s example it should be that of Christ and not the example of the PASTOR. For the Bible says, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps”1Pe 2:21. I will prefer to follow the examples and steps of Christ for man cannot be trusted.
  4. Did any of the Apostles Observe SUNDAY or the so-called LORD’s DAY?
  5. Which of the days did Jehovah call the LORD’s Day?
  6. As a believer can I separate to myself any day and call it the LORD’s Day? Because according to belief number 40, the RCCG said, “the believers should separate as the Lord’s daySunday as their day of worship because Jesus Christ resurrected on Sunday which they rightfully call the first day of the week.
  7. Since the RCCG belief that the Law of God is unchangeable, why are they not keeping all of God’s Ten Commandment which reveals our relationship with God and our fellow neighbors?
  8. Will they be lost if they ignorantly keep Sunday as the Sabbath while sincerely worshipping God of Heaven?
  9. Is the Sunday-Sabbath controversy a matter of salvation?
  10. Why is the whole world worshipping on Sunday and a few are still worshipping on Sabbath (Saturday)? How did this change occur? (See: Dan 7:25).

I throw these ten questions out to all sincere Bible students in Redeem Christian Church of God and to other Churches to answer from the Bible. When I say the Bible, I mean the King James Version Bible or the New Kings James version for those who prefer more modern English.

Now with your Bibles in your hands, I would like us to answer these questions and many more in this letter to RCCG.

WHICH IS IMPORTANT: HIS LIFE, HIS DEATH, HIS RESURRECTION OR HIS HEAVENLY MINISTRATION AS OUR HIGH PRIEST?

All Modern Pentecostal Denominations have one thing in common and that is the observance of Sunday. They all claim, like RCCG, that the reason for Sunday observance is because “Jesus Christ resurrected on Sunday— the first day of the week.” Some say, “The Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles on the day of Pentecost on Sunday.” While some gives many other reasons.

Is Christ’s resurrection more important than His death?

If Christ had not died on Friday afternoon would there be any resurrection on Sunday morning? Emphatically, No!

Lets us see some Bible text to drive this point home and clarifying that Christ Life, death and Heavenly ministration as our advocate are as important as His resurrection.

  1. “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Rom 5:10. Take note: Paul said we were reconciled or justified by Christ’s death and not by His resurrection. He also said we shall be saved by His life and not by His resurrection. Yes it is true that our faith would be in vain if Christ had not resurrected just as Paul noted in 1 Cor. 15:12-19, but His life and Death is what will give us reconciliation and Salvation from Sin.
  2. “He gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.” Gal 1:4. Without His death there wouldn’t be deliverance from sin and evil.
  3. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” Gal 3:13. It is Christ death that delivered us from the curse of the law (not the ten commandment law because the ten commandment does not contain any curse but instructions)
  4. “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. “ Tit 2:14. Again, we see that Christ gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity.
  5. “Without shedding of blood is no remission” of sin. Hebrew 9:22. If Christ had not died on Friday we all will be lost forever.
  6. “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.” “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”Heb 3:1; 4:15. “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1Jn 2:1.

Christ’s life, death and ministration as high priest are important as His resurrection. If we choose to exalt one of His saving act above the other, by attaching a day to it, then one can easily make Friday the LORD’s Day since on that day Christ redeemed me from my sins and through His blood I can come boldly to the Father for forgiveness and sanctification of life.

If Christ had not lived as human He would not have been a perfect sacrifice for my sins. If He was not in all point as human like me, then He would not have been my example. Christ died on the Cross as the Lamb that was slain for the remission of man’s sins. If He had not died, he wouldn’t have resurrected. If Christ had not resurrected, He would not be in heaven interceding for my sins with His blood. If Christ had not gone to heaven, the Holy Spirit would not have come as His representative. All of these act are important and not the date which they occurred.

Thus, Christ’s resurrection didn’t give us any right to change His Holy Sabbath day to Sunday. But the RCCG believed that Christ resurrection had abolished the Sabbath without any Biblical authority or validation.

I repeat: Nowhere in the Scripture were we instructed to separate the FIRST DAY (SUNDAY) as a day of worship. But there are many placed in the Bible where we were strictly commanded to keep the SEVENTH-DAY (SABBATH or SATURDAY) as God’s designated day for worship. 

DID CHRIST AND THE APOSTLES KEEP THE SABBATH?

To ask this question is to ask another: “Did Christ and the Apostles Keep the LAW which He gave at Mount Sinai?” Let the Bible speak for us.

The Christ’s purpose concerning the Law was prophesied by Isaiah even before Christ was born into this world. It reads, “The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable” Isaiah 42:21. If you read the context from verse one, it is clear who Isaiah was talking about. The servant who will bring forth Judgment is none other than Jesus Christ (vs. 1). When Christ came in His first coming he magnified and honored the Law of God. The word magnify in Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary defines it as, “To make great or greater; To extol; to exalt; to elevate; to raise in estimation.” While honor means, to “esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation. To Reverence. Dignity; exalted rank or place; distinction.”

The reason why Christ came to magnify, honor, or elevate the Law when he came was because the house of Israel and all other nation have made void the law of God. For it is written, “It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.” Psalms 119:126.

The Law was made null and void when Christ was here on earth and for this reason came He to magnify and exalt it to its right position. It was written about the Law in the time of Christ that “In vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.” Mark 7:7-9 (See also: Matt 15:1-9).

The people rejected the commandment of God to keep their traditions. That means the traditions were irrelevant not the commandment of God. In Christ’s statement, the traditions were not salvation but the commandment of God, when broken, will lead to eternal death.

Christ’s attitude toward the Law of God is to fulfill the Law and not to destroy it. He Himself said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” Matt 5:17. To fulfill, as Thayer Greek lexicon defined it, is “to make full, to fill up, i.e. to fill to the full. Render it full, i.e. to complete.

Christ in many instance in the New Testament magnified the Law. Let us see some instances:

Christ magnified the sixth commandment (Exodus 20:13):

“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” Matt 5:21-22.

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” 1 John 3:15.

Christ magnified the seventh commandment (Exodus 20:14):

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Matt 5:27-28.

Christ Himself kept the commandments. He said, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.”John 15:10. This commandment is the Ten commandments and every other commandment that are not ceremonial in nature. He said that the Law which was given at Sinai will stand forever even when the heavens and earth shall pass away. “For verily I say unto you” said Christ, “Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matt 5:18.

Many Christians don’t know that one of the reasons Christ came to earth was to teach us how to keep the Law perfectly and to fulfill the Law in us. Paul wrote, “ 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.” Romans 8:3-4.

Note what Paul said. He said, the Law could not save us or justify us because all have broken the Law. Therefore, Christ came in the same sinful nature as you and I to fulfill that which the righteous Law could not do. The Law is righteous but I am carnal. The fault is not with the Law if am unable to keep it, the fault is with me because I am carnal and walk in the flesh. “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:7. The carnal mind cannot and will never obey the Law but he that is spiritual can obey it because Christ is the one working the work of obedience in him “that the righteous law might be fulfilled in us.” It is totally an impossibility for a carnal mind to obey the Ten Commandments because it the “law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good . . . For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.” Romans 7:12, 14.

In order for Christ to perfectly fulfill the Law in us, he needed to die for our stead. The reason being that, we are all without strength to obey one single commandment without Him. It was written of Christ, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6. We are all born without strength, ungodly, sinful and under the curse of sin, but Christ came to free us from the power of sin and to give you and I the strength to obey Him perfectly.

Let me ask my SUNDAY KEEPERS this QUESTION:

“If the Law could have been abolished by Christ, as some suggest He did, would that not have been easier to have done instead of coming into this world to die a criminal death?”

“Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.” Romans 4:15. The Law produce wrath upon the Law breaker and not the Law keeper. Where there is not Law, there would be nothing to break because the Law is not in existence. But where there is a Law and it is broken, then the Law demands punishment upon the breaker.

It is plain that, if the Law of God demanded that Christ needed to die for the Adam’s sin that was committed, that means that, the Law is RIGTHEOUS and still alive. The curse placed upon the transgressor was death and Christ took it upon Himself to die for humanity in order to release the sons and daughters of Adam from the curse.

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” Gal 3:13. As it was pointed earlier, when you look at the Ten Commandments, there is no curse in the Ten Commandments therefore the curse of the Law is the punishment accrued to all that transgress the Law which is death. “For the wages of sin is death.” Rom 6:23. “Sin is the transgression of the Law” 1 John 3:4. Therefore, death is the portion of all that sin or transgresses the Law of God.

But our brothers and sisters in RCCG wants us to believe that the 10 Commandment are not abolished. Some even say, “We only have 9 commandments and not 10.” They claim that the Fourth commandment is for the Jews and not for the Christians.

Let us now answer the initial question asked: “Did Christ and the Apostles keep the Sabbath?”

Christ and the Sabbath

It was written of Christ: “For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.” Matt 12:8. “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.” Matt 18:11. The Son of man is Jesus Christ, for it is He who has come to save that which was lost. The Son of man is the Lord of the Sabbath day.

Take note that the text in Matt 12:8 didn’t say the Son of man is the Lord of the first day but of the Sabbath day. Nowhere in the Bible did the Father and Christ claim any other day for themselves order than the Sabbath day. The reason being that the Sabbath is the Lord’s Day while the other 6 days were made for man to do his work.

It was Christ who made all things including the Sabbath. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” John 1:3. All things include Time, days, month, and years. Christ, the Word made flesh, created the Sabbath. He didn’t create it because He needed to rest; He created it for man’s sake. God knew man would forget Him if He didn’t out in place an instrument that will always remind man that God was the one who created the heaven and earth. That was why Christ said, “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” Mark 2:27. The Sabbath was made for the benefit of mankind. It was made to bring back the mind of man to his creator. God knew man will forget and for this reason He wrote with His finger on tablet of stones these solemn words:

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 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: 11 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.

Christ while on earth kept the Sabbath just as He commanded us at Sinai. “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.”Luke 4:16. The word custom means “Frequent or common use, or practice; a frequent repetition o the same act; hence, way; established manner; habitual practice.” The same Greek word ‘etho’ translated as ‘custom’ in Luke 4:16 is translated as ‘manner’ in Acts 17:2 which says, “And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures.”

I am not surprise Paul is following the same manner or custom of Christ. Although Jesus Christ was the Lord, Maker, and an observer of the Sabbath, He was watched and spied upon by the scribes and Pharisees on this day just to accuse Him of breaking the law of God because they didn’t understand the essence of the Sabbath has many Christians today. “And the scribes and Pharisees watched Him, whether He would heal on the Sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against Him.” Luke 6:7. Christ met their false accusation, ideas and reasoning with this question:

“Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the Sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?” Verse 9.

The Sabbath was designed by God as a day to do good and to save lives but the Pharises didn’t understand the purpose of the Sabbath because they have exalted their traditions above the Ten Commandments. They have lost the essence of the Sabbath but Christ came to deliver the people from the false theories surrounding the Sabbath. Verse 11 reveals the Satanic spirit that filled the mind of the leaders of the Church in the time of Christ. “And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.” “And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.” Mark 3:6. They wanted to destroy the same person who gave them the Sabbath in the first place for doing good and for saving lives. It is for this reason Christ came to deliver the Jews from the satanic misconception associated with the keeping of the Sabbath.

“They were angry because, notwithstanding the fact that by the miracle performed Christ had given evidence that He was from God, He had shown no respect for their views of Sabbath-keeping, but, on the contrary, had shown these to be wrong. Wounded pride, obstinacy, and malice, therefore, combined to fill them with madness; and they went out immediately and held council with the Herodians,— their political enemies with whom they disagreed in the matter of paying tribute to a foreign power,— for the purpose of accomplishing His death.”[v]

When Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath day, and told him to take up his bed and walk, the Jews persecuted Jesus for the good He did. “Therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath day.” John 5:16.

It is a fact worthy of note that over the question of proper Sabbath observance the Jews not only persecuted Jesus, but first took counsel to kill Him. Not the least of the malice which finally culminated in His crucifixion, was engendered over this very question of Sabbath observance. Christ did not keep the Sabbath according to their ideas of Sabbath-keeping and so they sought to kill Him. And they are not alone. Many today are cherishing this same spirit. Because some do not agree with their ideas regarding the Sabbath, or Sabbath observance, they seek to persecute and oppress them,— seek laws, and alliances with political powers, to compel respect for their views.”[vi]

Christ justified His acts of mercy on the Sabbath day by saying, “Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days.” Matt. 12:12. Not the word “Lawful.” Webster 1828 Dictionary defined it as any of the following: “Agreeable to law; conformable to law; allowed by law; legitimate. That is deemed lawful which no law forbids, Constituted by law.” In other word Christ is saying, “For this reason it is agreeable to the Law or conformable to Law or allowed by the Law to do well on the Sabbath day.”

In Luke 13, Christ healed a woman who had been sick for eighteen years on the Sabbath but because the Leaders were under the satanic deception of what the Sabbath should be, they were filled with indignation and anger against Christ for loosing this woman on the Sabbath. One of the Jewish leaders replied Christ and the people in indignation because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, “There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” Luke 13:14. Christ met his hypocritical and satanic sentiment by saying, “Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his ass [donkey] from the stall, and lead him away to watering? and ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” Verses 15, 16. This reply had positive effect on the people and negative effect on the leaders of the Jewish Church. The people had been taught false teaches over the years in relation to how they were to keep the Sabbath and never knew the Sabbath was actually a day to do good and save lives, either the live of humans or that of an animal. “And when He had said these things, all His adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.” Verse 17.

Christ, in some other places, justified His act of mercy, justice and saving lives on the Sabbath day by asking them the following questions: “Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the Sabbath day? And they could not answer Him again to these things.” Luke 14:5, 6. In fact it is imperative to know that, Christ’s working of miracles on the Sabbath day brought great perplexity and division among the Pharisees and Sadducees so much more that they couldn’t understand how He could be breaking the Sabbath and at the same time working miracles. They knew for sure that it wasn’t possible to be breaking the Sabbath and at the same time work miracles by hand of God. “Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because He keepeth not the Sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.” John 9:16.

“The working of these wonderful, beneficent, and gracious miracles on the Sabbath was an evidence that Christ was from God, and that His views of Sabbath-keeping were right. By these miracles God was setting the seal of His approval to Christ’s views and teachings respecting the Sabbath, and to His manner of observing it, and thus condemning the narrow and false views of the Pharisees. Hence the division.”[vii]

The false theories and ideas which the Jewish leaders and Priests held concerning the Sabbath and its observance, and due to the conflict which Christ had with them in consequence, many of the professed followers of Christ, after the death of Christ and His disciples, a little later and in this present day were led into the error of rejecting the Sabbath itself as being Jewish, and, without any divine command or Scripture warrant, to substitute another day in its place.

The Apostles and the Sabbath

If we should ask our beloved RCCG members why they keep Sunday instead of Saturday it is likely they would a unanimous reply that the Apostles kept Sunday and for this reason we all are to keep Sunday. In fact they quoted the following Bible text to support their claims in the website:  Acts 20:7; 1Cor. 16:2; Rev. 1:10. Let us see if this claim is actually true and if these texts are actually what they say they are.

It is imperative to note that the first day of the week is mentioned only eight times in the New Testament, six of which are found in the four Gospels, and refer to the day on which Christ arose from the dead. See Matt. 28:1; Mark 16:2, 9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1, 19. The other two (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2) refer to the only religious meeting held on the first day of the week after the ascension, in apostolic times, recorded in the New Testament, and to a systematic accounting and laying by in store at home on that day for the poor saints in Judea and Jerusalem. A diligent Bible student will take the Scripture as it read without adding or taking out of it.

Acts 20:7 and 1 Cor. 16:2 are the two most used text by Sunday keeper to substantiate the fact that Sunday is more sacred than the Sabbath day. As I have previously said, these are the only two texts that suggest the Apostles met for any religious meetings on the first day. Before searching the Scripture to know if Acts 20:7 and 1 Cor. 16:2 is actually talking about a day set apart by the apostle for worship, let us study the other text in the New testament which talks about the first day of the week.

According to the Scripture, the Sabbath precedes or comes before the first day of the week as it is revealed in this text: “In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week.” Matt. 28:1. The Sabbath had to pass in order for the first day of the week to begin. The Bible clearly defined what this first day of the week is. “But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.” Ex. 20:10. The Sabbath that ended before the first day of the week was ushered in is called the seventh day. This seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord not Sabbath of the Jews. The Sabbath was so important to the disciples and followers of Christ that after the crucifixion, the women who followed Jesus had to return to prepare spices and ointment and to observe the Sabbath because it was already late on Friday to do anything. “And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.” Luke 23:56. But Mark 16:2 and Luke 24:1 only talked about the day Christ resurrected and not the day the disciples met for worship. In John 20:1, 19, the Bible talks about the gathering of the disciples in a room for fear of the Jews and not for worship. “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.” John 20:19. The reason why they gathered was not for worship. It should be noted that the doors were shut and they assembled for fear of the Jews since they have succeeded in killing their master they were afraid they leaders might seek them. They were restless and fearful and for this reason Jesus appeared to them to strengthen them and encourage them. But many Sunday worshippers over look this fact and use this text as a proof text to support their Sunday sacredness theory. Christ never commissioned the disciples to gather for church service or any religious meeting at this time and on this day.

In fact if John 20:19 was the only text to support Sunday because Jesus appeared to them on this day we might probably have accepted but it is interesting to note that Christ appeared to the disciples many other times after is resurrection on other days apart from Sunday. (See. Mark 16:12-14; Luke 24:33-36, 41-43; John 20:26)

Before explaining Acts 20:7 and 1 Cor. 16:2 let us see John 20:6 which says, “And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.” John 20:26. After eight days is an indefinite expression. This is not to be taken as the eight day but after the eight days. If the Christ met with them on the first day of the week as verse 19 had shown, then counting eight days from Sunday evening will carry us to Monday of the following week. Therefore Christ met with the disciples on Monday not on Sunday. Shall we then take Monday as our Sabbath because of this? Definitely No!

Paul and the first day of the week

Let us now look at the two most used texts by the Redeemed Christian Church of God and other Evangelicals and Pentecostals to support the Lord’s Day (Sunday) sacredness.

“And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.” Acts 20:7

Milian Lauritz Andreasen gave an excellent exposition of this text in his classic book called, “The Sabbath: Which day and why?” pages 50-52. He wrote the following commentary as follows:

“Here a definitely religious meeting is recorded. It was held upon “the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread.” Paul was leaving “on the morrow” on a long journey. We are informed that he “continued his speech until midnight.” A young man was sitting in a window, and “as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.” Verse 9. Paul, however, restored him to life, bread was broken, and Paul continued to speak “even till break of day.” Then he took his departure, and went on foot a distance of about eighteen miles to meet the ship which was to take him on his way.

There are several questions that confront us in this account. First, When was the meeting held? The record shows that it was held in the evening, for there “were many lights in the upper chamber,” and Paul spoke till midnight, and then continued “till break of day.” The question is whether the meeting was held on Saturday or Sunday evening. As is known, the Bible reckons the day from sunset till sunset, while the common present reckoning is from midnight to midnight. When the Bible speaks of the first day of the week, the time from sunset Saturday till sunset Sunday is meant. Ordinarily a meeting held in the evening of the first day of the week would mean that it was held Saturday night; but there are indications that it was not always so reckoned, and hence it may be that this particular meeting was held on what we call Sunday night.

This is the only record in the New Testament of the disciples meeting the first day of the week ‘to break bread. Acts 2:46 states that they continued “daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house.” This states that they broke bread daily, which would, of course, include the first day of the week; but there is no record that bread was broken only on that day, to the exclusion of other days. . .

The question in which we are interested is that of whether this meeting on the first day of the week proves that this day was the Sabbath; that is, whether the disciples were observing the first day of the week as the Sabbath at this time, and whether Paul was observing the first day with them, meeting with them, speaking to them, and breaking bread with them. This is an important question that deserves study.

It is to be noted that the account of the meeting says nothing about the Sabbath. It would have been easy for Luke to insert a word, stating that this meeting was held on the Sabbath. That he does not do this is significant. It seems clear that the reason for the meeting’s being recorded in the Bible is the fact that a miracle was performed. A dead man was brought back to life again, and Luke notes this unusual happening. It was not often that such an event took place, and Luke recorded it.

The other events of the meeting are mentioned incidentally, and apparently were not of chief concern. We are not for instance, told the subject of Paul’s talk. We know, therefore, that it was not the sermon that impelled Luke to report the meeting. If the meeting had anything to do with the observance of the first day of the week, we may be sure that Luke would have reported this most important fact. Also the fact that nothing is said of Paul’s speech, is proof that it did not deal with the subject of a new Sabbath. All that Luke says about the speech is that Paul “continued his speech until midnight,” “was long preaching,” “talked a long while, even till break of day.” Luke was not greatly impressed with the content of the sermon.

There are other questions that call for consideration. If the meeting was held Saturday night, which to many seems most likely-then Paul had a long journey ahead of him for Sunday. Would Paul have undertaken such a journey on the new Sabbath? Luke, who is the author of the book of Acts, as well as of the third Gospel, in reporting the events of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, makes note of the fact that the women did not attempt to embalm the body on the Sabbath, but “rested the Sabbath day,” and that this resting was “according to the commandment.” The time of the writing of the book of Luke and that of Acts are not far apart. Is it conceivable that he would not faithfully make a record of such a drastic change as that from Saturday to Sunday, had such a change occurred? If this particular meeting took place on Saturday night, Paul started his journey of eighteen miles at daybreak to get to his boat. This would hardly be an auspicious introduction of the first-day Sabbath, either to the church there or to New Testament readers. . .

If the holding of a meeting on the first day of the week is proof of that day’s being the Sabbath, or that it has any bearing on the Sabbath question, what shall we say of the meeting which Paul held in Antioch on the seventh-day Sabbath? Acts 13: 14. That would balance the argument, for now we have the record of one meeting held on the Sabbath and one on Sunday. But Paul held a meeting the next Sabbath also! Verse 44. That would make the argument twice as strong for the Sabbath as for Sunday! But that is not all. In Thessalonica he held meetings on three Sabbaths. Acts 17:2. That makes the argument five to one in favor of the Sabbath. But even that is not all. At Corinth he stayed “a year and six months,” and “he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.” Acts 18:11, 4. A year and six months are seventy eight weeks and the same number of Sabbaths. Added to the previously recorded five Sabbaths, this makes a total of eighty-three recorded meetings that Paul held on the Sabbath, and the ratio is now eighty-three to one in favor of the Sabbath as against Sunday.

We, however, reject any such reasoning. The number of times meetings are held on a certain day has no bearing whatever on the question of that day’s being the Sabbath. But to any who believe that the fact that Acts records a meeting as being held on Sunday has any bearing on the question of that day’s being the Sabbath, we submit the above computation.”[viii]

RCCG also quoted 1 Cor. 16:2 as evidence that we are to keep Sunday in their fundamental belief statement. This text reads thus:

Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” 1 Cor 16:1-2.

As noted rightly by Andreasen:

“Some have thought that this refers to a collection to be taken in the churches on Sunday, and that Paul was giving directions in regard to how it should be done. It is to be noted, however, that neither church nor meeting is mentioned. Each man was to lay “by him in store.” “By him” means “by himself,” or “at home,” as it is also translated. “In store” means that he should keep it until it was called for.”

English Standard Version translated 1 Cor 16:1, 2 as follows:

“Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.”

Good News translation of 1 Cor 16:1, 2 is

“Now, concerning what you wrote about the money to be raised to help God’s people in Judea. You must do what I told the churches in Galatia to do. Every Sunday each of you must put aside some money, in proportion to what you have earned, and save it up, so that there will be no need to collect money when I come.

NIV translate it thus:

“Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.”

“Those who use this advice of Paul’s as an argument for Sunday sacredness – a most curious use indeed-make several mistakes. They fail to note that this is not a public collection. They fail to note that this is not speaking of a church service. They fail to note that this money is not to be given in a collection to be taken then and there, but is to be kept “in store” until such time as it is called for. They fail to note that this setting aside of funds is to be done “by him,” that is, by each person, at home, not in church, not in company, but by himself.

They fail to note that the gift of each is to be proportionate to the prosperity with which God has blessed him, and that this calls for a weekly accounting, to determine the income, and a weekly laying aside according to the amount of income. This might in some cases involve considerable bookkeeping, which would be altogether inappropriate to do on the Sabbath, but which Paul considers to be good work on Sunday.”[ix]

The following verses shows how many times the Apostles kept the Sabbath in Acts:

“But when they [Paul and his company see vs. 12] departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down. 15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.” Acts 13:14-15

“For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.” Acts 13:27.

“And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. 43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. 44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.” Acts 13:42-44.

Note that it was not the Jews that were begging Paul but the Gentiles. The wanted Paul to preach to them the next Sabbath and when this day came, many Jews and Gentiles assembled to hear Paul on this day and not Sunday. Many claim Paul used the Sabbath to minister to the Jews and Sunday to the Gentiles but nowhere in the Bible is that fact found. Paul preached to both Jews and Gentiles on the Sabbath and go about his craft trade on every other day including Sunday.

And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont [habitually or customarily] to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.” Acts 16:13

“And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. 4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.” Acts 17:2-4. [Note: 3 Sabbath days means three weeks.]

“And he [Paul] reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. . . And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. “Acts 18:4, 11

“Here were at least sixty-two Sabbaths on which Paul preached in one city. The record further says that he worked at his trade; and we may justly infer that Paul worked at tent making just as many Sundays as he preached on Sabbaths. But if we place with these sixty-two Sabbaths, the three he spent at Thessalonica, the one at Philippi, and the two at Antioch, we have a record of sixty-eight Sabbaths on which the Apostle held religious services while he held only one on the first day, which was only a night meeting immediately following the Sabbath.”[x]

 Which Day is the LORD’s Day?

The Redeem Christian Church of God also quoted Revelation 1:10 as one of their proof text for keeping Sunday. The Phrase the LORD’s Day is derived from Revelation 1:9, 10 which says:

“I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet. ” Rev 1:9-10

In fact this text proofs the opposite of what the Sunday worshipper supposed it proved. Let us ask the Lord Himself which day He designated as His day.

“Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.” Mark 2:28 Jesus, the Son of man, is the Lord of the Sabbath and not the Lord of Sunday. Although He created all the 7 days but He has specifically sanctified and blessed the Sabbath day as His holy day. Gen 2:1-3 gave us a clear answer to when the first Sabbath was given to man as a day set apart for rest and worship. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 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. 3 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

The Lord did three things on the Seventh-Day:

  1. He rested on the Seventh-Day;
  2. He blessed the Seventh-Day;
  3. He Sanctified it.

For every other days He created, He only pronounced them very Good, never did He rest, blessed and Sanctified them. This is what the Bible said not me.

Who else beside Christ claim the Sabbath as His 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” Isaiah 58:13.

The Father Himself called the Sabbath the Holy of the LORD and there is a blessing attached to all who honor Him by keeping His Sabbath. “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 58:14.

The reason why God calls the Sabbath His Holy Day is shown in Exodus 20:11

“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 20:11.

Both the Father and the Son share the ownership of the Sabbath because through the Son the Father created all things. When the Son rested on the First Sabbath in Eden, the Father also rested with Him to commemorated the birth of a new world. (Heb. 1:1, 2).

I am ready to recant my letter and write a letter of apology to the RCCG leaders with they can show me from the Scripture which other day the Father and the Son claim as the Lord’s Day apart from the Sabbath. I would be digging deep in the part two of my letter to the RCCG and in Part Two, I will be considering some text in the writings of Paul that seems contradictory such as: Col 2:16; Romans 14:5; Gal 4:10; Hosea 2:11. But when we take the whole Bible that’s talks about the issue we would come to a right conclusion and not just taking one text and build a doctrine on it.

I therefore please with the Leaders of the Redeemed Christian Church of God to direct its members back to the true day of worship which the LORD has ordained at Eden and repeated it at Mt. Sinai, even the Sabbath of the LORD Jehovah.

“The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent” Acts 17:30 (ASV)

Watch out for part two of this letter. Stay bless till then!

[i] Rice, Andrew (12 April 2009). “Mission from Africa”. New York Times. Retrieved 19 November 2011.

[ii] http://rccg.org/who-we-are/our-beliefs/

[iii] http://rccg.org/who-we-are/our-beliefs/

[iv] Ibid

[v] Bible readings for the home circle (1914), p. 431.

[vi] Bible readings for the home circle (1914), p. 431.

[vii] Bible readings for the home circle (1914), p. 434.

[viii] M. L. Andreasen (1948), The Sabbath: Which day and why?, The Review and Herald Publishing association Washington D.C., p. 50-52.

[ix] Ibid

[x] Bible readings for the home (2008), p. 392

REBUTTAL TO PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE FALSE TEACHING ABOUT THE SABBATH


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.”[1]

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[2]

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)

 

 

[1] See the link for Pastor Adeboye’s commentary: http://www.openheavensdaily.com/2016/01/day-seven-blessing-thursday-january-7th.html#more

[2] 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

 

10 EXCUSES FOR KEEPING SUNDAY


This should be my first time of writing or saying something in relation to SUNDAY sacredness movement. But I feel it is high time we sincerely test, from the word of God, what the majority of the Christian World share in common, that is, SUNDAY keeping. In fact I barely know any Christian without Sunday keeping. Just go out of your house on a Sunday morning, in any Christian dominated country, state or district, and then you will understand better what I am saying. It is regarded as the mark of the Christian world; a sign of their allegiance to the God of heaven. Shouldn’t we, now, take the word of Christ more seriously than ever before? Christ had warned beforehand, “for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” Luke 16:15. If SUNDAY is highly esteemed and jealously guarded by of the Christian world, can it be regarded as an abomination? That’s just a food-for-thought. Proverb says, “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” Prov.30:6.

Argument in favor of Sunday Keeping

There are only eight texts in the New Testament that refer to Sunday (or First day of the week), and by carefully studying these verses we can be certain that all the evidence for consideration is before us. If there is any biblical authority for keeping the first day of the week, it will have to be found in one of these verses.[1] I propose that we test the Sunday-keeping practice of this majority group and find out if it is correct. If it is biblical, then all of us should accept it and faithfully keep every Sunday. If the Scriptures do not support it, then we should diligently search the Word until we find the day that our Lord has endorsed for us to keep.[2]

There are some arguments that the Majority of the Christian World had, over the years, presented as evidence that Sunday keeping is sacred and from God. There may exist more than the arguments presented below, but these ones are the major arguments people often present as their evidence for Sunday keeping.

Argument No 1:

“The disciples met on the day of our Lord’s resurrection to commemorate that event, and the Saviour sanctioned this meeting by uniting with them.”

When you ask any Christian today: “Why do you keep Sunday?” There is a probability that the above argument will be his or her reply and John 20:19 will be quoted which says:

“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you” John 20:19.

If every word of this text were truth, it would not prove that the Sabbath of the Lord has been changed. But to show the utter absurdity of this inference, listen to a few facts. The disciples did not then believe that their Lord had been raised from the dead, but were assembled for the purpose of eating a common meal, and to seclude themselves from the Jews. Let us see what Mark wrote about the attitude of the disciples after the death of Christ:

“After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen” Mark 16:12-14

It is evident that the disciples did not believe that Christ had risen when they heard that Christ had risen. If they were gathering in John 20:19 because of Christ resurrection, then, they must have believed in Christ resurrection.

What then would they have been gathering for if they didn’t believe that Christ had resurrected? The answer is in John 20:19. Let us read it again carefully:

“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you” John 20:19.

The Bible said, the disciples were assembled, not because Jesus had resurrected from the grave, but “For the fear of the Jews.” That’s the plain truth.  It is also a fact, therefore, that the disciples were not commemorating or celebrating the resurrection of the Saviour; it is equally evident that they had not the slightest idea of a change of the Sabbath. At the burial of the Jesus, the female disciples, who had followed him to the tomb returned and prepared spices and ointments to embalm him; the Sabbath drew on; they rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment; and when the Sabbath had ended, they came to the sepulcher (grave) upon the first day of the week (Sunday) to embalm their Lord. Luke 23:55, 56; 24:1. Note what the Bible says:

“And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day             according to the commandment” Luke 23:56.

If Christ had taught the disciples about a change of God’s Sabbath (Saturday) to first day of the week (Sunday), shouldn’t they keep the first day (Sunday) instead of the Sabbath (Saturday)?

Argument No 2:

After eight days, Jesus met with his disciples again in John 20:26. This must have been the first day of the week, which is thereby proved to be the Christian Sabbath.

Let us read the verse and see if there is any indication for Sunday keeping.

“And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you” John 20:26

Could there be prove in this text that this day was actually Sunday? If truly John 20:19 was Sunday as it is being argued, then counting eight days from Sunday will not end up on Sunday but Second day of the week (Monday) or near third day (Tuesday). Let’s do the counting:

1st day – 2nd day – 3rd day – 4th day – 5th day – 6th day – 7th day.

1            2                3              4                5                   6              7

Now you see how fallacious it is to accept that John 20:26 was a Sunday worship service. Do the counting yourself and see if it is true.

Third Argument

Redemption is greater than creation; therefore we ought to keep the day of Christ’s resurrection, instead of the ancient Sabbath of the Lord.

Where has God said this? Sunday-keepers are compelled to admit that he never did say it. What right, then, has any man to make such an assertion, and then to base the change of the Sabbath upon it? But suppose that redemption is greater than creation who knows that we ought to keep the first day of the week on that account? God never required men to keep any day as a memorial of redemption.

The Bible did not say that we have redemption through Christ’s resurrection; but emphasized it over and over again, that we have redemption through the shedding of his blood.

“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” Rev.5:9.

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” Eph.1:7; Col.1:14; Heb.9:12, 15.

Then redemption is through the death of the Lord Jesus; consequently the day on which he shed his precious blood to redeem us, and said, “It is finished,” John 19:30, is the day that should be kept as a memorial of redemption, if any should be observed for that purpose and that day is FRIDAY (in the Bible it is called the day of Preparation or the 6th day).

Fourth Argument

Before God all days are equal so i can worship him any day i wish.

If this were the case why did God give the fourth commandment? Let us read the fourth commandment again:

“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

Why would God place a date for us to keep Holy? You may need to ask Him not me. Jesus kept the Sabbath and urged the correct way to keep it holy.

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” Luke 4:16

“And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.” Mark 2:23-28

Christ is the Lord of all things, but He specifically told us that, he is the Lord of the Sabbath (the Seventh-day) not Sunday (first day). Why did Jesus wish that Christians would observe that day if it does not matter (Matt 24:20)? Nigeria Independence Day cannot be moved from October 1st to October 2nd without losing its meaning, nor can the Sabbath simply be moved from the seventh day to the first day of the week.

Fifth Argument

 The Ten Commandments state: “Keep holy the Sabbath day.” Therefore, my Sabbath can be any day I choose to call Sabbath.

This sentence is not found in Scripture. The Sabbath commandment is worded differently and specifies the seventh day as the Sabbath which we all know as Saturday, not just any day (Exod 20:8-11).

“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

However, the sentence is found in catechisms of the Roman Catholics.

Sixth Argument

The Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost, which was the first day of the week. Therefore, the first day of the week should be observed instead of the Sabbath of the Lord. Acts 2:1, 2.

  1. J. N Andrews has this to say, “Admitting that the day of Pentecost occurred upon the first day of the week, it remains to be proved that that day thereby became the Sabbath. But that it was the feast of Pentecost, and not the first day of the week, that God designed to honor, the following facts demonstrate:-
  2. While the day of Pentecost is distinctly named, the day of the week on which it occurred is passed in silence.
  3. The disciples had been engaged in earnest prayer for the space of ten days; for the day of Pentecost was fifty days from the resurrection of Christ, and forty of those days he spent with his disciples (see Acts 1). Forty days from his resurrection would expire on Thursday, the day of his ascension. A period of ten days after his ascension on Thursday would include two first-days, the last of which would be the day of Pentecost. If the design of God had been to honor the first day of the week, why did not the Holy Ghost descend on the first of those first-days? Why must the day of Pentecost come before the Holy Ghost could descend? This answer is obvious: It was not the design of Heaven to honor the first day of the week, but to mark the antitype of the feast of Pentecost. Hence the first day of the week is passed in silence. The slaying of the paschal lamb on the fourteenth day of the first month had met its antitype in the death of the Lamb of God on that day. Ex.12; John 19; 1Cor.5:7. The offering of the first-fruits on the sixteenth day of the first month had met its antitype in the resurrection of our Lord on that day, the first-fruits of them that slept. Lev.23; 1Cor.15:20-23. It remained that the day of Pentecost, fifty days later, should also meet its antitype. Lev.23:15-21. The fulfillment of that type is what the pen of inspiration has recorded in Acts 2:1, 2.

God has spoken nothing in this place respecting a change of his Sabbath. Yet grave men, calling themselves Doctors of Divinity, consider this text one of their strongest testimonies for their so-called Christian Sabbath. They might be profited by this advice of the wise man: “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” Prov.30:6.

Seventh Argument

Paul once broke bread upon the first day of the week at Troas. Hence this day was observed as the Christian Sabbath. Acts 20:7.

I answer that at one period the apostolic church at Jerusalem broke bread every day. Acts 2:42-46.

“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart” Acts 2:42-46

The above passage was the first instance breaking of bread was mentioned among the apostles and they break the bread every day (daily). If a single instance of breaking bread at Troas upon the first day of the week was quite sufficient to constitute it the Sabbath, would not the continued practice of the apostolic church at Jerusalem in breaking bread every day be amply sufficient to make every day a Sabbath? Moreover, as the act of the great Head of the church (Christ) in breaking bread must be quite as important as that of his servant Paul, must not the day of the crucifixion be pre-eminently the Christian Sabbath, as Christ instituted and performed this ordinance on the evening with which that day commenced? 1Cor.11:23-26.

J. N. Andrews in his “An examination of seven reasons for keeping sunday” asked the question, “But on what day of the week did this act of Paul’s occur?”

“For, if it is of sufficient importance to make the day of its occurrence the future Sabbath of the church, the day is worth determining. The act of breaking bread was after midnight; for Paul preached to the disciples until midnight, then healed Eutychus, and after this attended to breaking bread (Acts 20:7-11). If, as time is reckoned at the present day, the first day of the week terminated at midnight, then Paul’s act of breaking bread was performed upon the second day of the week, or Monday, which should henceforth be regarded as the Christian Sabbath, if breaking bread on a day makes it a Sabbath.”

He went further to say, “But, if the Bible method of commencing the day, viz., from sunset, was followed, it would appear that the disciples came together at the close of the Sabbath for an evening meeting, as the apostle was to depart in the morning. If it was not an evening meeting, why did they have many lights there? Paul preached unto them until midnight, and then broke bread with the disciples early in the morning of the first day of the week. Did this act constitute that day the Sabbath? If so, then why did Paul, as soon as it was light, start on his long journey to Jerusalem? If Paul believed that Sunday was the Christian Sabbath, why did he thus openly violate it? If he did not believe it had become the Sabbath, why should you? And why do you grasp, as evidence that the Sabbath has been changed, a single instance in which an evening meeting was held on Sunday, while you overlook the fact that it was the custom of this same apostle to preach every Sabbath, not only to the Jews, but also to the Gentiles?” Acts 13:14, 42, 44; 16:13; 17:2; 18:4.

Paul broke bread on the first day of the week, and then immediately started on his long journey to Jerusalem. So that this, the strongest argument for the first day of the week, furnishes direct proof that Sunday is not the Sabbath.

EIGHTH ARGUMENT

Paul commanded the church at  Corinth to take up a public collection on the first day of the week; therefore it follows that this must have been a day of public worship, and consequently is the Christian Sabbath. 1Cor.16:2.

We answer; it is a remarkable fact that Paul enjoins exactly the reverse of a public collection. He does not say, Place your alms in the public treasury on the first day of the week; but he says, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store.”

“The apostle simply orders that each one of the Corinthian brethren should lay up at home some portion of his weekly gains on the first day of the week. The whole question turns upon the meaning of the expression, ‘by him’ and I marvel greatly how you can imagine that it means ‘in the collection-box of the congregation.’ Greenfield, in his Lexicon, translates the Greek term, ‘by one’s self, i.e., at home.’ Two Latin versions, the Vulgate and that of Castellio, render it, ‘apud se,’ with one’s self, at home. Three French translations, those of Martin, Osterwald, and De Sacy, ‘chez soi,’ at his own house, at home. The German of Luther, ‘bei sich selbst,’ by himself, at home. The Dutch, ‘by hemselven,’ same as the German. The Italian of Diodati, ‘appresso di se,’ in his own presence, at home. The Spanish of Felipe Scio, ‘en su casa,’ in his own house. The Portuguese of Ferreira, ‘para isso,’ with himself. The Swedish, ‘noer sig self,’ near himself. I know not how much this list of authorities might be swelled; for I have not examined one translation that differs from those quoted above.”[3]

The text, therefore, does not prove that the Corinthian church was assembled for public worship on that day; but, on the contrary, it does prove that each must be at his own home where he could examine his worldly affairs, and lay by himself in store as God had prospered him. If each one should thus, from week to week, collect his earnings, when the apostle should come their bounty would be ready, and each would be able to present to him what he had gathered. So that, if the first-day Sabbath has no better foundation than the inference drawn from this text, it truly rests upon sliding sand. 

Ninth Argument

The Ten Commandment and the commandments on how to keep the Sabbath are abolished.

Christians more or less keep the Ten Commandments. The problem is that many take liberty with the fourth commandment or declare this among all the others as ceremonial in nature. However, the Sabbath commandment is not ceremonial but a reminder of creation and liberation. Jesus did not transgress the Sabbath commandment (John 8:46); otherwise he might have been stoned to death (Num 15:32-36). In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus pointed out the real intention of the law (Matt 5:17-20). While the Bible knows different laws, the Ten Commandments are still valid (Rom 7:7, 12; Jas 2:10-13). There is a new covenant in the New Testament, but this new covenant is based on the Old Testament covenants and includes the internalization not abrogation of God’s law (Heb 8:10). On the other hand, Daniel predicted that a power would come and change times and the law (Dan 7:25) and that power is none other than the Roman Catholic Church.

Question What Bible authority is there for changing the Sabbath from the seventh to the first day of the week? Who gave the Pope the authority to change a command of God?
Answer If the Bible is the only guide for the Christian, then the Seventh-day Adventist is right in observing the Saturday with the Jew. But Catholics learn what to believe and do from the divine, infallible authority established by Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church…Is it not strange that those who make the Bible their only teacher should inconsistently follow in this matter the tradition of the Church?”— Question Box, by Conway, 1903 edition, pgs 254-255.

Question Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Question Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea (336 A.D.), transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.”— Peter Geiermann, The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, Second Edition, 1910, pg 50.

Tenth Argument

John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, which was the first day of the week. Rev.1:10.

It says; “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet” Rev 1:10. This is the kind of reasoning which the advocates of Sunday are invariably obliged to adopt.  But we ask, “What right have they to assume the very point which they ought to prove?” This text, it is true, furnishes direct proof that there is a day in the gospel dispensation which the Lord claims as his; but is there one text in the Bible which testifies that the first day of the week is the Lord’s day? There is not one.

Question:

Has God ever claimed that day as his? Never. Has God ever claimed any day as his, and reserved it to himself?

Answer:

 He has. The following passages gives us the day:

“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.2:3.

“To-morrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the Lord.” Ex.16:23.

“The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.” Ex.20:10.

“If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day” Isa.58:13.

“Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:28.

Then the seventh day is the day which God reserved to himself when he gave to man the other six; and this day he calls his holy day. This is the day which the New Testament declares the Son of man to be Lord of. Is there one testimony in the Scriptures that the Lord of the Sabbath has put away his holy day and chosen another? Not one. Then that day which the Bible designates as the Lord’s day is none other than the Sabbath of the fourth commandment.

As I said earlier, this is just few of the arguments and excuses many give for keeping Sunday, and we could see they are baseless and false. Lets us keep God’s Holy day because he asked us to do so. It should not be based upon what you think or feel. Your feelings are irrational and cannot be trusted when it comes to spiritual things. May the Lord help you as you make the right choice. Amen!

 

 

 

 

[1] Joe Crews, Is Sunday Really Sacred, Library of Sermons No. 23, p.6.

[2] Ibid, p. 6.

[3] J. W. Morton, “Vindication of the True Sabbath,” pp.51, 52.