Tue | Apr 24, 2018

God’s Sabbath not beyond debate

Published:Friday | April 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In a letter published in your newspaper on March 31, 2018, titled 'God's Sabbath beyond debate', the writer tried to justify the worshipping of God on Saturday, instead of any other day, by using the Easter commemoration of Good Friday to Easter Sunday as a basis.

This is based on oversight, or a possible lack of Bible reading and understanding, but the Scripture references given had nothing to do with the Sabbath worship-Easter connection.

 

Covenant between God and Israelites

 

Let's see if the Sabbath is beyond debate. The Sabbath observance was a covenant between God and the people of Israel only, as indicated in Exodus 31:16,17. There was no covenant at that time with any other nation, including us, the Gentiles. It was further stated in many other places in the Bible that God would make a new covenant with His people.

In John 22:20, Jesus Christ gave His apostles the wine as a token of the new covenant, and Hebrews 9:15 tells us more about that covenant. The New Testament also warns us not to let anyone condemn you for not celebrating certain days (Colossians 2:16). Sabbath keepers do that. Many other Scriptures confirm that we are now under a different dispensation from that of the Old Testament, so to hold on to the observance of the law is to isolate oneself from the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Many denominations need to re-examine their fundamental beliefs so that they do not disseminate heresy among God's people and lead them astray.

CARL MURRAY

Morant Bay

St Thomas