Sabbatarianism: Of Bondage and Delusion

Sabbatarianism: Of Bondage and Delusion

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Colossians 2:16-17 “LET NO MAN JUDGE YOU in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an HOLYDAY, or of the new moon, or of THE SABBATH [days]: 17 WHICH ARE A SHADOW of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ.”

…and yet still judge someone as being:

  1. Yet unsaved,
  2. Likely unsaved, or
  3. A more sinful Christian than you

…simply because they do not observe a Sunday Sabbath (or Saturday Sabbath for that matter), you are operating under a legalistic, Judaizing spirit. Consider the book of Galatians; in light of it, it should be clear that at best, you are deceived for a season and God will recover you in due time. At worst, you are a deceiver, a blind leader of the blind, leading your followers back into a legalistic paradigm of bondage, the yoke of which, they cannot bear. Paul says of the latter group, let them be anathema, accursed, something devoted to God for the purposes of irredeemable destruction. It is a fearful thing to put forth anything that detracts from the true Gospel or that promotes a false one.

You see, there is no difference between salvifically requiring circumcision, salvifically requiring water baptism, and salvifically requiring a Sunday (or Saturday) Sabbath observance. All such things are condemned as being of an antichrist spirit, a spirit of error, and a spirit of bondage. Those who require such things for what they call “true salvation” are requiring dead works; they are promoting a false gospel, which is no gospel at all. Consider:

Galatians 3:1-3 “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”

Galatians 1:6-9 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

Galatians 5:11-12 “And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision [or sabbath keeping for that matter, or water baptism, amongst other things], why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. 12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.”

To be clear, I think we should enjoy Sunday as the Lord’s Day, making the most of it in reading, prayer, biblical meditation, sermon-hearing, fellowship, rest, and so on; however, I am convinced that we should never (a) call it a sabbath (seeing that we have absolutely no biblical basis or justification for doing so) -or- (b) judge others for their unwillingness to heed false notions of a supposed NT Sabbath day observance. New Testament Sabbatarianism is nothing short of the traditions and commandments of men; it is leaven that leavens the lump when we judge others by such things; it is to be avoided.

Finally brethren, remember that Christ is our Sabbath, our eternal spiritual rest. He is the Dawning Day, the Daystar, the Bright and Morning Star that we are to observe (that we are to worship and adore); we are not to look back to a physical, carnal sabbath-day observances seeing that the True Light has come, the Daystar has indeed arisen, and therefore, the shadow (of things to come) has now been forever put away. Why? Because when that which was shadowed (typified) has come, it obviates the need for the shadow, the type. The type is made obsolete when the Antitype comes to fulfill it.

Therefore, may we have faith and grace to focus on the True Christ, forsaking all that would lead us into bondage.

To God alone be the glory, Amen.

mcw3

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