Erroneous teachings about the Sabbath
- Sabbath-keeping saves you (Seventh Day Adventism). This is a heretical teaching, condemned by Christ in Galatians 1:6-8. Ellen G. White, the false prophetess of Seventh Day Adventism, taught that Christians will be judged for eternal life on the condition of how well they kept the Ten Commandments, and the sabbath commandment in particular. This doctrine illustrated her ignorance of the Gospel, which is that salvation is a free gift of God's grace.
- Christians are obligated to still keep the Sabbath. No, and this "no" includes Messianic Jews. The apostle Paul, speaking Christ's own words, made it clear that Christ's death on the cross canceled the Old Testament code. Colossians 2:13-14. Christ did not merely cancel the condemnation of the code, but the whole code itself. There is no such category as "moral law", that is, laws that carry over in an unbroken chain of continuity from the Old Covenant into the New. The Old Covenant ended in its entirety at the cross, including all ten of the Ten Commandments. The New Testament reinstates many Old Testament laws, but Paul calls them the "law of Christ" (1 Corinthians 9:21). Just as the New Covenant is its own thing and is not a revved-up edition of the Old Covenant, New Testament law is its own thing and is not a revved-up version of Old Covenant law. Christians are free to keep the sabbath, or not keep it, however they please. Romans 14:5-6
- Sunday is the Christian Sabbath? No. God never commanded us to observe “one day in seven”, the Bible tells us that he specifically commanded the seventh day. On this point the Seventh Day Adventists are absolutely correct. If it isn't the seventh day, then it isn't the sabbath at all. This clever phrase, ""one day out of seven", is a good example of what logicians call a sophism. The phrase sounds plausible, but it is really a piece of language legerdemain designed to make an end-run around Paul's clear teaching that the sabbath is done. We meet on the first day of the week, not out of obedience to the Fourth commandment, but because that's the day Christ rose. The anti-work rules, and deadly penalties of the Sabbath are never taught in the New Testament. “Breaking the Lord's Day” is never listed among church-discipline offenses. Jesus Christ is the NT fulfillment of the Sabbath. The New Testament fulfillment of sabbath is spiritual rest, through faith. Hebrews 4:1-3, 10. Christ Himself is the sabbath (Colossians 2:16-17), just as new birth is our circumcision (Col. 2:11-11).
- God never expected the Gentiles to keep the Sabbath, even during OT times. This is how we know that Sunday blue-laws never had any Biblical basis to them.