Sabbath Myths

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Worship: Sabbath Myths, Pt 3 / Wellness: Rely on God

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake  Pastor Flemons debunks Myths #8-#12 in today’s broadcast. The Roman Catholic Church itself debunks Myth #13. (Read more below.)

Wellness: For Health’s Sake  The REFRESHING Way is a 10-point procedure to biblical health developed by the Times of Refreshing Wellness Ministry. Pastor Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness and naturopathy, discussed the first point this morning. (Read more below.)

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Matthew 7:7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Psalm 91:9-10  Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

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For Heaven’s Sake…

MYTH #8, The Sabbath was for the Jews!

Mark 2:27 “And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

“Adam and Eve were not Jews, as Jews are descendants of Abraham,” says Pastor Flemons. The Sabbath is, therefore, for all human beings.

MYTH #9, The Lord’s day is Sunday!

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

“It is often said, ‘I worship on the Lord’s day (referring to Sunday).’ The Bible declares that the Sabbath is the Lord’s day. Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath day. That makes Sabbath (Saturday) the Lord’s day and not Sunday,” says Pastor Flemons.

MYTH #10, God is pleased with me even though I continue to break His Sabbath!

1 John 2:4 “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

“God loves us,” says Pastor Flemons. “He declares that if we love Him and do not keep His commandments, our entire religious experience is a lie! This is a hard saying but God is serious about His word and His truth.”

MYTH #11, We cannot really keep God’s commandments. They are too hard for us to keep even with God’s help!

1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”

“You don’t hear born again Christians saying, ‘I can’t help myself. I have to rob, rape, and kill someone today!'” says Pastor Flemons. You only hear that when church members talk about the Sabbath. “What’s so grievous about resting on the Sabbath?” asks Pastor Flemons.

MYTH #12, The apostles started worshipping regularly on Sunday in honor of the resurrection.

1 Corinthians 16:2 “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.”

“This did not authorize a change in the day of worship. It was a time management principle that  eliminated the need to take up offering in church on the Sabbath, when the apostle would come to preach,” says Pastor Flemons.

Acts 20:7 “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. ”

This was a Saturday night service. The Bible clearly states that the day ends and begins at the setting of the sun. The “EVENING AND THE MORNING” is one day, according to the Bible.  (Read Genesis 1:5,8,13,19, 23, 31.)

“If you read the entire story, someone fell asleep because of the lateness of the hour and fell out of the window.  Paul preached late because he was leaving the next day,” says Pastor Flemons.

John 20:19 “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.”

“This did not authorize a change of the day of worship. They were assembled behind closed doors on the first day, because they were hiding from the Jews.” says Pastor Flemons. “The Apostle Paul continued to worship on the Sabbath.”

Acts 17:2 “And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures.”

MYTH #13, The Sabbath was changed by the early disciples from Saturday to Sunday.

“The Roman Catholic Church declares that it changed the biblical day of worship!” says Pastor Flemons. As the Bible declares no such change, all of the references must come from the Catholic Church itself.

“Sunday is our mark of authority…the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.” Catholic Record of London, Ontario, September 1, 1923.

“Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change (Saturday Sabbath to Sunday) was her act…And the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things.” H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons.

“Is not every Christian obliged to sanctify Sunday and to abstain on that day from unnecessary servile work?  Is not the observance of this law among the most prominent of our sacred duties?  But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday.  The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.” James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 edition), p. 72-73 (16th Edition, p 111; 88th Edition, p. 89).

“For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday.  We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday.  Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Roman Catholic] church outside the Bible.” Catholic Virginian, October 3, 1947, p. 9, article “To Tell You the Truth.

“Question: How prove you that the church had power to command feasts and holydays?

“Answer: By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of; and therefore they fondly contradict themselves by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same church. Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism On the Obedience Due to the Church, 3rd edition, Chapter 2, p. 174 (Imprimatur, John Cardinal McCloskey, Archbishop of New York).

“Question: Have you any other way of proving that the church has power to institute festivals of precept?

“Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; -she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day of the week, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism On the Obedience Due to the Church, 3rd edition, Chapter 2, p. 174 (Imprimatur, John Cardinal McCloskey, Archbishop of New York).

“Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century.  The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday.  ‘The day of the Lord’ was chosen, not from any direction noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church’s sense of its own power….People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically…keep Saturday holy.” St. Catherine Church Sentinel, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995.

“Nowhere in the Bible is it stated that worship should be changed from Saturday to Sunday….Now the Church…instituted, by God’s authority, Sunday as the day of worship.  This same Church, by the same divine authority, taught the doctrine of Purgatory long before the Bible was made.  We have, therefore, the same authority for Purgatory as we have for Sunday.” Martin J. Scott, Things Catholics Are Asked About, 1927 edition, p. 136.

“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 (A.D. 364), transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, p. 50, 3rd edition, 1957.

“Is Saturday the seventh day according to the Bible and the Ten Commandments?  I answer yes.  Is Sunday the first day of the week and did the Church change the seventh day – Saturday – for Sunday, the first day?  I answer yes.  Did Christ change the day’?  I answer no!”  “Faithfully yours, J. Card. Gibbons.” James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, Md. (1877-1921), in a signed letter.

“Some theologians have held that God likewise directly determined the Sunday as the day of worship in the New Law, that He Himself has explicitly substituted the Sunday for the Sabbath.  But this theory is now entirely abandoned.  It is now commonly held that God simply gave His Church the power to set aside whatever day or days she would deem suitable as Holy Days.  The Church chose Sunday, the first day of the week, and in the course of time added other days as holy days.” John Laux, A Course in Religion for Catholic High Schools and Academies, 1936 edition, vol. 1, p. 51.

“Friends,” says Pastor Flemons, “if we want to know truth, God has plainly set it before us.  The change of the Sabbath was a bold and defiant move to exalt a church’s tradition above the Holy Scriptures.  Will you take your stand on the side of truth, which establishes God’s law? Or will you stand with tradition in defiance and violate the law and authority of God?”

Jesus said, “In vain do you worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matt. 15:9).

Our worship is vain if it is based upon manmade commandments. May the Lord help you choose the narrow way to life and happiness and avoid the broad (popular) way, which leads to death!

 

For Health’s Sake…

Times of Refreshing spells biblical health R-E-F-R-E-S-H-I-N-G: The R is Rely on God; E – Eat healthy; F – Fresh air; R – Rest; E – Exercise; S – Self-control; H – H2O, Drink water; I – In the sun; N – Never give up; and G – Give to others.

Rely on God

1. Study the Bible daily for at least a half hour.  Continually increase your Bible study time.
2. It is best to study the scriptures as soon as you awaken in the morning. Also, it is good to meditate upon the scriptures before going to bed.
3. As you study, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth.
4. Have devotion with your family morning and evening.  Family devotion may consist of songs, prayer, Bible or inspired reading and discussion.
5. When you find a Bible promise, believe it as though it has already happened.
6. Promises of healing should be committed to memory.  Some of these healing promises are found below.

Exodus 15:262 Chronicles 7:14Jeremiah 30:17Jeremiah 17:14
Psalm 103:1-33 John 2Isaiah 57:18-19James 5:14-15

7. The healing miracles of Jesus should also be studied.  The following table gives the main texts for the healing miracles of Christ.  Study each one carefully and draw principles from Christ’s example.

John 4:43-54  The nobleman’s son
Mark 1:29-31  Peter’s mother-in-law
John 5:1-15  The invalid at Bethesda
Mark 1:40-45  First healing of leprosy
Mark 2:1-12  Paralytic lowered through the roof
Mark 3:1-6  Man lowered through the roof
Luke 7:1-10  Man with a withered hand
Luke 7:1-10  The centurion’s servant
Matt. 9:27-31  Two blind men
Matt. 9:32-34  A dumb demoniac
Matt. 12:22-32  Blind and dumb demoniac
Mark 5:25-31  Woman with an issue of blood
Mark 7:31-37  Deaf-mute of Decapolis
Mark 8:22-26  Blind man near Bethsaida
John 9:1-41  Man born blind
Luke 13:10-17  Crippled woman
Luke 14:1-4  Man with dropsy
Luke 17:11-19  Ten lepers
Mark 10:46-52  Blind Bartimaeus
Luke 22:50-51  Malchus’ ear

God’s promises, described in the Bible as “exceeding great and precious,” are the means by which we place our trust in Him. “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust,” 2 Peter 1:4. When I believe God’s promises, I first of all “Believe that He is,” that is to say that I believe that God exists and therefore is able to heal me.  I must also believe that “He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him,” Hebrews 11:6.  This means that I believe not only that God is able, but that He is thrilled with the thought of healing me if my recovery will bring glory to His name.  He loves to reward the diligent seeker.

What does diligent seeking mean?

Pastor Flemons quotes James 2:26, “Faith without works is dead,” and says, “We are to cooperate with God in the work of health restoration. We are to be obedient to the health principles in the Bible in order to have true faith. A faith that does not incorporate works, obedience, is dead faith, and God cannot use this faith to heal the body, mind or soul. We are to accept His promises as though the gift has already arrived. The power is in the promise! ‘Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God,’ 2 Corinthians 7:1. Jesus told the two blind men these words, ‘According to your faith, be it unto you,’ Matthew 9:29.”

Worship: Sabbath Myths / Wellness: Beer, A Fitness Motivator?

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake  At least thirteen myths exist about the Sabbath. Using the Bible, Pastor Flemons discussed five of them today. (Read more below.)

Wellness: For Health’s Sake  When you know what the Bible says about alcohol and what it really does in the body, then you will likely ask How in the world can anyone conclude that drinking beer is advisable under any circumstance. Two CNN articles clash in amazing advise about beer. (Read more below.)

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Words of Encouragement

Matthew 7:29  For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Psalm 91:5-6  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

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