Why We Worship on Saturdays

WHY WE WORSHIP ON SATURDAYS

Most people associate Saturday’s worship with Saturday’s Adventist. We are not Saturday’s Adventist.  We are a non- denominational church.

We worship on Saturdays because we believe from scriptures that God still wants us to keep His Sabbath day holy.  When God created the earth in Genesis Chapter one, he called the days of the week thus: first day, second day, third day, fourth day, fifth day, sixth day and seventh day.  The seventh day he named The Sabbath. This was the only day that God blessed, named, and asked us to keep holy.

MEANING OF SABBATH
The word Sabbath or Shabbat in Hebrew simply means rest.  God commanded that The Sabbath be kept holy. Holy means to separate, sanctify or set apart. The Sabbath day was created with a purpose.  Its purpose is for mankind to rest and keep it holy. The Sabbath is God’s divine appointment with mankind, a day He created to fellowship with mankind.    

In Mark 2:29, Jesus said, “…The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.”

The Sabbath was created for man to fellowship or have access to God. If The Sabbath was created for man, it stands to reason that God must have introduced The Sabbath to Adam after he was created.  There was no point creating The Sabbath for mankind and hide it from the man, Adam. The only way Adam could have known the days of the week was through The Sabbath.  The Sabbath was the highlight of Adam’s week. His reference point for the rest of the weekdays was The Sabbath. Prior to the names; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc. Adam would have been counting the days of the week like this: 5 days to Sabbath, 4 days to Sabbath, 3 days to Sabbath, 2 days to Sabbath, 1 day to Sabbath, SABBATH!  Adam knew The Sabbath.

The seventh day of the week is The Sabbath.  The day following The Sabbath is the first day of the week.  The first day of the week is Sunday. Sunday is therefore not The Sabbath because it’s the first day of the week, not the seventh.  

EVERY CHRISTIAN KEEPS “A” SABBATH DAY HOLY


As Christians, whether we realize it or not, we keep “A” Sabbath day holy; Saturday or Sunday.  Majority keep Sunday holy whiles others keep Saturday holy.

SATURDAY OR SUNDAY, WHICH SHOULD WE KEEP HOLY?

Up until the days of Jesus, the Sabbath day was in full observance.

Luke 4:16 “ 16 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.”

It was customary for Jesus to go into the synagogue on The Sabbath day, not Sunday.  Jesus kept The Sabbath day. Customary means he did so every single Saturday.

AFTER JESUS’ RESURRECTION, THE SABBATH WAS STILL IN OBSERVANCE.

All the apostles kept The Sabbath holy after Jesus’ resurrection. However, I want to zoom in on the Apostle Paul because it is commonly stated that Paul taught against keeping The Law and against keeping The Sabbath holy.  

The Apostle Paul kept The Sabbath at least 84 times after the death and resurrection  of Jesus. Let’s count:

Count 1
Acts 13:13-14   Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.  14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down.

Synagogue to them is like church to us.  Paul went to church on Saturday.

Count 2
Acts 13:43-44 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.

The following Sabbath, almost the whole city came to church to listen to paul preach.  Paul went to church again on Saturday. It was not a one-time thing.

Count 3
Acts 16:13-14  And on the Sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. 14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

It was customary for Paul to go to Church every Saturday.  So far, we hardly see any mention of him going to church on Sunday. Paul strictly obeyed The Sabbath – Saturday.

Counts 3-6 (3 Sabbaths)
Acts 17: 2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,

“….as his manna was.”  Like Jesus, it was customary for Paul to observe The Sabbath even after Jesus resurrected.

Count 6- 84 (78 Sabbaths)
Act 18 4 & 11 4 and he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.  11 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

Paul never abandoned The Sabbath observance.  If Paul wanted to show Christians that we now worship on Sundays instead of Saturdays, he did a very bad job of it by going to the Synagogue every Sabbath instead of Sundays.  We saw very little or no evidence of him going to the Synagogue on Sundays. He kept a total of 84 straight Sabbaths post-Jesus’ resurrection because it was customary for him to do so.

HOW DID SUNDAY WORSHIP START?

Sunday worship started by a pagan Emperor by the name of Constantine.  He was a sun worshiper and an Emperor of Rome. Sun worshippers worship their god on Sun-days.  He wanted Sunday to be the universal day of the veneration of the sun; dedicating that day to his god. He knew the Jews and early Christians worshiped the Almighty God on Saturday. As the single most powerful man on earth at that time, Constantine passed a law abolishing all Saturday worship, making Saturday – The Sabbath day illegal for Jews and early Christians to worship.

CONSTANTINE’S NEW DAY OF REST – THE NEW SABBATH

On the 7th of March 321 AD, Emperor Constantine decreed the day of the veneration of the sun – SUN-DAY as the new day of rest – new Sabbath.  Here is the decree:

THE EDICT OF CONSTANTINE, 321 AD

“On the venerable Day of the sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country, however, persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits: because it often happens that another Day is not so suitable for grain sowing or for vine planting: lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost”

COUNCIL OF LAODICEA


Following Constantine’s decree was the council of Laodicea in 363 AD, which further strengthen Sunday observance in place of the God-given Sabbath – Saturday. What began as a pagan ordinance ended as a Christian regulation.


“Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday (Sabbath), but shall work on that Day: but the Lord’s Day, they shall especially honour; and as being Christians, shall, if possible, do no work on that day. If however, they are found Judaizing, they shall be shut out from Christ.”


So we see that Sunday worship was inputted upon us by man and did not come from God.  The idea of Sunday as the Lord’s day or the Sabbath day is a myth. This myth is 1698 years old. The only thing that gives credence to this myth is it age.  After 1698 years people are not interested in the facts anymore. They assume it is right because of its age. The Bible is older than Constantine’s decree, and the word of God lives and abides forever. At Power of Christ, we choose to obey the word of God over Constantine’s decree. We rather obey God than man and tradition. That’s why we worship on Saturdays.

Sun-day was then referred to as the Lord’s day. The title “The Lord’s Day” was not referring to Jesus, but the sun god.


THE ARGUMENT


Some Christians may argue that Sunday worship is in honor of Jesus’ resurrection since He resurrected on Sunday.


It is true that Jesus resurrected on Sunday. Scriptural references are Luke 24:1-3, Matthew 28:1-6, Mark 16:1-6, John 20:1-9.

After his resurrection, we did not find anywhere in scripture where He gave His disciples a new command to start worshiping on Sunday, because He resurrected on Sunday.  Christians did not start worshiping on Sundays until about 300 years later. The fact that Sunday worship started after Constantine’s decree is proof that it had nothing to do with Jesus’ resurrection.  The church started worshiping on Sunday after Constantine’s decree on the 7th of March 321 AD.


Few of the scriptures some Christians use to justify Sunday worship:


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.


“… the first day of the week” indicates that was indeed a Sunday worship service.  But where is the indication in this verse or chapter to show that this Sunday service now replaces the regular Sabbath service?  The fact that Paul kept 84 Sabbaths post-Jesus’ resurrection suggests that this was just a regular everyday meeting. Remember, the apostles meet every day including Saturday and Sunday with special emphasis on Saturday being The Sabbath.


Acts 2:46 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 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.


Yes, this was again a Sunday meeting, yet no indication of a Sabbath switch. Remember, they met every day.


Acts 2:46 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.


Paul’s 84 post-resurrection Sabbath meetings doesn’t support or promote any argument for Sunday worship.  

WELL, IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT DAY WE  WORSHIP AS LONG AS WE WORSHIP

Some may still argue and say “well, it doesn’t matter what day we worship as long as we worship.” If your love one ask you to buy her ice cream every week, would it matter if you come home every week with eggs  instead? That’s how God feels when we do not give Him what He is asking for. Do you think it matters?

My question is, if it doesn’t matter what day we worship, why do we find it strange when others worship on Saturday?  If it doesn’t matter, why don’t we all starting worship on Saturdays instead of Sundays? However, If deep down within us, there is some kind of resentment for Saturday then it matters. That statement: “it doesn’t matter what day we worship…” is, therefore, a facade.  It is more of an excuse rather than an acceptance of the truth.

Another argument is, we are no longer under the Law and therefore not required to keep the Sabbath.

By going to church on Sunday, we are already keeping “A” law.  We are subconsciously obeying the Law that we are claiming we are no longer under.  We are obeying the law that says we must go to church on Sunday. We religiously keep Sunday holy. Who told us to keep Sunday holy?  The answer is Emperor Constantine. So the real issue is not whether or not we are under the Law; for we are obeying “A” Law by keeping Sunday holy.

To most, the Sabbath day is Sunday and they are keeping Sunday holy regardless of whether we are under the law or not.  The ultimate question is whose Sabbath are you keeping? God’s sabbath or Constantine’s? Let’s not fool ourselves, we are keeping “A” Sabbath holy.


Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”

Some people read this verse to mean, Jesus brought an end to the Law by dying on the cross. He fulfilled the Law. FULFILL in this context to them means – Jesus placed an end to the Law when he died on the cross.  Jesus abolished the Law when he died on the cross. Therefore we are no longer under the Law.

If that is true and let’s assume it i, then that same scripture could also be written like this

“… I am not come to destroy the law but to DESTROY the Law”

When you destroy something you do away with it or put an end to it.  But Jesus told us he has not come to destroy the Law. If we are saying Jesus fulfilled, abolished, destroyed the Law on the cross, then what we are also saying is that Jesus did not come to destroy the law but to DESTROY the Law”  see how “clever” that sounds?  That does not make any sense at all.

The misunderstood word in that scripture is the word fulfill. Fulfill in that context is the Greek word “playroo”, which is word G4137 in the Greek concordance. That word means to make perfect, to satisfy, to carry out, to execute, or to perform.

If we apply Playroo to matthew 5;17 it would read: “I have not come to abolish or put an end to the law; I have actually come to execute or to perform the law.” Jesus said I have come to fulfill the law by performing the law. Not to put and end to the law.

Jesus’ final meeting with His disciples.

Luke 24:44 “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.”

Now that we know what the word fulfill means, we can apply it accordingly. “These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, (perfected, satisfied, carried out, executed, performed.) which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms…”


If Jesus wanted to put an to the end the law and Saturday worship, this would have been his perfect opportunity to do so. This was His last face to face meeting with His disciples before He ascended into heaven. This was His opportuned time to say, I have destroyed the law on the cross and please start meeting on Sundays instead of Saturday.  He didn’t tell them any of that. Instead, he told them that the Law, the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled. “Playrooed”. He did not come to destroy the Law but to perform the Law.

I could almost hear some Christians shouting “but we are no longer under the Law for Christ redeemed us from the course of the Law” You are absolutely correct. Christ redeemed us from the course – consequence, punishment, penalty of the Law not the Law itself.


CONCLUSION

Christians worship on Sunday because it was enforced upon us by Constantine in 321 AD.  The myth that Sunday is Lord’s Day is an illusion that became a tradition. This tradition is 1698 years old.  Its age gives it credence, and that credence is the deception we hold to be true. We were all born into practicing this tradition; therefore the belief that Sunday is the correct day to worship is subliminally embedded in us.   

Does that mean that every Christian worshipping on Sunday is wrong?

It simply means every Christian that worship on Sunday was grandfathered into Sunday worship and never saw the need to question whether it was wrong or right.  

Early Christians did not start worshiping on Sunday until after the decree of Emperor Constantine in 321 AD. If Constantine had not made that decree, all of Christendom would have continued worshiping on Saturday up till today. That would have been considered normal.  The irony is, Saturday worship is now perceived abnormal by the majority embracing the myth.


Is it wrong for Christians to meet on Sundays?  

Absolutely not, as long as we meet the requirement of The Sabbath. Would I worship on Sunday?  I do that all the time after I have worshipped on Saturday. Would Power of Christ ever meet on Sundays? We would, as long as we have fulfilled the requirements of The Sabbath. Meeting on Sundays is not wrong at all.  However, not keeping the Sabbath I believe is wrong.

It would be a miracle for Christians to start worshipping on Saturday.  We are part of that miracle and more will receive that miracle. We knew from the beginning, that it would be a challenge building a congregation that worships on Saturday, for people are not attracted to Saturday worship.  Our focus is not building a congregation. Our focus is on pleasing God and allow God to add to His church daily such as should be added.

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