Why Worship On Sunday?
by John Clark
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Why worship on Sunday? There are those who insist that Saturday is the correct day, but are there good arguments for the day of rest being on Sunday? The common argument has been that Jesus rose on the first day of the week, and that is a very important reason, but there is more to it than that. In fact, those who hold to the Saturday position downplay the importance of Sunday. The following is a quote from a Seventh Day Adventist publication: "You may have been taught that we worship on Sunday in honor of the Lord's resurrection. Surely that's an important thing to remember. But the Bible never tells us to remember his resurrection, however, we are told to remember his death." (Taken from GLOW:Return to Rest)
While it is true that we are not told in scripture to remember the resurrection, that is the whole basis of the Christian faith. I Corinthians 15 says that without the resurrection one's preaching is vain, our faith is worthless, and we are still in our sins (verses 14 and 17). That is the main reason why most Christians worship on Sunday. What are other reasons to support this position?
The second reason is that the early first century Church, consisting of both Gentiles and converted Jews, changed the day to Sunday because they were so caught up in the incredible life transforming event of the resurrection. The Saturday people like to use the argument that it was changed to accomodate the sun god worshippers of that time, and therefore, became a part of paganism. That may have been true with some people during that time, but history does not appear to overall support that position. The Jewish believers walked away from centuries of beliefs and traditions, one of them being Saturday worship. This is all documented by two books written by biblical scholars, EVIDENCE OF THE RESURRECTION, by Josh and Sean McDowell (pages 228-232), and I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH TO BE AN ATHEIST, by Turek and Geisler.
Reason number three is that there are several passages in the New Testament that clearly teach that believers assembled on the first day of the week. Each of these verses mention the first day of the week in reference to the disciples meeting together (John 20:19-26), Pentecost (Acts 2:1), Peter's sermon (Acts 2:14), the disciples breaking bread together (Acts 2:41), and collections being made (I Cor. 16:2). It is interesting that those who believe in Saturday worship never cite these verses. If we were to throw out the first two arguments presented in this article, this third one would stand alone with no other defense needed because it provides biblical evidence that the early New Testament Church after the resurrection met together on Sunday.
It has not been my intention to cause a rift between Saturday and Sunday worshippers. However, since the Saturday worshippers are so adamant in their position and present what appears to be a good argument, it is essential that the rest of us know why we worship on Sunday. You can also read my article on faithwriters called, "Ten Reasons Why Saturday Worship Is Not A Requirement."
One final question, and this is huge: If there are ANY REQUIREMENTS for our salvation, then why did Jesus die on the cross?
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Saturday is the true Sabbath, and it is still a requirement, it is one of the Ten Commandments. You should be careful, not to mislead people about Sunday worship. Turning someone away from God is a judgement no one should want to answer for. Look up synagogue, in the Strong's Concordance. Then, look up sunagogue. Please do more research about Sunday worship, and even church for that matter, and then draw your own conclusions. As God's children, we shouldn't follow what this world does, we should do what God requires, he is in control, not us
Perhaps I could do more research, but you have not even acknowledged the 3 very important points I have made in this article, one of them being what scripture itself teaches, verses which are totally neglected by those who adhere to Saturday worship. I have read several books by Seventh Day Adventists and not once did I see even one of the New Testament verses I have cited. From what I have observed their teaching is very one-sided. By saying I am turning people away from God are you making Saturday worship a requirement for salvation? If you are that is a work. We are saved by grace.
Read my other article entitled, "Ten Reasons Why Saturday Worship Is Not A Requirement," for further information. You will see from scripture itself that the "Sabbath" was on different days of the week, AND it is not possible, even for a Seventh Day Adventist, to keep a true Sabbath.