How to Keep the Sabbath Holy

How to Keep Sabbath

How to Keep the Sabbath Holy
By Doug Batchelor

What does it really mean to keep the Sabbath holy? How should we prepare for it in our homes, keep it in our churches, and live it fully in our hearts? Do our attitudes about the Sabbath matter to God as much as our actions?

Pastor Doug Batchelor invites you on an inspiring and practical Bible journey that will help you learn how to capture all the blessings God has packaged into the fourth commandment. A small book packed with a lot of wisdom.

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Keeping the Sabbath Holy

Keeping the Sabbath Holy

by Kelly McDonald


“In Exodus 20:8-11 God says, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” The Sabbath is a day of rest, but it is also a day that God commands us to keep holy. The word “holy” in the Bible means to set something apart for special use by God.

We tend to think of holy as an abstract term, but the term holy actually refers to specific, set-apart actions that honor God. One holy or set-apart action that God commands for us to do on the Sabbath is to abstain from work. However, isn’t refraining from work on the Sabbath enough to say that we are keeping the Sabbath holy?…”
(this article is an excerpt from the January-February 2010 edition of the Sabbath Sentinel)


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The Councils of Estinnes and Friuli

The Councils of Estinnes and Friuli

by Kelly McDonald, Jr.

In last month’s blog on Sabbath history, we looked at the Roman Church councils from 506 to 796 AD. Many of these councils imposed Sunday observance and sometimes discouraged Sabbath observance. Fellowship with Jewish people was banned by several of them as a way to keep Christians from being influenced by some Biblical practices (such as the Sabbath).

Of the councils during this period, two of them especially targeted Sabbath keeping: Estinnes and Friuli. In today’s blog, we will take an in-depth look at these councils.

Estinnes (743) – This council is also called Liftinae, Liptina, Liptinese, Lestinna, Lestinnes, and other names. It was held in the heart of Frankish territory in what we would currently call Belgium. It was attended by both Frankish nobility and clergy in the Catholic Church.

This council was the completion of an earlier council in 742 where the Frankish nobility formally submitted to Rome. Estinnes established the order of the Frankish church. Among its canons, Sunday rest was enforced. It also condemned those Christians who were still honoring the seventh-day Sabbath. In its rebuke of them, it evoked the council of Laodicea (Mansi, 12:378, Landon, vol 1:343). We reviewed the Council of Laodicea in an earlier article. CLICK HERE to read that article.

Friuli (796) – (Also called Friaul) Friuli is in northeastern Italy. It had been in Arian control for hundreds of years. In other articles, we reviewed the Sabbath keeping tendencies among Arian believers (We have two articles on this subject; click HERE for article 1 and  CLICK HERE for article 2).

In the 770s, Charlemagne finally subdued the Lombards in Italy. In the 790s, Charlemagne sought to conquer the Avars who inhabited Eastern Europe. He entrusted this task to his son Pepin and the Margrave of Friuli, named Eric. They eventually defeated the Avars in 796. This same year they held the Council of Friuli. In this council, Christians were forced to keep Sunday. It condemned the peasants and Jewish people that still kept the seventh-day Sabbath (Landon, vol 1:285; Mansi, 13:873).

These two councils are significant. They demonstrate that even in the heartland of Roman Catholicism, Sabbatarians still existed. These people were marked and persecuted for their practices.

Were these believers in Belgium and Italy the remnants of the old Arian system? We cannot be for certain, as we do not know much more about them. One thing is certain – Sabbatarianism did not die out in Europe. Other groups were carrying the torch of truth once delivered to the saints.

Kelly McDonald, JR.

BSA President

The New World Order in the Weekly Cycle

New World Order

The New World Order in the Weekly Cycle

Although in the United States few may realize it, already many of the countries of the world use calendars in which Sunday is on the seventh day of the week. Even some dictionaries identify Sunday as the seventh day instead of the first day of the week. This documentary systematically dissolves the global deception and clarifies the confusion that is enshrouding “God’s Holy Day” and what is “His” seventh day of the week. Experience has already shown that this DVD is a very valuable tool worldwide and without a doubt its relevancy and value will only increase as the battle over the claims and sacredness of Sabbath vs. Sunday intensifies.

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False Witness

False Witness

by Jeff Reed

When we think of the Ninth Commandment, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor,” we usually put it in the context of not lying. Most of us agree that lying is an awful trait and that it usually leads to negative consequences in our life. I can attest from personal experience this is a fact. As could most of you reading this article. It is a universal value that we find in every culture and religion around the world. So what makes God’s commandment to “not bear false witness” unique? Is it just restating the obvious?

This commandment was actually revolutionary when God revealed it to Israel. Up until this time it would be common for the leaders of tribes, city states, and nations to execute or imprison individuals based on the word of only one witness. This type of ancient legal system would give more credibility based on the accuser’s socioeconomic status. The richer and more influential one would be in society, the easier it would be for them to inflict punishment on others. It is easy to see how this could be abused. And it was. Many of the leaders would use this type of biased legal system to expand their power. They could execute or imprison their political enemies based on false testimony. We can still see evidence of this practice in some countries today.

But God’s commandment to “not bear false witness” was unique. It would provide the framework for the true justice that mankind’s legal systems lacked. There were a couple additional laws that expand on this commandment that make its purpose clear.

Deuteronomy 17:6 states, “Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness.” This is important because it completely removes punishment from only the testimony of a single witness. In Israel, no longer could a rich person punish a poor person based solely on their word. This is very important if we understand some basics of human nature. One is that humans will often lie to advance their own power and agenda. Secondarily, it has been proven scientifically that eye witnesses often remember things differently and sometimes incorrectly. This inconsistency in memory increases over time from when the event was initially witnessed. Requiring multiple witnesses to establish facts ensures that there will be equal justice applied for everyone.

Another important expansion of the law is found a few chapters later. “One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established. If a false witness rises against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing, then both men in the controversy shall stand before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who serve in those days. And the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you” (Deuteronomy 19:15-19).

Punishing a false witness with the same punishment they intend for the one they accuse is a very advanced principle of justice. It serves as a major deterrent to making false accusations. How likely would it be for someone to make false accusations of murder if they faced the death penalty when their testimony is proven false? Would you do it? I know I wouldn’t. The current laws in the United States do not follow this principle. If they did, we would have less innocent people in prison. At least one in twenty people convicted of murder in the U.S. are later found to be innocent. That is too many. This is a very important part of the commandment that most people are unaware.

The Ninth Commandment is revolutionary. It was given to promote justice and protect everyone. It was designed to remove socioeconomic bias and protect the accused. It is now unfortunately only partially applied in our current legal systems. One day that will change. I personally look forward to that day when Jesus returns and “He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth” (Isaiah 42:4).

Jeff Reed is with the Church of God International (CGI). We encourage you to follow them and pray for their success.

(This article was originally published on October 9, 2018 on the CGI website)

The Sabbath Under Crossfire 

Sabbath Under Fire

The Sabbath Under Crossfire
Analysis of recent Sabbath/Sunday controversy

Dr. Samuel Bacchiocchi


This work examines the recent attacks against the Sabbath within the larger historical context of the origin and development of the anti-Sabbath theology. An understanding of how the abrogation view of the Sabbath began and developed through the centuries, is essential for comprehending why the Sabbath is still under crossfire today.

The book analyzes in a systematic way the most common arguments used to negate the continuity and validity of the Sabbath for today. With compelling Biblical reasoning, it unmasks the fallacies of the attempts made to reduce the Sabbath to a Mosaic institution, fulfilled by Christ and condemned by Paul.

Most important of all, this book will enrich your understanding of how the Sabbath can enable you to experience the Saviors presence, peace, and rest in your life.

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What the Sabbath Means to Me

What the Sabbath Means to Me

by Julia Benson

It really is not a day of “I can’t.”

  1. Sorry, I can’t work today. (Yippee!)
  2. Don’t feel like fighting the crowds at WalMart? No problem!
  1. Housework to do? Pahleeeaase!
  2. Got a problem? Just let it go.

It is a day of “ahhh…I can!”

  1. I can relax!
  2. I can spend time with my family!
  3. I can take a break from stress and pressure!
  4. I can enjoy life!
  5. I can do something good for someone else!
  6. I can spend time with other believers in worship and prayer! YESSSSSS!

There is too much time spent not enjoying life. At least I know there is one day each week reserved to do that. That is so precious to me. Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27, 28).

Oh, dear friends, family, acquaintances, oh, and myself, who sometimes just don’t get it, God is so, so good to us… if only we would listen to Him. “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD’s day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” The mouth of the Lord has spoken it (Isaiah 58:13,14).

I want to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of my father Jacob.

Ahhh…the Sabbath…yes.

Julia Benson is a freelance writer who lives in a small town in southeast Minnesota. A former school teacher, Julia has a husband and a young daughter. She attends a United Church of God congregation in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

(this article is from the May-June 2009 edition of the Sabbath Sentinel)

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The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man

Sabbath Meaning for Modern Man

The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man
by A. J. Heschel

This book is perhaps the premier work on the philosophy of the Sabbath. Each sentence is weighty and worthy of prayerful meditation. He puts forth the idea that the architecture of holiness appears not in space, but in time. Our meaning as humans is found not in material things, but the eternal truth contained in the time period known as the Sabbath.

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Celtic Church in Britain

Celtic Church

Celtic Church in Britain

by Leslie Hardinge

Shows that Christians in the British Isles almost exclusively kept the seventh day Sabbath for six hundred years after the Messiah. This is an authoritative study of the beliefs and practice of the Celtic Church, which at the same time holds much interest for the non-specialist, containing as it does fascinating descriptions of the life of the early Celtic Christians in their monastic walled villages modeled on the Old Testament cities of refuge.

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Tonic for Sluggish Christians

Tonic for Sluggish Christians

by Kenneth Westby

“A good couch within easy reach of a low side table is a great way to enjoy TV. Remotes let you flit from channel to channel without moving your carcass out of reach of the chips and Coke, or pizza and beer. I’ve logged time—too much time—in that all-American position. When I see my grandkids assuming the same posture, I think those sluggish kids need some chores or to go outside and get some exercise.

You know a slug when you see one and words like apathetic, indolent, ambivalent, passive, unmotivated, ambitionless, slothful, tired, bored, and just plain lazy might be used to further describe a person in a near static state.

But are there sluggish Christians? Sure, I know plenty. I think I was one for a while. How might they be described?…”

(this article is an excerpt from the September-October 2008 edition of the Sabbath Sentinel)

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