Seventh-day Adventist lay pastor says Sunday is not the Lord’s Day
Published 9:34 am Tuesday, April 4, 2023
To the Editor:
While most Christians believe that Sunday is the Lord’s Day, the Bible does not support them in any regard. Jesus, who is our Perfect Example, teaches, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore, the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28).
In His declaration, Jesus was not referring to Sunday, the first day of the week; but rather to His Seventh-day Sabbath given at creation. Indeed, it was on the Seventh-day Sabbath that He uttered these words in opposition to the church leaders who accused Him of violating the Sabbath by allowing His disciples to pluck and eat corn on The Sabbath.
As Christians, we are required to follow Jesus’ example in all areas of our lives. The apostle Peter instructs us, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth” (1 Peter 2:21-22). Jesus is our Divine Pattern. It was on the Sabbath day that He announced to the world who He was and the purpose of His mission to planet earth. The Gospel writer Luke reports, “And He [Jesus] 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 (Luke 4:16). The narrative continues with Him reading from the writings of the prophet Isaiah, confirming that He is the Messiah, the Savior of the world.
That same prophet would also write, “If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; and shalt honor him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words” (Isaiah 58:13). The Lord of the Sabbath is careful to remind us of which is His day, the Lord’s Day, by encoding it in His Moral Constitution, His Ten Commandments. He writes, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8-11). Here, God not only reminds us to honor Him by keeping His holy day; He seals His Constitutional Law by inscribing His name, declaring His title, and identifying the territory over which He rules.
Elizabethton’s article begins with the words: “Sunday is traditionally called “The Lord’s Day.” And indeed, that is correct. Sunday sacredness is a tradition of man and not the word of God. The Bible teaches, from Genesis to Revelation, that the Sabbath-day, the Lord’s Day, is the seventh day, not the first. The sacred word also predicts that as we approach the closing scenes of earth’s history, the Sabbath vs. Sunday issue will become more prominent. The Sabbath/Sunday controversy is beyond which day one chooses to worship; but rather, who has control and authority over your life. Each one will have to make a choice. What will yours be?
No condemnation is intended for the author of the Lord’s Day article nor anyone who embraces Sunday as sacred. Obviously, the author recognizes the need for a special day of worship and praise. That special day, according to God’s word, is the Seventh-day Sabbath and not Sunday.
I invite you to learn more about this issue and get the information you need to make the right decision on this issue of eternal consequences. Visit our website www.sabbathconversations.org
Seventh-day Adventist Church
(This article is in response to the article “The Lord’s Day” published in the STAR Tuesday, March 29, which featured photos and articles by Minister Michael Klaus of a fundraising concert at First Christian Church March 26.)