4 Verses of Scripture, used by well meaning
religious people, to try to explain away
God's Sanctified Seventh Day Sabbath

Unless stated otherwise, Scriptures are taken from the King James Version.
A wise man once said, "Truth is simple and few understand it. If it were complex, everyone would understand it." That seems to be true of so many who attempt to understand God's word. New doctrines and old traditions abound, they are complex and have many followers. Though they are called truth, many of them are in direct conflict with real the truth of the Bible. Usually an incorrect motive drives these authors and their followers. The Bible states "And for this reason God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2 Thess. 2:11 - NKJ

God will grant understanding to those who are pure in heart, though they may be lacking in education. God has said in His word, "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple." Psalm 19:7

As hard as God's Spirit works to convict His people of truth, it is Satan who derives sheer pleasure out of the fact that religious people in authority have little problem in their attempt to dissuade sincere seekers of truth from a correct understanding of truth. It should be every real Christian's ultimate desire to live in accordance with the will of God.

Unfortunately when a well meaning Bible student discovers the gem of wisdom locked in the Sabbath truth, he/she turns to a pastor or other supposed authority on the Bible. In spite of the fact that he/she may have seen many verses that support the truth of God's seventh day Sabbath Saturday, as being the original seventh day Christian Sabbath that came out of Eden, and is kept by God's remnant people today, he or she is willing to accept for truth whatever this supposed authority figure tells them even when it conflicts with God's word. Eternal life is therby left to chance.
Thy word is a light unto my path
Four Scriptural References Used in an Attempt
to Refute God's Seventh Day Sabbath
In the days of Moses, leader of God's chosen people, there were about 4 types of recognized laws. First there were the civil laws which governed peoples overall civil behavior. Then there were dietary laws which affected the health of the nation. But it is the remaining two laws which were the focus of much of the New Testament. The law of Moses and the Law of God.

The law of Moses, which has much to do with religious ceremony, had nothing to do with the Law of God. It was hundreds of handwritten ordinances that dealt with ceremonial Sabbaths, feasts, the system of sacrifice, all types of offerings, rituals, vows, the priesthood, manner of worship, and many more regulations governing ceremony.

The Law of God was complete as written in the moral 10 commandments.

God made the distinction between His law and Moses law in 2 Kings 21:8
8. "And I will not make the feet of Israel wander anymore from the land which I gave their fathers - only if they are careful to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the law that my servant Moses commanded them."

So why is there confusion and misunderstanding regarding these two documents of law? Paul has written much regarding both. However, when taken out of context, there has been misapplication in assigning meaning to one or the other. Paul used the term law sometimes when he was specifically dealing with the law of Moses. He also used the word law when he was referring to God's law. There is a difference and we will elaborate for your understanding.

First we will now list the 4 Scriptural references that religionists and those assumed to be in authority regarding Biblical understanding, usually give to refute God's word regarding the Christian's responsibility to keep God's seventh day Sabbath.

NUMBER 1 - Colossians 2:14,16,17
14. "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;"
16. "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect to an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbaths days:
17. Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."

NUMBER 2 - Ephesians 2:15, 16
15. "Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16.And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby;"

NUMBER 3 - Romans 6:14
14. "For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace."

NUMBER 4 - Galatians 3:10, 13
10. "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them."
13. "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree:"

Some use these verses to say the law of God has been nailed to the cross. We are no longer under law but under grace. There is no doubt regarding God's grace. We are saved by grace through faith. But does that mean we are excused from obedience to God's moral law? A misunderstanding of the above 4 scriptural references can and will have disastrous results as it relates to eternity. It is nothing to treat lightly. Satan plays chess with mens souls and misapplying the above scriptures will result in checkmate and loss.

Think. Use your understanding. Be open to the Holy Spirit's leading. Reason out the next few sentences.
IF YOU DO AWAY WITH GOD'S LAW, THEN YOU DO AWAY WITH SIN. IF YOU DO AWAY WITH SIN, THERE IS NO NEED OF A SAVIOUR. Then we can conclude that GOD IN THE HUMAN FORM OF JESUS, DIED IN VAIN, IF THERE IS NO NEED FOR THE LAW OF GOD, BECAUSE THERE IS NO MORE SIN.

Ridiculous? Not if you believe that God's law was nailed to the cross. But here's where it gets confusing for those that believe this doctrine. If you're under grace, and there is no longer the law of God, how did you get saved to begin with? Oh, you say you confessed your sin and repented, then accepted Jesus as your Saviour. But you say He nailed the law of God to the cross. So since that event took place almost 2,000 years ago, then with that reasoning, no one has been sinning since A.D. 31. Your confession and repentance was for naught since you never really sinned. Do you see how this hellish doctrine snowballs into confusion?

Now let's not chase anymore of the devil's rabbits. Here is the truth of God's word and we will prove it from God's word.
SIN is the transgression of the law. I John 3:4.
Paul said he would not have known sin except for the law. Rom 7:7
He said by the law is the knowledge of sin. Rom 3:20.

God's law, the 10 commandments, is a transcript of His holy character, given to man for one purpose only. So that we may look into it as if it were a mirror, and see the reflection of our character, and behold the dirty spots. That is all the law can do. It says we are dirty and need cleaning up. But can the law clean you up? No, because it already did it's job. It pointed out sin (dirt). If you had a smudge on your face and the whole world could see it, you would wonder why so many looked at you funny. You are unaware of the smudge until you look in a mirror. Now the dirty truth is revealed by the mirror. You know you need to be washed. Can the mirror wash you? No, because it already did it's job. It showed you had a smudge. What you need now is the cleansing benefits of soap and water. So God's law showed the spiritual dirt can only be removed with the cleansing blood from Immanuel's veins.

So I see the awfulness of my sin, I confess and repent. I accept Jesus as my Saviour. I am a new creature saved by grace through my new found faith in God. I have a new nature. With Christ in my heart I now see sin for what it really is. I want no more part of adultery, hate, lust, greed, deceptions, lies, using God's name in vain. It is my love for God and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that makes keeping the 10 commandments a real pleasure. They are not a burden.

But some religionist who say we are under grace and can do as we please are so terribly misguided. It would be like getting a speeding ticket for doing 90 in a 55. I speak from experience. All the time I was doing 90 mph, I had no idea I was breaking the law. But the flashing red light in my rear view mirror put me under conviction. I was guilty under the law. On the day of my court appearance, I was waiting for the judges terrible sentence. In actuality it was terrible to my way of thinking, but let's just say that white haired judge looked down at me and said son, you are guilty and the penalty is severe. But today is your lucky day. You have found grace. I am going to rip up this ticket and let you go with no penalty.

As I drive home, I become aware that I am under the judges grace. Therefore I can speed up to 90 all the way home. Is that what that means? No! I am doubly obligated to keep within the legal speed limit. The judges grace did not do away with the speed limits.

It was because of sin that Jesus chose to die for us. It was because of God's grace that Jesus became our substitute on the cross. He died the death that we deserve because of our past rebellion and rejection of God and His law. Did God's grace do away with His law? No on the contrary, it is not a question of law or grace. It is a marriage of law and grace. When we see Jesus on the cross, we see our sin at cause. How could we because of sin and it's cause, continue therein? That would turn grace into disgrace.

Paul said in Romans 6:1,2 "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it!"
And in Romans 3:31 "Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law."

With all that said, we will now take the 4 misunderstood Scriptural references apart and examine what they really do say. Hear with your inner ear of understanding. The Holy Spirit will give you clear understanding. Be careful with truth. Truth is precious and fragile. While you carry truth, there will be those who will try to smash it as you hold it. They will not be successful unless you let them. If you let them, God will let you carry deception in its place.

NUMBER 1 - Colossians 2:14,16,17
14. "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;"
16. "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect to an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbaths days:
17. Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."

In reading the above scriptures you must determine if it is referring to God's law or the law of Moses. It is obvious that it can not be referring to God's law for a number of reasons.
Clue #1) God's law was not handwritten by man. God did not put that trust on Moses. God wrote the ten commandments Himself on two tables of stone. Ex: 31:18 "And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone written with the finger of God."
The law of Moses was handwritten by Moses. Deut. 31:24 "And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book...."

Clue #2) There are no ordinances in God's law. There are hundreds of ordinances in the law of Moses.

Clue #3) There is nothing in God's law that is against us or that is contrary to us. The Psalmist said in Psalm 119:165 "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them."
The law of Moses was filled with ceremony and rituals which pointed to the cross. Jesus fulfilled them all and He nailed them to the cross.

Clue #4) The reference to "sabbath days" in Colossians 2:16 had nothing to do with God's seventh day Sabbath.
In Leviticus 23 you will find many ceremonial sabbath days. Sabbath means rest. Verse 5 states the 14th day of the 1st month is the Lord's passover. Every year it falls on a different day of the week, so it is a sabbath, but not the fourth commandment Sabbath. Verse 6 states the 15th day of the 1st month is the feast of unleavened bread. Also a sabbath that falls on a different week day each year. Verse 11 is the wave sheaf offering. Verse 13 is the meat and drink offerings of which there are dozens of meat and drink offerings in the law of Moses that Colossians 2:16 is referring to. Verses 24 and 27 elaborate on more sabbath days Colossians 2:16 was referring to. The 7th month the first day, the feast of trumpets. The 7th month the 10th day, the day of atonement.

Paul had to deal with Jewish/Christian extremists who wanted to force the new Gentile Christians to observe the ceremonial sabbaths, and all the feast days with their meat and drink offerings. Paul knew these were a shadow which pointed to Christ and he assured the Colossian believers that Jesus has taken these requirements and nailed them to the cross. He told them to pay no heed to those who judged them for not observing these things.

But in regards to God's law, Paul spoke with great reverence. He said it is Holy, Just and Good in Romans 7:12.

Clue #5) God's law is not a shadow. The law of Moses was however, a shadow of things to come.

NUMBER 2 - Ephesians 2:15, 16
15. "Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16.And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby;"

Enmity by definition is a deep seated animosity or hatred for something or someone. It was this enmity as it pertained to the law of Moses that was slain on the cross.

We already covered "law of commandments contained in ordinances" in Clue #2 above. It can not be speaking about God's law since there are NO ordinances in God's law. Ordinances as we know them today generally are civil regulations governing behavior. Examples of ordinances today are town ordinances against noise, littering, regulations on parking, etc. There were hundreds of ordinances in the law of Moses and many did apply to regulations regarding ceremonies.

NUMBER 3 - Romans 6:14
14. "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace."

Under the law has a twofold meaning.

First, it means that a sinner is guilty before God. Rom. 3:19.

Second, it means that the believer is not under the law as a means of salvation. The Pharisees were under the law, for they tried to earn their own salvation.

We are saved by the grace of God, (unmerited favor), through faith in Jesus Christ. That is the only means of salvation. But grace does not excuse obedience. God's moral law the 10 commandments continues to point out sin. Paul states that by the law is the knowledge of sin. Rom. 3:20. In Rom 3:31 Paul further declares that we do not make void the law through faith, rather he says, we establish the law.
It is very important to understand that obedience is NOT legalism. Trying to find acceptance with God through good works is. Christ, our example, kept God's law and gives us the power to keep God's law. There is a big difference between being under the curse of the law and the authority of the law.

1 John 5:3 "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." (burdensome in the NKJ)
If you keep God's commandments because you love Him, you are not guilty before God. If you slip and break a commandment, confession, repentance and forgiveness by God's grace restores you. But whoever chooses to deliberately break or reject any one of God's 10 commandments is under the law and stands guilty before God. That is why you must understand that to reject God's 4th commandment seventh day Sabbath will result in Christ's declaration that, "I never knew you." It doesn't matter how much you have prayed, whether or not you sang in the choir, if you have had perfect Sunday school attendance, or how many miracles you have worked in Christ's name. Embrace Sunday sacredness and reject God's Sabbath and you are lost. It is worship in vain. Jesus said so. Sunday sacredness is a man made commandment taught as a doctrine. In Mat. 15:3 Jesus asks, "Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" And in verses 8 & 9 He says, 8."This people draw nigh unto me with their mouth, and hounoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9. But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

Who is Jesus talking about? Christians who worship Him. It is man made commandments that are a favored tradition that has resulted in the rejection of God's law. VAIN worship of Christ spoken by Christ Himself. And He calls those religious leaders who teach Sunday sacredness and that we do not have to keep the law, as the blind leading the blind and both will fall into a ditch. Verse 14. That is very clear.

NUMBER 4 - Galatians 3:10, 13
10. "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them."
13. "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree:"

Clue #1) There is not one mention of God's moral 10 commandment law in the book of Galatians. Where ever Paul went, he had to deal with Jews who wanted to continue to keep the laws of Moses and force them on Gentile believers. Circumcision was one of those things he ran into frequently. The book of Galatians is all about the law of Moses.

Clue #2) Verse 10 "....written in the book of the law...."
God's law was written by God on stone and placed in the ark. Ex. 31:18; Deut. 10: 1-5.
The law of Moses was written in a book and placed in the side of the ark. Deut. 31: 24, 26.
Paul was talking specifically about the law of Moses because it is the only one written in a book.
He's emphatic when he explains those who expect to be saved by keeping the law of Moses are under the curse.

THERE IS NOTHING IN THE 4 SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES THAT REFUTES GOD'S SEVENTH DAY SABBATH. The Bible is clear. If you listen to any attempt to discredit God's law or His seventh day Sabbath, you pay heed to an agent of Satan. Free yourself for true committed service to Christ. He could have done no more to save your soul.

Billy Graham was once asked this question:
Some religious people I know tell me that the 10 commandments are part of the law and do not apply to us today. They say the Christians are free from the law, is that right?

Billy Graham answered as follows:
"No it is not right, and I hope you will not be misled by these false opinions. It is very important that Christians understand what the Bible means to say when it says they are ‘free from the law.' It certainly does not mean that they are free from the obligations of the moral law of God and are at liberty to sin.
You see, the word ‘law' is used by New Testament writers in 2 senses. Sometimes it refers to the ceremonial law of the Old Testament which is concerned about ritual matters and regulations regarding food and drink and things of this kind.

This ceremonial law was of a passing character and was done away when Christ came. From this law Christians are indeed free. But the New Testament also speaks of the moral law which is of a permanent unchanging character and is summarized in the 10 commandments. This law sets forth God's demands on human life and man's duty to God and his neighbor. That it definitely applies to the Christian is made clear in Romans 13: 8-10."

But God's fourth commandment begins with the word "REMEMBER". Remember means don't forget! Moses law pointed to and ended at the cross. The fourth commandment points back to creation. The seventh day Sabbath was created by Christ before sin entered the world. He made it over 2,000 years before there was a Jew. He kept it and was our example. He referred to it as in force 40 years into the future when He spoke of the destruction of Jerusalem that would take place in 70 AD. The New Testament church kept it. There are a body of believers who hear God's call today and are keeping the 7th day Sabbath. God's 7th day Sabbath will be kept in the world made new. Isa. 66:22.

What about you?
Jesus will say one of two things when eternity arrives:
1. "Well done good and faithful servant"
2. "Depart from me, I never knew you, you who practice lawlessness."

If you do not receive the love of the truth, God will let you receive delusion and you will believe a lie. Read it in 2 Thess. 2: 10,11
1 John 2:4 says, "He who says I know Him and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him."
Reject God's 4th commandment 7th day Sabbath and God's word says you are a liar and the truth is not in you. Rev. 21:8 puts all liars in the fire which causes the second death. God is no respecter of persons. A lifetime of service is in vain if one commandment of God is trashed.
Reject doctrines born in the synagogue of Satan. Reject Sunday sacredness and be saved. If you never knew the truth on God's Sabbath before, you do now and you are responsible.
If you love Jesus, keep His commandments.