Most of you probably read Captain Stephen Court’s blog and will have read this, but I want to stick it here. I’ve long had ‘theological reservations’ about prominent sabbath teaching in the Army in these days….reservations which actually began when I was at Bible College…I remeber Dr. Kearsley doing a lecture on Christian Sabbath as discinct from Jewish Sabbath.

We get a bit legalistic about sabbath keeping and that worries me. I know it leads to trouble in corps all the time, especially when it comes down to what yougsters can and can’t do together on a Sunday evening.

Anyway, here is what Court says:

“Sabbath has a holy place in Church tradition. Often Christians take some liberty on it and enjoy it on Sunday, but, well, it is still SORT OF sabbath (at least Biblical obedience on THEIR terms, at their convenience).

But here is a position most don’t consider:
John 5:17 “My Father never stops working, so why should I?”

Romans 14:5 In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. Each person should have a personal conviction about this matter.

So, it seems that Sabbath rest might, in the new covenant era, be more a spiritual rest (it seems akin to holiness) than physical ‘day off’. Let’s have at it.”

Preach it brother, hallelujah.


(PS…there is something in Hebrews somewhere about this too….search it out and see what you can find….Im not giving you the chapter and verses….don’t want to make life too easy for you :O) )

One thought on “Sabbath?

  1. I guess we can find a scripture that will allow most things ;-), and I guess various family churchy up’bringings’ can retain a stronghold. 1 Corinthians 6: 12 tells me I can can do all things but not all things are expedient. I don’t have a problem with what is done on a Sabbath or a Sunday, I’m just wary that in what I do doesn’t become a stumbling block to young folk or new Christians. So I guess the last sentence of Romans 14:5 sums it up nicely. We have to be persuaded by our own thinking.Big subject this one ….. especially if you are a football or sports fan Do I attend a Sunday fixture or come to the Army???? ;-):-))

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