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Saturday vs. Sunday
Adventist Pastor resurrects Sabbath debate with $10,000 reward

In the heart of God’s ten commandments we find a command of Jesus that is for our best good, and which, if followed, will bring a great deal of rest into our lives. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God… Exodus 20:8-11

Jesus set aside a day—the seventh day of each week—and commands us to set it aside as well to rest and remember our Creator. This is why Jesus said: The Sabbath was made for man Mark 2:27

Unfortunately, so many Christians are not aware that Saturday and not Sunday is the Lord’s holy day. Now o
ne of the longest running disputes in the history of Christianity – Saturday vs. Sunday – is having new life breathed into it with a cash reward of up to $ 10,000 toward a resolution.

A Seventh-day Adventist pastor in Illinois, came with ten thousand in cash if someone can produce a verse from the Holy Bible showing that God commands us to keep holy the first day of the week – Sunday – instead of the seventh day – Saturday – as is commanded in the Bible. He is making the offer to encourage people to read the Bible for themselves, instead of accepting without question what religious leaders have been instructing.

They forgot the only commandment saying “remember”!
Experts on biblical scripture agree that the Seventh-day Adventist pastor has little need to worry about paying out the money. I am afraid that you are not going to find an exact Bible verse to counter the good pastor's challenge and collect, says James Efird, professor of biblical interpretation at Duke University Divinity School. As far as I know, there is no verse which specifies that Sunday is the day for Christians to observe the Sabbath.

It was after the work of creating that God made special note of one day of the week: "And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made" Genesis 2:3. Again, in the heart of the Ten Commandments, the seventh day was made the focus of the fourth mandate: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy ... Exodus 20:8-11.
There's a fear factor among preachers, on why churches don't have their members look into this issue. They're afraid their sheep will start studying the Bible, and come with correct interpretation. For this reason the Sabbath, among others issue, was mistreated. 


Some myths about the Sabbath :

- “the Sabbath for Jews only, or                               
- “it was nailed to the cross”, or
- “we are under the grace”, etc.

One expert who has spent his career explaining the Sabbath debate is Dr. S. Bacchiocchi, professor at
Andrews University. He gave details on how two factors are responsible for the shift from one day to another contrary to the Bible teachings: Anti-Judaism caused the abandonment of the Sabbath, and pagan sun worship influenced the adoption of Sunday by the Roman Catholic Church. But the true worship day was, is and it will be Saturday, the seventh day, because God changes not – Hebrews 13:8
Sunday vs. Saturday,
   Traditions vs. the Word of God,
      Man’s commandment vs. Jesus commandment… 

Jesus states very clear in John 14: 15 - If you love Me, you will obey what I command.

Yes, salvation is by grace only but we appreciate Jesus’ sacrifice by obey Him and following His Word 100%. 
     - To collect the $10,000 reward write: P.O.Box 2583, Silver Spring, MD 20915. 
     - To collect the blessing from observing the true Sabbath, join us in worshipping the Creator: Seventh-day Adventist Church, 298 Mary Hill Rd. Pineville.