Remember The Sabbath Day
Herbert Armstrong became increasingly permissive concerning the Sabbath and these daughter groups have continued that process. Most of these groups including COG7 permit almost anything on the Sabbath and Holy Days as long as the cheques come in and the people attend services. They even have congregational catered meals on many Sabbaths and Holy Days.
Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 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:
11 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.
We are commanded to rest and do no work on the Sabbath and High Days, and we are commanded to; not be responsible for others under our control having to work [ie. paying others to serve us].
We are even instructed not to do any cooking, Therefore if we have others cook for us we not only break the commandment, but we are hypocrites for causing others to do what we should not do ourselves.
Exodus 16:23 And he said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. 24 And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.
25 And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the Lord: to day ye shall not find it in the field.
Almost all of the COG Groups call God’s Sabbath HOLY and then pollute it according to God’s Word. They justify this in their own minds by rejecting Ex 16:23 as applying only to others in the past.
Then they justify their rejection of Nehemiah by falsely claiming that Nehemiah was only talking about the sellers and not about the buyers.
Then finally they justify working on the Sabbath by forgetting the word “Labor” in the context and then falsely redefining the word “WORK.” Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
They also reject the obvious command in this sentence context, to avoid any physical work represented by the word “Sabbath” meaning REST. In truth the words “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” mean that the Sabbath is God’s time and not our own to do our own pleasures.
Isaiah 58:13 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, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
There is a 2005 UCG paper spelling out their position, even back then; that the word “Work” only refers to working for wages. Thus they justify all other work on the Sabbath as long as it is in moderation!
In UCG this redefining of the word “WORK” opens the way for non wage earing labor like mowing their lawn, digging the garden, cooking, or buying from others, as long as it is done in “moderation.” This in spite of the very meaning of the word Sabbath which is to “REST from all work of any kind” and dedicating the full day to God.
I know that some elders will object to this Sabbath pollution and many brethren, and they may not even know that this is official UCG policy from at least as far back as 2005. This abomination of calling the Sabbath and High Days, Holy; and then twisting God’s Word to attempt to justify openly and routinely polluting God’s Holy Sabbath and High Days. has not gone unnoticed by Almighty God.
Do link to and read this amazing article which shows clearly that they know the Sabbath is Holy and has an appearance of godliness; while justifying the routine pollution of the Sabbath Day.
We desperately NEED; we MUST HAVE! a general Nehemiah style revival of love and zeal for godliness, in the COG organizations; or we will surely be corrected by our Mighty One, just as ancient Israel was corrected for her Sabbath pollution!
This twisting of God’s Word is done to justify the many sins of the church of God groups in regards to God’s Holy Sabbath and High Days. We have forgotten that it is God alone that justifies, and that God justifies based on our zeal for the whole Word of God.