Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Saturday, not Sunday, is the true day of rest

I WOULD like to comment on Paul Kokoski's letter headlined 'Sunday must be holy at all times' (Write Back, December 29).

He first raises the point about shopping on Sunday, then mentions "keeping the Sabbath holy". Sunday and the Sabbath are not the same day, so we must choose which one to keep holy.

Sunday is the first day of the week and the Sabbath is on the seventh. The Fourth Commandment points this out very clearly. Jesus also kept the Sabbath and throughout the New Testament all references to the word "Sabbath" refer explicitly to the seventh day, or Saturday.

Mr Kokoski refers to Sunday as the "Lord's Day", yet there is only one mention of the term in the Bible - in Revelation, where the Apostle John writes: "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day." (1:10).

If we believe God's own words, that the Sabbath, or seventh day, belongs to the Lord your God, then, logically, it is the seventh day which is the "Lord's Day" and not Sunday, which still retains the name of pagan sun-worship.

The early Church in Jerusalem continued to meet on the Saturday Sabbath, even after the Resurrection, until the first gentile Church fathers tried to distance themselves from all things Jewish by replacing God's Sabbath with man's Sun-day. If God asked us to remember the Sabbath on the seventh day and to "keep it holy", we should be obedient to that command.

Now, who wants to lobby the Government to change the Sunday law to Saturday? After all, Constantine did it with the Sabbath in the fourth century.

COLIN NEVIN

Bangor, Co Down

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