• By John Hicks

Hypocrisy on the "Sabbath"?

Yes…we do have a case of hypocrisy in regards to how many modern day church goers “keep the Sabbath day holy”.

Professing Christians flaunt their approval of companies who close their doors on Sundays on Social Media and then these same people will give constant updates on how well their teams are doing on Sundays.

They applaud companies for honoring the Lord’s Day of rest, which has been traditionally assigned in our society as Sunday, but then they encourage others to work on the same day so that they can be entertained.

These folks are encouraging others to work on a day that they themselves claim to be resting for the Lord when in fact they are actually entertaining themselves with the things of this world, things that are intimately associated with scantily clad women (cheerleaders, etc) and indulging in alcohol (either actually drinking themselves or giving the sellers of the alcohol a venue to spend and make dollars through vending and advertising, etc).

This is not honoring the Sabbath but instead it is certainly a cloke of maliciousness and definitely an occasion for the flesh.

Jesus told us that we can do well for others on the Sabbath day. This is not saying we can use it for selfish indulgence nor for encouraging others to break the Sabbath (again, for selfish entertainment).

One needs to gyrate quite a bit with some intense scriptural gymnastics and with a heavy dose of worldly logic to get around this…

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

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:

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. Exodus 20:8-11

And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.

And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. Matthew 12:10-12

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Galatians 5:13

For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 1 Peter 2:15-16

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