Why do most Christians go to church on Sunday? Interesting question. Does it have something to do with the Sabbath?
The day of rest? Well the Old Testament tells us in the Book of Exodus – Chapter 20, the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. You shall not do any work. Now, let’s see…umm…
The seventh day of the week is, is actually Saturday.
You shall not do any work. Is going to church considered work? I mean even, even if you’re not a preacher? Ok. Alright. God tells us in Verse 8 to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. Yeah, that sounds more like the day to worship
but the Sabbath is still Saturday, not Sunday. Sounds like it’s time for an episode of
Chuck Knows Church. How convenient!!
Because we’re asking just that question today. Why do we go to church on Sunday on this episode of Chuck Knows…
Wait, I already said that part. Didn’t I? (laughter off-camera) …Church. ♫ Chuck Knows Church theme music. ♫ In six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them but rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and consecrated it,
so be it written in the book of Exodus. So, if we are to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy shouldn’t we be worshipping on Saturday? Well some Christian churches, most notably the Seventh-Day Adventist do just that – worship on the seventh day – Saturday. They contend that the Sabbath was one of the Ten Commandments and is therefore God’s will. They even claim the shift to Sunday worship was contrary to Christian principles and allowed pagan ideas to infect the church. Wait a minute. The shift to Sunday worship? How did that happen? Well, Christians who recognized Sunday as the Sabbath believe the most important thing to remember about God commanding us to observe the Sabbath was not to keep holy the seventh day but the idea of one of the seven. Jesus did claim in Mark 2:28 that he was, quote, Lord even of the Sabbath, unquote and he could change it to a different day. More simply, we no longer observe the Jewish Sabbath, Saturday, because Sunday is distinctively a Christian holy day to honor the resurrection of Jesus which took place on the first day of the week – Easter Sunday.
And we are Easter people are we not? There’s… there’s nothing in the Bible that suggests that the Sabbath was transferred from Saturday to Sunday. Most likely the change was gradual over time as the Church transitioned from a mostly Jewish Church to a mostly Gentile one. So, I will see you at church on Sunday. Unless you’re a Seventh-Day Adventist. Or Jewish. If you’d like to know more, be sure to ask your pastor…. …on Sunday. Unless you’re a Seventh-Day Adventist. Tell them that Chuck sent you… …to church… …on Sunday. Unless you are a Seventh-Day… ok, alright! Can we just… we’ll cut to a commercial break now? No? We don’t have commercials? No commercials so we just need to…
we just have to go, then. …to church… on Sunday… …unless you’re a Seventh-Day Adventist.