Sabbath Worship is on Saturday, not Sunday

May 24, 2022

Sabbath Worship is on Saturday, not Sunday. Does it really matter what day is the Sabbath day? Will it affect my salvation? As Christians, worshiping God is an essential part of our life because when we worship God, we receive blessings. However, we must worship God correctly to receive these blessings. Shouldn’t we know what day we must worship our God?  When people are asked when they worship their God, they provide different answers. What is most important is to worship our God on the day that God intended us. If we choose to worship God on a day he did not command, it is the act of following man-made teachings. Most Christians believe the day of worship is Sunday, however, according to the Bible, the true day of worship is Saturday.

All Christians know about the Ten Commandments as the most important laws of God. The fourth commandment specifically tells us the day we must keep holy, that is, the day when we worship God.

Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God….For in six days, the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.  Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

The day that God wants us to keep holy is the seventh day, Sabbath Day. Even from the creation of the world, He even separated it from the other six days (Ge 2:1-3). He made the seventh day for us to honor it. This is the will of God.

What Day of the Week is the Sabbath Day?

The Sabbath day is the seventh day according to the Bible. Now, we have to discover what day of the week the Sabbath day corresponds to in modern terms. If we keep the Sabbath on a different day, we not only break the fourth commandment, but we will also lose the blessings God promised us. 

The dictionary defines Saturday as the seventh day of the week; and Sunday, the first day of the week. Calendars also depict the weeks starting on Sunday and ending on Saturday. Most importantly, the Bible testifies that the seventh-day Sabbath is on Saturday.

Mark 16:9 “When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene…

The Bible records that Jesus rose on the first day of the week. The Today’s English Version (TEV) translation records that Jesus’ resurrection took place on Sunday. As the Bible defines Sunday as the first day of the week, the true Biblical seventh-day Sabbath is Saturday. When we worship God on Saturday, we are keeping the Sabbath day, and thus following the fourth commandment.

Most Christians do not keep the Sabbath Day and insist the day to worship God is Sunday. But this insistence contradicts the Bible’s Fourth Commandment. The act of worshiping God on Sunday is the act of disobeying God’s command. 

Jesus Set the Example of Keeping the Sabbath Day

As Christians, we must follow the examples that Christ taught us. Jesus himself kept the Sabbath day.

Luke 4:16 “He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom.  He stood up to read..”

The Apostles followed the example of Jesus Christ and also kept the Sabbath day (Acts 17:2, 18:2). In both the Old Testament and New Testament, the Bible emphasizes the Sabbath day. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that we should worship God on Sunday. 

Why do churches today worship on Sunday?

The Roman Empire believed in Mithraism; the worship of the sun-god, Mithra. They worshiped Mithra on the day of the sun (Sunday). In AD 321, Roman Emperor Constantine mandated Sunday worship upon all people of the Roman Empire, including the early Christians who had been keeping the Sabbath day.  From this time on, all the churches began worshiping on Sunday, which is merely a man-made regulation. 

Christians need to keep and follow God’s commands and laws. God commanded us to keep the Sabbath day on Saturday. There is no blessing contained in the teachings of men such as Sunday worship, but God promised us we will receive blessings when we keep the Sabbath day. 

Why did God command us to keep the Sabbath day?

Exodus 31:12-13 “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths.  This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.

It is only on the Sabbath day God allows us to have the sign that shows we are His people. If we keep Sunday worship we cannot have this sign, and thus cannot be God’s people. Even though there are many people on this Earth, God allows his true worshipers to have this sign when they keep the Sabbath day. We must be those that have the sign proving we are his people. Those who are God’s true people will follow and keep the commands of God such as worshiping on Saturday, not Sunday.