Don’t play football on a Saturday — it is the Sabbath

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The letter from the Government and Morals Committee of the Free Presbyterian Church (‘Two moral issues for Christians’, March 27) cites the Ashers bakery court case and the subject of playing football on Sunday.

The committee wrote: “The Fourth Commandment states: ‘Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy’,” and that “this (football) match is a blatant dismissal of this command”.

Is it really?

The Fourth Commandment clearly instructs to ‘remember’ and to ‘keep holy’ the Sabbath, but Sunday is not the Sabbath.

The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week, namely Saturday and is the only day described as such in the whole of Scripture.

‘Sun’-day, named after pagan sun worship, is the first day of the week and there is no command in the Bible either by God, Jesus or the Apostles for it to be kept as a ‘holy day.’

Jesus asked His followers to remember His death at the annual Passover through the symbols of wine and unleavened bread.

He never said to remember His resurrection, which is the main reason given for observing ‘Sun’-day.

The Sabbath Commandment still stands, as Jesus Himself kept it, and it has not been replaced by Sunday, save by the invention of man through ecclesiastical tradition.

It is the ministers who are quoting the Fourth Commandment in order to “keep ‘Sun’-day special” who are actually breaking the Sabbath Command by accepting a change from the seventh day which God sanctified and blessed and has never de-sanctified it judging by the first hundred years of the early Church in which the Sabbath was still kept in obedience to the Word of God.

Sunday football is no problem, according to Scripture, but playing on a Saturday is! (ie from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset).

If we can change one of the Ten Commandments then we can change any of the other nine also.

Colin Nevin