We could ask ourselves the question, “Why do we go to church?” Is it to be sociable and see our friends, to enjoy the music and singing, or do we go just to hear a good sermon? The real purpose for attending church is to worship God, regardless of what day or where we go.
Because we go there to worship God, it would be well to obey and please Him. God is love, and to worship Him we also must love Him. When we love someone we like to do the things that are pleasing to them so it is necessary to find out what pleases God. He has told us in His Holy Book, the Bible, to “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.
“When God says, Keep holy the seventh day, he does not mean the sixth, nor the first, but the very day he has specified. If men substitute a common day for the sacred, and say that will do just as well, they insult the Maker of the heavens and of the earth, who made the Sabbath to commemorate his resting upon the seventh day, after creating the world in six days. It is dangerous business in the service of God to deviate from his institutions. Those who have to do with God, who is infinite, who explicitly directs in regard to his own worship, should follow the exact course he has prescribed, and not feel at liberty to deviate in the least particular because they think it will answer just as well. God will teach all his creatures that he means just what he says.” The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 1, 280.
When Jesus was here on earth He said, “The Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” John 8:29. We also read, “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” Luke 4:16.
In putting these two texts together it is clear that it is pleasing to God to worship on the Sabbath (the seventh day).
Looking at the history of Sunday worship we see that Sunday was named to honor the sun god and not the God who created the sun, but the sun itself. Satan, the enemy of heaven, diverted worship from the creator to the created. We have been admonished to avoid the appearance of evil and in attending a Sunday keeping church and recognizing Sunday as a day of worship we are actually honoring the one who instigated worship of the sun god, Satan, whose aim it is to influence everyone to oppose God’s commandments.
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