Impossible To Keep! Yes, another thread on the Sabbath! :tonofbricks: The SDA’s in all their naiveté, believe that the Sabbath, as described in the Bible is still possible to keep, and in their blindness insist that they do. I maintain that they cannot. It is impossible, especially in North America. Now where Bob lives, in Georgia, he might have a slight possibility of coming close to keeping the Sabbath if he lives in a rural area. But in the city? Nigh to impossible. Let’s start from Scripture. At the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15 the demand of the Judaizers was that the Gentile converts keep the Mosaic Law and be circumcised. Originally they would have preferred just to make the simple demand of circumcision, but they knew the inconsistency of that demand. To demand part of the law meant, logically, to demand the whole law. If they were going to demand the Gentiles to be circumcised they had to go all the way and demand that they keep the entire Mosaic Law! At least they saw the consistency and logic in their argument, something that the SDA do not see. Their first demand: Acts 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. Their revised demand: Acts 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. The Sabbath was given to Israel (Exodus 31) as a sign of the covenant between Jehovah and Israel and their generations forever. If one insists on keeping this law then they must insist on keeping all the law or at least all the relevant law that went with the keeping of the Sabbath. But I don’t live in the south. For the most part I live in the northern part of Canada, and the temperature at the airport a couple days ago was minus 40. That is the same in Celsius and Fahrenheit. It is just cold. It is impossible to keep the Sabbath in weather like this. Now there is a snowfall warning in effect. But I am not in Canada right now; I am on the mission field. I am in a third world country which could lend itself to keeping the Sabbath if one so desired. Here is my situation: how I live, and what I would have to do if I were SDA and wanting to keep the Sabbath. First, realize that in the OT, we have an incident of one being stoned to death because he picked up sticks on the Sabbath day. What are the sticks for? They are for fuel—the fire place: cooking, warming oneself, etc. For any North American to keep the Sabbath they would have to ask the power and gas company to turn the power and gas off before sunset every Friday, and not to turn it back on until after sundown on Saturday. You cannot use someone else’s fuel source. You are causing someone to work for you. That is a death sentence—putting a servant out to work. No electricity; no gas; no power; no heat;—not for the Jews—not for you. That means that without electricity, before sundown, you would have to light candles, and you would have to keep them Be sure you have gathered enough “sticks” to keep your candles lit or fires going. The Israelites didn’t have running water either, so you should probably shut that off as well. Again, to have it, you are causing other people to work. That wouldn’t be a problem with me. In the house that I live in the water is stored in a tank on the roof. It has to be pumped up there. That would have to be done before sunset on Friday, and hopefully everyone has by that time taken their showers and so on, for that one tank of water will have to last the entire Sabbath day without being filled. Our water pressure is similar to what you would get with gravity. It is not pressurized of course, and in the winter there is no hot water. (Shaving and washing are cold). Since I am unable to use the local water for drinking I must use bottled water, therefore I would have to buy enough water to drink before Friday sundown, and have all my food prepared and stored in a proper place. For cooking we don’t depend on someone else’s fuel source. We don’t have a city gas connection and are compelled to buy a gas or propane cylinder that we hook up to a small stove (two burners) which we cook on. As for heat, I live in a house that has no heat. It also doesn’t have any air conditioning, though we face extremely high temperatures in the summer (and I do mean extreme), and in the winter the lows are just barely above freezing. Sweaters and jackets in the winter, and dress appropriately and modestly for the heat in the summer. It is not comfortable living without electricity in a place like this in either season. (We have plenty of black-outs). An attitude of sacrifice is a must. The Jew could only travel 5/8ths of a mile. That is a Sabbath’s day journey. It is just over half a mile. If you are going to travel to church and back make sure your church is within a quarter mile of your house. Going there and back would be a Sabbath Day’s Journey, unless you are going the full half mile, staying overnight, and then coming back the next night. But if you live over half a mile or so from your place of worship you are not keeping the Sabbath, you are breaking it. You break it by using electricity of any kind—making coffee or tea, using lights, an A/C, or furnace (fan), computer, etc. It is your power source! Those were the sticks being gathered. The other power source is the gas that we use, especially in our furnaces and some of us in our stoves. If you use electricity or gas on the Sabbath you are breaking the Sabbath. The Law also specifies they type of clothing you must wear. You cannot wear “diverse kinds of clothing.” It must be all wool, or all linen, or all cotton. You clothing cannot be part wool and part cotton, or part nylon, etc. In fact, your clothing must all be of one kind from head to foot. If it is not, when you go to worship you will be improperly dressed and you will be breaking the Sabbath. The SDA “Judaizers” don’t realize their inconsistencies as the Judaizers of the first century did. If you keep part of the law, you must keep it all. It is not “I can keep this one part of the law, and I can keep it any old way I want” attitude. That is not acceptable to God. Israel was condemned for that and eventually sent into exile. God demands obedience in all things. If you say you must keep the Sabbath, then you must keep it according to the ENTIRE Law, not just according to your wishes, or the wishes of your founder. As I said in the beginning I live in Canada which also has extreme temperatures, like minus 40. I cannot turn off my electricity and gas in that kind of environment. It is impossible to be consistent and keep the Sabbath where I normally live. The climate wouldn’t allow it. But for Bob, I doubt if he could even dress properly, much less do without any other fuel source. I doubt if he could live without causing others to work—using the utilities that others are providing for you because they are working on the Sabbath Day. That violation results in the death penalty. Do the SDA’s really keep the Sabbath, or is it just a game they play? Truly they are deceived, and at the same time are deceiving others.