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"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear." 2 peter 3:15
This page is designed to clear up any misconception of our beliefs. We will always be updating and clarifying this page. For any more questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us using the contact forum box below. We hope this source of information is useful.
What is the Sabbath?
The Sabbath is a day that has been specially blessed and sanctified by God since the days of creation in Genesis.
The rest of the scriptures -besides Mark and 1 Samuel- give us a clear description on how we keep the Sabbath day holy. We are not supposed to work, indulge or speak of our own pleasures but only practice reverence, worship and praise our God through Jesus Christ. This is a commandment (John 14:15 & John 14:23).
Most people find Mark 2: 23 - 28 confusing. In this scripture, Jesus references from 1 Samuel 21: 1 - 6. To clear up this misunderstanding, we would like to use an analogy of a party as follows..
If your father (God) has organized a party (Sabbath) for his son (believers), he has done it for your sake and provided the best of everything that you could not get at any other party (other days than the Sabbath). If you knew your friend (a person in need) needs help, your father would not force you to stay at your party (observing the Sabbath). Instead your father would likely say: "Go and help your friend, for your party will still be here for you once you are done". Imagine how the father and son would look from the perspective of the friend in need. He would think: "How could they party knowing I am in need, they could have aided me". Then, to add insult to injury the son (believer) arrives after the party (Sabbath/after church service) saying to his friend in need: "Sorry my father threw me a party (it was sabbath)". This ought not be and displays a heartless and bad image of God and his believers. God will not cut you off if you break the Sabbath to help someone in general need. This is what Jesus said in Mark 2: 23 - 28 and the reason why he referred to 1 Samuel 21: 1 - 6, because David did the same when he asked for food for his soldiers. The priest gave him holy bread. Since Jesus Christ is lord of the Sabbath, he has the power to consecrate his followers.
For a more in-depth study of the Sabbath click here.
When is the Sabbath?
Sabbath starts from sunset on Friday night until sunset on Saturday night. History shows that Constantine Emperor of Rome (306 AD - 337 AD) changed Saturday worship to Sunday worship. This proves that Saturday is the usual Sabbath day from the old and new testament, until the time Constantine changed it to compromise with pagan worshipers.
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What holidays do we not celebrate and why?
The date of Jesus' birth is not known. We know that it was some time in the autumn (October) when people within the Roman empire were commanded to return to the place of their birth for tax purposes. The Bible gives us no instructions as to the celebration of Jesus' birth. The practice of celebrating Jesus' birth on December 25th was established by the Roman Catholic Church to incorporate the pagan holiday of the rebirth of the Sun god right after the winter solstice. We do not celebrate December 25th because we do not wish to be associated with the pagan holiday of the Sun god's rebirth.
The Church of God (7th Day) keeps the Lord's Supper as instituted by Jesus shortly before his death. The name of the holiday "Easter" comes from the celebration of the pagan god "Ishtar" and the holiday was also instituted when the Roman Catholic Church merged the Christian and pagan religions. We do not keep the holiday to the pagan god "Ishtar" and instead celebrate the events surrounding Jesus' death in the way that Jesus commanded, the Lord's Supper.
For an more in-depth study on the holiday we do not celebrate please check out the video below.
Why does the Churh of God (7th Day) follow the law of the clean and the unclean?
God created the Earth and everything in it. Some animals (like cows, sheep, and chickens) he created for consumption by man and some (like horses, dogs, and pigs) were not to be eaten. Instructions concerning these animals were given to Noah and the details of which animals were clean and which were unclean were reiterated to the Children of Israel before they entered the promise land. The law of the clean and the unclean was established before the Leviticus law and is therefore part of the Melchizedek priesthood. Jesus did not do away with the law of the clean and the unclean and we are to follow it today.
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What is the Lord's Supper?
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What are the differences between Church of God (7th Day) and the Seventh Day Adventist Church?
Both of these church organizations began in the mid-1800’s as outgrowths of the William Miller Adventist movement. The two have several major teachings in common, which include these:
- We both believe that the whole Bible, Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God.
- We both believe that salvation is by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
- We both believe that all of the Ten Commandments are standards for God’s people today and that the seventh-day Sabbath is to be observed on Saturday.
- We both believe there is no consciousness for humans between death and resurrection.
- We both believe that Jesus Christ will soon return physically to the earth.
- We both believe that the wicked will finally be annihilated, not suffer eternal torment in hell.
Most differences between the groups involve the role and writings of Ellen G. White. Mrs. White was a founder of the SDA (Seventh-Day Adventist) Church and is regarded by it as a true prophetess. The Church of God (Seventh Day) considers Mrs. White as it would any other writer since the completion of the biblical canon: Her “truth” is mixed with error. It regards neither Mrs. White nor her writings to be an expression of the “Spirit of Prophecy”. This is the fundamental difference between the two churches.
Beyond this basic difference, here are some teachings of the Church of God (Seventh Day) that are not endorsed by the SDA Church:
- We believe that the year 1844 has no special significance in Bible prophecy. We believe that provision for salvation was completed when Jesus died, rose from the dead, and returned to heaven — not in 1844. Therefore, we believe that SDA teachings about the cleansing of the sanctuary and the investigative judgment are invalid.
- We believe that the earth will be inhabited by the saints — not desolate — during the 1,000-year reign of Christ.
- We believe that the entombment of Christ was for three full days and nights, from Wednesday evening until Sabbath evening.
- We believe that the common celebrations of Christmas and Easter are seen as a compromise with pagan customs and should not be practiced by the Church.
What is baptism?
We believe that baptism is essential for salvation and is the key event that signifies a believer has turned his/her life over to Jesus Christ. We believe baptism should be performed in the same manner as it was done by the apostles in the New Testament. In order to be baptized, believers must repent of their sins, accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior, turn their lives over to Christ, and pledge to follow the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus. Believers are then totally immersed in water to signify the death and subsequent resurrection of Jesus. Baptism is to be performed in the name Lord Jesus Christ and is to be followed by the laying on of hands for the reception of the Holy Spirit.
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