There has been a lot of arguing here about whether the day should begin with sunset or with sunrise. Of all the things to debate, honestly this one seems so minor.
First of all, there is evidence for both sides, even if you don't want to admit it. (Yes, and I used to be absolutely certain that only one was correct.) Here's the concise research: http://www.biblicalperspectives.com/books/crucifixion/4.html
Second, from what you know about God, do you really think your salvation hinges on whether or not you get this point right? That makes Him out to be a tyrant.
This is just an example of what happens when you base your salvation on works instead of by grace through faith. Once you start basing your salvation on works and obedience, then it becomes a acompetition. You may tell yourself that you are God-centered because you are following His commands, but really you are self-centered. "They're not obeying right! I'm doing it better!"
Then you fall into the trap of never being able to do enough. Face it. You will never be able to obey completely. There will always be another command that you haven't obeyed fully.
Thank God!!! that our salvation is not based on what we do, but the state of our heart.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—<sup class=”versenum”> not by works, so that no one can boast.
Before anyone has a fit about "You're telling me all I have to do is say I believe in God and then I can live however I want and totally disregard God's laws, and I'll still go to heaven?! No!" …
We're not talking about that kind of faith. (James 2:14) We're talking about the kind of faith that shows itself in how you live your life. (Now I know we differ here in what that life looks like, but that's not the point of this right now.)
True faith is accompanied by good works (Eph. 2:10), but it is not the works that save you, and it's not about how well you obey or how many commandments you keep. It's your faith that brings the grace that saves you. What kind of faith? A faith that is shown in action.
As Martin Luther expressed, "We are saved by faith alone, but not by a faith that is alone." (I'm probably not exact on that quote, but hope you get the idea.)
This is where Christ's freedom comes in.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Slavery is that trap of never being able to do (or be) enough. You might say, "Keeping the Sabbath is not slavery to me." Well, I'm glad if it's a joy for you, but if it's something your salvation is based on, then it will become part of your slavery. It will become part of that continually growing list of what you must obey, and what you will never be able to acheive.
I tried to express this to my sister in the beginning when she told me about the Passover ceremony being required for salvation. She said, "It's just one day. It's not hard."
Well, one day of Passover to get your salvation turns into every Saturday at church as well… plus starting your Sabbath at sunrise… plus attending all three services… plus all the feasts… plus wearing a veil… plus tithing… plus giving extra offering… plus dressing the right way… plus preaching… plus bearing fruit… plus being joyful always (no grumbling!)… plus praying at the appointed times… plus dressing the right way… plus … plus … plus …
Don't believe that the wmscog teaches salvation based on obedience? Just read what they have said themselves: http://encountering-ahnsahnghong.blogspot.com/2012/02/what-wmscog-requires-for-salvation.html
I think this is one of the key problems of the wmscog. And it preys on people's desire to do something so they can feel that in some way they have earned their salvation.
Faith vs. works has been debated for ages because there are verses in the Bible for both. People want to believe it is just one or the other. But the way it is reconciled is that we are saved by faith–the kind of faith that produces good works.
PS–This is not the topic to argue what those 'good works' are. That's happening in plenty of the other threads. But if you'd like to chime in on the faith vs. works theme, go right ahead. 🙂
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