|Originally posted by lightning80|
I agree, without grace, there is no salvation. There is also no faith without works. I would think part of "obedience" is obeying the 10 Commandments. Every time someone asked Jesus what they must do to be saved, did Jesus ever only say that they're saved by grace? No, Jesus always tells them some things they must do. And this includes keeping the commandments.
Keeping the Sabbath is actually not a legalistic observance. God rested on the 7th day way before (about 2000 years) the Mosaic regulations and statutes were in place. God blessed the 7th day and made it holy when the world was created. All He wants from us is to remember it and keep it holy.
Did Jesus keep the Sabbath? Yes. Did the Apostles keep the Sabbath? Yes. Why not us?
Did the Bible ever say we just have to keep the Sabbath in our hearts? No. Did the Bible every say we can stop keeping the Sabbath? No. Did the Bible tell us to start going to church on Sundays? No. So, where are all of these ideas coming from? Sometimes, we just take the freedom and liberty of interpreting the Bible a little too far to suit our own needs and desires.
Not all of those tho called out "Lord, Lord" were saved...
all good points to be considered. along with the actual date of Christmas...which actually originated from a pagan holiday called Christ's Mass - where all evil was 'allowed' for a few days. I'd say it's about the heart. The Bible says that that's what He looks at anyway. Simply going to church for me doesn't always do something drastic. I have to desire to receive from Him and worship Him.