Most every student of the Christian faith recognizes the name John Calvin, a Protestant reformer who lived during the Sixteenth Century. Did you know that Calvin considered himself to be a Sabbath keeper?
Here’s what he had to say:
“Nothing can be more pleasing or acceptable to God than observation of the Sabbath and sincere worship …the Lord takes the highest delight in the true observation of the Sabbath. The Sabbath should be for us a tower whereon we should mount aloft to contemplate afar the works of God, when we are not occupied nor hindered by anything besides. It is for us to dedicate ourselves wholly to God…to lay aside our earthly affairs and occupations. Let us not think that the things which Moses speaks of the Sabbath day are needless for us. We must refrain from our own business which might hinder us from minding God’s works… Christians spending the Lord’s day in making good cheer, and in playing and gaming is a mockery and does not honor God…”
Yes, John Calvin believed that sabbath keeping was an important part of Christianity. Even so, he believed that the “Jewish Holy Day” – the 7th day Sabbath as specified in the fourth commandment – was only a superstition that should be overthrown. When he speaks of Sabbath keeping he is not talking about the 7th day, he is talking about SUNday.
Calvin made no pretense. He plainly stated that Christians substituted SUNday, which he called “The Lord’s Day,” for the Sabbath. That is a very important point that most Christian theologians and teachers will go to any length to avoid discussing. Our Creator wrote His fourth commandment in stone and was very specific. The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord. That will never change.
God said to rest on the Sabbath, the seventh day. Calvin said that we should rest on SUNday, the first day. In whom will you place your trust?
Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.