Respond to Sunday hunting
June 13, 2010 at 5:12pm
I don't normally like to get into discussions about the theology of the Sabbath. I can't stand it anymore though. First rule of Bible interpretation is context is king. To 'remember the Sabbath and keep it holy' is one of the ten commandments. This is found in the Old Testament under the old covenant. All of the other commandments are reiterated in the New Testament and therefore apply to the church. Not one place in the New Testament church is the 'Sabbath' stated as something to be followed. Also, the Jews followed the Sabbath under the Old Covenant on Saturday, not Sunday. The church didn't start meeting on Sunday (resurrection day) until the book of Acts. The theme of 'rest' carries through scripture and is a principal I believe we should follow. However, nowhere under the doctrines of the new testament church is one day to be considered holy as opposed to another one. If you tell someone that the 'Christian' thing to do is to rest on the Sabbath, the day would be Saturday, and then you would also have to follow the rest of the rules of the Old Covenant. You couldn't eat pork, shrimp, and you would have to have a priest offer sacrifices for your sins. Hebrews 7:12 clearly states that under the new priest (Jesus) old has passed away under the new priest we have a new law. Many of the Old Testament laws still apply, but clearly not all of them do.
Preach the Gospel! The Bible defines my doctrine. Not tradition. The Sunday ban on hunting is a product of bad theology in the past. The New Testament church is under the New Covenant of Grace not the Law of Moses. If you don't want to hunt on Sunday because your conscience won't let you...fine. But, it is not a Biblical mandate.
I believe if you are a Christian, it is a mandate that you be part of a church. This isn't a cop out for going to church on Sunday. It is simply the fact that we cannot use bad theology to push an agenda.