By Kahalu Ngombo
Keeping the Sabbath holy is often mistaken to be the preserve of Seventh-Day Adventists. But this changed over the past five years after members of The Lord’s Church encountered the Lord Jesus Christ. This turnabout came, more so, when the pastor of this Korean Presbyterian church published a book.
The divine revelation in Pastor Yong-Doo Kim’s book is meant to bring a fresh view about the Sabbath. Its intended effect is to jolt Christians out of their self-deception and self-righteousness.
Pastor Kim writes, “We need to adjust our concept of Sundays. There are numerous saints who think that spending money on Sunday is justified if it is for the sake of the gospel.” He adds, “They do not properly teach or proclaim Sundays holy.”
According to the revelation, Sunday is serious business. There must be no working, no shopping, no buying, no selling, no cash transactions, no entertainment, no watching TV, no eating out and no recreation whatsoever. Perhaps no sex.
Sadly, it appears most Christians in Zambia have not got wind of this. They are still working, buying, selling and doing as they please on Sundays. Apparently, they are getting more and more exhortations for prospering and less and less for being holy. Correspondingly, some have become workaholics who care less about holiness.
In Pastor Kim’s book, Jesus says, “People confuse, misuse and abuse the commandment of Sunday for the sake of the gospel…Do not spend money on Sunday!” Evidently, He requires no money spent – not even for the gospels sake, save for tithes and offerings – because if allowed to do so everyone will have a reason for spending on Sunday. He would rather a Sunday guest speaker be offered food at the church itself or at the home of a church member other than at a restaurant.
However, some Christians may disbelieve and ignore these revelations. But they do so at their own peril because multitudes of Christians are already in hell for simply keeping the Sabbath unholy.
Most people think because Jesus died for man’s sins, going to heaven is, therefore, automatic. In their reasoning they point to bible verses like Ephesians 2:8,9 which say, “For by grace you have been saved through faith … it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” They also refer to justification and all sorts of bible references to justify themselves. And for a good measure, they quote, “Therefore, if the Son shall set you free, you shall be free indeed.”
Undeniably, these bible truths suggest express passage to the third heaven. However, when we open the bible at Philippians 2:12, it is written, “… work out your own salvation with trembling and fear…” Clearly it does not say, “Everything goes.” It says, “Keep yourself pure” or else you will be in hot soup, weeping and gnashing your teeth on the frying pan.
As members of The Lord’s Church found out, there are many dead Christians who have already taken up permanent residence in hell. Some of the Christians they saw in hell are their own relatives, pastors and people known to them. They are not there alone. They are in the company of demons who continually torment them until the end of time.
When Jesus appeared to Pastor Kim, his family and a few church members, He wanted the pastor to write about the realities of heaven and hell to warn mankind. Before long, the brethren became frequent visitors of both heaven and hell – not just sightseers but partakers of heaven’s pleasures along with the pain, fear and torment of hell.
It is not easy to veer around from things we are wrong about, especially things we believe in. But Christians are meant to know the truth. And when in doubt, all they need is to pray to remove the veil about a matter. As always, when proved wrong they should come to their senses and quickly repent with tears and trembling.
It is not enough for Adventists alone to refrain from work, buying and selling on Saturday, their Sabbath day. Even then, these masters of the Sabbath may be wrong because when God chooses a day, then it is no other.