=‘So that... “also Lord of the Sabbath”’ (Matt 12:8|Mark 2:28|Luke 6:5)
John MacArthur - GTY Ministry - “Understanding the Sabbath” (video) & “Why Sunday Is the Lord's Day” (video)
As I find this two-sermon exposition by John MacArthur on why he believes Sunday is to be a Holy Day for Christians a succinct but comprehensive overview of the present (heralded) emblematic state of Sunday Sacredness arguments, I have chosen to address it head on for a response. This topic however can be more involved, and as somewhat of a background into this issue discussion, I, generally speaking, recommend these following more detailed resources:
-The pertinent, i.e. Sabbath Day/Commandment research works and seminar presentations of Samuele Bacchiocchi listed/referenced here.
It is prophetically quite fitting that God has raised up people like Francis Chan (see also here) & David Platt (see his YT-posted sermons here), among others (see e.g., here and here), in this Eschatological “Reformation” (Fifth Series) Era to get the Christian Church, particularly in the wealthy West, to take the Gospel Commission (Matt 28:18-20) most seriously. But from just, by now, having viewed many of their sermons and presentations towards this end, it is evident, (as it similarly is occurring e.g., here), that the element of formal/tangible Organization (=Reformation) is missing to complement their current Revival endeavors. (cf. Matt 9:35-38ff).
Life Centers Ministry Project/Plan (John 10:10)
[And also see more information, details and (linked to) in-depth Biblical discussion here]
Foremost and first of all, all of what is going to be said next depends on a belief in “the Word of God” --that is both the written Word (2 Tim 3:16) and, and as understood through, the Incarnated/Demonstrated Word (John 1:1-5). A perfect anchor stone to having such a belief in both the Bible and Jesus Christ is found in the Biblically, fully Messianically interpreted/understood prophecy of Daniel’s 70 Weeks. (See here).
With that properly and fully done first, the following Gospel Imperatives should be most clearly and sequiturly discerned. And all that Jesus has taught and instructed is for the very best of the believer (John 10:10; cf. 1 John 4:15-5:5)...and Jesus guarantees it. (Luke 21:33)
Appreciating God’s Three Angels' Message Truth (Rev 14:6-12) from Satan’s Sly “Omega” Counterfeit
Succinctly, introductorily said, the following is, as it was announced here, a thorough
critique of Eugene Shubert claimed ‘New Three Angel’s Message’ understanding. Straightly said, his fundamental flaw is that, pointedly by the Third Angel’s Message, has variously and even completely rejected the waymark understandings for these messages as found in proper prophetic Bible study and ratified by God through the SOP. Shubert spins a seemingly plausible view, but that is all because it is derived from mere surface claims and understandings. His view is both exegetically and Spiritually neither rooted in, nor built upon, the “Word of God”. (John 1:1ff; Luke 6:46-49). So, like the Babylon that he thus parallels, even actually enjoins, “great is its fall” indeed!!
What Shubert has managed to “epitomically” do through all of this is fulfill the dream given by God to him that he had/would come to have a view like the one which had started the “Alpha” apostasy in Adventism, John Harvey Kellogg, who himself arrived at that heretical end by choosing to remove the waymark teachings of the Remnant Church that he thought weren’t valid. Thus Shubert has, through his own views, indeed likewise presented a part of what is to also fuel the “Omega” apostasy. (Contra. (e.g.): 2SM 111.3; PH020 14.2; RH, May 25, 1905 par. 28; NYI, February 7, 1906 par. 4)
Shubert’s deluded waywardness has demonstrated that he indeed keyly cannot make the difference “between the vile and the precious”!! (EW 263-266)
Recommended Reading: SpTB02 12.1-24.4
After a simple, cursory perusal of the various issues involved in this infamous, and since, long-looked for topic of the SDA Omega Apostasy, it can readily be understood and believed that it is indeed quite an involved topic, both historically, in the indicative “Alpha” setting up, and, as subsequently brought to my attention, (actually “remembrance” for me), in a comment below, recently (i.e., 2010ff), in the studies and writings of [PostScript (04-17-2016): the now late] Rick Howard, now also spiritually. However, as with most other “New Light” issues in this blog, as the premise for arriving at the full understanding of a Biblical Teaching today lies in being willing to do God’s will for this time, as unequivocally stated in Isa 58 and Matt 25:31-46, then I won’t take the time to go into those retrospective and explanative details, for those who “philosophically” will evasively continue to refuse to heed the Gospel Truth of “practical righteousness” (which is: ‘tangibly doing what is right vs. merely saying/preaching it’), which indeed is pivotally at the spiritual heart of the Omega (indeed ‘Rebellious’) Apostasy (see SpTB02 16.4-5), will just find yet another vain, and Satan-inspired, covetousness-related (=EW 266-269) philosophy to not do so. (=1 John 3:7) And, as with any successful deception, it is rooted in a perversion of a Truth of God (-all stemming from improper Biblical exegesis and all that this entails, result in a shortsighted/narrow/one-sided view). And in this pointed case, this has been with the SDA’s claim that: “The Second Coming is surely/“evidently” so near that we don’t have to do this work.” (contra. Deut 15:7-11; -Indeed Jesus does condemn an attitude which refuse to actively advance His work prior to His return for any reason. (Matt 25:18, 24-30 & Luke 19:11-14, 20-24, 27))