The Clear Word Bible and the Sabbath

by Matt Slick

The Seventh-day Adventist Church teaches that the Saturday Sabbath is to be kept today and that it is the proper day in which Church services are to be held, not on Sunday.


  New American Standard Bible Clear Word Bible Comment
Exodus 16:5 “On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.” On the sixth day they should gather twice as much as on the other days so as to have enough for the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, the day I set aside for worship and rest.” They insert their interpretation about the Sabbath and add a lot of extra words.
Exodus 16:30 So the people rested on the seventh day. So the people rested and worshiped the Lord on the seventh day as they were told to do. Notice how worship, which hints at church practices on their Saturday Sabbath, is added to their Bible.  This is quite an addition.
Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight. After sundown on Saturday night, the believers got together for a fellowship meal and to say good-bye to Paul. That evening he spoke to them until midnight, after which he hoped to get a few hours sleep before leaving early Sunday morning. Instead of the text speaking about Sunday as being the day they gathered together to break bread and here Paul speak, the CWB changed to "Saturday night."  This implies that it happened on the Sabbath rather than Sunday.
Rom. 14:5 One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. The same thing applies to religious festivals. One person thinks he has to keep every Jewish festival, while another thinks those days are no different from other days. About nonessentials like these, everyone needs to make up his own mind. The CWB significantly alters this important text since the original contradicts their Sabbath ideas.  Nothing in the context is about festivals (which are yearly).  "Every day" includes the Sabbath which, according to the original, the significance of is left up to the individual - in contradiction to SDA theology.
Col. 2:16 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. Don’t let anyone control your life by giving you a set of ceremonial rules about what to eat, what to drink and which monthly festivals or special sabbaths to keep. Notice the progression in the original.  A festival is yearly.  A new moon is monthly.  The Sabbath is weekly.  Yet the CWB changes it to "special sabbaths."  This is so the SDA can keep their view of their 7th day Sabbath.


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About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.