Let’s move on to our next Sabbath Scripture teardown by looking at one of the most cherry picked verses of all time that the church uses to substantiate that Sabbath keeping is not for today. I’m talking about Romans chapter 14.
“One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord;[a]and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.” -Romans 14:5-6
The first point I need to make is that the word “Sabbath” is not even mentioned in the text. Actually, it’s not even mentioned anywhere in the whole book of Romans. So if this is the case, where is it declared by God that the Sabbath no longer applies?
Where can such an instruction be found here?
So what is Paul talking about in Romans chapter 14?
Answer: He is talking about fasting.
Look at the verses in context.
All you have to do is count how many times the word “eat” is used in the first six verses of Romans 14. Go ahead and count them. If you’re reading a King James Bible, the word “eat” is used 10 times. This chapter has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Sabbath.
You see, back in those days, there was a heated debated going on concerning what day one should fast on. One camp said this day was the best day. Another camp said that day was best. And both sides were condemning each other. It was getting really ugly, so Paul had to step in and say, “Look, this debate is NOT even biblical! Fast on whatever day you want!”
Even Jesus was confronted about this fasting issue.
Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?”-Mark 2:18
Besides Yom Kippur, there is NOTHING in the Torah that says one day is preferred over another for fasting.
Again, Romans chapter 14 has NOTHING to do with the Sabbath.
Let’s not forget that everything Paul taught had to be in harmony with the Old Testament.
CONCLUSION: If you’re going to use Romans 14:5-6 to promote the idea that the Sabbath can be any day one wishes, you are using a verse that has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Sabbath whatsoever. That’s just a fact folks!