Crazy Sabbath Rules

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” is one of the Ten Commandments found in the Hebrew Bible. The full text of the commandment reads: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.

Adding to the list of sabbath prohibitions which are endless:

  1. Tearing toilet paper
  2. Carrying a briefcase. Jeremiah 17:22 “Do not bring a load out of your houses or do any work on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your ancestors” On Shabbat one may not carry or transfer objects between a “reshut ha-yachid” (private, enclosed domain, such as the house); and a “reshut ha-rabim” (public domain, such as the street). Neither may one carry an object in a reshut ha-rabim for more than four cubits (six feet). Examples of this prohibition include: carrying in one’s pocket; carrying anything in the hand; wheeling a baby carriage or shopping cart, going outside with gum or food in the mouth. This prohibition also includes carrying in public hallways or yards of multiple dwellings, unless an eiruv chatzeirot is made.
  3. Driving
    A. Your creating a fire through the process of combustion.
    B. The Torah prohibits driving on the basis that labor is being performed by the act of operating a motor vehicle. If your church is a real hike away, you may want to drive there Friday night before the sabbath begins and park the car there until Saturday night.
  4. Having sex.  Isaiah 58:13: “If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day”
  5. Walking over 0.5681818 miles. According to halachah, unless there is more than 70 2/3 cubits between one house and the next, all contiguous housing is considered to be part of the same city. Therefore at times it would be permitted to walk even from one city to the next, as long as the whole way is populated.
  6. Eating out on the sabbath unless the servers are slaves (slaves did not get days off) taken from another land and forced into service.
  7. Writing. The main objective of writing is the keeping of records, and therefore, the spirit of the law forbids any activity normally requiring a written record.

And there you have it. The law of men coming in between you and God making up endless rules that take the joy out of life. Why do the Armstrongites put up with it? Ignorance and fear.

  • I would say that if people are sabbath keepers they should follow the spirit of the law given though Jesus. However Jesus is almost never mentioned by the Armstrongite preachers. However the old testament laws are compounded every week. This is what we call ‘priorities’.
  • No matter how well you plan your sabbath you will land up breaking it.
  • A sabbath that is approved by the Armstrongite minions cannot be a gift from God. It is grief. You will never have rest from them.

4 Replies to “Crazy Sabbath Rules”

  1. I’m Jewish – Orthodox to be exact. Every week, I keep Shabbat. I don’t find it a choir. I don’t end breaking it. I keep it, every week.

    Shabbat is a chance to recharge your spiritual batteries, and world-renowned psychologists are calling it as beneficial as meditation. My time is Shabbat is time in heaven.

    As a Christian, you should first heed to the words of your prophet, who said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” – Matthew 5:17.

  2. I am a FORMER Christian, and yes, our little cult called the wcg had a lot of crazy rules piled onto another in a endless display of shame.

  3. I think #4 may be incorrect…having sex is not supposed to be pleasurable, is it? Seems like sex was a taboo for many Worldwiders back in the day.


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