ith the fourth commandment having recently been declared a mere suggestion, it's worthwhile toreview much of Pasadena's present doctrinal agenda. Are the Sabbath, Holy Days, and tithing all voluntary?
According to Mr. Tkach, they are: "But the Sabbath and Holy Days, along with the other ceremonial observances of the old covenant, are fulfilled in Christ and are not binding in their physical observance in the new covenant."
"Under the new covenant the tithe is voluntary, done out of love and allegiance to Jesus Christ."
On the contrary, below it shall be argued that the Sabbath, tithing, and the Holy Days are all still binding on new covenant Christians,drawing heavily upon Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) and other sources concerning the law and the Sabbath.
KEY ASSUMPTIONS OF PASADENA’S IN INTERPRETING THE BIBLE
Certain key assumptions buttress Pasadena's reasoning abolishing the Sabbath, the Holy Days, and tithing. As powerful and disturbing as its reasoning may seem initially, once its principles of Bible interpretation are exposed for closer examination, they become highly questionable. Often little time has been spent really proving theseassumptions, as opposed to applying them in abolishing various Old Testament laws as applying to Christians. Herewe'll list some of Pasadena's key assumptions and/or assertions:1. Dispensationalism, the view that God works with His people in [very] different ways during different stages of his master plan for humanity, is the most important foundational belief of these new teachings: "Prophecies [such asZech. 14's about the Feast of Tabernacles being celebrated in the millennium] (whether New Testament or OldTestament, whether about Sabbaths or sacrifices or circumcision) are not a reliable source of proof regarding Christian practice. Our doctrines must be based on scriptures that are applicable to the age we live in. . . . We should use the lawin a lawful way?and the new covenant, the law that Christians are now under, does not permit us to dictate when andhow much time other Christians should give to the Lord. . . . We want to uphold the law in the way that is appropriateto the age after the coming of Christ and the Holy Spirit."
2. Accordingly, a radical discontinuity is asserted to exist between Christianity and Judaism, in which basicallyeverything about the latter was abolished or transformed by the death and resurrection of Christ, instead of beingmerely reformed, modified, or fulfilled in the sense of completion, not abolition: "Just as the sacrifices were shadowsthat pointed to Christ and were superseded by him, the old covenant worship days were also shadows that pointed toChrist. Now that he has come, the days are no longer standards by which we are judged. The proper standard is JesusChrist. At the last judgment, the definitive questions will not be about days, but about faith in Jesus Christ. Hiscoming has made an enormous differences in the way God's people should worship in spirit and truth. We have onlyrecently begun to realize how significant his death and resurrection have been to both faith and practice."
3. Correspondingly, since in this new covenant dispensation Christ's sacrifice has changed everything, an OldTestament law can only be assumed to be in force if repeated in the New Testament [especially in Paul's letters]: "A New Testament authority is needed before any old practices are continued. That's because the law of Moses, the oldcovenant, the Torah, is obsolete."
"We must look elsewhere in the Bible to see which laws have continuing validity
If these observances are voluntary, i.e. not binding, they have been abolished. Special note: This essay may be freely copied and published byothers, by electronic and photocopier means. Its dissemination is strongly encouraged by those who wish to defend the past truths of theWorldwide Church of God. However, the author reserves the right to publish it under his own name.
Joseph W. Tkach, "Personal from Joseph W. Tkach New light on the Sabbath, Holy Days, unclean meats," Worldwide News (WWN),January 24, 1995, p. 5. This article shall be called WWN2 below. All emphases found in WWN articles and other sources (besides Scripture)are original to them unless otherwise noted.
Joseph W. Tkach, "Personal from Joseph W. Tkach Understanding the covenants," WWN, January 10, 1995, p. 5. This article is namedWWN1 below.
"What do the Scriptures say about the Sabbath?," WWN, May 23, 1995, pp. 7, 12. This issue of the WWN is labeled WWN4 below.
Ibid., p. 10.
Joseph W. Tkach, "Personal from Joseph W. Tkach New covenant: agreement with God," WWN4, p. 4.