Online Magazine: Edition 10
Welcome to the Tenth Edition of the Online Magazine of the Thornleigh Seventh-day Adventist Church
- Pastor's Piece - The Power of Loving Words
- My Story (Bible Study Series)
- A History of the Christian Church - Part Seven
- God's Love Language (part 3)
Ten Commandment Sunday
by Norman Tew
In North America a Ten Commandment Commission has been set up and their prime objective at this stage is to establish an annual Ten Commandment Sunday, the first of which will be on May 7, 2006. Their web site is http://www.tencommandmentsday.com. The following is part of the statement found at that site:
In response to recent court rulings against the public display of the Ten Commandments and the continual assault of a secular humanist agenda against traditional values, the Ten Commandments Commission has been created to restore and maintain the moral principles of the Judeo-Christian tradition in our nation and society.
The objectives of the Ten Commandments Commission are as follows:
- To restore the supremacy of the tenets, precepts, and principles contained in the Ten Commandments.
- To provide a global symbol that expresses our submission and commitment to the values found in the Ten Commandments.
- To create a mechanism by which the Word of God can be restored in every aspect of society peacefully and without violation of the legal system.
- To give opportunity for identification with millions who adhere to the supreme, universal law of God.
Because of the urgency of this matter, the Ten Commandments Commission is calling on all supporters of traditional values to unite and let their voices be heard. This can be done primarily through the wearing of the Ten Commandments Pin that we have made available and by celebrating the first annual Ten Commandments Sunday that will be held on Sunday May 7, 2006. On this date, we are calling on all churches, synagogues, ministry leaders, Christians, and all who care about traditional values to celebrate Ten Commandments Sunday by hosting local community events in support of the Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments Commission has assembled a massive coalition of cross cultural interdenominational community leaders, pastors, rabbis, educators, and heads of denominations who are committed to standing up for traditional values. By making our voices heard in support of the Ten Commandments, we believe we will make a major societal impact by restoring God's eternal moral code to the heart of our nation.
Will you join us as we call our nation back to the divine standard upon which it was founded?
In response to this the Seventh-day Adventist world wide official Satellite Television service has published a petition which can be found at http://www.hopetv.org. This petition indicates the attitude of the Seventh-day Adventist church to this Commission, and I therefore quote it:
To the Ten Commandments Commission
As fellow believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ we want to encourage you in your work to uphold the Ten Commandments. We agree that our society has strayed far from God. People need to accept Jesus Christ and His gift of salvation. This will prove to be the only enduring solution for our world's problems. Recognizing that your purpose is to honour God's eternal law, we encourage you to. . .
- Invite Christians to repent of their sins. As Christians live according to Bible principles they will have the integrity to change society.
- Call Christian leaders to teach that the Ten Commandments are a valid rule of conduct for today. We find it difficult to lead the lost to Christ and honour the Ten Commandments while the church teaches God=s law was abolished and nailed to the Cross.
- Call upon believers to be loyal to all ten of God's commandments including the fourth. The seventh-day Sabbath was given to bless society and help mankind stay connected to its Maker.
- Commit to support the Ten Commandments while not supporting government legislation of the first four commandments that define how we are to worship God. True worship can never be forced by governmental decrees. God only accepts the service of love.
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