|Sometime ago a friend of mine was driving through Ohio on his way to New York City. At least he thought he was heading for New York until suddenly he saw a huge bus speed toward him and past him, plainly marked New York City. It was puzzling to say the least. Either that bus driver was wrong or he was wrong. So he drove in to the next service station and asked, “Say, isn’t this the way to New York City?” The attendant smiled and said, “Yes, if you want to go 25,000 miles.”
Only then did he realize that he had turned the wrong direction after stopping at a turnpike restaurant. He quickly turned around and headed in the right direction.
This experience of my friend illustrates very clearly what is happening to a lot of people in their religious life. No matter how sincere a person may be, he might be sincerely wrong. Something more is needed than sincerity in order to reach the right destination. Some times Christians discover that they have been mistaken. Sometimes they have been misled by others and find themselves going in the wrong direction. It is tremendously important that Christians keep open minds and hearts and be willing to change directions if necessary to keep in harmony with constantly unfolding truth. After all, truth cannot be everything. Truth is circumscribed in religion by what is in the Bible. It doesn’t conform to everything, but it must conform to what is revealed in the Bible. People may be and will be wrong, but God’s Word never is.
Let’s apply that to a strange situation we find in the world today. Although we have the same Christ, the same Bible, yet we find two Sabbath days kept by Christians. And the sincere heart cannot help but ask, “Which is right?”
There are multitudes who have been told, and who honestly believe, that the keeping of the seventh-day Sabbath was abolished at the cross and that the first day of the week—the day we now call Sunday—became the Lord’s day in honor of the resurrection. There is another group of Christians, equally sincere, who believe that the original seventh-day Sabbath is the true Lord’s day to be observed by all—even this side of the cross.
Friends, if ever I have asked God to help me speak with fairness and honest candor, it is now. For we all know, multitudes of sincere, devoted men and women are walking where their forefathers have walked without once thinking to question why they keep the day that they do. Yet we must learn—and I believe we have learned—one vital truth. It is this. We must have Scripture support for every Christian practice that we follow.