"Are You Afraid of Commitment?"
You make it sound so easy in your article "Are You Afraid of Commitment?"—"Pray to God and He will make it possible for you to do whatever you want with His blessing." But sometimes commitment comes at a cost. From when I first went to stage at nine years old, I dreamed of a career in theatre. At 29 years old it was beginning to open up for me. Producers were actually calling me to offer me roles, and I was invited to join the top theatre group in the region. But just when it seemed that my dream could be fulfilled I stumbled on evidence, in the supernaturally accurate fulfillment of Daniel's prophecies, that the God of the Bible is real.
That led to the understanding that God's commandments should be obeyed, all 10 of them, and that the vast majority of people who call themselves Christian routinely disobey the Fourth Commandment to observe the seventh-day Sabbath. So I had to choose to either go my way or go God's way.
Since then I've slipped and fallen far too many times in my walk with God, and I've often missed the theatre too, but almost 40 years on I still have no doubt that I made the right decision. But that commitment did come at a cost. God does not always make it possible for us to do whatever we want to do with His blessing. Sometimes we have to choose between God's way and our own.
Reader from Queensland, Australia
Our staff was very impressed with your letter, and we couldn't agree more that commitment comes with a cost. The article did not intend to imply otherwise, but was not focusing on that aspect. Jesus Christ told us to sit down and count the cost of discipleship (Luke 14:26-33 Luke 14:26-33  If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
 And whoever does not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
 Lest haply, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sits not down first, and consults whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that comes against him with twenty thousand?
 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an ambassador, and desires conditions of peace.
 So likewise, whoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.
American King James Version×). But God's blessing is worth the cost. He will reward us in many ways in this life and ultimately in the resurrection of the just.
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About the Sabbath
I wish to talk about your Church and the teachings you believe. I belong to the United Methodist Church. Our pastor also receives The Good News and has told me in our discussions that most of your teachings are spot on. I've asked him how, with all the different denominations in the world today, can we know which one is right when they all worship God and His Son? He says that all perceive the teachings of the Bible differently.
He doesn't have a problem if people want to celebrate the different annual biblical festivals, but doesn't believe we should be keeping the Sabbath. I was raised as a Lutheran (Missouri Synod) before becoming a Methodist years later. The only teaching I've known on the Sabbath is that it was changed at Pentecost. I'm kind of confused on this and the arguments for and against it.
B.D., Cedar Springs, Michigan
We can only suggest that you request and prayerfully study our free booklets Sunset to Sunset: God's Sabbath Rest, The Church Jesus Built and The New Covenant: Does It Abolish God's Law? All three booklets address the issues you raise. If you have specific questions, one of our letter-answering staff will be glad to address them. You may also wish to reread the first letter above.