The Lords day which day does the bible say it is Saturday or Sunday
All scripture K.J.V. unless otherwise noted.
We want to take an in depth look at what the bible says about the lords day, and which day the true day of worship is. We want to look at the only scripture that has the words the Lords day in it. Some claim that it is Saturday and some claim it is Sunday; we want to see what the bible says.
What does John the Revelator have to say? Rev 1:10 I was in the spirit on the Lords day, and heard behind me a great voice as a trumpet. (COMMENT) here is the only scripture in the entire bible that has the words the Lords day in it, but it doesn’t tell us which day is his.
What day did Jesus say he was lord of? Matt 12:8 for the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day,
Who is the son of man? Matt 26:2 ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. (COMMENT) Jesus is the son of man. And it says he is Lord of the Sabbath, does He ever lay claim to any other day? Let’s see what the bible says.
Let’s look at the bible from front to back and see which day God calls His, and which day Jesus told his Disciples to keep in the New Testament.
Which day did God bless? Gen 2:1-3 thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. (v2) and on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. (v3) and God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: (set it apart) because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
(COMMENT) if you read the account of creation in Genesis, you will see that God created the sun and the moon, the fish in the ocean, the plants and trees, the animals, man and woman, but he never blessed, sanctified or made any of these holy, the only thing we see that God blessed, sanctified and made holy was the seventh day, and we want to see if He or his disciples ever changed it.
Did he ever tell man to keep this day holy? Exodus 20:8-11 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (v9) six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: (v10) but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maid servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger (foreigner) that is within thy gates. (v11) for in six days the lord made heaven and the earth, and the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it= (made it holy).
Was the Sabbath in effect before the Ten Commandments were given on Mount Sinai? Exo 16:14-28 and when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar=(Whitish gray) frost on the ground. (v15) and when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, it is manna: for they wist = (knew) not what it was. And Moses said unto them, this is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat. (v16) this is the thing which the Lord hath Commanded, gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer = (Hebrew dry measure equal to about 3.7 quarts) for every man, according to the number of your persons, take ye every man for them which are in his tents. (v17) and the children of Israel did so, and gathered some more, some less. (18) and when they did mete=(measure) it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating. (v19) and Moses said, let no man leave of it till morning. (v20) not withstanding they harkened not unto= (did not obey) Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth= (angry) with them. (v21) and they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted. (v22) and it came to pass that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. (v23) and he said unto them, this is that which the Lord hath said, tomorrow is the rest of the Holy Sabbath unto the lord: bake that which you will bake today, and seethe that which ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning, (v24) and they laid it up till the morning, as Moses Bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein. (v25) and Moses said, eat that today; for today is a Sabbath unto the Lord: today ye shall not find it in the field. (v26) six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, in it there shall be none. (v27) and it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. (28) and the Lord said unto Moses, how long refuse ye to keep my Commandments and my Laws?
(COMMENT) here we see before the ten commandments were given on mount Sinai, that the Sabbath was in effect, God rained manna down six days but on the seventh day He would rain none, and each day they were to gather enough for that day only, and if they tried to keep it until the next day, it would breed worms, but on the sixth day they were to collect enough for two days, because there would be none rained down on the Sabbath, and God worked a miracle in order for them to keep His Sabbath holy, the manna that they had gathered on the sixth day could be kept over to the Sabbath, and it would not stink, or breed worms, but some of them still tried to go out on the Sabbath and collect it, and God asked how long will you refuse to keep my commandments and my laws, this happened before they were ever written on stone at mount Sinai, as we study we will see that this day was very important to God, important enough for him to work a Miracle that they might keep it holy.
Were they resting on the Sabbath in Egypt before they ever came out? Exo. 5:5-7 and Pharaoh said, behold, the people of the land now are many, and you make them rest (Sabbath) from their burdens. (v6) and Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying, (v7) ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore, let them go and gather straw for themselves. (COMMENT) Moses was having the people keep Sabbath before they ever left Egypt and Pharaoh was angry and made the people gather their own straw and still make the same quota of bricks, The word for rest in verse 5 is Shawbath meaning (to keep Sabbath)
Was the Sabbath just for the Jews in the Old Testament? Isaiah 56:2, 6, 7 blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. (v6) also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; (v7) even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine alter; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all
(COMMENT) notice in verse 6 He says the sons of the stranger, in the original Greek the word for stranger (is Nekar) meaning the foreigner, and here God says that everyone who keeps the Sabbath He will accept even the foreigner, and He says if they do He will make them joyful in His house, so we see it wasn’t just for the Jews in the Old Testament.
Does God call the Sabbath the Jewish Sabbath or does He call it His holy day? Isa 58:13, 14 if thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the lord, and shalt honor him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words. (v14) then shalt thou delight thyself in the lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed the with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. (COMMENT) here God calls it His holy day and promises a blessing if they keep it, we want to continue through the bible and see if God Calls any other day his, and does He bless it, if we keep it,
What does the bible say the Sabbath is a sign of? Exo 31:13, 17 speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the lord that doth sanctify you. (v17) it is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed, Ezekiel 20:12, 19, 20 moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them. (19) I am the Lord your God walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; (v20) and hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am the lord your God. (COMMENT) the Bible tells us that the Sabbath is a sign of Gods great power to redeem us and sanctify( set us apart from our worldliness and make us holy) and its also a sign that He is the creator and that He did it in six days.
Was God ever upset because the Israelites profaned the Sabbath? Ezekiel 22:26 her priests have violated my law, and have profaned my holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
Ezekiel 20:19-25 I am the lord your God: walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them: (v20) and hallow My Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God. (v21) notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my Sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness. (v22) nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth. (v23) I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries: (v24) because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my Sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers idols. (v25) wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live. (COMMENT) here God tells them over and over you have polluted my Sabbaths, and we will find from a deep study of the Bible that the Seventh day Sabbath is never called the Jewish Sabbath, but its always called the Sabbath of the lord thy God, there were some feast days that were called Jewish Sabbaths that were instituted at mount Sinai, but these all pointed to Christ, but the seventh day Sabbath is a memorial of creation.
Did God ever say he would punish the Jews if they didn’t honor the Sabbath?Jer 17:21-27 Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; (v22) Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers. (v23) But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction. (v24) And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein; (v25) Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for ever.
(v26) And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house of the LORD. (v27) But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.
Was this destruction of Jerusalem fulfilled? 2Ch 36:19-21 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
(v20) And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia:
(v21) To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years. (COMMENT) we see that God meant what he said about keeping the Sabbath Holy, and because they didn’t listen, they were taken captive, and their city was destroyed
Why did Nehemiah tell the Israelites that God had brought evil upon them?Nehemiah 13:15-21 In those days saw I in Jerusalem some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals (v16) There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. (v17) Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?
(v18) Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath. (v19) And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day. (v20) So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice. (21) Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the sabbath.
Did Jesus ever tell his disciples to keep the Sabbath? Matt 24:20 but pray that your flight be not in winter neither on the Sabbath day, (COMMENT) in Matt 24:15 Jesus tells his disciples who had come to him privately see verse 1-3 he tells them that one stone of the temple shall not be left that shall not be thrown down and in verse 15 he tells them more about it, and then in verse 20 he tells them to pray it doesn’t happen on the Sabbath, the temple was destroyed in seventy A.D. forty years after he died on the cross, did Jesus know when this would happen, absolutely because the book of Daniel tells about it also, it seems kind of strange if Jesus was going to change the day of worship, why he told his disciples they should hope they didn’t have to flee on that day forty years after his death.
Did his followers honor the Sabbath after his death? Luke 23:50-24:1 and, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counselor; and he was a good man, and a just: (v51) the same had not consented to the council and deed of them; he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also waited for the kingdom of God. (v51) this man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus, (v53) and he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre = (tomb) that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. (v54) and that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on. (v55) and the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre = (tomb) , and how his body was laid. (v56) and they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment. 24:1 now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
Was Joseph the one who took Jesus body and those that were going to anoint Jesus body his disciples? Matt 27:57 when the even was come, there came a rich man of arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus disciple.
(COMMENT) if Jesus had, or planned to Change the Sabbath, He must have forgotten to tell His disciples about it, because rather than anointing the body of the one they loved, they went home and rested the Sabbath day according to the Commandment, and returned the first day of the week to resume their deed of love of anointing His body, it seems strange that if the Sabbath had been done away with why they still observed it after His death, Luke was a gentile an a close friend of Paul’s, in 2 Tim4:11 Paul tells timothy only Luke is with him, and Luke’s Gospel was written no later than 63 A.D. and we want to see if His disciples kept the Sabbath in the future.
Did Paul preach to the Gentiles on the Sabbath? Acts 13:42-44 and when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. (v43) now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. (v44) and the next Sabbath day came almost the Whole city together to hear the word of God. (COMMENT) here was a perfect opportunity (if) the Sabbath had been changed, for Paul to tell the gentiles you are not Jewish the Sabbath is for the Jews only, and the first day of the week is for you gentiles, I will preach to you tomorrow, but he didn’t tell them that, he made them wait a whole week until the next Sabbath, and almost the whole city came to hear Gods word on the Sabbath Jews and gentiles alike,
Did Paul preach to the Greeks on the Sabbath at Corinth? Acts 18:4 and he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks every Sabbath,
Was the Sabbath honored at Philippi? Acts 16: 12, 13 and from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days (v13) and on the Sabbath we went out of the city by a riverside, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spoke unto the women which resorted there. (COMMENT) this is a gentile city that later had a Christian Church, that Paul later wrote the letter to the Philippians, and here they are gathered together on the Sabbath not Sunday.
(COMMENT) if you Count the Sabbaths that were preached on in the Book of acts, you will find a total of 84, and only one time will you find that Paul ever preached on the first day of the week, and we will look at every text in the bible that talks about the first day of the week, there are only eight of them, and we want to see if Sunday truly is the day of worship.
What was Jesus Custom? Luke 4:16, 31 and he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. (v31) and he came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days.
Will the Sabbath be kept in the new Heaven and the new earth? Isa 66:22, 23 for as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. (v23) and it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord. (COMMENT) it seems strange that the Sabbath would be in effect from the time of creation until the death Jesus, then have a pause, or be changed to the day the pagans worshipped the sun, then be reinstated in the new heaven and the new earth, and all flesh will be worshipping on that day, We want to see if God changed it, or, if man did.
Did Paul ever tell the Hebrews that there remains a rest for Gods people? Hebrews 4:1-11 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.(v2) For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.(v3) For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.(v4) For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.(v5) And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.(v6) Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:(v7) Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.(v8) For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.(v9) There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.(v10) For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.(v11) Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
(COMMENT) Here Paul says the day was never changed, and that he that has entered into Gods rest has ceased from his own labors, and that some must still enter in, we know that we want to enter into that heavenly rest, and we know that from the book of Isaiah that we will plant fields and vineyards in the new earth Isa 65:1, 21 and then he tells us that all flesh shall worship on the Sabbath, as we will find out, from a continued study, the Sabbath has never been changed.
How do we know which day is the Sabbath? All the world celebrates good Friday as the day Christ died and all the world celebrates Easter Sunday as the day Jesus rose from the dead, and every one knows Sunday is the first day of the week, if you read Luke 23:52-24:1 you will see that the day Jesus died was the preparation day and the Sabbath was just about to start. Not only did his disciples keep the Sabbath at his death but Jesus himself did also, in his death he rested the Sabbath himself.
What about the calendar was there a change
There was a change in the calendar in 1582 Pope Gregory X111 made a 10 day adjustment and Thursday the 4th of Oct. was followed by Friday the fifteenth of Oct. but no change in the weekly cycle.
There is no change in the calendar that in any way has affected the continuity of the weekly cycle. (U.S. Naval Observatory. WA. DC.)
There has been no change in the authenticity of the weekly cycle
(Royal Observatory Greenwich England)
In 105 languages Saturday is called Sabbath
First day of the Week texts
We will look at all of the texts that deal with the first day of the week to see if the Bible truly tells us to worship on Sunday.
#1 Genesis 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. COMMENT this is just the first Day of Creation a work day
The next five are all talking about the same thing the resurrection day.
#2 Matthew 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
#3 Mark 16:2 And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
#4 Mark 16:9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
#5 Luke 24:1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
#6(John 20:1) The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
(COMMENT) these last five accounts all talk about the same thing, and if you read the account in Luke 23:50-24:1 you will see that they had rested the Sabbath according to the Commandment and were returning to the tomb on the first day of the week, to resume their work by anointing the body of Jesus. These last five texts tell us nothing that indicates this is a day of worship.
#7 John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. (COMMENT) some people try to say they were assembled for worship, and because Jesus appeared to them on the first day of the week, it makes Sunday the day of worship, because he appeared to them on that day. this is the same day that they came to the Tomb (verse 1) and if you read why they were assembled its not for worship, but because they were afraid that the Jews were going to do to them what they had done to Jesus, and when he appeared to them it was late in the evening, not a Sunday morning worship service..
What about Paul preaching on the first day of the week in the book of acts 20 6:-8
And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days. (v7) And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
(v8) And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.
(COMMENT) notice that this is the dark part of the first day of the week, and in Bible times the day began at sundown, this is what we now call Saturday night, if it was what we now call Sunday night, it would have been called the second day of the week in the bible. The day begins at sunset Gen1:5, 8 Luke 23:54. some people try to say this is communion because they broke bread, but Acts 2:46 says they went from house to house daily breaking bread, this is simply their dinner time and Paul knows he will never see them again (v25) so he preaches to them until midnight, and at the break of day Sunday morning he walks 25 miles to Assos definitely not a Sunday morning service.
Acts 20:7 the Jews reckoned the day from evening to morning, and on that principle, the evening of the first day of the week would be our Saturday night… the Apostle Paul held his last Religious Service on … Saturday evening, and consequently resumed his Journey on Sunday morning. (Bible scholar Horatio B Hackett, Commentary on Acts. Pp. 329, 330.)
(Greek New testament Bible) Acts 20:7 On Saturday evening we gathered together for the fellowship meal. Paul spoke to the people and kept on speaking until midnight, since he was going to leave the next day.
The New English Bible says they were breaking bread here on Saturday night.
What about the offerings in 1 Cor 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. (COMMENT) there was a famine in Jerusalem, Acts 11:17-30 and Paul was telling the Corinthians to lay by them in store something for the suffering converts at Jerusalem,
Weymouth 1 Cor 16:2 let each one of you put on one side and store up at home.
(Darby)1 Cor 16:2 On the first of the week let each of you put by at home, laying up in whatever degree he may have prospered, that there may be no collections when I come.
(English Standard Version) 1 Cor 16:2 On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come
(international standard version)1 Cor 16:2 On the first day of the week, each of you should set aside and save some of your money in proportion to what you have, so that no collections will have to be made when I come.
Webster 1 Cor 16:2 Upon the first day of the week, let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no collections when I come.
Messianic renewed covenant 1 Cor 16:2 On the first of the week, let each one of you put beside something and store it up, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.
Saving it up (NIV)
Put aside and save (NASB)
(COMMENT) if you look in the original Greek, you will see that the word day was added by man, and that Paul is simply saying, after the week is over and you have paid your bills, if God has blessed you then save something out of your leftovers at home, so that when I come, you will not have to try to calculate if you can give anything for famine relief, if you study the bible closely you will see that Paul made some of the gentiles wait a whole week before he preached to them on the next Sabbath, rather than telling them you don’t have to wait a whole week your day is Sunday, here Paul’s letter was simply read on the Sabbath and he told them, I am Coming by soon have something saved up that there be no collection when I come,
What about Romans 14 one man esteemeth one day above another?Romans 14:1-6 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputation (v2) For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. (v3) Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. (v4) Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. (v5) One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. (v6) He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
COMMENT notice that he is talking about eating on that day or not eating on that day, the seventh day Sabbath never had anything to do with eating or not eating Paul is plainly talking about fast or feast days not Gods holy day.
What about what Paul said to the Galatians about days and yearGalatians? 4:8-11 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.(v9) But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?(v10) Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.(v11) I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
(COMMENT) have Christians ever thought of applying this to Sunday, he plainly states that they were worshipping Gods that were not Gods and that they have fallen back into bondage, did you know that the ancients worshipped the sun on Sunday, and that they had a special day of worship of the sun on December 25 which the Catholic church transferred to the birthday of Jesus, but we know that Jesus was not born on Dec. 25 because the shepherds were in the field when he was born and in December it was to cold for the shepherds to be in the field, this is definitely not talking about the Sabbath because we know that the Sabbath was for worshipping the true god the creator not false Gods, shortly we will see where it was changed in history, and what those that changed the day had to say about it. We know also that there were certain feast days done away with that pointed to the death burial and resurrection of Christ, these were shadows or types, but the seventh day Sabbath pointed back to creation.
What about what Paul told the Colossians? Colossians 2:14-17 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;(v15) And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.(v16) Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days (v17) Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
(COMMENT) notice in verse 14 it says blotting out the ordinances=( the word ordinance in the original Greek is dogma meaning the ceremonial law, not the ten commandments if you look in verse 11 he plainly mentions circumcision, part of the ceremonial law not the ten commandments, and in verse 16 he plainly mentions the meat and drink offerings that were connected to the ceremonial Sabbaths not the seventh day Sabbath, and if you look at verse 17 you will see that the days he is talking about are a shadow of things to come the seventh day Sabbath is a memorial of creation, not a shadow of something to come but the ceremonial Sabbaths that fell on a certain date each year were a shadow of things to come, because they pointed to Christ and his ministry, these ceremonial Sabbaths fell on certain dates each year, and like your birthday is on the same date each year, but falls on a different day of the year, we will look at those ceremonial Sabbaths that were a shadow of things to come.
Notice what the Presbyterian commentator Albert Barnes says about this scripture.
Col 2:14-17 there is no evidence from this passage that he (Paul) would teach that there was no obligation to observe any holy time, for there is not the slightest reason to believe that he meant to teach that one of the Ten Commandments had ceased to be binding on mankind… he had his eye on the great number of days which were observed by the Hebrews as festivals, as a part of their ceremonial and typical law, and not to the moral law, or the Ten Commandments. No part of the moral law-no not one of the Ten Commandments could be spoken of as a shadow of good things to come. These Commandments are, from the nature of moral law, of perpetual and universal application.
These annual Sabbaths in Leviticus 23 were days when work was forbidden also
And there are seven of them
#1 1st day of unleavened bread-15th day, 1st month (v6, 7)
#2 7th day of unleavened bread-21st day, 1st month (v8)
#3 day of Pentecost-6th day, third month (v16, 21)
#4 feast of trumpets, 1st day 7th month, (v24, 25)
#5 day of atonement-10th day, 7th month (v29-31)
#6 1st day of feast of tabernacles- 15th day, 7th month (v 34, 35)
#7 7th day of feast of tabernacles-22nd day, 7th month (v36)
(COMMENT) these ceremonial Sabbaths are what were done away with at the cross when type met antitype, all of these feast days pointed to the ministry of Christ, the seventh day Sabbath will be kept in the new earth by all flesh, Isaiah 66:22, 23.
The two laws in the new testament what was nailed to the cross? Let’s look and see first what was blotted out. Colossians 2:14. Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way nailing it to his cross.
Was there a difference between the commandments and the ordinances?Numbers 19:1, 2 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, (v2) This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke: Numbers 9:12 They shall leave none of it unto the morning, nor break any bone of it: according to all the ordinances of the passover they shall keep it.
2 Chronicles 33:8) Neither will I any more remove the foot of Israel from out of the land which I have appointed for your fathers; so that they will take heed to do all that I have commanded them, according to the whole law and the statutes and the ordinances by the hand of Moses. (2 Kings 17:34, 37) Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not the LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel; (v37) And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the commandment, which he wrote for you, ye shall observe to do for evermore; and ye shall not fear other gods. (COMMENT) Notice that the Commandments and ordinances were two separate things, and the ordinances dealt with animal sacrifices, they had nothing to do with the Ten Commandments
(COMMENT), lets look at the word ordinance in the original Greek language, the word (ordinance) in the original language is (dogma) =ceremonial law, the ceremonial law was written in the book of the law, not in the ten Commandments, if you notice in Colossians 2;14, it says this law, that was nailed to the cross was against us, just as it says in Deuteronomy 31: 26 that the book of the law that Moses wrote was against us, why does it say that this law was against us? It was because of the animal sacrifices and circumcision, it also contained certain feast days, that meat and drink offerings were connected with, also on these feast days, they had to sacrifice many animals, making them different than other days, how is another way we can tell that Paul was talking about the ceremonial law here, if you look back in verse 11 we see that he is plainly talking about circumcision, (v11) in whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made with out hands, in putting off the body of sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.
(COMMENT) why was it necessary for Paul to tell the gentiles that the law of ordinances was nailed to the cross? Answer because the Jews were always following Paul around telling the converts, that they had to be circumcised, and that they must keep the feast days, in order to be saved, how was this law of sacrifices nailed to the cross? John 1:29 behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. (COMMENT), Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice, that put and end to the animal sacrifices in the ceremonial (law of ordinances) and now circumcision is no longer an outward sign, but it is of the heart, a newborn creature, please consider that the animal sacrifices had a ceremony that went with them, just as marriage has a ceremony connected to it, but the ten Commandments had no ceremony, you plainly just don’t kill, or don’t steal.
What about Ephesians 2:15? Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace, (COMMENT) once again we see that it is the law of ordinances: the word ordinance once again in the Greek is (Dogma=meaning ceremonial law. How can I know Paul was not saying the Ten Commandments were done away with, look in the same book of Ephesians 4:28 he says let him that stole steal no more… plainly one of the Ten Commandments. to be exact # 8 so if they were abolished why would he tell them not to break one of them?
What about the day of Pentecost didn’t they receive the holy spirit on that day and doesn’t that make it the new holy day, (COMMENT) the Day of Pentecost was a Jewish festival, and if you read in the book of acts 2:1-11 you will see that the Gospel had not even gone to the Gentiles and there were Jews from 16 different nations, that had come together for this Jewish festival that was in place since Leviticus 23, and it didn’t change the seventh day Sabbath in the old testament and it doesn’t change it in the new testament either.
(COMMENT) There is a prophecy in the book of Daniel that says a certain power would think they could change Gods times and laws, and we are going to look at that.
(Daniel 7:25) And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
(COMMENT)This power speaks blasphemy and thinks it has power to change Gods laws, lets see what the bible says about Blasphemy,
Mark 2:5-7 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.(v6) But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,(v7) Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? (COMMENT) notice that for a man to claim to forgive sins is blasphemy, but we know Jesus was able to forgive sins,
John 10:30-33 I and my Father are one.(v31) Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.(v32) Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?(v33) The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. (COMMENT) here we see that for a man to claim to be God it is blasphemy, we will now see which power claims to forgive sins, and claims to be god on earth and claims they changed the Sabbath and God himself has to bow to their power and authority.
Most Christians have never done an in depth look at history and you’re about to see some shocking claims, many honest sincere people have been misled about how the Sabbath was changed and who changed it.
The change of the Sabbath
The popes claim to be God on earth and to have power to change Gods times and laws
We hold upon this earth the place of God almighty.
(Encyclical of Pope Leo X IIIP.304)
The Pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it were God, and the vicar of God. ( Ferraris Ecclesiastical Dictionary)
The Pope is as it were God on earth,… intrusted by the omnipotent God direction not only of the earthly, but also of the Heavenly Kingdom,
( extracts from Ferraris Ecclesiastical Dictionary, article on the pope,)
The pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ himself, hidden under the veil of flesh, (the Catholic national, July 1895.)
He is the true Vicar of Christ, the head of the entire Church, the father and teacher of all Christians, he is the infallible ruler, the founder of dogmas, the author and judge of councils; the universal ruler of truth, the arbiter of the world, the supreme judge of heaven and earth, the judge of all, being judged by no one, God himself on earth.
(the New York Catechism taken from roman Catholicism. P. 127)
Thou art a priest forever: says the ordaining Bishop…he is no longer a man, a sinful Child of Adam, but an Altar Christus, another Christ…. Forever a priest of the most high, with power over the Almighty. (Eucharistic Meditations)
The Pope has power to Change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ, (Decretal De Translat Episcop. Cap)
The pope is of so great authority, and power, that he is able to modify, declare, or interpret even divine laws.
(Prompta Bibliotheca, by Lucius Ferraris, the Pope. Papa Articulus II, #30)
The pope is of so great authority and power that he can modify, change or interpret even divine laws, since his power is not of men, but of god, and he acts as viveregent of God upon earth, with most ample power of binding and loosing his sheep
(The Catholic Ferraris Ecclesiastical Dictionary, article under the pope)
The pope is not subject to them the cannons of the church, because he is competent to modify or annul them when he holds this to be best for the Church.
(The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol.X111, Art. Pope. P.268. )
For thou art the shepherd, thou art the director, thou art the husbandmen, finally thou art another God on earth. (from oration of Christopher Marcellus, in fourth session, of the fifth lateran council, Labbe and Cossarts history of the councils published 1672, vol. X1V, col 109
On April30, 1922, pope Pius X1 said, you know that I am the Holy father, the representative of God on earth, the vicar of Christ, which means that I am God on earth.
(Revelation four views, a parallel commentary. P.288. edited by Steve Gregg, published by Nelson publishers)
All the names which in the scriptures are applied to Christ, by the virtue of which it is established, that he is over the Church, all the same names are applied to the Pope.
(on the authority of councils, Belarmine book 2 Chp. 17 Vol. 11. P. 266.)
The Pope a scandal and a mystery, “confronted with the Pope, one must make a choice, the leader of the Catholic Church is defined by the faith as the vicar of Jesus Christ, and is accepted as such by believers, the Pope is considered the man on earth who represents the son of God, who takes the place of the second person of the Omnipotent God of the trinity. (Crossing the Threshold of Hope by his Holiness John Paul 11)
We therefore assert, define and pronounce that it is necessary for salvation that every human is subject to the Pontiff of Rome.
(Pope Boniface V111. Unam. Sanctum. 1302)
Who changed the Sabbath
The Converts catechism
Q: Which is the Sabbath day?
A: Saturday is the Sabbath
Q: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday. (Peter Giereman 1948 catechism page 50)
Sunday is the mark of our authority…the Church (Church of Rome) is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.
(Catholic Record, sep 1 1923)
Of course the Catholic Church claims the change( Sabbath to Sunday) was her act and the act is a mark of her Ecclesiastical power and authority in Religious matters.
(C.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons)
You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday, the scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday. (The faith of our fathers, James Cardinal Gibbons)
Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claims to observance can be defended only on Catholic principals… from beginning to end of scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.
(Catholic press Sydney Australia, Aug 1900)
Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept……. Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her… she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no scriptural authority.
(A Doctrinal Catechism p. 174)
Reason and common sense demand the acceptance of one or the other of these alternatives: either Protestantism and the keeping holy of Saturday, or Catholicity and the keeping holy of Sunday. Compromise is impossible.
(The Catholic Mirror Dec 23 1893)
Sunday is founded not on scripture, but on tradition, and is distinctly a Catholic institution. (Catholic Record, Sept. 17 1893)
The Catholic Church for over one thousand years before the existence of a protestant, by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday.
The Church (Church of Rome)… after changing the day of rest from the Jewish Sabbath, or seventh day of the week, to the first, made the third Commandment refer to Sunday as the day to be kept Holy as the Lords day.
(Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 4. P. 153)
The authority of the Church (Church of Rome) could therefore not be bound to the authority of the scriptures, because the Church, had changed… the Sabbath into Sunday. Not by command of Christ, but by its own authority.
(Cannon and Tradition P.263)
From this same Catholic Church, you have accepted your Sunday, and that Sunday as the Lords day, she has handed down as a tradition, and the entire Protestant has accepted it as tradition for you have not an Iota of scripture to establish it therefore that which you have accepted as your rule of faith, inadequate as it of course is, as well as your Sunday, you have accepted on the authority of the Roman Catholic Church.
(The Papal Controversy. D. B. Ray. 1892 p. 179)
But since Saturday and not Sunday, is specified in the Bible, isn’t it curious that non Catholics who profess to take their religion directly from the bible and not from the church, observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Yes of course it is inconsistent: but this change was made about fifteen centuries before Protestantism was born, and by that time the custom was universally observed. They (non Catholics) have continued the custom, even though it rests upon the authority of the Catholic Church and not upon an explicit text in the Bible. That (Sunday) is observance remains as a reminder of the mother Church from which the non Catholic sects broke away-like a boy running away from home, but still carrying in his pocket a picture of his mother or a lock of her hair ( The faith of millions p.473. 1956)
There is but one Church on the face of the earth which has the power, or claims power, to make laws binding on the conscience, binding before god, binding under penalty of Hell Fire, for instance, the institution of Sunday, what right has any other Church to keep this day, you answer by virtue of the third commandment, the Papacy changed fourth commandment and called it the third, which says remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath. Any school boy knows that Sunday is the first day of the week.
I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the bible, it is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. The Catholic Church says, no! By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day, and command you to keep holy the first day of the week. And, Lo! The entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.
(father Enright, president of redemptorist college)
Protestantism, in discarding the authority of the Church, has no good reason for its Sunday theory, and ought logically to keep Saturday with the Jews.
(American Catholic Quarterly Review, Jan 1883)
Where did Sunday observance start?
In ancient Babylonia the sun was worshipped from Immemorial antiquity.
(the worship of nature, Vol. 1. P.529)
On the venerable day of the Sun let the Magistrates and the people residing in the cities rest and let all workshops be closed.
(Edicts of Constantine, A.D. 321)
Paganism must still have been an operative belief with the man…he was at best only half heathen, half Christian. Who could seek to combine the worship of Christ with the worship of Apollo (Child of the Sun God,) having the name of the one and the figure of the other impressed upon his coins (Encyclopedia Britannica: Article Constantine)
(Council of Laodicea 325 A.D. church and state unite)
Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday, but shall work on that day but the Lords day they shall especially honor, and as being Christians, shall if possible do no work on that day.
What shape was the Church in at this time?
Pagan ceremonies were established in the Christian Churches…until… Christianity Exhibited so grotesque and hideous a form, that its best features were lost, and its early loveliness altogether destroyed.
(History of civilization. Vol. 1. P.188)
Christianity had now become popular, and a large portion, perhaps a large majority of those who embraced it only assumed the name… they are as much Heathen as they were before, error and corruption now came in upon the Church like a flood.
(Whareys Church History P.54)
The Sun was a foremost God with heathendom…there is in truth something Royal, Kingly about the Sun, making it a Fit emblem of Jesus, the son of justice, hence the Church (Catholic Church)in these centuries would seem to have said, keep that old pagan name, it shall remain consecrated, sanctified, thus the pagan Sunday, dedicated to Balder, became the Christian Sunday, sacred to Jesus.
(The Catholic World, March 1894. P. 809.)
The Church took the Pagan philosophy and made it the buckler of faith against the heathen. She took the Pagan Roman Pantheon. Temple of the Gods, and made it sacred to all the martyrs: so it stands to this day. She took the pagan Sunday and made it the Christian Sunday. She took the pagan Easter and made it the feast we celebrate during the year.
(the Catholic world p.809.)
What does the dictionary say about Sunday?
Sunday so called because this day was anciently dedicated to the Sun, or its worship, the first day of the week. (Websters Dictionary 1929 Edition)
Sunday the first day of the week, called this because in ancient times it was a day for worship of the Sun. (Chambers College Dictionary 1985 Edition)
Sabbath.. a Hebrew word signifying rest… Sunday was a name given by the Heathens to the first day of the week, because it was the day on which they worshipped the Sun.
(Bible encyclopedia John Eddie, D.D. LL.D P.561.)
In 105 languages Saturday is called Sabbath
What do protestant leaders say about Sunday?
The observance of the first day instead of the Seventh day rests on the testimony of the Catholic Church, and the (Catholic) Church alone.
(Hobart Church news, July 2 1984)
They (the Catholics) allege the Sabbath changed into Sunday, the Lords day, contrary to the Decalogue, as it appears, neither is there any example more boasted of than the changing of the Sabbath day, Great say they, is the power and authority of the Church (Church of Rome), since it dispensed with one of the ten Commandments.”
(Martin Luther, Augsburg Confession of Faith, Art. 28, Par. 9.)
The Sabbath is a part of the Decalogue-the Ten Commandments. This alone forever settles the question as to the perpetuity of the institution… until, therefore, it can be shown that the whole moral law has been repealed, the Sabbath will stand… the teaching of Christ confirms the perpetuity of the Sabbath.
(T.C. Blake D.D. Theology Condensed, pp. 474, 475.)
It is true that there is no positive Command for infant baptism. Nor is there any for keeping Holy the first day of the week. Many believe that Christ changed the Sabbath. But from his own words, we see that he came for no such purpose. Those who believe that Jesus changed the Sabbath base it only on supposition.
(Amos Binney, Theological Compendium, pp.180, 181.)
( He authored a Methodist New Testament Commentary)
( and his Methodist Compendium’ was published for forty years.)
There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath Day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday, it will be said, however, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week, earnestly desiring information on the subject, which I have studied for many years I ask where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament- absolutely not there is no scripture evidence of the change of the Sabbath institution from the seventh to the first day of the week, of course, I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history as a religious day, as we learn from Christian fathers, and other sources, but what a pity that it comes branded with the mark of paganism, and christened with the name of the sun God, when adopted and sanctified by the Papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism!
(Dr. Edward T. Hiscox. Author of the Baptist manuel)
In his book arguing for Sunday worship D.A. Carlson admits, there is not a hint anywhere in the ministry of Jesus that the first day of the week is to taken on the character of the Sabbath and replace it.”
(published by Zondervan, Grand Rapids MI. from Sabbath to the lords day)
Harold Lindsell, in Christianity today, writes, there is nothing in scripture that requires us to keep Sunday rather than Saturday as a holy day.
Harold Lindsell, Nov. 5. 1976. Christianity today P.42)
Reverend Philip Carrington Anglican Archbishop of Quebec, sent local clergymen into a huddle today by saying outright that there was nothing to support Sunday being kept Holy, Carrington defiantly told a Church meeting in this city of straight laced Protestantism that tradition, not the bible, made Sunday the day of worship.
(Toronto Daily Star Oct. 26. 1949.)
The reason we have church on Sunday is not because Sunday is the Sabbath. In fact, Sunday is not the Sabbath. Saturday is, and always has been the Sabbath day. There is no Commandment that changed the Sabbath to Sunday.”
(When God is First, p. 121. ) ( by Mike Hayes)
The Claims of the Catholic Priest
God himself is obliged to abide by the judgment of his priests, and either not to pardon or to pardon, according as they refuse or give absolution… the sentence of the priest precedes and God subscribes to it.
( Dignities and Duties of the Priest Vol. 12. p.27)
Pope john Paul II… on Tuesday told Roman Catholics to seek forgiveness through the Church and not directly from God, the requirement for confessing sin through Priests is one of the fundamental principles of Roman Catholicism.
( the Associated Press, Dec. 11. 1984.)
The priest does really and truly forgive sins in virtue of the power given to him by Christ,
(Joseph Devarbes Catechism, p.279.)
The judicial authority will even include the power to forgive sins.”
( The Catholic Encyclopedia)
Beginning time of papal rule
Vigilius… ascended the papal chair (538 A.D.) under the military protection of Belisarius.” ( history of the Christian Church, Vol. 3. p. 327.)
The Popes filled the place of the vacant emperors of Rome, inheriting their prestige, and titles from Paganism… Constantine left all to the Bishop of Rome… the Papacy is but the ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon its grave.
(Stanleys History, p. 40)
To the succession of the Caesars came the succession of the Pontiffs in Rome. When Constantine left Rome he gave his seat to the Pontiff.
(Labanca) (Professor of History, University of Rome.)
Out of the ruins of the Roman Empire there Gradually arose a new order of states, whose central point was the Papal See. There, inevitably, resulted a position, not only new, but very different from the former.”
(the Church and Churches, pp. 42, 43.)
The fall of the Papacy
In 1798 he (Berthier)… made his entrance into Rome, abolished the Papal Government and established a secular one.”
(Encyclopedia Americana, 1941 Edition)
The murder of a Frenchman in Rome in 1798 gave the French an excuse for occupying the Eternal city and putting an end to the Papal temporal power, “the aged Pontiff himself was carried off into exile in Valance…the enemies of the Church rejoiced. The last Pope, they declared, had reigned.”
(Church History, P. 24.)
Berthier entered Rome on the tenth of February, 1798. And proclaimed a Republic…half Europe thought Napoleon’s veto would be obeyed, and that with the Pope the Papacy was dead.”
(the Modern Papacy. Reverend Joseph Rickaby. P.1)
The persecution by the Catholics
That the Church has persecuted only a tyro in Church history will deny that.
(Western Watchman, Dec. 23. 1908.)
That the Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind, will be questioned by no protestant who has a competent knowledge of history.
(The history of the Rise of The spirit of Rationalism in Europe, Vol.2.p.32)
From the birth of Popery… to the present time, it is estimated by careful and credible historians that more than 50,000,000 of the human have been slaughtered for the crime of Heresy, by Popish persecutors.
(History of Romanism. Pp. 541, 542. )
The Church may by divine right confiscate the property of Heretics, imprison their persons, and condemn them to the flames…”
(Public Ecclesiastical law Vol. 2. p. 142.)
The noted Catholic Thomas Aquinas, said that convicted heretics should be put to death, just as surely as other criminals, because they were counterfeiters.
Great numbers were driven from their habitations with their wives and children, stripped and naked… many of them inhumanly massacred.”
(History of the Popes, Vol. 2. p 234. )
Sounding more serious themes to a gathering of Acadameians, John Paul did what no Pope had ever done, he publicly acknowledged the errors and the excesses of the Spanish inquisition, which tortured, and burned, heretics, Jews and other false converts to the faith” (News Week, Nov. 15. 1982.)
In a recent article that appeared in the Detroit news on July 7, 1998 revealed the Popes stern call for Sunday legislation. In his latest Apostolic letter, Dies Domini. The Pope went on to say that a violater should be punished as a Heretic.
(Detroit News, July. 7 1998.)
(APPEAL) the reason the quotes were brought in about the church that claimed to change the Sabbath, is to show how this church claims to be above the Bible and that they can change Gods laws, the first Sunday law was introduced in 321 A.D. by the Roman ruler Constantine, and it wasn’t a Christian law because we see that he said the shops should be idle on the venerable day of the sun, Constantine was a sun worshiper and as he was worshipping the sun he saw the sign of the cross, and decided that if he was going to conquer, and be victorious in his battles, that he must be a Christian. So he had his army ride through the river while the bishop held up his hand and said you are now baptized Christians, but what came out the other side were wet pagans! And the Church became morally debased to the point that you could see no difference between the church and paganism, first of all Jesus said to love your enemies, not take my name and go around murdering people in my name, the bishop of Rome, wanting to please the Roman emperor went along with this Sunday law. Constantine then left his seat in Rome to the bishop, and in 538 A.D The Roman emperor Justinian, declared the bishop of Rome, head of all the Churches, and then the persecution of the true Christians came into the church, and those who didn’t agree with the Pope were murdered, this persecution lasted until Napoleon’s General Berthier, took the Pope captive in 1798 ending the 1260 years of Papal persecution. All you have to do is look at how corrupt the Church was that claims to be able to change Gods times and laws. Besides if you look at the persecutions by this church, and ask yourself did Jesus ever tell his disciples to murder those that didn’t believe as they did. No, he told them to move on, shake the dust off of your feet, and keep looking for those that are ready to hear Gods word. The question I have to ask is this: Would God give the authority to such a church, to change his day and his laws, the second commandment has been taken out of the catechism, in order to bring all the statues into the church. The statue that is in the Vatican, that the people have kissed the toes off of is Jupiter, renamed Peter, and the people have actually been kissing a pagan statue. Constantine brought paganism into the church, and Sunday came in at the same time. This is why Daniel 7:25 says that this little horn power would only think that they could change Gods times and laws, and there is only one law that has to do with time, and that’s Gods day of worship, and we can see by the shape that the church was in that God would never Give them the right to do such a thing, the sad thing is that many large Christian denominations know who changed it and that there is no scriptural authority for Sunday worship, but they do not honor God by keeping the Sabbath that neither Jesus nor his disciples changed, mainly because it’s easy for an individual to change the day, but not so easy for a complete organization, the sad thing is that so many Christians have never seen who really changed it, and how it was changed. Will you love the Lord with all your heart, and keep the day He picked rather than the day a blasphemous Church picked? God set the Sabbath aside and blessed it and made it holy at creation, never will you find where Sunday was made holy, or even called blessed, most of the Gospels were written between 30 to 60 years after Christ died, and Sunday was still called the first day of the week, it was never called the Christian Sabbath, the Catholics claim they changed it in honor of the resurrection, but we were given baptism in honor of the death, burial, and resurrection Romans chapter 6. Sunday being given in honor of the resurrection is not in the Bible, The Sabbath was very important to God, if it was to be changed he would have said so, but he never does, who will you give your honor to, God or man?
(COMMENT) notice what Billy Graham says about the Ten Commandments
Billy Grahams question and answer column in Dallas Times Herald
Question! Some religious people I know tell me that the Ten Commandments are part of the law and do not apply to us today, is that right? Answer! No it is not right, and I hope you will not be misled by these false opinions, it is very important that Christians understand what the Bible means when it says they are free from the law, it certainly does not mean that they are free from the obligations of the moral law of God and are at liberty to sin. You see the word law is used by the New Testament writers in two senses sometimes it refers to the ceremonial law of the Old Testament which is concerned about ritual matters and regulations regarding food and drink and things of this kind, the ceremonial law was of a passing character, and was done away with when Christ came, from this law Christians are indeed free. But the New Testament also speaks of the moral law which is of a permanent unchanging character and is summarized in the Ten Commandments, this law sets forth Gods demands, on human life and mans duty to God and his neighbor that it defiantly applies to the Christian is made clear in Romans 13:8-10, of course it is Quite true that the Christian is not saved by his efforts to keep the law, but as one who is saved by Gods mercy through faith in Christ, he is under the obligation to obey Gods law, as it has been said in Christ we are free from sin, but not free to sin, if you love me keep my Commandments. Dallas Times Herald.
Question! Which of the Commandments apply to us today? I know that they were written thousands of years ago and times have changed, are some of them still useful?
Answer! The Ten Commandments are never out of date, they express the unchanging will of God in our lives, regardless of changes in human society, if you look at them closely you will see that the first few Commandments deal with our relationship with God, the other Commandments deal with our relationship with other people and with things, our lives would be happier if we followed Gods prescriptions for sound living, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS ARE NEVER OUT OF DATE. THE DALLAS TIMES HERALD.
(COMMENT) I hope that I have made it plain to the readers of this study that it was the ceremonial law of Moses that was done away with, not the law that represents God’s unchanging Character, if we are to be true ambassadors for Christ, we will allow these moral laws to govern our lives, and the way we conduct ourselves. Question: will you lovingly obey God?