Posted: Sep 8, 2019 3:05 pm
It was the seventh day and our Creator had completed His work and rested. Because, of this He sanctified and made this day Saturday, His Sabbath, a day of rest. No work should be done and one must spend the day, a day of togetherness with Father Yahweh. He made it a command for us to keep it "Holy" and a day of rememberance.
Constantine Made Sunday a civil Rest Day.
When Emperor Constantine 1—- a pagan sun worshipper came to power in A,D,313, reads as follows - "On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in the cities rest, and let all workshops be closed"(Codex Justinianus 3.12.3,trans Phillip Schaff, History of the Christian Church 5th edition,New York 1902)., 3:380. note 1).
The Sunday was officially confirmed by the Roman papacy- the Council of Loadicea in A.D. 364 decreed "Christians shall not judaize and be idle on Saturday but work on that day; but the Lord's day they shall especially honour and, as being christian, shall if possible do no work on that day. If, however, they are found Judaizing, they shall be shut off from Christ." (Strand op.cit. citing Charles J. Hefele. A history of the council's of the church, 2 Edinburgh 1876)316).
Cardinal Gibbons, in Faith of our Fathers, 92nd ed, p.89. freely admits " You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorising the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religous observence of Saturday, a day which we (Catholic church) never sanctify".
Again " The Catholic church by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday" (The Catholic Mirror, official publication of James Cardinal Gibbons, Sept, 23, 1893).
"Protestants do not realise that by observing Sunday, they accept the authority of the spokesperson of the church for the pope" (Our Sunday visitor......
February 5, 1950)
"Of course the Catholic church claims that the change (Saturday to Sunday) was her act. And the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical authority in religous things" (H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons).
"Sunday is our mark of authority - the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observence is proof of that fact" ( Catholic Record of London, Ontario Sept. 1, 1923).
"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 Catholic church alone,. The Catholic church says, by my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holding Sunday the first day of the week. And look! The entire civilised world bow down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic church" (Thomas Enwrigbt, CSSR, President, Redemptorist College (Roman Catholic) Kansas City, MO, February 18, 1884)
The Word of God makes it expressly clear that Sabbath observance is a special sign or "mark" between God and His people. There is also no uncertainty that Christ, His disciples, and the first-century Christians kept the seventh-day Sabbath as commanded—the day we now call "Saturday" (Mark 2:28; Luke 4:16).
There is absolutely no New Testament text stating that God, Jesus, or the apostles changed the Sabbath to Sunday—not a text, not a word, not even a hint or suggestion.
We have a record of many Sabbaths that Paul and his traveling companions kept long after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Read of them in your own Bible in Acts 13:14, 27, 42–44; 15:21; 16:13; 17:2; and 18:4. Acts 13:42–44 is especially significant in that Paul and Barnabas, when speaking at a Jewish synagogue, were invited to speak again the next Sabbath. This would have been Paul's golden opportunity to tell the people to meet with him the next day rather than waiting a whole week for the Sabbath. But, "on the next Sabbath almost the whole city [Jews and Gentiles alike] gathered to hear the word of the Lord."
Yet today, most of the Christian professing world keeps Sunday, the first day of the week, calling it the Sabbath.
The New Testament plainly shows we are to continue keeping the commandments (Mathew 5:17–18; 19:17; 28:20)—all ten of them. Where, then, do men get the "authority" to change the Fourth Commandment by substituting Sunday for the original Sabbath Christ and the apostles kept?
The Bible prophesied many centuries earlier that the time would come when men would think to change times and laws (Daniel 7:25).
When Emperor Constantine I—a pagan sun-worshipper—came to power in A.D. 313, he legalized Christianity and made the first Sunday-keeping law. His infamous Sunday enforcement law of March 7, A.D. 321, reads as follows: "On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed." (Codex Justinianus 3.12.3, trans. Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, 5th ed. (New York, 1902), 3:380, note 1.)
"Sunday is our mark of authority... the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact" (Catholic Record of London, Ontario Sept 1, 1923).
Daniel 7:25 foretold, "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." Quoting Daniel 7:25, Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible says:
"He shall speak great words against the Most High] Literally, Sermones quasi Deus loquetur; "He shall speak as if he were God." So Jerome quotes from Symmachus. To none can this apply so well or so fully as to the popes of Rome. They have assumed infallibility, which belongs only to God. They profess to forgive sins, which belongs only to God. They profess to open and shut heaven, which belongs only to God. They profess to be higher than all the kings of the earth, which belongs only to God. And they go beyond God in pretending to loose whole nations from their oath of allegiance to their kings, when such kings do not please them! And they go against God when they give indulgences for sin. This is the worst of all blasphemies!
Your Bible says, "But in vain [uselessness] they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" (Matthew 15:9; Mark 7:7).
Further, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word [the Bible], it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20).
"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 Catholic Church alone. The Catholic Church says, 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" (Thomas Enright, CSSR, President, Redemptorist College [Roman Catholic], Kansas City, MO, Feb. 18, 1884).
"The Pope has power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ. The Pope has authority and has often exercised it, to dispense with the command of Christ" (Decretal, de Tranlatic Episcop).
It is a matter of Biblical and secular history that God never changed His holy Sabbath or transferred its solemnity to Sunday. Who did?
Rome, in concert with the Roman Catholic Church, changed Sabbath to Sunday!
What will you believe? Whom will you follow? The God of your Bible—or the traditions of men?
The choice, dear reader, is yours.