True News 4 U — Truth-Religion — 01/09/2021
We will now pick up where we left off last week on our study of The Fourth Commandment. This is part 2 of 6.
Is The Church Required to Keep The Sabbath?
We know from Scripture that Yahweh has never changed His established Sabbath (Saturday) to the pagan SUN god day of worship. Yes, Sunday is the day the pagans worship their gods. It is written in Malachi 3:6 “I am Yahweh, I change not.” Nor has Yahweh given to ANY person, Church, organization, etc. the “authority” to make such changes or even to establish additional holy days outside what He has established in the beginning. Anything established outside of what Yahweh has established in His Absolute Set-Apart (Holy) Written Word in the beginning is man-made. If that which is established by man does not come against what is written in the Scriptures and it does no harm to anyone, then it is okay. However, if it does come against what is written in the Scriptures, we are to abstain from it and have nothing to do with it.
One of the reasons we have all these “added” holy days and changing of the day of assembly is due to reading into Scripture what is not there. Churches today and going back to the second century C.E. are doing exactly what the Pharisees and Sadducees started doing long before Yeshua/Jesus was born. They apply what is known as “eisegesis.” Eisegesis is the approach to Scripture interpretation where the interpreter tries to “force” the Scripture to mean something that fits their existing belief or understanding of a particular issue or doctrine (teaching). People who interpret the Scripture this way are usually not teachable or willing to let the Scriptures speak for itself (exegeses). Their goal is to try to prove a point they already believe in and everything they read and interpret is filtered through that paradigm. Stated another way, they engage in what the Scripture refers to as “private interpretation.”
In the end, eisegesis is an exercise that in most cases leads to wrong interpretation and therefore improper applications of those verses in the person’s life.
As a result of eisegesis, we now have a host of different denominations, including non-denominations. The founder of each church started out by reading Scripture and thus seeing something that fit their belief be it right or wrong and then they formed their church doctrines (teachings/beliefs).
We are to use “exegeses.” Exegeses is reading out of Scripture what is there rather than trying to read into Scripture what is not there. When “eisegesis” is employed, this places a “heavy” weight upon people. This is exactly what is happening in different churches today. There are many “man-made” additional rules (do’s and don’ts) that have been added by each church throughout the centuries. This places a heavier “yoke” upon the Body of Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus).
If we look closely at the first century ekklesia (Ekklesia is Greek for “called out ones.”), you will not find any denominations. Those who followed and believed in Yeshua/Jesus were known as “Nazarenes” (Acts 24:5). Denominations started in the second century and they continue to be with us to this day.
As the Written Set-Apart (Holy) Word clearly states in Deuteronomy 19:15 “that by the witness of two or more a thing is established.” Below, you will learn there are more than two witnesses from various Roman Catholic and Protestant religions that Yahweh’s established Sabbath is NOT SUN-day, the first day of the week but Saturday the seventh day of the week. SUN-day is the SUN god worship day, not the day Yahweh established for His people to assemble together. Those who are teachable will learn and they will start being obedient to Yahweh’s Word and those who are not teachable, they will be turned over to believe a lie. That which they “think” they know will be twisted even more so in these last days. You have to “want” His Truths from His Set-Apart (Holy) Written Word and be willing to make life-style changes to walk down His Straight and Narrow Path unto His Righteous Set-Apart (Holy) Ways.
Time is running out to repent and come in line with Yahweh’s Appointed Times. To all who have ears to hear, hear what the Set-Apart Spirit is saying.
The ancient Israelites, Catholic and Protestant churches changed Him from a glorious, incorruptible Mighty One/God into an object. Yahweh, Who is omniscient (all knowing) and omnipotent (all-powerful) with all His capabilities, He was reduced in His Creation by mankind into “an idol.” They reduced Him into an “idol” made of gold, silver, wood, granite, marble, cement, ceramic or any other convenient material. Look at all the statues in the Catholic and Protestant churches. Look at all the crosses hung in the churches, homes and worn around people’s necks. Is it any wonder that Yahweh is angry?
Parents can perhaps empathize/understand in a very small degree to the hurt He feels. This is when a child is told a “fact” – but the child refuses to believe when they are told “Don’t touch the hot stove because it will burn you.” But the child touches it nonetheless. Parents commiserate/sympathize with the child’s pain as they experience what is a painful experience. Yahweh is also hurt when you do not believe His Truths which He has given us in His Absolute Written Word. Yeshua said in Matthew Chapter 23:
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who murders the prophets and stones [to death] those [messengers] who are sent to her [by God]! How often I wanted to gather your children together [around Me], as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.”
(Matthew 23:37, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comments added)
Surely, you can understand why Yeshua/Jesus, The Son, is also hurt. When He saw Jerusalem, He brought the above message to His children, Israel. They changed His Father, the incorruptible Mighty One/God into an image made like unto corruptible man. He, in the eyes of His Creation, had been fashioned into an idol. He was compared to the image of birds, fish, creeping things and four-footed beasts! We should all hang our heads in shame and repent and return to His Absolute Written Word.
Now we will take a look at the confessions of the ministers of the Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches concerning the seventh day Sabbath.
Roman Catholic and Protestant Confessions about Sunday
The vast majority of Protestant churches today teach the observance of SUN-day, the first day of the week, as a time for rest and worship. Yet, it is generally known and freely admitted that the early talmidim (disciples) of Yeshua/Jesus observed the seventh day as the Shabbat (Sabbath). We have to ask, “How did this change come about?”
History reveals to us that it was decades after the death of the Apostles that the religious system disapproved of the Sabbath clearly written in the Scriptures and thus, they substituted the observance of the first day of the week as the new sabbath. The following quotations, all from Roman Catholic sources, who freely acknowledge that there is no Biblical authority for the observance of SUN-day, that it was the Roman Catholic Church that changed the Sabbath to the first day of the week.
In the second part of these quotations, we will see what the Protestants say about the Sabbath. Undoubtedly, all of these noted clergymen, scholars and writers kept SUN-day but they all frankly admit that there is NO Scriptural authority for a first day Sabbath.
Bottom line: The reason for keeping SUN-day rather than Yahweh’s established seventh day Sabbath is TRADITION. When Yeshua/Jesus came, He spoke against the “traditions” of the elders as their “traditions” were missing the mark. They were not in line with the Written Word of Yahweh. They “changed” what He had established in His Word. Christianity has and continues to follow in the footsteps of the ancient elders/Pharisees. They have changed His Mo’edim/Appointed Times.
Protestant theologians and preachers from a wide spectrum of denominations have been quite candid in admitting that there is no Biblical authority for observing SUN-day as a Sabbath.
AMERICAN CONGREGATIONALIST QUOTES ABOUT THE SABBATH
“The current notion that Christ and His apostles authoritatively substituted the first day for the seventh, is absolutely without any authority in the New Testament.”
—Dr. Layman Abbot, in the Christian Union, June 26, 1890
“. . . It is quite clear that however rigidly or devotedly we may spend Sunday, we are not keeping the Sabbath -. ‘The Sabbath was founded on a specific Divine command. We can plead no such command for the obligation to observe Sunday.... There is not a single sentence in the New Testament to suggest that we incur any penalty by violating the supposed sanctity of Sunday.” (Emphasis added)
—Dr. R. W. Dale, The Ten Commandments (New York: Eaton &Mains), pages 127-129
“. . . The Christian Sabbath [Sunday] is not in the Scriptures, and was not by the primitive Church called the Sabbath.” (Emphasis and comment added)
—Timothy Dwight, Theology: Explained and Defended (1823), Sermon 107, volume 3, page 258
ANGLICAN QUOTES ABOUT THE SABBATH
“And where are we told in the Scriptures that we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded to keep the seventh; but we are nowhere commanded to keep the first day... The reason why we keep the first day of the week holy instead of the seventh is for the same reason that we observe many other things, not because the Bible, but because the Church, has enjoined it.”
—Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the Catechism, pages 334 and 336
COMMENT: Clearly what is being stated here is ‘forget what Yahweh has given us to obey and do it our own way.’ WOE BE UNTO THE CHURCH.
BAPTIST QUOTES ABOUT THE SABBATH
“There was and is a command to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will however be readily said, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week, with all its duties, privileges and sanctions. Earnestly desiring information on this 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 scriptural evidence of the change of the Sabbath institution from the seventh to the first day of the week.” (Emphasis added)
—Dr. E. T. Hiscox, author of the ‘Baptist Manual’
“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.... Where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament absolutely not.
To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years discussion with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath question, discussing it in some of its various aspects, freeing it from its false [Jewish traditional] glosses, never alluded to any transference of the day; also, that during the forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing was intimated. Nor, so far as we know, did the Spirit, which was given to bring to their remembrance all things whatsoever that He had said unto them, deal with this question. Nor yet did the inspired apostles, in preaching the gospel, founding churches, counseling and instructing those founded, discuss or approach the subject.
Of course, I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history as a religious day as we learn from the Christian Fathers and other sources. But what a pity that it [Christianity] comes branded with the mark of paganism, and christened with the name of the sun-god, adopted and sanctioned by the Papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism!” (Emphasis and comment added)
COMMENT: Did you pick up on that “But what a pity it comes branded with the mark of paganism, and christened with the name of the sun-god, adopted and sanctioned by the papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism!?” What was stated is absolutely true and yet, most Protestant Churches are doing what Rome is doing and not what is clearly written in the Scriptures. SUN-day IS a pagan mark and the Church does NOT know it. Those who are obedient to keep/do/obey His Sabbaths are the Bride of Yeshua/Jesus. Those NOT keeping/doing/obeying His Sabbaths are NOT of the Bride of Yeshua/Jesus. They, those who do not obey His Word, will be the wedding guests. The Bride is pure and she defiles NOT herself by disobeying that which has been established by Yahweh in the beginning. Those who are obedient to what is written in the Scriptures will rule with Yeshua/Jesus.
“The Scriptures nowhere call the first day of the week the Sabbath . . There is no Scriptural authority for so doing, nor of course, any Scriptural obligation.” (Emphasis added)
“We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government.”
—Baptist Church Manual, Article 12
“There was never any formal or authoritative change from the Jewish seventh-day Sabbath to the Christian first-day observance.” (Emphasis added)
—WILLIAM OWEN CARVER, The Lord’s Day in Our Day, page 49
“There is nothing in Scripture that requires us to keep Sunday rather than Saturday as a holy day.” (Emphasis added)
—Harold Lindsell (editor), Christianity Today, November 5, 1976
“It may be that Jesus gave them an explicit command so to do [to change] the Sabbath from the seventh day to the first; but of this we have no revelation.”
BRETHREN QUOTES ABOUT THE SABBATH
“With the views of the law and the Sabbath we once held ... and which are still held by perhaps the great majority of the most earnest Christians, we confess that we could not answer Adventists. What is more, neither before or since have I heard or read what would conclusively answer an Adventist in his Scriptural contention that the Seventh day is the Sabbath (Exodus 20:10). It is not ‘one day in seven’ as some put it, but ‘the Seventh day according to the commandment.’ ” (Emphasis and comment added)
—Words of Truth and Grace, page 281
CATHOLIC QUOTES ABOUT THE SABBATH
“It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church.” (Emphasis added)
—Priest Brady, in an address, reported in the Elizabeth, New Jersey ‘News’ on March 18, 1903
“Practically everything that Protestants regard as essential or important they have received from the Catholic Church. They accepted Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic Church made that change. But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize that in accepting the Bible, in observing the Sunday, in keeping Christmas and Easter, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the [Catholic] church, the pope.” (Emphasis and comment added)
—Our Sunday Visitor, February 5th, 1950
“When St. Paul repudiated the works of the law, he was not thinking of the Ten Commandments, which are as unchangeable as God Himself is, which God could not change and still remain the infinitely holy God.”
—Our Sunday Visitor, October 7, 1951
“Of course these two old quotations are exactly correct. The Catholic Church designated Sunday as the day for corporate worship and gets full credit – or blame – for the change.” (Emphasis added)
—This Rock, The Magazine of Catholic Apologetics and Evangelization, page 8, June 1997
“Question: Have you any other proofs that they (Protestants) are not guided by the Scripture?
Answer: Yes; so many, that we cannot admit more than a mere specimen into this small work. They reject much that is clearly contained in Scripture, and profess more that is nowhere discoverable in that Divine Book.
Question: Give some examples of both?
Answer: They should, if the Scripture were their only rule, wash the feet of one another, according to the command of Christ, in the 13th chap. of St. John; —they should keep, not the Sunday, but the Saturday, according to the commandment, “Remember thou keep holy the Sabbath-day;” for this commandment has not, in Scripture, been changed or abrogated;...” (Emphasis and comment added)
—Rev. Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism; New York in 1857, page 101 Imprimatur
“Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?
Answer: Had she [Roman Catholic Church] 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.” (Emphasis and comment added)
—Rev. Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism; New York in 1857, page 174
COMMENT: Yahweh never gave the Roman Catholic Church ANY authority to make changes to His Written Word much less ANY Church. In the minds of evil wicked men, they have chosen/elected to develop their own set of holy days and rules for those that want a “religion” and not a relationship with Yahweh and His Son, Yeshua/Jesus. To have a meaningful relationship with the Father and Son, one MUST read His Written Set-Apart Word and obey what is written therein. Do not add to nor take away from His Word. His Righteous Judgment Day is coming and it will NOT be a pretty picture for those who have a “religion” and not a relationship with Him.
“Question: In what manner can we show a Protestant, that he speaks unreasonably against fasts and abstinences?
Answer: Ask him why he keeps Sunday, and not Saturday, as his day of rest, since he is unwilling either to fast or to abstain. If he reply, that the Scripture orders him to keep the Sunday, but says nothing as to fasting and abstinence, tell him the Scripture speaks of Saturday or the Sabbath, but gives no command anywhere regarding Sunday or the first day of the week.
If, then he neglects Saturday as a day of rest and holiness, and substitutes Sunday in its place, and this merely because such was the usage of the ancient Church, should he not, if he wishes to act consistently, observe fasting and abstinence, because the ancient Church so ordained?” (Emphasis added)
—Rev. Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism; New York in 1857, page 181
“Question: Must not a sensible Protestant doubt seriously, when he finds that even the Bible is not followed as a rule by his co-religionists?
Answer: Surely, when he sees them baptize infants, abrogate the Jewish Sabbath, and observe Sunday for which [page 7] there is no Scriptural authority; when he finds them neglect to wash one another’s feet, which is expressly commanded, and eat blood and things strangled, which are expressly prohibited in Scripture. He must doubt, if he think at all. ...
Question: Should not the Protestant doubt when he finds that he himself holds tradition as a guide?
Answer: Yes, if he would but reflect that he has nothing but Catholic Tradition for keeping the Sunday holy; ...” (Emphasis and comment added)
—Controversial Catechism by Stephen Keenan, New Edition, revised by Rev. George Cormack, published in London by Burns & Oates, Limited - New York, Cincinnati and Chicago: Benzinger Brothers, 1896, pages 6 and 7
“Question: Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” (Emphasis added)
—Rev. Peter Geiermann C.S.S.R., The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1957), page 50
COMMENT: Most Protestant Churches are perpetuating the sins of the Roman Catholic Church by assembling on SUN-day rather than what Yahweh established in the beginning. Sad to say, but man puts MORE stock in “mans” ways/traditions than in Yahweh’s Set-Apart Ways. Yahweh’s Word IS ABSOLUTE. Man’s ways are NOT absolute. Whom do you follow, man or Yahweh? Choose you this day whom you shall serve (Joshua 24:15).
“The Church, on the other hand, 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 Lord’s Day. The Council of Trent (Session VI, Canon XIX) condemns those who deny that the Ten Commandments are binding on Christians.” (Emphasis and comment added)
—The Catholic Encyclopedia, Commandments of God, Volume IV, © 1908 by Robert Appleton Company, Online Edition © 1999 by Kevin Knight, Nihil Obstat - Remy Lafort, Censor Imprimatur - +John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York, page 153
“The [Roman Catholic] Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right of the divine, infallible authority given to her by her founder, Jesus Christ. The Protestant claiming the Bible to be the only guide of faith, has no warrant for observing Sunday. In this matter the Seventh-day Adventist is the only consistent Protestant.” (Emphasis and comment added)
—The Catholic Universe Bulletin, August 14, 1942, page 4
“All of us believe many things in regard to religion that we do not find in the Bible. For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the Church outside the Bible.” (Emphasis added)
—The Catholic Virginian, To Tell You The Truth,” Volume 22, No. 49, page 9 (October 3, 1947)
COMMENT: Did you pick up on this, “Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Roman Catholic] church outside the Bible?” All who assemble on the first day of the week, SUN-day, are following what “man” has set forth and NOT what Yahweh has established in the beginning. The “outside the Bible” clearly comes from man and not from what is Written in the Scriptures.
“But 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, a day which we never sanctify.” (Emphasis added)
—The Faith of Our Fathers, by James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, 88th edition, page 89. Originally published in 1876, republished and Copyright 1980 by TAN Books and Publishers, Inc., pages 72-73
COMMENT: Did you pick up on this bold, brazen statement “a day which we [Roman Catholic Church] never sanctify?” NO Church has the “authority” to NOT sanction ANY part of His Set-Apart (Holy) Written Word. Who gave these people the authority to change His Word? No man has been given authority to change anything in the Scriptures. We are given clear warning NOT to do this. What Yahweh inspired, no man has the right to change or remove, no matter how good the excuse sounds. King Solomon said:
“4 Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name? Certainly you know!
5 Every word of God is tested and refined [like silver]; He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him.
6 Do not add to His words, Or He will reprove you, and you will be found a liar.”
(Proverbs 30:4-6, Amplified Bible (AMP), emphasis and comment added)
“Is Saturday the seventh day according to the Bible and the Ten Commandments? I answer yes. Is Sunday the first day of the week and did the [Roman Catholic] Church change the seventh day -Saturday - for Sunday, the first day? I answer yes. Did Christ change the day’? I answer no! Faithfully yours, J. Card. Gibbons” (Emphasis and comment added)
“Reason and 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.” (Emphasis added)
—John Cardinal Gibbons, The Catholic Mirror, December 23, 1893
“The Catholic Church, . . . by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday.” (Emphasis added)
COMMENT: Once again, no man nor any religious organization has the power nor the authority to change what Yahweh has established in the beginning.
“Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change 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, in answer to a letter regarding the change of the Sabbath, November 11, 1895
“Deny the authority of the Church and you have no adequate or reasonable explanation or justification for the substitution of Sunday for Saturday in the Third - Protestant Fourth - Commandment of God... The Church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.” (Emphasis added)
—Catholic Record, September 1, 1923
“But since Saturday, 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 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 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 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.” (Emphasis added)
—The Faith of Millions
“Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. “The Day of the Lord” (dies Dominica) was chosen, not from any directions noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church’s sense of its own power. The day of resurrection, the day of Pentecost, fifty days later, came on the first day of the week. So this would be the new Sabbath. People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become 7th Day Adventists, and keep Saturday holy.” (Emphasis added)
—Sentinel, Pastor’s page, Saint Catherine Catholic Church, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995
“If Protestants would follow the Bible, they would worship God on the Sabbath day. In keeping the Sunday they are following a law of the Catholic Church.” (Emphasis added)
—Albert Smith, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, replying for the Cardinal, in a letter dated February 10, 1920
“The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] Church.” (Emphasis and comment added)
—Monsignor Louis Segur, ‘Plain Talk about the Protestantism of Today,’ page 213
“What Important Question Does the Papacy Ask Protestants?
Protestants have repeatedly asked the papacy, “How could you dare to change God’s law?” But the question posed to Protestants by the Catholic church is even more penetrating.
Here it is officially: You will tell me that Saturday was the Jewish Sabbath, but that the Christian Sabbath has been changed to Sunday. Changed! but by whom? Who has authority to change an express commandment of Almighty God? When God has spoken and said, Thou shalt keep holy the Seventh day, who shall dare to say, Nay, thou mayest work and do all manner of worldly business on the Seventh day; but thou shalt keep holy the first day in its stead?
This is a most important question, which I know not how you can answer. You are a Protestant, and you profess to go by the Bible and the Bible only; and yet in so important a matter as the observance of one day in seven as a holy day, you go against the plain letter of the Bible, and put another day in the place of that day which the Bible has commanded.
The command to keep holy the Seventh day is one of the ten commandments; you believe that the other nine are still binding; who gave you authority to tamper with the fourth? If you are consistent with your own principles, if you really follow the Bible and the Bible only, you ought to be able to produce some portion of the New Testament in which this fourth commandment is expressly altered.” (Emphasis added)
—Library of Christian Doctrine: Why Don’t You Keep Holy the Sabbath-Day? (London: Burns and Oates, Ltd.), pages 3 and 4
“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 the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ 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 a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.” (Emphasis added)
—T. Enright, C.S.S.R., in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, February 18, 1884
COMMENT: Did you pick up on this “The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church?” It is time the Protestant Churches come out from under the “obedience” to the Roman Catholic Church and come into obedience to Yahweh’s Word.
“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 did away with the 2nd regarding the worship of graven images, and called the 4th the 3rd), which says ‘Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.’
But Sunday is not the Sabbath. Any schoolboy knows that Sunday is the first day of the week. I have repeatedly offered one thousand dollars to anyone who will prove by the Bible alone that Sunday is the day we are bound to keep, and no one has called for the money. It was the holy Catholic Church that changed the day of rest from Saturday, the Seventh day, to Sunday, the first day of the week.” (Emphasis and comment added)
—T. Enright, C.S.S.R., in a lecture delivered in 1893
“Only gradually did Christians begin to observe Sunday as a day of rest..…In the third century, as we learn from Tertullian, many Christians had begun to keep Sunday as a day of rest to some extent…“The real need of Sunday as a day of rest as well as worship came much later, in the sixth century.” (Emphasis added)
“Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts:
1) That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies [unintelligent] them in the eyes of every thinking man. (Emphasis and comment added)
COMMENT: This last sentence can better be stated as “The fact that they (the Protestant Churches) do not but on the contrary observe the SUN-day clearly demonstrates their stupidity. They are unintelligent and silly in the eyes of every thinking man.”
2) We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living [Roman Catholic] Church, the authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church [Roman Catholic Church], instituted by Christ to teach and guide man through life, has the right to change the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept her change of the Sabbath to Sunday. (Emphasis and comments added)
COMMENT: It is obvious that anything outside the Written Set-Apart Word of Almighty Yahweh is man “adding” to what He has established. To say the Church is on the same level as the Scriptures is blasphemy and a heavy price will be exacted by those who set it up and those who perpetuate it. WOE BE TO THEM. Yeshua/Jesus never did ordain nor institute ANY religion. Nor did Yahweh ordain or institute ANY religious organization. Religion is man-made. Yahweh did not start religion.
We frankly say, yes, the Church [Roman Catholic Church] made this change, made this law, as she [Roman Catholic Church] made many other laws, for instance, the Friday abstinence, the unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of Catholic marriages and a thousand other laws. (Comments added)
COMMENT: The Church as a whole no matter what label hangs above the front door does not have the authority to make laws. The Roman Catholic Church has and still is doing the same thing the Orthodox Jews have and are still doing. They have made up their own laws based on their uneducated and uninspired understanding of the Scriptures. The Church as a whole like the Orthodox Jews have built a “fence” around the Set-Apart Scriptures. They have “added to” what has been given to us by YHWH -- Yahweh. WOE BE TO THEM.
It is always somewhat laughable; to see the Protestant churches, in pulpit and legislation, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in their Bible.” (Emphasis added)
COMMENT: The Roman Catholic Church is laughing at the Protestant Churches for doing what they are doing because the Protestant Churches “profess” to be followers of what is written in the Scriptures. If this were correct, ALL Protestant Churches would be obedient in assembling on the correct day, the Sabbath (Saturday) and NOT on SUN-day. The Protestant Churches are a laughing stock to the Roman Catholic Church.
“Tradition, not Scripture, is the rock on which the church of Jesus Christ is built.”
—Adrien Nampon, Catholic Doctrine as Defined by the Council of Trent, page 157
“The Pope is of so great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine law. The pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts a vicegerent of God upon earth.”
—Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Bibliotheca, art. Papa, II, Volume VI, page 29
“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 “takes the place” of the Second Person of the omnipotent God of the Trinity.” (Comment added)
—John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, page 3, 1994
“...pastoral intuition suggested to the Church the christianization of the notion of Sunday as “the day of the sun,” which was the Roman name for the day and which is retained in some modern languages. This was in order to draw the faithful away from the seduction of cults which worshipped the sun, and to direct the celebration of the day to Christ, humanity’s true ‘sun.’ ” (Emphasis added)
—John Paul II, Dies Domini, 27. The day of Christ-Light, 1998 (Prominent protestant leaders agree with this statement - See here for a statement by Dr. E. T. Hiscox, author of the ‘Baptist Manual’)
“The Sun was a foremost god with heathen-dom…The sun has worshippers at this hour in Persia and other lands…. There is, in truth, something royal, kingly about the sun, making it a fit emblem of Jesus, the Sun of Justice. Hence the church in these countries would seem to have said, to ‘Keep that old pagan name [Sunday]. It shall remain consecrated, sanctified.’ And thus the pagan Sunday, dedicated to Balder, became the Christian Sunday, sacred to Jesus.” (Emphasis and comment added)
—William Gildea, Doctor of Divinity, The Catholic World, March, 1894, page 809
“The retention of the old pagan name of Dies Solis, for Sunday is, in a great measure, owing to the union of pagan and Christian sentiment with which the first day of the week was recommended by Constantine to his subjects - pagan and Christian alike - as the ‘venerable’ day of the sun.” (Emphasis added)
—Arthur P. Stanley, History of the Eastern Church, page 184
“Question: How prove you that the Church hath power to command feasts and holydays?
Answer: By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of; and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same Church.” (Emphasis added)
—Henry Tuberville, An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine (1833 approbation), page 58 (Same statement in Manual of Christian Doctrine, ed. by Daniel Ferris [1916 ed.], page 67)
“Some theologians have held that God likewise directly determined the Sunday as the day of worship in the NEW LAW, that he himself has explicitly substituted Sunday for the Sabbath. But this theory is entirely abandoned. It is now commonly held that God simply gave His church the power to set aside whatever day or days she would deem suitable as holy days. The church chose Sunday, the first day of the week, and in the course of time added other days as holy days.” (Emphasis added)
—Vincent J. Kelly, Forbidden Sunday and Feast-Day Occupations, Washington, DC, Catholic University of America Press, Studies in Sacred Theology, No. 70, 1943, page 2
“If we consulted the Bible only, we should still have to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is, Saturday, with the Jews, instead of Sunday; ...” (Emphasis added)
—A Course in Religion for Catholic High Schools and Academies, by Rev. John Laux M.A., Benzinger Brothers, 1936 edition, Part 1
“Some theologians have held that God likewise directly determined the Sunday as the day of worship in the New Law that He Himself has explicitly substituted the Sunday for the Sabbath. But this theory is now entirely abandoned. It is now commonly held that God simply gave His Church [Roman Catholic Church] the power to set aside whatever day or days she would deem suitable as Holy Days. The [Roman Catholic] Church chose Sunday, the first day of the week, and in the course of time added other days as holy days.” (Emphasis and comments added)
COMMENT: It is obvious that this person is “unlearned” in the Scriptures. Nowhere in Scripture does Yahweh give anyone permission or authority to change/choose what day to assemble, nor even add other “holy days.” This is pure paganism and blatant blasphemy. The Catholic Church has set themselves up to be more than what Yahweh has given anyone. He did not create nor establish “religion.” Religion is a man-made created establishment. It is NOT ordained nor sanctioned by Yahweh.
“Sunday is a Catholic institution, and... can be defended only on Catholic principles.... 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.” (Emphasis added)
—Catholic Press, August 25, 1900
“The Sabbath was Saturday, not Sunday. The Church altered the observance of the Sabbath to the observance of Sunday. Protestants must be rather puzzled by the keeping of Sunday when God distinctly said, ‘Keep holy the Sabbath day.’ The word Sunday does not come anywhere in the Bible, so, without knowing it they are obeying the authority of the Catholic Church.” (Emphasis added)
—Canon Cafferata, The Catechism Explained, page 89
“The abandonment of the Sabbath and the adoption of Sunday as the Lord’s Day, are the result of an interplay of Christian, Jewish and pagan religious factors.” (Emphasis added)
“Question: How prove you that the Church hath power to command feasts and holy days?”
“Answer: By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of, and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same Church [Roman Catholic Church].” (Emphasis and comment added)
COMMENT: Did you notice what was being implied here by the Roman Catholic Church about the Protestant Churches? What is being implied here is the Roman Catholic Church has made changes to what is clearly written in the Scriptures by changing the Sabbath established by Yahweh in His Word to the first day of the week (SUN-day) as well as adding holy days and watching the Protestant Churches follow them. What the Protestant Churches do not realize is they are giving homage/credit to the Roman Catholic Church by submitting to “their” authority and not breaking away from the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church by being obedient to the Written Set-Apart Word of Yahweh. The Protestant Churches are a walking contradiction to what is written in the Scriptures. They “think” they are different from the Roman Catholic Church but they are no different. They both are in the same bed, only sleeping on different sides of the bed. The Roman Catholic Church is steeped in idol worship and the Protestant Churches have followed suite.
“Is there any command in the New Testament to change the day of weekly rest from Saturday to Sunday? None.” (Emphasis added)
—Manual of Christian Doctrine, page 127
“Nowhere in the Bible is it stated that worship should be changed from Saturday to Sunday.... Now the Church ... instituted, by God’s authority, Sunday as the day of worship. This same Church [Roman Catholic Church], by the same divine authority, taught the doctrine of Purgatory long before the Bible was made. We have, therefore, the same authority for Purgatory as we have for Sunday.” (Emphasis and comment added)
COMMENT: It is obvious that this person does not know the Scriptures. Nowhere in the Scriptures does Yahweh give the Church the “authority” to change anything. Did you notice where he stated “This same Church, by the same divine authority, taught the doctrine of Purgatory long before the Bible was made.” Purgatory is a “man-made” doctrine/teaching. Nowhere in Scripture will you find any such teaching about purgatory. There was no such place called Purgatory in the Bible.
CHRISTIAN CHURCH QUOTES ABOUT THE SABBATH
“ ‘But,’ say some, ‘it was changed from the seventh to the first day. Where? When? And by whom? No man can tell. No; it never was changed, nor could it be, unless creation was to be gone through again: for the reason assigned must be changed before the observance, or respect to the reason, can be changed! It is all old wives’ fables to talk of the change of the Sabbath from the seventh to the first day. If it be changed, it was that august personage changed it that changes times and laws ex officio - I think his name is Doctor Antichrist.’ ” (Emphasis added)
—Alexander Campbell, The Christian Baptist, February 2, 1824, volume 1, No. 7, page 164
“I do not believe that the Lord’s day came in the room of the Jewish Sabbath, or that the Sabbath was changed from the seventh to the first day, for this plain reason, where there is no testimony, there can be no faith. Now there is no testimony in all the oracles of heaven that the Sabbath is changed, or that the Lord’s Day came in the room of it.” (Emphasis added)
—Alexander Campbell, in The Reporter, October 8, 1921
“It is clearly proved that the pastors of the churches have struck out one of God’s ten words, which, not only in the Old Testament, but in all revelation, are the most emphatically regarded as the synopsis of all religion and morality.”
—ALEXANDER CAMPBELL, Debate With Purcell, page 214
“It has reversed the fourth commandment by doing away with the Sabbath of God’s Word, and instituting Sunday as a holiday.” (Emphasis added)
—Dr. N. Summerbell, History of the Christian Church, Third Edition, page 415
“There is no direct scriptural authority for designating the first day the Lord's day.”
—Dr. D. H. Lucas, Christian Oracle, January 23, 1890
“The first day of the week is commonly called the Sabbath. This is a mistake. The Sabbath of the Bible was the day just preceding the first day of the week. The first day of the week is never called the Sabbath anywhere in the entire Scriptures. It is also an error to talk about the change of the Sabbath. There never was any change of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. There is not in any place in the Bible any intimation of such a change.” (Emphasis added)
—First-Day Observance, pages 17 and 19
CHURCH OF CHRIST QUOTES ABOUT THE SABBATH
“But we do not find any direct command from God, or instruction from the risen Christ, or admonition from the early apostles, that the first day is to be substituted for the Seventh day Sabbath. Let us be clear on this point. Though to the Christian ‘that day, the first day of the week’ is the most memorable of all days ... there is no command or warrant in the New Testament for observing it as a holy day.
The Roman Church selected the first day of the week in honour of the resurrection of Christ. ...” (Emphasis added)
—Bible Standard, May, 1916, Auckland, New Zealand
“... If the fourth command is binding upon us Gentiles by all means keep it. But let those who demand a strict observance of the Sabbath remember that the Seventh day is the ONLY Sabbath day commanded, and God never repealed that command. If you would keep the Sabbath, keep it; but Sunday is not the Sabbath. The argument of the ‘Seventh-day Adventists’ is on one point unassailable. It is the Seventh day not the first day that the command refers to.” (Emphasis added)
—G. Alridge, Editor, The Bible Standard, April, 1916
CHURCH OF ENGLAND QUOTES ABOUT THE SABBATH
“Many people think that Sunday is the Sabbath. But neither in the New Testament nor in the early church is there anything to suggest that we have any right to transfer the observance of the Seventh day of the week to the first. The Sabbath was and is Saturday and not Sunday, and if it were binding on us then we should observe it on that day, and on no other.” (Emphasis added)
—Rev. Lionel Beere, All-Saints Church, Ponsonby, N.Z. in Church and People, September 1, 1947
“The Bible commandment says on the seventh-day thou shalt rest. That is Saturday. Nowhere in the Bible is it laid down that worship should be done on Sunday.” (Emphasis added)
—Phillip Carrington, quoted in Toronto Daily Star, October 26, 1949 [Carrington (1892), Anglican archbishop of Quebec, spoke the above in a message on this subject delivered to a packed assembly of clergymen. It was widely reported at the time in the news media].
“Nowhere in the Bible is it laid down that worship should be done on Sunday. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. ...! That is Saturday.” (Emphasis added)
—Phillip. Carrington, Archbishop of Quebec, October 27, 1949; cited in Prophetic Signs, page 12
“The observance of the first instead of the Seventh day rests on the testimony of the church, and the church alone.” (Emphasis added)
—Hobart Church News, July 2, 1894; cited in Prophetic Signs, page 14
“The Seventh day, the commandment says, is the Sabbath of The Lord thy God. No kind of arithmetic, no kind of almanac, can make seven equal one, nor the seventh mean the first, nor Saturday mean Sunday. ... The fact is that we are all Sabbath breakers, every one of us.” (Emphasis added)
—Rev. Geo. Hodges
“Not any ecclesiastical writer of the first three centuries attributed the origin of Sunday observance either to Christ or to His apostles.”
—SIR WILLIAM DOMVILLE, Examination of the Six Texts, pages 6 and 7. (Supplement)
“There is no word, no hint, in the New Testament about abstaining from work on Sunday. . . Into the rest of Sunday no divine law enters…, The observance of Ash Wednesday or Lent stands exactly on the same footing as the observance of Sunday. Into the rest of Sunday no Divine Law enters.” (Emphasis added)
—CANON EYTON, The Ten Commandments, pages 52, 63 and 65
COMMENT: What is being stated here is all “added” observances outside what is clearly written in the Scriptures is from man and his “religion.” Man wants “religion” and thus, he has created additional things to make up that “religion.” Ash Wednesday as well as Lent are pagan observances. Their origins come from pagan sources. The Church should abstain from such observances. I encourage everyone to do some research on these two things as well as Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, and Saint Patrick’s Day. All of these that the Protestant Churches are observing comes from pagan sources. You will not find these in the Scriptures. What you will find is, we are commanded by Yahweh to “learn not the ways of the heathen.” (Jeremiah 10:2) If you read carefully the first few verses in Jeremiah Chapter 10, you will see that it is talking about the “Christmas Tree.” Most Protestants do not know that they are NOT to keep Christmas as it is one of the “ways of the heathen.” Christmas has absolutely NOTHING to do with the birth of Yeshua/Jesus. Did you pick up on this? They, the pagans, were celebrating Christmas long before Yeshua/Jesus was born. He was not born as late as December. He was born in the Hebrew month of Tishri which falls in the Gregorian calendar of September-October. Sheppard’s are not in the fields in December as it is too cold for them to be in the fields that time of the year. There are many things the Protestant Churches are taught to celebrate which are NOT written in the Scriptures and yet, they do not do what is given to them to celebrate in the Written Word. They choose to do it “their” way and not Yahweh’s Set-Apart Way.
“The Lord’s day did not succeed in the place of the Sabbath....The Lord’s day was merely an ecclesiastical institution. It was not introduced by virtue of the fourth commandment, because for almost three hundred years together they kept that day which was in that commandment...The primitive Christians did all manner of works upon the Lord’s day, even in times of persecution, when they are the strictest observers of all the divine commandments; but in this they knew there was none.” (Emphasis added)
—BISHOP JEREMY TAYLOR, Ductor Dubitantium, Part I, Book II, Chapter 2, Rule 6. Section 51 and 59
“Sunday being the day on which the Gentiles solemnly adore that planet and called it Sunday, partly from its influence on that day especially, and partly in respect to its divine body (as they conceived it), the Christians thought fit to keep the same day and the same name of it, that they might not appear causelessly peevish, and by that means hinder the conversion of the Gentiles, and bring a greater prejudice than might be otherwise taken against the gospel.” (Emphasis and comment added)
—T. M. MORER, Dialogues on the Lord’s Day, pages 22 and 23
“The Puritan idea was historically unhappy. It made Sunday into the Sabbath day. Even educated people call Sunday the Sabbath. Even clergymen do.
But, unless my reckoning is all wrong, the Sabbath day lasts twenty-four hours from six o’clock on Friday evening. It gives over, therefore, before we come to Sunday. If you suggest to a Sabbatarian that he ought to observe the Sabbath on the proper day, you arouse no enthusiasm. He at once replies that the day, not the principle, has been changed. But changed by whom? There is no injunction in the whole of the New Testament to Christians to change the Sabbath into Sunday.” (Emphasis added)
—D. MORSE-BOYCOTT, Daily Herald, London, February 26, 1931
“The Christian church made no formal, but a gradual and almost unconscious transference of the one day to the other.”
—F.W. FARRAR, D.D., The Voice From Sinai, page 167
“Take which you will, either of the Fathers or the moderns, and we shall find no Lord’s day instituted by any apostolical man-date; no Sabbath set on foot by them upon the first day of the week.” (Emphasis added)
—PETER HEYLYN, History of the Sabbath, page 410
“Merely to denounce the tendency to secularise Sunday is as futile as it is easy. What we want is to find some principle, to which as Christians we can appeal, and on which we can base both our conduct and our advice. We turn to the New Testament, and we look in vain for any authoritative rule.
There is no recorded word of Christ, there is no word of any of the apostles, which tells how we should keep Sunday, or indeed that we should keep it at all. It is disappointing, for it would make our task much easier if we could point to a definite rule, which left us no option but simple obedience or disobedience. . . . There is no rule for Sunday observance, either in Scripture or history.” (Emphasis added)
—DR. STEPHEN, Bishop of Newcastle, N.S.W., in an address reported in the Newcastle Morning Herald, May 14, 1924
EPISCOPALIAN QUOTES ABOUT THE SABBATH
“We have made the change from the Seventh day to the first day, from Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of the one holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church of Christ.” (Emphasis added)
—Bishop Symour, Why We keep Sunday
COMMENT: He is giving credit where credit is due, to the Roman Catholic Church because this is where this comes from. Not from the Set-Apart Written Word of Almighty Yahweh. Clearly Bishop Seymour is serving “man” and NOT Yahweh. WOE BE TO HIM.
INFIDEL QUOTES ABOUT THE SABBATH
“Probably very few Christians are aware of the fact that what they call the ‘Christian Sabbath’ (Sunday) is of pagan origin.
The first observance of Sunday- that history records is in the fourth century, when Constantine issued an edict (not requiring its religious observance, but simply abstinence from work) reading, ‘let all the judges and people of the town rest and all the various trades be suspended on the venerable day of the sun.’ At the time of the issue of this edict, Constantine was a sun-worshipper; therefore it could have had no relation whatever to Christianity.” (Emphasis and comments added)
—HENRY M. TABER. Faith or Fact (preface by Robert G. Ingersoll), page 112
“I do not pretend to be even an amateur scholar of the Scriptures. I read the Decalogue merely as an average man searching for guidance, and in the immortal ‘Ten Words’ I find a blueprint for the good life.”
—Id., page 33
“I honestly believe that this commandment [the fourth, or Sabbath commandment] is just as binding today as it ever was. I have talked with men who have said that it has been abrogated, but they have never been able to point to any place in the Bible where God repealed it.
When Christ was on earth, He did nothing to set it aside; He freed it from the traces under which the scribes and Pharisees had put it, and gave it its true place. ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.’ It is just as practicable and as necessary for men today as it ever was-in fact, more than ever, because we live in such an intense age.” (Emphasis and comment added)
—Id., page 46
“I challenge any priest or minister of the Christian religion to show me the slightest authority for the religious observance of Sunday. And, if such cannot be shown by them, why is it that they are constantly preaching about Sunday as a holy day? ...
The claim that Sunday takes the place of Saturday, and that because the Jews were supposed to be commanded to keep the Seventh day of the week holy, therefore the first day of the week should be so kept by Christians, is so utterly absurd as to be hardly worth considering....That Paul habitually observed and preached on the Seventh day of the week, is shown in Acts 18:4-‘And be reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath’ (Saturday).” (Emphasis added)
—Id., pages 114 and 116
“Most certainly the Commandments are needed today, perhaps more than ever before. Their divine message confronts us with a profound moral challenge in an epidemic of evil; a unifying message acceptable alike to Jew, Moslem, and Christian. Who, reading the Ten in the light of history and of current events, can doubt their identity with the eternal law of nature?”
—Id., page 124
LUTHERAN QUOTES ABOUT THE SABBATH
“The observance of the Lord’s Day (Sunday) is founded not on any command of God, but on the authority of the Church. Augsburg Confession of Faith.
They [Roman Catholics] allege the change of the Sabbath into the Lord’s day, as it seemeth, to the Decalogue [the Ten Commandments], 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, since it dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments.” (Emphasis and comments added)
—The Augsburg Confession, 1530 A.D. (Lutheran), part 2, article 7, in Philip Schaff, the Creeds of Christiandom, 4th Edition, volume 3, page 64 [this important statement was made by the Lutherans and written by Melanchthon, only thirteen years after Luther nailed his theses to the door and began the Reformation]
COMMENT: All Protestant Churches that assemble on SUN-day are declaring the same thing as the Roman Catholic Church that they have “dispensed” with the Fourth Commandment to keep/do/obey the Sabbath according to what is written in the Scriptures. If the Protestant Churches are not keeping/doing/obeying ALL of the Ten Commandments, then they become “suggestions” and NOT Commandments.
“For up to this day mankind has absolutely trifled with the original and most special revelation of the Holy God, the ten words written upon the tables of the Law from Sinai.”
—Crown Theological Library, page 178
“The Christians in the ancient church very soon distinguished the first day of the week, Sunday; however, not as a Sabbath, but as an assembly day of the church, to study the Word of God together, and to celebrate the ordinances one with another: without a shadow of doubt, this took place as early as the first part of the second century.” (Emphasis added)
—Bishop GRIMELUND, History of the Sabbath, page 60
“The festival of Sunday, like all other festivals, was always only a human ordinance, and it was far from the intentions of the apostles to establish a Divine command in this respect, far from them, and from the early apostolic Church, to transfer the laws of the Sabbath to Sunday.” (Emphasis added)
—Dr. Augustus Neander, The History of the Christian Religion and Church Henry John Rose, tr. (1843), page 186
COMMENT: There is nowhere in the New Testament where any of the Apostles or even Yeshua/Jesus implied or taught any change in the assembly on the Sabbath, the seventh day of the week.
“I wonder exceedingly how it came to be imputed to me that I should reject the law of Ten Commandments...Whosoever abrogates the law must of necessity abrogate sin also.”
—MARTIN LUTHER, Spiritual Antichrist, pages 71 and 72
“We have seen how gradually the impression of the Jewish Sabbath faded from the mind of the Christian church, and how completely the newer thought underlying the observance of the first day took possession of the church. We have seen that the Christian of the first three centuries never confused one with the other, but for a time celebrated both.” (Emphasis added)
—The Sunday Problem, a study book by the Lutheran Church (1923), page 36
“But they [the Roman Catholic Church and most Protestant Churches] err in teaching that Sunday has taken the place of the Old Testament Sabbath and therefore must be kept as the Seventh day had to be kept by the children of Israel .... These churches err in their teaching, for scripture has in no way ordained the first day of the week in place of the Sabbath. There is simply no law in the New Testament to that effect.” (Emphasis and comment added)
—John Theodore Mueller, Sabbath or Sunday, pages 15 and 16
LUTHERAN FREE CHURCH QUOTES ABOUT THE SABBATH
“For when there could not be produced one solitary place in the Holy Scriptures which testified that either the Lord Himself or the apostles had ordered such a transfer of the Sabbath to Sunday, then it was not easy to answer the question: Who has transferred the Sabbath, and who has the right to do it?” (Emphasis added)
—George Sverdrup, ‘A New Day’
METHODIST QUOTES ABOUT THE SABBATH
“This ‘handwriting of ordinances’ our Lord did blot out, take away, and nail to His cross. (Colossians 2:14) But the moral law contained in the Ten Commandments, and enforced by the prophets, He [Christ] did not take away. It was not the design of His coming to revoke any part of this. The moral law stands on an entirely different foundation from the ceremonial or ritual law. This is a law which never can be broken... Every part of this law must remain in force upon all mankind and in all ages; as not depending either on time or place, or any other circumstances liable to change, but on the nature of God and the nature of man, and their unchangeable relation to each other.” (Comments added)
—JOHN WESLEY, Sermons on Several Occasions, 2-Volume Edition, Volume I, Sermon XXV, pages 221 and 222
“No Christian whatsoever is free from the obedience of the commandments which are called moral.”
—Methodist Church Discipline, (1904), page 23
“The Sabbath was made for MAN; not for the Hebrews, but for all men.” (Emphasis added)
—E.O. HAVEN, Pillars of Truth, page 88
“The reason we observe the first day instead of the seventh is based on no positive command. One will search the Scriptures in vain for authority for changing from the Seventh day to the first. The early Christians began to worship on the first day of the week because Jesus rose from the dead on that day. By and by, this day of worship was made also a day of rest, a legal holiday. This took place in the year 321.
The reason we observe the first day instead of the seventh is based on no positive command. One will search the Scriptures in vain for authority for changing from the Seventh day to the first... Our Christian Sabbath, therefore, is not a matter of positive command. It is a gift of the church...” (Emphasis added)
—CLOVIS G. CHAPPELL, Ten Rules for Living, page 61
“Sabbath in the Hebrew language signifies rest, and is the Seventh day of the week... and it must be confessed that there is no law in the New Testament concerning the first day.” (Emphasis added)
—Charles Buck, A Theological Dictionary, Sabbath
“In the days of very long ago the people of the world began to give names to everything, and they turned the sounds of the lips into words, so that the lips could speak a thought. In those days the people worshiped the sun because many words were made to tell of many thoughts about many things. The people became Christians and were ruled by an emperor whose name was Constantine. This emperor made Sunday the Christian Sabbath, because of the blessing of light and heat which came from the sun. So our Sunday is a sun-day, isn’t it?” (Emphasis added)
—Sunday School Advocate, December 31, 1921
“The Sabbath instituted in the beginning, and confirmed again and again by Moses and the prophets, has never been abrogated. A part of the moral law, not a jot or a tittle of its sanctity has been taken away.” (Emphasis added)
—New York Herald 1874, on the Methodist Episcopal Bishops Pastoral 1874
“Take the matter of Sunday. There are indications in the New Testament as to how the church came to keep the first day of the week as its day of worship, but there is no passage telling Christians to keep that day, or to transfer the Jewish Sabbath to that day.” (Emphasis added)
—Harris Franklin Rall, Christian Advocate, July 2, 1942, page 26
MISCELLANEOUS QUOTES ABOUT THE SABBATH
“You will tell me that Saturday was the Jewish Sabbath, but that the Christian Sabbath has been changed to Sunday. Changed! But by whom? Who has authority to change an express commandment of Almighty God? When God has spoken and said, 'Thou shalt keep holy the Seventh day, who shall dare to say, ‘Nay, thou mayest work and do all manner of business on the Seventh day; but thou shalt keep holy the first day in its stead?’ This is a most important question, which I know not how you can answer.
You are a Protestant, and you profess to go by the Bible and the Bible only; and yet in so important a matter as the observance of one day in seven as a holy day, you go against the plain letter of the Bible, and put another day in the place of that day which the Bible has commanded. The command to keep holy the Seventh day is one of the Ten Commandments; you believe that the other nine are still binding; who gave you authority to tamper with the fourth? If you are consistent with your own principles, if you really follow the Bible and the Bible only, you ought to be able to produce some portion of the New Testament in which this fourth commandment is expressly altered.” (Emphasis added)
—The Library of Christian Doctrine, pages 3 and 4
“The first precept in the Bible is that of sanctifying the Seventh day: ‘God blessed the Seventh day, and sanctified it.’ (Genesis 2:3) This precept was confirmed by God in the Ten Commandments: ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep It holy. ...The Seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.’ (Exodus 20:8, 10) On the other hand, Christ declares that He is not come to destroy the law, but to fulfil it. (Matthew 5:17) He Himself observed the Sabbath: ‘And, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day.’ (Luke 4:16)
His disciples likewise observed it after His death: ‘They . . . rested the Sabbath day, according to the commandment.’ (Luke 23:56) Yet with all this weight of Scripture authority for keeping the Sabbath or Seventh day holy, Protestants of all denominations make this a profane day and transfer the obligation of it to the first day of the week, or the Sunday. Now what authority have they for doing this? None at all but the unwritten word, or tradition of the Catholic Church, which declares that the apostle made the change in honour of Christ’s resurrection, and the descent of the Holy Ghost on that day of the week.” (Emphasis and comments added)
—JOHN MILNER, The End of Religious Controversy, page 71
“Sabbath means, of course, Saturday, the Seventh day of the week, but the early Christians changed the observance to Sunday, to honour the day on which Christ arose from the dead.” (Emphasis added)
—FULTON OURSLER. Cosmopolitan, September 1951, pages 34 and 35
“The Sabbath is commanded to be kept on the Seventh day. It could not be kept on any other day. To observe the first day of the week or the fourth is not to observe the Sabbath. . . It was the last day of the week, after six days of work, that was to be kept holy. The observance of no other day would fulfil the law.” (Emphasis added)
—H. J. FLOWERS, B.A., B.D., The Permanent Value of the Ten Commandments, page 13
“The evaluation of Sunday, the traditionally accepted day of the resurrection of Christ, has varied greatly throughout the centuries of the Christian Era. From time to time it has been confused with the Seventh day of the week, the Sabbath. English speaking peoples have been the most consistent in perpetuating the erroneous assumption that the obligation of the fourth commandment has passed over to Sunday. In popular speech, Sunday is frequently, but erroneously, spoken of as the Sabbath.” (Emphasis added)
—F. M. SETZLER, Head Curator, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institute, from a letter dated September 1, 1949
“He that observes the Sabbath aright holds the history of that which it celebrates to be authentic, and therefore believes in the creation of the first man; in the creation of a fair abode for man in the space of six days; in the primeval and absolute creation of the heavens and the earth, and, as a necessary antecedent to all this, in the Creator, who at the close of His latest creative effort, rested on the Seventh day. The Sabbath thus becomes a sign by which the believers in a historical revelation are distinguished from those who have allowed these great facts to fade from their remembrance.” (Emphasis added)
—JAMES G. MURPHY, Commentary on the Book of Exodus, comments on Exodus 20:8-11
MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE QUOTES ABOUT THE SABBATH
“The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. This fourth commandment begins with the word ‘remember,’ showing that the Sabbath already existed when God wrote the law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been done away with when they will admit that the other nine are still binding?” (Emphasis added)
—D.L. MOODY, Weighed and Wanting, page 47
“This Fourth is not a commandment for one place, or one time, but for all places and times.”
—D.L. Moody, at San Francisco, January 1st, 1881
PRESBYTERIAN QUOTES ABOUT THE SABBATH
“The Christian Sabbath (Sunday) is not in the Scriptures, and was not by the primitive church called the Sabbath.” (Emphasis and comment added)
—Dwight’s Theology, Volume 14, page 401
“A further argument for the perpetuity of the Sabbath we have in Matthew 24:20, Pray ye that your flight be not in the winter neither on the Sabbath day. But the final destruction of Jerusalem was after the Christian dispensation was fully set up (A.D. 70). Yet it is plainly implied in these words of the Lord that even then Christians were bound to strict observation of the Sabbath.” (Emphasis and comment added)
—Works of Jonathon Edwards, (Presby.) Volume 4, page 621
“We must not imagine that the coming of Christ has freed us from the authority of the law; for it is the eternal rule of a devout and holy life, and must therefore be as unchangeable as the justice of God, which it embraced, is constant and uniform.”
—JOHN CALVIN, Commentary on a Harmony of the Gospels, Volume 1, page 277
“God instituted the Sabbath at the creation of man, setting apart the Seventh day for the purpose, and imposed its observance as a universal and perpetual moral obligation upon the race.” (Emphasis added)
—American Presbyterian Board of Publication, Tract No. 175
“The observance of the seventh-day Sabbath did not cease till it was abolished after the [Roman] empire became Christian, ...” (Emphasis and comment added)
—American Presbyterian Board of Publication, Tract No. 118
“The moral law doth for ever bind all, as well justified persons as others, to the obedience thereof; and that not only in regard to the matter contained in it, but also in respect of the authority of God the Creator who gave it. Neither doth Christ in the gospel in any way dissolve, but much strengthen this obligation.”
—Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 19, Article 5
“The Sabbath is a part of the Decalogue-the Ten Commandments. This alone for ever 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.” (Emphasis added)
—T.C. BLAKE, D.D., Theology Condensed, pages 474 and 475