WHO CHANGED THE SABBATH SATURDAY TO SUNDAY?

By George Cardenas

 

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

HERE ARE THEIR OWN STATEMENTS CONFESSING THAT THEY DID IT.

 

01. "Nowhere in the bible do we find that Jesus 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 Seventh day of the week, Saturday. Today, all Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Roman] church outside the Bible." Catholic Virginian, Oct. 3, 1947

 

02. "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 sanctified." James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 ed.), pp.72, 73

 

03. "If Protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath Day, that is Saturday. In keeping Sunday they are following a law of the Catholic Church." Albert Smith, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, replying for the cardinal in a letter of Feb. 10, 1920.

04. "Have you not 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" Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism 3rd ed. p. 174

05. How prove you that the Church hath power to command feasts and holidays?

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." Henry Tuberville, An Abridgment of the Christian Doctrine (1833 approbation), p.58 (Same statement in Manual of Christian Doctrine, ed. by Daniel Ferris [1916 ed.], p.67)

 

06. "The Catholic Church,... by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday.

" The Catholic Mirror, official organ of Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 23, 1893.

 

07 "Is Saturday the 7th day according to the Bible and the 10 Commandments?"

"I answer yes".

    "Is Sunday the first day of the week and did the Church change the 7th day, Saturday, for Sunday, the 1st day?"

"I answer yes".

    "Did Christ change the day?"

"I answer no!" Faithfully yours, "J. Cardinal Gibbons" Gibbons' autograph letter.

 

08 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."

John Laux A Course in Religion for Catholic High Schools and Academies 1936, vol.1 p.51

 

09 Which is the Sabbath day?

Saturday is the Sabbath day.

    Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?

We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday."

Peter Geiermann, The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1946 ed.), p.50. Geiermann received the "apostolic blessing" of Pope Pius X on his labors, January 25, 1910.

 

10 "The 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 Sabbath keeper heretical groups are the only consistent Protestants. The Catholic Universe Bulletin, Aug. 14, 1942, p.4

 

11 "The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] church." Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today (1868), p. 213

 

12 "The Pope is of so great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even Divine Laws...The Pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts as vicegerent of God upon earth." Translated from Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Bibliotheca (Ready Library), "Papa", art. 2.

 

13 The Catechismus Romanus was commanded by the Council of Trent and published by the Vatican Press, by order of Pope Pius V, in 1566. This catechism for priests says: "It pleased the church of God, that the religious celebration of the Sabbath day should be transferred to 'the Lord's day. Sunday.'" Catechism of the Council of Trent (Donovan's translation, 1867), part 3, chap. 4, p. 345. The same in slightly different wording, is in the McHugh and Callan translation (1937 ed.), p. 402.


OTHERS CONFIRM THAT IT WAS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

1. "It [the Roman Catholic Church] reversed the Fourth Commandment by doing away with the Sabbath of God's word and instituting Sunday as a holiday." N. Summerbell, History of the Christian Church (1873), p. 415.

 

2. "Catholics allege the change of the Sabbath into the Lord's day, contrary, as it seemeth, to the Decalogue; and they have no example more in their mouth than the change of the Sabbath. They will needs have to be very great, because it hath dispensed with a precept of the Decalogue." The Augsburg Confession (Lutheran), part 2, art. 7, in Philip Schaff, The Creeds of Christendom (Harper), vol. 3, p. 64.

 

HISTORY

 

Early Christians worshipped on the Sabbath (All Christian history books, even the Catholic ones admit that fact.) Pick any book on the history of the early church and you will see that the early church always worshipped on the Sabbath.

 

Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi a Catholic scholar, spent five years studying the Sabbath and examining ancient documents and then he wrote a book in which he affirmed that all the early Christians worshipped on the Sabbath. In his book (From Sabbath to Sunday) he states that it was not until over a 100 years later, when Sun worshippers entered the church, that the day of worship begun to be changed to Sunday. The change begun in the church at Rome and then it spread from there.

 

Justin Martyr a Catholic father affirmed that early Christians worshiped on the Sabbath

Eusebius The father of church history affirmed that Christians from Jerusalem kept the Sabbath

Epiphanius a Catholic apologist affirmed that the Nazarenes kept the Sabbath

Irenaeus a Catholic father affirmed that heretical Christians kept the Sabbath

 

Down through history many Christians have continued to keep the Sabbath. There were small groups scattered through many countries and centuries which kept the Sabbath.

 

The continual written edicts and denouncements of the Catholic Church condemning such groups because they insisted on keeping the Sabbath, is proof that such groups were a thorn on Rome's side. Sabbath keepers have always bugged the Catholic Church.

 

Through the centuries Sabbath keepers can be found in Ethiopia, Ghana, Armenia, France, Italy, Norway, Bohemia, Russia and many other places.

 

In the 4th century the Ebonites and Nazarenes, groups who claimed descent from the Jerusalem church, were keeping the Sabbath.

 

Around 430 AD, Augustine, affirmed that many Christian groups still kept the Sabbath.

 

In the 7th Century the Celtic churches kept the Sabbath.

 

In the 10th Century the Nestorians were known Sabbath keepers.

 

Down to 1250 A.D. The Paulicians, Petrobusinas, Passaginians and Insabbatati were great Sabbath-keeping bodies of Europe

 

During the reformation time (1500) Anabaptist Sabbatarian sects were abundant in Germany and England.

 

In the 1500's, the Waldenses were Sabbath keepers and were in great abundance.

 

In the early decades of the 1600's, Oscar Burdick discovered small groups of seventh-day observers who because of persecution worshipped underground.

 

THE PAGANS WORSHIPPED THE SUN - DAY

 

The pagans of the Roman Empire widely worshipped the Sun day. (There is too much documentation confirming pagan Sun worship on Sunday, for any one to deny this fact).

 

There are thousands of archeological artifacts, relics, monuments, and writings that confirm the strong and widespread worship to the Sun.

 

The early Catholic Church accepted the pagans and incorporated their Sun Day in their ceremonies. That is why there is so much Sun worship Symbolism in the Catholic Church.

 

SUN-DAY WORSHIP WAS INSTITUTED BY FORCE

 

Though the Pagans brought the practice of Sun day worship into the early church. Many of the Christians refused to follow the practice, so it had to be instituted into law by force.

 

Who first enjoined Sunday keeping by law? Constantine the Great.

"The earliest recognition of the observance of Sunday as a legal duty is a constitution of Constantine in 321 A.D. , enacting that all courts of justice, inhabitants of towns, and workshops were to be at rest on Sunday (venerabili die solis), with an exception in favor of those engaged in agricultural labor." Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th ed., art. "Sunday".

 

By what church council was the observance of the seventh day forbidden and Sunday observance enjoined? The Council of Laodicea, in Asia Minor, fourth century.

 

CHRISTIANS SUFFERED AND DIED FOR KEEPING THE SABBATH

Despite the prohibitions, edicts and proclamations written to prohibit Sabbath observance many Christians still kept the Sabbath.

 

In an effort to wipe out Sabbath keeping the Catholic Church resorted to murdering thousands of Christians for keeping the Sabbath. They destroyed many Christian's sects and their writings just because they kept the Sabbath.

 

The Catholic persecutions, massacres, and atrocities committed against Sabbath keepers are so outrageous and so many that it would take an encyclopedia to list them all. Thousands of Waldenses and other heretics who were Sabbath keepers were massacred by order of the Pope.

 

Some among these faithful were sought out, persecuted, and even martyred for keeping the Sabbath holy. Others spent years in prison refusing to recant their Sabbatarian views. One well known case of the 1630's is about a woman named Dorothy, who spent 25 years in prison for keeping the Sabbath and died in prison, refusing to deny her Sabbath belief.

 

JUST THINK ABOUT IT

1. The papacy acknowledges changing the Sabbath

Will you accept their change?

 

2. The Catholics acknowledge that there is no command in the Bible for sanctification of Sunday.  Then why accept it?

 

3. The Catholic Church has perverted every single doctrine in the Bible
Is the day of worship, the one they got right?

 

4. Early Christians died rather than switch to Sunday worship

Were they wrong or deluded?

 

5. The Bible only teaches Sabbath observance

Why observe anything else?

 

WHO WILL YOU FOLLOW?

 

THE POPE

Who claimed authority to change God's law?

And changed the Sabbath worship to Sunday worship.

 

The Catholic Church which prohibits you from worship on the Sabbath by using prohibitions, threats and condemnation.

The Catholic Church that murdered thousand of Christians for keeping the Sabbath.

 

CHRIST

Christ custom was to worship on the Sabbath

Christ taught on the Sabbath

Christ healed on the Sabbath
Christ kept the Sabbath

 

PAUL

Paul preached to Jews and Gentiles on the Sabbath

Paul kept the Sabbath even many years after being a Christian leader.

 

What will you follow?

 

The holy Bible mandate to keep the Sabbath Holy

                        or

The traditions of the Catholic Church to keep the Sunday

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Whose example will you rather follow?

 

The faithful early Sabbath keeping Christian martyrs

                                    or

The murdering apostate Catholic Church who killed them

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Who will you follow?

 

Jesus and Paul who were Sabbath keepers

                        or

The false pagan Pope who denounces Sabbath keepers

 

THE CHOICE IS YOURS

Will you worship on the Sabbath like the Bible teaches?

Will you worship on the Sabbath like the early Christians?

Will you worship on the Sabbath like Jesus and Paul?

                                    or

Will you worship on Sunday like the Pope and the Catholic Church mandates?

 

SABBATH WORSHIP WAS INSTIUTED IN THE BIBLE

Exodus 20: 8-11, Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. (9) Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work: (10) 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 maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: (11) For in six days the Lord made the heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the Seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.

 

THE SABBATH IS ETERNAL

The Sabbath was kept by God before he gave the law. Genesis 2:1-3

The Sabbath was kept before the law was given. Exodus 16:23

The Sabbath was kept during the time of the law. Nehemiah 10:31

The Sabbath was kept after the time of the law. Acts 18:4

The Sabbath is kept by the people of God. Hebrews 4:9

“So then, it remains for the people of God to keep the Sabbath” (Aramaic Bible)

The Sabbath will be kept in the new earth. Isaiah 66:23

 

Colossians 2:8 warns us to:

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

 

 
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