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The Sabbath

How did Sabbath (Saturday) become Sunday In Christianity?

Dear Reader,

As we said last week, the Roman Catholic Church championed the change from Sabbath (Saturday) keeping to Sunday keeping, and the Seventh-day Adventists champion the return to the early custom of the first church set up by Jesus Christ. Seventh-day Adventists say that they keep Saturday holy because the Bible enjoins mankind to do so and that there is no scriptural authority to do otherwise. They quote the fourth commandment of the Ten Commandments as evidence of this. They also show how the disciples themselves kept the Sabbath in the New Testament. The Roman Catholic Church says that they have made the change due to the power and authority given the head of the RCC by God. The major Protestant churches, such as the Methodist Episcopal, have said in their Pastoral 1874. that "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 part of title of its sanctity has been taken away. The churches are all committed, to the 39 articles of religion. In the Book of Common Prayer, 20th article says: "it is not lawful for the church to ordain anything that is contrary to God's written word." These statements quoted put the majority of Protestants in line with the Catholics, in championing the change to Sunday keeping instead of the biblical Sabbath keeping. Here is how the Roman Catholics write of this Sabbath-Sunday change: "It pleased the church of God, that the religious celebration of the Sabbath day should be transferred to 'the Lord's day."' Catechism of the Council of Trent (Donovan, 1867), part 3, chap. 4 , p. 345, or McHugh and Callan (1937), p. 402. J. Card. Gibbons writes: "Ques. How prove you that the church hath power to command feasts and holy days?" Ans. 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." And I can go on and on but I believe the point is well taken. History clearly shows that Sabbath keeping was changed to Sunday keeping by the human authority and power of the Roman Catholic church through political legislation, God bless.

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