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HOW DID CHRISTIANS FELT IN 1885 ABOUT THE SHABBAT?




..*Reprinted from a tract published by the Review and Herald Publishing Association about the year 1885.

ALL TEXT IN THIS MANUSCRIPT IS ORIGINAL TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE,WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE NAMES OF OUR CREATOR YAHWEH, HIS
SON YAHSHUA,MASHIYACH
AND THE WORD SHABBAT AND KRISTIANAY
WICH HAS BEEN EDITED OR RESTORED TO ITS ORIGINAL HEBREW/ARAMAIC FORM BY Morderchai Ramos.

100 Bible Facts Concerning the Sabbath

WHY keep the SHABBAT(Sabbath) day? What is the object of the SHABBAT?
Who made it? When was it made, and for whom? Which day is the true SHABBAT?
Many keep the first day of the week, or Sunday. What Bible authority have they
for this? There is now a growing count of over 500 denominations in the world that
keep the seventh day(SHABBAT), or Saturday. What Scripture have they for that?
Here are the facts about both days, as plainly stated in the Word of YAHWEH.


1.
After working the first six days of the week in creating this earth, the
great
ELOHIM rested on the seventh day. (Genesis 2:1.3.)
2.
This stamped that day as YAHWEH'S rest day, or SHABBAT day, as SHABBAT day
means
rest day.To illustrate: When a person is born on a certain
day, that day thus becomes his birthday.So
when YAHWEH rested upon the seventh day
that day became His rest, or SHABBAT, day.
3.
Therefore the seventh day must always be YAHWEH SHABBAT day. Can you change your
birthday from the day on which you were born to one on which you were not born? No.
Neither can you change YAHWEH'S rest day to a day on which He did not rest.
Hence the seventh day is still YAHWEH'S SHABBAT day.
4.
The Creator blessed the seventh day.(Genesis 2:3.)
5.
He sanctified the seventh day.(Exodus 20:11.)
6.
He made it the SHABBAT day in the Garden of Eden.(Genesis 2:1-3.)
7.
It was made before the fall; hence it is not a type; for types were not introduced
till after the fall.
8.
YAHSHUA says it was made for man (Mark 2:27), that is, for the race, as the word
man is here unlimited; hence, for the Gentile as well as for the Jew.
9.
It is a memorial of creation. (Exodus 20:11; 31:17.) Every time we rest upon
the seventh day, as YAHWEH did at creation, we commemorate that grand event.
10.
It was given to Adam, the head of the human race. (Mark 2:27; Genesis
2:1-3.)
11.
Hence through him, as our representative, to all nations. (Acts 17:26.)
12.
It is’ not a Jewish institution, for it was made 2,300 years before ever there
was a Jew.
13.
The Bible never calls it the Jewish SHABBAT, but always “the SHABBAT of the
YAHWEH
thy ELOHIM.” Men should be cautious how they stigmatize YAHWEH'S holy rest day.
14.
Evident reference is made to the SHABBAT and the seven-day week all, through the
patriarchal age. (Genesis 2:1-3; 8:10-12; 29:27-28.etc.)
15.
It was a part of YAHWEH'S law before Sinai. (Exodus 16:4, 27-29.)
16.
Then YAHWEH placed it in the heart of His moral law. (Exodus 20:1-17.) Why did
He place it there if it was not like the other nine precepts, which all
admit
to be immutable?
17.
The seventh-day SHABBAT was commanded by the voice of the living ELOHIM.
(Deuteronomy 4:12-13.)
18.
Then He wrote the Commandment with His own finger. (Exodus 31:18.)
19.
He engraved it in the enduring stone, indicating its imperishable nature.
(Deuteronomy 5:22.)
20.
It was sacredly preserved in the ark in the holy of holies.
(Deuteronomy 10:1-5.)
21.
YAHWEH forbade work upon the SHABBAT, even in the most hurrying times.
(Exodus 34:21.)
22.
YAHWEH destroyed the Israelites in the wilderness because they profaned the
SHABBAT.
(Ezekiel 20:12-13.)
23.
It is the sign of the true ELOHIM, by which we are to know Him from false gods.
(Ezekiel 20:20.)
24.
YAHWEH promised that YAHrushalayim should stand forever if the Jews would keep
the Sabbath (Jeremiah 17:24-25.)
25.
He sent them into the Babylonish captivity for breaking it. (Nehemiah 13:18.)
26.
He destroyed YAHrushalayim for its violation. (Jeremiah 17:27.)
27.
YAHWEH has pronounced a special blessing on all the Gentiles who will keep it.
(Isaiah 56:6-7.)
28.
This is in the prophecy, which refers wholly to the Christian[KRISTIANAY] dispensation.
(See Isaiah 56.)
29.
YAHWEH has promised to bless all who keep the SHABBAT. (Isaiah 56:2.)
30.
YAHWEH requires us to call it “honourable.”(Isaiah 58:13.) Beware, ye who
take delight in calling it the. “old Jewish Sabbath,” “a yoke of bondage,”
etc.
31.
After the holy SHABBAT has been trodden down “many generations,” it is to be
restored in the last days.(Isaiah 58:12-13.)
32.
All the holy prophets kept the seventh day.
33.
When the Son of YAHWEH came, He kept the seventh day all His life.
(Luke 4:16; John 15:10.) Thus He followed His Father’s example at creation.
Shall we not be safe in following the example of both the Father and the Son?
34.
The seventh day is YAHWEH'S. (See Revelation 1:10; Mark 2:28; Isaiah 58:13;
Exodus 20:10.)
35.
YAHSHUA was MASTER of the SHABBAT(Mark 2:28), that is, to love and protect it,
as the husband is the lord of the wife, to love and cherish her (1 Peter 3:6.)
36.
He vindicated the SHABBAT as a merciful institution designed for man’s good.
(Mark 2:23-28.)
37.
Instead of abolishing the SHABBAT, He carefully taught how it should be observed
. (Matthew 13:1-13.)
38.
He taught His disciples that they should do nothing upon the SHABBAT day
but what
was “lawful” (Matthew 12:12.)
39.
He instructed His apostles that the Sabbath should be prayerfully regarded forty
years after His resurrection. (Matthew 24:20.)
40.
The pious women who had been with YAHSHUA carefully kept the seventh day after
His death. (Luke 23:56.)
41.
Thirty years after Mashiyach's resurrection, the Holy Spirit’ expressly calls it
“the Sabbath day,” (Acts 13:14.)
42.
Paul,the apostle to the Gentiles, called it the “SHABBAT day” in A.D. 45.
(Acts 13:27.) Did not Paul know? Or shall we believe modern teachers, who
affirm
that it ceased to be the SHABBAT at the resurrection of Mashiyach?
43.
Luke, the inspired Christian[KRISTIANAY] historian, writing as late as A.D. 62, calls it the
“SHABBAT day.” (Acts 13:44.)
44.
The Gentile converts called it the SHABBAT. (Acts 13:42.)
45.
In the great Christian[KRISTIANAY] council, A.D. 49. In the presence of the
apostles and thousands of disciples, James calls it the “SHABBAT day.”
(Acts 15:21.)
46.
It was customary to hold prayer meetings upon that day. (Acts 16:13.)
47.
Paul read the Scriptures in public meetings on that day. (Acts 17:2-3.)
48.
It was his custom to preach upon that day. (Acts 17:2-3.)
49.
The Book of Acts alone gives a record of his holding eighty-four meetings
upon
that day. (See Acts 13:14, 44; 16:13; 17:2; 18:4. 11.)
50.
There was never any dispute between the Christians[KRISTIANAY] and the Jews
about
the SHABBAT day. This is proof that the Christians[KRISTIANAY] still observed the
same day that the Jews did.
51.
In all their accusations against Paul, they never charged him with disregarding
the Sabbath day. Why did they not, if he did not keep it?
52.
But Paul himself expressly declared that he had kept the law. “Neither
against
the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar,
have I offended any thing at all.”Acts 25:8. How could this be true if he had
not kept the SHABBAT?
53.
The SHABBAT is mentioned in the New Testament fifty-nine times, and always
with
respect, bearing the same title it had in the Old Testament, “the SHABBAT day.”
54.
Not a word is said anywhere in the New Testament about the SHABBAT'S being
abolished, done away, changed, or anything of the kind.
55.
YAHWEH has never given permission to any man to work upon it.
Reader, by what authority do you use - the seventh day for common labor?
56.
No Christian [KRISTIANAY]of the New Testament, either before or after the
resurrection, ever did ordinary work upon the seventh day. Find one case of that
kind, and we will yield the question. Why should modern Christians[KRISTIANAY] do
differently from Bible Christians[KRISTIANAY]?
57.
There is no record that YAHWEH has ever removed His blessing or sanctification
from the seventh day.
58.
As the SHABBAT was kept in Eden before the fall, so it will be observed eternally
in the new earth after the restitution. (Isaiah 66:22-23.)
59.
The seventh-day SHABBAT was an important part of the law of YAHWEH, as it came
from His own mouth,and was written by His own finger upon stone at Sinai.
(See Exodus 20.) When Jesus began His work, He expressly declared that He had
not come to destroy the law. “Think not that I am come to destroy the
law, or the prophets.” Matthew 5:17
60.
YAHSHUA severely condemned the Pharisees as hypocrites for pretending to love
YAHWEH, while at the same tune they made void one of the Ten Commandments by
their tradition. The keeping of Sunday is only a tradition of men.

Forty Bible Facts Concerning the First Day of the Week
61.
The very first thing recorded In the Bible is work done on Sunday,
the first day of the week. (Genesis l: l-5.) The Creator Himself did this.
If YAHWEH made the earth on Sunday, can it be wicked for us to work on
Sunday?
62.
YAHWEH commands men to work upon the first day of the week.
(Exodus 20:8-11.) Is it wrong to obey YAHWEH?
63.
None of the patriarchs ever kept it.
64.
None of the holy prophets ever kept it.
65.
By the express command of-YAHWEH, His holy people used the first day of the
week as a common working day for 4,000 years, at least.
66.
YAHWEH Himself calls it a “working” day. (Ezekiel 46:1.)
67.
YAHWEH did not rest upon it.
68.
He never blessed it.
69.
Mashiyach did not rest upon it.
70.
YAHSHUA was a carpenter (Mark 6:3), and worked at His trade until He was
thirty years old. He kept the SHABBAT and worked six days in the week, as all
admit. Hence He did many a hard day’s work on Sunday.
71.
The apostles worked upon it during the same time.
72.
The apostles never rested upon it.
73.
Mashiyach never blessed it.
74.
It has never been blessed by any divine authority.
75.
It has never been sanctified.
76.
No law was ever given to enforce the keeping of it, hence it is no transgression
to work upon it. “Where no law is, there is no transgression.
”Romans 4:15 (See also 1 John 3:4.)
77.
The New Testament nowhere forbids work to be done on it.
78.
No penalty is provided for its violation.
79.
No blessing is promised for its observance.
80.
No regulation is given as to how it ought to be observed.
Would this be so if the YAHWEH wished us to keep it?
81.
It is never called the Christian[KRISTIANAY] SHABBAT.
82.
It is never called the SHABBAT day at all.
83.
It is never called the YAHWEH'S day.
84.
It is never called even a rest day.
85.
No sacred title whatever is applied to it. Then why should we call it
holy?
86.
It is simply called “first day of the week.”
87.
YAHSHUA never-mentioned it in any way, never took its name upon His lips, so
far
as the record shows.
88.
The word Sunday never occurs in the Bible at all.
89.
Neither YAHWEH, Mashiyach,nor inspired men ever said one word in favour of Sunday
as a holy day.
90.
The first day of the week is mentioned only eight times in all the New
Testament.
(Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2,9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1, 19; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2.)
91.
Six of these texts refer to the same first day of the week.
92.
Paul directed the saints to look over their secular affairs on that day.
(1Corinthians 16:2.)
93.
In all the New Testament we have a record of only one religious meeting
held upon
that day, and even this was a night meeting.(Acts 20:5-12.)
94.
There is not intimation that they ever held a meeting upon it before or after
that.
95.
It was not their custom to meet on that day.
96.
There was no requirement to break bread on that day.
97.
We have an account of only one instance in which it was done. (Acts 20:7.)
98.
That was done in the night-after midnight. (Verses 7-11.)YAHSHUA celebrated
it on
Thursday evening (Luke 22),and the disciples sometimes did it every day
(Acts 2:42-46.)
99.
The Bible nowhere says that the first day of the week commemorates the resurrection
of Mashiyach.This is a tradition of men, which contradicts the law of YAHWEH.
(Matthew 15:1-9.) Baptism commemorates the burial and resurrection of Jesus.
(Romans 6:3-5.)
100.
Finally, the New Testament is totally silent with regard to any change of the
SHABBAT day or any sacredness for the first day.
Here are one hundred plain Bible facts upon this question, showing conclusively
that the seventh day is theSHABBAT of YAHWEH in both the Old and New Testament.*
*Reprinted from a tract published by the Review and Herald Publishing Association
about the year 1885.

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Comment by James Trimm on February 14, 2010 at 9:13pm
Not a surprise since the Review and Herald Publishing Association was a Seventh Day Adventist Publisher :-)

I would not wrongly characterize this tract as expressing the 1885 "Christain" position, beyond the few Sabbatarian groups like SDA and the Seventh Day Baptists that existed at the time.
Comment by Morderchai Ramos on February 19, 2010 at 8:18pm
HOW DID CHRISTIANS FELT ABOUT THE SHABBAT FROM THE 1500"S / 1800'S. PART 2.

American Congregationalists: No authority in the New Testament for substitution of the first day for the seventh
"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. Lyman Abbott, in the Christian Union, June 26, 1890


Anglican: Nowhere commanded to keep the first day
"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 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 [commanded] it."
Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the Catechism, Vol. 1, pp 334, 336.


Anglican/Episcopal: The Catholics changed it
"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."
Episcopalian Bishop Symour, Why we keep Sunday.


Baptist: Sunday Sabbath not in the scriptures
"There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not on 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, 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 ...
"I wish to say that this Sabbath question, in this aspect of it, is the gravest and most perplexing question
connected with Christian institutions which at present claims attention from Christian people; and the only
reason that it is not a more disturbing element in Christian thought and in religious discussion is because the
Christian world has settled down content on the conviction that some how a transference has taken place at the
beginning of Christian history.
"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
glosses [of Jewish traditions], never alluded to any transference of the day; also, that during 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 instruction 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 comes branded with the mark of
paganism, and christened with the name of a sun god, when adopted and sanctioned by the papal apostasy, and
bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism!"
Dr. Edward Hiscox, author of The Baptist Manual. From a photostatic copy of a notarized statement by Dr. Hiscox.


"There was never any formal or authoritative change from the Jewish seventh day Sabbath to the Christian
first day observance"
William Owen Carver, The Lord's Day in One Day p.49


Church of England: No warrant from scripture for the change of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday
"Neither did he (Jesus), nor his disciples, ordain another Sabbath in the place of this, as if they had intended
only to shift the day; and to transfer this honor to some other time. Their doctrine and their practice are
directly contrary, to so new a fancy. It is true, that in some tract of time, the Church in honor of his
resurrection, did set apart that day on the which he rose, to holy exercises: but this upon their own authority,
and without warrant from above, that we can hear of; more then the general warrant which God gave his Church,
that all things in it be done decently, and in comely order."
Dr. Peter Heylyn of the Church of England, quoted in History of the Sabbath, Pt 2, Ch.2, p7


Congregationalist: The Christian Sabbath' [Sunday] is not in the Scripture
"The Christian Sabbath' [Sunday] is not in the Scripture, and was not by the primitive [early Christian] church
called the Sabbath."
Timothy Dwight, Theology, sermon 107, 1818 ed., Vol. IV, p49 [Dwight (1752-1817) was president of Yale University
from 1795-1817].


Disciples of Christ: It is all old wives' fables to talk of the 'change of the Sabbath'
"If it [the Ten Commandments] yet exists, let us observe it ... And if it does not exist, let us abandon a mock
observance of another day for it. 'But,' say some, 'it was changed from the seventh to the first day.' Where?
when? and by whom? - No, it never was changed, nor could it be, unless creation was to be gone through again:
for the reason assigned [in Genesis 2:1-3] 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 who changes times and laws ex officio, - I think his
name is "Doctor Antichrist.'"
Alexander Campbell, The Christian Baptist, February 2, 1824, vol 1, no. 7


Episcopal: Bible commandment says the seventh day
"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."
Phillip Carrington, quoted in Toronto Daily Star, Oct 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].


Lutheran: They err in teaching Sunday Sabbath
But they 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"
John Theodore Mueller, Sabbath or Sunday, pp.15, 16


"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."
The Sunday Problem, a study book by the Lutheran Church (1923) p.36


"They [Roman Catholics] They refer to the Sabbath-day as having been changed into the Lord's Day, contrary
to the Decalog, as it seems. Neither is there any example whereof they make more than concerning the changing
of the Sabbath-day. Great, say they, is the power of the Church, since it has dispensed with one of the
Ten Commandments!"
Augsburg Confession of Faith, art. 28; written by Melanchthon and approved by Martin Luther, 1530; www.iclnet.org


Methodist: Jesus did not abolish the moral law - no command to keep holy the first day
The moral law contained in the Ten Commandments, and enforced by the prophets, He Jesus did not take away.
It was not the design of His coming to revoke any part of this. This is a law which can never 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 man, and their unchangeable relation
to each other."
John Wesley, Sermons on Several Occasions, Vol.1, No. 25


"It is true that there is no positive command for infant baptism. Nor is there any for keeping holy the first day
of the week. Many believe that Christ changed the Sabbath. But, from His own words, we see that He came for no
such purpose. Those who believe that Jesus changed the Sabbath base it only on a supposition."
Amos Binney, Theological Compendium, 1902 edition, pp 180-181, 171 [Binney (1802-1878), Methodist minister
and presiding elder, whose Compendium was published for forty years in many languages, also wrote a Methodist
New Testament Commentary].


"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."


Moody Bible Institute: "Sabbath was before Sinai"
"I honestly believe that this commandment [the Sabbath commandment] is just as binding today as it ever was.
I have talked with men who have said that it has been abrogated [abolished], 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, not man for the Sabbath' [mark 2:27]. 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.


"The [Seventh-day] Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. This Fourth Commandment
[Exodus 20:8-11] begins with the word 'remember,' showing that the Sabbath had 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 admit that the other nine are still binding?


"This Fourth is not a commandment for one place, or one time, but for all places and times."
D.L. Moody, at San Francisco, Jan. 1st, 1881.


Presbyterian: Sunday kept the Gentiles happy
"Sunday being the first day of which the Gentiles solemnly adored 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 carelessly
peevish, and by that means hinder the conversion of the Gentiles, and bring a greater prejudice that might be
otherwise taken against the gospel"


Roman Catholic: No such law in the Bible
"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, most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Roman]
church outside the bible."
Catholic Virginian, Oct. 3, 1947


"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

"If Protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath Day. In keeping the 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.

Question: "Have you not any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?"
Answer: "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

"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."
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)

"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.
"1. Is Saturday the 7th day according to the Bible and the 10 Commandments?
"I answer yes.
"2. 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.
"3. Did Christ change the day?
"I answer no! Faithfully yours,
"J. Cardinal Gibbons"
Gibbons' autograph letter.

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

"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."
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.

"The 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.
The Catholic Universe Bulletin, Aug. 14, 1942, p.4

"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

"We are, therefore, to acknowledge one God, infinite, eternal, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, the
creator of all things, most wise, most just, most good, most holy. We must love him, fear him, honour him, trust
in him, pray to him, give him thanks, praise him, hallow his name, obey his commandments, and set times apart
for his service, as we are directed in the third and fourth Commandments, for this is the love of God, that we
keep his commandments, and his commandments are not grievous. I John v. 3. And these things we must do not to
any mediators between him and us, but to him alone, that he may give his angels charge over us, who, being our
fellow-servants, are pleased with the worship we give to their God. And this is the first and the principal part
of religion. This always was, and always will be the religion of God's people, from the beginning to the end of
the world."
Isaac Newton, quoted in Sir David Brewster, Memoirs of the Life, Writings, and Discoveries of
Sir Isaac Newton, 2 vols., Edinburgh, 1885.

To comment on this article or request more information, please contact James McBride by e-mail at the comment
form below.

For PDF or mailed copy, see CGOM. Excerpt from New Horizons Volume 2 No. 2, March/April 1998. Edited by James
McBride of the Churches of God, United Kingdom.

Sunday and Sabbath Observance, Rest and Worship

1.

The weekly Saturday Sabbath is a sign ... A Sign for Our Time by Leslie A. Turvey
2.

Oswald Glaidt & Andreas Fischer (1527) give their reasons why ... Christians Must Observe the Saturday
Sabbath based on David Liechty
3.

The Day to Remember - Does God have a special day set aside when we should remember Him?
4.

Is a Day of Rest and Worship all that God requires? ... The Sabbath and Social Justice
by Gnana Robinson, Madurai, 1986
5.

Is Sunday God's choice or Man's Choice? The American Legal Basis for Sunday Observance
by H.B. Clark, California, 1943
6.

A new direction in "political correctness"? Get Ready for Sunday!
7.

Summary of the Holy Days that God commands His people to observe - The weekly Sabbath and the
7 Annual Holy Days and Seasons.
8.

Sabbath observance by the OT patriarchs?
9.

Does Colossians 2:16-17 show that the Sabbath is not in effect?"
10.

Is Jesus "Lord of the Sabbath" because he fulfilled the Law?
11.

The Christian day of worship Saturday "Sabbath" or Sunday "Lord's Day"?
12.

Can't we worship any day?
13.

From Sabbath to Sunday - Sunday-keepers say when it happened and who commanded it.
14.

A Look at the Pope's Reason for Sunday-keeping. Saturday or Sunday? A response to the Pope's
Pastoral Letter by Samuele Bacchiocchi, Ph. D., Andrews University, 1998
15.

When did the change to Sunday observance happen?
16.

Fact or legend? An event at the Tridentine Council... The Sabbath and the Council of Trent by
Archbishop of Reggio, 1562
17.

A historical note on Christian observations of the Saturday Sabbath... Sabbatarians. J. Evans,
Wilmington, Delaware and London, 1804
18.

A pastor reports on Sabbatarians in Gabon
19.

A poem explaining why most Christians refuse to obey God's command to keep the 7th-day Sabbath holy,
by Roswell Cottrell, 1851
20.

Comments on the Greek words for Sabbath, by Mike Linacre, ABCOG, 1998
21.

How could a Day of Rest be a burden or a curse?... Delight in the Sabbath
22.

Is the Christian Sabbath Saturday or Sunday? What is the "Lord's Day"? "Remarks on the different
Sentiments entertained in Christendom relative to the Weekly Sabbath." A book in 13 Chapters
by Robert Burnside, London, 1825
23.

Have Christians remembered God's Saturday Sabbath? Historical References to Sabbath Observance
by J.F. Coltheart (corrected and revised)


T.M. Morer, Dialogues on the Lord's Day


"Dwight. L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting", 1898, pp.46-47 [D.L. Moody, (1837-1899) was the most famous evangelist
of his time, and founder of the Moody Bible Institute].



Harris Franklin Rall, Christian Advocate July 2, 1942 pg. 26

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