ADMISSIONS AND CONFESSIONS ABOUT SUNDAY

From the first century A.D.  to the  present the vast majority of Christians have observed  Sunday as a  day of  rest  and  worship. However, it is generally  known  and  freely admitted that  the  early Christians observed  the  seventh-day Sabbath.

The prophet Daniel explained the reason for the change from Sabbath to Sunday when he prophesied  that an attempt would be made  by a great evil power to change the laws and  holy times of God:

"And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and  shall wear  out the saints of the Most High, and think to change  times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time  and times and the dividing of time" (Dan.7:25 Para.).

Both secular and ecclesiastical history reveal that the observance  of the first day of the week in place of the seventh day,  was initiated and  enforced by the ancient Roman Empire centuries ago. In the Book of Revelation, we are told that there will come a  time when a powerful religious figure will cause people to bow down to idols and worship a powerful, miracle-working being in place of the true God.

Jesus  Christ clearly said: "If you love me, keep   my  commandments"  (Jn.14:15 KJV).  And the commandments of God  include keeping the Sabbath day.

However, most of today's theologians and religious leaders  refuse to keep the commandments of God.  Instead, they reject and  ridicule  the Sabbath, which God created for our good, and they keep Sunday, which was never sanctioned by God as his Sabbath.

By their own admissions, they know and  freely admit  that  men, not God, changed this day of worship  from  the seventh day to Sunday. By rejecting this basic fundamental teaching  of the Bible—"Remember the Sabbath day to keep it  holy."—they stand condemned before God by their own words.

CATHECHISMUS ROMANUS

The  Cathechismus 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 reads: "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's translation, 1867) Part 3, chap. 4,  p.  345. The same,  in slightly different wording, is in the  McHugh  and Callen translation, 1937 ed. p. 402.

The following are excerpts from the Cathechismus Romanus which contains confessions and admissions from  many prestigious religious leaders and scholars in regard  to the change from observing the Sabbath to observing Sunday.

A CONTRADICTION

"Question  - Henry  Tuberville asked the following question about the churches authority to change the Sabbath to Sunday: How prove you that the Church has 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." - 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).

A SUBSTITUTION

"Question - Keeman asked: Have you 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.

"The  Catholic  Church, . . . by virtue  of  her  divine  mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday." - The Catholic Mirror,  Sept. 23, 1893.

THE SABBATH DAY IS:

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. Card. Gibbons."  (Gibbons autograph letter)

SUNDAY INSTEAD OF SATURDAY

"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 in his labors Jan. 25, 1910.

NO AUTHORITY

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

NOWHERE IN THE BIBLE

"Nowhere in the Bible is it stated that worship should be changed from  Saturday  to  Sunday. The fact is that the  Church  was  in existence for several centuries before the Bible was given to the world. The  Church made the Bible, the Bible did not  make  the Church.

"Now  the Church . . .  instituted, by God's authority,  Sunday  as the day of worship.  This same 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." - Martin J. Scott, Things Catholics Are  Asked About (1927 ed.), p. 136.

IF THE BIBLE IS CONSULTED

"If  we  consulted the Bible only, we should still have  to  keep holy the Sabbath Day, that is Saturday." - John Laux, Course  in Religion  for Catholic High Schools and Academies, vol. 1, (1936 ed.),  p. 51.  Quoted by permission of Benziger  Brothers,  Inc., proprietors of the copyright.

WHO CHOSE SUNDAY?

"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 not 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." - Vincent J. Kelly  (Catholic), Forbidden Sunday and Feast-Day Occupations (1943 ed.), p. 2.

CATHOLICS DO NOT ACCEPT THE BIBLE

"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 them 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 Church, the authority  of the Church, as a rule to guide us.  We say,  this  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.  We frankly say, yes, the Church made this change, made this law, as she 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.

"3)  We also say that of all Protestants, the Seventh-day  Adventist denomination is the only major Protestant denomination  that reasons  correctly  and is consistent with its teaching.   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." - Father Peter R. Kraemer, Catholic Church Extension Society, Chicago, IL.

A $1,000 REWARD

"My brethren, look about you upon the various wrangling sects and denominations.  Show me one that claims or possesses the power to make laws binding on the conscience.  There's but one on the face of  the earth - the Catholic Church - that has the power to  make laws  binding  upon the conscience, binding before  God,  binding under  pain of hell fire.  Take, for instance, the day  we celebrate  -  Sunday.   What right have the  Protestant  churches  to observe  that  day?  None whatever.  You say it is  to  obey  the commandment,  'Remember  the Sabbath day to keep  it holy.' But Sunday  is not the Sabbath according to the Bible and the  record of time.

"Everyone  knows that Sunday is the first day of the week,  while Saturday is the seventh day, and the Sabbath, the day consecrated as a day of rest.  It is so recognized in all civilized  nations.  I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to any one who will furnish  any proof  from  the Bible that Sunday is the day we  are  abound  to keep, and no one has called for the money.  If any person in this town  will show any scripture for it, I  will  tomorrow  evening publicly  acknowledge it and thank him for it. It was  the  Holy Catholic  Church  that changed the day of rest from  Saturday  to Sunday, the first day of the week.  And it not only compelled all to keep Sunday, but at the Council of Laodicea, A.D. 364, anathematized those who kept the Sabbath and urged all persons to labor on the seventh day under penalty of anathema.

"Which  church does the whole civilized world obey?   Protestants call us every horrible name they can think of - antichrist,  the scarlet  colored  beast,  Babylon, etc. - and at  the  same  time profess great reverence for the Bible, and yet by  their  solemn act of keeping Sunday, they acknowledge the power of the Catholic Church.

"The Bible says: 'Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.'  But the  Catholic Church says, 'No, keep the first day of the  week,' and the whole world bows in obedience."- Father T. Enright, Roman Catholic Priest, Kansas City, MO

NO PROOF

"Incidentally, there is no proof in scripture that God willed the Sabbath to be changed from Saturday to Sunday, so that those non-Catholics who do not accept the value of tradition as a source of faith, should logically still observe Saturday as the  Sabbath."  This  Is  The Faith - Catholic Theology For Laymen,  Francis  J. Ripley, p. 176).

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All  of these quotations are from Catholic authors and/or published by Catholic publishing houses.

PROTESTANT CONFESSIONS ABOUT SUNDAY

The  excerpts that follow are from noted clergymen, scholars  and other eminent writers, who probably kept Sunday as a matter of church custom and bear witness that there is no  biblical authority for Sunday observance.

ANGLICAN:

"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 reasons  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 (Anglican),  Plain Sermons on the Catechism ,  vol. 1, pp. 334, 336.

"The Lord's day was merely of ecclesiastical institution.  It was not  introduced by virtue of the fourth commandment."  -  Jeremy Taylor (Church of England),  Ductor Dubitantium , part 1, book 2, chap. 2, rule 6, secs. 51,59 (1850 ed.), vol. 9, pp. 458, 464.

Mr.  Morer, a learned clergyman of the Church of  England,  says:  "The Primitive Christians had a great veneration for the Sabbath, and  spent the Day in Devotion and Sermons.  And 'tis not  to  be doubted  but they derived this practice from the  Apostles  them- selves." - A Discourse in Six Dialogues on the  Name,  Notion, and Observation of the Lord's Day , p. 189.

BAPTIST:

Dr. Edward T. Hiscox (Baptist):  "There was and is a  commandment to  keep holy  the Sabbath day, but the 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. . . Where can  the record of such a  transaction  be  found?  Not  in the New Testament - Paper read Aug. 20, 1893, at a Baptist ministers' meeting  at Saratoga, New York.

"The  Lord's Day is not sanctified by any specific command or  by any  inevitable inference.  In all the New Testament there is  no hint or suggestion of a legal obligation binding any man, whether saint or sinner, to observe the Day.  Its sanctity  arises  only out  of  what it means to the true believer." - J.  J.  Taylor (Baptist),  The Sabbatic Question, p. 72.

CONGREGATIONALIST:

Dr.  R. W. Dale (British Congregationalist):  "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." - The Ten Commandments,  pp. 127-129.

Timothy Dwight's  Theology  (American Congregationalist) says:  

"The Christian Sabbath [Sunday] is not in the Scripture, and  was not  by the primitive church called the Sabbath." - Sermon  107 (1818 ed.), vol. 4, p. 49.

CHRISTIAN (Disciples of Christ):

Alexander Campbell (founder of Disciples of Christ);  "'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 who changes times and laws 'ex officio' - I think his name  is Doctor Antichrist." - The Christian Baptist, Feb.1, 1824, vol.1, no. 7.

"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   from Saturday  to Sunday.  There is not in any place in the Bible  any intimation  of such a change."  - First Day Observance, pp.  17, 19.

LUTHERAN:

"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  Christians  of the first three centuries never confused one with the other,  but for a time celebrated both." -  The Sunday Problem  (1923  ed.), a study book of the United Lutheran Churches, p. 36.

"Because  it  was requisite to appoint a certain  day,  that  the people  might know when they ought to come together,  it  appears that  the  [Christian] Church did for that  purpose  appoint  the Lord's day."  - Augsburg Confession, part 2, art. 7, in  Philip Schaff's  The Creeds of Christendom (Scribner's, 4th ed.),  vol. 3, p. 69.

"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." -  The History of the Christian Religion and Church, Dr. Augustus Neander, p. 186.

METHODIST:

Methodist  Episcopal  Theological Compend, by Amos Binney:   "It is true there is no positive command  for infant baptism. . .   Nor is  there  any  for  keeping holy the first  day  of  the  week." -Pages 180, 181.

"The  Lord's Day is not sanctified by any specific command or  by any  inevitable inference.  In all the New Testament there is  no hint  or  suggestion of a legal obligation binding  on  any  man, whether saint  or  sinner, to observe the  Day."   (The  Sabbath Question, p. 72).

On  who's authority have Protestants decided to observed  Sunday?  Plainly on  the  authority of  the very  Catholic Church,   which  they claim to have abandoned!

ADMISSION OF ERROR— REJECTION OF TRUTH

Almost all religious leaders who worship on Sunday and claim to follow the teachings of the  Bible know  that they  are  going against  what is written in that book when they teach and  practice Sunday worship.

To refuse to change after admittedly being wrong is willful sin.  To  the elect  of  God, the writer to the Hebrews said that there is  no  more sacrifice for this type of sin, but a fearful looking forward to eternal death (Heb.10:26-29).

Jesus Christ said that we can know a person's spiritual condition by their fruits:

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but  inwardly they are ravening wolves.  You shall know  them  by their  fruits.  Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of  thistles?  Even  so every good tree brings forth good fruit;  but  a corrupt  tree brings forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot  bring forth  evil  fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth  good fruit.  Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down,  and  cast into the fire.  Wherefore you shall know them by  their fruits" (Matt.7:15-20 Para.).

Jesus  also  says,   "If  you love  me,  keep   my  commandments" (Jn.14:15).  And the commandments of God include observing the Sabbath.

The apostle Paul also gave a strong warning concerning the  apostasy that was to arise after his death (2.Thes.2:1-8). Moreover, he also indicated that there would be eternal damnation for those who follow the traditions and commandments   of  men  in  opposition  to  the  truth   of   God (2.Thes.2:9-12).  The  standard of righteousness  by  which  all humanity  is to be judged is found in the laws of God that  too many people disregard as being harsh and burdensome.

The question everyone will eventually have to answer is whether or not they will follow the truth or a lie.

Note:

Listed below are some excellent sources that  are  recommended as additional reading for those who are interested in  the historical documentation and the progression of events that  led to the change from worshiping on the Sabbath to worshiping on Sunday.

The Two Babylons, by Alexander Hislop.

A History of Sabbath and Sunday, by John Hiesz.

Sabbath To Sunday, by Samuele Bacchiocchi.

By B. L. Cocherell, file b5w8