In the series of articles leading up to this post, I believe I have firmly established that the 7th day that God refers to in Genesis chapters one and two ONLY refers to Saturday (technically, Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) and that the Sabbath was given to all mankind and not just the Jews. Finally, I have also provided Scriptural evidence that even after Jesus’s death the early Christians kept the Sabbath.
So before moving on, if you are Christian who worships on Sundays, I want to ask you if you would be willing to concede to the following point.
When you gather together together on Sundays, you are obviously NOT observing the 7th day Shabbat.
Putting arguments aside that “we can make the Sabbath any day we want“, or “Christ did away with the law, so we don’t have to worry about it blah, blah, blah“, or “It’s only for the Jews blah, blah, blah” aside are you willing to concede to this one point?
SUNDAY IS NOT THE 7th DAY SHABBAT THAT GOD SANCTIFIED AND COMMANDED HIS FOLLOWERS TO OBSERVE!
Can you concede to this one point?
If you did, congratulations!!!
Why don’t you go get yourself a drink to celebrate?
Don’t worry. I’ll still be here.
Okay, welcome back!
First, you should be aware that there have been many preeminent Christians and Christian institutions who openly admitted that when they gather on Sundays, it is not the the 7th day Shabbat.
“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who have said that it has been abrogated, but they have never been able to point to any place in the Bible where God repealed it.-Moody Bible Institute: “Sabbath was before Sinai”
“We will now endeavour to show that the sanctification of the Sabbath has its foundation and its origin in a law which God at creation itself established for the whole world, and as a consequence thereof is binding on all men in all ages.” Evangelisten (The Evangelist). Stockholm, May 30 to August 15,1863 (organ of the Swedish Baptist Church)
“It will surely be far safer to observe the seventh day, according to express commandment of God, than on the authority of mere human conjecture to adopt the first.” John Milton, ENGLAND Sab. Lit. 2, 46-54
So how did Christians go from centuries of keeping the Sabbath to Sunday worship?
The truth is we are observing a law enacted by Constantine and the Catholic Church in the 4th century AD, creating a day of Christian fellowship that would be called The Lord’s Day. This is not speculation, nor is it criticism, it is simply well documented fact acknowledged by historians and Bible scholars alike.
All you need to do to know the truth is read the actual church documents from the several meetings of the ecumenical councils convened by Emperor Constantine. Here is an excerpt from the Council of Laodicea document, Canon # 29.
“Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honoring the Lord’s day; and, if they can, resting as Christians. But if any of them be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ.”
And on March 7th, 321AD, Constantine set down the following decree:
“Let all judges and town people, and the occupation of all trades rest on the venerable day of the Sun.”
Do you know why we call Sunday, Sunday? It is because this was the day that the whole Roman empire met to worship the widely accepted Roman sun god, known as Mithras.