In my last post, I presented quotes from the two Roman edicts responsible for removing the true Biblical Sabbath from the original Jewish Christian church.
And before that I adamantly asserted that nowhere in the Bible does it say that God did away with the command of the Sabbath.
Well, it seems like there is another great religious institution that meets me eye to eye on this point.
And that institution is the official Catholic Church.
Let’s see what they have to say concerning Sunday instead of Sabbath (Saturday) worship by going to their official publications.
The following quotes written about 100 years ago come directly from the official publication of the Catholic Press.
Brace yourselves, because these excerpts are quite damning of any attempt to justify the idea that in the New Testament era, believers can make the Sabbath day any day they want.
“Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claim to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles….From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week (Saturday) to the first (Sunday)”.
“Protestantism, in discarding the authority of the Roman Catholic Church, has no good reason for its Sunday theory, and ought to logically keep Saturday as the Sabbath”.
I’m sure most folks reading this are aware that the Catholic church is a Christian organization.
So when they say “there is not a single passage” that justifies changing the Sabbath, understand that this includes the New Testament as well.
For those who would willy-nilly try to use Paul’s writings to fallaciously prove we can make the Sabbath any day we want, think hard on that point.
I hope the implications of what I just quoted to you are hitting home.
The Catholic Church, the very institution that established Sunday as the day of communal worship for Christians, says outright that there is NOT a single verse anywhere in Scripture, either the OT or the NT that would allow the God-ordained 7th day Sabbath (Saturday) to be replaced by the 1st day (Sunday) of the week.
And you know what, I 100% agree with them.
Every word of the above quote is factually true in every sense.
Which leads us to our next point.
Not only does the Catholic Church openly admit there is zero Scriptural basis for changing the Sabbath, they are also blatantly forthright in their assertion that “we are the ones who changed the Sabbath”.
What the heck?!
Are they now admitting they are demons from the very pit of hell itself?
I mean if, as they admit, there is ZERO Scriptural basis for changing the Sabbath, what grounds do they have for substituting the Scriptural Sabbath with the 1st day of the week worship?
The answer may surprise you.
The Catholics view Constantine as a Pope.
See, while the Catholic Church is well aware that there is no scriptural authority to abolish or move the Sabbath to Sunday, they believe the Pope has been given authority from God to make such changes OUTSIDE of Scripture.
So in their eyes, replacing the Sabbath with Sunday and calling it the Lord’s Day is all fine and dandy.
What I find really confusing is that Protestants vehemently deny the authority of the Pope to alter Scriptural commands.
Then, on what grounds can Protestants logically assert that it’s okay to change the Sabbath from the 7th day of the week to the 1st day of the week?
The answer is zero grounds.
I leave you with a final quote from the Catholic Press and as you read it, understand that the question being placed before you is this: “Are you going to follow the traditions of men (which is what Paul was referring to by the way in Colossians 2:16-17) or the plain Scriptural truth?”
“It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe that day observe a commandment of the Roman Catholic Church.”