A Sunday Worshiper
Explains Sunday Worship
A Sunday worshiper
"explains" to an inquirer why he thinks the day of worship is
Sun day. The
writer maintains a web site on Bible truth, but unfortunately
friend, the explanations given do not support a biblical change of the
I think the
follow will help you with your question about keeping the Sabbath..
sabbath means "rest". God first gave the sabbath as a duty to man in
the book of Exodus. It is true that the sabbath originated at the
the creation (Ge. 2:1-3), but that was God's rest, not man's. There is
no record in Genesis that God gave the sabbath
to man, and
there is no record of men keeping the sabbath before Israel in the
wilderness. Neh. 9:13,14 plainly states that the
first given to Israel. Seventh-day Adventists and a few others teach
that men kept the sabbath from the days of Adam onward, but
this is contrary
to the Bible's own record.
- Repsonse: Did God get tired when He
created this world? Was the rest that God participated in during
the seventh day of creation week due to His getting tired, or because
He was demonstrating to us what we needed to do? Since the time
of creation, we have had a command to observe the Sabbath day since "God blessed
the seventh day and sanctified it" Genesis 2:3.
Notice in the comment above the Sun day promoter says "the sabbath originated at the
completion of the creation" but then he says "there is no record of
men keeping the sabbath before Israel in the wilderness." It
can't be both friend. God did not create the Sabbath during
creation week for Himself, it was for man. Notice this text,
"The Sabbath was made for man" Mark 2:27.
Notice that it does not say it was made for the Jew. God
emphasized the Sabbath with the Jews so they could be messengers of
truth to the world, like Christians are supposed to be today. God wanted mankind to observe all the Ten
Commandments, including His Holy Sabbath Day. Abraham lived
hundreds of years before Israel in the wilderness, and yet God said
"Abraham obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My Commandments, My
statutes, and My laws." Genesis 26:5. That shows Abraham
was obeying the Sabbath commandment too. Notice
also in Exodus 16:28-30, that God was upset with Israel because they were
not observing the Sabbath properly BEFORE Moses was given the Ten
Commandments on tablets of stone. Israel knew about the Sabbath,
but was forced to work seven days in Egypt and could not observe it
properly for a long period of time. This next text is further
evidence that the Ten Commandments were known to mankind throughout
the centuries, beginning with Adam and Eve, "Sin is
transgression of the Law" I John 3:4. For there to be sin, there must be a
Law known to man of which he disobeys. For men to sin before Mt.
Sinai, they must have known about the Ten Commandments which were
passed down from generation to generation from the time of Adam and
Eve. At Mt. Sinai, God
knew the Egyptians were used to seeing laws written on tablets of stone, so
He wrote the Ten Commandments on stone to meet the people where they
were, and to remind them of His truth.
31:12-18 says the sabbath was a special sign between God and Israel. If
mankind in general had been given the sabbath following
creation, it could not have been a sign for Israel. The fact is that
the sabbath belongs to the nation Israel and not to any
It is also important to note that the sabbath will be an eternal
possession of Israel (Ex. 31:16). This sign will never be annulled or
transferred to another people.
- Response: As we saw above, the Sabbath
was given to man, not just the Jews. The Sabbath is a sign
between God and His people who are committed to Him in spirit and
truth. The Ten Commandments were not for just the Jews.
They were for all mankind. Is there a set of Christian Ten
Commandments? No. We are to obey the Ten Commandments
given to all mankind. Also, to take one of the Ten Commandments
out of the ten and say it is not meant for us to obey is simply WRONG.
James 2:10 says "For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble
in one point, he is guilty of all." If we break one of the ten,
we have broken them all. That is serious folks. The
reasoning used by this Sun day promoter is deadly folks. He is
attacking ALL THE TEN COMMANDMENTS!!!
- VERY IMPORTANT - Notice this verse in
Galations 3:28,29 "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither
slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one
in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's
seed, and heirs according to the promise." We are not to strive
to be literal Jews, we are to strive to be Christians then we will be
a spiritual Jew and a decendant of Abraham. The Israel spoken of
in Revelation pertaining to future events is the spiritual Israel or
faithful Christians carrying on with the work Jesus began.
- Just as ancient Israel was given the Law, we
as Christian were too "This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, says the Lord; I will put My laws into their hearts,
and in their minds I will write them" Hebrews 10:16.
By the Holy Spirit living within us, His Law will be written upon our
heart and we will obey His Law.
This explains why the prophets
foretell that Israel will keep the sabbath even after the
Christ is established on earth (Isa. 66:23). It also explains why Jesus
Christ mentioned the sabbath in His prophecies of
(Mt. 24:20). Israelites in the land of Palestine still keep the sabbath
- Response: If you read Isaiah 66:23 you
will see that "all flesh" will worship the Lord in the new earth on
the Sabbath. It does not say only the Jews. Jesus spoke of
the destruction of Jerusalem which would take place 40 years after His
death and mentioned the Sabbath still being in effect in those days. He did not say it
would be destroyed. Jesus was the founder of Christianity and
was speaking of His Sabbath being in effect 40 years after his death.
writings to the churches, the Apostles only mentioned the sabbath three
- Response: A totally false
statement. The Sabbath is mentioned many, many times in the
writings of the Acts of the Apostles. The
apostles were continuing to worship on Saturday the Sabbath throughout
the New Testament, many years after Jesus' resurrection. Let's
take a look:
- Acts 13:14 "But when they [Paul & friends]
departed from Perga they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the
synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down." Paul then spoke in
- Acts 13:42 "And when the Jews went out of
the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached
to them the next Sabbath." Paul was going to preach to the
Gentiles the next Sabbath, NOT the next day, Sunday!!!!
Paul was a seventh-day Sabbath keeper, not a sun day keeper!
- Acts 13:44 "And the next Sabbath almost the
whole city came together to hear the word of God." Wow!!!
The whole city, Gentiles, Jews, all came together on the same worship
day, the seventh-day Sabbath of the fourth commandment!
- Acts 17:2 "Then Paul, as his custom was,
went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the
Scriptures." Paul was observing the seventh-day Sabbath like all
other Christians. That was his custom.
- Acts 18:4 "And he [Paul] reasoned in the
synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks."
Notice it does not say he persuaded the Jews on the Sabbath, and
invited the Greeks to church on Sunday. They all met on the same
day, the seventh day Sabbath of the fourth commandment.
- Note friend that there is not ONE mention of
a Sun day church service, or mention of a change in the law of God and
His Sabbath day in the New Testament.
sabbath is a symbol of salvation rest in Christ in Hebrews 4, and the
Book of Hebrews was written to Christian Jews who were still practicing
Judaism and not to Gentiles
- Response: The writer is
attempting to say the Sabbath is only a symbol and is not a
responsibility of the Christian. But that is not found in the
(2) The N.T.
believer is not bound to keep the sabbath (Col. 2:9-17).
The ceremonial law, which looked forward to
Christ, speaks of temporary sabbaths that were nailed to the cross,
but not the Ten Commandment Sabbath:
"Having wiped out the handwriting of
requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.
And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the
cross....So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding
a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things
to come, but the substance is of Christ." Colossians 2:14,16,17.
The "handwriting" pertains to Moses writing the ceremonial law, such
as the Day of Atonement sabbath, Passover, etc. It was "against us" is
explained in Deut. 31:26 where the "Book of the law" written by Moses
is "against you." The ceremonial law which had its own sabbaths
was written on animal skin was "nailed to the cross" or ended at that
time, but not the Ten Commandments, they were written by our Creator
on stone for eternity. "The shadow of things to come" means it is
temporary and points forward to Christ’s sacrifice when it would
end. We no longer observe the Day of Atonement or Passover sabbaths
because the sacrificial system ended at the cross. In Matt. 24 Jesus
spoke of the Ten Commandment Sabbath in His prophecy of the
destruction of Israel which took place 40 years after His death. So
the true Ten Commandment Sabbath was verified by Jesus to still be in
effect long after His death.
(3) The N.T.
believer has liberty in the matter of holy days (Rom. 14). Those who
teach that the sabbath is binding upon the Christian, are going contrary
to what the Apostles taught.
- Response: Friends, this reasoning is
so shallow, because the writer is confusing the ceremonial sabbaths
which looked forward to Christ's sacrifice, with the seventh day
Sabbath of the fourth commandment. The ceremonial Sabbaths like
the day of Atonement, the Passover, etc., were all done away with, but
not the Sabbath of the fourth commandment!
did Jesus keep the Sabbath? He kept the sabbath for the same reason He
kept all the other Mosaic laws. He also observed the feasts. Jesus did
these things because He was born a Jew, born under the law, that He
might fulfill it and redeem His people from its penalty and bondage
(Gal. 4:4; Rom. 9:5).
- Response: The writer is again lumping
all the ceremonial Sabbaths, written by Moses on lamb skin, with the
Ten Commandments written by God and dealing with the seventh-day
Christians today are Gentiles and as the New Testament states over and
over, we are not under the Law that God gave to the nation of Israel. We
are not a nation of Jews, but assemblies of Gentiles. The promised
Kingdom that is to come (not heaven) is a promise to Jews.....yes
Christian will be a part of the kingdom, but as the bride of Jesus
Christ. Our promise is salvation and to be in a special relationship
with Christ the New Testament describes as the bride of Christ.
- Response: Christians are to be
spiritual Jews (Gal. 3) and should follow the Ten Commandments to
which ALL MANKIND are to be held accountable. THE SABBATH IS NOT
JEWISH, IT IS CHRISTIAN. There is no "promised kingdom"
for the Jews here on earth. A "special relationship with Christ"
apparently that writer thinks Christians should not care about the Ten
Commandments, that we have a license to ignore them. We are not
"UNDER" the law means we are not condemned by it. That does not
mean we can ignore the Ten Commandments, to the contrary we will have
them written upon our hearts (Heb 10:16) and will be living them.
By the Holy Spirit living within us, we CAN obey God's law. That
is what He wants. He does not want us ignoring His law.
FRIEND, THAT WRITER IS ATTACKING GOD'S TEN COMMANDMENTS!!!
SUNDAY is the first day of the week and Christians worship the Lord on
this day because of the following Bible facts:
THAT EARLY CHRISTIANS WORSHIPPED ON SUNDAY:
- Response: Notice below here friend,
there is no command to change the day of worship. The day of
Jesus' resurrection was the first day He went back to work.
Jesus did not attend a Sun day church. He
did not say the Ten Commandments had been changed.
1. On the first
day Jesus rose from the dead (Mk. 16:9).
2. On the first
day Jesus first appeared to his disciples (Mk. 16:9).
3. On the first
day Jesus met with the disciples at different places and repeatedly (Mk.
16:9-11; Mt. 28:8-10; Lk. 24:34; Mk.
4. 4. On the
first day Jesus blessed the disciples (Jn. 20:19).
5. On the first
day Jesus imparted to the disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit (Jn.
6. On the first
day Jesus commissioned the disciples to preach the gospel to all the
world (Jn. 20:21; with Mk. 16:9-15).
7. On the first
day Jesus ascended to Heaven, was seated at the right hand of the Father
and was made Head of all (Jn. 20:17;
8. On the first
day many of the dead saints arose from the grave (Mt. 27:52-53).
9. The first day
became the day of joy and rejoicing to the disciples (Jn. 20:20; Lk.
10. On the first
day the gospel of the risen Christ was first preached (Lk. 24:34).
11. On the first
day Jesus explained the Scriptures to the disciples (Lk. 24:27,45).
12. On the first
day the purchase of our redemption was completed (Ro. 4:25).
13. On the first
day the Holy Spirit descended (Ac. 2:1). Pentecost was on the 50th day
after the sabbath following the wave offering (Le.
23:15,16). Thus Pentecost was always on a Sunday.
- Response: Notice that in the texts
above, there was no change in the Sabbath. Jesus just went back
to work on the first day of the week. That's all. The
writer could not mention ONE text which showed a change in the Ten
Commandments, the Sabbath.
Christians met to worship on the first day (Ac. 20:6,7; 1 Co. 16:2).
Sunday is "the Lord's Day" (Re. 1:10) (D.M. Canright, Seventh-day
- Response: The first text says,
"Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to
break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and
continued his message until midnight." Acts 20:7,8. The New English
Bible indicates a Saturday night meeting. A Saturday Sabbath meeting
went into Saturday night which is the beginning of the first day of
the week. The breaking of bread, or eating, could take place any day
(see Acts 2:46). So this was not a church meeting or any special
day to break bread. The next morning, Sun day, Paul traveled to
his next city.
- "Now concerning the collection for the
saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must
do also: On the first day of the week let each one of you lay
something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no
collections when I come." I Cor. 16:1,2. The original Vulgate
refers to a gift for the poor at one’s "own house," not at a church.
This was not a church gathering, but a directive to church members on
the first work day of the week to set aside a donation at their homes.
- Note that there is no church worship
mentioned in those texts, and that no command was given to change the
Law of God.
- Nowhere in scripture is Sun day mentioned as
the Lord's Day. That was created by the Roman system, the
papacy, the popes. We can follow them, or realize that "The
seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God." Exodus 20, the fourth
days, the vast majority of Christians have always met to worship on the
Lord's day. They do this in honor of the
their Savior. Christ was in the tomb during the sabbath, and rose as the
firstborn from the dead on the first day.
signifies the last day of the old creation (Ge. 2:2). Sunday is the
first day of the new creation.
EVIDENCE THAT EARLY CHRISTIANS WORSHIPED ON SUNDAY.
- Response: Notice that the writer could
not prove the change of the Ten Commandment Sabbath from the Bible, so
he chooses to use second century -
forward examples, shown below, of apostate Sun day worship.
Worship that had become adulterated by that time. The early
Roman Emperors had passed laws forcing all men to worship on the pagan
day of the sun, or the Sun day. Here is the first Sun day Law decree
of a Christian council, given about 16 years after Constantine’s first
Sunday Law of A.D. 321: "Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on
Saturday [in the original: ‘sabbato’—shall not be idle on the
Sabbath], but shall work on that day; but the Lord’s day they shall
especially honour, and as being Christians, shall, if possible, do no
work on that day. If, however, they are found Judaizing, they shall by
shut out [‘anathema,’ excommunicated] from Christ."—Council of
Laodicea, c. A.D. 337, Canon 29, quoted in C. J. Hefele, A History of
the Councils of the Church, Vol. 2, p. 316. The rulers did not
want Christians worshiping on Saturday and pagans worshiping on
Sun day. They wanted a unified day of worship. It was
during this period that the early Christian apostasy began, under the
strong arm of the civil government. The Catholic church then
carried forward what the Roman rulers had begun, a false Christian day
of worship on the day of the sun. To this day the Catholic
church brags in their writings that they are behind the change of the
day of worship. They say because Jesus was resurrected on
Sun day, that we ought to observe that day as the Sabbath. They
brag that protestants are following their teachings by worshiping on
Sun day. But unfortunately friend, that is not biblical.
- The Convert's Catechism of Catholic
Doctrine states: "Q. Which is the Sabbath day? A. Saturday is the
Sabbath day. Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? A. We
observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic church
transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday." "Sunday is our
mark of authority. The church is above the Bible, and this
transference of sabbath observance is proof of that fact." The
Catholic Record, London Ontario, Sept. 1, 1923.
- Are we going to follow man, or God?
That is the question.
of Barnabas (about A.D. 100). "Wherefore, also we keep the eighth day
with joyfulness, the day also on which Jesus rose again from
of Ignatius (about A.D. 107). "Be not deceived with strange doctrines,
nor with old fables, which are unprofitable. For if we still live
according to the Jewish Law, we acknowledge that we have not received
grace ... If, therefore, those who were brought up in
the ancient order of things have come to the possession of a new hope,
no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance
of the Lord's Day, on which also our life has sprung up again by Him and
by His death."
Martyr (about A.D. 140). "And on the day called Sunday all who live in
cities or in the country gather together in one place, and the memoirs
of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read. ... But Sunday
is the day on which we all hold a common assembly,
because it is the First day of the week on which God ... made the world;
and Jesus Christ our Savior on the same day
rose from the
Edessa (A.D. 180). "On one day the first of the week, we assemble
Alexandria (A.D. 194). "He, in fulfillment of the precept, according to
the gospel, keeps the Lord's Day ... glorifying the Lord's
resurrection in himself."
(A.D. 200). "We solemnize the day after Saturday in contradiction to
those who call this day their sabbath."
(about A.D. 155-202). "The Mystery of the Lord's Resurrection may not be
celebrated on any other day than the Lord's Day, and on this
alone should we observe the breaking off of the Paschal Feast."
(A.D. 250). "The eighth day, that is, the first day after the sabbath,
and the Lord's Day."
Constitutions (A.D. 250). "On the day of the resurrection of the
Lord--that is, the Lord's Day--assemble yourselves together without
fail, giving thanks to God and praising Him for those mercies God has
bestowed upon you through Christ."
(A.D. 270). "Our regard for the Lord's resurrection which took place on
the Lord's Day will lead us to celebrate it."
Bishop of Alexandria (A.D. 306). "But the Lord's Day we celebrate as a
day of joy, because on it, he rose again."
- Response: Notice these examples of
quotes regarding the true and false day of worship:
PROTESTANT LEADERS SPEAK:
"There was and is a command to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that
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, 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."—Dr. E. T. Hiscox,
author of the Baptist Manual.
"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
observance of Sunday . . There is not a single line in the New
Testament to suggest that we incur any penalty by violating the
supposed sanctity of Sunday."—Dr. R. W. Dale, The Ten Commandments,
"The day is now changed from the seventh to the first day . . but as
we meet with no Scriptural direction for the change, we may conclude
it was done by the authority of the church."—"The Protestant Episcopal
Explanation of the Catechism.
"The Scriptures nowhere call the first day of the week the Sabbath . .
There is no Scriptural authority for so doing, nor of course, any
Scriptural obligation."—The Watchman.
"There is no word, no hint in the New Testament about abstaining from
work on Sunday. The observance of Ash Wednesday, or Lent, stands
exactly on the same footing as the observance of Sunday. Into the rest
of Sunday no Divine Law enters."—Canon Eyton, Ten Commandments.
"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."—Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the
Catechism, pp. 334, 336.
"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, pp. 180-181.
"We have made the change from the seventh to the first day, from
Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of the one holy, catholic,
apostolic church of Christ."—Bishop Seymour, Why We Keep Sunday.
"The sacred name of the seventh day is Sabbath. This fact is too clear
to require argument [Exodus 20:10, quoted] . . On this point the plain
teaching of the Word has been admitted in all ages . . Not once did
the disciples apply the Sabbath law to the first day of the week,—that
folly was left for a later age, nor did they pretend that the first
day supplanted the seventh."—Joseph Judson Taylor, The Sabbatic
Question, pp. 14-17, 41.
Congregationalist: "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 Abbot, Christian Union, June 26, 1890.
"Now there is no testimony in all the oracles of heaven that the
Sabbath is changed, or that the Lord’s Day came in the room of
it."—Alexander Campbell, Reporter, October 8, 1921.
Disciples of Christ:
"There is no direct Scriptural authority for designating the first day
‘the Lord’s Day.’ "—Dr. D. H. Lucas, Christian Oracle, January 23,
me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years’ discussion
with His disciples, often conversing upon the Sabbath question,
discussing it in some of its various aspects, freeing it from its
false [Jewish traditional] glosses, never alluded to any transference
of the day; also, 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 instructing 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 the sun god, then adopted
and sanctified by the Papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred
legacy to Protestantism."—Dr. E. T. Hiscox, report of his sermon at
the Baptist Minister’s Convention, New York Examiner, November 16,
"There is scarcely anything
which strikes the mind of the careful student of ancient
ecclesiastical history with greater surprise than the comparatively
early period at which many of the corruptions of Christianity, which
are embodied in the Roman system, took their rise; yet it is not to be
supposed that when the first originators of many of these unscriptural
notions and practices planted those germs of corruption, they
anticipated or even imagined they would ever grow into such a vast and
hideous system of superstition and error as is that of popery."—John
Dowling, History of Romanism, 13th Edition, p. 65.
www.seventh-day.org/historians.htm for more quotes.
though mentioned in Gen. 2:2-3, was not delivered to man until it was
given to Israel in the wilderness (Neh. 9:13-14). The Sabbath was
given, not to mankind in general, but to the nation of Israel alone as a
special covenant sign between her and God (Ex. 31:13,17).
- Response: We have learned that the
Sabbath was given to man, and has always been part of God's plan for
all mankind, just as we are not to steal or kill we are also to honor
God by observing the Sabbath day.
helps you understand this. Christians are not under the Law that God
gave to the Nation of Israel and we have a special relationship with the
[end of e-mail by Sun day keeper]
Response: Nowhere, nowhere in the Bible is
there a command by God to change His sacred Ten Commandments!!!
Only men have tried to change them, attack them, or destroy them.
Notice how God's people in the last days will be
keeping the Ten Commandments:
"Here is the patience of the saints; here are
those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."
"Blessed are those who do His commandments [here on earth],
that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter
through the gates into the city" [the New Jerusalem in heaven]
"And the dragon [Satan] was wroth [angry] with
the woman [God's church], and went to make war with the remnant [final
part] of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have
the testimony of Jesus Christ." Rev. 12:17
THE QUESTION ARISES, IS SATAN ANGRY OR HAPPY
WITH YOUR WORSHIP?
It is unfortunate, but the writer repeatedly
attacked the Law of God in an effort to substantiate Sun day worship.
He could not prove a change in the Sabbath Commandment, so he decided
to throw out the entire Law of God. If God could have changed
the Ten Commandments, he would have done so at the Garden of Eden and thus prevented His Son
from having to come to earth to live a life of a humble man in order
to prove that the Law could be kept.
Notice this text, "To the law and to the
testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is
because there is no light in them" Isaiah 8:20. Based upon
that statement, we can conclude that the writer who supported Sun day
worship did not speak according to the law of God, nor the prophets
and did not have true light to share with us.