As a professed Bible believing Christian, do you primarily follow the teachings and traditions of men, or do you follow the word of God (Sola Scriptura – the scriptures being your sole infallible rule of faith and practice), or do you mix it up as it suits you?
To the reformers, the doctrine of Sola Scriptura meant not only that there should be access to a Bible in his language in every man’s hands, but also a struggle in every man’s mind and heart—a struggle to find the truth for themselves. This does not mean that we do not have teachers who are spirited filled and gifted in theology and exegesis. Nor does it mean that we disregard traditions of the past, unless of course they are found to be contrary to scripture and we are convicted to depart from them.
Each person must prayerfully study, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and wrestle with theology for themselves, coming to a deeper understanding, and taking ownership of their convictions. We have the right and responsibility to ask tough questions, search for answers, and come to intellectually and scripturally defensible conclusions. This means we do not have to, nor ever should, blindly accept what someone else teaches without confirming for ourselves that it is true.
Is the doctrine of Sola Scriptura dangerous? Absolutely, but the alternative is much more dangerous, as it is nothing short of surrendering our mind, and possibly our eternal salvation. In these times where we all have access to a Bible, the argument that the pastor didn’t teach us that will carry no weight at the judgment and will get us no where but cast into the lake of fire.
A Christian who fights against keeping God’s day of rest and devotion to Him (that is what “keep it holy” means) is like a wife who fights against keeping date night with her husband because she is too busy with her job, projects, volunteer work, studies, the kids, etc. In this world of rushing to and fro, the wife (bride) who does not love her husband enough to set aside time to just intimately be with him, growing in her love and knowledge of him, is courting disaster in their marriage. It is the same with us in our relationship with God. If we do not love Him enough to spend the intimate one on one time with Him on the day that he has specifically sanctified for us to come out of the world and be with Him, we are courting disaster in our relationship with Him. It tells Him that we love the world more than we love Him – we commit adultery (James 4:4).
Proverbs 7:1-2 “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Ask yourself: What is the apple of my eye? Is it God and His Word, or it is the world? The 4th commandment is not a legalistic command – it is a loving one given by our God who loves us and knows us more intimately than we can possibly imagine, and desires for us to love and know Him the same – it is meant to be a blessing, not a curse. He desires for us “to be rooted and grounded in love, that we may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that we may be filled with all the fullness of God”. When a husband and wife are going through a time of trial and tribulation, keeping their date night is critical to keeping their relationship solid through it. The Bride is getting ready to go through a time of tribulation like she has never seen before, and if she is not solid in her intimate relationship with her Husband, she risks having her love grow cold, becoming an adulteress, and hearing Him say: “I never knew you, depart from me.”
When the Holy Spirit convicts me of something, I listen, and allow Him to lead me in the Word to prove it true. In addition to all the scriptures below which prove the truth of His conviction of me, in my study of Revelation (the final word Jesus has given us that His Elect might be prepared for these times), there are three things we are clearly told that believers must be doing when He comes:
- Keeping the commandments of God;
- Having the faith or testimony of Jesus Christ; and
- Not having taken the mark of the Beast, which connects directly with #1.
Because so many Christians have completely accepted Satan’s changing of the law and times, enactment of a law requiring everyone to keep Sunday as a secular/one world day of rest, relaxation and worship (to whatever god people choose to believe in, for the unity, brotherhood, security, well being and “common good” of all – One World Religion), will so effectively become the basis for the mark of the beast. Only those truly keeping the commandments of God and having the faith and testimony of Jesus Christ would be subject to the penalties of not keeping the law, because they would be God’s Sabbath keepers, and thereby easy to identify, just as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were easy to identify when they were the only ones who did not bow to Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image.
Since my mother and I have started keeping God’s Sabbath, we have found it to be such an incredible blessing that we are so grateful God gave us. The Sabbath was given for us after all, not for God (“The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27). Although I believe He is blessed by our following His command and keeping the day he set aside for us to rest and focus on Him, it is His command, not our carnal mind’s choice, of what Sabbath day we are to keep.
There are Christians today, being so encompassed by the false teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, who question whether the Sabbath God established was actually Saturday. The Catholic Church herself tells us it is so, and more importantly, the Jews tell us it is so. The Jews were given God’s commandments, and since that time until today, have kept the Sabbath Saturday, the last day of the week. We need look no further than the day Jesus Himself kept – even in death, he rested on the Sabbath in the tomb.
Genesis 2:3King James Version (KJV)
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified (made it irrevocable) it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. (It was sanctified, made irrevocable – if God was able to change his Law after he blessed and sanctified it, why do we not think he would have done so to save His Son? If God was able and willing to change His law, there would have been no reason for Jesus to die, or reason for us to trust in our salvation because of his death. If God is that changeable, we have no assurance in any of His Word, and might just as well be Muslims, Buddhists or Druids.)
Psalm 89:34King James Version (KJV)
34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. (God cannot lie. Jesus said: “I and the Father are one”, so how could we allow ourselves to believe that He lied and altered the thing that has gone out of His lips.)
Exodus 20:6King James Version (KJV)
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Exodus 20:1King James Version (KJV)
And God spoke all these words, saying,
(God never takes back His words – “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.”)
Exodus 20:8-11King James Version (KJV)
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger (foreigners, gentiles) that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Exodus 24:12King James Version (KJV)
12 And the Lord said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.
(God not only spoke the Ten Commandments, He also wrote them with His finger in stone, twice! There is no changing them.)
Exodus 31:18King James Version (KJV)
18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.
Leviticus 23:32King James Version (KJV)
32 It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath. (This is referring to a monthly Sabbath, not the 4th commandment Sabbath, but identifies the time for keeping the Sabbath – from even unto even.)
Leviticus 20:26King James Version (KJV)
26 And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine. (We are called to be holy unto Him, which calls for us to keep His commands.)
Numbers 23:19-20King James Version (KJV)
19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.
Deuteronomy 5:12King James Version (KJV)
12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee.
Deuteronomy 5:29New King James Version (NKJV)
29 Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!
Deuteronomy 7:9King James Version (KJV)
Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
Deuteronomy 28:1-2King James Version (KJV)
And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
1 Kings 18:17-18King James Version (KJV)
17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim. (Just as we have followed Antichrist.)
Psalm 19:7-11New King James Version (NKJV)
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.
Psalm 89:34King James Version (KJV)
34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
Psalm 103:17-18King James Version (KJV)
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; 18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that REMEMBER his commandments to do them. (Note, the 4th commandment is the only one that starts with “Remember”.)
Proverbs 7:1-2King James Version (KJV)
My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. 2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
Jeremiah 17:21-23King James Version (KJV)
21 Thus saith the Lord; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; 22 Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.
23 But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.
Jeremiah 17:27King James Version (KJV)
27 But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.
And then what happened because they would not hallow the Sabbath day:
Jeremiah 39:8-9King James Version (KJV)
8 And the Chaldeans burned the king’s house, and the houses of the people, with fire, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem.
9 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive into Babylon the remnant of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to him, with the rest of the people that remained.
Ezekiel 20:20King James Version (KJV)
20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God.
Daniel 7:24-26King James Version (KJV)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.
25 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.
26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
Isaiah 8:16King James Version (KJV)
16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples
Isaiah 24:4-6King James Version (KJV)
4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
Isaiah 42:21King James Version (KJV)
21 The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. (to be honored, to be kept)
Isaiah 56:6-7King James Version (KJV)
6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; 7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people (not only the Jews, but all people, which includes us).
Isaiah 58:13King James Version (KJV)
13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
Isaiah 66:22-23King James Version (KJV)
22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain.
23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.
Daniel 7:25King James Version (KJV)
25 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. (We know who He is speaking of and which times and laws He is warning us Satan will think to change – the only Law God set down which deals with times.)
Hosea 8King James Version (KJV)
8 Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.
Matthew 5:17-19King James Version (KJV)
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, til all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 12:2-8King James Version (KJV)
2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. 3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; 4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? 6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day. (The Lord’s Day, which Jesus set free from the burdens that had been placed upon it by the Pharisees – he didn’t do away with it, but did set it free to be as God had established it to be.)
Matthew 19:16-17King James Version (KJV)
16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Matthew 24:20King James Version (KJV)
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
Mark 16:9King James Version (KJV)
9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. (Even at the time of His greatest sacrifice to the world, Jesus rested in the tomb on the Sabbath).
Luke 4:16King James Version (KJV)
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Luke 13:14-17King James Version (KJV)
14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. 15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? 16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? 17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.
Luke 16:17King James Version (KJV)
17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
Luke 23:56King James Version (KJV)
56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.
John 5:18King James Version (KJV)
18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. (The two primary things – plus the 2nd commandment, which they completely removed, and other things too numerous to mention – that the Papacy, the many antichrists, have done and we have allowed ourselves and others to follow.)
John 9:14-16King James Version (KJV)
14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. 15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. 16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
(Jesus could have avoided many of His problems with the Jewish leaders if he just changed the Sabbath to Sunday and did his healing, picking wheat heads, etc. then – if He was going to change the Sabbath, that would have been the time to do it, but He did not, because He could not.)
John 14:15King James Version (KJV)
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. (Since Jesus and the Father are one – the Ten Commandments are His.)
John 15:10King James Version (KJV)
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
Acts 13:42-44King James Version (KJV)
42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. 43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. 44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.
(If the Sabbath had been changed for Gentiles, Paul would have told them to come back the next day, Sunday, the first day of the week, or told them to come the first day of the following week, but he didn’t, because it hadn’t been changed.)
1 Corinthians 14:33King James Version (KJV)
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
Hebrews 4:4-10King James Version (KJV)
4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. (He is asking a question, not making a statement, and the answer is “no”, He did not speak of another day.)
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
2 Corinthians 5:21King James Version (KJV)
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
(We are made the righteousness of God in Him, which sets us free from the law for our salvation, but Heaven forbid it should ever free us from the desire in loving obedience to keep His law, which He has told us to do – not for our salvation, but in obedience to Him who has given us everything – none of which we deserve.)
James 2:10King James Version (KJV)
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
James 4:17King James Version (KJV)
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
1 John 2:3-5New King James Version (NKJV) The Test of Knowing Him
3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.
1 John 3:22King James Version (KJV)
22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
Revelation 1:10King James Version (KJV)
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
The Seal of God is upon those who keep His law
Revelation 7:2-3King James Version (KJV)
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. (Seal of God – Isaiah 8:16King James Version (KJV) 16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.)
The Great Commandments of Jesus had nothing to do with the Ten Commandments, which is clear because neither command has anything to do with the words spoken in the Ten Commandments. Jesus was quoting the law in Deuteronomy and Leviticus, not making up a new commandment to replace those spoken from the lips, and written in stone by God.
Matthew 22:36-40King James Version (KJV)
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. [Jesus was quoting these two scriptures of law, not the Ten Commandments – read them and you will see clearly.]
Deuteronomy 6:4-5King James Version (KJV)
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Leviticus 19:18King James Version (KJV)
18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.
This is one Scripture used by many to deny God’s 4th commandment and exalt themselves above His Word to choose the day convenient to themselves. This scripture has nothing to do with the Sabbath, but with the day(s) on which people choose to fast (the religious leaders held certain days to be of greater importance than others for the purpose of fasting); Paul is telling them it doesn’t matter what day they choose to fast, or whether they fast at all:
Romans 14:3-6King James Version (KJV)
3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. 4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. 5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
These are the Words of Jesus to us specifically concerning the times we are now in, which we should diligently be studying and hearing. He tells us repeatedly that the time is at hand, and He is coming soon:
Revelation 12:17King James Version (KJV)
17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 14:12King James Version (KJV)
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Revelation 14:9-10King James Version (KJV)
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Revelation 16:2King James Version (KJV)
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
Revelation 22:10-11King James Version (KJV)
10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
Revelation 22:14-15King James Version (KJV)
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
The Reason Most Christians Do Not Keep God’s 4th Commandment – We are following the Beast:
What the Catholic Church (Beast/Antichrist) has to say about the Sabbath:
The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1957): 50:
- 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.
Chancellor Albert Smith for Cardinal of Baltimore Archdiocese, letter dated February 10, 1920:
If Protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath day which by God is Saturday. In keeping the Sunday, they are following a law of the Catholic Church.
Stephen Keenan, Catholic—Doctrinal Catechism 3rd Edition: 174:
Question: Have you any other way of proving 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 1st day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the 7th day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.
John A. O’Brien, The Faith of Millions: 472-473: “The third commandment is: ‘“Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.”
(This is after the Catholic Church has rewritten the Ten Commandments to remove the 2nd commandment, rewrite the 3rd and split the 10th to create 10 again.)
Our Sunday Visitor (February 5, 1950):
Practically everything Protestants regard as essential or important they have received from the Catholic Church… The Protestant mind does not seem to realize that in accepting the Bible and observing the Sunday, in keeping Christmas and Easter, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the church, the Pope.
Louis Gaston Segur, Plain Talk about the Protestantism of To-Day (London: Thomas Richardson and Son, 1874): 213:
Thus the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is a homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the (Catholic) Church.
The Catholic Church, for over one thousand years before the existence of a Protestant, by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday…
The Adventists are the only body of Christians with the Bible as their teacher, who can find no warrant in its pages for the change of day from the seventh to the first. Hence their appellation, “Seventh-day Adventists.”
Catholic Priest T. Enright, CSSR, Kansas City, MO:
It was the holy Catholic Church that changed the day of rest from Saturday to Sunday, the 1st day of the week. And it not only compelled all to keep Sunday, but at the Council of Laodicea, AD 364, anathematized those who kept the Sabbath and urged all persons to labor on the 7th day under penalty of anathema.
Catholic Priest T. Enright, CSSR, lecture at Hartford, KS, Feb 18, 1884:
I have repeatedly offered $1000 to any one who can furnish any proof from the Bible that Sunday is the day we are bound to keep…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.
“But there is something still wanting to a full statement of the untenable position taken up by those sticklers for ‘Sabbath’ observance. What right, anyhow, have these gentlemen as Protestants to lay down the law as to what is to be done or not done on Sunday? Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claims to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles. If the ‘Bible and the Bible only is the religion of Protestants,’ if ‘whatever is not read therein nor may be proved thereby’ has no claim on their faith or observance, what scrap of title can they show for all their dogmatic insistence as to the requirements of the Lord’s Day? 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 to the first. Thus Sunday observance is an incongruous adjunct of the Protestant faith, utterly out of keeping with its fundamental principle, and strongly suggests a religion that suffered sadly from too much hurry in the making.
If any Sabbatarian wants to know the proper method of spending the Sunday, the Catholic Church is the natural source to apply to for information. Under her direction the Sunday supplanted the Jewish Sabbath, and she is, therefore, the best fitted to settle any dispute as to its claims.”
“Rome may well laugh at the inconsistencies that leave Protestantism at such a disadvantage. The watchword of the Reformation was, ‘The Bible and the Bible only,’ but there are many, very many, who do not stand to this watchword today. When Elijah stood on Carmel before the worshippers of Baal, he called, ‘if the Lord be God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him.’ 1 Kings 18:21. Surely that challenge needs to be repeated to Christendom today. If our guide is the Bible, then follow the Bible; but if Rome, then follow Rome.”
Source: The Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, Saturday, August 25, 1900, quoted in The Bible Echo, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Vol. 15, No. 42, Oct. 15, 1900, page 674.
“Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. ‘The Day of the Lord’ (dies Dominica) was chosen, not from any directions noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church’s sense of its own power. The day of resurrection, the day of Pentecost, fifty days later, came on the first day of the week. So this would be the new Sabbath. People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become 7th Day Adventists, and keep Saturday holy.” [emphasis added]
Source: Sentinel, Pastor’s page, Saint Catherine Catholic Church, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995.
May 22, 1954
Pope Pius XII
Is the accusation true, that Protestants accuse you of? They say you changed the Seventh Day Sabbath to the, so-called, Christian Sunday:
Identical with the First Day of the week. If so, when did you make the change, and by what authority?
Yours very truely,
J. L. Day
THE CATHOLIC EXTENSION MAGAZINE
180 Wabash Ave., Chicago, Illinois
(Under the Blessing of Pope Pius XII)
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 Sunday, stultifies [cause to appear foolish or absurd] 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 men 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 Adventists are the only group that reason correctly and are consistent with their teachings. It is always somewhat laughable to see the Protestant Churches, in pulpit and legislature, demand the observance of Sundays of which there is nothing in the Bible.
With best wishes
Peter R. Tramer, Editor
Pope demands Sunday to be a day of Rest
In a most revealing fashion on June 6, Pope Benedict XVI declared to an enthusiastic audience of 15,000 pilgrims in St Peters Square of Vatican City that “Sunday must be a day of rest for everyone”. Siting the necessity of spending time with family and with God as the basis for his blasphemous assertion for the need of reverencing this false day of worship, The Pope went on to say:
“By defending Sunday, one defends human freedom… Sunday is the day of the Lord and man, a day which everyone must be able to be free — free for the family and free for God”
No matter how emotionally invoking his sentiments about the family and God may be, they are 100% contradictory to the infallible Word of God. According to Genesis 2:1-2 and Exodus 20:8-11, The Sabbath, the Lord’s special day of rest, is the seventh day of the week and not the first.
And the last time I checked, the seventh day is Saturday my friends, and not Sunday. Jesus himself said in Mark 2:28 that he is “Lord of the Sabbath”. Which, once again means that, Saturday (which is the seventh day of the week) and not Sunday (which is the first day week) is the LORD’S DAY.
Towards Global Sunday Law
“The Pope is calling for the world to acknowledge and honor Sunday as a day of rest. Legislation that will force the world to worship and rest on Sunday would be the ideal solution. There are many voices clamoring to fulfill exactly such a goal, using the economy, the environment, and even the family as reasons to legislate Sunday rest.
Another standoff is on the horizon. Those who refuse to give up the Biblical seventh-day Sabbath will face trials as tough as the furnace faced by Shadrach and his companions. However, we can hold fast hope, knowing that the God who spared the Israelite men from the fiery furnace is coming again soon.
Here are some of the ways the world is moving towards Sunday legislation:”
http://www.truthontheweb.org/nt10com.htm TEN COMMANDMENTS IN THE NEWTESTAMENT