Eight: Why do most churches observe Sunday?
Throughout his earthly ministry, Yeshua and his disciples kept the seventh-day Sabbath. (Luke 4:16 is one of many texts that verify this fact.) Similarly, the disciples and the Church in the book of Acts, after the resurrection, also observed the Biblical Seventh-day Sabbath of the Ten Commandments. You will see this in Acts Chapter 13, verses 14, 27, 42, 44, Acts 15:21, 16:13, 17:2, and 18:4.
You also see that the annual feast day Sabbaths (holy days) were observed after the cross as well. The disciples kept the very first holy feast day post resurrection – Acts 2:1, so clearly they weren’t taught and didn’t believe the annual Sabbaths were nailed to the cross. Yehovah established the feasts post-resurrection via the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost – Acts 2:2-4. Why would Yehovah choose a feast day to memorialize in this way if he wanted us to know the feast days were done away with at the cross? Wouldn’t he have chosen any other day but the feast day if he had changed it? The Apostle Paul kept and taught the feasts post-resurrection – Acts 18:21, Acts 20:6, 1 Corinthians 5:7, 1 Corinthians 16:8. The feasts are far more than party food days. Each one teaches us a lesson about God’s plan of redemption for fallen mankind. No wonder satan wants to blot them out and distract us with pagan celebrations instead.
Jeremiah 16:19 tells us that in the end days, the Gentiles will realize that their fathers have inherited lies. Sunday worship is chief among them. There is no weekly Sunday worship found anywhere in Scripture. So where does it come from? History shows that it came by a decree of the Catholic Church, at least three hundred years after the death and resurrection of Yeshua.
In the Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, you will find:
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, in the Council of Laodicea, (AD 336) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday. —Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.SS.R., (1946), p. 50.
Letter from C.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons on October 28, 1895, in speaking of Sunday:
“Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change was her act…And the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters. “
While the Catholic Church takes credit, and even refers to it as the “mark” of their authority (refer back to the Mark of the Beast article to ponder that choice of words), ultimately, the source of Sunday worship comes from a source higher than man. Daniel 7:25 proclaims clearly that it is the antichrist who “thinks to change times and laws.” There is only one law that deals with time, and that is the Fourth Commandment, “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.” But note that this power only “thinks” to change the times and laws. Ask yourself this: Do you believe that there is any power that is greater than God, and has the actual power to change God’s times and laws? If you do, then you should stop calling yourself a Christian and stop claiming that you worship the God of the Bible. But if you don’t believe another entity can change God’s word, are you willing to obey it as written?
Perhaps you have been led to believe that God made this change. His own words prove that is not true. Malachi 3:6, “For I am the LORD, I change not.” Psalm 89:34, “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” God wrote in stone with his finger that the Sabbath is the seventh day. If God calls the seventh-day His Sabbath, you should too. You can’t go wrong when you are agreeing with God!
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