Sunday sacredness is not
or practiced in the Bible?
True or False?
What do the Protestant
say about the change of the Sabbath to Sunday?
Protestant theologians and preachers from a many denominations have been quite candid in admitting that there is no Biblical
authority for observing Sunday as a sabbath.    Then why are so many of the main line Protestant churches keeping Sunday?
" 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.  Explanation of Catechism.
And where are we told in the Scriptures
we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded to keep the
are nowhere commanded to keep the first day .... The reason why we keep the first day of the week holy instead of the seventh is for the same reason that we observe many other things, not because the Bible, but because the church has enjoined it."
Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the Catechism, vol. 1, pp.334, 336.
" We have made the change from the seventh day to the first day, from Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of the one holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church of Christ."     Bishop Symour, Why We keep Sunday.
There is no word, no hint, in the New
about abstaining from work on Sunday .... into the rest of Sunday no
enters.... The observance of Ash Wednesday or Lent stands exactly on the same footing as the observance of Sunday."
Canon Eyton, The Ten Commandments, pp. 52, 63, 65.
" 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 Sabbath Question, pages 14-17, 41.
" 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 was and is a command to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. If 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.
There was and is a commandment to keep
the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will be said,
and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week .... Where can the
record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament absolutely not."   " To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years' intercourse with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath question . . . never alluded to any transference of the day also, that during forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing was intimated." " Of course, I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history . . . . But what a pity it comes branded with the mark of paganism, and christened with the name of the sun god, adopted and sanctioned by the papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism!"     Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, a paper read before a New York ministers' conference, Nov. 13, 1893, reported in New York Examiner, Nov.16, 1893.
There was never any formal or
change from the Jewish seventh-day Sabbath to the Christian first day
William Owen Carver, The Lord's Day in Our Day, p. 49.
To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus,
three years’ discussion with His disciples, often conversing with them
upon the Sabbath question, discussing it in some of its various
freeing it from its false (Jewish traditional) glosses, never alluded
any transference of the day also, that during the forty days of His
life, no such thing was intimated. Nor, so far as we know, did the
which was given to bring to their remembrance all things whatsoever
He had said unto them, deal with this churches, counselling and
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
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, in New York Examiner, November 16,
" 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. Layman Abbot, in the Christian Union, June 26, 1890.
" It is quite clear that however rigidly or devotedly we may spend Sunday, we are not keeping the Sabbath. . .The Sabbath was founded on 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 suppose sanctity of Sunday."     Dr. R. W. Dale, The Ten Commandments, pages 106-107.
. . . it is quite clear that however
or devotedly we may spend Sunday, we are not keeping the Sabbath — . .
was founded on a specific Divine command. We can plead no such command for the obligation to observe Sunday .... There is not a single sentence 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 (New York: Eaton & Mains), p. 127-129.
. . . the Christian Sabbath [Sunday] is
in the Scriptures, and was not by the primitive Church called the
Timothy Dwight, Theology: Explained and Defended (1823), Ser. 107, vol. 3, p. 258.
Now there is no testimony in all the
of heaven that the Sabbath is changed, or that the Lord's Day came in
room of it."     Alexander Campbell, in The Reporter,
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, 1890.
'But,' say some, 'it was changed from the
seventh to the first day.' Where? when? and by whom? No man can tell.
it never was changed, nor could it be, unless creation was to be gone
again: for the reason assigned must be changed before the observance,
respect to the reason, can be changed! It is all old wives' fables to
of the change of the Sabbath from the
seventh to the first day. If it be changed, it was that august personage changed it who changes times and laws ex officio - I think his name is Doctor Antichrist.'    Alexander Campbell, The Christian Baptist, Feb. 2, 1824,vol. 1. no. 7, p. 164.
The first day of the week is commonly
the Sabbath. This is a mistake. The Sabbath of the Bible was the day
the first day of the week. The first day of the week is never called the Sabbath anywhere in the entire Scriptures. It is also an error to talk about the change of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. There is not in any place in the Bible any intimation of such a
change."     First Day Observance, pp. 17, 19.
Dwight L. Moody
The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has
been in force ever since. This fourth commandment begins with the word
'remember,' showing that the Sabbath already existed when God Wrote the
law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one
has been done away with when they will admit that the other nine are
D. L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting (Fleming H.
Revell Co.: New York), pp. 47, 48.
" For when there could not be produced one solitary pace in the Holy Scriptures which testified that either the Lord Himself or the apostles had ordered such a transfer of the Sabbath to Sunday, then it was not easy to answer the question: Who has transferred the Sabbath, and who has had the right to do it?"   George Sverdrup, A New Day.
We have seen how gradually the impression
of the Jewish sabbath faded from the mind of the Christian Church, and
completely the newer thought underlying the observance of the first day took possession of the church. We have seen that the
Christians of the first three centuries never confused one with the other, but for a time celebrated both."   The Sunday Problem, a study book of the United Lutheran Church (1923), p. 36.
They [Roman Catholics] refer to the
Day, a shaving been changed into the Lord's Day, contrary to the
seems. Neither is there any example whereof they make more than concerning the changing of the Sabbath Day. Great, say they, is the power of the Church, since it has dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments!"     Augsburg Confession of Faith art. 28 written by Melanchthon, approved by Martin Luther, 1530 as published in The Book of Concord of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Henry Jacobs, ed. (1 91 1), p. 63.
" The festival of Sunday, like all other festivals, was always only a human ordinance, and it was far from the intentions of the apostles to establish a Divine command in this respect, far from them, and from the early apostolic Church, to transfer the laws of the Sabbath to Sunday."     Dr. Augustus Neander, The History of the Christian Religion and Church Henry John Rose, tr. (1843), p. 186.
But they err in teaching that Sunday has
the place of the Old Testament Sabbath and therefore must be kept as
seventh day had to be kept by the children of Israel .... These
err in their teaching, for Scripture has in no way ordained the first
of the week in place of the Sabbath. There is simply no law in the New
Testament to that effect."     John
Theodore Mueller, Sabbath or Sunday, pp. 15, 16.
" 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, pages 180-181.
Take the matter of Sunday. There are
in the New Testament as to how the church came to keep the first day of
week as its day of worship, but there is no passage telling Christians to keep that day, or to transfer the Jewish Sabbath to that
day."     Harris Franklin Rall, Christian Advocate, July 2, 1942, p.26.
But, the moral law contained in the ten
and enforced by the prophets, he [Christ] did not take away. It was not
the design of his coming to revoke any part of this. This is a law
never can be broken .... Every part of this law must remain in force
all mankind, and in all ages as not depending either on time or place,
or any other circumstances liable to change, but on the nature of God
the nature of man, and their unchangeable relation to each other." John
Wesley, The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, A.M., John Emory, ed. (New
Eaton & Mains), Sermon 25,vol. 1, p. 221.
" 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, in The Ten Commandments.
The Sabbath is a part of the decalogue —
Ten Commandments. This alone forever settles the question as to the
of  the institution . . . . Until, therefore, it can be shown that the whole moral law has been repealed, the Sabbath will stand . . . . The
teaching of Christ confirms the perpetuity of the Sabbath."     T. C. Blake, D.D., Theology Condensed, pp.474, 475.
~The Beast from the Earth
LET NONE DECEIVE THEMSELVES
Great Controversy, page 571.
Part I --- What does the Bible have to say about the Sabbath to Sunday Change?
Part II ---- What does the Spirit of Prophecy say On Sabbath to Sunday change?
Part III --- What does the Catholic Church say about the Sabbath to Sunday change?
Part V - Will the Sunday Law be enforced in the United States and World-wide by laws?
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