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From Sabbath to Sunday

Chester Clark III


Ever wonder why most churches worship on Sunday? This sermon presents the historical evidence of how Christian worship shifted from the seventh day of the week to the first day of the week.


Chester Clark III

Pastor, Evangelist, and Educator



  • May 24, 2014
    11:00 AM
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about three hundred and fifty BC the great Greek philosopher Aristotle classified the spider as having six legs for the next twenty centuries two thousand years it was accepted as fact no one bothered to count and learned that in actuality spiders have eight legs now you might say what difference does it make it doesn't change our world a lot whether spiders have eight legs over the net six legs but other myths have been a little bit more consequential exam consider for example that the end of the eighteenth century many doctors believe that sickness could be treated by balancing the humors bodies fluids and they thought that if someone had a fever they had too much of one of the fluids that was blood and so blood letting was a common procedure that doctors practice to try to help people get well George Washington the first president of the United States died after nearly two liters of blood two quarts of blood had been drawn from his veins because he had wrote probably strep throat but nevertheless he really died from his blood being drained from his body that's pretty pretty important consequence to come from the myth visited him could it be that other myths slipped into the Christian faith into the Christian church could be that they are missed they're much more important than six or eight legs spiders or even whether not healing team from letting rumors of the balance now we've been talking in our history series about how it changed the place the Christian church and you remember with me that there was a time when the church quit focusing so much on the Bible to focusing so much on the Scriptures as the source of truth and began to respect tradition much more highly than it had during the times of the apostles and the possibly predicted that there would come a falling away and does it today were going to be looking at one of the myths one of the one of the shifts away from Bible truth that took place in the Christian church were going to be discovering how it happened now I believe that God has a special day for us to worship on I think we would be here today at work that we believe this we believe that God wants to meet with his people by getting all Christians believe that God wants to meet with us with his people but we believe that God is maybe special data Sabbath in which we worship and remember him as our Creator and the Sabbath started a creation it's foretold to continue until the very eternity with Jesus all throughout the Bible we see this Sabbath from beginning to end and nowhere in the Bible in the Bible indicate that the family changed is not something that we read about in the New Testament is not something that we hear from the teachings of Jesus are from the teaching of the apostles in fact it is something that came all the way from creation from a memorial of creation and that it is a is found in his work throughout history when Jesus or when God was leading his people through the wilderness to the promise land he put the Sabbath commandment at the very heart of this law the fourth commandment sometimes it even suggested that the Sabbath was not existing before the law but no the Sabbath existed long before that God had this Sunday on creation week and he was simply revealing what his people Re: new when he gave the ten Commandments when he gave the ten Commandment law Deuteronomy chapter four in verse two do not add to what I command you do not subtract from it God said but keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I give you Jesus himself showed the same determination to exalt the Sabbath law are the law be given on Mount Sinai he told the people in the sermon on the Mount that he did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it he said and Johnson Matthew chapter five verse seventeen do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets I did not come to destroy but to what multiple felt now you might say well fulfilling the law does away with it how many of you have never kept the speed limit and when you get this be limited that do away with the stimulus doesn't make sense does it when you fulfill the law when you obey the law when you fulfill the requirements of the law doesn't do away with the law in fact if anything it elevates its importance and the fact that God himself Jesus himself would fulfill and obey the law simply indicates to us that that it was something that was honorable for even him to do he did not come to destroy but to fulfill he goes on he says in verse eighteen for surely Ice Age until heaven and earth pass away one jot or one till will by no means passing the law till all is fulfilled whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven that Jesus demonstrated by his example that he wanted to honor the day that God had made holy in the first week of this world 's history and the Bible records Luke chapter four verse sixteen and so he came to Nazareth where he had been brought up as his custom was he went into the synagogue of the Sabbath day and stood up to read so here God is giving us an example Jesus gives an example of honoring the Sabbath day link via his cost of his habit was to go to church on the Sabbath they now often wonder no I hear people saying well I would go to church I believe the truth I believe in Jesus the church because I don't get much more I hear them say I wanted to go church is is a bunch of hypocrites there but yourself back into the scribes and Pharisees priests were teaching things that were meaningless their own inventions and Jesus the son of God be the author of the Scriptures make the one who understood and explained and how much do you think you got promotions I don't think that he got a lot out of the scribes and Pharisees platitudes but he went he was there as his custom was little on the Sabbath day he was there to participate he was there to be a blessing it's over the religious leaders accuse Jesus disciples of violating the Sabbath Jesus said he was Lord of that day the Sabbath was made for man he said market twenty seven and not man with a Sabbath therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the fat is that he learned that day is the Lord of the Sabbath day not only did Jesus honor the Sabbath day but he asked his disciples to pray that they could keep his day wholly far down into the future you remember you gave in his his sermon at each other twenty four he gave there is in the instructions Matthew twenty four verse twenty and pray that your flight may not may not be in winter or on the Sabbath why we pray you have them pray that therefore not been Sabbath if you thought the saddle is not been begat after his death rappers resurrection this wouldn't have even been a concern seventy A.D. more than thirty five years after he died he expected his followers to still be honoring the Sabbath day still be keeping it holy the Jerusalem was destroyed in seventy A.D. the methods he is talking about long after the resurrection now even if the Bible were our only source of information would not be hard-pressed to discover which day of the week is the Sabbath we turned the count of the crucifixion in the Gospel according to Luke Jesus summarizes the events of that weekend let's look at Luke chapter twenty three and verse fifty four that date was the preparation and the Sabbath drew near so Jesus died on the preparation day the Sabbath was to become health how many of us as Christians know which day Jesus died out within the week all of Christianity is agreed that Jesus died on Friday Good Friday is the that the day of his crucifixion so that it was the preparation the Sabbath drew near verse fifty five says that the women would come with him from Galilee followed after them they observe the cumin how the body was laid then they return prepared spices and fragrant oils and they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment so he dies on Friday they see worries very good go on they get the herbs and oils ready to embalm his body and then they go and they rest according to the commandment according to the gospel of Luke verse Chapter twenty four verse one now the first day of the week very early in the morning they and certain other women with them came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared so you guys on Friday the rest on the Sabbath according the commandment says and on the first day of the week they bring spices and God come to the gym now we remember now you guys on Friday that we believe how many Christians question what day of the week Jesus rose on what they did eat raising the dead on Sunday right and so most of the Christian will celebrate Easter Sunday in memory of Christ resurrection is it interesting that we can be confident about it he died on and we can be common knowledge that he rose on but there's all good ambiguity which day was between which day of the week was the Sabbath now the Bible is very clear isn't it the day between Good Friday in the day between and an Easter Sunday and in our common vernacular will be called up beside the point and that's what Luke tells us the day in between is a Sabbath according to the commandment even though Luke wrote these words many years after the cross that would've been one of the later gospel writers he still referred to Sunday as the first day of the week he still called the seventh data Sabbath day back in columns out of great commandment the biblical record clearly distinguishes these two days infected of the apostles continued to worship and regionalism is out of for many years to come the pot the Bible speaks of Paul and his companions when they visit Antioch then they went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down on Sunday what is a course the synagogues out negative as were the Jews work even though they kept Sunday is this is what some people might say even though they kept Sunday they would go to the Senate on Saturday to get that's where they can need the Jewish believers but notice what it says and accepted thirteen continuing on the story verse forty two when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue door that lead of the Jews and left that leverage Intel's right with the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached and then the next sound that now here Paul Hadi a wonderful opportunity to set the record straight indeed he could have said no we are here today because this is the Jewish Sabbath we wanted to be here for the Jewish Sabbath this is where we could meet with them in their synagogue we're Christians and you all the Gentiles you'll have to wait a week for more sermons come tomorrow Sunday if they were worshiping on Sunday don't think that's what they would've done but in fact Gentiles after these words Prince then the next Sabbath in the record says in verse forty four the next Sabbath day team almost the whole city together to hear the word of God he was also called custom to worship in the synagogue every Sabbath days as an act taking verse forty reason in the synagogue every Sabbath and pursuit persuaded the Jews and the Greeks so none of the New Testament writers told of any change in the Sabbath day I think this would've been a headline in the in the New Testament church in the many Jewish Christians had heard the Sabbath was to be changed there were inhabitants and pretty explicit instruction but such instruction doesn't exist God said Psalm eighty nine verse thirty four my covenant I will not break nor alter the work that has gone out of my lips no God hasn't changed his law I would I would accept anyone who can find evidence that he has but I don't believe in God 's changes law that we that anyone has the right to try to change it either now scholars from various Sunday keeping denominations acknowledge that there is no biblical record for the change from Sabbath to Sunday from the Catholic Cardinal James Gibbons in the volumes the fate of our fathers pages one hundred eleven hundred twelve you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday the Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday again Catholic Cardinal James Gibbons they are Methodist theologian Clovis Chappell make the same point when he says that the reason we observed the first day instead of the seven is based on no positive command one will search the Scriptures in vain for authority for changing from the seventh day of the first there is no biblical record that Christ are disciples made that you Ainge and no instruction to do so so the question might be asked so how did Sunday keeping it started how did the Christian church moved from observing the seventh day Sabbath the Christ and the apostles observed to observing the first day of the week as many Christians do today now we learn from Socrates scholastic tests a fifth century historian this clue as to what was happening almost all churches throughout the world celebrate the sacred mysteries that the Lords supper on the Sabbath of every week yet the Christians in Alexandria and Rome on account of some tradition have ceased to do this it's interesting that this historian is is saying that that most of the Christian world still the fifth century was observing the Lords supper on Saturday on the Sabbath led to places they had ceased to do that in these two places are very great interest to us Alexandria in Egypt in wrong there in Italy and Rome of course was the center of the Roman Empire and it would remain the center of the church as it became sort of a environment zone during the Middle Ages but Alexandria was another place where there two things there there's one thing that these two cities have in common and that is both of them went through periods of great racial prejudice against the Jewish people the Jewish people were hated by Rome for the main reason because they were constantly the cause of trouble Jerusalem was always in an insurrection even after Jesus died and was raised again went back to his father there were others who came along and claimed that they were the Messiah they would rally people around to try to overthrow the Roman rule and they were always getting troubled there is always challenging the Roman authority to I mean on the story the Emperor 's Edward is why do away with the nation altogether we're going to burn the city were destroyed and scatter them they're not going to be a problem anymore in seventy A.D. Jerusalem was destroyed it was not one stone was left on another it is predicted of that massive temple the the city was plowed and left in the rubble because the Roman Empire simply didn't want to deal with this group of people any more than we know there is prejudice in Rome against the Jews now imagine if you were a Christian how easy would be to be associated with the Jews I mean after all many Christians came out Judy is right they came out of the Jewish faith and many of the things they observed were similar the early Christians had some of the same practices and habits of the Jews and had they some of them still at least to some degree maintain some of the Jewish philosophies and some uneven observes on the Jewish holidays although Paul writes about those not being necessary they've still would've been aware of them and observing them to some degree they certainly kept the Sabbath day SOW saw someone going down the street and not working on Sabbath you might easily mistake them for a Jew even if they are Christian or vice versa right and by the way they had similar lifestyle and diet practices and and so forth so there's a lot of content connections between the Jewish faith and a Christian faith and in Rome this persecution of the Jews led to inevitable persecution of Christians and a desire for Christians to distance themselves from the Jewish religion and the same thing happen in Alexandria we have that we have historical evidence for example that an Alexandrian there was strife between the big Jews and some of the other people to the point where there is one historical event which took place where the leaning magistrates in the city gathered unlawful essentially and they actually went from house to house throughout Alexandria they found every Jew and they escorted them out of the city but lately what they could carry they evicted they expelled every Jew from the city of Alexandria now again if you're Christian wouldn't you want to separate yourself distinguish yourself from some of these Jewish tenets and Jewish practices it's interesting that in the fifth century as the storm reveals that the Christians of Alexandria and Rome ceased to publicly gather on the Sabbath day other stories record that Mace church groups observed the seventh day Sabbath throughout the Middle Ages and the practice is well-documented in many many historical sources we got time to go into some of the stories today but in Ethiopia for example the Sabbath was kept from the apostle time all the way up until the twelfth and thirteenth century Great Britain great historical records indicate that you have others even in the tenth and eleventh centuries have the Pope thundering and announcements upon even the Bishop of turn the entire region around Turin for their sanitary practices Italy there is hundreds of years of evidence of Sabbath keeping well beyond the time that it ended in Rome and Alexandria that century by the fifth century but let's look at some of the was look at some of the evidence many historians place the beginning of a gradual change of days between the destruction of Jerusalem and hatred against the Jews and by Rome in seventy A.D. and one thirty five win there was another insurrection the Jews got crushed by the Romans of the mounting hostility of the Romans against the Jews coupled with the conflict between Jews and Christians created a rash of anti- Jewish thought and literature which in turn treated anti- Jewish sentiment throughout the Roman empire and Christians meetings increasingly sensitive to their Association identification with the Jews as an Sabbath keeping 's tendency identified in with the Jews many Christians began minimizing its observation Pakistani lucky out in his book divine rest for human restlessness write the following impressive indication suggested Sunday observance was introduced at this time in conjunction with Easter Sunday as an attempt to clarify the Roman authorities the Christian distinction from Judaism so from early time it's true it is some evidence exact exist that Sunday keeping been begin in honor of the resurrection but it wasn't my command of the Christ or the apostles it was by the Christians who wanted to distinguish themselves from the Jews who were in a lot of trouble of the Roman Empire and so we see that have the Christians living in Rome could make it is understandable that they would be among some of the first to stop observing Sabbath and to start observing Sunday they were located at the center where the hostility was the strongest and in some records they suggest that they have both days were observed by many Christians for a period of time but the Sabbath was supposed to be observed some low key they didn't really want people to see them observing the Sabbath they wanted to be their special day because that was identification with the Jews and so sat a vaccine eighteen in their early Roman early centuries of the Roman empire least Sabbath became a day of fasting they were quiet you were sort of subdued my stay-at-home Sunday was the day of more public expression you would feast to get together gathered homes some churches eventually and this was the date they would they would have their fellowship and you can understand if you were a young person growing up in a church where on Saturday fasted and were sort of sober and serious and solemn on Sunday you feasted and had fun with her friends house it wouldn't take very many generations would for Sabbath to be pretty much forgotten Sunday to become the date that was observed even though in the beginning that may not have been the Christian 's intention at all and so the early Christians who were in Rome were among the first to adopt this practice this may be especially understandable in Rome for the reasons I described but also for another reason evidently most of the Christians in Rome were Gentiles they were Jews so it would be easier for them to part with the Jewish Sabbath or to see as the Jewish Sabbath winded and it be easier for them coming from a culture of worship and observance of Sun God to make Sunday there day of eldership and of the feasting and so forth member Paul Rice the Romans in Romans chapter eleven verse thirteen I am talking to you Gentiles he refers them is that they're all Gentiles although there weren't they want to ensure all Gentiles they must've been primarily Gentiles in the church at Rome so these Christians recently converted from paganism were not as well-established and sound of keeping as some of the Jewish Christians should always practice that the observance but will Sunday we doesn't rather than some other day of the week and that's a good question the reason is that the pagans and the Roman Empire had been worshiping the sun which is their primary God on the first in the week the sons day for many years later culture is already a day of celebrations are you gave feasting is already a day when they would be fitting in the society they made that their day of fellowship and feasting and so the Roman emperors had even presented themselves as Sun God stamping implement the sum of their coins and buildings and demanding worship from their subjects and their son who would even suggest the church saw a a an advantage with compromising with paganism it would it would convert pagans to Christianity more quickly than enough to make such radical changes in their lives with the unit make them more comfortable in the church and also it would benefit the Empire by uniting to his subjects into one great religion was similar culture and many similar practices over for centuries Sunday was celebrated not as a holy day but as a holiday even by Christians then both days for a while came to be kept as weekdays Christians were not the only ones who became airless and gradually compromise their faith we read from the book bust all constitutions the erosion of the purity of apostolate churches stood firm and computer but when the second and third-generation Christians came along we see evidence of compromise and apostasy so this drift in the compromise visit was marked I guess you might say by the first civil Sunday law passed by the Roman Emperor Constantine in three twenty one A.D. Rome had its first Christian Emperor Constantine and having become a Christian he determined that it imparts integration as well back he wanted his army nutrition is well so you probably heard the story he actually marched his army through under orders through the Tiber River and then he said he'd been baptized now you're all Christians and we're going to be Christian empire now this obviously didn't make them Christians that it didn't change the way they thought it didn't certainly give them a relationship with Jesus but this is the this is the environment in which the first civil Sunday laws passed and the son-in-law said this on the venerable day in the sun let the magistrates and people residing in the city 's rest and let them all the workshops be close in the country however persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuit using what frightening he says if you're in the country even still you can still work on Sunday we don't affect the economy that bad farming needs to happen all most all the time of butter in the city shops are closed Sundays the holiday is is it a rest day and the next step of the making Sunday keeping a part of Christianity would be taken by the church and Council of Laodicea and the Council way to see and three twenty five it says that Sylvester Bishop of Rome changed the title of the first day calling it the Lords day that's according to the story ecclesiastical history of the church chapter of the Council way to see at page seven hundred and thirty nine at another counselee to see a held in three hundred sixty four by the way the Lords day does not appear in the Scriptures except once that's in Revelation chapter one Johnson I was in the Spirit on the Lord 's day many Christians vaguely that's talking about Sunday the reason they believe that is simply because in three twenty five filibuster change the title of the first day calling of the Lord states oh four centuries the Lords they are sunbathe and call boards they insist descendents on Sunday but there is no evidence from Revelation chapter one linking Sunday with the Lords day and in fact if we look at what Jesus says he said the Son of Man is Lord also Wednesday the Sabbath day the Lords day wouldn't be Sunday at all three sixty four A.D. the second Council the church away to see a Christian shall not Judy I use Sabbath and the idle on Saturday but shall work on a day Nino is the first one the civil law back in three twenty one it basically said you shouldn't work on Sunday but now the church is saying Christians the church of Rome at least is saying Christians ought not to rest on Sunday they need to be working on Saturday they shouldn't do this is a common phrase that in that era was being used to describe and keeping the Sabbath or resting on Sabbath to Judy ice but the Lords day this is talking now they're referring to Lord visited Sunday they shall especially honor and visiting Christians shall if possible do no work on that day this was an three sixty four A.D. and so let's just let's just think about this for a minute if for example all of Christianity with worshiping on Sunday when these types of degrees of the necessary within and saying these things happening that the very presence of these historical documents is evidence that they were Christians in three sixty four at least that were observing Sabbath right this is concrete evidence that via the Christian church after the apostles was still observing the seventh day Sabbath in spite of all this in spite of this clear instruction from the Council latest C and three sixty four and three twenty five and the degree of my Romans three twenty one Christians were still observing Sabbath in even the sixth century two hundred years later Pope Gregory denounced as the prophets of antichrist those who maintain that work ought not to be done on the seventh day this is five hundred years after Christ we have record of the pope of denouncing is probably that Antichrist those maintain network are not to be done and said that somebody in the Christian church was still teaching the Sabbath was constantly day something the week was godly day and work out not to be done this is from the book from Sabbath to Sunday by Carlisle behaves keep in mind the Bible is not available to anyone at this time and that the Bible was not allowed to be translated in the common vernacular Bibles were change in monastery walls and so the doctors were passed by a long by word-of-mouth until Lehman could scarcely identify what was scriptural and what was not scriptural another Bibles to be able to test and be able to prove and so they would accept what was told them without searching the Scriptures for themselves not being able to Scripture Scriptures themselves until it came to the point where the church was teaching things that would not have been recognized by Christ and his disciples they wouldn't not have recognized their teachings if they had come now centuries past the Protestant Reformation came and the Protestant Reformation question many of the right sin and ceremonies and traditions that had taken the place of the teachings of God 's word the cried Reformation with the Bible and the Bible only as our rule of faith and practice the solo script to read the Bible the Bible lonely the Reformation but I took a great pains to point out that many of the truth of the lost side of over the last centuries many of those who point out the differences in the faith between as a possible slave in the think the church was to convey they paid for that that bravery they paid for their fidelity to the Bible by being burned at the steakhouse and the Rahman and many other reformers however the Sabbath truth delay almost dormant there was no hidden there the reformers had very little time or energy to examine this teaching now when you find Reformation some teaching about the Sabbath Carlstadt accomplice or should 's accomplice colleague Luther 's colleague Carlstadt was a close friend of Luther 's contact with Saturday's evidence that Carlstadt 's growing conviction that the something of the Sabbath is one of the things that drove Luther and him apart in the end but called Luther did not believe that the Sabbath was still binding Luther and Calvin and nearly the entire magisterial Reformation had a united view on the sap and that was that there was no continuing requirement from the Old Testament and the new that Sunday was simply a convenient date for the church to gather it was not the Sabbath day and that just since we have to get together sometime Sunday's as good as they as any that's the way on this argue that's the way Calvin argued and sometime in the future Wilson will maybe explore more of the the seventh day men or Sabbath keepers of the Reformation but the Reformation essentially did not uncover the truth about the Sabbath because they thought it was simply an Old Testament teaching that had been done away with a sometimes people except things without questioning right and I suppose there's only so much of what you believe to be true that you can question all of one's you can only learn so much that the earth shattering in an sort of takes the rug out from under your feet at one time and Reformation was learning tremendous new truths of but there were more ideas that had to be yet discovered remember that it was Copernicus the challenge the idea that the sun and all the planets revolve around your Copernicus declared the son not the earth the center of the universe now yet that's not quite right either getting the center of our solar system not quite the universe but when Copernicus challenged the idea that the Earth was the center of the universe he was opposed by almost everyone and church leaders opposed in the most the religious teachers you can change God 's heavens you can change the way the universe operates of course Copernicus wasn't trying to change the way the heavens were operating you simply revealing the truth and even though people are believed for a long time that that the earth was the center of the universe believing something for a long time can't make it true can't make it so so how did this out of the change was look at some testimonies about how it got change here from the book Christians out of page Eckstein the Catholic Church were over one thousand years before the existence of a Protestant by virtue of her divine mission change the day on Saturday to Sunday that's what the church says the church says before you guys from around Protestants even though you still accept our authority in this area before you ever around the church change the day from Saturday to Sunday not the apostles not Christ not on the Bible is found in church history and so from Congress cabbages get Congress catechism we read as Catholic catechism question which is the Sabbath day Saturday the Sabbath days the answer question why do we observe Sunday instead of Sabbath and the answer because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity on Saturday to Sunday the church 's own admission is that she is the one that Channing change the day from Saturday to Sunday but why would the Catholic Church by its own free and open mission is to exchange why would this change take place the answer leastways in part on the Catholic view of inspiration the churches view of inspiration one of the main points of different screen Protestants and Catholics during the early days the Reformation was the source of authority for how we live our lives there is a conflict between the authority of a tradition and the authority of Scripture and Martin Luther declared he must follow the Bible the Bible lonely and in doing so he challenged the very foundation of many of institutions of the Catholic Church ever based solely on tradition not on the Bible and so when the Council of Trent was convened to them to decide exactly what position the Catholic Church and have how they should answer this challenge to the authority of tradition they finally the Council of Trent came to a conclusion and assess summary of the speech was given which is summarized by HH Gold spun in his book heaven and tradition finally it says that the last opening of the eighteenth of January fifteen sixty two all hesitation was set aside the Archbishop of Reggio made a speech in which he openly declared the traditions stood above Scripture in other words these are two streams of divine revelation coming to us tradition and Scripture but to us we're going to have to choose Scripture to us unwrapped his tradition of the church said tradition is to us more clear and safe with the statement that was made you remember the question Jesus after disciples there is another side of the religious leaders of his day when he asked in Matthew fifteen three why do you also transgressed the commandment of God because of your tradition is nothing long traditions unless those traditions lead us to transgress the very commandment of God he goes on verse nine in vain they worship me teaching as doctrines the commandments of men so this comes to us today as a bigger issue than just one day of the week or the other becomes an issue of who is the authority in our life is a tradition is that her family is the way we've always done things or is it Bible is of the Bible will we follow the Christ and the Bible or will he follow human traditions that's the real issue now if we turn from these ancient sources let's look at some of the more modern discussion about how the changes that took place couple more modern theologians and thought leaders first of all the book Catholicism and fundamentalism by Karl Keating nineteen eighty eight is published page thirty we read the following it was a Catholic Church that decided Sunday should be the day of worship for Christians in honor of the resurrection of the thing Catherine Catholic Church Sentinel of May twenty one nineteen ninety five read the following perhaps the boldest thing the most revolutionary change the church ever did happen in the first century the holy day the Sabbath was change from Saturday to Sunday not from any directions noted in the Scriptures but from the church 's sense of its own power people who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority should logically become Seventh-day Adventist and keep Saturday holy is from the Saint Catherine captured Sentinel May twenty one nineteen ninety five and so this is pretty clear isn't it the church makes no no apology for having change that would it worship from Saturday to Sunday should be no surprise to us because in the book of Daniel Dan Chapter seven God revealed to Daniel for the little one was going to try to change times and laws would think to change times and laws Daniel seven verse twenty five there's only one commandment in the ten Commandments it talks about time that the Sabbath commandment the prophecies also predict that not everyone will follow religious traditions the prophecies predict that there will be people when Jesus comes again who remember his commandments and there described this way in relationship to fourteen verse twelve here is the patience of the saints here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus oh I'm glad for that first virtue I'm glad that this isn't just a possibility or probability or likelihood the prophecy said there will be a group of people when Jesus comes to our commandment keeping keeping the faith of Jesus it goes without saying than those of the faith of Jesus will out of a heart of love for God be keeping his commandments his law yes God asks us to remember him by keeping his day holy he could do as he asks means we show our loyalty to him you know some people say but it's just that they same as every other day how can it make any difference why that is I am wealthy I go back to the garden of the new Google back garden of Eden we think about actually in the midst of the garden you remember was that tree poisonous tree losing was there anything wrong with that tree in fact it seems as though the Bible is pretty clear that the trail wasn't poisonous and actually taste and that was good for food right and there is very little that might distinguish it from the other trees in the dark and yet God has been not to eat of that from the only reason the only reason you would not eat of that tree was because God said there wasn't any obvious poisonous and in not finding evidence of Adam the walking past the tree of knowledge good and evil and holding their noses business else about the previous thing rotten or terrible or sour now there's one reason one reason and conscience is either some other reason it would really be a test of obedience would and you think about the ten commandment law you look at the other nine commandments you can find some pretty good logical sociological reasons for not killing or stealing and murdering her right but there's only one reason we would remember the seventh day that is got since it's the same as any other day is nothing really different about the seven beta week but God said remember and so by obeying him we demonstrate our loyalty to him we demonstrate its really a matter of the heart we love at first on first chapter five verse three says this is love for God to obey his command and his commands are not burdensome burdensome Jesus as he is teaching one day hold his listeners that are not all who profess to be Christians are going to be saved remember that Matthew chapter seven verse twenty one not everyone who says to me Lord Lord shunted the kingdom of heaven but he who does the will of my father in heaven as free playing is not a matter of just calling ourselves Christians are we willing to do his will to follow him it's those individuals who are going to be welcomed into the kingdom of God you see we love Jesus were going to let him be the one runs her life he's going to be the king of birth of our heart he's going to be the one that we adore and obey and when we keep the Sabbath we not only keep God 's command for us but we open our lives to all the wonderful blessing that God wants to give us through this special day is a spend time each week remembering our Creator reaching out more to him spending time in fellowship and service brothers and in nature in the family we come to know him more and better and is needed now more than ever before why would the Sabbath just before the Jews when the day the world is busier than it's ever been and we need to Sabbath rest everyone seems to be in a rush but throughout this rush and stress and hurry of the twenty first century God invites us to spend a day a week a date once one date a week with him what a privilege what a blessing I'm thankful for the Sabbath they aren't you thankful that we can have this gift from Jesus to the blast by everyone the rest that we can then we can experience the cause from our busy life lives in our busy schedules the ability to fellowship with family and with friends and with those we love and especially the get to know our Savior Jesus better I'm thankful for that you put spring father in heaven thank you for this chance to explore more of the history behind traditions that made their way into the Christian church father 's day we just want to pray that we might come to know you better love you more every day that the every Sabbath might especially be a high point of our experience just to be able to be in your presence to be able to experience the blessings that you have for us on that day word I pray that tradition our own ideas own opinions might not be what leads our decisions but that we might indeed allow you to be on the throne of our hearts that what your word says what your will is for our lives the one on me because I will board to seeing you soon as this media was brought by audio nurse a website dedicated to spreading God 's word to read sermon audio and much more we would like to 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