Little by little, gradually and stealthily, Satan was able to influence misguided Catholic theologians to begin introducing the ancient "venerable day of the Sun" in place of the weekly Sabbath. After all, millions of pagans had always observed that day—Sunday—as part of their worship of the sun itself and of other heavenly bodies. These deceived theologians thought that a change to Sunday worship would make it easier for the heathen to "convert" to Christianity!
But what kind of "Christianity" is it when you change God's Ten Commandments and then go on to water down the entire way of life taught by Christ and the original apostolic Church? Is it still true Christianity? Again, we must listen to Jesus' own words: "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven" (Matthew 7:21).
Under Satan's deceptive influence, the Protestant churches have followed "mother Rome" in rejecting God's true Sabbath. Though they repudiated a number of Catholic teachings, the pagan practice of Sunday worship was not one of them. However, many of the early Protestant scholars of the Reformation era were better informed. They, in fact, knew what the Bible actually teaches! Notice what Martin Luther, the very father of the Reformation from whom the Lutheran Church is named, wrote: "Indeed, if Carlstadt [one of the few that argued against Sunday observance] were to write further about the Sabbath, Sunday would have to give way, and the Sabbath—that is to say, Saturday—must be kept holy" (Against the Celestial Prophets). But Luther wouldn't change back to the right day. He wrote in his Larger Catechism that "to avoid the unnecessary disturbance which an innovation would occasion, [the worship day] should continue to be Sunday"(The New SchaffHerzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, "Sunday").
This is why the Catholic Church will "gladly mention" that it changed the day! For it shows that the Protestants are not relying on the Bible as their only rule of faith—as they claim—but are instead acknowledging the "authority" of the Roman Church to change God's law. Here's how The Catholic Mirror explains it: "The Protestant world at its birth found the Christian Sabbath [Sunday] too strongly entrenched to run counter to its existence; it was therefore placed under the necessity of acquiescing in the arrangement, thus implying the Church's right to change the day, for over 300 years. The Christian Sabbath [Sunday] is therefore to this day the acknowledged offspring of the Catholic Church... without a word of [protest] from the Protestant world" (Sept. 23, 1893).
Incredible? Yes! Of course, the Catholics had no such "right" to change the day. Nevertheless, that is just what they did. And the Protestant churches have followed suit. Meanwhile, the true Church has continued in keeping the true Sabbath—just as it did in apostolic times. Before concluding, take one more look at that period. Respected scholar W.D. Davies writes:
Everywhere, especially in the East of the Roman Empire, there would be Jewish Christians whose outward way of life would not be markedly different from that of the Jews. They took for granted that the gospel was continuous with [the religion of Moses]; for them the New Covenant, which Jesus had set up at the Last Supper with His disciples... did not mean that the covenant made between God and Israel was no longer in force. They still observed the feasts of Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles; they also continued to be circumcised, to keep the weekly Sabbath and the Mosaic regulations concerning food. According to some scholars, they must have been so strong that right up to the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 they were the DOMINANT ELEMENT in the Christian movement [Judeo-christianisme, "Paul and Jewish Christianity,"1972, p. 72, quoted by Bacchiocchi, p. 151].
If the Sabbath-keepers were the "dominant element" of Christianity for some 40 years after the death of Christ and the
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