There is no such law in the Bible. "Faithfully yours, J. Cardinal Gibbons"--autographed letter photostat [Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore was the leading advocate of Catholicism in America at the end of the last century]. On the contrary, we have a record of many Sabbaths that Paul and his traveling companions kept long after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The seventh-day Sabbath today is the same seventh day observed by Jesus and the first-century Christian Church. “Is Saturday the seventh day according to the Bible and the Ten Commandments? For the first 300 years of Christian history, when the Roman emperors regarded themselves as gods, Christianity became an “illegal religion,” and God’s people were scattered abroad (Acts 8:1). Again, “The Catholic Church, … by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday” (The Catholic Mirror, official publication of James Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 23, 1893). Did He say He was Lord over Sunday—that Sunday was the Lord’s day? The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we [Catholics] never sanctify.” James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers, 16th edition, 1880, p. 111. What happened to the example of Jesus and of the first-century Christians? They profess to forgive sins, which belongs only to God. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God” (Exodus 20:8). Notice this important statement: “For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His” (Hebrews 4:10). "Answer. No, He did not. This is the worst of all blasphemies! Notice that Mary arrived at the tomb while it was still dark outside! James Cardinal Gibbons, Catholic educator and archbishop of Baltimore at the turn of the 20th century, was blunt about the change: "You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. First published 1876) Cardinal Gibbons is correct. 72,73. That’s a warning I hope all of us will heed. Readers also downloaded… Bibliographic Record . And how did Paul and his companions continue after their meeting? In other words, Cardinal Gibbons is saying that if the Bible is your authority, you have no basis for observing Sunday. “Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you’” (v. 19). Is There Any Biblical Support for Sunday Observance? In keeping Sunday they are following a law of the Catholic Church." This would have been Paul’s golden opportunity to tell the people to meet with him the next day rather than waiting a whole week for the Sabbath. If, however, they are found Judaizing [keeping the seventh-day Sabbath], they shall be shut out from Christ” (A History of the Councils of the Church, vol. If there were, those chapters and verses would be loudly heralded by Sabbath opposers. Paul met with Gentiles not on Sunday, but on the day first-century Christians observed: the seventh-day Sabbath. and Easter: The Untold Story. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.” That’s a quote from Gibbons’ The Faith of Our Fathers, first published in 1876 (p. 97, 1917). challenging protestants on their observation of sunday. But when Roman Emperor Constantine, a pagan sun-worshipper, enforced his own version of Christianity in his empire, he mandated Sunday worship. Mark 16:14; Luke 24:37–41). How did this change occur? 7 James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore, The … Where, then, do men get the “authority” to change the Fourth Commandment by substituting Sunday for the original Sabbath Christ and the apostles kept? Yet today, the vast majority of those calling themselves “Christian” worship on Sundays and do nothing to keep the seventh-day Sabbath holy. Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, 5th ed. Remember that this occurred years after Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Cardinal Gibbons on the Sabbath "Now the Scriptures alone do not contain all the truths which a Christian is bound to believe, nor do they explicitly enjoin all the duties which he is obliged to practice. There his father ran a grocery in Ballinrobe, County Mayo, until his death in 1847. Tradition, not Scripture, is the rock on which the church of Jesus Christ is built. www.amazingdiscoveries.org0 0 20100 0 20 writes,“For0the0mystery0of0iniquity0doth0already0work”(2Thessalonians2:7).0 0 Paulalsodeclaresthis:0 "-james Cardinal Gibbons, The Fuidi ofGarFathers, 16th edition, 1880, p.111. C. F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons, in answer to a letter regarding the change of the Sabbath, November 11, 1895. But on what authority did the Roman church make this change? The Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). When Mary Magdalene came to Jesus’ tomb on Sunday morning, she found it already empty. The Christian Sabbath is therefore to this day, the acknowledged offspring of the Catholic Church as spouse of the Holy Ghost, without a word of remonstrance from the Protestant World." ... James 5:11. Title: Saturday or sunday which is the sabbath, Author: I love reading, Name: Saturday or sunday which is the sabbath, Length: 93 pages, Page: 9, Published: 2016-05-23 Issuu company logo Issuu “On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God” (v. 44). By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of, and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same Church.' The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a … Judaism, however, was regarded at that time as “legal,” as long as they obeyed Roman laws. I answer yes. Yet today, most of the Christian professing world keeps Sunday, the first day of the week, calling it the Sabbath. James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921), in … The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify." What happened to the Fourth Commandment, which states that God’s people should keep the seventh day holy? Just contact the Regional Office nearest you, listed on page 4 of this magazine, or contact us at TomorrowsWorld.org. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify. Though speaking specifically of the soon-coming antichrist, we can see the forerunner type documented in history. ), pp.72,73 "If protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath Day, that is Saturday. This is a vital question for all professing Christians! Indeed, as we shall see, He had risen from the dead on the day before—the seventh day! The Catholic Church says, by my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week. “We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church … Cardinal Gibbons, in Faith of Our Fathers, 92nd ed., p. 89, freely admits, “You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. "But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. Gibbons’ parents had come to the United States about 1829 but returned to Ireland in 1837. Next, let us consider this verse: “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight” (Acts 20:7). All nations will observe the true weekly Sabbath and the biblical Holy Days! James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921), in … Notice what Jesus said: “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27). ), pp.72,73 “If protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath Day, that is Saturday. James Cardinal Gibbons, Catholic educator and archbishop of Baltimore in the late 1800s and early 1900s, was blunt about the change: "You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. No! Jesus Christ observed the seventh-day Sabbath. Scripture gives us the answer: “For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: ‘And God rested on the seventh day from all His works’” (Hebrews 4:4). And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,’ says the Lord” (Isaiah 66:22–23). In keeping the Sunday, they are following a … As we can see, the idea of basing Sunday worship on Christ’s resurrection comes not from the Bible, but from faulty human traditions. Was this some kind of “passing the plate” at a church service? 89. “Answer. We look forward to the day when all peoples and nations around the world will worship Christ the King. ), pp.72,73 "If protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath Day, that is Saturday. James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 edition), p. 72-73 (16th Edition, p 111; 88th Edition, p. 89). "The Catholic Church claims that “the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact” (Catholic Record of … 89. Dear readers, we are living in the time of the end prophesied in your Bible. Yes, the Scriptures affirm that new-covenant Christians are to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,” as the fourth commandment states (Exodus 20:8). In other words, Christian Sabbath-keepers were declared heretics. To use our advanced search functionality (to search for terms in specific content), please use syntax such as the following examples: Your Bible shows plainly that Jesus Christ and the early church observed the seventh-day Sabbath. It is a matter of Biblical and secular history that God never changed His holy Sabbath or transferred its solemnity to Sunday. [The journal of James Cardinal Gibbons]. — James Cardinal Gibbons in the Catholic Mirror, September 23, 1983. It is a law of the Catholic Church alone. The context here is both of symbolic and literal rest. Notice the following stunning admission from a letter by James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921). The bottom-line question is: Who or what is your authority? Scripture throughout. God “created all things through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:9), and Christ, to this day, is Lord of the Sabbath, as it tells us in Mark 2:28. The Christian Sabbath, 2nd ed., published by the Catholic Mirror of Baltimore, 1893, pp. — James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 edition), p. 72-73 (16th Edition, p 111; 88th Edition, p. 89).“For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. “For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of, and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same Church.' The Bible prophesied many centuries earlier that the time would come when men would think to change times and laws (Daniel 7:25). But when was the seventh-day Sabbath established? Since Sabbath observance is visible to others, some Christians in the early second century sought to distance themselves from Judaism by observing a different day, thus “blending in” to the society around them. If, however, they are found Judaizing, they shall be shut out from Christ” (Strand, op. Yes, God established the seventh-day Sabbath at the foundation of this world, long before the time of Moses. James Cardinal Gibbons, … Daniel 7:25 foretold, “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.” Quoting Daniel 7:25, Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible says: “He shall speak great words against the Most High] Literally, Sermones quasi Deus loquetur; “He shall speak as if he were God.” So Jerome quotes from Symmachus. As King of kings and Lord of lords, He will teach, govern, guide, and serve all nations. So, why do most people who call themselves “Christians” ignore the seventh-day Sabbath and instead hallow Sunday, the first day of the week? 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 (Plain Sermons, by Contributors to the Tracts for the Times, vol. Many churches have followed that wrong pathway, as did the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. Indeed, what happened? And they go against God when they give indulgences for sin. Witness God and man against this bloody, persecuting, ruthless, and impure Church! 13–14), while Paul walked for hours—not what one would call a “Sabbath rest.” Clearly, this is not an example of the first day of the week being treated as a Sabbath. Again, you can read even more in our free, informative booklet Which Day Is the Christian Sabbath? Jesus was not resurrected at sunrise—rather, by the time the sun had risen Sunday morning, He was already gone and the tomb was already empty. This was openly taught and was championed by cardinal Gibbons. Do you even now worship the Savior as Lord of the Sabbath? He has been quoted in newspapers ect. Again, “The Catholic Church, … by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday” (The Catholic Mirror, official publication of James Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 23, 1893). “Tradition, not Scripture, is … James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 ed. Much as in Romans 15, Paul here is asking the Corinthians to gather supplies for needy brethren. Jews around the world have worshipped for millennia on the Sabbath, the day beginning at sunset every Friday evening and continuing until sunset on Saturday. Just a few years later, the Roman church also passed a startling decree in the Council of Laodicea, declaring, “Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday, but shall work on that day; but the Lord’s day they shall especially honour, and, as being Christians, shall, if possible, do no work on that day. ), pp.72,73 “If protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath Day, that is Saturday. For instance, the Roman Church and most of its Protestant daughter churches believe that the Sabbath should be honoured, but that the Pope was able to move the holy day to Sunday. "Answer. C. F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons, in answer to a letter regarding the change of the Sabbath, November 11, 1895. Had Paul or any other apostle taught a change from Sabbath to Sunday, the first day of the week, an absolute firestorm of protest would have arisen from conservative Jewish Christians. “Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change [Saturday Sabbath to Sunday] was her act... And the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things” (H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons). This would have been a much larger issue than the controversy over circumcision! But what about the other two? Christ made His answer to this question very clear. He gave the following edict in 321 AD: “Let all magistrates and people of the city… rest on the venerable day of the Sun” (The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, “Roman Legislation for Sunday,” vol. The answer may amaze you! I answer yes. Perhaps as a child, you learned the Ten Commandments. The total absence of any such controversy over a change in the day of worship is one of the best evidences showing the apostles and other New Testament Christians did not change the day. "But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. Yet most professing Christians observe Sunday, even though first-century Christians observed the same seventh-day Sabbath that Jesus observed! 89. This was not a remote or obscure teaching by the church during this time in history. XI, p. 147). “Protestants do not realize that by observing Sunday, they accept the authority of the spokesperson of the Church, the Pope” ( Our Sunday Visitor , February 5, 1950). First, we notice that Paul’s message ended around midnight on the first day of the week. Is it the Bible? The Messiah will establish world peace, world government, true education, and the biblical way of truth, love, and life. Through the One who became Jesus Christ, God Almighty established the Sabbath at the foundation of the world for all human beings. Catholic Confessions About the Sabbath By Kelly McDonald, Jr. Below are some Catholic Confessions About the Sabbath: James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of our Fathers, 88th ed., pp. (1877-1921), wrote: “But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. He observed the Sabbath regularly, and He did not break God’s law, as some theologians claim. The Apostle Paul preached on the Sabbath to both Jews and Gentiles in the Antioch synagogue. Yes, Jesus and the apostles kept the seventh-day Sabbath holy, and God expects us to follow their example. James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of our Fathers, 88th ed., pp. Because of volume we may not be able to promptly reply to submissions using the form below. ), pp.72,73 “If protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath Day, that is Saturday. They profess to be higher than all the kings of the earth, which belongs only to God. The noted Catholic theologian, James Cardinal Gibbons, wrote this bold statement: “But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. It was Emperor Constantine in 321 AD who proclaimed the day of the sun as the day of worship for the Roman Empire. Most professing Christians meet for Sunday church services, proclaiming theirs as the true day for worship. Notice the context; Jesus had been crucified just days before, and the disciples did not yet understand that He was risen (cf. The religions of the world set aside a variety of holidays or holy days. 267, 269, emphasis added). James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921), in a signed letter. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify." “Sunday is our mark of authority… the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact” (Catholic Record of London, Ontario Sept 1, 1923). Surely, if Christians were supposed to keep Sunday, these Gentiles would have met with Paul the very next day, Sunday. And lo! The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify. The Scriptures, as he states, “enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.”. By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of, and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same Church.' Your Bible says, “But in vain [uselessness] they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9; Mark 7:7). The scholarly Anchor Bible Dictionary affirms the responsibility of New Testament Christians to observe the Sabbath. Jesus was buried shortly before sunset on a Preparation Day preceding an annual Holy Day (John 19:31), so we know that He rose shortly before sunset three days later. James Cardinal Gibbons, Catholic educator and archbishop of Baltimore in the late 1800s and early 1900s, was blunt about the change: "You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. In keeping Sunday they are following a law of the Catholic Church.” James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 ed. CHURCH OF CHRIST: "Finally, we have the testimony of Christ on this subject. "Answer. The first-century Christian Church worshipped on the seventh day of the week, which we now call Saturday. —C. Sabbath Day / Sunday Commentary James Cardinal Gibbons stated “You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. 2, p. 316). If you require more immediate assistance please visit our “Contact Us” page. They profess to open and shut heaven, which belongs only to God. If you are a longtime student of Tomorrow’s World and would like to worship with other Christian Sabbath-keepers, we invite you to counsel with one of our representatives. Concerning such practices, Jesus warned, “‘In vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men…. In other words, Christian Sabbath-keepers were declared heretics. James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921), in a signed letter. F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons, in answer to a letter regarding the change of the Sabbath, November 11, 1895. Yet, today, most of the Christian professing world keeps Sunday, the first day of the week, calling it the Sabbath. And yet Gibbons is not alone. We’ve seen that the original Christian Church observed the seventh-day Sabbath, following the example of Jesus Christ and the apostles. "James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 edition), p. 72-73 (16th Edition, p … Is Sunday the first day of the week and did the Church change the seventh day - Saturday- for Sunday, the first day? By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of, and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same Church.’ James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore (1877-1921), in … 5, p. 856, emphasis added). We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is “The Pope has power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ. Rather, Jesus emphasized the sign of Jonah as the sign of His being the Messiah: “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. Even when Pope Gregory XIII revised the calendar in 1582, he did not change this cycle. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is They see no evidence in the Bible that removes the commandment to honour the Sabbath. 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