Friday, April 2, 2010

"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy"

"Six days shalt thou labor and, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God." Exodus 20:8-10.

"The Church made a sacred day of Sunday... largely because it was the weekly festival of the sun; for it was a definite Christian policy to take over the pagan festivals endeared to the people by tradition, and to give them a Christian significance." - Arthur Weigall, The Paganism in Our Christianity, 1928, p. 145.


John said...

Lyman Abbott, editor of the Christian Union, says in that paper of June 20, 1890: "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."

The Watchman (Baptist), in reply to a correspondent, says: "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 Protestant Episcopal Church says: "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.

Sir Wm. Comville says: "Centuries of the Christian era passed away before the Sunday was observed as a Sabbath. History does not furnish us with a single proof or indication that it was at any time so observed previous to the Sabbatical edict of Constantine, in 321 A.D." --Examination of the Six Texts, page 291. Formatter's note: This statement appeared in the printed book, but later research shows it to be inaccurate.

The M.E. Theological Compendium, page 103, edition of 1865, says: "It is true, there is no positive command for infant baptism, . . . nor is there any for keeping holy the first day of the week.

A prize essay of the American Sunday-School Union says: "Up to the time of Christ's death, no change had been made in the day." And "so far as the record shows, they [the apostles] did not give any explicit command enjoining the abandonment of the seventh-day Sabbath, and its observance on the first day of the week." --Lord's Day, pages 185-186.

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