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Did Jesus say to change the Sabbath to Sunday? NO! Did the apostles say to change the Sabbath to Sunday or did they give any examples of worshipping of Sunday? NO! Do you think that any day is just as good as any other day to be the day of worship? God thought enough of that particular day to include it in the Ten Commandments and after so many thousands of years, why would He change it? He didn't!
We can see plainly that neither God the Father, nor Jesus Christ the Son, nor any of the apostles ever sanctioned the changing of the Sabbath to Sunday. We see that it was the church in Rome that was at the core of this. But what do the other churches of today say about the Sabbath? Let's read just a few comments: (All emphasis and underlining mine)
  1. Episcopal- "Is there any command in the New Testament to change the day of the weekly rest from Saturday to Sunday? None." Manual of Christian Doctrine, p. 127.
  2. Methodist- "Take the matter of Sunday…there is no passage telling Christians to keep that day, or to transfer the Jewish Sabbath to that day"- Harris Franklin Rail, Christian Advocate, July 2, 1942.
  3. Baptist- "There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day but that Sabbath day was not Sunday…it will be said, however, 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. There is no scriptural evidence of the change of the Sabbath institution from the seventh to the first day of the week." - From a paper by Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, author of The Baptist Manual.
  4. Christian- "There never was any 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.
  5. Congregationalist- "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. Lyman Abbott, Christian Union, January 19, 1882.
  6. Church of Christ- "I do not believe that the Lord's day came in the room of the Jewish Sabbath or that the Sabbath was changed from the seventh to the first day."- Alexander Campbell, Washington Reporter, October 8, 1821.
  7. Lutheran- "Observance of the Lord's day (Sunday) is founded not on a command of God, but on the authority of the church."- Augsburg Confession of Faith, quoted in the Catholic Sabbath Manual, part 1, Chapter 1, Section 10.
  8. Presbyterian- "The Christian Sabbath (Sunday) is not in the Scriptures and is not by the primitive church called the Sabbath." Dwight Theology, vol. 4, p. 401.
  9. Roman Catholic- "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, a day which we (Catholics) never sanctify."- James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers. P. 111.
    "Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claims to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles…From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first." -The Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August, 1900.
    "Protestantism, in discarding the authority of the (Roman Catholic) Church, has no good reasons for its Sunday theory, and ought logically to keep Saturday as the Sabbath." - John Gilmary Shea, American Catholic Quarterly Review, January, 1883.
    "It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church." - Priest Brady, in an address, reported in the Elizabeth, NJ "News", March 18, 1903.
    "Protestants…accept Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic Church made the change… But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize that… in observing the Sunday, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the church, the Pope." - "Our Sunday Visitor", February 5, 1950.
  10. Dictionary- "The notion of a formal substitution by apostolic authority of the Lord's Day (meaning Sunday) for the Jewish Sabbath (or for the seventh day)… and the transference to it, perhaps in spiritualized form, of the sabbatical obligation established by promulgation of the Fourth Commandment, has no basis whatever either in Holy Scripture or in Christian antiquity." - A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities, vol. 2,p. 182. Article "Sabbath"
  11. Encyclopedia- "It must be confessed that there is no law in the New Testament concerning the first day."- M'Clintock and Strong, Cyclopedia Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Vol. 9, p. 19.
Note: Though some individual pastors may argue the point, we have not found one single Sunday-keeping organization yet, which did not in its official literature plainly admit that there is no Scripture to support Sunday observance.
Since there is no Biblical evidence to support the change from the seventh day Sabbath that God has commanded to the first day of the week, Sunday, it is our belief that this command is still to be obeyed. This has been a very short paper and a little information in support of the Sabbath. There is much more evidence to be shown throughout the Bible in support of the Sabbath and if you're interested in the information, then please contact us through this web-site. May God bless you in your search for the truth.

The Church of God, Dallas-Ft. Worth was formally organized March 23, 1997. Our Pastor, Dianne McDonnell, has a Bachelor degree in education and has been a member of the Church of God for over 30 years. John Currier our Pastor-Overseer earned his Bachelor degree in theology in May of 1994. We are a Bible believing church, observe all the Holy days of God and believe in total submersion baptism. For further information see our Statements of Beliefs and more information about our church family.
 
 
 
 
 
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