What about Sunday? – Truly the Sabbath or Man Made

We hold to many things as truth, when in fact a bit of research will prove otherwise. This is
especially true as it pertains to matters of religion and faith. We pay high credence to the fathers
of our respective faith walks. I do not discount their or anyone’s sincerity, all are mere mortals,
however, and subject to error. Nothing brings this point as up and close as determination as to
the proper day to worship the Almighty.

Jumping right into our topic, consider this quote: “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…” You would think this quote would
come from a Messianic Believer or perhaps a Jew. Instead, I quote James Cardinal Gibbons,
former Arch Bishop of Baltimore. He completes his thought by stating: “…a day which we never
sanctify. The Catholic Church…by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday
to Sunday.” In official statements he elaborated: “Of course the Catholic Church claims that the
change was her act…and the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical power. Sunday is our mark of
authority! The church is above the Bible and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of
that fact.”

The Catholic Church Extension Society, Chicago Illinois in 1975 put forth the following:
“Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go
back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe
the Sunday, stultifies (to make, or cause to appear, foolish or ridiculous) them in the eyes of
every thinking man.” This all stems from Emperor Constantine's edict issued on March 7, 321
stating “All judges and city people and the craftsmen shall rest upon the Venerable Day of the
Sun.” Constantine authorized a Creed which contains the following wording,” I accept all
customs, rites, legalisms and feasts of the Romans, sanctifications by Pontius Maximus, the
new Sabbath-the Sol Dei (Sun Day) – all new chants and observances, all foods and drinks of
the Romans in the New Roman Religion.”

As we see, before Constantine and the “new Roman Religion” there was no Sunday worship.
Believers in the Messiah worshiped on the appointed Sabbath as commanded in scripture, as
did Messiah Himself. Notice Luke 4:16: “as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the
Sabbath”. Now, I have been asked if it really matters as to what day of the week we worship. It
does, because it matters to the Almighty! Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is
the Sabbath of rest, a holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein. The seventh day Sabbath
cycle has never been broken in man's history and The Almighty is beckoning us to return to His
ways.

Please understand, I am not Catholic bashing. Only reporting the facts. I grew up Catholic and
In fact, I believe that the Catholics are more true to their doctrine than are Protestants. The
Catholic Church declares itself to have the right to change such things. Protestants on the other
hand declare “Sola Scriptura” meaning that scripture alone is the authority in all spiritual
matters. Yet we see a divergence in this matter pertaining to the appointed day of weekly
worship. I propose we look to scripture for the answer as to the proper weekly day we ought to
set aside.

In the beginning when God created the Heavens and the Earth, He created for six days and
rested on the seventh. Notice that the seventh day is the very first thing God sanctifies and
makes holy. Notice too, that in the creation account every day is reckoned as beginning in the
evening as it states; “the evening and the morning, the ______ day. So according to God’s
timeline, the day actually begins at sunset. This is good information as it has prophetic
implications. Note too that all of the days of the week are given numbers, however only the
seventh day is given a name; Sabbath, or Shabbat in Hebrew which essentially means
cessation. A total ceasing of all normal work activities.

To observe a seventh day Shabbat is to acknowledge that you recognize the creation as a six
day event and that you seek to honor creation’s God by resting just as He has commanded and
does on every seventh day as tribute to Him and His creative genius.

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