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For example, one mention of the Sabbath is found in Exodus , [ Ex. However, Exodus —11 and —17 [ Ex.

Debating about Sabbath! Pastor Doug Batchelor and Steve Gregg (March 30, 2018)

This reconfirms the event told in Genesis —3, [ Gen. No doubt the sacredness of the Sabbath day was known to the true believers from the time of Adam, although the Bible is not very clear on this point. The scriptures appear to establish the Sabbath at the time of Moses, but this is probably due more to an incompleteness of the earlier record than to an absence of teaching at the time of the early patriarchs.

Since Jesus is Jehovah, the Creator and the God of Israel, these different aspects of the Sabbath all bear witness of the same Lord Jesus Christ but emphasize different features of his ministry. Public and private worship. Proper observance of the Sabbath is a sign and even a test that distinguishes the covenant people of the Lord from those who follow the ways of the world.

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My Response to “Why Worship on Sunday?”

In this respect it serves a purpose similar to the Word of Wisdom and tithing, which soon divide the believers from the nonbelievers in their performance. Sabbath observance entails more than simply staying at home. It also involves public worship. It was and is a day for the believers to meet together for worship and for instruction.


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Luke The most extensive revelation in the current dispensation that deals with the Sabbath day is recorded as Doctrine and Covenants section Which day is the Sabbath? Aloisius Knoepfler and is online at Google Books.

Sunday is NOT the Sabbath!

The text in Latin on page from book 2, chapter 46, regarding the transfer of the Sabbath rest to Sunday by Pope Sylvester I. The relevant pages in. Used by permission of Mrs. Frank H. Sylvester the pope first among the Romans ordered that the names of the days, which before they called according to the names of their own gods, that is the day of the sun, of the moon, of Mars, of Mercury, of Venus, of Saturn, they should call feria day of celebration , that is, first feria, second feria, third feria, fourth feria, fifth feria, sixth feria, because in the beginning of Genesis it is written that God had said for each day: first, "Let there be light"; second, "Let there be the firmament"; third, "Let the earth produce living plants", etc.

The decree by Pope Sylvester I to call the days of the week feria was issued in the year A. Causten, , entry on Day, page 66 , and Feria, pages , Bede says also in another work: " Question : Who first taught to observe feriae? Answer: Pope Sylvester instructed the clergy to observe feriae , to whom, resting only to God, it was allowed to engage in no military service or worldly business.

Migne, Patrologia Latina , Vol 90, col. See also Bede, De Divisionibus , chap. Migne, Patrologia Latina , Vol 90, cols , , Patrologia Latina was first published from to , so it is evident that long standing historical proof does in fact exist, and that Ellen White was likely aware that the information was contained in Patrologia Latina , though she apparently never cited it MPL in her writings. Note that she also knew the bishop of Rome had deemed Sunday to be the Lord's day:. Constantine, while still a heathen, issued a decree enjoining the general observance of Sunday as a public festival throughout the Roman empire.

Sabbath in Christianity

After his conversion, he remained a staunch advocate of Sunday, and his pagan edict was then enforced by him in the interests of his new faith. But the honor shown this day was not as yet sufficient to prevent Christians from regarding the true Sabbath as the holy of the Lord. Another step must be taken; the false Sabbath must be exalted to an equality with the true.

A few years after the issue of Constantine's decree, the bishop of Rome conferred on the Sunday the title of Lord's day. Thus the people were gradually led to regard it as possessing a degree of sacredness. Still the original Sabbath was kept. Cardinal Humbert of France quoted Sylvester's low opinion of the Sabbath:. In fact all the disciples of the Lord lamented on the Sabbath, bewailing the buried Lord, and the Jews exulted.

But sadness reigned for the fasting apostles. N either in fact is it proper to feast [on the Sabbath] as the Jewish custom observed by the Jews. Omnis enim discipuli Domini Sabbato fletum habuerunt, sepultum Dominum suspirantes, et Judaeis exulantibus laetitia inerat. Apostolis autem jejunantibus tristitia imperabat.

Tristemur itaque cum tristantibus de sepultura Domini, si volumus cum iisdem de Domini resurrectione gaudere. Neque enim fas est destructiones ciborum et caerimonias Judaeorum more Judaico observemus. About A. The result was Summa de potestate ecclesiastica , which was completed in the year , dedicated to the same Pope, and published from to So for those years, the Catholic Church was crediting the papacy with making the change.

Pope Sylvester I also is known for instituting Sunday as a holy day in memory of the Resurrection, and for creating the "Iron Cross" with a nail from the Holy Cross. He was the first pope to wear the tiara.

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Sylvester Parish, College Ave. Sylvester Parish disappeared in a merger of four parishes in July of , and the web site was discontinued. So while some Roman Catholics were suggesting on the internet that Adventists simply could not prove that a Pope made a change to Sunday, other Roman Catholics were openly proclaiming that Pope Sylvester I had done the deed! Now I think this is very curious. Silvester decreed that the first and seventh days of the week should be called respectively the Lord's day and the Sabbath, and the others second day, third day, and so on.

In this he confirmed the use of the word feria for the week days, the which use had already begun in the Church. This word signifieth an 'holiday,' and pointeth to the duty of the clergy ever to lay aside all worldly labour and leave themselves free to do continually the work of the Lord. It should also be noted that Pope Sylvester did not invent Sunday worship, and neither did Emperor Constantine, and Adventists do not make that claim. But, it is evident to everyone that a change did happen to keeping Sunday instead of the Saturday Sabbath.

Adventists have been well aware that celebrating the resurrection on Sundays predates the 4th century, though there is no biblical proof that the Apostles ever sanctioned a change of the Sabbath to Sunday or practiced it themselves. On October 21, , Stephen Korsman posted a reply on his blog, the text of which is in the boxes, with my response following. In light of the teachings of Ellen White, and in light of history — as taught by real historians — this cannot be seen as more than a failed attempt to make the argument seem viable.

But it is not. At that time, when the papacy was abolished and the pope was made captive by the French army, the papal power received its deadly wound, and the prediction was fulfilled, 'He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity. If the papacy was established in AD EGWs words were changed in later editions to cover up that mistake then Sylvester could not have been a pope. That is, in effect, a concession that he did. Ellen White stands completely vindicated. The revision of the cited passages happened in , when new printing plates for Great Controversy were produced.

Ellen White reviewed and approved all of a number of revisions in the new edition, and the changes are all documented by Adventists today. While Catholics will claim the papacy was established with Peter, even they will admit that it took centuries for the bishop of Rome to develop a recognized and acknowledged ecclesiastical authority that even approaches that exercised by today's pope to say nothing of temporal authority.

Ellen White was not asserting that the bishop of Rome suddenly appeared from nothing in A. This official state sanction elevated the dignity of the bishop of Rome above his peers in a way that can be rightly called a cornerstone in the imposing edifice that the papacy became over the succeeding years known as the dark or middle ages. This formal recognition by civil authority was still considered to be an essential element as recently as , when the Lateran Pacts recognized the Roman Catholic Church as the official state religion, in addition to granting the Vatican diplomatic status as a state.

And Dr Bacchiocchi's rebuttal :. Both statements just cited are inaccurate, because the secular power of the state did not influence or compel Christians to adopt Sunday during the second and third centuries. At that time the Roman emperors were rather hostile toward Christianity. They were more interested to suppress Christianity than to support church leaders in their promotion of Sunday worship. The bishop of Rome could not have resorted to "the power of the state to compel the observance of Sunday as 'the Lord's Day.

It had been the custom of all the churches to celebrate the passover, but with this difference: that while the eastern churches observed it upon the fourteenth day of the first month, no matter what day of the week this might be, the western churches kept it upon the Sunday following that day; or rather, upon the Sunday following Good Friday. Victor, bishop of Rome, in the year , 36 took upon him to impose the Roman custom upon all the churches; that is, to compel them to observe the passover upon Sunday.

So I suggest the statement that "It was on behalf of Sunday that popery first asserted its arrogant claims;" is referring to Victor's edict imposing Easter Sunday [Note 9 in the appendix also points this out], "and its first resort to the power of the state was to compel the observance of Sunday as 'the Lord's Day" refers, in part, to the civil Sunday law of Constantine in

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