By far the largest proportion of Protestants follow the Catholic institution of Sunday observance. This is justified on the basis of the Bible, so the claims. But there is nothing of this in the Scriptures. However, even the Rom. Catholic Church confirms the true Sabbath.
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It would be a miracle if the Rom. Catholic Church let themselves be carried away to decide on fundamentally important questions of faith in favor of Christians who are faithful to the Bible. Tradition is above the gospel. But if there is an opportunity to point out a mistake on the part of the Protestants, this opportunity is used immediately. This was also the case in 1893 by “Catholic Mirror”. The Rom. Church refers to the “thread” of the Protestants, because they refer to the Bible to justify their practiced Sunday observance. An affront to Rome, since moving the Sabbath to Sunday is an act of the Rom. Catholic Church has been. In doing so, however, this church clearly affirms that the Sabbath was changed by none other than itself. There is no biblical justification. This applies to the Sabbath as well as to the “Christian” holidays such as Christmas and Easter.
“The Adventists are the only body of Christians with the Bible as their teacher, who can find no warrant in its pages for the change of day from the Seventh to the First. Hence their appellation, ‘Seventh-Day Adventists’. Their cardinal principle consists in setting apart Saturday for the exclusive worship of God, in conformity with the positive command of God Himself.”
“The Gosples planily evince to Him this fact; whilst, in the pages of the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles and the Apocalypse, not the vestige of an act canceling the Saturday arrangement cen be found.”
“Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.” No Poretestant living today has ever yet obeyed that command, referring to follow the apostate church referred to than nis teacher, the Bible, which, from Genesis to Revelation, teaches no other doctrine, should the Israelits and Seventh-Day Adventists be correct.
In the Old Testament reference is made one hundred and twenty-six times to the Sabbath, and all these texts conspire harmoniously in voicing the will of God, commanding the seventh day to be kept, because God Himself first kept it, making it obligatory on all as “a perpetual covenant”.
The Bible being the only teacher recognized by the Biblical Christian, the Old Testament failing to point out a change of day, and yet another day than Saturday being kept “holy” by the Biblical world, it is surely incumbent on the reformed Christian to point out in the pages of the New Testament the new Divine decrees repealing that of Saturday and substituting that of Sunday, kept by Biblicals since the dawn of the Reformation.
In one instance, the Redeemer refers to himself as “the Lord of the Sabbath,” as mentioned by Matthew and Luke, but, during the whole record of His life, whilst invariably keeping and utilizing the day, “Saturday), He never once hinted at a desire to change it. His Apostles and personal friends afford to us a striking instance of their scrupulous observance of it after His death.
Thus, it is impossible to find in the New Testament the slightest interference by the Saviour, or His Apostles, with the original Sabbath, but, on the contrary, an entire acquiescence in the original arrangement.
Hence, the conclusion is inevitable, viz: that, of those who follow the Bible as their guide, the Israelites and Seventh-Day Adventists have the exclusive weith of evidence on their side, whilst the Biblical Protestant has not a word in self-defense for his substitution of Sunday for Saturday.
“The Sabbath instituted in the beginning and confirmed agagin and again by Moses and the Prophets, has never been abrogated. A part of the moral law, not a part or tittle of its sanctity has been taken away.”.
The Bible and the Sabbath constitute the watchword of Protestantism; but we have demonstrated that it is the Bible versus their Sabbath. We have shown that no greater contradiction ever existed thon their theory and practice.
What Protestant can, after perusing these articels, with a clear conscienc, continue to disobey the command of God, enjoining Saturday to be kept, which command his teacher, the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, records as the will of God?
The Catholic Church for over one thousand years before the existence of a Protestant, by virtue of her Divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday. We say by virtue of her Divine mission because He has so called Himself “the Lord of the Sabbath,” an whom all Christians pretend to believe, commanded all, without exception, to hear His Church, under penalty of being classed by Him as ‘the heathen and the publican.’.
The Bible still teaches that the Sabbath or Saturday should be kept holy. There is no authority in the New Testament for the substitution of Sunday for Saturday. Surely it is an important matter. It stands there in the Bible as one of the Ten Commandments of God. There is no authority in the Bible for abrogating this Commandment, or for transferring its observance to another day of the week.
For Catholics there is not the alightest difficulty, “All power ist given Me in heaven and on earth; as the Father sent Me so I also send you,” said our Divine Lord in giving His tremendous commission to His Apostles. “He that heareth you heareth Me.” We have in the authoritative voice of the Church the voice of Christ Himself. The Church is above the Bible; and his transference of Sabbath observance from Saturday to Sunday is proof positive of that fact. Deny the auhority of the Church and you have no adequate or reasonable explanation or justification for the substitution of Sunday for Saturday in the Third – Protestant Fourth – Commandment of God.
In these statements there is once again a whole package of presumption and blasphemy.
Rome would certainly disagree with the statement that the seventh-day (Saturday) Sabbath is still valid. The Catholic Church acts in its self-understanding with the “full authority” of Jesus Christ. However, this pride will bring them down one day, as can be read in Chapter 18 of Revelation. Since, based on the detailed explanation, it is now clear that the Sabbath change is not of a biblical nature, but is arbitrary, all that remains is the statement that the seventh day is still valid without restrictions, and that for every human being.
A copy of Catholic Mirror is also included at wikisource
Bible verses from King James Version