The following is an excerpt from TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: The Church in a Rearview Mirror (SECOND EDITION) and our comments.
“A true Messiah would never be one who changes God’s Law, i.e., one who rejects the Sabbath and the Feasts of the LORD. To do so would disqualify Him as Messiah. The New Testament actually corroborates the fact that it was common practice for Yeshua and His followers to keep the Sabbath and the Feasts. Where did the Church get the idea to eliminate these practices?
“The issue of keeping the seventh day Sabbath and the Feasts of the LORD has been an indefensible breach of scripture for the protestant, who claims “Solo scriptura” or “scripture alone.” The Catholic Church does not hesitate to defend its authority for changing the Sabbath.
- “Which is the Sabbath day? Saturday is the Sabbath day. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” –Rev. Peter Geiermann,
S.S.R., The Converts’ Catechism of Catholic Doctrine
- “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, N J News, March 18, 1903
- “Sunday is a Catholic institution, and… 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.” –Catholic Press, August 25, 1900
- “If Protestants would follow the bible, they would worship God on the Sabbath day. In keeping Sunday they are following a law of the Catholic Church.”— Albert Smith, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, replying for the Cardinal, in a letter dated February 10, 1920.
“There are many such sources that verify the ‘perceived’ authority that the Catholic Church claims to have for changing the Sabbath.”
–End of excerpt–
Here’s what we know…
- God gave the Law (Torah)–His everlasting Covenant–to all twelve tribes of Israel on Mt. Sinai (not just the Jews, i.e., the tribe of Judah). (Exodus 19:3) [Point cursor over scripture ref. to read.]
- To be obeyed “forever.” (Exodus 19:9, 31:16-17 & many other places)
“Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever. It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.”
There is a very good article by Pete Rambo on “forever.” You can access it here. I highly recommend it!
- The Sabbath Day we are commanded to “remember,” and keep it “holy” (set apart), resting from our daily work. (Exodus 20:8-11)
- He said “do not add to or take away.”
“Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.” (Deuteronomy 12:32)
Gentiles who believe in Jesus/Yeshua are “grafted in” to the “olive tree”—Israel—(Romans 11); also called the “commonwealth of Israel” (Ephesians 2)
- According to Paul, “unbelieving” Jews are seen as branches that have been cut off, but are “grafted back in” when they believe in Yeshua as their Messiah.
- Jesus didn’t think too highly of those who added to His Commandments to establish their traditions….Here’s what he had to say:
“And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! (Mark 7:6-9)
Bottom line… the Commandments were given to Moses by the Living Word of God, Yeshua/Jesus for “forever!” There are blessings attached when obeyed, and there are curses attached when disobeyed. Read Deuteronomy 28 & 29. We are instructed not to add to or change in any way.
Until next time, remember…
The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29)