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*** According to the
prophet, what was to be Christ’s attitude toward His Father’s law?
“The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness’ sake; He will
magnify the law, and make it honorable.” Isa. 42:21.
*** How much of the law
did He uphold?
“For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one
jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be
fulfilled.” Matt. 5:18.
*** How were those to
be regarded who should break one of these commandments?
“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments,
and shall teach men so, he shall be least in the kingdom of
heaven.” Matt. 5:19.
*** How much of the law
did Christ say is suspended on the two great commandments of love?NOTE. The
entire code of ten commandments is clearly binding on Christians. From the
above texts we learn that Christ had no thought of changing any of them.
One of these commands the observance of the seventh day as the
Sabbath. But the practice of most Christians is different; they keep the
first day of the week instead, many of them believing that Christ changed
the Sabbath. But we see from His own words that He has not attempted such
“On these two commandments hang ALL the law and the
prophets.” Matt. 22:40.
*** What is said of the
power represented by the “little horn?”
“And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall
wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and
laws.” Dan. 7:25.
*** What power claims
authority to change God’s law?
The Roman Church.
*** What part of the
law has this power thought to change?NOTE. “They [the Catholics] allege the Sabbath changed into Sunday, the
Lord’s Day, contrary to the Decalogue, as it appears; neither is there any
example more boasted of than the changing of the Sabbath day. Great, say
they, is the power and authority of the Church, since it dispensed with
one of the ten commandments.” Augsburg Confession, art. 28.
The fourth commandment.
“It [the Roman Church] has reversed the fourth commandment, doing
away with the Sabbath of God’s word, and instituting Sunday as a holy day.”
N. Summerbell, in History of the Christians, page 418.
*** Who first enjoined
Sunday keeping by law?NOTE.
“The earliest recognition of the observance of Sunday as a legal duty
is a constitution of Constantine in 321 A.D., enacting that all courts of
justice, inhabitants of towns, and workshops were to be at rest on Sunday
(venerable day of the sun), with an exception in favor of those engaged in
agricultural labor.” Encyclopedia Britannica, art. Sunday, ninth
Constantine the Great.
“Constantine the Great made a law for the whole empire (321 A.D.)
that Sunday should be kept as a day of rest in all cities and towns; but
he allowed the country people to follow their work.” Encyclopedia
Americana, art. Sabbath.
*** What did
Constantine’s law require?NOTE. It will
be noticed that in this edict no sacred title is given to the day to be
observed; it is called simply the “venerable day of the sun,” and was enforced only as such. Constantine, like his ancestors, was a
worshiper of the sun. The first day of the week had for ages been
dedicated to that worship, and from that fact retains the name Sunday. See
Webster. But on acknowledging Christ, Constantine refused to
surrender the venerable day of the sun, and brought it into Christianity
with him, and thus it was handed down to the Christian church.
“Let all the judges and town people, and the occupation of all
trades rest on the venerable day of the sun; but let those who are
situated in the country, freely and at full liberty attend to the business
of agriculture; because it often happens that no other day is so fit for
sowing corn and planting vines; lest the critical moment being let slip,
men should lose the commodities granted by Heaven.” Translated from
the original edict in Latin, now in Harvard College.
*** When and by what
authority was Sunday first enjoined upon Christians as the Lord’s day?
Prynne says: “The seventh-day Sabbath was... solemnized by Christ,
the apostles, and primitive Christians, till the Laodicean Council did, in
a manner, quite abolish the observation of it... The Council of Laodicea
[364 A.D.]... first settled the observation of the Lord’s day.” Dissertation on the Lord’s Day Sabbath, page 162, 1633.
*** What did this
council decree about the Sabbath?
“Because Christians ought not to Judaize, and to rest in the
Sabbath, but to work in that day... Wherefore if they shall be found to
Judaize, let them be accursed from Christ.” Ibid, pages 33, 34. The
foregoing are Protestant testimonies.
*** But do Catholics
themselves acknowledge their meddling with the Sabbath Commandment?
“Question. - How prove you that the church hath power to command
feasts and holy days?
“Answer. - By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which
Protestants allow of; and therefore they fondly contradict themselves by
keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the
same church.” Abridgement of Christian Doctrine, page 58.
“Question. - Have you any other way of proving that the church has
power to institute festivals of precept?
“Answer. - Had she not such power, she could not have substituted the
observance of Sunday, the first day of the week for the observance of
Saturday, the seventh day, a change for which there is no scriptural
authority.” Doctrinal Catechism, page 351.
*** To whom do people
really pay homage?
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his
servants ye are to whom ye obey?” Rom. 6:16.
*** What kind of
worship does the Saviour call that which is not according to God’s
“But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the
commandments of men.” Matt. 15:9.
*** What was the
difference between Elijah’s faith, and that of the other prophets of his
“Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a
prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty
men.” 1 Kings 18:22.
*** Who was the Baal of
the heathen Hebrews?
“Baal, or Bel, the principal god of the Phoenicians, Chaldeans,
and Carthaginians, is regarded as a personification of the sun... The
worship of Baal prevailed among the Jews in the time of the prophet Elijah
and earlier,” Johnson’s Universal Cyclopedia, art, Baal.
*** What appeal did
Elijah make to the people?NOTE. If one
becomes a servant to whoever he obeys, and he obeys the dictates of the
Roman Church, knowing them to be such, would he not, in the sight of
Heaven, be regarded as a servant of that church instead of a servant of
God? How appropriate, then, are the words of Elijah (with a slight change)
to those who learn the origin of Sunday observance: “How long halt ye
between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him; but if the Roman
Church, follow it.”
“How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God,
follow him, “but if Baal, then follow him.” 1 Kings 18:21.
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