Obtained from a newsgroup email from Jim Searcy.

Dear Friends -
Some chruch leaders have told the TRUTH about the 4th Commandment. 
Yet, today, few have ears to hear about the SABBATH. The following 
are some things that various church leaders have said. I do hope that 
you find them interesting and helpful.

American Congregationalists: 
No authority exists in the New Testament for substitution of the 
first day for the seventh "The current notion that Christ and His 
apostles authoritatively substituted the first day for the seventh, 
is absolutely without any authority in the New Testament." Dr. Lyman 
Abbott, in the Christian Union, June 26, 1890 

Nowhere commanded to keep the first day "And where are we told in the 
Scriptures that we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded 
to keep the seventh; but we are nowhere commanded to keep the first 
day. The reason why we keep the first of the week holy instead of the 
seventh is for the same reason that we observe many other things, - 
not because the Bible, but because the church, has enjoined 
[commanded] it." Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the Catechism, Vol. 
1, pp 334, 336. 

The Catholics changed it "We have made the change from the seventh 
day to the first day, from Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of 
the one holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church of Christ." Episcopalian 
Bishop Symour, Why we keep Sunday. 

Sunday Sabbath not in the scriptures "There was and is a commandment 
to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not on Sunday. 
It will be said, however, and with some show of truimph, that the 
Sabbath was transferred from the Seventh to the First day of the 
week, with all its duties, privileges and sanctions. Earnestly 
desiring information on this subject, which I have studied for many 
years, I ask, where can the record of such a transaction be found? 
Not in the New Testament - absolutely not. There is no scriptural 
evidence of the change of the Sabbath institution from the Seventh to 
the First day of the week... 
"I wish to say that this Sabbath question, in this aspect of it, is 
the gravest and most perlexing question connected with Christian 
institutions which at present claims attention from Christian people; 
and the only reason that it is not a more disturbing element in 
Christian thought and in religious discussion is because the 
Christian world has settled down content on the conviction that some 
how a transference has taken place at the beginning of Christian 

"To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years' 
discussion with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the 
Sabbath question, discussing it in some of its various aspects, 
freeing it from its false glosses, never alluded to any transference 
of the day; also, that during forty days of His resurrection life, no 
such thing was intimated. Nor, so far as we know, did the Spirit, 
which was given to bring to their remembrance all things whatsoever 
that He had said unto them, deal with this question. Nor yet did the 
inspired apostles, in preaching the gospel, founding churches, 
counseling and instruction those founded, discuss or approach the 

"Of course, I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early 
Christian history as a religious day, as we learn from the Christian 
Fathers and other sources. But what a pity that it comes branded with 
the mark of paganism, and christened with the name of a sun god, when 
adopted and sanctioned by the papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a 
sacred legacy to protestantism!" Dr. Edward Hiscox, author of The 
Baptist Manual. 

Church of England: 
No scripture exists for the change of the Sabbath from Saturday to 
Sunday "Neither did he (Jesus), or his disciples, ordain another 
Sabbath in the place of this, as if they had intended only to shift 
the day; and to transfer this honor to some other time. Their 
doctrine and their practise are directly contrary, to so new a fancy. 
It is true, that in some tract of time, the Church in honor of his 
resurrection, did set apart that day on the which he rose, to holy 
exercises: but this upon their own authority, and without warrant 
from above, that we can hear of; more then the generall warrant which 
God gave his Church, that all things in it be done decently, and in 
comely order." Dr. Peter Heylyn of the Church of England, quoted in 
History of the Sabbath, Pt 2, Ch.2, p7 

The Christian Sabbath' [Sunday] is not in the Scripture "The 
Christian Sabbath' [Sunday] is not in the Scripture, and was not by 
the primitive [early Christian] church called the Sabbath." Timothy 
Dwight, Theology, sermon 107, 1818 ed., Vol. IV, p49 [Dwight (1752-
1817) was president of Yale University from 1795-1817]. 

Disciples of Christ: 
It is all old wives' fables to talk of the 'change of the 
sabbath' "If it [the Ten Commandments] yet exist, let us observe 
it... And if it does not exist, let us abandon a mock observance of 
another day for it. 'But,' say some, 'it was changed from the seventh 
to the first day.' Where? when? and by whom? - No, it never was 
changed, nor could it be, unless creation was to be gone through 
again: for the reason assigned [in Genesis 2:1-3] must be changed 
before the observance or respect to the reason, can be changed. It is 
all old wives' fables to talk of the 'change of the sabbath' from the 
seventh to the first day. If it be changed, it was that august 
personage changed it who changes times and laws ex officio, - I think 
his name is "Doctor Antichrist.'" Alexander Campbell, The Christian 
Baptist, February 2, 1824, vol 1, no. 7 

Bible commandment says the seventh day "The Bible commandment says on 
the seventh-day thou shalt rest. That is Saturday. Nowhere in the 
Bible is it laid down that worship should be done on Sunday." Phillip 
Carrington, quoted in Toronto Daily Star, Oct 26, 1949 [Carrington 
(1892-), Anglican archbishop of Quebec, spoke the above in a message 
on this subject delivered to a packed assembly of clergymen. It was 
widely reported at the time in the news media]. 

They err in teaching Sunday Sabbath But they err in teaching that 
Sunday has taken the place of the Old Testament Sabbath and therefore 
must be kept as the seventh day had to be kept by the children of 
Israel.....These churches err in their teaching, for scripture has in 
no way ordained the first day of the week in place of the Sabbath. 
There is simply no law in the New Testament to that effect" John 
Theodore Mueller, Sabbath or Sunday, pp.15, 16 

"We have seen how gradually the impression of the Sabbath faded from 
the mind of the Christian church, and how completely the newer 
thought underlying the observance of the first day took possesion of 
the church. We have seen that the Christian of the first three 
centuries never confused one with the other, but for a time 
celebrated both." The Sunday Problem, a study book by the Lutheran 
Church (1923) p.36 

"They [Roman Catholics] refer to the Sabbath Day, as having been 
changed into the Lord's Day, contrary to the Decalogue, as it seems. 
Neither is there any example whereof they make more than concerning 
the changing of the Sabbath Day. Great, say they, is the power of the 
Church, since it has dispensed with one of the Ten commandments!" 
Augsburg Confession of Faith,art. 28; written by Melanchthon and 
approved by Martin Luther, 1530; as published in The Book of Concord 
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Henry Jacobs, editor (1911), p.63 

Jesus did not abolish the moral law - no command to keep holy the 
first day The moral law contained in the Ten Commandments, and 
enforced by the prophets, Jesus did not take away. It was not the 
design of His coming to revoke any part of this. This is a law which 
can never be broken...Every part of this law must remain in force 
upon all mankind and in all ages; as not depending either on time or 
place, or any other circumstances liable to change, but on the nature 
of man, and their unchangeable relation to each other." John Wesley, 
Sermons on Several Occasions, Vol.1, No. 25 

"It is true that there is no positive command for infant baptism. Nor 
is there any for keeping holy the first day of the week. Many believe 
that Christ changed the Sabbath. But, from His own words, we see that 
He came for no such purpose. Those who believe that Jesus changed the 
Sabbath base it only on a supposition." Amos Binney, Theological 
Compendium, 1902 edition, pp 180-181, 171 [Binney (1802-1878), 
Methodist minister and presiding elder, whose Compendium was 
published for forty years in many languages, also wrote a Methodist 
New Testament Commentary]. 

"Take the matter of sunday. There are indications in the new 
testament as to how the church came to keep the first day of the week 
as its day of worship, but there is no passage telling Christians to 
keep that day or to transfer the Sabbath to that day." Harris 
Franklin Rall, Christian Advocate July 2, 1942 pg. 26 

Moody Bible Institute: 
"Sabbath was before Sinai" "I honestly believe that this commandment 
[the Sabbath commandment] is just as binding today as it ever was. I 
have talked with men who have said that it has been abrogated 
[abolilshed], but they have never been able to point to any place in 
the Bible where God repealed it. When Christ was on earth, He did 
nothing to set it aside; He freed it from the traces under which the 
scribes and Pharisees had put it, and gave it its true place. 'The 
Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath' [mark 2:27]. It is 
just as practicable and as necessary for men today as it ever was - 
in fact, more than ever, because we live in such an intense age. 

"The [Seventh-day] Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in 
force ever since. This Fourth Commandment [Exodus 20:8-11] begins 
with the word 'remember,' showing that the Sabbath had already 
existed when God wrote the law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How 
can men claim that this one commandment has been done away with when 
they admit that the other nine are still binding? Dwight.L. Moody, 
Weighed and Wanting, 1898, pp.46-47 [D.L. Moody, (1837-1899) was the 
most famous evangelist of his time, and founder of the Moody Bible 

"This Fourth is not a commandment for one place, or one time, but for 
all places and times." D.L. Moody, at San Francisco, Jan. 1st, 1881. 

Sunday kept the Gentiles (pagans) happy "Sunday being the first day 
of which the Gentiles (pagans) solemnly adored that planet and called 
it Sunday, partly from its influence on that day especially, and 
partly in respect to its divine body (as they conceived it) the 
Christians thought fit to keep the same day and the same name of it, 
that they might not appear carelessly peevish, and by that means 
hinder the conversion of the Gentiles(pagans), and bring a greater 
prejudice that might be otherwise taken against the gospel" T.M. 
Morer, Dialogues on the Lord's Day 

Roman Catholic: 
No such law in the Bible "Nowhere in the bible do we find that Jesus 
or the apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Satuday to 
Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy 
the Sabbath day, that is, the seventh day of the week, Saturday. 
Today, most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us 
by the [Roman] church outside the bible." Catholic Virginian, Oct. 3, 

"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, a day which 
we never sanctified." James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our 
Fathers (1917 ed.), pp.72,73 
"If protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on 
the Sabbath Day. In keeping the 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 of Feb. 10, 1920. 

Question: "Have you not 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 done that in 
which all modern religionists agree with her - 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" Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism 3rd 
ed. p. 174 

"Question: How prove you that the Church hath power to command feasts 
and holydays? 
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." Henry Tuberville, An Abridgment 
of the Christian Doctrine (1833 approbation), p.58 (Same statement in 
Manual of Christian Doctrine, ed. by Daniel Ferris [1916 ed.], p.67) 

"The Catholic Church,... by virtue of her divine mission, changed the 
day from Saturday to Sunday." The Catholic Mirror, official organ of 
Cardinal Gibbons, Sept. 23, 1893. 
"1. Is Saturday the 7th day according to the Bible and the 10 
Commandments?"I answer yes. 
"2. Is Sunday the first day of the week and did the Church change the 
7th day, Saturday, for Sunday, the 1st day?"I answer yes. 
"3. Did Christ change the day?"I answer no! 
Faithfully yours, "J. Cardinal Gibbons" Gibbons' autograph letter. 

"Question: Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.

Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic 
Church transferred the solemity from Saturday to Sunday." Peter 
Geiermann, The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1946 ed.), 
p.50. Geiermann received the "apostolic blessing" of Pope Pius X on 
his labors, January 25, 1910. 

"The Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right 
of the divine, infallible authority given to her by her Founder, 
Jesus Christ. The Protestant, claiming the Bible to be the only guide 
of faith, has no warrant for observing Sunday. In this matter the 
Seventh Day Adventist is the only consistent Protestant. The Catholic 
Universe Bulletin, Aug. 14, 1942, p.4 
"The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, 
in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] church." 
Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today 

Orthodox (Eastern): 
"The ancient Christians were very careful in the observance of 
Saturday, or the seventh day...It is plain that all the Oriental 
churches, and the greatest part of the world, observed the Sabbath as 
a festival...Athanasius likewise tells us that they held religious 
assembles on the Sabbath, not because they were infected with 
Judaism, but to worship Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath, Epiphanius 
says the same." "Antiquities of the Christian Church," Vol.II Book 
XX, chap. 3, sec.1, 66. 1137,1138.

GREEK CHURCH "The observance of Saturday is, as everyone knows, the 
subject of a bitter dispute between the Greeks and the Latins." 
Neale, "A History of the Holy Eastern Church," Vol 1, p. 731. 
(Referring to the separation of the Greek Church from the Latin in 

Shalom & Simcha,
Jim Searcy

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