Statements from other churches.
Christendom has become so confusing and conflicting about the actual date to celebrate the holy Sabbath day. While some say it’s Saturday, others argues its Sunday. This raging argument has continue to contrast millions of followers, while conflict statements have been heard from acclaimed scholars. Even Jesus Christ said of the Pharisees, ‘in vein they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men’, for laying aside the commandment of God, that you may keep the tradition’ (mark 7:7-9). Yet notice what other churches admit regarding their observance of Sunday instead of Saturday.
Stephen Keenan, a Doctrinal Catechism, p. 174:
“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 done that 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…
The convert’s catechism of catholic doctrine, 3rd ed., p.50:
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, in the council of Laodicea (c.363) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.”
Catholic press, Aug. 25, 1900:
“Sunday is a catholic institution, and… can be defended only on catholic principles … from the 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.”
: Charles buck, A theological dictionary, “Sabbath”
“Sabbath in Hebrew language signifies rest, and is the seventh day of the week… and it must be confessed that there is no law in the new testament concerning the first day.”
Clovis Chappell, ten rules for living, p.61:
“The reason we observe the first day instead of the seventh is based on no positive command. One will search the scriptures in vain for authority for changing from the seventh day to the first.”
The Christian at work:
“some have tried to build the observance of Sunday upon apostolic command, whereas the apostles gave no command on the matter at all… the truth is, so soon as we appeal to the literal scripta (literal writing) of the bible, the sabbatarians have the best of the argument.”
Isaac William, D.D., plain sermons on the catechism, vol. 1:
“Where are we told in scripture 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 day 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 it.”
Philip Carrington, Toronto daily, oct. 26, 1949:
“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.”
Harold lindsell (editor), Christianity today, Nov. 5, 1976:
“There is nothing in scripture that requires us to keep Sunday rather than Saturday as a holy day.”
To conclude, a Sunday morning resurrection could not be the reason for changing the weekly day of worship from Saturday to Sunday. But even if Christ resurrected on Sunday, why would his disciples-who had kept the seventh-day Sabbath with him-have abandoned his example of keeping the Ten Commandments and switched to Sunday-keeping? And why would they have picked Sunday, a day already associated with pagan sun worship? Saturday still remains the authentic day of worship for all true worshippers of Christ as commanded in the bible. For a broader term, log unto the article ‘WAS JESUS RESURRECTED ON SUNDAY’ by me. Therefore, Christ’s true disciples would certainly not have kept Sunday as the “lord’s day”!