Jesus showed us that the Ten Commandments would never change. Mathew 5:18 “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”.
He also demonstrated that and that they were an eternal law of love John 15:10 “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love”.
So if the Ten Commandments are still valid and in place today, why is it that most Christian denominations only keep nine, and ignore the fourth commandment which tells us to keep the seventh day Sabbath?
Jesus and His disciples all faithfully kept the seventh day Sabbath their entire lives.
It has been established by many historians and theologians that the books of Luke and Mathew were written between 60 and 80 AD. Luke does not tell us of a day change, but instead he states in Luke 23:56, “…And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment. ”
Jesus also showed that the Sabbath would still be kept after the cross when He prophesied about the forthcoming destruction of the temple, which happened around 70 AD. Jesus said, Matthew 24:20, “And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. ” This shows that Jesus was expecting His people to be faithfully keeping the Sabbath in the future. If the day was going to change in any way, this would have been the time for Jesus to prophecy about that.
Historians confirm that the seventh day Sabbath was kept by Jews and Gentiles alike, until about 120 AD when the persecution of the Jews for Sabbath keeping became so great that many Christians decided to go against the clear Commandment of God and started keeping Sunday, so as to distance themselves from the Jews. Some began using the excuse that it was in honour of the resurrection, to excuse that fact that there was no biblical basis for the change.
In 321 A. D. Constantine, who was a pagan, became Caesar in Rome and when he began to see the balance of power shift from paganism to the Church he passed the first law enforcing Sunday worship in 321 AD. Two years later he joined the Roman Catholic Church and began to intermingle paganism and Christianity. It was well after 400 AD before Sunday eventually took on the name of the Lord’s Day.
In many papers and documents written by the Roman Catholic Church, they openly take credit for moving the sanctity of the Seventh day Sabbath to Sunday, by their own authority, which they say is above that of the scriptures.
“The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the authority of the Scriptures, because the Church had changed. . . the Sabbath into Sunday, not by command of Christ, but by its own authority. ” Canon and Tradition, p. 263.
This means then that when we keep Sunday as our day of worship, instead of the Seventh day which was commanded by God, then we are putting man-made traditions above the Word of God. Can man really override or ignore the power and authority of God?
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Debra Lohrere is the author of Christian Prophecy and Investment books http://www.investmentpropertybooks.com/christianbooks.html