IS SUNDAY THE LORD’S DAY?


To my Pentecostal, Catholic, Anglican, Methodist brothers and sisters. Have you ever search the Scripture to know what is TRUTH?

Isaiah wrote:

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20

Moses also wrote:

“at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.” Deut 19:15

Jesus Christ repeated the same words:

“in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” Matt 18:26

WHAT IS THE LORD’S DAY?

Apostle John said, “I was in the Spirit on the LORD’s DAY, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet” Rev 1:10

WHO ARE THE WITNESSES TO THESE FACT?

Witness 1: MARK

Mark said Jesus is the Lord of the sabbath (Seventh day) and not first day (sunday) or any other day.

“And he (Jesus) said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore the Son of man (JESUS) is LORD also of the sabbath.” Mark 2:27, 28

Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath (Seventh day) and not the Lord of Sunday.

Witness 2: MATTHEW

Matthew also witness to what mark wrote that Jesus is the LORD of the sabbath day. Matthew said sabbath day, showing that the sabbath is a DAY that means one can’t decide to chose any other day apart from the DAY Jesus is LORD of.

“For the Son of man (JESUS) is LORD even of the SABBATH DAY.” Matthew 12:8

Witness 3: ISAIAH

Isaiah is another witness who identified the authority of God on the Sabbath by calling it “MY HOLY DAY.” No where in the Bible has GOD called the First day of the week (SUNDAY) my holy day.

“If thou turn away thy foot from the SABBATH, from doing thy pleasure on MY HOLY DAY; and call the sabbath a delight, the HOLY OF THE LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words” Isaiah 58:13

Witness 4: MOSES

The Sabbath is the seventh day, and the seventhday is Saturday and not Sunday. SUNDAY was never appointed as a holy day by God.

“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” Gen 2:2, 3

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the SEVENTH DAY IS THE SABBATH OF THE LORD THY GOD: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11

Witness 5. LUKE

Luke a gentile convert to christianity, wrote that the disciples of Jesus went back home to keep the sabbath according to the commandment given to them by God. They would rather obey God’s commandment than anoiting Christ’s body.

“And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. 55 And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. 56 And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.” Luke 23:54-56

I pray the Lord will teach us his word better.

10 EXCUSES FOR KEEPING SUNDAY


This should be my first time of writing or saying something in relation to SUNDAY sacredness movement. But I feel it is high time we sincerely test, from the word of God, what the majority of the Christian World share in common, that is, SUNDAY keeping. In fact I barely know any Christian without Sunday keeping. Just go out of your house on a Sunday morning, in any Christian dominated country, state or district, and then you will understand better what I am saying. It is regarded as the mark of the Christian world; a sign of their allegiance to the God of heaven. Shouldn’t we, now, take the word of Christ more seriously than ever before? Christ had warned beforehand, “for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” Luke 16:15. If SUNDAY is highly esteemed and jealously guarded by of the Christian world, can it be regarded as an abomination? That’s just a food-for-thought. Proverb says, “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” Prov.30:6.

Argument in favor of Sunday Keeping

There are only eight texts in the New Testament that refer to Sunday (or First day of the week), and by carefully studying these verses we can be certain that all the evidence for consideration is before us. If there is any biblical authority for keeping the first day of the week, it will have to be found in one of these verses.[1] I propose that we test the Sunday-keeping practice of this majority group and find out if it is correct. If it is biblical, then all of us should accept it and faithfully keep every Sunday. If the Scriptures do not support it, then we should diligently search the Word until we find the day that our Lord has endorsed for us to keep.[2]

There are some arguments that the Majority of the Christian World had, over the years, presented as evidence that Sunday keeping is sacred and from God. There may exist more than the arguments presented below, but these ones are the major arguments people often present as their evidence for Sunday keeping.

Argument No 1:

“The disciples met on the day of our Lord’s resurrection to commemorate that event, and the Saviour sanctioned this meeting by uniting with them.”

When you ask any Christian today: “Why do you keep Sunday?” There is a probability that the above argument will be his or her reply and John 20:19 will be quoted which says:

“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you” John 20:19.

If every word of this text were truth, it would not prove that the Sabbath of the Lord has been changed. But to show the utter absurdity of this inference, listen to a few facts. The disciples did not then believe that their Lord had been raised from the dead, but were assembled for the purpose of eating a common meal, and to seclude themselves from the Jews. Let us see what Mark wrote about the attitude of the disciples after the death of Christ:

“After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen” Mark 16:12-14

It is evident that the disciples did not believe that Christ had risen when they heard that Christ had risen. If they were gathering in John 20:19 because of Christ resurrection, then, they must have believed in Christ resurrection.

What then would they have been gathering for if they didn’t believe that Christ had resurrected? The answer is in John 20:19. Let us read it again carefully:

“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you” John 20:19.

The Bible said, the disciples were assembled, not because Jesus had resurrected from the grave, but “For the fear of the Jews.” That’s the plain truth.  It is also a fact, therefore, that the disciples were not commemorating or celebrating the resurrection of the Saviour; it is equally evident that they had not the slightest idea of a change of the Sabbath. At the burial of the Jesus, the female disciples, who had followed him to the tomb returned and prepared spices and ointments to embalm him; the Sabbath drew on; they rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment; and when the Sabbath had ended, they came to the sepulcher (grave) upon the first day of the week (Sunday) to embalm their Lord. Luke 23:55, 56; 24:1. Note what the Bible says:

“And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day             according to the commandment” Luke 23:56.

If Christ had taught the disciples about a change of God’s Sabbath (Saturday) to first day of the week (Sunday), shouldn’t they keep the first day (Sunday) instead of the Sabbath (Saturday)?

Argument No 2:

After eight days, Jesus met with his disciples again in John 20:26. This must have been the first day of the week, which is thereby proved to be the Christian Sabbath.

Let us read the verse and see if there is any indication for Sunday keeping.

“And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you” John 20:26

Could there be prove in this text that this day was actually Sunday? If truly John 20:19 was Sunday as it is being argued, then counting eight days from Sunday will not end up on Sunday but Second day of the week (Monday) or near third day (Tuesday). Let’s do the counting:

1st day – 2nd day – 3rd day – 4th day – 5th day – 6th day – 7th day.

1            2                3              4                5                   6              7

Now you see how fallacious it is to accept that John 20:26 was a Sunday worship service. Do the counting yourself and see if it is true.

Third Argument

Redemption is greater than creation; therefore we ought to keep the day of Christ’s resurrection, instead of the ancient Sabbath of the Lord.

Where has God said this? Sunday-keepers are compelled to admit that he never did say it. What right, then, has any man to make such an assertion, and then to base the change of the Sabbath upon it? But suppose that redemption is greater than creation who knows that we ought to keep the first day of the week on that account? God never required men to keep any day as a memorial of redemption.

The Bible did not say that we have redemption through Christ’s resurrection; but emphasized it over and over again, that we have redemption through the shedding of his blood.

“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” Rev.5:9.

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” Eph.1:7; Col.1:14; Heb.9:12, 15.

Then redemption is through the death of the Lord Jesus; consequently the day on which he shed his precious blood to redeem us, and said, “It is finished,” John 19:30, is the day that should be kept as a memorial of redemption, if any should be observed for that purpose and that day is FRIDAY (in the Bible it is called the day of Preparation or the 6th day).

Fourth Argument

Before God all days are equal so i can worship him any day i wish.

If this were the case why did God give the fourth commandment? Let us read the fourth commandment again:

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Ex 20:8-11

Why would God place a date for us to keep Holy? You may need to ask Him not me. Jesus kept the Sabbath and urged the correct way to keep it holy.

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” Luke 4:16

“And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn. And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful? And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him? How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him? And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.” Mark 2:23-28

Christ is the Lord of all things, but He specifically told us that, he is the Lord of the Sabbath (the Seventh-day) not Sunday (first day). Why did Jesus wish that Christians would observe that day if it does not matter (Matt 24:20)? Nigeria Independence Day cannot be moved from October 1st to October 2nd without losing its meaning, nor can the Sabbath simply be moved from the seventh day to the first day of the week.

Fifth Argument

 The Ten Commandments state: “Keep holy the Sabbath day.” Therefore, my Sabbath can be any day I choose to call Sabbath.

This sentence is not found in Scripture. The Sabbath commandment is worded differently and specifies the seventh day as the Sabbath which we all know as Saturday, not just any day (Exod 20:8-11).

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Ex 20:8-11

However, the sentence is found in catechisms of the Roman Catholics.

Sixth Argument

The Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost, which was the first day of the week. Therefore, the first day of the week should be observed instead of the Sabbath of the Lord. Acts 2:1, 2.

  1. J. N Andrews has this to say, “Admitting that the day of Pentecost occurred upon the first day of the week, it remains to be proved that that day thereby became the Sabbath. But that it was the feast of Pentecost, and not the first day of the week, that God designed to honor, the following facts demonstrate:-
  2. While the day of Pentecost is distinctly named, the day of the week on which it occurred is passed in silence.
  3. The disciples had been engaged in earnest prayer for the space of ten days; for the day of Pentecost was fifty days from the resurrection of Christ, and forty of those days he spent with his disciples (see Acts 1). Forty days from his resurrection would expire on Thursday, the day of his ascension. A period of ten days after his ascension on Thursday would include two first-days, the last of which would be the day of Pentecost. If the design of God had been to honor the first day of the week, why did not the Holy Ghost descend on the first of those first-days? Why must the day of Pentecost come before the Holy Ghost could descend? This answer is obvious: It was not the design of Heaven to honor the first day of the week, but to mark the antitype of the feast of Pentecost. Hence the first day of the week is passed in silence. The slaying of the paschal lamb on the fourteenth day of the first month had met its antitype in the death of the Lamb of God on that day. Ex.12; John 19; 1Cor.5:7. The offering of the first-fruits on the sixteenth day of the first month had met its antitype in the resurrection of our Lord on that day, the first-fruits of them that slept. Lev.23; 1Cor.15:20-23. It remained that the day of Pentecost, fifty days later, should also meet its antitype. Lev.23:15-21. The fulfillment of that type is what the pen of inspiration has recorded in Acts 2:1, 2.

God has spoken nothing in this place respecting a change of his Sabbath. Yet grave men, calling themselves Doctors of Divinity, consider this text one of their strongest testimonies for their so-called Christian Sabbath. They might be profited by this advice of the wise man: “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” Prov.30:6.

Seventh Argument

Paul once broke bread upon the first day of the week at Troas. Hence this day was observed as the Christian Sabbath. Acts 20:7.

I answer that at one period the apostolic church at Jerusalem broke bread every day. Acts 2:42-46.

“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart” Acts 2:42-46

The above passage was the first instance breaking of bread was mentioned among the apostles and they break the bread every day (daily). If a single instance of breaking bread at Troas upon the first day of the week was quite sufficient to constitute it the Sabbath, would not the continued practice of the apostolic church at Jerusalem in breaking bread every day be amply sufficient to make every day a Sabbath? Moreover, as the act of the great Head of the church (Christ) in breaking bread must be quite as important as that of his servant Paul, must not the day of the crucifixion be pre-eminently the Christian Sabbath, as Christ instituted and performed this ordinance on the evening with which that day commenced? 1Cor.11:23-26.

J. N. Andrews in his “An examination of seven reasons for keeping sunday” asked the question, “But on what day of the week did this act of Paul’s occur?”

“For, if it is of sufficient importance to make the day of its occurrence the future Sabbath of the church, the day is worth determining. The act of breaking bread was after midnight; for Paul preached to the disciples until midnight, then healed Eutychus, and after this attended to breaking bread (Acts 20:7-11). If, as time is reckoned at the present day, the first day of the week terminated at midnight, then Paul’s act of breaking bread was performed upon the second day of the week, or Monday, which should henceforth be regarded as the Christian Sabbath, if breaking bread on a day makes it a Sabbath.”

He went further to say, “But, if the Bible method of commencing the day, viz., from sunset, was followed, it would appear that the disciples came together at the close of the Sabbath for an evening meeting, as the apostle was to depart in the morning. If it was not an evening meeting, why did they have many lights there? Paul preached unto them until midnight, and then broke bread with the disciples early in the morning of the first day of the week. Did this act constitute that day the Sabbath? If so, then why did Paul, as soon as it was light, start on his long journey to Jerusalem? If Paul believed that Sunday was the Christian Sabbath, why did he thus openly violate it? If he did not believe it had become the Sabbath, why should you? And why do you grasp, as evidence that the Sabbath has been changed, a single instance in which an evening meeting was held on Sunday, while you overlook the fact that it was the custom of this same apostle to preach every Sabbath, not only to the Jews, but also to the Gentiles?” Acts 13:14, 42, 44; 16:13; 17:2; 18:4.

Paul broke bread on the first day of the week, and then immediately started on his long journey to Jerusalem. So that this, the strongest argument for the first day of the week, furnishes direct proof that Sunday is not the Sabbath.

EIGHTH ARGUMENT

Paul commanded the church at  Corinth to take up a public collection on the first day of the week; therefore it follows that this must have been a day of public worship, and consequently is the Christian Sabbath. 1Cor.16:2.

We answer; it is a remarkable fact that Paul enjoins exactly the reverse of a public collection. He does not say, Place your alms in the public treasury on the first day of the week; but he says, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store.”

“The apostle simply orders that each one of the Corinthian brethren should lay up at home some portion of his weekly gains on the first day of the week. The whole question turns upon the meaning of the expression, ‘by him’ and I marvel greatly how you can imagine that it means ‘in the collection-box of the congregation.’ Greenfield, in his Lexicon, translates the Greek term, ‘by one’s self, i.e., at home.’ Two Latin versions, the Vulgate and that of Castellio, render it, ‘apud se,’ with one’s self, at home. Three French translations, those of Martin, Osterwald, and De Sacy, ‘chez soi,’ at his own house, at home. The German of Luther, ‘bei sich selbst,’ by himself, at home. The Dutch, ‘by hemselven,’ same as the German. The Italian of Diodati, ‘appresso di se,’ in his own presence, at home. The Spanish of Felipe Scio, ‘en su casa,’ in his own house. The Portuguese of Ferreira, ‘para isso,’ with himself. The Swedish, ‘noer sig self,’ near himself. I know not how much this list of authorities might be swelled; for I have not examined one translation that differs from those quoted above.”[3]

The text, therefore, does not prove that the Corinthian church was assembled for public worship on that day; but, on the contrary, it does prove that each must be at his own home where he could examine his worldly affairs, and lay by himself in store as God had prospered him. If each one should thus, from week to week, collect his earnings, when the apostle should come their bounty would be ready, and each would be able to present to him what he had gathered. So that, if the first-day Sabbath has no better foundation than the inference drawn from this text, it truly rests upon sliding sand. 

Ninth Argument

The Ten Commandment and the commandments on how to keep the Sabbath are abolished.

Christians more or less keep the Ten Commandments. The problem is that many take liberty with the fourth commandment or declare this among all the others as ceremonial in nature. However, the Sabbath commandment is not ceremonial but a reminder of creation and liberation. Jesus did not transgress the Sabbath commandment (John 8:46); otherwise he might have been stoned to death (Num 15:32-36). In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus pointed out the real intention of the law (Matt 5:17-20). While the Bible knows different laws, the Ten Commandments are still valid (Rom 7:7, 12; Jas 2:10-13). There is a new covenant in the New Testament, but this new covenant is based on the Old Testament covenants and includes the internalization not abrogation of God’s law (Heb 8:10). On the other hand, Daniel predicted that a power would come and change times and the law (Dan 7:25) and that power is none other than the Roman Catholic Church.

Question What Bible authority is there for changing the Sabbath from the seventh to the first day of the week? Who gave the Pope the authority to change a command of God?
Answer If the Bible is the only guide for the Christian, then the Seventh-day Adventist is right in observing the Saturday with the Jew. But Catholics learn what to believe and do from the divine, infallible authority established by Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church…Is it not strange that those who make the Bible their only teacher should inconsistently follow in this matter the tradition of the Church?”— Question Box, by Conway, 1903 edition, pgs 254-255.

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 (336 A.D.), transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.”— Peter Geiermann, The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, Second Edition, 1910, pg 50.

Tenth Argument

John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, which was the first day of the week. Rev.1:10.

It says; “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet” Rev 1:10. This is the kind of reasoning which the advocates of Sunday are invariably obliged to adopt.  But we ask, “What right have they to assume the very point which they ought to prove?” This text, it is true, furnishes direct proof that there is a day in the gospel dispensation which the Lord claims as his; but is there one text in the Bible which testifies that the first day of the week is the Lord’s day? There is not one.

Question:

Has God ever claimed that day as his? Never. Has God ever claimed any day as his, and reserved it to himself?

Answer:

 He has. The following passages gives us the day:

“And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” Gen.2:3.

“To-morrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the Lord.” Ex.16:23.

“The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.” Ex.20:10.

“If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day” Isa.58:13.

“Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:28.

Then the seventh day is the day which God reserved to himself when he gave to man the other six; and this day he calls his holy day. This is the day which the New Testament declares the Son of man to be Lord of. Is there one testimony in the Scriptures that the Lord of the Sabbath has put away his holy day and chosen another? Not one. Then that day which the Bible designates as the Lord’s day is none other than the Sabbath of the fourth commandment.

As I said earlier, this is just few of the arguments and excuses many give for keeping Sunday, and we could see they are baseless and false. Lets us keep God’s Holy day because he asked us to do so. It should not be based upon what you think or feel. Your feelings are irrational and cannot be trusted when it comes to spiritual things. May the Lord help you as you make the right choice. Amen!

 

 

 

 

[1] Joe Crews, Is Sunday Really Sacred, Library of Sermons No. 23, p.6.

[2] Ibid, p. 6.

[3] J. W. Morton, “Vindication of the True Sabbath,” pp.51, 52.