- Religion and Philosophy»
- Christianity, the Bible & Jesus
The Sunday Deception
We are going to discuss the topic of Sunday worship, and how many people use the scriptures out of context to enforce Sunday worship. These doctrines have people worshipping on a pagan day which stems all the way back to ancient Babylon. We are going to touch on these verses and show you the truth on behind which day we are to worship.
Acts 20 7
This is one of the ones used to justify Sunday worship. Here it says they came together to break bread on the first day of the week. That is the topic of the discussion. It was not about making this the primary day as to which we are to worship. Just because they came together to break bread conveniently on the first day of the week does not mean this is now the new command to do.
Here is the proof. Read Acts 2 47. it says that they broke bread and praised the Most High daily with one accord in the temple. They did this daily, not just one day of the week. There is also the possibility that this verse should say they met on the Sabbath and was mistranslated.
Matthew 28 1 and Mark 16 9 says he came back to life on the first day of the week. But notice that there is no mention of sanctifying this day in order for it to be the new tradition amongst the church.
The Corinthians Collection
1 Corinthians 16 2.
- Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as YHWH hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come."
Sunday worship? Let's see. Verse 1. What is the topic of this discussion? It is about the collection of the saints. Again, not about changing the day of worship to the first day. It is saying that on this day they need to gather together so there will be no gathering when Paul comes. Who were these orders given to? The church of Galatia and the Corinthians, not all of the churches. They were having a problem having the money together, so Paul told them to do it on the first day so that there will be no problem when he arrives. Just like 2 Peter 3 15-16 you take scriptures from Paul out of context to your own destruction.
Now we will go over the verses that supposedly say that we do not have to worry about keeping the Sabbath anymore.
He Is Our Rest
Matthew 11 28
"See? It says he is our Sabbath."
It makes no mention of the Sabbath in that verse. Read it from verses 26-30.
- "Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight."
- "All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him."
- "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
- "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
- "For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
He was giving rest to a people who felt burdened and overworked. It does not mean he was the substitute for the Sabbath.
Esteeming One Day Over Another
Romans 14 5.
This is used to say that the Sabbath day can be ignored. But check the proper context. No mention of the Sabbath is given. Earlier we were given an example as to how one who eats meat and one who does not are not to quarrel with one another as both things are acceptable. But this is not saying we can eat all meat including unclean meats.
- "I recently got into a discussion with someone who said that when it says all things, it means you can eat all things including the unclean meats. But read verse 2 again. This is not about eating unclean meats. One person believes they can eat all things, and another eats "herbs". It is saying that if one person eats meat and another one does not, don't get onto them for it. There is no harm in someone being a vegetarian. When it says all things, it means eating all five food groups; dairy, fruit, grain, VEGETABLES AND MEAT." -My article, The Unclean Food Deception.
So what does this verse really mean in regards to regarding one day over another? This is talking about when someone marks a particular day as special for their own reason. Verse 6 says that he that regards the day,does so for Elohim. The same way is for those who do not regard this day. They regard and disregard certain days for the Most High. Neither of them are wrong, so neither of them should judge one another. But this does not apply to holy days.
C.E.B Cranfield: “As to the nature of this disagreement about days to which Paul refers various suggestions have been made: that it was closely connected with the disagreement about foods referred to in v. 2 and related to the observance of particular days as days of abstinence (this was the view generally taken by ancient interpreters…); that it had to do with observance of the special days of the OT ceremonial law (possibly also with the change from Sabbath to Lord’s Day); that it had to do with the distinguishing of lucky and unlucky days.”
Everett F. Harrison: “Whether the question of regarding one day as more sacred than another refers to Sabbath observance or to special days for feasting and fasting is not easily determined. Since the early church in Jerusalem almost certainly observed the Sabbath (as well as the first day of the week) because of its Jewish constituency and the dangers of giving offense to non-Christian Jews, and since the Roman church presumably had a good-sized minority of Jews, it is not impossible that Paul has the Sabbath in mind.”
James R. Edwards: “[W]e are probably correct in assuming that Paul is referring to Jewish calendric observations, perhaps the regular Monday and Thursday fast days, perhaps the Sabbath and various feast days.”
"N.T. Wright: “It is just possible that Paul has in mind the festival days of the wider pagan world, not least the Roman Empire; but it is far more likely that he is referring to the Jewish festival days, some of which, Acts implies he himself observed…It is interesting, if that is so, that he does not refer to the sabbath explicitly.”
"Mark Nanos: “The day is not specified; it could be the Sabbath or other feast days, but also could be disputes about what day things should be observed based on differing calendars.” Romans 14
Let No Man Judge You
Colossians 2 16 is a favorite amongst many as a last resort when shown that the previous scriptures are not about Sunday worship. But what does this verse really mean? Paul is talking to believers that are keeping the Sabbath day and the new moons. He is saying to not let anyone judge us for keeping those days. Read it from verse 8 to 17 to get a clearer understanding and see how this is actually condoning the celebration of these days as a mandate. The believers in the Colossian community were being judged for enjoying the festival, as well as eating and drinking in it. Colossians 2 21 says they were told to not handle, taste, or touch. Colossians 2 18 gives an example of asceticism where they participated in self-abasement. They wanted to rob true believers of celebration by claiming that to be holy, you have to deny yourself during the high holy days and Sabbaths.
Paul is referenced a lot when it comes to saying the law and the Sabbath is done away with. But did you know Paul kept the Sabbath? Acts 17 1-2. Did you know he also never said the commandments were done away with? See that here.
Paul was condemning the avoidance of anything enjoyable-which was intended to make its followers more spiritual. He says to the Colossians: "Therefore, if you died with Mashiach from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in this world, do you subject yourself to regulations- 'Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,' which all concern things which perish the using- according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh." (Colossians 2:20-23)."
They had a false humility (verse 23) and were destined to fail because they were based on the "commandments and doctrines of men". Paul encourages the Church to hold fast to its teachings and proper understanding; it is not a treatise on which foods to eat or on which days to worship the Almighty. We must be careful not to read preconceived notions into these or any other scriptures."
Genesis 2 2 says the Most High ended his work on the seventh day, and rested (as in ceased to work, not meaning he was tired), and blessed and sanctified this day. He blessed this day. Not the Paul, not the Pharisees, not the Devil, the Most High did.
We read Exodus 31 12-17 and it says the Most High spoke to Moses and said they shall keep his Sabbaths. HIS Sabbaths. This is a sign between them throughout their generations to remember how the world was created in seven days. So as long as there is a generation, they will have to keep it. Does this change? Malachi 3 6 says he never changes. Verse 16 says this is a perpetual covenant. "Perpetual: never ending or changing." So it means it will always be so. Need more proof? The word used for perpetual in Hebrew is "olam", which means long duration, antiquity, futurity. Short definition: forever. And verse 17 says this is forever again. It did not say until the Messiah dies, or until the Roman Catholic Church comes. It said forever.
Did the people in the New Testament keep the Sabbath? Let's list who did and when they did. See here for yourself how they kept the Sabbath many times throughout the New Testament.
Read Isaiah 66 in whole. I want you to read it very carefully. You will notice a lot of stuff you might not be taught in your church. The Sabbath is meant to be kept forever. No exceptions. I will be doing an article on how to keep the Sabbath soon, and I will put that link here.
So who is responsible for implementing Sunday worship? The Roman Catholic Church.
- "[T]hose who were brought up in the ancient order of things [i.e. Jews] have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord’s day, on which also our life has sprung up again by him and by his death" (Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Magnesians 8 [A.D. 110]).
We already tackled many of the blasphemous doctrines it gives out in my article I posted the link to earlier. But here is another doctrine to expose; Sunday is the commemoration of the sun god. Many ancient religions had their own version of a god related to the Sun.
Greeks-Helios and Apollo
Doesn't it seem a bit coincidental that the Romans that spread Catholicism and made Sunday worship are the same ones who previously worshipped the Sun? I can assure you that this is no coincidence. They even use sun imagery in their images of the Messiah. Why? Because hardly anyone in their right mind will go and bow down to the Sun and openly worship it. So the Romans implement their own stuff into it. You are inadvertently worshipping the Sun, and worship of anything besides the Most High is devil worship.
Ask yourself. Why is there a day called Sunday? Does it shine more on this day? Is it hotter on Sunday? Why is this so? Because it is in the name. It is the day of the commemoration of the Sun, which in turn means you worship Satan. And do we ever see the "Lord's Day" Sunday Worship ever being called by that name in scripture? When someone has a name for something in scripture and that name is not found in it, that should be a red flag.
Now let me go ahead and say that there is nothing wrong with worshiping on Sunday. You can worship the Most High any day of the week. In fact I want you to worship him 24/7, because that is true devotion if you love him that much. If you and a group of believers get together and worship and it happens to be Sunday go for it. There is nothing wrong with that.
But the thing is that there is one day of the week that he wants you to just set aside everything else and celebrate him. But instead we have let the traditions of men put the Sabbath day aside and now we feel like we do not have to obey it. You can't switch it around and make Sunday the day of worship and just ignore the Sabbath. You can't say, "Well I want to rest and worship on Tuesday and go play football on the Sabbath." It does not work that way. You must keep the Sabbath.
Colossians 2 8.
- "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Mashiach."
I hope this article enlightens you to the truth. I hope to do an article discussing when the Sabbath is in the future as there is a lot of speculation as to when the true Sabbath is. When I do so, I will leave it here.
Peace and blessings, and all praises to the Most High.