Sunday Service: Is It Scriptural?
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 worshiping 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.
Note: 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 venerating this day above the Sabbath is wrong.
First we will examine verses that supposedly support Sunday as a set apart day.
- Matthew 28 1, Mark 16 9, and Luke 24 6
- Acts 20 7
- 1 Corinthians 16 2
- Our Sunday Is Not the Same Sunday
Then we will cover verses that supposedly say we do not have to keep the Sabbath day.
- Matthew 11 28
- Romans 14 5
- Colossians 2 16
Then we will answer one question; did the disciples keep the Sabbath?
Matthew 28 1, Mark 16 9,and Luke 24 6
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.
Acts 20 7
This is one of the ones used to justify Sunday as a set apart day. 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.
1 Corinthians 16 2
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. Paul asked the church at Corinth to “lay something aside” until he could send helpers to transport the collection to Jerusalem. The expression "lay something aside" in the original Greek comes with the connotation of putting something aside at home. There is also no mention of this day being a special day of worship in this chapter.
Now we will go over the verses that supposedly say that we do not have to worry about keeping the Sabbath anymore.
Our Sunday Is Not the Same Sunday
What you need to realize is that our first day of the week was not the first day of the week during scriptural times. The Romans had an eight day calendar during the time of the New Testament. The ancient Romans traditionally used the eight-day nundinum but, after the Julian calendar had come into effect in 45 BC, the seven-day week came into increasing use. For a while, the week and the nundinal cycle coexisted, but by the time the week was officially adopted by Constantine in AD 321, the nundinal cycle had fallen out of use. The association of the days of the week with the Sun, the Moon and the five planets visible to the naked eye dates to the Roman era (2nd century). (Zerubavel (1989), p. 45.) (Senn, Frank C. (1997). (Christian Liturgy: Catholic and Evangelical. Fortress Press. ISBN 978-0-8006-2726-3.) So if their week had an eight-day week during the time when the Messiah was crucified we cannot go by the Gregorian first day of the week since it has a one day difference. This may not phase those who are not looking for a weekly day of worship that goes all the way back to his resurrection perfectly. They are probably okay with using their cultures first day of the week even if it is not the same day. But for those who do want to go by that and keep the first day based upon the actual date of Christ's death, it would be impossible under our Sunday-Saturday weekly schedule because the days would not match up.
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.
- 26 "Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight."
- 27 "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."
- 28 "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
- 29 "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."
- 30 "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.
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 in the chapter, we were given an example as to how one who eats meat and one who does 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 as proved in the article "Should We Keep the Dietary Laws?".
- 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 God. 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.
So what does this chapter mean?
- How were the people “observing” a day? The key words here are: “He who eats” and “he who does not eat.” This is a specific reference to the spiritual exercise of fasting. This fact does not occur to many readers of the Bible, because they aren’t acquainted with fasting. But Christ said that His disciples would fast, and there are numerous references throughout the New Testament to fasting. A fast for spiritual purposes is going without food and water (usually for a day) for the purpose of spending extra time in prayer, Bible study and meditation in order to draw closer to God. Fasting is truly a cleansing, as well as a strengthening experience. (For more about the subject of fasting see our article “What Is Fasting?”) (Does Romans 14 Prove There Is No Sabbath? by Cecil Maranville)
- Paul is not talking in verses 5 and 6 about people picking their own weekly day of worship! Choosing not to eat for a day in order to “observe it to the Lord” referred to choosing a day on which to fast. When one fasts is an individual matter. The tone Paul takes continues the theme from the first few verses. To put it in plain language, he was saying that strong-minded (opinionated) believers should not try to force their personal preferences on each other about individual matters.
Colossians 2 16
Colossians 2 16 is a favorite among many as a last resort when shown that the previous scriptures are not about Sunday worship. But what does this verse really mean? Read it from verse 8 to 17. 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 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 Christ 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.
This doctrine may have come from the Essenes, an ascetic sect of Second Temple Judaism that we will go into later (Essene, Ancient Jewish Sect by The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica). They forbade pleasure and they enforced celibacy.
Hebrews 4 11
Notice how nowhere does it imply that the Sabbath is done away with. All it is saying is that they labor for this rest
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. It said forever.
Did the Disciples Keep the Sabbath?
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. 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
- -Romans-Sol Invictus
Doesn't it seem a bit coincidental that the Romans that spread Catholicism and made Sunday worship are the same ones who previously worshiped 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 worshiping 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?
- "The primitive Christians did keep the Sabbath of the Jews;.therefore the Christians for a long time together, did keep their conventions on the Sabbath, in which some portion of the Law were read: and this continued till the time of the Laodicean council." (The Whole Works of Jeremey Taylor, Vol. IX, p416 (R. Heber's Edition, Vol.XII, p.416)
Again, 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 Christ."
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.