Probably the biggest example of people following the “traditions and doctrines of man” are those who choose to set aside Sunday, or the “first day” of the week instead of what the Torah calls the Sabbath day which is the seventh day of the week. Christians who ridicule anyone for trying to keep the commandments are willing to openly say its wrong to lie, steal, murder, commit adultery, curse God, or be in a homosexual relationship, but when you bring up keeping the Sabbath set apart and holy, WHOA mister, you’ve gone too far!
Even 40 years ago in a major city it was hard to find a place of business open on a Sunday. People being ignorant of the real Sabbath day were attempting to keep it set apart from other days. It was a day set aside for the Father and for reading His Word and for rest.
Today, we have to really search out a business that might be closed on a Sunday. Almost everything is open and many places are open 24 hours. There is very little effort of setting the day aside and usually most of the Sunday church goers spend time in the pew thinking about where they are going to eat after the service is over. Meaning they will hire someone to cook food and serve them.
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.
Excuse me for being “legalistic” here, but if you hire someone to cook you food and serve it to you, are you not making that person a man servant or a maid servant?
But no, the modern American church has done a wonderful job in convincing the lukewarm that Jesus is somehow the Sabbath rest we need and we no longer need to keep a set apart day. Is it not curious, that the one commandment we see in Exodus chapter 20 that says “Remember”, is the one commandment that today the church says we can forget about?
One Christian I talked to told me there was never a place in scripture that says we would be keeping the Sabbath anytime after the times of Jesus. Oh really?!
We see in Matthew 24:20 that our Messiah is speaking of a FUTURE time where some will have to flee from danger.
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
We see clearly Yeshua/Jesus referencing a future time that obviously includes Sabbaths. If HE now was our Sabbath rest and the Sabbath is done away with, he wouldn’t have mentioned a Sabbath day in particular in the future!
My favorite argument is one that says, “No where in the New Testament do you see a command to keep the Sabbath.” What?! The Sabbath was the very foundation, the sign the Father gave for his children to keep. We don’t see a mention of beastiality either in the New Testament. So go try and convince your local pastor that its ok.
Here is an example, If you live in Florida but decide to move to Georgia, you will at some point be expected to get a new drivers license for that state. As they hand you the new license at the DMV, they may have some info for you on the driving laws for the state of Georgia. I seriously doubt however in those rules they state even once, let alone multiple times, to make sure you drive on the RIGHT side of the road! Its assumed you know that much already!
Likewise with the Sabbath, the writers of the New Testament already assume you understand the writing of the Torah and the Prophets. Setting aside the Sabbath as a day set apart was a basic and fundamental commandment for a believer to understand.
It comes down to the fact that 1700 years ago, this commandment was changed by the Roman church. Period. Today, with historical facts easily researched online, and with the Roman Catholics admitting that they changed it by decree, the modern American church is left scratching and clawing to save face and NOT admit they have been wrong all these years. Pride.
During the last 1700 years, certain people groups who had access to the scriptures indeed have tried to go back to what the Bible actually says about keeping the Sabbath as a day set apart. Rome in those days came down hard on the remnant. Anyone who tried to resist the Sunday Sabbath throughout the empire were usually warned first and killed if they resisted.
We even see the church authorities revert to outright forgery in order to maintain their doctrine in history.
Abbot Eustace in 1200 A. D., was continually asked about why Sunday instead of Saturday for a set apart Sabbath rest. He traveled to Europe and came back a YEAR later with a letter supposedly from “Jesus Christ” himself, claiming to have fallen down from heaven on St. Simon’s altar at Golgotha.
The letter reads:
“I am the Lord …. It is my will, that no one, from the ninth hour on Saturday (3 P.M.) until sunrise on Monday, shah do any work …. And if you do not pay obedience to this command, . . . I swear to you . . . I will rain upon you stones, and wood, and hot water, in the night …. Now, know ye, that you are saved by the prayers of my most holy Mother, Mary.” –”Roger de Hoveden’s Annals,” Vol. II, pp. 526, 527, Bohn’s edition. London:1853.
In the days of the 1200s, that might have fooled a few folks. Today with knowledge increasing and everyone skeptical of a photoshop forgery, there is no doubt this Bishop today could not pull off the same feat of fooling the public with that tactic.
Christians can continue to deny truth and keep their Sunday Roman traditions if they wish. They can continue to rationalize 1700 years worth of man made doctrines and look paste the obviousness of scripture. I won’t be the one judging them on that day so its really no skin off my back at all. I’m in charge of me and my household alone. My household will be cursed or blessed based on my decisions and actions.
I’ll end with the following facts. Disprove them if you can.
“Sunday is a Catholic institution and its claim to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles…From 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.”
-Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, 1900.
“Sunday is our mark of authority.…The church is above the Bible, and this transference of sabbath observance is proof of that fact.”
-The Catholic Record, London, Ontario, September 1, 1923.
“Question: Which day is the Sabbath?”
“Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath.”
“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 (A.D. 336) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.”
-The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, by Peter Geiermann, 50.