A $5,000 cash reward is being offered to anyone who can find the missing Bible text proving Sunday as the day of worship. A guaranteed amount of $5,000 is payable to any one person who can prove from the KJV or NIV that the Sabbath day was changed from Saturday to Sunday. To claim your reward email me.
by Dani’el Rendelman
The above advertisement is very eye catching. It has run for three weeks in a small newspaper in South Carolina. Several people have responded to the ad but none have claimed the reward. One would think finding such a verse would be an easy task for pastors, laypeople, or the average Christian. But, the reward hasn’t been paid. The verse hasn’t been found. And it will never be discovered. It doesn’t exist.
One can search the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, and not find a single verse proving the first day of the week as the prescribed day of worship. Anyone that can find a Bible verse that proves different would be five thousand dollars richer.
In the beginning, with the Creation account, the seventh day of the week was made holy as a day of rest and worship. The importance of a specific day for worship is repeated with the giving of the Ten Commandments. “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,” says Exodus 20:8.
Now, compare this verse to a calendar. What day is the first day of the week? Sunday. What day is the seventh day? Saturday. Any questions? The point is pretty simple. The seventh day of the week is the Biblical Sabbath. The latest edition of Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary defines the ‘seventh day’ as “Saturday, the seventh day of the week.” So, how did the church get the days of the week mixed up? Is there a calendar crisis?
First, the Sabbath wasn’t changed in the New Testament. Messiah Himself, kept the seventh day Sabbath, “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. Even the Apostle Paul and the first believers in the book if Acts kept Saturday as holy, “And he [Paul] reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks,” Acts 18:4. Notice that Jews and Greeks were worshipping together. Saturday isn’t the “Jewish” Sabbath, but the Biblical one. Seventh day Sabbath observance is intended for all believers. History shows that the day of worship wasn’t changed by the Creator, but by man.
From creation, the Seventh day of rest has been Saturday. Humanity has not lost track of time or confused which day is which. Man can’t pick his own personal seventh day. Nor did the Resurrection swap the days of worship. The Savior gave many sermons, but He never told us to change the Sabbath to Sunday. The church, be it Catholic or Christian, has no authority to add to or alter the Scriptures. The truth is that nowhere in the Bible is the day of worship changed from Saturday to Sunday. Instead, the Roman Catholic Church mandated the trade many years ago. Mainstream Christianity has continued in this error ever since.
• “Prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the Roman Catholic Church alone. Chapter 20, verse 8 of Exodus says ‘Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.’ The Catholic Church says not, but by its divine power it abolishes the Sabbath day and commands we ‘keep holy the first day of the week’. And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the Holy Catholic Church,” wrote Father Thomas Enrich, in the Roman Catholic journal The American Sentinel.
• “The Church, on the other hand, after changing the day of rest from the Jewish Sabbath, or seventh day of the week, to the first, made the Third Commandment refer to Sunday as the day to be kept holy as the Lord’s Day. The Council of Trent (Sess. VI, can. xix) condemns those who deny that the Ten Commandments are binding on Christians,” The Catholic Encyclopedia
• “If Protestants would follow the Bible, they would worship God on the Sabbath Day. In keeping the Sunday they are following a law of the Catholic Church,” Albert Smith, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, replying for the Cardinal, in a letter dated February 10, 1920.
• “The observance of the Lord’s Day (Sunday) is founded not on any command of God, but on the authority of the Church,” Lutheran Augsburg Confession of Faith.
• “The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. This fourth commandment begins with the word ‘remember,’ showing that the Sabbath already existed when God wrote the law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been done away with when they will admit that the other nine are still binding?”- Famous Baptist Pastor D.L. MOODY, in his book “Weighed and Wanting,” page 47.
History proves that in 321AD, Roman Emperor Constantine the Great passed an edict observing the first day of the week as the “venerable day of the sun.” Constantine’s law mandated worldwide Christian worship to change from the seventh day to the first day of the week. Encyclopedias show that Constantine was a sun-worshipping ruler who mixed pagan rites with the true faith. He commanded the universal church to forsake Biblical precepts for a new religion separate from Judaism. This isn’t speculation but fact. Centuries before Messiah came, the first day of the week was set aside as the day to worship the Sun. Over time it became known as “Sun day.” Constantine and the Catholic Church simply adopted this day in an effort to “convert” the pagans.
Today, local churches meet on Sunday because they continue in this error. Sunday is the Sabbath for good-hearted and faithful Lutherans, Baptists, and Pentecostals. Most folks just don’t know any better. Others say the day of worship doesn’t matter. Or that the Christian Sabbath is Sunday because believers are not “under the law.” These arguments have no Biblical foundation. The day of worship and rest was specified during Creation and has not changed. The scriptures are very specific. The seventh day, Saturday, is set apart and holy. Is it better to keep a tradition of man or follow the Scriptures? Of those who know the Sabbath truth but still honor Sunday the Savior said, “It in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men,” Matthew, chapter 15:9.
“There remains a Sabbath keeping rest,” Hebrews 4:9.