Skip to comments.Why do Christians worship on Sunday?
Posted on 02/28/2011 8:18:05 AM PST by hope_dies_last
Have you ever wondered why one of the Ten Commandments seems null and void notably the one calling on believers to observe the Sabbath?
Ask your pastor or priest and you will probably hear it's because Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday... (or because the disciples broke bread on Sunday morning--after a daylong sermon that extended into the night hours the preceding Sabbath Day)
And then there's the little problem of this switch of worship days not being mentioned in the Bible and the historical fact that most Christians continued observing the Sabbath for hundreds of years after Jesus rose from the dead.
So what happened? What caused the switch?
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Even amongst the Evangelical Christian community, which claims to be "Protestant" (although they worship on the Sunday as institued by the Roman Catholic Church), there is a clearly antagonistic view of God' Holy Day instituted at Creation and set as a perpetual covenant by the Lord Himself.
There is great deception in regards to this and it is not about SDA's vs. the Sunday-keeping churches... it's about what written on God's Word.
I challenge anyone to prove to me that Sunday-worship is a Biblically-based and not the teachings of men...
I agree wholeheartedly with your comments (haven’t even read the article yet).
Bookmarking because I might learn something here.
Wouldn't surprise me.
I learned in Sunday School (as a mere chillin’) that Sunday is observed as the “day of rest” because God rested on the 7th Day after creating the world...Genisis?
Because Jesus rose on Sunday. This is what this Southern Baptist has always heard.
I think it was Constantin who pulled the ole switcheroo on those Sun worshipers.
I have posted this before, you say, and got an onslaught of replies defending..." Well, what do you expect, Mr. Delusional? You will this time, too. I admit I took your bait. You are wasting your time, my time and others time.
Colossians 2:1617: Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
So, maybe Farah is a Seventh Day Adventist? That might help explain some of his peculiarities over the years.
Bacchiocchi earned his doctorate in church history at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was awarded a gold medal by Pope Paul VI for his summa cum laude class work and dissertation, "From Sabbath to Sunday: A Historical Investigation of the Rise of Sunday Observance in Early Christianity."
If he got a gold medal from the Pope, that was automatic. The college gave him a list and he signed off on it. Evidently this guy had at least a B average. And if it was in the time of Pope Paul VI, then those were the years when crazy dissidents with a passion for change and innovation invaded the Church. So this guy came up with this.
I've read some pretty crazy dissertations in my time. And those were crazy years in Catholic academia. So I wouldn't give this too much weight. As we see around us every day, being an academic with a high IQ doesn't mean you have much common sense.
My old friend Fr. Francis X. Weiser, S.J., wrote a book on Christmas that debunked all that solar worship nonsense.
Some quick points:
- I consider myself an evangelical Christian and I worship on Sunday when I am in this country (US) because that’s when my church has chosen to meet.
- When I have lived in the Middle East, we worshipped on Friday.
- “One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God.” Romans 14:5-7
- We shouldn’t let the day that someone or some group chooses to worship be a reason for division, as long as that person or group is honoring God.
- There are Biblical examples of God’s people worshipping all day long, and the Early Church often did that. I doubt many of us live up to that example, regardless of on what day we worship.
Because all the stores were closed on Sundays???
1 Cor 16:2 shows that the early Christians were meeting on Sunday.
Justin Martyr, an early church father (l05-165 A. D.) wrote, And on the day called Sunday all who live in the city or in the country gather together to one place and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs and exhorts to the imitation of these good things. Then we all rise together and pray, and as we before said, when our prayer is ended, bread and wine and water are brought, and the president in like manner offers prayers and thanksgivings according to his ability and the people assent saying Amen.
But what if he started on Sunday morning?
The 7th day of rest according to Genisis has been lost in antiquity. No one can show exactly when the sabbath is or was and that it has been continued from Adam to present day. The most that can be asserted is that according to Jewish tradition, the sabbath falls on particular day. None but God knows the actual day of the sabbath because only God was around for the first sabbath
Yeah, but the seventh day is Saturday. So that seems like a lame excuse.
Christianity is a relationship... NOT a religion! This is one of the many unfortunate “straw man” arguments that Ole Beelzebub uses to keep us Christians in conflict with each other! The WORST fate for Christians is to have their saving blessed personal relationship with Jesus, be demeaned into religion! (One thing I agree with atheists: ALL religions are MAN made)! The Command of the Lord to was to have a day of rest and worship... in today’s society Sunday, (although not “calendar correct”) is for most of us the observed 7th day of the week. Only the stern, inflexible chains of “religion” and the modern Pharisees would demand otherwise! I suggest one refer to Mark 2:27. Please do NOT let Ole Devil separate US! Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
So Jesus “rested” in the tomb on Saturday. Remember “If you love me, keep my commandments”.
There were numerous “sabbath days” but only on Sabbath. The Jews, apostles and Jesus kept Gods law. That was consistent. There were manmade rituals and laws that they did not observe because they did not apply.
Not worth fighting about.
I learned a lot from the book “Pagan Christianity”
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One persons faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone elses servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone.
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
To me, this whole issue is just another example of people arguing over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Who cares? The commandment says to honor the sabbath. Do you really think it matters whether its Saturday or Sunday? Pick a day and honor it every week and I really don’t think God would care if it were Saturday, Sunday, or Wednesday for that matter. For this issue to be a dividing point amongst Christians, or between Christians and Jews, is beyond asinine.
Well, you fell for it again and now you are accusing others of delusion and wasting time? Jesus said "If you love me, keep my commandments". Do you love Jesus enough to keep the Sabbath OR are you afraid of ridicule?
Oh that's a good one. Basing religion on man made traditions rather than the Bible. You do realize ReverendJames that reverend is mention only once in the Bible and then it is a reference to God?
Set aside one day a week for worship and you will be fine, doesn’t matter which days, when you argue this stuff you will find that whole denominations are built on this one premise. I have no problem with a group worshiping on Saturday or Sunday as long as you or obedient to God’s Word.
It appears you haven’t read the other posts. Read them.
Weekly (Sunday) Worship of the Christians:
And we afterwards continually remind each other of these things. And the wealthy among us help the needy; and we always keep together; and for all things wherewith we are supplied, we bless the Maker of all through His Son Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Ghost. And on the DAY CALLED SUNDAY, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place (Church), and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read (Epistles and Gospel readings in Church), as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things (Sermon).
Then we all rise together and pray (Liturgy), and, as we before said, when our prayer is ended, bread and WINE AND WATER are brought, and the president in like manner offers prayers and thanksgivings, according to his ability (Priestly prayer of Holy Eucharist), and the people assent, saying Amen; and there is a distribution to each (Holy Communion), and a participation of that over which thanks have been given (Consecrated Host), and to those who are absent a portion is sent by the deacons. And they who are well to do, and willing, give what each thinks fit (free will gifts); and what is collected is deposited with the president (Bishop/priest), who succours the orphans and widows and those who, through sickness or any other cause, are in want, and those who are in bonds and the strangers sojourning among us, and in a word takes care of all who are in need.
BUT SUNDAY is the day on which we all hold our common assembly (Church), because it is the first day on which God, having wrought a change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Saviour on the same day rose from the dead. For He was crucified on the day before that of Saturn (Saturday); and on the day after that of Saturn, which is the day of the Sun, having appeared to His apostles and disciples, He taught them these things, which we have submitted to you also for your consideration. ibid, p. 185/6
Samuele R. Bacchiocchi (29 January 1938, Rome, Italy 20 December 2008) was a Seventh-day Adventist author and theologian, best known for his work on the Sabbath in Christianity, particularly in the historical work From Sabbath to Sunday, based on his doctoral thesis from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was also known for his opposition to rock music, certain dress standards, alcohol and the ordination of women. He was one of the best known Adventist scholars outside of the Adventist church. . . .
He later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology from Newbold College in England, which was followed by a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Divinity at Andrews University in Michigan, United States; finishing in 1964. Bacchiocchi moved with his wife Anna to Kuyera, Shashamane district, Ethiopia, where he lectured in Bible and history.
In 1969 they returned to Rome where Bacchiocchi studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was the first non-Catholic to be admitted since its beginning in the 16th century.
In other words, Gregorian University was indulging in some fashionable ecumenicism and admitted a Seventh Day Adventist who found--surprise--that the Catholic Church was the sun-worshipping Whore of Babylon. Then he went back to his Seventh Day Adventist job, where some of his colleagues criticized him for occasionally writing about matters other than the seventh-day Sabbath.
The exact day would be something that would be important to Pharisees.
Jesus didn't think much of Pharisees.
I worship on Sunday because that is when the Church Fathers worshiped per Justin Martyr. “”And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to the imitation of these good things.” Justin was alive from 100 AD-150.
Really? Why would God place a commandment on His people when they could not perform it properly? Clay calendars go back to Moses day showing the seventh day. Did Moses keep the real Sabbath , being as he met God face to face and received the Ten Commandments? Did Jesus keep the real Sabbath? You're saying something is too hard for you to do when the proof is tight there on your calendar. Why do we keep a 7-day week? It has nothing to do with celestial events, but only because God instituted it.
And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."As wbarmy pointed out, this was the practice in the second century and 1 Cor. 16:2 shows that the Christian church even under Paul was gathering on Sunday, the first day of the week, rather than on Saturday, the seventh:
Now in regard to the collection for the holy ones, you also should do as I ordered the churches of Galatia. On the first day of the week each of you should set aside and save whatever one can afford, so that collections will not be going on when I come.
1 Cor. 16:1,2
Let's see now .... who said that. Oh, yeah -- Jesus said it. I suspect the day of the week wouldn't much matter to Him.
Joe Farrah -- what a fruitloop.
That's the whole point!! Keeping the Sabbath holy is being obedient to Gods word. You are obedient to mans tradition. What did Jesus do? Did He keep the Sabbath or not?
Dr. Eugene Petersen (The Contemplative Pastor)
(Various emphasis mine)
"There is hardly a detail in the gospel story that was not at the time (and still)...
......overlooked because unlikely,
............dismissed because commonplace,
...................and rejected because illegal.
But under the surface of conventionality and behind the scenes of probability,
--------- each was effectively inaugurating the kingdom-------:
illegitimate (as was supposed) conception,
eucharistic bread and wine.
And for your edification there's this:
"Reverend is a style most often used as a prefix to the names of Christian clergy and ministers. There are sometimes differences in the way the style is used in different countries and church traditions. The Reverend is correctly called a style but is often and in some dictionaries called a title, form of address or title of respect. The style is also sometimes used by leaders in non-Christian religions such as Judaism and Buddhism.
The term is an Anglicization of the Latin reverendus, the style originally used in Latin documents by the Roman Catholic Church. It is the gerundive of the verb revereri (to respect) which may be taken as a gerundive or a passive periphrastic, therefore meaning [one who is] to be respected/must be respected. The Reverend is therefore equivalent to The Hono(u)rable or The Venerable.
It is paired with a modifier or noun for some offices in some religious traditions: e.g., Roman Catholic bishops are usually styled The Most Reverend (reverendissimus); Anglican bishops are styled The Right Reverend; some Reformed churches have used The Reverend Mister as a style for their clergy."
Do some research.
That is your rebuttal? Wow!! Let me guess, you weren't the debate team captain.
No antagonism meant here. Just the facts.
The apostles were Jewish, right?
They went to synagogue on Saturday (in the beginning) right?
Then they would meet in home churches to celebrate the remembrance of the Last Supper on Sunday as Christ had instructed them: “Do this in remembrance of me.”
Slowly the Sunday worship took over and the verbiage changed to “The Lord’s Day.”
I will post a thread that explains it much better.
“His studies gave him unique access to Roman Catholic historical archives that shed much light on the transition from Sabbath to Sunday.
The Church of the capital of the empire, whose authority was already felt far and wide in the second century, appears to be the most likely birthplace of Sunday observance,” he concluded.
In one of his last interviews before his death, he told WND: “Anti-Judaism caused the abandonment of the Sabbath, and pagan sun worship influenced the adoption of Sunday.”
He says evidence of anti-Judaism is found in the writings of Christian leaders such as Ignatius, Barnabus and Justin in the second century. He notes these three “witnessed and participated in the process of separation from Judaism which led the majority of the Christians to abandon the Sabbath and adopt Sunday as the new day of worship.” “
Exodus merely says one day out of seven is a day of rest. It nowhere says that one day has to be a specific day of the week. Which day is the first and which is the seventh of the week is a purely arbitrary construct anyway. Nobody was keeping track from the days of creation to Moses that we know of.
I reassert my original point. The 7th day that God rested as described in Genesis is lost to antiquity.
Astounding!! Now show me in the Bible where it says "Keep the weekend".I want to know that verse. What day did Jesus keep, if you are a true believer of Christ? Did He keep just any day holy? What was His custom in regards to that? Was He pretty lax in His observance of the commandments?
The exact day is the seventh day on your calendar. You can find it easily enough. We call it Saturday here.
Prior to the CAtholic Church, Christians met on Sunday in honor of the Lord’s resurection from the dead which took place on a SUNDAY! Sunday is the first day of the week.
If you must BLAME someone, blame Paul:
1 Corinthians 16:1-2
Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
Paul met with believers in Troas to worship and celebrate communion and they gathered on the FIRST day of the week, SUNDAY!
On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.
So the apostles had no problem with SUNDAY worship. I trust them more than some corrupt church that makes rules today.