JUDGMENT MUST BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD, FIRST. SUNDAY IS *NOT* THE SABBATH
[Warning: Do not join the seventh day adventists, the cult of Ellen White.]
1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
What you will read:
- We need to the point the finger at ourselves
- Sunday is not the sabbath. The visible church is, by and large, stuck in an infantile state (and is often a harborer of heresy)
- We need to wake up
- The Latin American Calendar
- "The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] church."
*** WE NEED TO POINT THE FINGER AT OURSELVES ***
Church people are pointing at the deeds of the wicked and not pointing at themselves. They watch television and many of their doctrines/teachings are heresies (even if they are ignorant of that fact).
*** SUNDAY IS NOT THE SABBATH. THE VISIBLE CHURCH, BY AND LARGE, IS STUCK IN AN INFANTILE STATE, UNWEANED FROM THE MILK. ***
Sunday is NOT the sabbath. Church people have been preaching and teaching this error for centuries. Upon meditating on this heresy, it is not hard to see that this long-time lie may have very well been a primary opening for the grievous heresies afflicting and infecting the church today. Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden for eating of a piece of fruit, don't think that the Sunday sabbath heresy does not have great power against the church. Today, so many errors and irregularities and sins beset even the best of churches.
It seems that changing the sabbath has brought a grievous curse on us. If one really looks at the situation with clear eyes, our preachers are in an infantile state stuck with milk yet trying to grow but not growing. They and the people that they feed are feeding off of the same old heresies and getting worse and not better. For those with eyes to see, a hideous picture comes into view--the heresies actually become that church's cardinal and most important doctrines. The heretics judge a person's salvation based on if that person believes the same heresies that they do. If the person does not believe their heresies, they label that person unsaved, not right with God/not in the will of God, and not to be listened to. The people who sit under these preachers must either become heretics like the preacher or else they have to get out of that church. These preachers require their people to follow all their peculiar doctrines in order to be considered right with God. This practice might be considered an abuse of their power in the gospel. These preachers can know milk--the hireling has his place--but, quite unfortunately and disturbingly, attached to their preaching is heresy. The nature of the lie depends on what group the preacher belongs to--whether dispensationalism, antinomianism, etc. Almost across the board today, the people must attend on Sunday and do as they will on seventh day, the sabbath.
How many horrible heresies have rushed into the church as a result of its sustained disobedience to the scriptures in changing the sabbath? The preachers think that they are defending the faith when they are defending their heresies. And to make matters worse, they have so much pride inside of themselves that in their minds they cannot be wrong and will not be wrong. The preachers hear the truth and go on still in their trespasses, not understanding what has happened--and is happening--in the world today. This contest with the wicked is no spectator sport, and yet the preachers just talk about, "Look at what they did," as if all the preachers can do is sit on the sidelines and point fingers and leave their readers nervous and biting their fingernails. No deliverance is being wrought from their corners. They (the preachers) themselves and their false doctrine have been a big part of the problem. They are boring, confusing, and disobedient in many areas, joking around and teaching heresies. If they had been keeping the sabbath, working six days and resting on the seventh, they very well may have had a better understanding of the dynamic of work and the importance of keeping our skills and teaching them to our children. They could have received revelations about the nature of things and what is happening in the earth. They could have received all the blessing attendant with obedience to God. With a working people, we could have been a highly productive church learning and churning out good works, fine works. In a working church, how many gluttons and obese people would be found? In a working man's life, his work (particularly if it is meaningful) is an ease of stress. In the midst of focusing on something useful outside of himself, his mind is somehow recalibrated. We learn so much from working--BUT WHO WOULD KNOW THIS EXCEPT SOMEBODY WHO WORKS????????????????
Idleness, obesity, fearfulness, weakness, worldliness, slothfulness, and a deadening tendency is found amongst many churches who have a name that they live, but they are dead. They go "doorknocking" to get people into their belief system (often using salesman-type techniques). Sometimes it seems that they want enough of an audience. Finally, somebody comes to their church, experiences the death and then never goes back. In some churches, on the other hand, church becomes an endless talent show and a place to see and been seen in fancy clothes. No matter which way we turn, there is heresy and blasphemy. The tables are full of vomit and there is no place is clean.
*** THE PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP ***
May the preachers and the people wake up. May all the house REPENT for changing God's word and not being more careful. I was caught up in the error, too. Sunday is not the sabbath. The seventh day, Saturday, is the sabbath*. We know from Galatians that the law of Moses is not for us to keep nor are the rigors of the sabbath under Moses. The seventh day was sanctified in the beginning (Genesis 2:1-3). The fourth commandment notes why the sabbath is kept:Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 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:
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
We, our animals and our houses are to rest and be refreshed on the seventh day (see Exodus 23:12). An excerpt from "A Defense of the Sabbath"--In Exodus 31:12-17, we receive more information on the importance of the sabbath--And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for IT IS A SIGN BETWEEN ME AND YOU throughout your generations; THAT YE MAY KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD THAT DOTH SANCTIFY YOU. Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you...IT IS A SIGN between me and the children of Israel for ever: ***FOR*** in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the SEVENTH DAY he rested, and was refreshed.
The sabbath is about you and God and who you are to each other. You belong to him and he is the one that sanctifies you. The sabbath is holy to you. It is a sign. It is a remembrance that God made heaven and earth in six days and on the SEVENTH DAY he rested and was refreshed.
The sabbath is simply a day of rest. May the house study and understand the truth and the nature of what we are supposed to be doing. Many professed Christians are unwittingly caught up in false doctrinal systems that they learned in church. False doctrine cannot be simultaneously believed with good doctrine. So what do the church people do? They reject the truth (or pretend to believe the false doctrine so they can stay in that church, or they keep quiet about the matter and just keep sitting there and hearing heresy) so that they can doggedly stick with their church's beliefs and stay in that church group. The hour is late. May the house STOP doing what is wrong and START doing what is right. May the churches start all over again--discard the "statement of faith" and doctrinal systems and replace these things with obedience to the Authorized King James Bible of 1611.
*** THE LATIN AMERICAN CALENDAR ***
In Latin America, from what I have seen and learned, the calendar begins with lunes (Monday) and ends with domingo (Sunday).Spanish days of the week: lunes, martes, miércoles, jueves, viernes, sábado, domingo.
(Translation): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
The Spanish "sábado" (our Saturday) actually means "sabbath", yet the Latin American calendars say that sábado (the sabbath) is the sixth day and that Sunday is the seventh day! The sabbath is not the sixth day of the week, the sabbath is the seventh day of the week.
If you look up "sabbath" in the Merriam-Webster's Spanish-English Dictionary (ISBN 0-87779-916-4), you will will find the following definitions [brackets enclose our translation]:Sabbath n 1 : sábado (en judaísmo [in Judaism]) 2 : domingo (en el cristianismo [in Christianity])
Under the second definition for the word sabbath, we seedomingo (en el cristianismo)
Which meansSUNDAY (IN CHRISTIANITY)
The dictionary says that the word for "sabbath" is sábado in judaism and SUNDAY in "Christianity"!!! That second definition says that the way to say "sabbath" is "Sunday"!!! No, no, no. Not so. A whole people, los Hispanicos (the hispanics), may have very well been deceived. Sunday is not the sabbath, but on the Latino calendar it is put as the last day of the week. By the time the obfuscation system gets done, nothing will be understood. Even the days of the week are attacked. I knew a woman from San Salvador who mentioned to me that when she came to the United States she wondered why the calendar started with Sunday. She thought that Sunday was the seventh day of the week!
Another dictionary definition for "sabbath". The following is found towards the end of the entry for "Sabbath" [brackets enclose our translation]--The Christian sabbath, Domingo, el primer día de la semana [Sunday, the first day of the week]. (Velázquez, A NEW Pronouncing Dictionary of the Spanish and English Languages, 1943)
The first day of the week is not the sabbath. Sunday is not the sabbath.
In the Velázquez A New Pronouncing Dictionary of the Spanish and English Languages (1943) the entry for "sabbath" includes an entry for "Sabbath-breaker" which is "Infractor ó quebrantador del DOMINGO"! Breaker of the Sunday!
As many of us know, the Roman Catholic institution has long been lodged in amongst the Latin American people. Nowadays, she presents various reasons for observing the first day of the week as "The Lord's Day" versus the seventh day, the sabbath. Her ways of explaining do not always necessarily remain the same. Catholic.com/tracts/sabbath-or-sunday lists (amongst other things) some quotes defending why worship should be on Sunday instead of Saturday. They include quotes from: the Didache, the Letter of Barnabus, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, Tertullian, the Didascalia, Origen, Victorinus, Eusebius of Caesarea, Athanasius, Cyril of Jerusalem, Council of Laodicea, John Chrysostom, the Apostolic Constitutions, Augustine, Pope Gregory I.
*** "The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] church." ***
The following quotes come from The Secret Terrorists by Bill Hughes (it appears that Mr. Hughes is a seventh day adventist, but the book contains much important information)--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 holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says 'Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.' The Catholic Church says, No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to 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. -- Thomas Enright, CSSR, President, Redemptorist College (Roman Catholic), Kansas City, MO., February 18, 1884.
The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] church. -- Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today (1868), p. 213.
If Protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath Day [Saturday]. 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 of February 10, 1920.
The State, in passing laws for the due sanctification of Sunday, is unwittingly acknowledging the authority of the Catholic Church, and carrying out more or less faithfully its prescriptions.
The Sunday, as a day of the week set apart for the obligatory public worship of Almighty God, to be sanctified by a suspension of all servile labor, trade, and worldly avocations and by exercises of devotion, is purely a creation of the Catholic Church. -- The American Catholic Quarterly Review, January, 1883, pp. 152, 139.
Protestants... accept Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic Church made the change.... But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize that...in observing the Sunday, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the church, the Pope. -- Our Sunday Visitor, February 5, 1950.
It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church. -- Priest Brady, in an address, reported in the Elizabeth, N.J. "News," March 18, 1903.
- A Defense of the Sabbath
- In Matthew 24:20 the Lord's words reveal that the sabbath would still be observed at the end of time. Has there been a curse on the visible church because the sabbath has been profaned all this time-- AND ANOTHER DAY SUBSTITUTED FOR WHAT GOD SAID???
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