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Pope in Conspiracy with U.S. Govt!

  09/16/15 22:10, by jsignal, Categories: life with god

A parishioner recently asked about a book they received in the mail entitled National Sunday Law by A. Jan Marcussen. I soon realized every postal customer in Strasburg received a copy in their mailbox, myself included. Even friends in Bismarck and points north received copies. At first glance, though, it was hard to tell where it came from. It turns out it’s literature from Seventh-Day Adventists.

This book describes the belief of some Adventists that there is a conspiracy between the U.S. Government and the Pope to pass a law requiring every American citizen to worship on Sunday, as opposed to Saturday. Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, is when the Adventists believe Christians are required to worship, a belief based in Old Testament Law. As this little book explained, “The seal of God is His Sabbath. Satan knew that he had to get at this very part. No wonder the ‘beast’ of Revelation ripped it out and put in a substitute! … Sunday worship is the mark of the Papacy’s authority. The ‘mark.’ Sunday worship is the ‘mark of the beast’” (p. 47). Really?

There are few things more obvious to me than this: our government is not going to force us to worship on Sunday. If anything, it’s going to make that more difficult. Therefore, I don’t encourage anyone to read National Sunday Law. It’s not worth your time. The Adventists do raise a couple of good questions, however. The Jewish people kept Saturday as the Sabbath because God commanded them to do so. When did Christians change this practice, and are we being disobedient by worshipping on Sunday instead?

There is evidence right in Scripture that Christians always worshipped on Sunday, the first day of the week, instead of the Sabbath, the last. St. Luke wrote that “On the first day of the week when we gathered to break bread…” (Acts 20:7), a reference to the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Saint Paul also noted that the Corinthian Christians were gathering on “the first day of the week” (1Cor 16:2).

After that, we have continuous evidence of Sunday worship. It is no late development. In a document from as early as 50 A.D. we read these instructions for Christian worship: “Assemble on the Lord’s Day, and break bread and offer the Eucharist…” (Didache 14). Saint Justin Martyr wrote, around 151 A.D., that “Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, 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 Savior on the same day rose from the dead” (First Apology 67). It’s also interesting to note that Saint Ignatius of Antioch, about 110 A.D., wrote that Jews who became Christians were “no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in observance of the Lord’s Day…” (Letter to the Magnesians 9).

Have Christians been violating God’s commandment since the beginning? No. Christians have never been bound to observe all the laws which were given to the Jews by God. Many of those laws are also found in “natural law,” which all men know and must observe by virtue of being human. “You shall not steal” is an obvious example. As apologist Jim Blackburn put it, “The Ten Commandments are often cited as examples of the natural law. Christians are obliged to follow the laws cited in the Ten Commandments not because they are cited in the Ten Commandments—part of Old Testament Law—but because they are part of the natural law—for the most part” (http://catholic.com).

We therefore note that the “Sabbath” and the “Lord’s Day” are distinct. The obligation of keeping the Saturday Sabbath applies to Jews, not to Christians, much like the requirement of circumcision, the laws regarding cleanliness, and the requirement to avoid certain foods (like bacon!). As the Catechism says, “the Sabbath, which represented the completion of the first creation, has been replaced by Sunday which recalls the new creation inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ. The Church celebrates the day of Christ’s resurrection on the ‘eighth day,’ Sunday, which is rightly called the Lord’s Day” (CCC 2190-1).

-Fr. Jason

Sources: New American Bible, The Catechism of the Catholic Church, The Fathers Know Best by Jimmy Akin, and "Why We Are Not Bound by Everything in the Old Law" by Jim Blackburn at http://www.catholic.com. Oh, and the National Sunday Law.

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Comment from: Ida Scherr [Visitor]

Thanks Father, I read part of it and then threw it away after discovering who these people were attacking.

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