The Sabbath – Roman Catholic and Other Church Quotes

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ROMAN CATHOLIC QUOTES
About the Sabbath

  • “The (Roman Catholic) Church of God has thought it well to transfer the celebration and observance of the Sabbath to Sunday.” –  The Catechism of Trent, issued by Pope Pius V (1566 to 1572).
  • “Practically everything Protestants regard as essential or important they have received from the Catholic Church… The Protestant mind does not seem to realize that in … observing the Sunday, in keeping Christmas and Easter, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the church, the Pope.” –  Our Sunday Visitor, Feb. 5, 1950.
  • “The Catholic Church, for over one thousand years before the existence of a Protestant, by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday…” –  The Catholic Mirror, Sept. 23, 1893.
  • “Sunday is a Catholic institution, and… 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, Aug. 25, 1900
  • “All of us (Catholics) believe many things in regard to religion that we do not find in the Bible. For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath Day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the (Roman Catholic) Church outside the Bible.” –  The Catholic Virginian, “To Tell You The Truth,” Vol. 22, No. 49 (Oct. 3, 1947).
  • “The Sabbath was Saturday, not Sunday. The (Roman Catholic) Church altered the observance of the Sabbath to the observance of Sunday. Protestants must be rather puzzled by the keeping of Sunday when God distinctly said, ‘Keep holy the Sabbath Day.’ The word Sunday does not come anywhere in the Bible, so, without knowing it they are obeying the authority of the Catholic Church.” –  Canon Cafferata, The Catechism Explained, p89.
  • “If protestants would follow the Bible, they should 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 1920.
  • “Which church does the whole civilized world obey? Protestants call us every horrible name they can think of—antichrist, the scarlet-colored beast, Babylon, etc., and at the same time profess great reverence for the Bible, and yet by their solemn act of keeping Sunday they acknowledge the power of the Catholic Church.  The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,’ but the Catholic Church says, ‘No, keep the first day of the week,’ and the whole world bows in obedience.”  –  Catholic Priest T. Enright, C.S.S.R., lecture at Redemptorist College, Kansas City, MO, Feb. 18, 1884.
  • “But since Saturday, not Sunday, is specified in the Bible, isn’t it curious that non-Catholics who profess to take their religion directly from the Bible and not from the (Roman Catholic) Church, observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Yes, of course it is inconsistent; but this change was made about fifteen centuries before Protestantism was born, and by that time the custom was universally observed. They have continued the custom, even though it rests upon the authority of the Catholic Church and not upon an explicit text in the Bible. That observance remains as a reminder of the Mother Church from which the non-Catholic sects broke away–like a boy running away from home, but still carrying in his pocket a picture of his mother or a lock of her hair”  –  “The Faith of Millions: The Credentials of the Catholic Religion” by Rev. John A. O’Brien, p. 400-401, 1973 Print Edition

OTHER CHURCH QUOTES
About the Sabbath

LUTHERAN: 

  • “We have seen how gradually the impression of the Jewish Sabbath faded from the mind of the Christian Church, and how completely the newer thought underlying the observance of the first day took possession of the church. We have seen that the Christians of the first three centuries never confused one with the other…”  –  The Sunday Problem, 1923.
  • “They (the Catholic Church) allege the Sabbath changed into Sunday, the Lord’s day, contrary to the Decalogue (10 Commandments), as it appears, neither is there any example more boasted of than the changing of the Sabbath day. Great, say they, is the power and authority of the (Catholic) church, since it dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments.” -Augsburg Confession of Faith, Article 28, paragraph 9.

PRESBYTERIAN:   “The Sabbath is a part of the Decalogue ‑ the Ten Commandments. This alone forever settles the question as to the perpetuity of the institution… Until, therefore, it can be shown that the whole moral law has been repealed, the Sabbath will stand… The teaching of Christ confirms the perpetuity of the Sabbath.”  –  Theology Condensed, T. C. Blake, D.D.

SOUTHERN BAPTIST:   “Not once did the disciples apply the Sabbath law to the first day of the week, — that folly was left for a later age, nor did they pretend that the first day supplanted the seventh.”  –  Joseph Hudson Taylor, The Sabbatic Question, p. 14-17, 41.

METHODIST:   “The reason we observe the first day instead of the seventh is based on no positive command.  One will search the Scriptures in vain for authority for changing from the seventh day to the first.”  –  Ten Rules For Living, Methodist, Clovis G. Chappell.

DWIGHT L. MOODY:  “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?”  –  D.L. MOODY, Weighed and Wanting, page 47.

BAPTIST:

  • “There is no scriptural evidence of the change of the Sabbath institution from the seventh to the first day of the week.” –  E. T. Hiscox, author of the ‘Baptist Manual’
  • “There was never any formal or authoritative change from the Jewish seventh‑day Sabbath to the Christian first‑day observance.” –  The Lord’s Day in Our Day, William Owen Carver

DISCIPLES OF CHRIST:   “But, say some, it was changed from the seventh to the first day. Where? When? And by whom? No man can tell. … It is all old wives fables to talk of the change of the Sabbath from the seventh to the first day.”  –  The Christian Baptist, Feb. 2, 1824, Alexander Campbell.

PENTECOSTAL:   “Why do we worship on Sunday?  Doesn’t the Bible teach us that Saturday should be the Lord’s Day?’… Apparently we will have to seek the answer from some other source than the New Testament.”  –  Is Sunday the Lord’s Day? The Pentecostal Evangel, David A. Womack, Aug. 9, 1959.

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