Sunday V.S. Sabbath Observance, What Happened???
The reason churches today worship on Sunday is because in 321A.D. Constantine the Great established the observance of Sunday as a legal duty, enacting that all courts of justice, inhabitants of towns, and workshops were to be at rest on Sunday, “vernerable day of the sun”, (venerabili die solis), with an exception in favor of those engaged in agricultural labor. (“Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th ed., art. “Sunday”).
The Catholic papacy adopted this day of Sunday observance as well in order to distance themselves from the Jewish religion and to bring pagan worshipers into the Christian church. They did this to accommodate pagan religious practices, the culture of that time. In other words, Sunday was the day that pagans practiced as their religious day of worship. They worshiped the Sun.
So when did Sabbath observance come back into the picture for Christian believers?
Sabbath-keeping has been practiced starting after the last day of Creation, when God hallowed the Seventh-day, on through the Jewish religion, and into the Christian era. Even during the time of Roman Catholic papal rule, Sabbath-keeping was practiced by those who rejected Roman Catholic dogma. One group that held fast to Sabbath keeping was the Waldenses. This was a group of Christians that regarded Catholic practices as apostate teachings and fought to keep Bible truths alive during times of persecution and intolerance from the Catholic Church.
As was written in the great book called “The Great Controversy”, the following statements couldn’t be said better…
“But of those who resisted the encroachments of the papal power, the Waldenses stood foremost. In the very land where popery had fixed its seat, there its falsehood and corruption were most steadfastly resisted. For centuries the churches of Piedmont maintained their independence, but the time came at last when Rome insisted upon their submission. After ineffectual struggles against her tyranny, the leaders of these churches reluctantly acknowledged the supremacy of the power to which the whole world seemed to pay homage. There were some, however, who refused to yield to the authority of the pope or prelate. They were determined to maintain their allegiance to God and to preserve the purity and simplicity of their faith. A separation took place. Those who adhered to the ancient faith now withdrew; some, forsaking their native Alps, raised the banner of truth in foreign lands; others retreated to the secluded glens and rocky fastnesses of the mountains, and there preserved their freedom to worship God.” (The Great Controversy)
“The faith which for centuries was held and taught by the Waldensian Christians was in marked contrast to the false doctrines put forth from Rome. Their religious belief was founded upon the written word of God, the true system of Christianity. But those humble peasants, in their obscure retreats, shut away from the world, and bound to daily toil among their flocks and their vineyards, had not by themselves arrived at the truth in opposition to the dogmas and heresies of the apostate church. Theirs was not a faith newly received. Their religious belief was their inheritance from their fathers. They contended for the faith of the apostolic church,–“the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude 3. “The church in the wilderness,” and not the proud hierarchy enthroned in the world’s great capital, was the true church of Christ, the guardian of the treasures of truth which God has committed to His people to be given to the world.” (The Great Controversy)
“The work of Sabbath reform to be accomplished in the last days is foretold in the prophecy of Isaiah: “Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for My salvation is near to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.” “The sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of My covenant; even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer.” Isaiah 56:1, 2, 6, 7. ” (The Great Controversy)
Sabbath-keeping had started afresh in the hearts of Christians who wished to follow what God said and not what Man taught. In current times, there are still many non-Jewish religions and churches that observe the Sabbath today.
In the Last Days, God will bring back truths that have been lost or trampled underfoot by the Roman Catholic papacy, and the Sabbath is one of the most important Last Day truths that followers of Christ must understand. This is because the day that you choose to worship on will become a litmus test at the End of time for whom you give authority over religious matters.
I will also give you a sneak preview of what the Roman Catholic church states. They assert that Sunday observance is “Their Mark of Authority over religious matters”… This is an important statement which one needs to understand in the Last Days since the ramifications are huge to followers of Christ.