Thursday, April 19, 2012

Challenge to SDAs

I have a challenge for my SDA friends.

What original, primary and official document of the Catholic Church clearly states that it changed the seventh-day Sabbath to the first day Sunday?

I am not looking for a document that years afterward claim that the church did it, but the original document itself.

This document would have to be:

1. An official Catholic Church document signed by the magisterium or pope. (Not by an civic leader or ruler.)

2. It would have to be a very early document put together and signed before Christians began worshipping on Sunday (or else we can't really blame the Catholic Church, can we?)

For well over a decade I have been scanning early church documents in search of this infamous decree of a pope or magisterium and I have yet to find any church father write of it or contemporary writings of anyone refer to it. It seems to be a lost document that no one knows about until many centuries after Christianity began.

Adventist can present quotes from the post-Reformation era that the Catholic Church did change it, but no official church decree or document from the Church when it would have to have been decreed.... in the first couple of centuries. For we know people began going to church on Sunday within the first few days of Christianity.... (Acts 2: 46). When this elusive decree came that Adventists see as confirming the papacy as the antichrist who changed times and laws, I have yet to find... And we have all the records of the Catholic church councils, synods, etc from as early as the first century (the council of Jerusalem in Acts.) Then we have copies of many others in the first few centuries. But no evidence of any that states the church changes the Sabbath to Sunday.....


Anonymous said...

Here are some verses I am looking at today. I do not see
that they relate to the topic and I am not expecting them
to be placed on the blog. I just thought I would share them
with you alone as you seem to be one who has an interest in the
Bible, and spirituality.

Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace;
Thereby good will come to you.
Job 22:21

He will yet fill your mouth with laughing,
And your lips with rejoicing.
Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,
And the dwelling place of the wicked will come to nothing.
Job 8:21-22

If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up;
You will remove iniquity far from your tents.
Job 22:23

He will even deliver one who is not innocent;
Yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.
Job 22:30

Take care

Teresa Beem said...

God bless you for sharing those verses with us! May we all seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and all these things--such as this peace--be showered upon us with God's grace.