Keeping the True Sabbath 

Keep the True 7th Day Sabbath of the Law the Creator Established Forever

In keeping the Law as one of the 2 "Nazarene Code" conditions to Sainthood, you'll learn why the Sabbath must be kept for all eternity and separates its keepers as the Mark between them and the Father (which is a clue as to how it opposes the Mark of the Beast).  Keep very much in mind that even in death, the Messiah rested on the Sabbath. The Sabbath is from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown - the 7th day of the week as the Creator established. It absolutely, positively is not Sunday. There is absolutely NO scriptural evidence whatsoever that the 7th day Sabbath was changed to Sunday, the 1st day of the week - NONE. Only man in his foolishness would create a "new Sabbath" and more foolish still are those who believe it.

The Sabbath merits its own page because generally this is the start-off point for many converts before they eventually assimilate the rest of the Law. 

Proof Positive The Sabbath (the Law) is to be Kept in Heaven (the New World & New Jerusalem)
                                                  AFTER the Tribulation AND IN HEAVEN

Isaiah 66:15
For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
Isaiah 66:16
For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

Isaiah 66:17
“Those who ‘consecrate’ and ‘purify’ themselves in a sacred garden with its idol in the center–feasting on pork and rats and other detestable meats–will come to a terrible end,” says the LORD.
Isaiah 66:18

For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.
Isaiah 66:19
And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those of them that escape unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the coastlands afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.
Isaiah 66:20
And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.
Isaiah 66:21

And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD.
Isaiah 66:22
For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
Isaiah 66:23
And there shall be month after month, and Sabbath after Sabbath: and all flesh shall come to adore before my face, saith the Lord. 
Isaiah 66:24

And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

There is no doubt – this speaks of what will come to pass – and to those who will forever be consumed in hell fire for transgressing the Word ( Commandments / Statutes / Judgments ) of the Father. 

By now, it should be very clear that God’s laws DO NOT EVER CHANGE which brings us now to the keeping the Sabbath… 

Keeping the TRUE Sabbath

“Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy”. Exodus 31:13

Below are a few more statements from the Roman Catholic Church which give the simple answer as to why most Churches now keep Sunday as the Sabbath. Revelation 13 tells us that Satan gave his power and authority to the Roman Catholic Church. Why? It was Satan’s plan to have this Church change the Sabbath to Sunday. Why did Satan do this? The fourth Commandment is a SIGN as to who we worship and give our allegiance to. If we obey God and keep His Sabbath day Holy, we give our allegiance to God. If we obey the Commandment of the Catholic Church and keep their day Holy, who do we give our allegiance to then? The Catholic Church answers this question below with two of their quotes. But looking deeper, who gave this Church power so God’s true day of worship could be changed? See the Sabbath in Bible Prophecy
 for 50 questions that expose the truth.

Q&A Sabbath Discussion Against Scripture

The following reveals the Sabbath of man and his man-made day of worship, Sunday, which consistently fails to prove its “authenticity” against the Word of God and His day of worship, the Sabbath, God’s covenant for all generations with HIS CHILDREN OF ISRAEL: 

Q. Tell me, Lord, Do you have a special day of rest for Your followers?
“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.” Rev. 1:10

Q. But which day is the Lord’s Day? Which day are You Lord of?
“The Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.” Matt. 12:8

Q. There are seven days in the week. Which day is the Sabbath day?
“The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.” (Fourth Commandment) Ex. 20:8

Q. Which day, according to our reckoning, is the seventh day, Saturday or Sunday?
“And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James,...very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the Sabbath at the rising of the sun...And entering into the Sabbath, they saw a young man...And he saith unto them, be not affrighted; Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified; He is risen.” Mark 16:1-6. (Note: everybody knows that Sunday was the resurrection day. The Sabbath was past when it dawned. Thus it is evident that the Sabbath is Saturday, the day before Sunday.)

Q. But, Lord, didn’t you abolish the law which contains the Sabbath commandment?
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Matt. 5:17

Q. Well, at least, didn’t you change one of the commandments so that today your followers may keep another day than the seventh day?
“For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matt. 5:18

Q. But, Lord, isn’t Saturday a Jewish day? Isn’t the seventh day the Sabbath of the Jews?
“The Sabbath was made for man.” Mark 2:27 (The Sabbath was made and given to man 1500 years before the existence of a Jew. See Gen. 2:1-3)

Q. Someone told me that after Your crucifixion, Lord, your followers no longer kept the seventh-day Sabbath according to the commandment. Is this true?
“And that day was the Preparation day and the Sabbath drew on. And the women also, which came with Him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the Sepulchre, and how His body was laid. And they returned and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.” Luke 23:54-56 

Q. But didn’t the apostle Paul always meet with the early Christians on Sunday in honor of the resurrection? What was his manner in regard to a day of worship?
“And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures.” Acts 17:2

Q. Did he meet with the Gentile converts on the Sabbath, too? Perhaps he met with the Jews on the Sabbath and the Greeks on Sunday. What about that?
“And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.” Acts 18:4

Q. What did Paul teach in regard to Sabbath keeping?
“There therefore remaineth a keeping of the Sabbath (margin) to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works as God did from His.” Heb. 4:9,10

Q. But, which day did Paul mean when he spoke of resting as God did?
“For He spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, ‘And God did rest the seventh day from all His works’” Heb. 4:4

Q. Is this, then, your instruction in regard to Sabbath keeping?
“For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.” Acts 20:27 (In the New Testament there are no less than 59 references to the Sabbath. The book of Acts records 84 Sabbaths on which the Apostle Paul  and his associates held religious services. Yet there is not one word in the entire Bible authorizing Sunday keeping.)

Q. Then why is it so many people keep Sunday instead of Saturday? If the Bible teaches Sabbath keeping, how and by whom was Sunday keeping introduced into Christianity?
“And he (the ‘little horn’ power) shall speak great words against the Most High,...and think to change times and laws.” Dan. 7:25

Q. The Roman Catholic Church is the little horn of Daniel 7; Do you mean that it should think to change the law of God?
“Ask now the priests concerning the law.” Haggai 2:11

Q. Very well, I will ask Stephen Keenan, a Catholic Priest: Does your church think it has the power to change the law of God?
“Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday, the seventh day of the week, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” Doctrinal Catechism, page 174

Q. When was this change made?
“We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church in the Council of Laodicea (364 A.D.) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” The Converts’ Catechism, Peter Geirmann, page 50. (This catechism received the pope’s blessing on Jan. 25, 1910.)

Q. Do you feel this is your MARK of authority?
“Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change (Saturday Sabbath to Sunday) was her act... And the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical authority in religious things.” H.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons 

Q. Is this Rome’s way of counterfeiting your mark? Do you have a mark too?
Ezekiel 20:12 & 20, “Moreover also I gave them my Sabbath, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. And hallow my Sabbath; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.” (Note: the word “sign” is the same as the word “mark.” In fact you can use the words, sign, seal, mark, or stamp interchangeably in almost every instance. In fact, it’s confirmed in Romans 4:11 where it says, “...he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith “)

Q. Do Protestant ministers agree with this?
Congregationalist: “It is quite clear that however rigidly or devotedly we may spend Sunday, we are not keeping the Sabbath.” Dr. R.W. Dale, The Ten Commandments, page 106. 

Methodist: “Sabbath in the Hebrew language signifies rest and is the seventh day of the week,...and it must be confessed that there is no law in the New Testament concerning the first day.” Buck’s Theological Dictionary. 

Baptist: “There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will be said, however, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week...Where can the record of such a transfer be found? Not in the New Testament – absolutely not...Of course, I quite well know that Sunday did not come into use in early Christian history...But what a pity that it comes branded with the mark of paganism, and christened with the name of the sun god, when adopted and sanctioned by the Papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism.” – Dr. E.T Hiscox, author of the Baptist Manual. 

Q. Since all the protestant religions agree the Sabbath was never changed, why do they do as Rome does?
“...all the world wondered after the beast. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Revelation 13:3,8 

Q. What difference does it make which day I keep? A day is a day isn’t it?
“Know ye not that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Romans 6:16

Q. Then what shall I do, obey the Sabbath of God’s commandment or keep the Sunday of man?
“We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29

Q. Well, Lord, what do You think of Sunday keeping?
“Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition...But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:6,9

Q. But surely the millions of people who keep Sunday can’t be wrong, can they?
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matt. 7:13,14 (Only a few obeyed God in the days of Noah, in the days of Lot, in the days of Christ. The majority were lost.)

Q. But Dr. So-and-so is a very wise man: Why doesn’t he and all the great preachers keep the Sabbath?
“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called; but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.” 1 Cor. 1:26,27. (Note: The great religious teachers in Christ’s day rejected the truth also. His followers were of the common people.) 

Q. But I have accepted Jesus; I know He is my Saviour; I know He has accepted me and I have been keeping Sunday. Surely I would not be lost if I did not keep the Sabbath now, would I?
“A time of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent.” Acts 17:30

Q. I know you, Lord. You wouldn’t condemn me for breaking the Sabbath, would you?
“He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” 1 John 2:4 

Q. But isn’t it sufficient that I love the Lord and live by the law of love?
. “If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15 

Q. Does that mean all ten of them?
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10 

Q. Well, I think that if we try to follow Jesus, that is all that is necessary. Isn’t that right, Jesus?
“He that saith he abideth in Him, ought himself also so to walk even as He walked.” 1 John 2:6 

Q. How did you walk, Lord, what was your custom?
“And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up for to read.” Luke 4:16 

Q. But, Lord, that was over 1900 years ago. Wouldn’t you keep some other day than Saturday if you should come to earth today?
“I am the Lord, I change not.” Mal. 3:6 “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” Heb. 13:8 

Q. Does my salvation depend upon my obedience to this Sabbath injunction?
“And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him.” Heb. 5:9

Q. Do you think it would be absolutely necessary to keep the commandments to receive eternal life?
“If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” Matt. 19:17

Q. But I still can’t see why You insist on the seventh day, Lord. Isn’t Sunday as good as Saturday?
. “God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it.” Gen. 2:3 “He hath blessed and I cannot reverse it.” Num. 23:20. “For Thou Sabbath, O Lord, and it shall be blessed for ever.” 1 Chron. 17:27

Q. Well, it seems to me that if I keep one day in seven, regardless of which one, that ought to be good enough.

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Prov. 16:25 “Spiritual things...are spiritually discerned.” 1 Cor. 2:13,14 

Q. But, Lord! Lord! Can’t I do something else? Won’t my profession get me to heaven?
“Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.” Matt. 7:21 

Q. But I pray.
“He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” Prov. 28:9

Q. But, Lord, look at the people who work miracles in Your name. Some heal the sick, others talk in tongues and do many wonderful things; yet they do not keep the Sabbath. What about them?
“Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name have cast out devils? And in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: Depart from Me.” Matt. 7:22,23 

Q. Yes, I know the Sabbath is right; but my business would suffer if I closed on Sabbath. I might lose my job. I wouldn’t get ahead in the world!
“For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36

Q. Well, for myself I wouldn’t care; but what about my family? Wouldn’t it be better for me to work on the Sabbath than to let my family starve?
“Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things; but seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matt. 6:32,33. I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Ps. 27:25 

Q. My friends will laugh at me and ridicule me.
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you,...and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake; rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven.” Matt. 5:11,12. “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you.” John 15:18

Q. But suppose my own family does not agree with me. Should I go against their wishes, which would mean in some cases a division in the home?
“He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: And he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me: And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me is not worthy of Me.” Matt. 10: 37,38. “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33

Q. I am afraid I won’t be able to withstand all these trials. I am too weak.
“My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness....When I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Cor. 12:9,10. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil. 4:13 

Q. Then, Lord, what is the reward for being faithful to You and the commandments?
“There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come, life everlasting.” Luke 18: 29,30. “Blessed are they that do His commandments that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Rev. 22:14 

Q. Lord, I’m looking forward to a home in the earth made new, will we keep the Sabbath there too?
“For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain; and it shall come to pass that from one new moon to another and from one Sabbath to another shall all flesh come to worship before Me, saith the Lord.” Isa. 66: 22,23

Q. Then, Lord, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. With Your help, I will keep the Sabbath.
“Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21 
Source: Author – Erling Calkins (Additions were added by Nicholas of Presents of God ministry)

Does the Bible Support the Change to Sunday?

Word Origin and History for Sunday
n. Old English Sunnandægliterally "day of the sun," from sunnanoblique case of sunne "sun" (see sun (n.)) + dæg "day"(see day ). 

A West Germanic loan-translation of Latin dies solis "day of the sun," which is itself a loan-translation of Greek hemeraheliou. Cf.  Source: 

“Is not every Christian obliged to sanctify Sunday and to abstain on that day from unnecessary servile work? Is not the observance of this law among the most prominent of our sacred duties? But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.” — James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 edition), p. 72-73 (16th Edition, p 111; 88th Edition, p. 89).

“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.” — Catholic Virginian, October 3, 1947, p. 9, article “To Tell You the Truth.”

Who Made Sunday Holy?

“Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. ‘The day of the Lord’ was chosen, not from any direction noted in the Scriptures, but from the (Catholic) Church’s sense of its own power…People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become 7th Day Adventists, and keep Saturday holy.” — St. Catherine Church Sentinel, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995.

“Question – Which is the Sabbath day?
“Answer – Saturday is the Sabbath day.
“Question – Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
“Answer – We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 364), transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” — Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, p. 50, 3rd edition, 1957.

Whose Day of Worship is Sunday?

“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 News, Elizabeth, New Jersey, March 18, 1903. 

“They [the Protestants] deem it their duty to keep the Sunday holy. Why? Because the Catholic Church tells them to do so. They have no other reason…The observance of Sunday thus comes to be an ecclesiastical law entirely distinct from the divine law of Sabbath observance…The author of the Sunday law…is the Catholic Church.” — Ecclesiastical Review, February 1914.

Who Do We Reverence by Keeping Sunday Holy?
“It was the Catholic church which…has transferred this rest to Sunday in remembrance of the resurrection of our Lord. Therefore 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, p. 213.

“I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can 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 a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.” — father T. Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, February 18, 1884, printed in History of the Sabbath, p. 802. Hover here


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The following from the Catholic Encyclopaedia Vol. 4, p. 153 also confirms the deletion of the second Commandment and the change of the fourth. “The church, after changing the day of rest from the Jewish Sabbath of the seventh day of the week to the first made the third commandment refer to Sunday as the day to be kept holy as the Lord’s Day.”

This truth can also be found from the following URL which you will need to copy and paste into the address bar as links promote search engine ranking and I cannot promote what is not Biblical truth. The Catholic version is the column on the right hand side titled “A Traditional Catechetical Formula.” The URL is 

In 1562 the Archbishop declared that tradition now stood above scripture. “The authority of the Church is illustrated most clearly by the scriptures, for on one hand she recommends them, declares them to be divine, and offers them to us to be read, and on the other hand, the legal precepts in the scriptures taught by the Lord have ceased by virtue of the same authority. The Sabbath, the most glorious day in the law, has been changed into the Lord’s day. These and other similar matters have not ceased by virtue of Christ’s teaching (for He says that He has come to fulfill the law, not to destroy it), but they have been changed by the authority of the Church.” — Gaspare de Posso Archbishop of Reggio, Council of Trent. 

Most denominations you ask about the fourth Commandment will say the day is Sunday, otherwise you will receive as many as 1001 different excuses in avoidance of this one Commandment. Besides the five hundred plus denominations that have already rediscovered the truth about this Commandment, it seems the only other Church that acknowledges the truth is the one who changed the day without God’s approval. Since they believe their authority stands above God’s, they observe the wrong day also. If you ask the Catholic Church you will get a statement like the following, “Most Christians assume that Sunday is the biblically approved day of worship. The Catholic Church protests that it transferred Christian worship from the biblical Sabbath (Saturday) to Sunday, and that to try to argue that the change was made in the Bible is both dishonest and a denial of Catholic authority. If Protestantism wants to base its teachings only on the Bible, it should worship on Saturday.” — Rome’s Challenge Dec 2003. Watch this short video to find out what happened to those who did not obey the commandment of the Catholic Church in the dark ages. You can also read more Sabbath Statements from the Roman Catholic Church from this web site.

God gave a specific warning in His Word that the Catholic Church would change His laws as well as prophetic and other times. Through Jesuit priests commissioned by the Catholic Church, they are responsible for the manufactured prophecy in regards to a seven-year tribulation period that in the last few decades has spread like a plague throughout the world with the help of Satan and other fallen angels. This has successfully been achieved by the enemy by perpetuating a lie over the centuries that has been spread by top selling books and even fictional movies that people take as Gospel truth. The “left behind” series is one classic example of this. Incredibly, a large and growing number of people continue to believe this lie as a result. To find out more, you can read one of the web sites on the truth of the so called Secret Rapture or Rapture Truth.


Satan’s policy in this final conflict with God’s people is the same that he employed in the opening of the great controversy in heaven. He professed to be seeking to promote the stability of the divine government, while secretly bending every effort to secure its overthrow. And the very work which he was thus endeavoring to accomplish he charged upon the loyal angels. The same policy of deception has marked the history of the Roman Church. It has professed to act as the vicegerent of Heaven, while seeking to exalt itself above God and to change His law. (Great Controversy, 591)

Below is Question 50 (L) of Summa regarding the Third Commandment ( TERTII PRAECEPTI ) from the 1582 edition.

These 6 points regarding papal ability to grant dispensation, are proposing that Pope’s innately possess the authority to overrule the Sabbath commandment of God as written in the Bible, and so are able to change it in any aspect, however they should decree.

Nunc considerandum est de dispesatione tertij praecepti.
Now we must consider dispensation of the third commandment.

Circa quod queruntur sex.
In regard to six arguments.

Primo, Utrum Papa abba dispensare, quòd dies Sabbati servetur secundum sensum spiritualem, non litteralem.
First, whether the pope can grant dispensation, that the Sabbath day should be observed in a spiritual sense, not literal [according to the Bible].

Secundo, Utrum Papa abba dispensare, quòd dies Sabbati in diem Dominicam sit abbat.
Secondly, whether the pope can grant dispensation, changing the abbath day to the Lord ‘s day.

Tertio, Utrum Papa abba dispensare, quòd dies Dominica fiant servilia opera.
Third, whether the Pope can grant dispensation, permitting servile work on the Lord’s day.

Quarto, Utrum Papa debeat prohibere strictius opera servilia abba in die Dominica, quàm fuerint prohibita in die Sabbati.
Fourth, whether the Pope may strictly prohibit servile work on the Lord’s day, as it was prohibited on the Sabbath.

Quinto, Utrum Papa abba dispensare, quòd in dies Dominica fiat forum rerum emptionis, & venditionis.
Fifth, whether the Pope can grant dispensation, permitting market buying and selling on the Lord’s day.

Sexto, Utrum Papa abba dispensare, quòd in dies Dominica committatur bellum.
Sixth, whether the Pope can grant dispensation, so that war may be waged on the Lord’s day.

The resolution of the point under Article 2 (shown above) reads: 

Dies Sabbati, in Diem Dominicam iure à Papa abbat est, propter significatorum preeminentiam, factorum excellentiam, temporumque convenientiam.

The Sabbath day law has been changed by the Pope to the Lord’s day, due to the preeminence of things signified, and the excellent factors in agreement with time and circumstance.

So, the same document that applies Vicarius Filii Dei to the Pope, credits the papacy with changing God’s Commandment from the seventh-day Sabbath to the first day of the week, Sunday!

History identifies the Pope that decreed the change from the Sabbath to Sunday as Sylvester I. 

Perpetuity of the Sabbath and its Mark as a Covenant between God and His Chosen Forever

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbath 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: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth [any] work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days may work be done; but in the seventh [is] the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth [any] work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, [for] a perpetual covenant.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. And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God. Exodus 31:12-17

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