Sabbath vs. Sunday Worship-Part 1
There is currently a huge emphasis in the Messianic Jewish, Hebrew Roots Movement, Christian Zionist, 7th Day Adventist and certain sects of the Pentecostal movement to convince their followers that Sabbath keeping is for them and is of the utmost importance; going so far as to say that the judgment that will fall on the US and the world will be primarily because we have forsaken the Sabbath. Exodus 31:16-17a: “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…” Justin Martyr’s ‘Apology’ was written at Rome about the year 140AD (which is well before the creation of the Roman Catholic Church in AD 318). In chapter 67 of his first Apology, entitled, ‘Weekly Worship of the Christians,’ writing to the pagan emperor, Justin states: ‘… we bless the Maker of all through His Son Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Ghost. And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place…But Sunday is the day on which we all hold our common assembly, because it is the first day on which God, having wrought the change in the darkness and matter, made the world; and Jesus Christ our Savior on the same day rose from the dead.’ This is just one of many quotes (from the early church) and Bible verses we will be looking at to prove that Sunday worship has been ordained by the Lord Jesus Christ.