A time is coming when the law of God is, in a special sense, to be made void in our land. The rulers of our nation will, by legislative enactments, enforce the Sunday law, and thus God's people be brought into great peril. When our nation, in its legislative councils, shall enact laws to bind the consciences of men in regard to their religious privileges, enforcing Sunday observance, and bringing oppressive power to bear against those who keep the seventh-day Sabbath, the law of God will, to all intents and purposes, be made void in our land; and national apostasy will be followed by national ruin. (RH 1888-12-19)
Men may make laws to enforce Sunday observance, but they have no Scriptural authority for so doing. We can not do otherwise than obey the law of Jehovah, irrespective of any conflicting law enacted by man. When man-made laws are contrary to God's sacred enactments, we must choose to obey God rather than man. While respecting earthly authorities in so far as they do not interfere with our allegiance to God, we are ever to acknowledge our divine Ruler as the Supreme Authority. (RH 1906-09-27)
"And the dragon (Satan) was enraged with the woman, (God's people) and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.....and the dragon gave him (the beast--counterfeit of true religion) great authority...and after it's (the beast's) deadly wound was healed the whole world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshipped the dragon who gave authority to the beast and they worshiped the beast---and another beast (Protestant America) causes the earth and everyone who dwells in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed...and causes as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed...no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark of the beast.... Then I saw another angel saying with a loud voice--"fear God ...worship HIM who made heaven and earth (comp. Ex.20:11)---another angel said with a loud voice, If anyone worship the beast...he shall drink of the wrath of God....Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus." (Rev. 12:17-Rev. 14:12)
The following is a sample of some of the things happening in the world which show that the Sunday movement is working to bring in laws to establish Sunday.
Oct. 2001 I noticed this news item:
Polish church leaders criticize veto of Sunday shopping ban By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service WARSAW, Poland (CNS) --
"Polish church leaders criticized President Aleksander Kwasniewski for vetoing legislation that would have prohibited shopping on Sundays.
"This veto contradicts the Ten Commandments and our nation's centuries-old tradition," said Jesuit Father Adam Szulc, spokesman for the Polish bishops' conference.
"It will not help Catholics, especially those employed in supermarkets, to observe Sunday's sacred character. Instead, it will force them to work."
"The Jesuit priest reacted to the president's Oct. 11 veto of a Labor Code amendment, which would have restricted Sunday shopping to small essential-service outlets only.
"Father Szulc said the veto violated norms in the European Union, and he dismissed claims that the ban would have worsened Poland's state budget deficit and driven up unemployment.
"However, Kwasniewski's office said Oct. 11 that the president had exercised his veto after being advised the measure could cause 16,000 job losses.
"With rising unemployment and falling economic growth in our country, a ban on activities by large trade establishments and service enterprises on Sundays and holidays would have caused economic hardships," the statement added.
"Such a ban would have inflicted additional burdens on the state budget in unemployment allowances and insurance, as well as a cut in turnover in important sectors of the economy," it said.
"In an Oct. 4 letter to Kwasniewski, the bishops' conference said Sunday shop opening violated religious freedom and caused a "serious conflict of conscience" for Catholics.
"It added that the legally guaranteed celebration of Sunday was a "lasting, universal element of Europe's spiritual heritage," and its neglect would "lead to a slackening of family bonds and (to) pathologies."
WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THIS BILL? WARSAW (CWNews.com)
- Polish lawmakers proposed a draft bill on Thursday that would require stores to remain closed on Sunday in order to protect people forced to work on Sunday, a day of rest for Christians.
The bill, sponsored by 21 deputies, has the support of the Polish bishop's conference, citing Pope John Paul II's recent remarks that Poles are too often converging on so-called hypermarkets on Sundays when they should instead be attending Mass and spending time in spiritual pursuits. More than 90 percent of Poles are Catholic.
Jerzy Gwizdz, one of the authors of the draft, acknowledged that respect for Sunday as a Christian holiday was one of the reasons behind the proposal. But the measure also aims at "protecting a big number of people who are forced to work on Sundays,"
The above was NEWS about the Polish Catholic Bishop's Conference, and their attempts to pass Sunday legislation. (Oct. 2001)
Because the Pope's Sunday Letter "Dies Domini", says:
"Therefore, also in the particular circumstances of our own time, Christians will naturally strive to ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy." (#67)
They have changed the Catechism of the Catholic Church to read:
"In respecting religious liberty and the common good of all, Christians should seek recognition of Sundays and the Church's holy days as legal holidays. They have to give everyone a public example of prayer, respect, and joy and defend their traditions as a precious contribution to the spiritual life of society. If a country's legislation or other reasons require work on Sunday, the day should nevertheless be lived as the day of our deliverance which lets us share in this "festal gathering," this "assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven."(#2188)
Interestingly at The Warsaw Voice They seem to think SUNDAY is part of the commandments.
"More than 90 percent of Poles declare themselves to be Catholic. But it seems they hardly respect the Ten Commandments in their everyday lives: They do not keep the Sabbath holy, for after Mass, without any qualms, they go shopping with their families. For many, this has actually become the preferred way to spend free time (see pages 12-13 for our report). The church appeals for Sundays to be respected."
Strangely I've been told on several forums where the Sabbath/Sunday issue was debated, that no one believes Sunday should be kept, it's only a convenient day to go to church.
How wrong-- the drive is on to KEEP Sunday as if it were part of God's ten commandments!
From the bill SB114: "Each school district shall post in every public school classroom and in the main entryway in every public school a durable and permanent copy of the Ten Commandments." "Specifies the language to be used."
And what is the specified language? "The text used is a compromise version developed by interfaith scholars..." "The copy of the 10 commandmnets shall read EXACTLY as follows...."
- and then follows a version of the Ten Commandments where the second commandment about the worshipping of images is left out and the fourth commandment about the sabbath day (now third) is heavily abbreviated - the portion of the sabbath day being the seventh day is totally left out. Thus the change made to this sacred Law of God by the Catholic Church is honored, and support is given to the false sabbath day, the heathen day of sun worship, SUNDAY - is the posting of this CATHOLIC INSPIRED DOCUMENT now in the process of becoming LAW? backed by STATE POWER?
Despite all the opposition the march is moving forward to get the "altered commandments" posted in every school. Catholic World News News Brief 07/27/2001 "RALEIGH, North Carolina, Jul 27, 01 (CWNews.com) - The North Carolina House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday that would allow the Ten Commandments to be posted in schools as a document of historical significance to the formation of the United States. The Senate approved the bill last week and Democratic Gov. Mike Easley is expected to sign it. The American Civil Liberties Union has promised to challenge the law in court.
The law allows the posting of the Ten Commandments or other words "associated with a religion ... along with other documents of historical significance that have formed and influenced the United States legal or governmental system." It also mandates a curriculum to promote character education and the teaching of North Carolina history."
So often when meeting with people who say the Seventh-day Sabbath is done away with, they will lump the ten commandments in with the ceremonial laws and say that is all done away with. Yet, we see this trememdous drive by Sunday keepers to make the commandments prominent, BY LAW and place them before the public. Is this not a contradiction? Obviously the Christian world doesn't really believe the ten commandments are obsolete relics of the OT! Yet it is those commandments that contain the Seventh-day Sabbath.
But as we saw earlier we see an altered commandment-- a commandment of men based on mere tradition being uplifted! The day of the Sun will receive honor, rather than the Day of our God.
Pass laws to post the commandments, and Bring the Nation Back to God.
"W A S H I N G T O N, June 18 By approving a bill to curb juvenile violence Thursday, House lawmakers seem determined to go beyond creating a more perfect union, to creating a more moral one. After hours of rhetoric about bringing religion into public life and increasing the nations morality, House lawmakers included in the bill a measure that would allow schools and government buildings to post the Ten Commandments. The focus must be returned to God, said Rep. Tom DeLay, the House Republican whip and a driving force for cultural conservative issues. Our nation will only be healed through a rebirth of religious conviction and moral certitude.....
The House voted 248-180 to allow states to display the Ten Commandments on public property, despite objections that the measure was unconstitutional.
All of this of course is breaking down the wall between church and state. It is this very wall that has given us the freedoms we so value. It is this that has protected those, not members of the mainline churches, from persecution.
Knights Take Action
Section 56 of the Charter Constitution and Laws of the Knights of Columbus authoizes state councils "to take into consideration all matters whatever relating to the well-being and good order and laws" "pass votes and resolutions" and "make report thereof to the Supremem Council for action.
WHEREAS, the Ten Commandments are the fundamental moral and legal code given to us directly by god through Moses and reaffirmed by Our Lord Jesus Christ; and WHEREAS, these great Commandments have always been the bedrock of civilization, the basis of law, the articulation of God's will, and essential for human happiness and fulfillment; and WHEREAS, The Founding Fathers of our country (the United States) recognized the principles embodied in the Ten Commandments as the foundation of civil society, a prerequisite for self-government, and critically important to the success of the American experiment; and WHEREAS, The Ten Commandments historically have been displayed in our schools, government and public buildings, and courthouses, including the courtroom of the U.S.Supreme Court itself, which includes a depiction of Moses holding the Ten Commandment tabliets; adn WHEREAS, The Ten Commandments are now under attack by those who seek to censor this fundamental expression of objective law and morality and instead promote an empty and dangerous philosophy of relativism and subjectivism; and WHEREAS, These forces of censorship and religious intolerance are now seeking to effect the forckble removal by courts and/or legislatures of any display of the Ten Commandment in public buildings of any kind; now there be it RESOLVED, That the Knights of Columbus strongly supposts the continued public diplay of the Ten Commandments in schools and government and public buildings, including courts of law, to reinforce the critical importance of these principles to the health of our society, the legitimacy of our legal system, the welfare of our families and the security of our democracy. (Knights of Columbus--Columbia,Oct. 2000, p.9)
But what commandments are being pushed here? It is the changed commandments where the second command not to worship images is removed, and the Sabbath commandment does not define the day God blessed and sanctified.
THE LAW OF GOD Exodus. 20:3-17
THE LAW as changed by man
I am the Lord thy God, Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.
I am the Lord thy God, Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work: but the Seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou nor thy dauther, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day. Wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God has giveth thee.
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour's.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods.
Papal Letter, "Dies Domini" On Keeping The Lord's Day Holy
The Papal call for people to keep Sunday Holy, and push for legislature to make this "convenient".
13. The Sabbath precept, which in the first Covenant prepares for the Sunday of the new and eternal Covenant, is therefore rooted in the depths of God's plan. This is why, unlike many other precepts, it is set not within the context of strictly cultic stipulations but within the Decalogue, the "ten words" which represent the very pillars of the moral life inscribed on the human heart. In setting this commandment within the context of the basic structure of ethics, Israel and then the Church declare that they consider it not just a matter of community religious discipline but a defining and indelible expression of our relationship with God, announced and expounded by biblical revelation.The pope's defense of Sunday is trying to place it as the "evolution" into the "fullness of expression" of the Biblical Sabbath, and applies to Sunday observance a moral imperative rooted in the Decalogue itself, thus trying to elevate it to a divine command.
62. It is the duty of Christians therefore to remember that, although the practices of the Jewish Sabbath are gone, surpassed as they are by the "fulfilment" which Sunday brings, the underlying reasons for keeping "the Lord's Day" holy inscribed solemnly in the Ten Commandments remain valid, though they need to be reinterpreted in the light of the theology and spirituality of Sunday: "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. By rooting Sunday keeping in the Sabbath commandment, the Pope offers the strongest moral reasons to urge Chritians to "ensure that civil legislation repects their duty to keep Sunday holy." (67)
Yet, Sunday is a child of the Catholic Church, IT IS NOT A COMMAND FROM GOD.
Why do Protestants keep Sunday? The Genuine Offspring Of The Union Of The Holy Spirit And The Catholic Church His Spouse. The Claims Of Protestantism To Any Part Therein Proved To Be Groundless, Self-Contradictory, And Suicidal
BUT PROTESTANTS ARE CRYING "SAVE OUR SUNDAYS"
The Lords Day Alliance of the United States exists to encourage Christians to reclaim the Sabbaththe Lord's Dayas a day of spiritual and personal renewal, enabling them to impact their communities with the Gospel.
We see the same assumption about Sunday being the day God was talking about in his ten commandments, which we see in the Pope's letter. Yet SUNDAY is the pagan festival of the venerable day of the Sun god. The SEVENTH-DAY is the Sabbath which God asked His people to remember, not Sunday.
The article states:
What happened to that day of rest at the end of the week, that day in which we are called, by God, to, "Remember and keep Holy?" Sometimes, one has to wonder what happened to it. Indeed, it seems to have gotten lost somewhere along the line. Notice the referral to the commandment-- but is he speaking of the true Sabbath that command asked us to remember?
Indeed, a few years ago, my son's soccer coach suggested to my wife--who was concerned about a game being scheduled for Sunday morning--that it wouldn't hurt him to miss one day of church. No, he is not speaking of the Sabbath that the commandments actually ask us to remember. He is speaking of Sunday. Yet he gives to Sunday the full moral and spiritual meaning which the Bible says belongs to the SEVENTH-DAY.
The Reverend McQuilkin, Pastor at Orange, New Jersey, furnishes a pamphlet for The Lord's Day Alliance. Read what the Doctor says:
God claims the Sabbath for himself in a very unique, distinctive way as a day of rest and worship. He again and again commands you to spend its hours in the conservation of our spiritual power in the exercise of public and private worship. To spend this holy day in pleasure or unnecessary secular labor is to rob God. We have got to be careful how we take the hours of the Sabbath for secular study or work, for God will surely bring us to judgment concerning the matter. Church attendance is a definite obligation, a debt which we owe to God. Again-- he is NOT SPEAKING of the day actually mentioned in the ten commandments, but of another day which God never sanctified and NEVER asked anyone to keep holy.
The push is on to stop secular activities like sports, on sunday by legislation.
There's a new move to put an end to Sunday shopping, at least in one Central Newfoundland community. The Ministerial Association has asked the town of Springdale to introduce a bylaw prohibiting stores from opening on Sundays. Most businesses in the town stay closed on that day. But this year, Christmas Eve fell on Sunday and many stores opened. The clergy in the area felt that wasn't right. So, to prevent something similar from happening again, they want the town to make Sunday openings illegal. The town says it isn't ready to make a decision about the request just yet. It first wants to check with the provincial government, to see if municipalities have the power to make such a law.
In Britain we hear of the "THE LORD'S DAY OBSERVANCE SOCIETY"
Whose basis is to promote: "The Divine Authority and perpetual Obligation of the Christian Sabbath or Lord's Day, and that in asserting the obligation of the Lord's Day, the gospel of the Grace of God through Christ Jesus should be proclaimed." Britian is in crises, the paper reads: The moral and spiritual disintegration of Great Britain is seen today in parliament, the media, our universities, the home and family as well as the church. This spiralling decline has left a retrograde mark upon our land.And what do they see as the cause and the solution to this spiralling decline? As a people we have swept aside, with reckless disregard for its consequences, the holy law of God, and the reverence due to His name and His Word.The article goes on outlining problems, then comments that "the descration of the Lord's Day", is one of the causes.
But what they fail to realize is that SUNDAY IS NOT THE SABBATH of the Lord our God.--- SUNDAY IS NOT part of the commandments of God.
Yet they would unit church and state to enforce their man-made commandments
Religion has lost its voice in the counsels of the nation because our principal denominations have surrendered their heritage to the forces of superstition, atheism and compromise.Here we see an obvious appeal to combine church and state-- It's the same appeal as the Papacy makes, to legislate religion.
But they will legislate the commandments of MEN-- the SABBATH sanctioned by MEN, not the commandments of God and the Sabbath sanctified by God, and all their efforts of "taking the nation back to God" are vanity.
Oppressive laws will be passed-- uplifting human commandments and persecuting those who would be faithful to God's commandments.