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Remember to keep the Sabbath day; to keep it Holy – Exodus 20:8
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: - Exodus 20:9
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: - Exodus 20:10


                           GOD'S ANSWERS TO MAN’S EXCUSES 
                                FOR NOT KEEPING HIS SABBATH

Excuse 1. It is inconvenient to keep the seventh day.

Answer. (Matthew 16:24.) “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Chap 10:38; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; 14:27.

Excuse 2. I have a family to support; it will interfere with my business.

Answer. (Matthew 16:25, 26.) “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Chap 6:24, 31-33; Luke 12:15-37; 1 Timothy 4:8; Psalm 37:3; Isaiah 65:13, 14.

Excuse 3. Everybody keeps the first day.

Answer. (Matthew 7:13, 14.) “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 which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Proverbs 11:21; 16:5.

Excuse 4. Many learned men teach that it is right.

Answer. (Hosea 10:13.) “Ye have ploughed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.” 1 Corinthians 1:25-27; Revelation 18:23.

Excuse 5. We are unlearned, and must look to them for instruction.
Answer. (Proverbs 19:27.) “Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.” 2 Timothy 3:1-7.

Excuse 6. The laws of our country enforce it.

Answer. (Acts 4:19.) “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. Chap 5:29; Daniel 3:16-18; 6:10.

Excuse 7. It causes trouble and division.

Answer. (Luke 12:51, 52.) “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division. For from henceforth there shall be five, in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.” Verse 49; Matthew 10:34-37; John 15:19; 17:14; 1 Kings 18:17, 18.
Excuse 8. I should lose my influence and bring reproach.

Answer. (Matthew 5:11, 12.) “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute 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; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Luke 6:22, 23, 26; 1 John 4:5.

Excuse 9. It makes no difference what day I keep, if I keep it right

Answer. (Exodus 20:9, 10.) “Six days shalt thou labor 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.” Matthew 15:3, 9. To keep any day right is to keep it as God’s law directs; otherwise his law is not right. To keep every day right is to work on the first six and rest the seventh.

Excuse 10. I am afraid of new doctrines.

Answer. (Exodus 20:11.) “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.” Genesis 2, 3.

Excuse 11. I do not think these old laws are binding.
Answer. (Jeremiah 6:16.) “Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” Chap 18:15.

Excuse 12. The apostle teaches that old things are passed away.

Answer. (2 Corinthians 5:17.) “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.” The “old man” of sin must pass away. Then the man becomes new—not the law.

Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into Judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

Revelation 22:14. “Blessed are they that do His commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”…“The word of the Lord endureth forever.”

The Mark of the Beast pp. 12-14

BY ELDER J. H. WAGGONER  ( November, 1864 )


Which day is the Sabbath?

“The seventh day is the sabbath.”Exodus 20:10

Why was the Sabbath made for the people as a day for public worship?

“Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation.” Leviticus 23:3

What was the declaration of God, about the Sabbath regarding his people?

Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that l am the LORD that sanctify them. Ezekiel 20:12

How often will the redeemed worship the Lord throughout eternity?

For as the new heavens and 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. Isaiah 66:22-23

As declared by scriptures. When does the Sabbath begin?

From even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath. Leviticus 23:32. 

And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. Mark 1:32

While on earth, Did Christ keep the Sabbath?

As his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. Luke 4:16

I have kept my Father’s commandments. John 15:10

What did Christ say about the Law?

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. Matthew 5:17

“Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5: 18

Where the followers of Christ keeping the Sabbath?

They returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment. Luke 23:56

What is the connection of Christ with the Sabbath?

“The Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.” Matthew 12:8

Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. Mark 2:28 

What is the Lord's day?

“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.” Revelation 1:10

The seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD. Exodus 20:10

What day precedes the first day of the week?

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week. Matthew 28:1

What is man's obligation on the Seventh-day Sabbath?

If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words.  Isaiah 58:13

...........................................................................................................................And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. Daniel 7:25 


What power has claimed authority to change God’ change God’s law? The Papacy.

ANSWER—The Papacy shall, “think to change times and laws.” Daniel 7:25. “The pope is of such great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine laws. The pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts as vicegerent of God upon earth.” Lucius Ferraris Prompta Bibliotheca, Popa Art. 2.

ANSWER—The fourth commandment. “It [the Roman Catholic Church] reversed
the Fourth Commandment by doing away with the Sabbath of God’s Word, and instituting Sunday as a holiday.”—N. Summerbell, History of the Christian Church (1873), p. 415.

ANSWER—“The Sunday, as a day of the week set apart for the obligatory public worship of Almighty God, to be sanctified by a suspension of all servile labor; trade, and worldly avocations and by exercises of devotion, is purely a creation of the Catholic Church. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, January, 1883, pp. 152,139.

ANSWER—“If Protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath Day. In keeping the Sunday they are following a law of the Catholic Church.” Albert Smith, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore replying for the Cardinal in a letter of Feb. 10, 1920.

ANSWER—“Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change (of Sabbath to Sunday) was her act. It could not have dreamed of doing anything in matters spiritual and ecclesiastical and religious without her. And the ACT IS A MARK of ecclesiastical power in religious matters.” James Cardinal Gibbons in a letter to J.F. Snyder of Bloomington, Il. Nov. 11,1895.


”Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?

ANSWER—”Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which 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, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” Priest Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism, Chap. 2, 174.

ANSWER—“Prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is not 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 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 reverent obedience to the command of the Holy Catholic Church.” Priest Thomas Enright, C.S.S.R, president of Redemptorist College, Kansas City, MO in a lecture at Hartfold, Kansas, Feb. 18,1884, and in the American Sentinel, a Roman Catholic journal of June 1893, 173.

“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 Brody, in an address reported in the Elizabeth, N.J. News of March 18, 1903.

                                       PROTESTANTISM SPEAKS

Congregationalist: “It is quite clear that however rigidly or devotedly we may spend Sunday, we are not keeping the Sabbath. . . . The Sabbath was founded on a specific, divine command. We can plead no such command for the observance of Sunday. . . . There is not a single line in the New Testament to suggest that we incur any penalty by violating the supposed sanctity of Sunday.” Dr. R. W. Dale, “The Ten Commandments,” p. 106–107.

Lutheran Free Church: Lutheran Free Church: “For when there could not be produced one solitary place in the Holy Scriptures which testified that either the Lord Himself or the apostles had ordered such a transfer of the Sabbath to Sunday, then it was not easy to answer the question: Who has transferred the Sabbath, and who has had the right to do it?” George Sverdrup, “A New Day.” Presbyterian: Presbyterian: “There is no word, no hint in the New Testament about abstaining from work on Sunday. The observance of Ash Wednesday, or Lent, stands exactly on the same footing as the observance of Sunday. Into the rest of Sunday no Divine Law enters.” Canod Eyton, in “The Ten Commandments.”

Anglican: “And where are we told in the “ Scriptures that we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded to keep the seventh; but we are nowhere commanded to keep the first day.” Isaac Williams, “Plain Sermons on the Catechism,” pp. 334, 336.
Methodist: “It is true that there is no positive command for infant baptism. Nor is there any for keeping holy the first day of the week. Many believe that Christ changed the Sabbath. But, from His own words, we see that He came for no such purpose. Those who believe that Jesus changed the Sabbath base it only on a supposition.” Amos Binney, Theological Compendium, pp. 180– 181.

Episcopalian: “We have made the change from the seventh day to the first day, from Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of the one holy, Catholic, apostolic church of Christ.” Bishop Seymour, “Why We Keep Sunday.”

Baptist: “To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years discussion with His disciples, often conversing with them upon the Sabbath question, discussing it in some of its various aspects, freeing it from its false [Jewish traditional] glosses, never alluded to any transference of the day; also, that during the forty days of His resurrection life, no such thing was intimated. Nor, so far as we know, did the Spirit, which was given to bring to their remembrance all things whatsoever that He had said unto them, deal with this question. Nor yet did the inspired apostles, in preaching the gospel, founding churches, counseling and instructing those founded, discuss or approach the subject. “Of course I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history as a religious day, as we learn from the Christian Fathers and other sources. But what a pity that it comes branded with the mark of Paganism, and christened with the name of the sun-god, then adopted and sanctified by the Papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism.” Dr. E. T. Hiscox, report of his sermon at the Baptist Ministers Convention, in New York Examiner, November 16, 1893.

But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?  Matthew 15:3 

Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
his people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matthew 15:7-9 

But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. Matthew 15:13-14 
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