Dear Reader,


The following article was sent to me by an SDA Reformer friend, Kevin Straub.  Ron



“The following quotes and commentary are all good reminders of the fact that the great power that would think to change times and laws yet lives. 


Also note Ratzy's ("Pope Benedict XVI") September 09, 2007 statement, "... for the early Church, the first day increasingly assimilated the traditional meaning of the seventh day, the Sabbath."  Here you have a very current statement by the ArchApostate as to where the "Christian Sabbath," or Sunday worship, originates.  In our evangelism we have traditionally reached far back to very old published statements to prove this point, but here this issue is coming to the modern forefront.  Also, realize that the term "early church" does not refer here to the true church but to that which usurped the title, that "man of sin" operating through the "mystery of iniquity" to which Paul referred in 2 Thes. 2:7.


Truly, who is this power but the "man of sin"?  Many modern SdA churches steer completely away from these topics.  We are so loathe to put the finger on Rome and her "Protestant" Sunday-keeping daughters as the modern extension of this power.  Why do you think this is so?  Have we been so guarded, so true to the spirit of reformation, that we can be secure in thinking that we have not been infiltrated and leavened, also?  No, it is not to be said that we have remained pure.  We have had our own share of the cup of intoxication, to the point that we embrace all of Christendom as followers of Jesus, when in reality they serve a false God and a false Christ and are verily "haters of Him" (see second quote, below).  Of course, all powers that operate deceptively, coerce the will and trample on the conscience are of the Beast, but let's not get fuzzy.  The coming persecutions against God's true church will have derive its impetus from this source, the "man of sin."

"The man of sin has exalted himself against God, sitting in the temple of God, and showing himself to be God. He has trampled underfoot God's great memorial of creation, established to commemorate his work; and in its stead he has presented to the world a common working-day. This day he has set up as a rival sabbath, to be observed and honored. Thus the world has been turned against God; for the Lord declares that he has sanctified the day of his rest.  {RH, July 26, 1898 par. 2}

"But though every member of the human family should accept this child of the papacy, in no case would this invalidate the holy Sabbath of Jehovah. Those who accept the false sabbath exalt the man of sin, and assail the government of God. But the man of sin can not annul what God has declared shall stand fast forever. The work now to be done in our world is to exalt the law of the Lord, and call the attention of the people to it. The time has come when the truth is to be proclaimed against falsehood and error." {RH, July 26, 1898 par. 3}


"By their treatment of His Word, the popes have exalted themselves above the God of heaven. This is the reason that in prophecy the papal power is specified as the 'man of sin.' Satan is the originator of sin. The power that he causes to alter any one of God's holy precepts, is the man of sin. Under Satan's special direction the papal power has done this very work. Although those standing at the head of the papacy claim to have great love for God, He looks upon them as haters of Him. They have turned the truth of God into a lie. Tampering with God's commandments and placing in their stead human traditions, is the work of Satan, and will divorce the religious world from God; for He declares, "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." God will fulfill this word. "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" (Galatians 6:7)."  {2SAT 182.5}




Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday

 "Without Sunday we cannot live"

... we cannot live without joining together on Sunday to celebrate the Eucharist. We would lack the strength to face our daily problems and not to succumb.
The Sunday precept is not, therefore, an externally imposed duty, a burden on our shoulders. On the contrary, taking part in the Celebration, being nourished by the Eucharistic Bread and experiencing the communion of their brothers and sisters in Christ is a need for Christians, it is a joy; Christians can thus replenish the energy they need to continue on the journey we must make every week. — Homily of Pope Benedict XVI, Sunday, May 29, 2005.

But Sunday IS an externally imposed duty not commanded by God! It is a duty imposed by the Catholic Church, a Tradition of men which cannot be found in the Bible. Sunday sacredness is simply not a precept of God, it is a precept of men.

Pope Benedict XVI Calls Sunday 
  "The Primordial Holy Day"

73. ... To lose a sense of Sunday as the Lord's Day, a day to be sanctified, is symptomatic of the loss of an authentic sense of Christian freedom, the freedom of the children of God. (206) Here some observations made by my venerable predecessor John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter Dies Domini (207) continue to have great value. Speaking of the various dimensions of the Christian celebration of Sunday, he said that it is Dies Domini with regard to the work of creation, Dies Christi as the day of the new creation and the Risen Lord's gift of the Holy Spirit, Dies Ecclesiae as the day on which the Christian community gathers for the celebration, and Dies hominis as the day of joy, rest and fraternal charity.

Sunday thus appears as the primordial holy day, when all believers, wherever they are found, can become heralds and guardians of the true meaning of time. ...

74. Finally, it is particularly urgent nowadays to remember that the day of the Lord is also a day of rest from work. It is greatly to be hoped that this fact will also be recognized by civil society, so that individuals can be permitted to refrain from work without being penalized. Christians, not without reference to the meaning of the Sabbath in the Jewish tradition, have seen in the Lord's Day a day of rest from their daily exertions. — Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Exhortation SACRAMENTUM CARITATIS, February 22, 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI implies that Sunday, the first day of the week, (traditionally called Dies Domini, the Lord's day) is the sanctified holy day, "with regard to the work of creation." This directly contradicts scripture:

Gen 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
Gen 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Exo 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exo 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
Exo 20:10 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:
Exo 20:11 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.

The seventh day sabbath is the primordial (original) holy day, blessed and sanctified by God at the end of creation week, not Sunday the first day! To be "heralds and guardians of the true meaning of time" one would have to keep holy the seventh day sabbath (Isa. 58:12-14), Saturday, established at creation, and directed by God in His Ten Commandments!

Pope Benedict XVI is referring back to the following by Pope John Paul II:

2. ... (3) For Christians, Sunday is "the fundamental feastday", (4) established not only to mark the succession of time but to reveal time's deeper meaning. Dies Domini, Apostolic Letter of May 31, 1998. [see the Latin below]

2. ... (3) Christianis namque «est primordialis dies festus», (4) cuius est non modo temporis signare progressionem, sed ipsius etiam altum recludere sensum. Dies Domini (Latin).

19. ... In the light of this constant and universal tradition, it is clear that, although the Lord's Day is rooted in the very work of creation and even more in the mystery of the biblical "rest" of God, ... Dies Domini.

Without the Lord
and without the day that belongs to him,
life does not flourish.

“Sine dominico non possumus!” Without the Lord and without the day that belongs to him, life does not flourish.

... for the early Church, the first day increasingly assimilated the traditional meaning of the seventh day, the Sabbath. We participate in God’s rest, which embraces all of humanity. Thus we sense on this day something of the freedom and equality of all God’s creatures. — Homily of Pope Benedict XVI, Sunday, 9 September 2007

God's biblical rest day is the seventh day of the week, Saturday. It is not the first day of the week, Sunday. Scripture never designates the first day of the week as the Lord's day, however, God calls the sabbath "my holy day" (Isa. 58:13) and refers to Himself as Lord "of the sabbath day" (Matt.12:8, Mk 2:28, Lk 6:5).

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