Catholic Church Wins Battle to Ban Sunday Shopping in Croatia


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"--- On Mon, 8/11/08, Bryan Bissell <> wrote:

From: Bryan Bissell <>
Subject: Sunday laws to be implemented in Croatia as of January 1, 2009
Date: Monday, August 11, 2008, 3:17 PM

Hi friends,
Just received this attachment from a friend regarding the implementation of national Sunday Laws in the country of Croatia. This is one big step closer to the fulfillment of what many of us know the Bible and Ellen White have been predicting for a long time, the Sunday law enforced by the Catholic church in direct opposition to God's standard (and America will at some point join this effort to enforce Sunday as we know from prophecy and the signs are there as well that it's getting a lot closer).   There is much work to do to make many people aware of the issue...whether they will follow God's instructions or replace them with man's traditions.   This has always been the choice in every age as Jesus pointed out to the pharisees who were replacing God's principles and commandments with human laws in areas that tell us how seriously God views the tampering of his laws.

Mark 7-Jesus Teaches about Inner Purity
 1 One day some Pharisees and teachers of religious law arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. 2 They noticed that some of his disciples failed to follow the Jewish ritual of hand washing before eating. 3 (The Jews, especially the Pharisees, do not eat until they have poured water over their cupped hands,[a] as required by their ancient traditions. 4 Similarly, they don’t eat anything from the market until they immerse their hands[b] in water. This is but one of many traditions they have clung to­such as their ceremonial washing of cups, pitchers, and kettles.[c])

 5 So the Pharisees and teachers of religious law asked him, “Why don’t your disciples follow our age-old tradition? They eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony.”

 6 Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote,

   ‘These people honor me with their lips,
      but their hearts are far from me.
7 Their worship is a farce,
      for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’[d]

 8 For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”

 9 Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition. 10 For instance, Moses gave you this law from God: ‘Honor your father and mother,’[e] and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’[f] 11 But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’[g] 12 In this way, you let them disregard their needy parents. 13 And so you cancel the word of God in order to hand down your own tradition. And this is only one example among many others.”

I have also attached a Bible study that I have written out on this topic that might be useful although I'm sure most of you already know how to present this issue very well. It does have a few unique ideas and information on presenting the Sabbath in ways that make sense to people.  I've especially found it useful to compare changing the Sabbath day to changing a nation's independence day to that of some enemy, etc.  See the file for details on that.  There are also links for deeper study for any who are interested. I pray that God helps us to communicate the importance of this truth effectively to those who are open to truth.

God bless as we prepare ourselves and others to endure to the end in faithfulness,



Source:  16-07-2008


Church wins battle to ban Sunday shopping in Croatia

Shops will be forced to close on Sundays after the Croatian parliament gave in to the Roman Catholic church and passed a law against Sunday shopping.

Croatians have begun spending their weekends in shopping centres that have flourished across the country in the past few years and remain open seven days a week.

But church has campaigned for years for Sundays to be devoted to family or Mass in Croatia - which is almost 90 per cent Roman Catholic.

The law was adopted on Tuesday and will come into effect on 1 Jan meaning Croatia's shoppers will still be able to make the most of Sunday shopping over the summer and Christmas holidays.

The law also allows stores in bus and train stations to open on Sundays year-round, along with those in hospitals and petrol stations. Bakeries, newsstands and flower shops are also exempt from the ban.

Croatian Times



Sunday shopping banned in Croatia



7:53 a.m. July 15, 2008

ZAGREB, Croatia – The Croatian parliament has passed a law forcing shops to close on Sundays in a concession to the Roman Catholic church.

The church has campaigned for years for Sundays to be devoted to family or Mass in Croatia, which is almost 90 percent Roman Catholic. But Croatians have begun spending weekends in shopping malls that have flourished across the country in the past few years and remain open seven days a week.

The law was adopted Tuesday and goes into effect Jan. 1. It allows Sunday shopping over the summer and Christmas holidays.

The law also allows stores in gas, bus and train stations to open on Sundays year-round, along with those in hospitals. Bakeries, newsstands and flower shops are also exempt from the ban.



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Croatian Church Stops Sunday Shopping

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

According to the Associated Press, the government of Croatia passed a law that banned most shopping in Croatia on Sunday. The law was pushed by the Catholic Church. Croatia, once part of Yugoslavia, has a population that is roughly 88% Catholic, but they have been spending their Sundays in shopping malls in recent years. Jealous of the lost income, the Church wants to make sure they have nothing to do on Sunday.

Our Source at the Vatican says that the no shopping on Sunday initiative is part of the current plan to be ready to return to the Dark Ages. "Face the facts. The environment is being destroyed and soon civilization will collapse. Who knows better about governing in an age of poverty and ignorance than the Catholic Church?"

Plans are underway to ban Sunday shopping in all countries where Catholics form a majority of the population. This complements recent back-to-the-past initiatives such as Latin Mass and kneeling communion. Asked if Catholic women will be required to wear hats at all times, our Source joked, "only if they don't want to be burned as witches."

"The highest priority of Pope Gregory XVI is to purge the ranks of the clergy of all dissenters. After cleaning up in house, he hopes to works more closely with governments to create obedient, slavish citizens who think the way we tell them to think. And tithe. Getting tithing back on track is very important."

Croatia Bans Sunday Shopping and Encourages Citizens to Devote Time To Family and Mass

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

ZAGREB, Croatia, July 16, 2008 ( - The parliament of the predominantly Catholic country of Croatia is urging its citizens to reclaim Sunday as a day for celebrating the Eucharist, for family, and for rest.

The Croatian parliament passed a law yesterday requiring most businesses to close on Sundays. The law does, however, allow Sunday shopping during the summer tourist season and Christmas holidays.

The new law also allows stores in hospitals as well as those in gas, bus and train stations to open on Sundays year-round. Bakeries, newsstands and flower shops are also exempt from the ban.

Most post-communist countries, including Croatia, have experienced problems transitioning from the oppression of Marxist ideology, which proclaimed there is no God and therefore no need for any day for religious observance or rest, to a free market economy with a fascination with and craving for all things Western.

Croatia, however, is now in a more stable political and economic situation where its people can reaffirm their centuries-old traditions of family and faith and experience a Renaissance of their culture. The banning of Sunday shopping is a significant step in that direction.

The benefits of not making Sunday just an extension of Saturday have been well documented.

For instance, a report entitled "The Church vs. the Mall: What Happens When Religion Faces Increased Secular Competition?" that was published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in 2006, indicated that approval of Sunday shopping triggered an increase in drug and alcohol use among otherwise faithful churchgoers. (

Catholic Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, Arizona, observed in 2005 that "the world has suffered with the loss of the religious observance of Sunday as a day of rest," and reflected that the day which used to be reserved for religious and family togetherness, has turned into "an extension of Saturday," filled with errands invariably including shopping.

Bishop Olmsted said, "Keep the Lord's day holy…refrain from all shopping and enjoy Sunday as a day of rest, a day of leisure, a day for family, a day for celebrating the Eucharist." (Phoenix Bishop says "No Sunday Shopping" - A Wedge Issue in the Culture Wars:

In the UK, recent research by the NOP Consumer Poll revealed that 71% of people said that they would not be bothered very much or at all if all shops except local convenience stores were shut on Sundays.

When respondents were asked whether they thought at least one day of the week - Sunday - should be different from the rest of the week, two thirds of respondents said yes. More women than men thought so, (70% vs. 61%).

More than three quarters (81%) of respondents believed that protecting Sunday as a family day was a good idea. This was especially the case with the 65+ age group, with 88% thinking it was a good idea, compared to 74% of the 16-24 year age group. More than two fifths of respondents (42%), said it was very important for family stability and community life to have a shared, common day off each week. Only 3% said it was very unimportant.

Dr. Michael Schluter, Director of Keep Sunday Special, a UK lobby group dedicated to promoting a ban on Sunday shopping in Britain, said, "People are crying out for a break and a release from the pressure of working each day of the week, they want family time back, they want their Sunday back and are simply not interested in any more shopping."

"We've had thirteen years of Sunday trading and yet still two thirds of people say Sunday should be a different day to the rest of the week, and almost a third (31%) of people say that they never shop in large shops or supermarkets at all on Sundays. Sunday has been stolen from people and they want to get it back - above all they want a break."

"Think too about the potential environmental benefits through saving energy and fewer journeys if large shops were shut," Dr Schluter said. (

Read an editorial related to Sunday shopping by staff writer Hilary White: LifeChain Sunday - A Contradiction to Today's Culture



Most people at first think that a day of worship shouldn’t matter.  We can choose whenever we want and God will understand.  But, if you consistently decide to come to work on Wednesdays through Mondays when your boss has instructed you to come to work on Mondays through Fridays, it’s very unlikely that you will be employed for very long.  Or if a teacher says that there is a test on Tuesday and you decide that the day isn’t important and that you will come on Friday, it’s very unlikely that the teacher will be impressed with you.  In the home if a parent asks a student to do a task and complete it by Sunday, but you complete it 3 days later, then things will not go very well for you.  More will be said about this in the section on “Loyalty and Righteousness by Faith” below.


For centuries there have been debates about doctrines and their basis in the Bible.  One of the oldest debates has been about the day of worship.  Some insist that when we worship is very important in a similar way to who we worship.  Others say it’s up to each person’s preference and the convenience of modern society should be considered.  Before we even discuss the issue of the day of worship, we must establish a fundamental principle of Protestantism firmly.  If there is not agreement on this fundamental point, then all further discussion is useless and will just waste time. 



An excerpt from an article by Jere Patzer in the Gleaner illustrates how important this issue is to the issue of the primacy of the Bible or tradition as well as the issue of our day of worship:


It was the midst of the Reformation. Men like John Knox, Martin Luther and John Wesley had shaken the Roman Catholic Church to its foundation. But a sincere group of cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests determined that if the church were to regain its credibility and power, it would have to rely on the Bible and the Bible alone for its doctrine and its authority.

The church leaders were called together December 13, 1545, for what became known as the Council of Trent. The issue was debated intensely. Some pleading that the church must elevate the Scriptures as the final authority, while others disapproved, saying the church must rely on Scripture and tradition. The theological battle was waged for 18 years.

A Tragic Mistake

Finally in 1563, fatigued and frustrated, a leading theologian, the Archbishop of Reggio, addressed the council in these words. “The authority of the church could, therefore, not be bound by the authority of the Scriptures, because the church had changed … the Sabbath into Sunday, not by the command of Christ, but by its own authority” (Cannon on Tradition, p. 263).

In essence, this archbishop was saying that if the Roman Catholic Church decided to stand on Scripture alone, it would have to return to keeping the seventh-day Sabbath. This was a watershed speech followed by a significant decision. The Council of Trent voted on December 4, 1563, that the church should accept the authority of both Scripture and tradition. Furthermore, if there was a conflict between the two, then tradition should take preeminence. What a tragedy!

Today Protestant churches in general and the Adventist Church in particular should learn a lesson from the Council of Trent. We face the same debate. When Scripture comes in apparent conflict with any discipline, what must be the final authority? From


In another well known Catholic book, a Catholic leader states:


“Like two sacred rivers flowing from paradise, the Bible and divine Tradition contain the Word of God...Though these two divine streams are...of equal sacredness, still, of the two, TRADITION is to us more clear and safe.” Joseph Faa di Bruno, Catholic Belief, p. 33. 1884


So it’s clear what path the Catholic church took and what was the deciding factor in that path—the issue of the day of worship. 


But, history showed that many many abuses by all levels of authority even on up to popes in the Catholic church were committed in the name of tradition, many of them going directly against fundamental Bible principles. Take indulgences for example.  The Bible says clearly in Romans 6 that salvation and forgiveness is a free gift from God.  But, when they followed tradition the Catholic church decided to start charging money for forgiveness.  These were called indulgences and many church leaders at the time decried the flood of immorality that resulted from the church selling forgiveness for sins.  This and other abuses of the clergy largely because they put tradition above the Bible were eventually significant causes of the reformation by Martin Luther and others with the battle cry being “The Bible and the Bible only!”  Experience had proved that man’s wisdom and methods---even the ideas of pastors and popes—is not superior to God’s methods.


The Bible has always been very clear about what has the primacy in deciding doctrinal and spiritual issues.  You can do a thorough search to see how many times prophets or Jesus commended people for following man-made or church-made traditions instead of God's will.  You will be very hard pressed to find any.  Worship seems to be a very sensitive and important area to God and one where he asks of us loyalty and obedience rather than creative adaptations. Whether it's Cain switching the sacrificial animal for fruit or Korah lighting unholy fire or the Pharisees replacing God's commands with their own traditions, God doesn't take kindly to people monkeying with His instructions (although the ignorant are not guilty of sin as in Acts 17:29-30). Let's look at 2 explicit verses on this subject:


Mark 7:2 5 So the Pharisees and teachers of religious law asked him, "Why don't your disciples follow our age-old customs? For they eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony."  6Jesus replied, "You hypocrites! Isaiah was prophesying about you when he said, 7`These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away.  Their worship is a farce, for they replace God's commands with their own man-made teachings.'[c] 8For you ignore God's specific laws and substitute your own traditions." 9Then he said, "You reject God's laws in order to hold on to your own traditions. 10For instance, Moses gave you this law from God: `Honor your father and mother,' and `Anyone who speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death.'[d] 11But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, `Sorry, I can't help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I could have given to you.'[e] 12You let them disregard their needy parents. 13As such, you break the law of God in order to protect your own tradition. And this is only one example. There are many, many others."


“8Let God's curse fall on anyone, including myself, who preaches any other message than the one we told you about. Even if an angel comes from heaven and preaches any other message, let him be forever cursed. 9I will say it again: If anyone preaches any other gospel than the one you welcomed, let God's curse fall upon that person.”  Galatians 1:8-9


And if you look at Jesus life and what he judged as the standard in his many interactions with the church leaders of his time, he never appealed to tradition as His authority even though there were many great rabbis and thinkers he might have mentioned.  He constantly said, “It is written…” in answer to almost every question about doctrine or practice.  This was his standard and any who choose a standard different from the one that Jesus chose are treading on extremely unstable ground.


It seems fairly conclusive from Jesus’ example, from many verses such as the two above and the heresies that were condemned by prophets and apostles, that the prime authority for deciding doctrine and church practice must be the Bible, NOT tradition or clergy no matter how powerful.  If we follow tradition, many many errors will be incorporated into our worship both far too conservative and far too liberal.  Deuteronomy 4 is pointed in comparing the wisdom of men to the wisdom of God:


2Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you from the LORD your God. Just obey them. 3You saw what the LORD did to you at Baal-peor, where the LORD your God destroyed everyone who had worshiped the god Baal of Peor. 4But all of you who were faithful to the LORD your God are still alive today.   5"You must obey these laws and regulations when you arrive in the land you are about to enter and occupy. The LORD my God gave them to me and commanded me to pass them on to you. 6If you obey them carefully, you will display your wisdom and intelligence to the surrounding nations. When they hear about these laws, they will exclaim, `What other nation is as wise and prudent as this!' 7For what great nation has a god as near to them as the LORD our God is near to us whenever we call on him? 8And what great nation has laws and regulations as fair as this body of laws that I am giving you today?

The case is quite conclusive from scripture.  And most importantly, ho is the person who will judge us and give us life eternal?  Jesus.  Where has the life giver told us about His standards and expectations?  His words and instructions are recorded in the Bible.  If we are looking for His approval, we’d better listen to what He has told us.  Jesus told us this explicitly in John 14:15:

If you love me, obey my commandments.


It doesn’t get any simpler than that.  If you need further investigation of this topic, see an insightful chapter at :



Since we’ve established that the Bible is the foundation of any doctrine, now we can move on to considering which day of worship God has asked us to meet Him on and then choose if we’re going to do as He asks or not.  The issue of worshipping on Sabbath (Saturday) or Sunday is one of the most obvious unique beliefs of the SDA church. Since it is controversial, the explanation will be longer.  First, here is an explanation from two SDA pioneers about why we think it is such an important belief and why worship is such an important matter to God.


"The importance of the Sabbath as the memorial of creation is that it keeps ever present the true reason why worship is due to God"--because He is the Creator, and we are His creatures. "The Sabbath therefore lies at the very foundation of divine worship, for it teaches this great truth in the most impressive manner, and no other institution does this. The true ground of divine worship, not of that on the seventh day merely, but of all worship, is found in the distinction between the Creator and His creatures. This great fact can never become obsolete, and must never be forgotten."--J. N. Andrews, History of the Sabbath, chapter 27.

It was to keep this truth ever before the minds of men, that God instituted the Sabbath in Eden; and so long as the fact that He is our Creator continues to be a reason why we should worship Him, so long the Sabbath will continue as its sign and memorial. Had the Sabbath been universally kept, man's thoughts and affections would have been led to the Creator as the object of reverence and worship, and there would never have been an idolater, an atheist, or an infidel. The keeping of the Sabbath is a sign of loyalty to the true God, "Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." It follows that the message which commands men to worship God and keep His commandments will especially call upon them to keep the fourth commandment. Ellen White in Great Controversy, p. 437




          Sabbath is a day that allows and requires the faithful to step away from the everyday and focus on the exceptional. It is a day to restore and develop my relationship with God and others in the community around me.  It is a day to get away from the worries of business and study and to think about the really important things in our lives and the reasons that God has created us and to celebrate the uniqueness of life that God has given us. 

Mark 2:27   And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: 28   Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.

Isaiah 58:13 "If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD's holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, 14 then you will find your joy in the LORD , and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." The mouth of the LORD has spoken.

People kept the Sabbath all through the Bible and Isaiah says that we will keep it in heaven as well. It is not just for the Jews, it is for the world and beyond.

When did people keep the Sabbath?

l  From Creation (Genesis 2:2,3). 

l  All through the Old Testament, the faithful people of God always kept the Sabbath.

l  Even foreigners were supposed to worship on Sabbath (Isaiah 56:1,2,6,7)

l  Jesus kept the Sabbath (Luke 4:16,)

l  Paul and other apostles kept the Sabbath after Jesus death (Acts 13:42-44, 16:13)

l  Jesus expected the believers to be worshipping on Sabbath when Jerusalem was destroyed in the future: Matthew 24:20 (Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD).

l  1 sign of God’s end time believers is that they will keep the commandments (ALL of them). Sunday is NOT in the commandments.  Sabbath is and has ALWAYS meant Saturday in the Bible. Revelation 12:17, Revelation 14:12

l  We will worship on Sabbath in heaven (Isaiah 66:22-23).

(It was NOT made just for the Jews)
Genesis 2:2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested [1] from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Isaiah 56:6 And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to serve him, to love the name of the LORD ,and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant-7 these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations."

It’s a day to rest from business.   There is no mention of it being a day for sleeping or only for our own fun.  It’s God’s day and what we do on this day should honor Him.

What did Jesus do on Sabbath?
A) He worshipped in church every week:
Luke 4:16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read.

B) He preached and taught and healed:
Mark 1:21They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.

Luke 13:10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity." 13Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

C) He did good and helped people
Matthew 12:11   “And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12   How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 13   Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

D) He spent time in nature
Luke 6:1
"One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. "

Jesus walked through fields and sometimes was in nature on the Sabbath.  I believe the Sermon on the Mount and some other events were also out in nature.  So, it seems good for us to spend time in nature (Ellen White also suggests that this is good).

Mark 3: 1Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 2Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Stand up in front of everyone."4Then Jesus asked them, "Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they remained silent. 5He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.
Luke 13:15The Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Doesn't each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?" 17When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.

John 9:14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man's eyes was a Sabbath.

Jesus is our example.  There is no mention of Him changing the day, sleeping, doing business, skipping church on Sabbath, etc. on that day.  There are many mentions of Him worshipping, teaching, healing and doing good on this day.  And so this is what we also should be doing on this day.  Let’s be people who truly observe the Sabbath by our worship, teaching and actions in giving hope and healing to those around us. Let us bring God’s divine rest and hope to those who are sick of the world’s restlessness and emptiness and cruelty.  Let’s give the world a Sabbath.


“Remember the 7th Day (Sabbath/Saturday) to keep it holy…”  Exodus 20:8

The last but critically important reason is loyalty and righteousness by faith.


It may not seem that a day is that important.  It seems like it wouldn’t be much of a problem to keep the Sabbath on a Sunday or Friday or any day.  “Keeping” one day in 7 is the important so long as we have one day in 7.  But, if I make an appointment with a friend to meet me on Mondays at 6pm for dinner and every week he decides that he can come on Tuesday, is he “keeping” our appointment?  Is he keeping his promise to me?  If he insists on meeting me on a day other than what I have asked, it is disrespectful to me, especially if it continues happening.  It shows that he doesn’t respect our promise and doesn’t care enough to meet me when I have said I’m available.  If it continually happens, it will cause problems for the friendship and I may feel insulted and abused. The same is true if I as a teacher ask a student to come for a test at a certain time and day, and the student comes on another day saying that the day is not important.  This is very disrespectful and rude and would not be tolerated by humans.  How then can we think that when God has asked us to “remember” and “keep” his Sabbath holy, that we can choose to ignore that time that he has set aside as the time to meet with us.  As mentioned below, there are no good precedents in Bible history for men changing God’s words under their own authority.

But, it goes deeper than this.  What if I start a campaign in Korea and ask them to change their independence day, August 15,  to the independence day of America, July 4.  After all, a day is not that important is it?  And I’ve helped many Koreans in a lot of ways and I love Korea a lot!  So, why not change the Korean independence day to the independence day of my nation, July 4?   Of course everyone would say that this is ridiculous.  But why?  It’s only a day.  Just a day is not that important, right?  Wrong.  It would be wrong for the Korean Independence day to be changed to my birthday for at least 2 reasons.
1) This day celebrates the birth of Korea as a nation.  It commemorates a great event in Korean history that gave a nation it’s identity.  My birthday has no connection with any part of Korean history or heritage and therefore has no meaning for the people of this land.
2) I did not create this holiday and do not have the authority to change it.  Only those who made the law or have the authority in Korea have the legal right to change it.

In the same way the Sabbath celebrates the birth of this world and changing that day is undermining and dishonouring the authority of the one who created our world.  And because God never gave any command in the Bible to change it, to do any different is a sign of disloyalty to God’s authority.


Colin Powell in his book on leadership wrote that he listens to and even wants creativity and different opinions...but when the order is given, even if the soldiers don't like it, they are to carry it out as if it were their own order. He follows the same principle himself with orders from the president.  This idea of loyalty is a clear issue in unity and is a characteristic successful businesses, armies, churches, mission and families. Without loyalty, success and progress is almost impossible in human affairs. The Bible makes it pretty clear that loyalty even in the small things is important to God too...Here are just 2 verses: 

"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much." Luke 16:10
”…Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”  Revelation 2:10


Throughout the Bible, it was often the little things that determined people’s loyalty.  Cain only changed a lamb for fruit.  King Saul only chose to do a sacrifice himself instead of the priest, Uriah only touched the ark. But, in each of these cases, all these little things showed where the loyalty of the person involved really was.


Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." It is in times of controversy and difficulty that we can see our true characters and whether we are really submitted to God’s will and following His truth.  It is when there are difficulties or controversy that it is easy to compromise and do things man’s way instead of God’s way. But, loyalty to God and his truth in the Great Controversy with Satan is the major theme of the Bible. 

It is precisely when things might be socially, economically, politically or in some other way difficult for us to follow God's principles, that we can most clearly see whether our own faith is strong enough to depend on God or whether we will fall back on man’s reasoning and efforts and compromises.


There are many areas in the conflict between God’s way and man’s way, but  Sabbath and Sunday is one of the most neglected areas in this controversy. The question that is the foundation of which Sabbath/Sunday is one major aspect is, "Are we going to do things God's way or in a way that is convenient for us....are we going to live with righteousness by faith in Christ and trust His salvation alone or are we going to try to be righteous through human works and compromises with convenience?"  Hebrews 11 is filled with people who chose to do things God's way instead of the way of convenience.  They refused to compromise God’s truth and trusted God alone for their salvation.  Those who are faithful to God will also refuse to compromise on God’s truth, but rather choose to trust God’s words.  This is the main issue, but many are still unaware of it. Pastor Jack Sequiera writes about this very eloquently and with great balance and wisdom:


The Sabbath-Sunday Controversy by Jack Sequiera (the full article is at:


Whenever the issue of the Sabbath-Sunday is brought into focus, one’s attention is immediately turned to the Sunday keeping Christians versus the Sabbath keepers. This, I believe, is not the real issue. There are today many sincere Christians who are fully resting in Christ for salvation but are Sunday keepers. They are keeping the wrong day for the right reason. Likewise, there are many sincere Sabbath keepers who believe their Sabbath keeping will save them. They are keeping the right day for the wrong reason. Both need correction and this the Holy Spirit, who is to lead us into all truth, will do.


When this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations [Matthew 24:14]; it will polarize or divide the human race into only two camps — believers and unbelievers [1 John 5:19], those who are fully resting in Christ and those who have ultimately rejected Christ. All who come under the banner of Christ will in the end-time worship the Lord of the Sabbath and their Sabbath keeping will be the outward sign or seal of the righteousness they have already received by faith, just as circumcision was to Abraham “a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised” [Romans 4:11].


Those who have deliberately and ultimately turned their backs to the free gift of salvation in Christ will all worship the dragon which gave power unto the beast [Revelation 13:3-4]. These will exalt Sunday as man’s day of rest in defiance of the Sabbath, God’s rest day. The issue then in the final conflict will not be between two groups of Christians or even two rest days, but two opposing methods of salvation: the Sabbath, signifying salvation by faith alone, versus Sunday, signifying salvation by works or human effort.


When man turned from God-dependence, at the fall, and consequently had to eat his bread by the sweat of his brow [Genesis 3:19], a human rest day became necessary. Today, Sunday is that international day of rest, established by the world under Satan. Since man was also created a spiritual being, his departure from God-dependence to self-dependence also meant a departure from God-worship to subtle forms of self-worship [Romans 1:21-23; Isaiah 53:6; Philippians 2:21].


This spiritual departure led man from righteousness by faith to righteousness by works [self-righteousness – Genesis 3:7; 11:4-9]. The New Testament describes this as the religion of Babylon based on the claims of Nebuchadnezzar, the great king of ancient Babylon [Daniel 4:30,31; Revelation 14:6-11]. [It must be noted here that the word Babylon derived its name from the ill-fated tower of Babel, meaning Gate (Bab) of God (el), symbolizing man trying to reach heaven by works.] The fundamental issue in all of scripture is salvation by faith versus salvation by works. At the heart of the Bible message is salvation by grace made effective through faith alone [Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 3:28; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 10:38-39; 11:1-40]. At the heart of every false religion is salvation by works.


In ancient times, Sunday not only became man’s day of rest from physical and mental work but, above all, symbolized man’s spiritual day of rest and worship based on the pagan belief that the sun was the god of gods. This became prominent in Christ’s day in the Roman Empire. Hence, at its very foundation, Sunday rest is a pagan institution representing self-righteousness; this is in complete contradiction to God’s Sabbath, His sign to man of righteousness by faith [Exodus 31:13, 16; Hebrews 10:14]. These two opposing concepts of salvation can never be reconciled and have been in conflict ever since the fall.


When the true gospel of righteousness by faith will be fully recovered and preached into all the world, every person will have to make the choice, either for or against Christ [Deuteronomy 30:19,20; Joshua 24:13-15; Romans 9:30-33; Philippians 3:3-9]. At that time, the Sabbath will become the seal of God, representing righteousness by faith. In contrast, Sunday will represent the Mark of the Beast, signifying man’s rejection of God’s saving grace in Christ [Revelation 14:10-11]. Therefore, when the Sunday (blue) law will be legally established, it will indicate the world’s deliberate and ultimate rejection of God’s loving offer of salvation through His Son.


Those who will then insist on Sunday rest, in willful opposition to God’s Sabbath rest, will receive the plagues, the wrath of God poured out without mixture [Revelation 14:9-11]. In contrast, those who will stubbornly keep the Seventh-day Sabbath will be manifesting a faith in God that is unshakeable. They will go through the great time of trouble and wash their robes white in the blood of the Lamb.


Because of the mixed, confused ideas of salvation, the true controversy between God’s Sabbath and man’s Sunday is today still foggy and not clearly understood. But when the two opposing methods of salvation come into clear focus, then the true importance of the Sabbath will be seen clearly. May God give us, at that time, the grace and courage to stand for truth.

It is critical for us to be faithful to the Bible in the area of the Sabbath but also in any other areas where there is a controversy between God’s principles and man’s, between righteousness by faith and righteousness by works.



There are some who say that the Sabbath was cancelled.  But, Adventists for decades have offered $1000 to anyone who can find biblical support for a change from Sabbath to Sunday in the Bible.  Currently there is an offer for $148 million to anyone who find that (see:


When God cancelled the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament, there were extensive references and explanations in the New Testament.  These were only ceremonial laws.  If there was a change in a commandment  But, there is no such explanation in the NT for a change in the Sabbath. 


“I assure you, until heaven and earth disappear, even the smallest detail of God's law will remain until its purpose is achieved.” Matthew 5:18


Who are we being loyal to when we worship on Sunday?  It has been proved historically and the Catholic church proudly claims that by its own authority it implemented the change of days.  So, whether they realize it or not, all who worship on Sunday are giving honor to the Catholic church in place of God.  The Catholic church which considers Sunday the mark of her authority:


"Sunday is our mark of authority... The church is above the Bible, and this transference of sabbath observance is proof of that fact." --The Catholic Record, London, Ontario, September 1, 1923.


Some people have claimed that the Bible references to “Lord’s Day” mean Sunday.  But, they are ignoring the historical facts.


“In the year 325, Sylvester, Bishop of Rome changed the title of the first day, calling it the Lords day.” Historia Ecclesiastica, p. 739.


Catholics have often challenged Protestants that they are not consistent with their belief in “The Bible and the Bible only” because they follow a Catholic tradition instead of the words of the Bible.


In a recent Catholic church newsletter, it stated, “Perhaps the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century [actually it happened in the fourth century]. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. The Day of the Lord [Dies Domini] was chosen, not from any direction noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church’s sense of its own power.  People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become [Seventh-day] Adventists, and keep Saturday holy. Saint Catherine Catholic Church Sentinel, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995.


"You are a Protestant, and you profess to go by the Bible and the Bible only; and yet in so important a matter as the observance of one day in seven as a holy day, you go against the plain letter of the Bible, and put another day in the place of the day which the Bible has commanded. The command to keep holy the seventh day is one of the ten commandments; you believe that the other nine are still binding: who gave you authority to tamper with the fourth? If you are consistent with your own principles, if you really follow the Bible and the Bible only, you ought to be able to produce some portion of the New Testament in which this fourth commandment is expressly altered." "Library of Christian Doctrine. Why Don't You Keep Holy the Sabbath Day?" pg. 5


"The Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right of the divine, infallible authority given to her by her founder, Jesus Christ. The Protestant claiming the Bible to be the only guide of faith, has no warrant for observing Sunday. In this matter the Seventh-day Adventist is the only consistent Protestant." The Catholic Universe Bulletin, August 14, 1942, page 4.

"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 Elizabeth, N.J. "News", March 18, 1903.


"Reason and common sense demand the acceptance of one or the other of these alternatives: either Protestantism and the keeping holy of Saturday, or Catholicity and the keeping holy of Sunday. Compromise is impossible." The Catholic Mirror, December 23, 1893

"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, February 10, 1920.


 "It was the Catholic Church which, by the authority of Jesus Christ, has transferred this rest (from the Bible Sabbath) to the Sunday. . .Thus 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, page 2l3.

“The Catholic Church designated Sunday as the day for corporate worship and gets full credit – or blame – for the change.” This Rock, The Magazine of Catholic Apologetics and Evangelization, p.8, June 1997


"Sunday is a Catholic Institution, and its claims to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles. . . .From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first." —The Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August, 1900.

"Protestantism, In discarding the authority of the (Roman Catholic) Church, has no good reasons for its Sunday theory, and ought logically to keep Saturday as the Sabbath." —John Gilmary Shea, American Catholic Quarterly Review, January, 1883

"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 Elizabeth, N.J. "News", March 18, 1903.

"Ques.- Have you any other way of proving that the (Catholic) Church has power to institute festivals of percept (to command holy days)?"

"Ans.- 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, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority."—Stephan Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism, page 176.

"Reason and common sense demand the acceptance of one or the other of these alternatives: either Protestantism and the keeping holy of Saturday, or Catholicity and the keeping holy of Sunday. Compromise is impossible."—The Catholic Mirror, December 23, 1893.

"God simply gave His (Catholic) Church the power to set aside whatever day or days, she would deem suitable as Holy Days. The Church chose Sunday, the first day of the week, and in the course of time added other days, as holy days. —Vincent J. Kelly, Forbidden Sunday and Feast-Day Occupations, page 2.

"Protestants. . .accept Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic Church made the change. . .But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize that . . in observing the Sunday, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the church, the Pope." —Our Sunday Visitor, February 5, 1950.

 Not the Creator of the Universe, In Geneses 2:1-3,—but the Catholic Church "can claim the honor of having granted man a pause to his work every seven days."—S.D. Moana, Storia della Domenica, 1969, pages 366-367.

"We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty." —Pope Leo XIII, in an Encyclical letter, June 20, 1894.

"The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ Himself, hidden under veil of flesh."—The Catholic National, July, 1895.

"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, February 10, 1920.

"It was the Catholic Church which, by the authority of Jesus Christ, has transferred this rest (from the Bible Sabbath) to the Sunday. . .Thus 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, page 2l3.

"We observe Sunday Instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday."—Peter Geiermann, CSSR, A Doctrinal Catechism, 1957 edition, page 50.

"We Catholics, then, have precisely the same authority for keeping Sunday holy instead of Saturday as we have for every other article of our creed, namely, the authority of the Church. . .whereas you who are Protestants have really no authority for it whatever; for there is no authority for it (Sunday sacredness) in the Bible, and you will not allow that there can be authority for it anywhere else. Both you and we do, in fact, follow tradition in this matter; but we follow it, believing it to be a part of God’s word, and the (Catholic) Church to be its divinely appointed guardian and interpreter; you follow it (the Catholic Church), denouncing it all the time as a fallible and treacherous guide, which often ‘makes the commandments of God of none effect’ quoting Matthew 15:6." —The Brotherhood of St. Paul, The Clifton Tracts, Vol. 4, tract 4, page 15.

"The Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right of the divine, infallible authority given to her by her founder, Jesus Christ. The Protestant claiming the Bible to be the only guide of faith, has no warrant for observing Sunday. In this matter the Seventh-day Adventist is the only consistent Protestant."—The Catholic Universe Bulletin, August 14, 1942, page 4.



Baptist: "There was and is a command to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. If will however be readily said, and with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week, with all its duties, privileges and sanctions. Earnestly desiring information on this subject, which I have studied for many years, I ask, where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New Testament —absolutely not. There is no scriptural evidence of the change of the Sabbath institution from the seventh to the first day of the week."

Dr. E. T. Hiscox, author of the Baptist Manual.

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 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 suppose sanctity of Sunday." —Dr. R. W. Dale, The Ten Commandments, pages 106-107.

Lutheran Free Church: "For when there could not be produced one solitary pace 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.


Protestant Episcopal: "The day is now changed from the seventh to the first day. . .but as we meet with no Scriptural direction for the change, we may conclude it was done by the authority of the church.—Explanation of Catechism.

Baptist: "The Scriptures nowhere call the first day of the week the Sabbath. . .There is no Scriptural authority for so doing, nor of course, any Scriptural obligation."—The Watchman.

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." —Canon 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, pages 334, 336.

Disciples of Christ: "There is no direct Scriptural authority for designating the first day ‘the Lord’s Day.’"

—Dr D.H. Lucas, Christian Oracle, January, 1890.

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, pages 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 Symour, Why We keep Sunday.

Southern Baptist: "The sacred name of the Seventh day is Sabbath. This fact is too clear to require argument (Exodus 20:10 quoted). . .On this point the plain teaching of the Word has been admitted in all ages. . .Not once did the disciples apply the Sabbath law to the first day of the week—that folly was left for a later age, nor did they pretend that the first day supplanted the seventh." —Joseph Judson "Taylor, The Sabbath Question, pages 14-17, 41.

American Congregationalist: "The current notion that Christ and His apostles authoritatively substituted the first day for the seventh, is absolutely without any authority in the New Testament."—Dr. Layman Abbot, in the Christian Union, June 26, 1890.

Christian Church: "Now there is no testimony in all the oracles of heaven that the Sabbath is changed, or that the Lord’s Day came in the room of it." —Alexander Campbell, in The Reporter, October 8, 1921.

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 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 Minister’s convention, in New York Examiner, November 16, 1893.


There is an article that the Catholic Church published entitled: Rome’s Challenge (at: ) in which the Catholic church examines every mention of Sunday in the New Testament and shows that there is no biblical support for worshipping on that day.  They challenge Protestants by saying that if they are consistent with their principle of “The Bible and the Bible only”, then the only day permissible for them to worship on is the Sabbath.  The fact that they do not shows that they honor the Catholic church and it’s principle that the church has the authority to change the Bible.   This is substituting the authority of the church for the authority of the Bible and is a very dangerous thing to do as proved by the history of the Roman Catholic church itself and it’s cruel treatment of dissenters.   There is quite a lot of testimony even from Protestant Churches that there is no biblical support for keeping Sunday at:   If protestants do not decide to stand firm on the issue of “The Bible and the Bible only” including the Sabbath/Sunday issue, eventually they will return to the principle of the church above the Bible that was so dangerous and deadly during the Middle ages.  This is already starting to happen.


"Baptist open to Ties With Catholics," proclaimed a headline in The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio, June 17, 1994. The reference was to the Southern Baptist Church, America’s largest Protestant church. The International Herald-Tribune, June 27, 1998, headlined, "Catholics and Lutherans Settle a Historic Doctrinal Dispute." Since the doctrine under discussion was that which fired the Reformation—Justification by Faith—it would seem thta Rome is making giant strides towards subduing the opposition of Protestants to its unscriptural faith.


Such success has opened the pathway to the Christian Coalition in the Unitited States where conservative Roman Catholics and Evangelical Protestants have united to promote this political agendas, thus preparing the United States to use political and judicial power to enforce Rome’s ecclesiastical will.

See also an eye-opening overview of the recent letter of the Pope on observing Sabbath and some serious developments in the Catholic church that have disturbing similarities to it’s practices during the middle ages at:


These verses make it very clear that Jesus expects his people to keep the commandments and that  it is a sign that we love Him and honor Him.  Our keeping of the commandments does not save us as Paul makes clear.  But, Jesus has saved us and he says that to show our love and also for our benefit, our privilege and duty is to keep God’s laws. and we love Him, we want to honor Him by keeping His laws.  If we follow the commandments of men, it is in rebellion to God:


“But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:9

“If you love me, obey my commandments.” John 14:15

 “Those who obey my commandments are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them, and I will love them. And I will reveal myself to each one of them.” John 14:21

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey me, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father and remain in his love.” John 15:9-10


I encourage you to enter the pleasure of the Sabbath rest that God intended and take time from the stress and pressure of business, work and studying.  Reconnect with the God who created the world and desires a personal relationship with you.  Reconnect with the spiritual heritage of all those in the Bible who experienced God’s blessings.   And because you trust in Christ’s righteousness alone and have decided to obey his commandments, celebrate and worship Him on the day he has promised to meet us and bless us, the Sabbath.


When you live in this way, you will have the peace that passes understanding, knowing that you are in God’s will in this area also and that God will bless you because of it.  And someday God will count you also among the faithful heroes who refused to compromise with the ways of man, but showed their love and honor for Jesus by their faithfulness to His commandments and truths.




·       Sabbath site with tons of information and stories about Sabbath and Sunday and American government starting to take away freedoms from people   Sabbath site with tons of information and stories about Sabbath and Sunday and American government starting to take away freedoms from people, also

·       Catholic/Protestant confessions that the Bible doesn’t support Sunday worship:

·       Catholic and Protestant confessions about Sabbath:

·       Sabbath keeping in history:,

·       LARGE BOOKLET with much history:

·       Several studies on Sabbath:

·       BOOK: “Sabbath to Sunday” (written by an ADVENTIST who studied at the Vatican University which proves that it was the Catholics who changed Sabbath to Sunday:

·       BOOK: “Divine Rest for Human Restlessness”:  

·         BOOK: “The Sabbath in the New Testament”
Other sites:

·         Interesting Sabbath/Sunday animation: