A Farmer asks the Pope About the Sabbath

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Dear Friends -

A number of years ago, a farmer sent a letter to the pope, inquiring about the Bible Sabbath. The letter was sent to Chicago for reply. There are many similar verifications of the facts regarding this subject. Yet this short little classic is still my favorite. Years ago people spoke more directly with much less subtleness. The letters from the farmer to the pope and the reply speak clearly and directly to the truth and facts. Here are both letters:

Thomaston, Georgia - May 22, 1934
Pope Pius XI - Rome, Italy

Dear Sir:
Is the accusation true, that Protestants accuse you of: They say you changed the Seventh Day Sabbath to the, so-called, Christian Sunday: identical with the First-Day of the Week. If so when did you make the change, and by what authority.

Yours very Truly,

(Signed)J.L. Day

Extension Magazine - Published by The Catholic Extension Society of the United States of America 180 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago

Dear Sir:

Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts:

(1) That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man.

(2) We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church instituted by Christ, to teach and guide man through life, has the right to change the Ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept the change of the Sabbath to the Sunday. We frankly say, "Yes, the Church made this change, made this law, as she made many other laws, for instance, the Friday Abstinence, the unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of the Catholic marriages, and a thousand other laws." (3) We also say that of all Protestants, the Seventh-day Sabbath observers are the only group that reason correctly and are consistent with their teachings. It is always somewhat laughable to see the Protestant Churches, in pulpit and legislature, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in the Bible. With best wishes, Peter R. Tramer, Editor By Rome's own statement, very few people are keeping God's 4th COMMANDMENT - for only a few are keeping God's Bible Sabbath. The (Roman Catholic) Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right of the divine, infallible authority of the Vatican Pope. Every week over a billion people testify to the world their obedience to the pope and disobedience to God. Over a billion people every week testify to the world that they prefer to obey the traditions of the pope which make the COMMANDMENTS of God of NONE effect. Every week over a billion people reject the SIGN which God gives to His people and embrace the SIGN of being people of the pope. The Protestant claiming the Bible to be the only guide of faith, has no warrant for observing Sunday. Exo 31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily MY sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.

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:

Heb 4:4-9 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

Jesus and His apostles NEVER spoke of another day. The pope did. Jesus Christ, who is the I AM, who wrote those 10 COMMANDMENTS in Stone for Moses, and on His people's heart by His Holy Spirit of TRUTH, never spoke of another day. The pope did. Jesus Christ IS the SAME yesterday, today, and forever. The Word of God does NOT change the Commandments of God. Popes and perversion version profane bibles change what God has said. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. To the pope and all pope followers the Word of God still says:

Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. James 2:10-11 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.