Going to church every Sunday morning (if one is “Christian”), partaking in Easter, Halloween, St.Patrick’s/St. Valentine’s Day, Christmas and praying the “sinner’s prayer” almost comes 2nd nature to most “Christians” out there. But is it even BIBLICAL? Let us examine the evidence.
After the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, “anti-Jewish sentiment” (due to many “Christians” blaming the “Orthodox Jews” FOR his crucifixion) was at an all time high. During the time of Constantine, it was even higher! In fact, the Roman “culture” at the time was attempting to “separate themselves” from the Jews and have nothing to do with “all things Jewish”. And one of the things they “claimed” was “specifically Jewish” was the 7th-Day Sabbath!
The Roman Empire at that time was ruled by Pagan-minded people who worshiped the Sun (and please notice I said the SUN, NOT “THE SON”).
However, due to the advent of the pro-Jesus-was/is-Messiah Jewish religion, Roman leaders & “Catholic bishops” feared the spread of the pro-Jesus-was/is-Messiah Jewish religion and loss of political control/power. Thus, at the Council of Nicea around 325A.D., Constantine (along with “Catholic bishops”) CHANGED THE SABBATH from the biblically-mandated Saturday to SUN-DAY (which was venerable worship day of the SUN), thus, creating an entirely NEW “Christian religion” that didn’t relay on “Jewish precepts”, such as the “biblically-mandated 7th day [Saturday] Sabbath” and that also had PAGAN ROOTS, to boot!
And Constantine wanted control of both the Pagans AND the “pro-Jesus-was/is-Messiah-Jews” (called Christians) and so what better way for him to do that than to create a “Sabbath Day” for both Christians AND Pagans? Think about it, folks! And that was only the beginning.
Around the year 365A.D. at the Council of Laoedicea or after, “resting” on the “Jewish” 7th day Sabbath [a biblical COMMAND/principle in the Old AND New Testament times – more about that later] was FORBIDDEN, as well as partaking IN the Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts [outlined in Leviticus 23 in the Old Testament AND partaken of by Jesus Christ AND his disciples, etc. in the New Testament]. Not to mention they were also REQUIRED TO WORK ***ON*** the 7th Day biblically-mandated Sabbath and to REST on Sun-Day (which the bible CONDEMNS!)
All of this can be found and is well-documented in the Constantine Creed: http://tjcoop3.wordpress.com/the-constantine-creed/
But it wasn’t just “Emperor Constantine” who brought this LARGE/SATANIC SCHISM about. The Catholic Church, in and of itself, had a HUGE ROLE in all of this! Just examine the following quotes:
Cardinal James Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (Ayers Publishing, 1978): 108: “But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify“
The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1957): 50:
Q. Which is the Sabbath day?
A. Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Q. Why Do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.
Chancellor Albert Smith for Cardinal of Baltimore Archdiocese, letter dated February 10, 1920: “If Protestants would follow the Bible, they should worship God on the Sabbath day by God, which is Saturday. In keeping the Sunday, they are following a law of the Catholic Church“
Stephen Keenan, Catholic—Doctrinal Catechism 3rd Edition: 174:
Question: Have you any other way of proving the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?
Answer: “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 1st day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the 7th day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority“.
Our Sunday Visitor (February 5, 1950): “Practically everything Protestants regard as essential or important they have received from the Catholic Church… The Protestant mind does not seem to realize that in accepting the Bible and observing the Sunday, in keeping Christmas and Easter, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the church, the Pope”
Louis Gaston Segur, Plain Talk about the Protestantism of To-Day (London: Thomas Richardson and Son, 1874): 213: “Thus the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is a homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the (Catholic) Church”.
The Catholic Mirror (September 23, 1893):”The Catholic Church, for over one thousand years before the existence of a Protestant, by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday…The Adventists are the only body of Christians with the Bible as their teacher, who can find no warrant in its pages for the change of day from the seventh to the first. Hence their appellation, “Seventh-day Adventists.”
Catholic Record (September 1, 1923): “The [Catholic] Church is above the Bible, and this transference of the Sabbath observance is proof of that fact”
Pope Leo XIII, Praeclara Gratulationis Publicae (The Reunion of Christendom), June 20, 1894: ”We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty“
“Pope,” Ferraris’ Ecclesiastic Dictionary: “The Pope is of so great dignity and so exalted that he is not a mere man, but as it were God, and the vicar of God”
***Plus, many, many more “quotes” from the Catholic Church regarding the “Sabbath Change”……..
And one only has to read the Constantine Creed to know WHY the Catholic Church incorporated “Pagan practices AND Holidays” INTO the “Christian religion”. Many falsely think that Constantine “helped spread Christianity throughout the Roman Empire” but the sadistic truth is that Constantine DID help spread “Christian religion” alright…….a FALSE PROFANE “Pagan form” of it, that is! Don’t believe me? Look at history!
In fact, Constantine HATED THE JEWS and God’s true people! Probably about as much as Hitler did, quite honestly. So why do the major media networks and “religious scholars” never cover THAT part about Constantine? Answer: They’re just as much “Pagan/Satanically-minded” today as Constantine and Hitler were in THEIR day!
Many Christian folks out there today want to point to Colossians 2:16-17 “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ” as a means to DISREGARD the Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts outlined in the bible.
However, in retrospect, the passage is saying that the 7 Annual Feasts of the Lord are both a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ, the Messiah AND fulfilled in Jesus Christ, the Messiah (if that makes any sense). And not only that, but the passage is also telling us not to let ANY non-believer, wayward believer, or believer of ANOTHER religion judge US (the Jewish-roots Christians who follow both Old AND New Testaments) in REGARDS to partaking IN the Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts and High Sabbaths or regular, weekly 7th Day “Saturday Sabbaths”.
It is my strong personal belief that the Colossians 2:16 is NOT only talking about the “modern day scoffers” who write off the Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts and 7th Day Sabbath as “Jewish days, ONLY” and that JUDGE those of us Jewish-roots Christians who DO still partake of them (or atleast try to partake of them to the very best of our ability), but I think it was also accurately foretelling Constantine’s Creed down below, as well:
“I renounce all customs, rites, legalisms, unleavened breads and sacrifices of lambs of the Hebrews, and all the other feasts of the Hebrews, sacrifices, prayers, aspirations, purifications, sanctifications, and propitiations, and fasts and new moons, and Sabbaths, and superstitions, and hymns and chants, and observances and synagogues. absolutely everything Jewish, every Law, rite and custom and if afterwards I shall wish to deny and return to Jewish superstition, or shall be found eating with Jews, or feasting with them, or secretly conversing and condemning the Christian religion instead of openly confuting them and condemning their vain faith, then let the trembling of Cain and the leprosy of Gehazi cleave to me, as well as the legal punishments to which I acknowledge myself liable. And may I be an anathema in the world to come, and may my soul be set down with Satan and the devils.”