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Denominational Statements on the Sabbath
Historic Denominational Statements on the Sabbath

Baptist

“There was and is a command to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that

Sabbath

day was not

Sunday

. It 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’.

"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 Minister's Convention, in 'New York Examiner,' November 16, 1893 (The leader / spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church agrees with this statement.See Below)

"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.

"We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government."-"Baptist Church Manual," Art. 12.

"There was never any formal or authoritative change from the Jewish

seventh-day

Sabbath to the Christian first-day observance." -WILLIAM OWEN CARVER, "

The Lord's Day

in Our Day," page 49.

"There is nothing in Scripture that requires us to keep Sunday rather than Saturday as a

holy day

." Harold Lindsell (editor), Christianity Today, Nov. 5, 1976

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