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A Call for Sunday Worship

A Call for Sunday Worship
Recently, Pope Francis gave his Wednesday address at St. Peter’s Basilica on the importance of Sunday rest and worship. He identified several key reasons for taking time for worship, emphasizing the importance of meeting on Sunday to connect with God through the Eucharist.

Sunday, according to the pontiff, is a key contribution of Christianity. He said, “By biblical tradition, the Jews rest on Saturday. … It was the Christian sense of living as sons and not slaves, animated by the Eucharist, that made Sunday—almost universally—the day of rest.”

Concluding his brief talk, the pope urged attendees to make Sunday worship a priority in their homes and communities around the world. His desire to inspire a revival of worship on Sunday is clear in his short message.

So how do Bible-believing Christians respond to this appeal to tradition rather than Bible truth? First, we should not be surprised! Daniel and Revelation identify this conflict, “And another shall rise after them; …He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, …and shall intend to change times and law” (Daniel 7:24, 25). (See also Revelation 13, 14.)

Unfortunately, the learned pontiff overlooked the truth that Sabbath worship is not merely a biblical tradition followed by the Jews, but a biblical command—instituted at the Creation by the Creator and renewed by the example of Jesus Christ when He walked on earth. Within the Ten Commandments, which are almost universally recognized as the preeminent moral code of conduct, the only command that begins with the word “remember” is yet ignored by most of the world.

Revelation 14 exposes the contest between truth and error in the messages given by three angels. The first angel identifies the Creator as our judge, as the only One worthy of our worship (Revelation 14:6, 7). If God is our judge, and we are commanded to worship Him as the Creator, shouldn’t we honor Him by worshiping on the day He set apart—the seventh-day Sabbath?

The third, and final, angel gives a solemn warning to avoid the trap of false worship and outlines the consequences that will come on those who ignore His message of mercy (Revelation 14:9, 10). Bible prophecy is being fulfilled right before our eyes. Click here for a free resource that you can share about the importance of honoring God’ law with your friends and family.