was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day but that
Sabbath day was not Sunday...It will be said, however, and with some
show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to
the first day of the week...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." --From a paper
by Dr. Edward T. Hiscox, author of The Baptist Manual.
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 (Catholics) never sanctify." --James Cardinal Gibbons, The
Faith of Our Fathers, p. 111.
never was any change of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. There
is not in any place in the Bible any intimation of such a
change." --First Day Observance, pp. 17, 19.
do not believe that the Lord's day came in the room of the Jewish
Sabbath, or that the Sabbath was changed from the seventh to the
first day." --Alexander Campbell, Washington Reporter, October
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. Lyman Abbott, Christian
Union, January 19, 1882.
there any command in the New Testament to change the day of weekly
rest from Saturday to Sunday? None." --Manual of Christian
Doctrine, p. 127.
the matter of Sunday...there is no passage telling Christians to
keep that day, or to transfer the Jewish Sabbath to that day."
--Harris Franklin Rall, Christian Advocate, July 2, 1942.
observance of the Lord's day (Sunday) is founded not on any command
of God, but on the authority of the church." --Augsburg
Confession of Faith, quoted in Catholic Sabbath Manual, part 2,
Chapter 1, Section 10.
Christian Sabbath (Sunday) is not in the Scriptures, and was not by
the primitive church called the Sabbath." --Dwight's Theology,
vol. 4, p. 401.
notion of a formal substitution by apostolic authority of the Lord's
Day (meaning Sunday) for the Jewish Sabbath (or the first for the
seventh day)...and the transference to it, perhaps in a spiritualized
form, of the sabbatical obligation established by the promulgation of
the Fourth Commandment, has no basis whatever either in Holy
Scripture or in Christian antiquity." --Sir William Smith &
Samuel Cheertham, A Dictionary of Christian Antiquities, vol. 2, p.
182, Article 'Sabbath'".
must be confessed that there is no law in the New testament
concerning the first day. --M'Clintock and Strong, Cyclopedia
of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature, vol. 9, p. 196.
Though some individual pastors may argue the point, we have not
found one single Sunday-keeping organization yet, which did not in
its official literature plainly admit that there is no Scripture to
support Sunday observance.