why do people go to church on sunday
Caller: I have question about in a previous call you talked about grace and law and the Ten Commandments, and I worship on Sundays and wonder why we do that? If thereÁs Scripture to back that up as the Commandment says ÁRemember the Sabbath to keep it holyÁ? Pastor Doug: Well, since you asked, IÁll answer you. I used to go to church on Sunday and I asked the same question one time and I was shocked to find out that Sunday worship is not grounded in Scripture at all but itÁs firmly rooted in tradition. Gradually, several hundred years after Christ, Christians in Rome began to try to reach the pagans by accommodating them. The pagans, on the first day of the week, they had the Venerable Day of the Sun, thatÁs where Sunday gets itÁs name, and because the Jews were being persecuted for Sabbath-keeping, some of the Christians said ÁWe donÁt want to continue worshiping on the seventh-day Sabbath, like the Jews, or we might get persecuted along with them,Á they began to distance themselves from the Jews and they developed a new doctrine. They said, ÁJesus rose on the first day of the week. LetÁs make that the new Christian SabbathÁ. And it was done by man, not by the Bible, or the Apostles, or Jesus. Co-Host: It was a very slow process. Pastor Doug: It happened over a period of about 200 years. Matter of fact, if you even read a Catholic catechism, they freely admit that Sunday is not rooted in Scripture but in tradition, and itÁs by virtue of the ChurchÁs authority that the day was transferred, not by the Bible.
So it dates back to the Dark Ages and if youÁre going to go by the Bible and follow Jesus, the seventh day of the week, which the Jews still acknowledge as the Sabbath, is still Saturday, itÁs still the seventh day. ThatÁs the day I rest and worship. I worship God seven days a week but I only rest one and thatÁs the Sabbath day. Caller: You do keep the Sabbath? Pastor Doug: Yes, sir. And incidentally, I have a study guide that is filled with Scriptures on that. Would you like me to send it to you? Caller: Yes, I would. Pastor Doug: ItÁs free and Pastor DickÁs going to tell you about that. Co-Host: Copy this phone number down and call them and ask for the study guide entitled ÁDonÁt Be FooledÁ. HereÁs the phone number: 800-835-6747. Caller: Okay. I appreciate that.
See this page in: Mankind's Day of Rest, the Sabbath Day ot all churches answer this question the same way. Some groups, most notably the Seventh-day Adventists, still worship on the seventh day. They argue that the sabbath was one of the Ten Commandments ( ), and is therefore part of God's permanent will for His people. They often claim that the shift to Sunday was part of a great apostasy that allowed pagan ideas to infiltrate the church during the early centuries (see Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, pp. 58-59).
Other Christian groups say that Sunday is the Christian version of the sabbath. They suggest that the main point of God's command to observe the sabbath was not the seventh day, but the idea of one day out of the seven. Jesus claimed that he was Álord even of the sabbathÁ ( ), and therefore had the authority to change it to a different day. This position argues that Jesus changed the day to Sunday as a way of extending its blessing from the Jews to the whole world. Still others Christians would say that we no longer observe the Jewish sabbath, but worship instead on Sunday, a distinctively Christian holy day. They argue that the early church very soon began meeting on Sunday in honor of the resurrection of Jesus, which took place on the first day of the week. At the very beginning, the church in Jerusalem met every day in the temple and in private homes ( ). Since the first believers were all Jewish, it seems safe to assume that they continued to participate in Jewish synagogue and temple worship for some time. However, the New Testament makes it clear that the observance of a particular day was not imposed as a binding obligation. makes it clear that there was some freedom in the matter of special days. commanded the church not to allow anyone to act as their judge in regard to sabbath days.
And warns against going back under the Law by insisting on the legal requirement of special days. The records that remain in the New Testament show that the first day of the week soon became a day of worship. When Paul wanted to collect an offering from the church at Corinth, he asked them to gather the money on the Áfirst day of the weekÁ ( ). And when he wanted to meet with the believers at Troas, the gathering took place on the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread ( ). In, the apostle John described himself as being in the Spirit on the. Most writers have thought he was referring to Sunday, so that our use of the Lord's Day as a term for Sunday comes from this verse. There is no Scripture passage that specifically teaches that the sabbath has been transferred from one day to another. It seems most likely that the shift from Saturday to Sunday was gradual, and took place along with the change from a mostly Jewish church to a mostly Gentile one. The early church fathers generally viewed sabbath as a Jewish observance, and the Lord's Day as the proper Christian observance. For example, Ignatius wrote in the early 100's A. D. , describing Christians with a Jewish background as those who Áhave come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in observance of the Lord's Day, on which also our life has sprung up again by Him and by His deathÁ (Magnesians 9 ) [Editor's note: Magnesians is a letter written to the church at Magnesia by Ignatius, a church father, also called Theophorus. ] A person's decision concerning sabbath observance probably hinges on the question of how we view the entire Old Testament.
If all of it is still binding on us, then so is the sabbath. If there are parts that are no longer binding because they were directed specifically to the Jewish nation, or because they were for ritual purposes, then the sabbath is open for discussion. No matter what position a person takes, it is important to recognize that God has a claim to all of my time. When I give Him one day of the week, it reminds me that He owns all seven! For a much more detailed discussion of this question, consult the Zondervan Pictorial Bible Encyclopedia articles on ÁSabbathÁ and Lord's Day. Author: Dr. John Bechtle. 1996, All Rights ReservedÁexcept as noted on attached page that grants ChristianAnswers. Net users generous rights for putting this page to work in their homes, personal witnessing, churches and schools. ChristianAnswers. Net USA
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