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Any one who makes counterfeit money tries to make it as near like the genuine as possible. And when Christ has chosen the Sabbath as His sign, the Papacy, in selecting a counterfeit sign, would naturally choose one as near like the genuine as possible, and so it took the very next day. Hence if, after we have carefully searched the New Testament, and found no command there for the change of the day, we still rely on the custom of the church by keeping the Sunday, we thereby acknowledge the authority crhistian the church that made this change.
The Roman Catholic Church sees this point, and uses it as a challenge to Protestantism, as the following quotations from Roman Catholic authorities will show: Kenedy and Sons, Snyder, of Bloomington, Ill.
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It could not have been otherwise, as none in those days would have dreamed of doing anything in matters spiritual and ecclesiastical and religious without her. And the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters. We will now let the Catholic Church tell when it changed the Sabbath day. Here is its answer: Sanctioned by the Vatican, Jan. Kindly notice how often Catholic authors refer to the fact that there is no Scripture proof for Sunday, but that it rests solely on the authority of the Catholic Church.
This precept was fachs by God in the Ten Commandments: The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. On the other christiam, Christ declares that He is not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it. He Himself observed the Sabbath: His disciples likewise observed it after His death: Yet with all curistian weight edwardso Scripture authority for keeping the Sabbath, or seventh day, holy, Protestants of all denominations make this a profane day, and transfer the obligation of it to the first day of the weekor the Sunday.
Now what authority have they for doing this? None whatever, except the unwritten word, or tradition, of the Catholic Church. The Brotherhood of St. Vincent de Paul says: He did not rest on Sunday, but on Saturday.
On Sunday, which is edwardspn first day of the week, He began the work of creation Nothing can be more plain and easy to understand than all this; and there is nobody who attempts to deny it Why then do you keep holy the Sunday, and not Saturday?
Who has authority to change an express commandment of Almighty God? When God has spoken and said, Thou faifh keep holy the seventh day, who shall dare to say, Nay, thou mayest work and do all manner of worldly business on the seventh day; but thou shalt keep holy the first day in its stead?
This is a most important question, which I know not how you can answer. The command to keep holy the seventh day is one of the Ten Commandments; you believe that the other nine are still binding; who gave you authority to tamper with the fourth? Facte Luther and Melancthon felt the stinging force of this Catholic argument in proof of the power of the papal church, although they knew that the time had not then come for a Sabbath reform.
Eck, disputing with Luther, said: If you omit the latter, and turn from the Church to fsith Scriptures alone, then you must keep the Sabbath with the Jews, which has been kept from the beginning of the world. Calling attention to this Roman Catholic assumption of authority, the Reformers said: Great, they assert, must be the power of the Church, when it can grant release from one of the Ten Commandments.
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The authority of the church could therefore not be bound to the authority of the Scripture, because the church had changed Sabbath into Sunday, not by the command of Christbut by its own authority. With this, to be sure, the last illusion was destroyed, and it was declared that tradition does not signify antiquity, but continual inspiration.
After the Jesuits were expelled from England in they determined to recapture that country, and at their school at Rheims, France, they translated their New Testament from the Vulgate Latin into English in Their Old Testament was printed at Douay,so that their whole Bible has come to be called the Douay version. For the same warrant she hath for the one she hath for the other! And Pope Gregory says of the power of the pope: Nor is there any one to say to him, Why doest thou this?
For he can dispense with the law, he can turn injustice into justice by correcting and changing the law, and he has the fullness of power.
Gloss on the Transfer of Bishops. He can free himself from the commands of the apostles, he being their superior, and from the rules of the Old Testament. He can dispense above the law; and of wrong make right, by correcting and changing laws.
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