Doesn’t the Catholic Church observe the Sabbath?

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While the Catholic Church may conduct a mass on Saturday, their official day of worship is Sunday. The Roman Church claims that it had, by its divine authority, transferred the sacredness of the seventh day to the first day.

Here are few quotes that support that:

“Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claims to observance can be defended only on Catholic principle… From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.” –The Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August, 1900.

“Ques. – Have you any other way of proving that the (Catholic) Church has power to institute festivals of precept (to command holy days)?”

“Ans. – Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her: she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day of the week, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” – Stephan Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism, page 176.

“Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened [when] the holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. ‘The Day of the Lord’ (dies Dominica) was chosen, not from any directions noted in the Scriptures, but from the Church’s sense of its own power”- Sentinel, Saint Catherine Catholic Church, Algonac, Michigan, Volume 50, Number 22, May 21, 1995.

The Lord sanctified the seventh day

The Bible is clear that believers should observe the seventh day Sabbath. For God blessed it at creation.  “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.  Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:2,3).

In fact, the Lord wrote the Sabbath commandment as part of the Ten Commandments twice on stone. He wrote, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work,  but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8-11).

The characteristics of God’s saints

In the book of Revelation, John describes God’s true believers. “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus (Revelation 14:12).

At the end, the special commandment controverted will be the sabbath. There is general agreement among believers that the other nine are of universal requirement. But early in the Christian church people started to not observe the seventh-day Sabbath and to substitute it with the observance of the first day of the week (Daniel 7:25).

Today, Sunday-observing Christians give different reasons as to why they observe the first day of the week instead of the seventh. Some claim that the Ten Commandments were abolished along with all Old Testament laws. But Christ stated that He didn’t come to abolish the law (Matthew 5:17-18).

Others claim that the time component in the fourth commandment is ceremonial. But they claim that the keeping of one day every seven is a moral duty. However, the Bible clearly states that the end time church will keep the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus.

“And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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