Ten Reasons Why Sunday
Cannot Be the Lord’s Day
by Richard Vaughn
1. Sunday cannot be the Lord’s Day because in order for Sunday to be a day of worship, different from the seventh day Sabbath, God Himself would have to have changed it. Did He change it? The only reliable source for the answer has to be in the Bible. Malachi 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I change not.” And look what God said in Psalm 89:34 “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” He spoke the Ten Commandments while He wrote them in stone with His finger. Exodus 31:18; Deuteronomy 9:10.
2. Sunday cannot be the Lord’s Day because in order for Sunday-keeping to be in the New Covenant, Jesus Himself would have to have made that change prior to His death. Jesus did institute three things that did become part of the New Covenant: 1. Baptism; 2. Foot washing and 3. The communion service, which replaced Passover. Just as the Old Covenant was ratified with the blood of an ox, so the New Covenant was ratified with the blood of Christ on the cross. Nothing can be added to the Testament with the death of the Testator. Therefore Sunday would be two days too late as far as being part of the New Covenant.
3. Sunday cannot be the Lord’s Day because John wrote in Revelation 1:10 “I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day.” Saturday or Sunday? There are no scriptures that connect the Lord’s Day with Sunday. That connection was arbitrarily made by man. But there are scriptures that do connect the seventh day Sabbath with the Lord. “But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God:” Exodus 20:10. “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, …” Isaiah 58:13. And in fact Jesus Himself said, “For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.” Matthew 12:8. Could anything be more clear?
4. Sunday cannot be the Lord’s Day because the seventh day Sabbath was kept more than 1700 times by Jesus when He was in the world. He died on Friday, Luke 23:46, 54, commonly called Good Friday today; and rested in the tomb on the seventh day Sabbath, Luke 23:55, 56, from His work of redemption, just as He rested from His creative work on the seventh day of creation, Genesis 2:2. It is true He rose on Sunday, the first day of the week, Luke 24:1, commonly called Easter Sunday today. But no word from Jesus about changing the Ten Commandments. If He is our example in all things, we need to be keeping His day holy as He commanded. John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
5. Sunday cannot be the Lord’s Day because there are no scriptures showing Sunday morning worship services in the New Testament. But all of the apostles continued to keep the seventh day Sabbath long after the ascension of Jesus into heaven. Some people think that Acts 20:7 was a Sunday worship service, when in fact the sun had set ending the Sabbath, beginning the first day of the week. It was what we would call Saturday night today. It was Paul’s farewell meeting with these Christians and he preached till midnight. On the light part of the first day, he walked 20 miles to Troas. The book of Acts does however record 84 seventh day Sabbath meetings held by Paul.
6. Sunday cannot be the Lord’s Day because Sunday-keeping began when the Roman Catholic Church changed the Sabbath from the seventh day to the first day of the week, in the fourth century so as to please the first day sun-worshipping pagans that were flooding into the church as a result of the Roman emperors conversions to Christianity. The Bishops at Rome used the excuse that since Jesus rose on the first day of the week we will honor His resurrection, an excuse used by Sunday-keepers even today. Did Jesus give the first day to honor His resurrection? Absolutely not. What did He give to honor His resurrection? Baptism. We celebrate His death when we die to sin; we celebrate His burial when we lay the old man of sin in the watery grave, and we celebrate His resurrection by coming up out of the waters, a new creature in Christ.
7. Sunday cannot be the Lord’s Day because the Roman Catholic Church boasts about having made the change.
Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, page 49,
Question: What is the third Commandment?
Answer: The third commandment is, “Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.”
Question: What is the third Commandment?
Answer: The third commandment is, “Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.”
Question: Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church in the Council of Laodicea,363 A.D., transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday. – Peter Geierman, The Catechism of Catholic Doctrine. (1951) page 50.
[Note-The Sabbath Commandment is the 4th commandment. The reason the Catholic Church has the Sabbath commandment as the third is because they removed the 2nd commandment that forbids worship of idols. To end up with Ten Commandments, they broke the tenth commandment into the 9th and 10th.]
Doctrinal Catechism written by Stephen Keenan:
Question: Have you any way of proving that the church has power to institute festivals of precept?
Answer: Had she no such power, she could not have done that 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, a change for which there is no scriptural authority.
Chancellor C.F. Thomas, chancellor to Cardinal Gibbons has stated for the record, “Of course the Catholic Church claims it was her act. And the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters.”
“It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church.” Priest Brady, in an address at Elizabeth, N.J. on March 17, 1903, (in Elizabeth News, March 18, 1903).
8. Sunday cannot be the Lord’s Day because Protestant leaders acknowledge that the seventh day is the Sabbath, and not the first day Sunday.
Baptist: "The Scriptures nowhere call the first day of the week the Sabbath . . . There is no Scriptural authority for so doing, nor of course, any Scriptural obligation."—The Watchman.
Presbyterian: "There is no word, no hint in the New Testament about abstaining from work on Sunday. The observance of Ash Wednesday, or Lent, stands exactly on the same footing as the observance of Sunday. Into the rest of Sunday no Divine Law enters."—Canon Eyton, Ten Commandments.
Presbyterian: "God instituted the Sabbath at the creation of man, setting apart the seventh day for the purpose, and imposed its observance as a universal and perpetual moral obligation upon the race." American Presbyterian Board of Publication, Tract No. 175.
Anglican: "And where are we told in the Scriptures that we are to keep the first day at all? We are commanded to keep the seventh; but we are nowhere commanded to keep the first day."—Isaac Williams, Plain Sermons on the Catechism, pp. 334, 336.
Methodist: "It is true that there is no positive command for infant baptism. Nor is there any for keeping holy the first day of the week. Many believe that Christ changed the Sabbath. But, from His own words, we see that He came for no such purpose. Those who believe that Jesus changed the Sabbath base it only on a supposition."—Amos Binney, Theological Compendium, pp. 180-181.
Methodist: "Sabbath in the Hebrew language signifies rest, and is the seventh day of the week... and it must be confessed that there is no law in the New Testament concerning the first day." Charles Buck, A Theological Dictionary, "Sabbath."
Episcopalian: "We have made the change from the seventh to the first day, from Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of the one holy, catholic, apostolic church of Christ."—Bishop Seymour, Why We Keep Sunday.
Episcopalian: “The Bible commandment says on the seventh-day thou shalt rest. That is Saturday. Nowhere in the Bible is it laid down that worship should be done on Sunday." Phillip Carrington, quoted in Toronto Daily Star, Oct 26, 1949.
Moody Bible Institute: "The Sabbath was binding in Eden, and it has been in force ever since. This fourth commandment begins with the word 'remember,' showing that the Sabbath already existed when God wrote the law on the tables of stone at Sinai. How can men claim that this one commandment has been done away with when they will admit that the other nine are still binding?"- D.L. Moody, Weighed and Wanting, page 47.
Southern Baptist: "The sacred name of the seventh day is Sabbath. This fact is too clear to require argument [Exodus 20:10, quoted]. On this point the plain teaching of the Word has been admitted in all ages. Not once did the disciples apply the Sabbath law to the first day of the week,—that folly was left for a later age, nor did they pretend that the first day supplanted the seventh."—Joseph Judson Taylor, The Sabbatic Question, pp. 14-17, 41.
American Congregationalist: "The 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 Abbot, Christian Union, June 26, 1890.
Christian Church: "Now there is no testimony in all the oracles of heaven that the Sabbath is changed, or that the Lord’s Day came in the room of it."—Alexander Campbell, Reporter, October 8, 1921.
Disciples of Christ: "If it [the Sabbath commandment] yet exists, let us observe it... And if it does not exist, let us abandon a mock observance of another day for it. 'But,' say some, 'it was changed from the seventh to the first day.' Where? When? and by whom? - No, it never was changed, nor could it be, unless creation was to be gone through again: for the reason assigned [in Genesis 2:1-3] must be changed before the observance or respect to the reason, can be changed. It is all old wives' fables to talk of the 'change of the sabbath' from the seventh to the first day. If it be changed, it was that august personage changed it who changes times and laws ex officio, - I think his name is "Doctor Antichrist.'" Alexander Campbell, The Christian Baptist, February 2, 1824, vol 1, no. 7.
Church of Christ: "There is no direct Scriptural authority for designating the first day ‘the Lord’s Day.’ "—Dr. D. H. Lucas, Christian Oracle, January 23, 1890.
Church of England: “Many people think that Sunday is the Sabbath. But neither in the New Testament nor in the early church is there anything to suggest that we have any right to transfer the observance of the seventh day of the week to the first. The Sabbath was and is Saturday and not Sunday, and if it were binding on us then we should observe it on that day, and on no other." Rev. Lionel Beere, All-Saints Church, Ponsonby, N.Z. in Church and People, Sept. 1, 1947.
"Is there any command in the New Testament to change the day of weekly rest from Saturday to Sunday? None." Church of England - Manual of Christian Doctrine, page 127.
Baptist: "To me it seems unaccountable that Jesus, during three years’ discussion with His disciples, often conversing upon the Sabbath question, discussing it in some of its various aspects, freeing it from its false [Jewish traditional] glosses, never alluded to any transference of the day; also, no such thing was intimated. Nor, so far as we know, did the Spirit, which was given to bring to their remembrance all things whatsoever that He had said unto them, deal with this question. Nor yet did the inspired apostles, in preaching the gospel, founding churches, counseling and instructing those founded, discuss or approach the subject.
There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, but that Sabbath day was not Sunday. It will be said, however, with some show of triumph, that the Sabbath day was transferred from the seventh to the first day of the week. Earnestly desiring information on this subject, which I have studied for many years, I ask, 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. Of course I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian history as a religious day, as we learn from the Christian Fathers and other sources. But what a pity that it comes branded with the mark of paganism, and christened with the name of the sun god, then adopted and sanctified by the Papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to Protestantism."— Dr. E. T. Hiscox, report of his sermon at the Baptist Minister’s Convention, New York Examiner, November 16, 1893.
Lutheran: "The festival of Sunday, like all other festivals, was always only a human ordinance." Augustus Neander, History of the Christian Religion and Church, Vol. 1, page 186.
Lutheran: "The 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.
Lutheran: "They [the Roman Catholics] allege the change of the Sabbath into the Lord's day… and they have no example more in their mouths than they change of the Sabbath. They will needs have the Church's power to be very great, because it hath dispensed with the precept of the Decalogue." The Augsburg Confession, 1530 A.D. (Lutheran), part 2, art 7, in Philip Schaff’s The Creeds of Christiandom, 4th Edition, vol 3, p. 64.
Lutheran: "They allege the Sabbath changed into Sunday, the Lord's day, contrary to the Decalogue, as it appear, neither is there any example more boasted of than the changing of the Sabbath day. Great, they say, is the power and authority of the church, since it dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments." Martin Luther, Augsburg Confession of Faith, art. 28.
9. Sunday cannot be the Lord’s Day because it is nothing more than a tradition of man. Jesus clearly addressed the value of tradition as it pertains to His commandments. Matthew 15:3, 8, 9. “But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
10. And finally, Sunday cannot be the Lord’s Day because we will be keeping the seventh day Sabbath with God throughout eternity. Isaiah 66:22, 23. “For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.”