Sunday Worship: Is it Really the Lord's Day

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For thousands of years, Sunday has been touted as the high day of the Lord by self proclaimed Christians. Although it is universally accepted throughout the world, like so many other matters pertaining to the word of God, this belief opposes God’s law, specifically the 4th commandment.
Sunday has a dual origin that first comes from paganism and then later stems from the self willed ideologies of man.

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Sunday Worship: Is it Really the Lord's Day

  1. 1. SundayworshipIs it Really the Lord’s Day?
  2. 2. IntroductionFor thousands of years, Sunday has been touted as the highday of the Lord by self proclaimed ChristiansAlthough it is universally accepted throughout the world,like so many other matters pertaining to the word of God,this belief opposes God’s law, specifically the 4thcommandmentSunday has a dual origin that first comes from paganism andthen later stems from the self willed ideologies of manThis presentation will dispel the myth that Sunday, the firstday of the week, is God’s holy day of worship ©2012 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. Religious Climate ofthe Roman Empire ©2012 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  4. 4. Roman Empire: A Polytheistic WorldSunday worship is deeply rooted in the idolatry of the Roman empire,therefore we will start hereThe Roman empire was largely polytheistic, that is, they believed in theworship of many gods and goddessesMany of the Roman emperors proclaimed themselves to be gods andwanted to be worshipped as suchAs the Roman Empire continued to expand it included people with avariety of cultures & beliefsFor the most part, Romans were tolerant of other religious groups as longas they paid taxes & didn’t challenge their governmentThe Jews & Christians that worshipped on the Sabbath, however, becamean exception and were subjected to persecution by the Romans
  5. 5. Persecution of JewsAround 66AD, the Jews began to rebelagainst Rome due to their refusal tosacrifice to idol gods & issues with taxationThis led to a great war between the Jews &Romans and the eventual death ofthousands of Jews, as well as the destructionof Jerusalem & the holy temple in 70ADAs a result of this rebellion, anti Jewishsentiments were at an all time high and theRomans hated anything pertaining to theJews, including their religious faith,tradition & customs
  6. 6. Persecution of ChristiansChristianity was initially considered a religious sectwithin the Jewish faithIn fact, many very “early Christians” as scholars state,were Jews by birth or conversionThe Roman people were also highly suspicious aboutthe Christian religion due to their refusal to acceptpagan religions or sacrifice to Roman gods or emperorsThe persecution of the Christians began during theministry of Jesus and continued intermittently untilabout 3 centuries after Christ’s death (took placeapproximately in 33 AD) Many Christians were kicked out of their homes, theirproperty was confiscated, they were jailed and fed to thelions
  7. 7. Paganism & False Ideologies of SundayWorship
  8. 8. Pagan RootsThe history of Sunday worship is deeply rooted inpaganismThe Romans were notorious for worshipping the planets &named the days of the week after their gods (i.e. Mercury,Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the sun and the moon)Sunday was the day of the Sun or “Dies Solis”The worship of the sun in the Roman Empire wasextremely popular because it was considered the source ofall light & lifeTherefore Sunday was declared to be higher than all otherdays of the weekThough other so-called gods had days named after them,only Dies Solis was considered holy
  9. 9. False Ideologies: Day of the Sun & ResurrectionSo-called Christian leaders of the 2nd & 3rdcenturies, such as Justin Martyr, used the meaningof Dies Solis (day of the sun) to help justify whySunday was the Lord’s high dayJustin Martyr specifically described the relationshipbetween the name ‘Sunday’ & what God actually didon that dayHis rationale was this....... It is good to come together on the day of the sun because Christ created light & separated it "om the darkness on the 1st day Christ, who is deemed the light of the world, resurrected on Sunday
  10. 10. Day of the Sun & Resurrection Dispe$ing the MythIt is accurate that God created light on the first day but it is NOT true that Christrose on SundayThe book of Daniel 9: 27 indicates that our Lord was sacrificed on Wednesdayand resurrected on the Sabbath or three days laterYou can also look at Matthew 28: 1, 5 & 6, which states.... “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”Note the scripture states “end of sabbath” and “began to dawn;” thus, Sunday wasABOUT TO BEGIN & Christ had already risenMore importantly, Christ NEVER stated that we should worship him on the dayof his resurrection, so even if Jesus rose on Sunday (which is not true) we are stillrequired to reverence the seventh day Sabbath as commanded by God
  11. 11. False Ideologies: First DayTheologists often reference the writing of the apostle Paul in ICorinthians 16: 1-2, which states, “Now concerning the co$ection for the saints, as I have given and to the Churches of Galatia even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store as God has prospered him, that there be no gathering when I come.”Many religious scholars count this as having spiritual significance inestablishing the first day as the day of the LordBut this scripture in no way states that Sunday should be observed asa holy dayIn fact, Paul was an ardent keeper of the Sabbath day, and taught theGentiles to do the same (Acts 13: 13-14 and 42-49)
  12. 12. False Ideologies: “Second Creation”Another argument states that whereas the Sabbath commemorates theend of the “first creation,” Sunday celebrates the beginning of the“second creation,” which is said to have no endAccording to this notion, when Christ allegedly rose on Sunday, a newcovenant was established with mankindWith this new covenant, salvation was for all human beings and not justthe JewsTheologists further stated that as a result of this new covenant, humanbeings were no longer bounded by the laws written in the 5 books ofMoses, aka Torah, which is said to be only for the JewsIt should be noted that one of the 5 books of Moses is Exodus whichexplicitly lists the 10 commandments including the 4th....”Remember theSabbath Day”
  13. 13. False Ideologies: “Second Creation”It is true that Christ brought forth a new testament orcovenant for his people through the shedding of his bloodUnder the first covenant, God gave Israel the 10commandments & they were also required to use the bloodof animals for sacrificial offerings, which prophesied ofChrist’s sacrifice to comeWith the second covenant the law of sacrificial offerings(i.e. Animals) was no longer needed because the blood ofanimals could in no way purge our sins but Christ’s bloodhas the power to do soThe second covenant also brought forth the free gift ofgrace, which offers all mankind the time and opportunityto repent and OBEY God’s commandmentsIn no way did the death of Christ do away with the law or10 commandments, which Christ himself states inMatthew 5: 17-19
  14. 14. False Ideologies: Day of the LordThe name Dies Dominica or day ofthe Lord replaced Dies Solis as thelegal name for the day SundayThe “Day of the Lord” is said torefer to Christ, who became theConquerer and Master of mankindwhen he allegedly arose on SundayIt is certainly true that Christ isLord & master of all but as statedbefore, he did NOT rise on Sunday
  15. 15. False Ideologies: The 8th DayAs early as the first half of the second century, so-called Christianwriters began calling Sunday the “eighth day”It was believed that God rested on the Jewish Sabbath from hiswork of creation and then accomplishing the new creation or thechurch on the eighth dayThis argument has no basis of truth as there are only 7 days in theweek, which was established from the beginning during theCreationThe phrase “Jewish Sabbath” indicates that the seventh daySabbath is only for the Jews to keepWhether Jew or Gentile, all human beings are required to keephis 10 commandments
  16. 16. Constantine the GreatDuring the reign of Constantine theGreat, the strong presence of Christiansin Rome became a great politicalopportunityThe Christians wouldn’t go away byforce or persecution, and knowing thatpeople unite best behind a religiousbelief or cause, he chose another wayHe joined the Christians and became theBishop of the Church in Rome
  17. 17. Constantine the GreatHaving supreme power over the government & over the growingchurch, he changed it from within, the very fabric & foundation ofthe Doctrine it was founded uponHis words, “we will not Judaize,” legalized the removal of all thingsassociated with the hated Jews & the addition of all the traditionsof the heathenIn 322 AD, Constantine established so called Christianity as thelawful religion of Roman societyThe edict also brought about legislation that would call for theclosing of government facilities, businesses, and prohibiting laborand certain forms of workEven today, this legislation to some degree, is still in effect
  18. 18. Constantine the GreatConstantine being a sun worshipper welcomed the firstday worshippers of self proclaimed Christians with greateaseThe Emperor of Rome was worshipped by the Romanswho were fervent sun worshippersTherefore the worshipping of Christ on Sunday, who wasalso compared to the risen sun, greatly accommodatedsun worshippers
  19. 19. Constantine the GreatConstantine being a sun worshipper welcomed the firstday worshippers of self proclaimed Christians with greateaseThe Emperor of Rome was worshipped by the Romanswho were fervent sun worshippersTherefore the worshipping of Christ on Sunday, who wasalso compared to the risen sun, greatly accommodatedsun worshippers
  20. 20. Sunday Is NOT the Lord’s DayIt can be concluded that Sunday is infact founded upon the proclamations ofmenNothing more than an amalgamation oftheories, philosophies, edicts andcommandments that were initiatedfrom paganism and man’s desire toworship God in his own wayThis approach obviously spawned themultitude of religions we have in theworld today
  21. 21. In ClosingGod commanded Israel to keep the Sabbath holy but the Sabbath daylaw was established at the beginning (Exodus 20: 8 & Genesis 2: 2-3)This holy day was not only a perpetual covenant for Israel but for allhumanity for eternity (Exodus 31: 12-17 & Isaiah 66: 22-23)With the coming of our Lord and Savior Christ, were edified andadmonished as to how we should keep the Sabbath day (Matthew 12:1-12 & Mark 2: 27-28)The Sabbath day was a holy law established by God which was neverintended to be altered (Malachi 3: 6)The Sabbath day will be a part of the law that will be put in our newhearts by God for eternity (Jeremiah 31: 31-34)
  22. 22. Special Thanks to.... “This presentation was based on the classwritten by Pastor Derrick Pointer entitled.... “Sunday” ©2012 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved
  23. 23. Questions? For questions regarding this presentation pleasecontact us via email at info@householdofisrael.org or by phone at 219.949.9308 Feel free to visit our website @ www.householdofisrael.org ©2012 Household Of Israel Temple Of Jesus Christ. All Rights Reserved

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