APOSTOLIC LETTERDIES DOMINIOF THE HOLY FATHERJOHN PAUL II
TO THE BISHOPS, CLERGY AND FAITHFULOF THE CATHOLIC CHURCHON KEEPING THE LORD’S DAY HOLY
Well now, wait just a moment, was Sunday called “The Lord’s Day” from Apostolic times? No. Not one apostle calls Sunday, “The Lord’s Day”. It was Ignatius who started calling Sunday the “Lord’s Day”. He did not have authority from God!
Again, as we have already learned, “The Lord’s Day” in the Bible is always in reference to the 7th day, Saturday, Sabbath. Jesus said, “I am Lord of the Sabbath”. That is His day. He created it, He blessed it, He sanctified it, He rested in the tomb on it and He made it holy. Never was the 1st day, Sunday, given any of those designations from God. Never!!!
But the pope is right. The resurrection is the fundamental event upon which the PAGAN “Christian” world’s faith rests. The pope goes on to say in number 6, “In doing this, we follow in the footsteps of the age-old tradition of the Church.” You bet. Easter, the resurrection, is a demonic, age-old tradition of the pagan church that was never sanctioned by the writers of the Bible, both Old or New Testament. Jesus hates tradition. Read Mark 7:6-13 and see how much Jesus thinks of tradition. Nowhere in all of the Bible are we to follow tradition. True Christians follow the commands of Jesus. The pagan “Christians” follow the pagan traditions of the Church. The pope is absolutely correct in that statement.
Number 8 states: “For the Christian, Sunday is above all an Easter celebration…”. Yep, that is correct for the pagan “Christian”. As stated earlier, Easter comes straight out of paganism. You can refresh your memory by reading those sections in this work book.
Just because human wisdom takes some texts of some of the writers of the Bible and twist them to make it sound like God changed, He didn’t change. They don’t know what they are talking about. Again, to refresh your memory, go back to volume I and read about the Old and New Covenants.
Continuing on we read, “The People of God are called to enter into this same rest by persevering in Christ’s example of filial obedience…”. Oh Mr. Pope, I couldn’t agree more with you. But Mr. Pope, Christ’s example, “filial obedience” was always to keep and teach the importance of the 7th day Sabbath, not the 1st day pagan day. (Luke 4:16) Mr. Pope, why are you not following in the example, custom and teaching of Jesus?
Number 18 reads: “Because the Third Commandment…” “Third Commandment”? The pope here is talking about the Sabbath. Check out your Bible and see which commandment talks about the Sabbath. It is not the “Third” but the Fourth Commandment. Why does the pope talk about it being the “Third”? Because, like everything else, he thinks he has the right to change what God doesn’t want changed. The Catholic Church changed the Ten Commandments. They took out the 2nd commandment and split the 10th commandment. That was so they could worship idols and still keep “Ten” Commandments. Where did you get that authority Mr. Pope? Oh yes, you claim to be “God on earth” and can change God and His Commandments.
Here we see the pope explaining that the Catholic Church changed the Sabbath. It wasn’t God who changed it. Listen to the pope as we continue with number 18. “Christians … made the first day after the Sabbath a festive day.” Okay, let’s give them that. Let’s say that Christians decided to make Sunday a “festive day”. What does that have to do with changing the Sabbath? Nothing!!! It gets better yet. The pope says, “We move from the ‘Sabbath’ to the ‘first day after the Sabbath’, from the seventh day to the first day: the dies Domini becomes the dies Christi!” Really? And who authorized this move? The Catholic Church!!!
When you, Mr. And Mrs. Sunday keeper keep Sunday, you are honoring the pope, not God. The Catholic Church will tell you that.
And now the Catholic Church agrees that Sunday is a pagan ritual. Listen to what the pope says in number 27. “Wise pastoral intuition suggested to the Church the christianization of the notion of Sunday as ‘the day of the sun’, which was the Roman name for the day and which is retained in some modern languages. This was in order to draw the faithful away from the seduction of cults which worshiped the sun, and to direct the celebration of the day to Christ, humanity’s true ‘sun’. Writing to the pagans, Saint Justin (who?) uses the language of the time to note that Christians gather together ‘on the day named after the sun’, but for believers the expression had already assumed a new meaning which was unmistakably rooted in the Gospel.”
Let me see if I have this right. The pagans worshiped the sun god on Sunday, just as I have been explaining to you. The pope agrees with true history. So, in order to bring the pagans out of paganism, we will continue to use their pagan day of worship but just make it “Christian”. Remember, the church also kept their idols and just “Christianized” them. Knock, knock; anybody home?
Number 32 states, “Significantly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that ‘the Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life’”. That is correct. God does not teach it, but the Catholic Church in their Catechism teaches it. Sunday worship is and always has been at the heart of all pagan church worship.
Now notice how sly the pope is. You see, he has changed the Sabbath from the 7th day to the 1st day. Sounds good. But now see how it keeps going. Listen to number 39. “In Masses of Sunday and holy days of obligation…”. And what? “Holy days”? Oh, now not only are we changing the Sabbath, but we now are going to add more “holy days” that are our “obligation” to keep holy. Okay all you Sunday Protestants, now you must keep all the other days holy that the Catholic Church has made holy. If you keep one of its days, you might as well keep them all. Picking and choosing which of its days you want won’t cut it. You are already lost by breaking God’s Sabbath, so go ahead and go all the way and start keeping all the other “holy days” of the Catholic Church.
It goes on to say, “The Code of Canon Law of 1917…reiterates this, saying that ‘on Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to attend Mass.’ …How vital Sunday is for the Christian life.” Oh, I see, it isn’t God who commands the keeping of Sunday, it is “The Code of Canon Law of 1917”. How nice. Oh yes, and of course, all you Sunday going Protestants, you must also keep those other holy days. They are “vital” to your life. Thank God I am not bound by all of those man-made holy days nor the pagan 1st day worship. I obey God and keep His 7th day Sabbath very plainly and simply as God commands us to.
Not only are we now to keep the pagan 1st day holy, but we are to keep the other pagan holy days holy. And, “The faithful take advantage of Sunday rest to visit a Shrine, in a more intense experience of faith.” What was that? Oh, I see, now I must go visit a shrine on Sunday to get a “more intense experience of faith”. Wow, you Sunday keeping Protestants really have a lot to do on Sunday and the other “holy days”. You keep the devil’s 1st day sabbath, you keep his other pagan holy days and you worship at his shrines. All the things that the Old Testament and the New Testament condemn. But who cares, you are not doing anything God tells you to do. You are only doing what the pope tells you to do.
Number 55 says, “Blessed be he who has raised the great day of Sunday above all other days.” Excuse me, but that is not found anywhere in my Bible. If you can find it in any accurately translated Bible, please let me know and I will personally give you $1,000. (Since June of 1997, not one person has shown me the change in the Bible.)
Number 58: “This vision of faith shows the Christian Sunday to be a true ‘time for celebration’, a day given by God to men and women for their full human and spiritual growth.” Is that so? Again, show me where you find that in the Bible and I’ll give you $1,000. In fact, just show me where Sunday is called, “Christian”. The only Christian Sabbath has always been the 7th day Sabbath of God.
Here is a real doozer. Number 62 says, “It is the duty of the Christians therefore to remember that, the underlying reasons for keeping ‘the Lord’s Day’ holy – inscribed solemnly in the Ten Commandments – remain valid, though they need to be reinterpreted in the light of the theology and spirituality of Sunday.”
How was that? Oh, yes, the 7th day Sabbath is “inscribed solemnly in the Ten Commandments” and “remain valid”, but needs to be “reinterpreted”? Who gave them that authority to “reinterpret” that which God said was not to be added to or subtracted from? (Deuteronomy 4:2.)
The blood of Jesus makes the Ten Commandments absolutely mandatory. Jesus is my example. He kept them unto death, and He commands us to keep them even unto death. Anyone who attempts to change any of God’s commands will be burned in hell. (Revelation 22:18, 19.)
“Even after the fall of the Empire, the Councils did not cease to insist upon the arrangements regarding Sunday rest…it is still Sunday which remains the Lord’s Day.” Okay, so it is not God who insists upon Sunday, but the Church, following after the pagan Roman Empire. So, again, who are you following? Are you following Jesus and the God of the universe by keeping His 7th day Saturday Sabbath holy, or are you following the pagan Roman Empire’s example of Sunday worship?
Wow pope, you really have it all backwards. One, it is not the state’s duty. Two, you have the wrong day, biblically. As the pope says, “In the words of Saint Ambrose…”. Saint who? I don’t remember a book in the Bible being written by Saint Ambrose? The Catholic Church is made up of pagan, demonic rules, regulations and traditions. Is that who you follow? Remember, all churches follow the Roman Catholic Church if they keep it’s Sunday sabbath holy or teach its doctrines. That includes yours!
The pope goes on to say, “The holy Church venerates with special love the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God…”. I don’t remember that verse in the Bible. I do think, though, that there were Catholics in the New Testament. Luke says that one yelled out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” Sounds Catholic.
But listen to what Jesus said. “Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey it.” Luke 11:27, 28. That is the problem with the Catholic Church and all the Protestant Churches who follow the Catholic Sunday. They are not obeying the Word of God to keep His 7th day, Saturday, Holy. Therefore, none of them are blessed, but will be thrown into hell.
As a final note, the pope says, “As they listen to the word proclaimed in the Sunday assembly, the faithful look to the Virgin Mary… From Sunday to Sunday, the pilgrim people follow in the footsteps of Mary.”
I thought that as the Word was proclaimed we were to look to Jesus. I thought that we were to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Come on people. Wake Up!!! The Bible says to come out of all these pagan churches that are giving homage to the devil and his 1st day, Sunday, worship. Come out and stand up for God. Start keeping His 7th day, Saturday, Sabbath and see what blessings will come upon you.
After all, Mary kept the 7th day Sabbath holy. Let us remember that text. “So the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee, following close behind, saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they went back and prepared spices and perfumes, and on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.” Luke 23:55, 56. Let’s follow the example of Mary who obeyed Jesus and let's keep the 7th day Sabbath holy.