For every doctrine and institution that God has established and created, Satan has established a counterfeit.
Here are a few examples:
God is composed of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (1 John 5:7), while Satan has instituted his own trinity through the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet (Revelation 16:13).
God has a true church (Revelation 12:1-2, 5-6) and Satan has a false church (Revelation 17:1-6).
God has the seal of God (2 Timothy 2:19 and Revelation 7:2) and Satan has the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:17).
God established baptism by immersion (Mark 1:9-10 and John 3:23), but Satan has corrupted this doctrine to include sprinkling and other false forms of baptism.
God established marriage between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:24), but Satan has corrupted this doctrine as well.
God has a true gospel (or good news of Jesus Christ - Romans 1:16) and Satan has a false gospel (Galatians 1:6-7).
Satan has done the same thing with the day of worship. God says to worship Him on the Sabbath, which is Saturday (Exodus 20:8-11), while Satan has deceived the majority of the Christian world into worshipping on Sunday. How did this happen? Does it really matter what day a Christian chooses to worship? What does the Bible say about the day a Christian should worship?
The Sabbath is part of the Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:8-11 (KJV) says, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
The Ten Commandments have never changed and is eternal. The Ten Commandments are not done away with as some Christians claim. Matthew 5:18, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”, and Psalm 111:7-8, “The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.”
God also has never changed and is eternal. James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” and Genesis 21:33, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
There are numerous verses for each point, but to limit the size of this post we’re only placing one or two for each. We’ll provide a link to a video and website that can provide even more details on each point at the end of this post.
The Sabbath is the seventh day as established by God at creation. Genesis 2:2-3, “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” God does not need to rest. He rested as an example for Adam and Eve. There were no Jews in existence at creation, so the day of rest was meant for all of mankind and is not only a Jewish day of worship.
All of mankind will worship God in heaven on the Sabbath. 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.” God instituted the Sabbath at creation for all mankind and the Bible says the righteous (saved) will worship God in heaven on the Sabbath. So why do Christians worship on Sunday?
Nowhere in the Bible does it command Christians or followers of Jesus to worship Him on Sunday or the first day of the week. There is no scriptural authority for Sunday worship. This change was started by Emperor Constantine with his decree in A.D. 321. Four years later in A.D. 325, the Catholic church through Pope Sylvester made it official by naming Sunday the Lord’s Day.
Here’s what the Catholic Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine states on page 50: Q. What is the Third Commandment? A. The Third Commandment is: Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. Q. Which is the Sabbath day? A. Saturday is the Sabbath day. Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.
The Catholic church admits to changing the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday. Notice that the Catholic church has the Sabbath commandment as their third and in the Bible it is the fourth. The Catholic church changed the Ten Commandments by deleting the second which deals with idolatry (because the Catholic church practices idolatry, which includes worshiping Mary and other saints) and split the tenth about coveting into two so they could still have Ten Commandments. Compare the Catholic’s version of the Ten Commandments (on page 37 and 38 of the Convert’s Catechism) to God’s Ten Commandments in the Bible (Exodus 20:1-17).
Does the Catholic church have the authority to change God’s eternal and never changing Ten Commandments? No! This deception has infiltrated the church and now the majority of Christians worship on Sunday, which is not the day that God established. Many Christians are deceived by following tradition and the commandments of men.
Matthew 15:8-9 says, “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.”
As promised, here is a video from the Here We Stand evangelistic series by Pastor Doug Batchelor. It is long but well worth the time to learn the truth.