A Greek Falsehood


The conclusion of the whole matter, to quote their own words,is, there is “no positive command” “for keeping holy the first day of the week;” “not on record any divine command” “to change the Sabbath to the first day of the week.” And again: “The New Testament is silent about a change of days;” “no express commandment in all the Scriptures;” and “there is not a particle of Scripture law;” its “observance” “is not founded on any commandment of God.” Again: “Can we find the text” “enjoining” “this day? — No!” “No precept for it” “in the New Testament.” Further: “You may search from Genesis to Revelation for a commandment,” “but you will search in vain.” And again: “It must be owned” that “the usual” “passages are not sufficient.” And “it must be confessed that there is no law in the New Testament concerning the first day.” The “Lord’s day is founded not on any commandment of God.” And again: there was “no Lord’s day instituted by any apostolic mandate.” “No ecclesiastical writers of the first three centuries attributed” Sunday “observance either to Christ of his apostles.” “The festival of Sunday” “was always only a human ordinance.” “The primitive Christians did all manner of work upon the Lord’s day.” “No law or precept” “given by Christ or the apostles” “for the substitution of the first instead of the seventh day of the week.” “The Lord’s day had no command that it should be sanctified.” “Nor do these [early Christians] in any instance allege any divine command, or even apostolic practice” for it. “And we have not the word of God for us, but rather against us.” “The Lord’s day had no such commandment” “that it should be sanctified.” “By none of the Fathers” was its observance “grounded either on the fourth commandment” or “the precepts of Jesus or his apostles.” GRFA 27.9

And yet again: There is “no expression for observing the first day of the week.” The substitution of “the first day of the week for the seventh day is absolutely without any authority in the New Testament.” “There is no scriptural authority for so doing.” “We meet with no scriptural direction for the change.” It is a “fact that there was in reality no divine legislation establishing the Christian Sabbath.” GRFA 27.10

Now, we ask in all candor, why rob the Creator of that which is pre-eminently his? “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord our God.” If there is no commandment for the observance of first day, as these many writers testify (and they have spoken the truth), is it not fitting that we “return unto the Lord,” and walk in the “old paths”? These men were not trying to tear down the first day; on the contrary, very many of them were actually trying to support it at the time they made these remarkable concessions. There is much in their praise, — they have spoken candidly; THEY HAVE TOLD THE TRUTH! GRFA 27.11