Sabbath keepers wrongly accuse Constantine

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I have been trying to find the historical record which says Constantine changed Sabbath worship to Sunday, as taught by our Sabbath-keeping friends, without success. What I did find is that Constantine legalised Christianity in AD 313, which had been illegal throughout the Roman Empire for over 300 years, and which was in fulfilment of Daniel 2:44-45.

The Apostles, whom Jesus commissioned to teach all nations (Matthew 28:19-20); and said he who rejects their teachings reject Him and also reject God the father (Luke 10:16), collectively authored a document called the Didache, after the council of Jerusalem AD 49, which is recorded in Acts 15, to teach the Christian faith.

The instructions to worship on Sunday in section XIV reads: “On the day of the lord, the Lord's day, come together to break bread and hold Eucharist (liturgical worship) after confessing your transgressions, that your offering may be pure, but let no one who has a quarrel with his fellow man join your meeting until they be reconciled, that your sacrifice may not be defiled. For this is that which was spoken by the Lord: In every place and time offer me a pure sacrifice for I am a great king and my name is wonderful among the Gentiles.”

There are numerous examples of worshipping on Sunday long before the birth of Constantine, one is Justin Martyr's defence of Christianity to Emperor Antonius Pius AD 140 which says: “On the day called Sunday all who live in country or town gather together in one place,” and he went on to describe and explain the worship.

He ended his letter saying, “Our Lord was crucified on the day before the Sabbath, and the day after the Sabbath when He rose from the dead He met with His Apostles and disciples and taught them these things, which we submit to you for your consideration.”

 

A James

alvalj@cwjamaica.com

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