This “general” statement should make most Protestants uncomfortable.


   When they encourage “posting the 10 Commandments on the courthouse, or schoolroom, wall,” they don’t really mean that at all.


   Rather, they mean we should notice and follow


The “9” commandments.


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   One, and only one of those commandments–all of which were directly and indirectly emphasized by Jesus in His ministry–is no longer taken seriously by nearly all Protestants. That’s the 4th (or 3rd, as Catholics count them) commandment which is almost totally ignored:  honoring and keeping holy the Sabbath Day.

   The main thrust of the Sabbath Day is not just to worship God, but to stop and rest, setting all regular work aside–from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

   The only fellowship of Christians who regular do, or attempt to do, this are the (Protestant) Seventh-Day Adventists¹.

   What caused early Christians to change the Sabbath to Sunday? A day or a choice  nowhere mentioned in the Bible²?

   In short, a 4th century Catholic Pope, who was considered by many to be head of the Christian Church on Earth, “changed” the Sabbath to Sunday, to be more in keeping with special days of existing pagan religions, and more than that, to put Jews, which even then were in disfavor, in their place. In fact, in some places Jews were severely punished or killed for keeping the Sabbath as they always had².

   The rub here is that (most) Protestants consider sola Scriptura to be a, if not the, foundational belief of the true Christian Church. That is, only the Bible itself reveals what God wants and expects. People, of course, are responsible to decide what the Bible says for themselves (with help from their church). But the Bible stands by itself as the final authority of Christian practice.

   Further, no one can change or disregard what the Bible has already clearly said.

   But the Roman Catholic Church disagrees, saying that there are two authorities, the Bible and the Church (headed by the pope), and the Church (or pope) can change, override or modify, what the Bible says.

   Hence, the Sabbath to most people became Sunday. End of the discussion, except for Catholics insisting that Protestants are inconsistent, accepting this Catholic change (and, perhaps,that they need to go further and accept other Catholic interpretations).


   ¹ There are other small 7th-day groups such as the Seventh-Day Baptists, and, of course, there are traditional Jews which do not accept Jesus as the Messiah who still recognize and observe the Sabbath.

   ² Information about this rarely discussed but fascinating issue can be quickly located by Googling “sabbath change.” It’s interesting to note (1) that the Sabbath did not begin with the 10 Commandments, but was in practice well before the Exodus; (2) Jesus regularly observed the Sabbath which he clearly considered to be part of God’s Law; (3) Sunday and “1st day” gatherings occasionally occurred in the the New Testament but the Sabbath remained the regular day for worship; and (4) Jesus’ serious statement about the Law made in Matthew 5;17-20 should be seriously considered. Christians are not saved by following the Law. But the O.T. Law, which Jesus emphasized as authority for his teaching, is still in play and is the main basis for following Godly morals.