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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #595 on: Tue Apr 26, 2022 - 05:40:23 »
From your article:
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This concept of an “eighth day” is based on Catholic tradition and is not supported by the Bible. We are essentially being asked to reject the Bible, the true Sabbath day, Saturday, and the seven-day week in favor of their interpretation of how Christ instituted a new eight-day week at His resurrection. Crisis Magazine continued:

Actually there IS an "eighth day" in scripture that goes back to Moses.  It is called Shemini Atzeret. It is an added day to the celebration of Sukkot - feast of Tabernacles. 

Leviticus 23:33
Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the Lord. 35 On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind. 36 For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to the Lord; it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work.


It is referenced in the Gospels as well:

John 7:37
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink
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The 8th day does not replace the Sabbath, it is an additional once a year sabbath.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #596 on: Thu Apr 28, 2022 - 08:35:25 »
From your article:
Actually there IS an "eighth day" in scripture that goes back to Moses.  It is called Shemini Atzeret. It is an added day to the celebration of Sukkot - feast of Tabernacles. 

Leviticus 23:33
Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 34 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the Lord. 35 On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind. 36 For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to the Lord; it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work.


It is referenced in the Gospels as well:

John 7:37
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink
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The 8th day does not replace the Sabbath, it is an additional once a year sabbath.

True dat.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #597 on: Sat Apr 30, 2022 - 08:36:34 »

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #598 on: Sat Apr 30, 2022 - 08:56:56 »
https://www.comece.eu/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2022/03/20220303-European-Sunday-Alliance-Joint-statement-on-the-European-Day-for-a-Work-Free-Sunday.pdf

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Statement of the European Sunday Alliance on the annual European Day for a Work-Free Sunday on March 3 2022

On March 3, the annual European Day for a Work-Free Sunday, the European Sunday Alliance calls on political leaders to put as a priority on the EU social policy agenda the establishment of a European weekly common day of rest.

Work-life balance, as well as healthy, safe and well-adapted work environments, are at the heart of the European Pillar of Social Rights, which all EU institutions and Member States governments have committed to implement.

A weekly day of rest

One of the major impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the rise of telework and the fragmentation of working time, often detrimental to the work-life balance of workers. In order to prevent a work environment that compromises the health and wellbeing of workers, it is crucial to ensure a right to disconnect, during the week but also during the weekend, with a work free day. A full day of rest per week is indispensable to recover and to ensure both a better wellbeing and a better productivity of workers.

A common day of rest

Humans are social beings, and for many of them their health requires more than individual time to spend alone. The challenges of the pandemic have highlighted the issue of loneliness in the EU. A common work- free day enables families to spend time together, children with parents and grandparents, who are the first ones to suffer from loneliness. A work free day makes it also possible to pursue volunteer work, civic engagement, joint social, sports or faith-related activities, and, more generally, to strengthen the social cohesion of our communities.

By tradition and custom, most European countries establish the weekly day of rest on Sunday.

The European Sunday Alliance thus calls on European political leaders to put as a priority the establishment of a European weekly common day of rest for workers, by tradition on Sunday, as enshrined in Art. 2 of the European Social Charter.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #599 on: Thu May 12, 2022 - 07:02:16 »
http://adventmessenger.org/sunday-openings-are-opposed-by-christian-organizations-labor-unions-and-climate-activists-according-to-the-french-secular-media/

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Sunday Openings are Opposed by Christian Organizations, Labor Unions, and Climate Activists, According to the French Secular Media

In the minds of some in the secular news media, the pieces of the puzzle are coming together. Why can’t our people connect the dots? The push for Sunday rest has united religious, political, and social groups in a “common” cause. This is exactly what Pope Francis predicted in his encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si’ #23, when he said, “The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all … Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes.” One of those changes is the need for Sunday rest, as described in Laudato Si’ #237.

On May 3, 2022, “The Local,” a French news media site, published an article about Sunday shopping restrictions in France and named those who were behind the push for Sunday rest. Notice what was published:

“While traditionally it was Christian groups who opposed Sunday opening, these days it’s just as likely to be trade unions – who are concerned about the effect on employees’ work-life balance and right to time off if Sunday opening becomes the norm. Some supermarkets have attempted to circumvent this by opening on Sundays with automated checkouts only, in order to reduce staffing levels. Increasingly, green groups are also opposing Sunday opening as they focus on reducing consumption in order to save the planet.” [1]

Sunday openings are opposed by churches, labor unions, and environmentalists. Not only has the climate movement embraced Sunday rest, but it has also taken up the cause of Sunday closing. This contributes to the Pope’s vision of Laudato Si’ being implemented throughout society. The Sunday movement is being driven by the climate change crisis and all other man-made disasters. God foretold the following events:

“It will be declared that men are offending God by the violation of the Sunday-sabbath, that this sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly enforced, and that those who present the claims of the fourth commandment, thus destroying reverence for Sunday, are troublers of the people, preventing their restoration to divine favor and temporal prosperity.” (Great Controversy, p. 590).

Are you aware of the forces at work in the world to bring chaos and disaster? Do you see why certain men are attempting to usher in World War III while also conspiring to create a climate apocalypse? Rome will not let a good crisis go to waste, and they will take advantage of the chaos. These natural disasters, pandemics, and tragedies are being used to aid in the passage of a National Sunday Law.

Pope Francis is fulfilling his prophetic role by encouraging everyone to work together to pass policies that protect people’s right to rest on Sunday (Laudato Si’ #237), all in the name of environmental sustainability. In these last days, this is one of the methods being used to promote Sunday laws. Climate activists and religious leaders will exert pressure on state officials in all governments around the world to implement Sunday rest through legislation:

“The dignitaries of church and State will unite to bribe, persuade or compel all classes to honor the Sunday. The lack of divine authority will be supplied by oppressive enactments. Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth; and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance (Great Controversy, p. 592).

The environmental crisis has become the most widely publicized issue on the planet. The dangers of Sunday laws are slowly but steadily threatening us on all sides. Sunday is being agitated once again through climate policies. These laws are a threat to our religious and civil liberties, as we know from both prophecy and history. Sunday laws are also in direct conflict with God’s Word, which commands us to keep Saturday as the seventh-day Sabbath. The Three Angels’ Messages place a strong emphasis on the Sabbath of the Decalogue, revealing the close connection between the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

The central theme of the Everlasting Gospel of Revelation 14:6-12 is the close relationship between obedience and faith. We need to do a lot more to bring God’s prophetic messages to light. We must warn the rest of the world about the formation of the image of the beast, the union of church and state, the notorious Sunday laws, and the global shift toward Rome. This is the time to sound the trumpet and warn people about the dangers that are about to take the world by storm.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #600 on: Sat Jun 11, 2022 - 09:19:39 »
https://www.catholicherald.com/article/columns/climate-healing-by-doing-less-one-day-a-week/

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Climate healing by doing less — one day a week

There is a giant step the people of God can take next weekend to benefit the Earth’s climate. It’s simple, easy, everyone is capable of doing it and, best of all, it involves doing less not more. I’m not a climate scientist but I know this: if 70 million U.S. Catholics embraced Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si’ ” (On care of creation) and honored the Lord’s Day by following the third commandment, we’d see a dramatic drop in greenhouse gases.


We don’t have a lot of time: The Guardian reported that 2021 ocean temperatures were the hottest in history. We all want to do something, but the problem is so big we lose heart. Recycling doesn’t stir the soul. And technology will not keep the immense Thwaites Glacier, a glacier the size of England, from breaking away into a warming Antarctic Ocean.

So, what can one person do? Not much, but 70 million U.S. Catholics could make a difference on the Sabbath, greatly reducing carbon in the atmosphere by literally doing less. If you’re waiting for God to save us, you’re too late. He told us how by writing it with his finger on a stone tablet several thousand years ago.

What would honoring the Sabbath look like?

— Worship and prayer, as usual.

— No shopping. With human lives at stake, is it so difficult to only shop six days?

— No driving. Hedges & Company reports about 1.446 billion vehicles on Earth in 2022 with 19 percent in the United States. Where possible, use public transport. Prohibiting commercial vehicles on Sundays would have a great impact. Is there a good reason we can’t walk, bike, bus or share rides to church?

—No work, except essential services. God gave clear instructions:

So, God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested … Gen 2:3.

—Recreation, spend time with family and friends while reducing car use.

Yes, this would disrupt the economy. So, do we disrupt the economy or destroy our common home? And, yes, we need to look at all human activities that cause damage but let’s start by honoring the Sabbath, creating a powerful, inspiring, beginning.

Embracing the Sabbath would help create a real time of rest from this weary world, a time for inward journeying, enabling us to more easily break into music and become joyful.

Something is very wrong and there isn’t much one person can do to reduce the threat, but if 70 million Catholics heard Pope Francis’ words in “Laudato Si’ ” and honored the Sabbath, we might all break into music and bring joy to our Mother Earth. And all it requires is that we do less — but do it together one day each week.

Weiss is a parishioner of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington and the author of “Touching The Rainbow Ground: Eight Steps To Hope,” a memoir of his 30-year ministry to children in the Americas.

Wow, so much misinformation in such a small article. First, climate change is of course an observable fact throughout the history of the world. The religious and political nature though, of the fear mongering clergy and politicians claims and demands concerning it, continue to be highly contestable. Nevertheless, they march ahead implementing one policy and demand after another globally effecting the religion, politics, livelihood, economics, and financial status of all. Dissolving any semblance of Republican or Democratic government the world over. Governments formed by the will of the people in lengthy, bloody, violent, murderous, and extremely costly war against tyrants much like these new religious and political elitists pushing all of this agenda and more today. The end of all of this, will be exactly the same, only on a much more rapid scale. As divine intervention this time, will soon completely expose these tyrants for who and who they really are, leaving them to the judgments of those they have lorded themselves over, deceived, and abused. Picture the French Revolution on a global scale. Yet this judgment pales in significance to that which will immediately follow such carnage, the appearance and judgment of all humanity by the living God.

Rev 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. 17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. 18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Apparently the Catholic I presume, who wrote the article while admitting he is no scientist, seems to think that Pope Francis is. Is this what science has now become? The tool of religious, political, financial, and corporate entities intent upon subjugated the entirety of humanity under their elitist proclaiming thumbs? It appears to be so. Nor is this the first time to date, science has been used by tyrants to justify the implementation of their self aggrandizing and satanically impish lust for ultimate power over everyone. The so called sciences of this world, are of course tools in the hands of the many satanic imps of this world as well, and always have been.

1Ti 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. 20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

Are not the Pope of Rome and his other religious and political minions now erring concerning the faith, using the sciences of this world falsely so called, for huge power grabs over and above all others? Yes they are.

It is fitting then of course, that they suggest the observance of a false man made sabbath as well, in support of their false man made science unto their own personal empowerment over all others. So now, the Pope of Rome, the man of sin and lawlessness, seeks to establish both his own created and or supported sciences and sabbath, as the law over all of humanity. Both of these man made sciences and laws being in direct contradiction of, and rebellion against, God's declared intentions concerning this world and His Sabbath.

The Pope and his minions claim to be the new saviors of the world. If only all will listen and submit to their falsely established so called sciences, and "Lord's" day, which contradict the plain testimony of God's word regarding both of the same. This world will not be saved, but rather destroyed by God Himself in judgment for the continuous crimes committed by its inhabitants against themselves and God since the fall of humanity. Many of which the papacy itself now fully supports and or even helps establish by law. Of course this is also only natural as their leader is the man of sin and or lawlessness. Nevertheless, according as God's word has declared, salvation is not of this world. Salvation is of the person alone, by Christ Jesus alone. The fate of this world has been sealed unto destruction by the word of God. Any and all who turn to Christ Jesus our Lord though, may be saved from the end of this world or their personal lives, which ever might come first. After which, they are privileged to be of the new heaven and new earth promised of God.

Act 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

The man of sin and his minions have always called for all to observe their false sabbath as well. Enforcing the observance of this day by civil legislations all throughout the history of humanity during their existence, and doing so today whenever and wherever possible. Their example being followed and or joined by many misguided Christians of the past and present as well. Now today in this article appealing again to the observance of this false sabbath, in support of their chosen false sciences so called, while preaching their false gospel concerning the salvation of this world rather than the individuals within it. The effect of course is to make the commandment of God of none effect, through the observance of the traditions of men in its place.

Mat 15:1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 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. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
 
Who are these today making the commandments of God of none effect by their traditions? Are they not the scribes and pharisees of today? Are they not increasingly demanding submission to their false sciences, immorality, and now false sabbath, all of which make the commandments of God of none effect? Yes they are.

The observance of this false sabbath by civil law will be in fact, the culmination of all these false sciences and traditions of humanity intended to make God's law of none effect in this sin sick world. And this under the direct influence and supposed moral rectitude of the man of sin himself, and the day he has created as representative exactly of his power and influence above and beyond the word of God Himself. For this man of sin is nothing short of the son of Satan, and the head of the evil one's counterfeit institution of false salvation, BAYLON THE GREAT. The Sunday sacredness they intend to establish by human legislation the world over is nothing less than the Abomination of Desolation that the evil one and his minions will set up in the place of God's holy Sabbath. And it will bring desolation upon all of humanity who bow down to and honor it, making God's fourth commandment of none effect in doing so.

Exo 20:1  And God spake all these words, saying,.......................................................................
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 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: 11 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.


There it is, straight out of the mouth of God. That which all of the false sciences and religions of this world reject and seek to replace with their own vain imaginings. Seeking to be the creators of their own world and destiny in defiance of the living God. So be it, according as they imagine. Let them create and firmly establish their own vision with fallen human wisdom, understanding, and laws, in direct contradiction of God's. Ending in the destiny they have chosen seeking existence outside of the living God who alone created and can sustain life.

2Pe 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
 
Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

 


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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #601 on: Sat Jun 18, 2022 - 15:11:34 »
http://adventmessenger.org/in-order-to-secure-sunday-rest-for-workers-the-history-news-network-is-teaching-people-how-to-hide-the-religious-nature-of-these-sunday-laws/

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In Order to Secure Sunday Rest for Workers, the History News Network is teaching people how to hide the Religious Nature of these Sunday Laws

The History News Network publishes news on current events from prominent historians. On June 12, 2022, the History News Network published an article titled: “Should the USPS Honor the Sabbath, or Amazon?” The article addressed a new conflict that has arisen between the federal government and religious beliefs. The problem is related to mail delivery.

The US Postal Service signed an agreement with Amazon in 2013 to deliver mail on Sundays. They have been doing Sunday deliveries across the country for a while now, and it has been very profitable for the postal service. A Christian postal employee recently filed a lawsuit against Amazon, claiming that he needed Sundays off to attend church and practice his religious beliefs.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pennsylvania sided with Amazon and said that the religious observance of Sunday by some should not exempt postal workers from doing their job or delivering packages. The History News Network came out to express support for Sunday rest and said that postal clerks and carriers need rest due to their work conditions and heavy burdens. Notice what they published:

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals decided that exempting postal carriers from Sunday shifts would burden other workers … Today, many postal clerks and carriers face high demands, short staffing, and untenable work conditions. On the surface, Amazon helped to mitigate the long-term effects of Congress underfunding USPS from 2006 to 2022, as well as competition with new communication technologies. Package delivery has become more important than ever for the longevity of USPS. However, while Amazon reaps the benefits, postal clerks and carriers literally carry the burden.” [1]

The History News Network then explains how people can successfully advocate for Sunday rest. They encourage people to campaign for Sunday not on the grounds of religious discrimination, but because of “labor rights” and the right to rest.

“The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision proves that powerful corporations like Amazon have surpassed even Christian nationalism in the race to set postal policy. Instead of decrying religious discrimination, activists and people who simply want to enjoy their weekends should campaign for labor rights. This endeavor will require separating Christian morality from labor movements, which have historically been intertwined. Everyone deserves rest regardless of whether the rest is sacred. [1]

Sunday is being promoted as a “right” to rest in order to hide its religious imperatives. That is exactly what is being said here. Don’t call it religious, even if the “rest is sacred.” Call it a labor problem. They are instructing people on how to implement a Sunday law in a post-modern secular society!

Are we prepared for the impending Sunday law crisis? These news items about the push for Sunday must be more than just a passing interest for us, because everyone is pleading for Sunday rest as the solution to all of our problems. Sunday rest has been endorsed by the Pope, Protestant churches, labor unions, the media, secular groups, environmental groups, and politicians worldwide. And the truth is that they are attempting to conceal the true purpose of these Sunday laws, which is remarkable given that God warned us that they would attempt to do so:

“The Sunday movement is now making its way in darkness. The leaders are concealing the true issue, and many who unite in the movement do not themselves see whither the undercurrent is tending” (Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 452).

The provisions for Sunday rest are intended to encourage people to attend church on Sunday. Every week, more and more daily newspaper editorials, magazine publications, politicians, and religious leaders call for the reinstatement of the old Sunday laws. When we see the world united to spread Catholic doctrine (Sunday), it will only be a matter of time before we are thrust into Jacob’s time of trouble. The walls are closing in on us on every side. We must be extremely active and diligent in getting the truth to as many people as possible before probationary time ends. May God give each of us a burden to do His work right now.


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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #602 on: Sat Jul 09, 2022 - 13:59:22 »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndGOY_3TBNM

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #603 on: Sat Aug 06, 2022 - 01:09:29 »
http://adventmessenger.org/uk-shoppers-want-a-sunday-closing-law-after-grocery-supermarkets-closed-early-on-sunday-to-allow-workers-to-watch-the-womens-euro-2022-football-final/

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UK Shoppers want a Sunday Closing Law after Grocery Supermarkets closed early on Sunday to allow workers to watch the Women’s EURO 2022 Football Final

According to news sources, Iceland’s huge grocery chain chose to close all of its stores early on Sunday to allow workers to watch the Women’s EURO 2022 final, which took place on Sunday, July 31, 2022. [1] England was facing Germany in the 2022 championship game at Wembley Stadium in London, which was sold out. Because the game was scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m., the grocery stores announced that they would close at 4:00 p.m.

The decision to close the supermarkets early on Sunday generated an unexpected reaction from the community. When “supermarket giant Iceland” announced that it would close early on Sunday, this “sparked demand for a change in the law” as customers called on the supermarket chain to close down every Sunday. The “overwhelming” response from customers also prompted calls to close all food stores on Sunday, including “ASDA, Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons, M&S, and Sainsbury’s.” This reaction from the public came after word of the Sunday “early” closing was posted on social media. [2]

The Manchester Evening News published the following article titled, “Iceland Shoppers Demand Law Change as Supermarket Makes Major Announcement.” The article went on to say:

While many praised Iceland for the decision, most people saw it as an opportunity to demand the law change to allow supermarkets to close on Sunday. [2]

Andrea Harris said: “When I was growing up, no supermarkets opened on a Sunday. Sundays should be family days and a day of rest.” [2]

Lynn Chilcott asked: “Why do we need stores open on Sundays? They were always closed on a Sunday when I was a child … day of rest. We always managed.” [2]

Angela Jackson said: “Don’t open on a Sunday! We used to manage, and I’m sure we’d manage again … Give staff a day off rest!” [2]

Jean Wright exclaimed: “GOOD !!! SHOULD NOT SHOP ON SUNDAYS YOU HAVE 6 DAYS TO SHOP, REST ON THE 7th, AMEN.” [2]

Heather Hall wrote: “Good, close on Sunday, give employees day off.” [2]

Pamela Tovey Train commented: “I worked in retail, most of my life. Now is the opportunity to close on Sunday. Give the staff some family time.” [2]

Faye Giblin said: “Well it’s a start. Would like to see a leader in the move towards Sunday closed. Relieve workers, shoppers and the carbon footprint.” [2]

Helena Louise added: “Close all shops on a Sunday!” [2]

Terry Blackley wrote: “Why not close on Sundays and give the workers a day off, customers have only a certain amount of money to spend, if they don’t spend on a Sunday they’ll spend it another day.” [2]

Eddie Power said: “Should all be closed on Sunday.” [2]


The public in the United Kingdom is calling for a Sunday closing law, and some leaders have been urged to act. This is exactly how we were told that Sunday laws would be implemented.

“Rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance” (Great Controversy, p. 592).

“But as the question of enforcing Sunday observance is widely agitated, the event so long doubted and disbelieved is seen to be approaching, and the third message will produce an effect which it could not have had before” (Great Controversy, p. 605).


There is no doubt that Sunday rest is being widely agitated in many parts of the world. In the United Kingdom, people are calling for stores to be closed on Sunday for a variety of reasons. Some argue for Sunday closing laws for religious reasons, such as claiming that people have “six days” to shop and that on the “seventh” day, which they call “Sunday,” is a time to rest. Others advocate for Sunday closures in order to “relieve workers.” Some argue that all businesses should be closed on Sunday in order to reduce our “carbon footprint” (climate change). Others contend that Sunday should be a “family day.”

People are calling for the legalization of Sunday rest to help ease social, economic, religious, and environmental concerns. We are being led to believe that resting on Sunday will solve all of the world’s problems. We know that Rome is behind this public outcry for Sunday laws. The problem is that these calls for Sunday rest by law are helping to bring about the image of the beast in preparation for the mark of the beast.

God has stated in Revelation 14:6-12 that these efforts to promote Sunday laws will not go unchallenged. God’s faithful people will be giving a stirring warning message against the beast, the image, and the mark as predicted in Revelation 14. Praise the Lord! When the apostasy of Revelation 13 is seen to be fulfilled, the truths of Revelation 14 will be proclaimed with power at the same time!

“Shall we wait until God’s judgments fall upon the transgressor before we tell him how to avoid them? Where is our faith in the word of God? Must we see things foretold come to pass before we will believe what He has said?” (Testimonies, Vol. 9, p. 20).





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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #604 on: Sat Aug 06, 2022 - 01:16:34 »
http://adventmessenger.org/brazil-sunday-is-family-day/

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Brazil: “Sunday is Family Day!”

A chain of grocery stores has teamed up with the entertainment industry to promote Sunday as a family day. The Festa do Peão is one of the most famous rodeo events in Brazil and features bull riding, horses, and different shows. During their annual 10-day celebration, the organizers of this event found that Sundays had the lowest attendance numbers. So the organizers joined up with a grocery store company to come up with a “Family Sunday” campaign. The independent newspaper, The Liberal, published the following on June 19, 2022:

“The São Vicente supermarket chain and the Clube dos Cavaleiros de Americana (CCA) signed an innovative partnership that would go down in the history of the Festa do Peão, inspire other similar actions throughout Brazil and bring more than 1 million people to the event in 13 years of existence. Realization. Much more than that, ‘Family Sunday’ would create the opportunity for people of various social classes to enjoy the event for the first time … According to Marcos Cavicchiolli, director of São Vicente and one of the creators of the idea, along with the CCA and a few other partners, the action began as an attempt to revive Sundays, which until then were the days with the lowest public at the party.” [1]

As a result, a successful effort to promote Sunday as Family Day was launched. They are seeing unprecedented attendance at the Festa do Peo on “Family Sunday” thanks to business sponsorships. The marketing effort essentially promotes the concept that Sunday is family time and that we must spend it with our families.

Do you see their strategy? Families need to rest and spend time together on this day, building relationships. Where did they get this idea that Sunday should be a time for the family? Well, they got it from Rome. Back in 2012, Pope Benedict XVI clearly made the connection between Sunday and families:

“Sunday is the day of the Lord and of man, a day which everyone must be able to be free — free for the family and free for God. Family, work, rest and celebration are gifts from God and important aspects of human life that must find a “harmonious balance” in order to build a more humane world, he said.” [2]

We are seeing the justification for Sunday’s off as a right for people to spend with their families. “Sunday should be a time for rest, worship, and family” is what is being proposed. All of the arguments in favor of taking Sunday off sound good on the surface – spending time with our families – but we have already been given a special time in the Bible to accomplish this. Did you know that God’s true Sabbath day, Saturday, was intended to be kept with our families?

“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.” Exodus 20:8-11.

In fact, heaven is our extended family, and the true seventh-day Sabbath, Saturday, was a time when the Creator came to commune with His creation in the Garden of Eden. So we were given a day for the family, and it wasn’t Sunday. Tragically, God’s Sabbath has been abandoned, and today the world is embracing a counterfeit:

“The Christian world is honoring a false sabbath, and we are to show them its true character and foundation. We must make it plain to them that they are honoring a manmade institution in place of that which God himself has sanctified” (Review and Herald, January 31, 1893).

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #605 on: Sat Aug 06, 2022 - 01:30:38 »
An interesting web site.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/312320

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Petitions
UK Government and Parliament

Rejected petition

Make Sunday a special day again

The Covid 19 pandemic, has shown that many families and individuals have had more time together and the majority of people I have spoken to really enjoyed the peace and quiet that was apparent on Sunday. Although it perhaps isn't possible to return to the mid 90's, somethings could be done to assist

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Since the mid 90's when the Sunday opening laws were changed, many people's stress levels have been heightened, due to the way we work, shop and do other things at weekend. Families would have more time together, as would individuals too. Whilst I realise that Sunday has become the main shopping day of the week, this has only happened since the mid 90's and would soon be changed again. Shop workers would have more time off, and traffic levels would reduce thus reducing emissions.

This petition was rejected

Why was this petition rejected?

There’s already a petition about this issue. We cannot accept a new petition when we already have one about a very similar issue.

You are more likely to get action on this issue if you sign and share a single petition.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/310336

We only reject petitions that don’t meet the petition standards.

Date submitted
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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #606 on: Sat Aug 06, 2022 - 01:45:46 »
https://metrovoicenews.com/push-to-make-sunday-a-sabbath-day-of-rest-gains-support/

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Push to make Sunday a sabbath day of rest gains support

It’s not just nostalgia. Many pandemic-weary souls want to make Sunday a day of rest again.

In a hit song two decades ago, country music group Rascal Flatts offered banjo-tinged commentary on “the world spinning faster than it did in the old days.”

“Sunday was a day of rest,” the group proclaimed in its ode to a bygone era. “Now, it’s one more day for progress.”

Some of us are old enough to remember when most businesses — not just Chick-fil-A — closed on Sundays.

It seems quaint now, but I did an Associated Press story in 2003 on Family Christian Stores — then the nation’s largest Christian retail chain — deciding to open on Sundays.

But in 2016, I was surprised during a reporting trip to North Dakota when I found an empty parking lot at a Bismarck Walmart — and then at Super Target — while looking to buy a few snacks and supplies before Sunday morning church.

I learned that for more than a century, the state had required most retailers to close from midnight to noon on Sundays. North Dakota finally became the last state to lift that ban in 2019.

I bring up this subject not just for nostalgia but because the day of rest — or the lack of it — is drawing renewed consideration nationally.

In a recent piece, Deseret News religion reporter Kelsey Dallas explains “why some political commentators and legal scholars are tweeting their support for taking a Sabbath”:

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, Americans were overworked and tightly wound. In the past two years, the situation’s only gotten worse.

Pandemic-related stress and a widespread desire for more time to rest are among the factors fueling the “Great Resignation.” They also help explain why some political commentators and legal scholars spent the weekend debating the Sabbath. …

Sabbath laws, which are also known as blue laws, were once a major part of American life. Although they came in a variety of forms, the policies had a shared purpose: limiting certain commercial activities to six days per week.

In other words, blue laws forced both business owners and the people they served to take a day of rest. And under past policies, that day was almost always Sunday.

Dallas’ report points to an interesting Wall Street Journal essay by Sohrab Ahmari from last year that explores “what we’ve lost in rejecting the Sabbath.”

A writer for Crisis, an online magazine that describes itself as “America’s most trusted source for authentic Catholic perspectives on church and state, arts and culture, science and faith,” also supports returning to a quieter Sunday.

Writer Casey Chalk declares, “Americans in those early quarantine days—after the haze of their Netflix-binge had evaporated—woke up with a surprised appreciation for what earlier generations had considered normal: Sunday laws, otherwise known as blue laws. As America returns to normality, we should consider these laws and their manifold benefits afresh.”

Chalk also approvingly quotes attorney Jay Lefkowitz, who wrote in The Washington Post about the blessings of the seventh-day Sabbath, known as Shabbat in Hebrew. “Shabbat is also a reminder of other forms of separation that add meaning to our lives—between hard work and play, and between pursuing our own dreams and caring for others,” Lefkowitz states. “Shabbat is about balance or, to use a modern word, mindfulness.”

Chalk goes on to write: “The writer also references the recent experience of Poland, whose population is overwhelmingly affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church: “In Poland, the 2017 Sunday trading ban was ‘about helping small family stores, but also about letting people who are effectively forced to work on Sundays be free,’ said President Andrzej Duda. Since the ban’s introduction, Duda has noted, more families have engaged in outdoor activities, and the domestic tourism industry has benefited.”

But the idea certainly hasn’t caught on with everybody.

Christianity Today’s Kate Shellnutt has a really fascinating story this week on “Sabbatarian Christians” — that’s a new term to me — finding “their observance increasingly countercultural in a 24/7 economy.”

Shellnutt writes:

Mailboxes used to go empty on Sundays.

Not anymore. America’s biggest retailer, Amazon, ships seven days a week, and as the site expands Sunday delivery across the country, more drivers are losing what would have been a steady day off.

For many, the shift just means their break will fall during the week. But for some Christians on the job, the new delivery option conflicts with Sunday church services and their conviction not to work on the Sabbath.

Amazon’s seven-days-a-week schedule has already led to two lawsuits from drivers who were fired for not working on Sundays. Both claimed religious discrimination under Title VII, alleging their employer had not provided “reasonable accommodation” for them to work other days.

On my way to church, I often pass a long line of Amazon trucks headed out to make Sunday deliveries.

I’ve never thought much about it.

But I will now.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #607 on: Sat Aug 06, 2022 - 01:52:08 »
https://www.deseret.com/2022/1/11/22877446/could-sabbath-closure-laws-make-a-comeback-blue-laws-sunday-closing?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=dn-social&utm_campaign=twitter&utm_content=deseretnews

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Could Sabbath closure laws make a comeback?

Here’s why some political commentators and legal scholars are tweeting their support for taking a Sabbath

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began, Americans were overworked and tightly wound. In the past two years, the situation’s only gotten worse.

Pandemic-related stress and a widespread desire for more time to rest are among the factors fueling the “Great Resignation.” They also help explain why some political commentators and legal scholars spent the weekend debating the Sabbath.

The conversation began with a tweet from Adrian Vermeule, a law professor at Harvard University. He highlighted the reinstatement of Sabbath laws as one of several policy goals that unites “post-liberals,” a group of conservatives who say they’re focused on promoting the common good.

Sabbath laws, which are also known as blue laws, were once a major part of American life. Although they came in a variety of forms, the policies had a shared purpose: limiting certain commercial activities to six days per week.

In other words, blue laws forced both business owners and the people they served to take a day of rest. And under past policies, that day was almost always Sunday.

“Until the last few decades, Sabbath laws ... effectively shut down Sunday commerce in much of the country,” Joel Mathis noted in a Monday column for The Week.

Blue laws’ association with the Christian Sabbath helps explain why part of the debate surrounding Vermeule’s tweet centered on religious discrimination. Legal experts pointed out that forced closures on Sunday disproportionately harm some people of faith, including Jews who observe the Sabbath from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday.

Similar religious freedom concerns fueled a legal challenge to blue laws that the Supreme Court heard in the early 1960s. Representatives of a discount store in Maryland alleged that the state’s Sunday closure policies violated the Constitution’s free exercise and establishment clauses.

In May 1961, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that Maryland’s Sabbath laws didn’t violate the First Amendment. The justices acknowledged that the restrictions had their roots in Christian practice, but said they served important secular purposes, including the promotion of public health, Oyez reported.

Although the ruling was significant, it did not guard against Sunday laws’ demise. Soon after the Supreme Court used secular arguments to rule in favor of blue laws, policymakers across the country began using secular arguments to justify their repeal.

In 2019, officials in North Dakota offered by-then familiar arguments to explain their support for overturning the nation’s last statewide ban on Sunday trading. They said the move would promote personal freedom and help business owners by boosting revenue.

“Who but a few scolds could complain?,” asked Sohrab Ahmari in a recent Wall Street Journal column about the fall of Sabbath laws. “We are encouraged to pursue lives of constant action and purpose, and we do.”

What this looks like in practice is that few Americans prioritize taking time to rest. And that even those who do often fail, whether because of their kids’ demanding extracurricular schedules, their smartphones’ incessant beeping or countless other obstacles.

“Rest is hard to come by these days,” argued Mathis in The Week, noting that pandemic-related developments have deepened this already common problem.

“For many Americans, the pandemic has given rise to remote work that has blurred the divisions between home and labor, while working-class folks are often subject to ‘just-in-time’ scheduling that makes home life difficult to sustain,” he wrote.

Frustration with the status quo fueled engagement with Vermeule’s tweet. People from across the political and religious spectrum generally agreed that Americans could benefit from being forced to take at least one day off each week.

“If the right and left can agree on anything these days, maybe it’s that workers should get a day off now and then,” wrote Mathis for The Week.

However, consensus would likely fall apart quickly if conservatives insisted on reinstating blue laws in their old form. It would be better to mandate rest on a day that doesn’t raise religious freedom concerns, tweeted Jeet Heer, a columnist for The Nation.

“Elevator pitch: a secular Sabbath that starts on Thursday evening. This will create a four-day work week and also preserve religious neutrality,” he said.

Workers may love this idea, but any sort of one-size-fits-all closure policy would cause problems, as many respondents to Heer’s tweet pointed out. For example, Larry Yudelson, the editorial director for a Jewish press, noted that Jews would struggle to prepare for their religious Sabbath if stores were closed during the day on Fridays.

The best solution to burnout, at least in the short term, might be for individual Americans to find ways to take a rest on their own terms. Some Christian business owners, including the family behind Chick-fil-A, already do this by voluntarily closing up shop on Sundays. Other Americans observe a digital Sabbath by turning off the notifications on their phones.

“Even just leaving your phone behind when you get lunch is a step in the right direction,” reported The New York Times in a 2019 article on reducing stress.
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