From the Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, is found the following admission:
“Q. What is the Third Commandment? [they renumbered after completely extracting the Second Commandment! ]
A. The third Commandment is: Remember 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."
Q. How prove you that the Church hath power to command feasts and holy days?
A. By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday which Protestants allow of; and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same church."1
With this in mind, it is not surprising at all that Pope Francis would exalt Sunday sacredness in his homilies and other public speeches as well as promote it as the primary solution to combat climate change and poverty. What is surprising however is how deceived professed Protestants have become in holding Sunday as the day of the Lord and even going as far as echoing the Catholic Church’s sentiments of having the government enforce mandatory Sunday observance to cure the evils of crime and immorality. Some of these “Protestants,” who now prefer the title of Evangelicals are even more zealous in promoting Sunday worship than Roman Catholics themselves.
True to form, Pope Francis in his weekly general audience made a strong case for restoring Sunday to its sacredness, while also stressing the “importance” of partaking of the Eucharist. Essentially he is arguing for the Papacy to be restored to its authoritative position in the world. Under the headline, “Sunday has lost its sense as a day of rest, renewal in Christ, Pope Says” Crux News reports: “Just like a plant needs sun and nourishment to survive, every Christian needs the light of Sunday and the sustenance of the Eucharist to truly live, Pope Francis said. ‘How can we carry out the Gospel without drawing the energy needed to do it, one Sunday after another, from the limitless source of the Eucharist,’ he said Dec. 13 during his weekly general audience. ‘We don’t go to Mass to give something to God, but to receive from him that which we truly need,’ the pope said. Sunday Mass is the time and place Christians receive the grace and strength to remain faithful to his word, follow his commandment to love others and be credible witnesses in the world.”2
Make no mistake about it, when the Papacy refers to the Ten Commandments, they are not referring to the Decalogue written by God’s own finger, they are referring to the commandments of their own devising (which eliminates the second, changes the fourth and splits the tenth), another daring assumption of the Papacy’s authority even over God’s word, which places him as God (as described in 2 Thessalonians 2:2 and 4). Additionally, the Eucharist of which Popery highly exalts along with Sunday sacredness, is also a bold assertion of Papal supremacy. During the Eucharistic services, a miraculous occurrence is said to take place, known as transubstantiation in which the substance or essence of the bread and wine is changed into the literal body and blood of Jesus at the command of the officiating priest. In other words, the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church can create Jesus. What blasphemy!
The article continues, “In his catechesis, the pope responded to the question of why it is so important to go to Mass on Sundays and why it is not enough just to live a moral life, loving others. Sunday Mass is not simply an obligation, he said. ‘We Christians need to take part in Sunday Mass because only with the grace of Jesus, with his presence alive in us and among us, can we put into practice his commandment and, in this way, be his credible witnesses.’‘ Just like a plant needs the sun and nourishment to live, every Christian needs the Sunday Eucharist to truly live,’ he said in summarized remarks to Arabic speakers…Unfortunately, in many secularized countries, the Christian meaning of the day has been lost and is no longer ‘illuminated by the Eucharist’ or lived as a joyous feast in communion with other parishioners and in solidarity with others, he said.”3
Note, Pope Francis argues that individuals cannot call themselves true or faithful Christians unless they honor Sunday and partake of the Eucharist. Maybe he means to say that only true Catholics honor Sunday and partake of the Eucharist.
The very reasoning above, that “in many secularized countries, the Christian meaning of the day has been lost,” will be used to influence government officials to enforce mandatory Sunday observance, along with exploiting the immorality, environmental and poverty issues. In fact mandatory Sunday observance along with the Eucharist are presented in Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, Laudato Si, as the solution to combat the aforementioned issues. And make no mistake about it, these are issues that are also close to the hearts of professed Protestants, who will clamor for their politicians to enforce “moral principles,” especially as the conditions in society worsen, and the politicians will adhere. “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. Liberty of conscience, which has cost so great a sacrifice, will no longer be respected.”4
It should be understood that so long as individuals honor Sunday as the Lord’s Sabbath, they are acknowledging that Popery has authority over God’s Word. “The Roman Church has not relinquished her claim to supremacy; and when the world and the Protestant churches accept a sabbath of her creating, while they reject the Bible Sabbath, they virtually admit this assumption. They may claim the authority of tradition and of the Fathers for the change; but in so doing they ignore the very principle which separates them from Rome--that ‘the Bible, and the Bible only, is the religion of Protestants.’ The papist can see that they are deceiving themselves, willingly closing their eyes to the facts in the case. As the movement for Sunday enforcement gains favor, he rejoices, feeling assured that it will eventually bring the whole Protestant world under the banner of Rome. Romanists declare that ‘the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the [Catholic] Church...’The enforcement of Sundaykeeping on the part of Protestant churches is an enforcement of the worship of the papacy--of the beast.”5
The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, 1951 printing, page 50
White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 592
White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 448