CNBC: Sunday Rest & Sunday Blue Laws began with Emperor Constantine Not Jesus Christ. An Indictment on Popery & Evangelicals

Can you imagine that a secular news source, in this case CNBC, connects America’s Sunday rest and Sunday Blue Laws, which many are still are on the books, with the Roman Emperor Constantine’s compulsory Sunday Law in the year 321 A.D.? Of course it was under the inspiration and influence of Roman Catholicism, Popery, that Constantine enacted the first Sunday Law, thus “christianizing” a pagan festival. “ Royal edicts, general councils, and church ordinances  sustained by secular power were the steps by which the pagan festival attained its position of honor in the Christian world. The first public measure enforcing Sunday observance was the law enacted by Constantine in A.D. 321. This edict required townspeople to rest on ‘the venerable day of the sun…’ Though virtually a heathen statute, it was enforced by the emperor after his nominal acceptance of Christianity.”[1]


From the CNBC article headlined, “A law from the 1600s will keep retail shops closed on Sundays at the nation’s newest shopping mall:” “A massive entertainment and retail complex is opening in the last county in the country where commercial shopping is still prohibited on Sundays…When the stores do open, it will only be for six days every week. So-called blue laws are still in place in Bergen County, New Jersey, where Triple Five Group’s American Dream is situated. The history of the blue laws dates back nearly 2,000 years, when Roman Emperor Constantine in A.D. 321 wanted to set aside Sunday as a day for rest… The name ‘blue laws,’ according to historians, comes from the fact that the Puritans tended to write their laws on blue paper…New Jersey’s blue laws, prohibiting work on Sundays, have been on the books since the 1600s…Today, there are still various blue laws in place across the country.”[2] Another news source that carried the story has the same headline, but under the headline is written the following: “Originated with Constantine in 321, enforced by Puritans.”[3]


Notice that neither the CNBC nor the WND articles mention that Sunday rest, Sunday worship or Sunday shopping bans originated with Christ, his apostles or the early Christians of the first century, but rather they originated with the pagan Roman Emperor Constantine, who of course was influenced not only by paganism but also Roman Catholicism and sought to merge the two. These articles are an indictment on  Roman Catholicism, professed Protestants and evangelicals who honor Sunday as the Sabbath. 

CNBC: Sunday Rest began with Constantine not Jesus. An Indictment on Popery & Evangelicals. Traits of Wise & Evil Servants. Which Are You? Eat Meat in Due Season, Preach the Word, Fight the Good Fight of Faith, Finish the Course & Behold the Lamb of God.


Consider the following historical account on the first Sunday Law and its blending of paganism with Christianity. “In the early part of the fourth century the emperor Constantine issued a decree making Sunday a public festival throughout the Roman Empire. The day of the sun was reverenced by his pagan subjects and was honored by Christians; it was the emperor's policy to unite the conflicting interests of heathenism and Christianity. He was urged to do this by the bishops of the church, who, inspired by ambition and thirst for power, perceived that if the same day was observed by both Christians and heathen, it would promote the nominal acceptance of Christianity by pagans and thus advance the power and glory of the church.”[4]


The History Channel’s “Constantine Decrees ‘Sun-day’ as Day of Rest 7 March 321 confirms the same. “On this day in the year 321, Constantine decreed ‘the day of the sun’ as a day of rest.” “The gradual process towards Christian tradition and ritual was underscored in 321, when, on the 7th of March, Constantine decreed that dies Solis, or 'the day of the sun,’ should be observed as a universal day of rest…The decree was far-reaching, stating that numerous activities should be avoided on Sunday…Constantine chose Sunday to be the day for Christian worship as it already enjoyed special status in the Roman week. Named after the Pagan Sun God Invictus… In corresponding the Christian Sabbath with an already established day of rest, Constantine ensured that his decree would be accepted swiftly and harmoniously.”[5]

Constantine, as a Pagan was also a worshipper of nature. In Bible times, the worshipping of nature, whose chief God is the sun, was common, but condemned by God, just as it is condemned by God today. Consider the following scriptures: “And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever” Romans 1:23 and 25. “And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.” 2 Kings 23:5.“And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen [this], O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.” Ezekiel 8:16-18.


The Roman Catholic Church takes credit for Sunday being regarded as the Sabbath of the Lord, by proudly asserting on page 50 of the Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, that it has the authority to transfer the solemnity of the seventh day of the week to the first day of the week.[6] Presently, Sunday, a pagan holiday, is still being honored, not only by pagans, but also by so-called Christians. According to Bible prophecy, Sunday will again be enacted, not only in one county of one state, but throughout the United States, which will subsequently spread to the other nations of the world (see Revelation 13:11-17). Already individuals, Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, politicians and others, are calling for the enforcement of Sunday Rest to combat climate change, to restore morality, to positively impact the economy, to address disease and crime, and for the family. For example, Pope Francis in his environmental encyclical, Laudato Si’, states that Sunday must be enforced to benefit the economy and the poor. “Sunday, like the Jewish Sabbath, is meant to be a day which heals our relationships with God, with ourselves, with others and with the world…It [Sunday] protects human action from becoming empty activism; it [Sunday] also prevents that unfettered greed and sense of isolation which make us seek personal gain to the detriment of all else. The law of weekly rest forbade work on the seventh day…[See Ex 23:12]. Rest opens our eyes to the larger picture and gives us renewed sensitivity to the rights of others. And so the day of rest, centered on the Eucharist, sheds it light on the whole week, and motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor.”[7]

Another example comes from a United States senator who stated the following: “‘I believe what's happening to our country is that there's a moral erosion of the soul of America,’ she said. 'It's the soul that is corrupt. How we get back to a moral rebirth I don't know. Since we are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have. Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth.’”[8] For more confirming evidences of the push for Sunday observance please view the embedded video.


There is no sanctity in Sunday, it is not the Sabbath of the Lord, it is a child of paganism and the Papacy. God’s Sabbath is the seventh day of the week, the only day that was blessed and sanctified, instituted at creation and immortalized in the Commandments (see Genesis 2:2 and 3 and Exodus 20:8-11). To learn more about the seventh-day Sabbath please refer to the following brochure, “70 Bible Facts on God’s True Day of Rest.” https://storage.prophesyagain.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Video/SABBATH_BROCHURE.pdf


  1. White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 574

  2. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/20/you-cant-shop-at-new-jerseys-american-dream-on-sundays-heres-why.html?utm_source=wnd&utm_medium=wnd&utm_campaign=syndicated

  3. https://www.wnd.com/2019/10/law-1600s-will-keep-stores-closed-sundays-newest-u-s-mall/

  4. White, Ellen. The Great Controversy (1911), page 53


  5. https://www.historychannel.com.au/this-day-in-history/constantine-decrees-sun-day-as-day-of-rest/

  6. Geiermann, Peter. The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1951), page 50

  7. http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html

  8. https://www.christiantoday.com/article/arizona-senator-mulls-bill-to-make-sunday-church-attendance-mandatory/50995.htm















































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