666 ~ The Change of God's Sabbath ~ 666
This letter has been photocopied to the
point of distortion; however, it is legible enough for one to determine
that in past years, Church authority claimed precedence over Scripture.
There are also many documents from other sources that convey the same message--church
authority claims to exceed Christ's instructions to "teach them to observe
whatsoever I have commanded you", and that includes keeping all of God's
law (Matthew 5:17; 28:19).
John L. Day's son, Russell, says he was eleven years old when his father wrote this letter and receive this Catholic response. A religious book salesman previously visited their ranch, telling them that Catholics changed the Sabbath commandment from Saturday to Sunday. This prompted John Day to write the pointed inquiry to the Vatican.
His son, Russell is still alive, and on May 24, 2005, I talked with him and his wife. At 82 years of age, he told me he and his sister Matalyn both saw his father's letter and the Catholic response many times. Russell says he was tending animals on the farm when he heard his father shouting for him to come and see the letter the Catholic Church sent.
According to Russell, his father was a Sunday-keeping Baptist in 1934. He, as well as his family, did exactly what the letter recommended, they started keeping Saturday; then, joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
If you think this letter is unbelievable, then read the more pointed pamphlet published by the Catholic Church of the United States; it is much more specific and analyzes all Sunday refrences in the New Testament. Select: Rome's Challenge To Protestants.
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