Monday, May 27, 2019

When and How Did the Change in Worship From Saturday to Sunday Occur? The Duke of Windsor once wrote, “The thing that impresses me the most about America is the way parents obey their children.”. Update.

For “”Scripture Sunday”:

Thank you to all who served and those who waited for them, too.


When and How Did the Change in Worship From Saturday to Sunday Occur?

“The vast majority of mainstream Christians go to church on Sunday. Yet the Bible speaks of observing the seventh-day Sabbath. Who changed the Sabbath?

When and How Did the Change in Worship From Saturday to Sunday Occur

The vast majority of mainstream Christians rush off to church on Sunday and are shocked to hear about some Christians actually going to church on Saturday. However, the Bible teaches the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath. So, how did this come to be? History provides some shocking details.

The Bible makes it clear that Jesus Christ observed the Saturday Sabbath, and His apostles also observed the Sabbath after His death.

Many defenders of mainstream Christianity try to attribute the origin of keeping Sunday to the apostles. Even so, many Sunday-keeping churches have to admit that there is no scriptural basis for switching to Sunday, nor is there any command by the apostles to not keep the Saturday Sabbath.

So what made the mainstream Christian church change the day of rest and worship from Saturday to Sunday so long ago? The major causes seem to be a combination of church authority overriding scriptural principles and the influences of sun worship and anti-Semitism.

Church claiming authority to change scriptural principles

Around A.D. 400, Augustine, a respected Catholic theologian, proclaimed that “the holy doctors of the Church have decreed, that all glory of the Jewish Sabbath is transferred to it [Sunday]. Let us therefore keep the Lord’s Day as the ancients were commanded to do the Sabbath” (quoted by Robert Cox in Sabbath Laws and Sabbath Duties, 1853, p. 284).

The Catholic Encyclopedia section on “Sunday” mentions St. Caesarius of Arles reinforcing this teaching in the sixth century as well. These men put the changing of the Sabbath in the hands of the doctors of the church (post-apostolic church officials).

In its section on the “Ten Commandments,” the Catholic Encyclopedia says: “The Church, on the other hand, after changing the day of rest from the Jewish Sabbath, or seventh day of the week, to the first, made the Third Commandment [we count it as the Fourth] refer to Sunday as the day to be kept holy as the Lord’s Day.” Here is another instance in which Sunday worship was put into practice based on the Catholic Church’s claim of authority to change a scriptural principle. Again, mainstream church authorities will assume it is what the apostles wanted.

Other Catholic writers made it clear that Sunday services and worship are not endorsed by biblical teachings, but only by their church’s authority:

The Catholic Universe Bulletin said in 1942: “The Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right of the divine, infallible authority given to her by her Founder, Jesus Christ. The Protestant, claiming the Bible to be the only guide of faith, has no warrant for observing Sunday. In this matter the Seventh Day Adventist is the only consistent Protestant.”

The Catholic Virginian said in 1947: “All of us believe many things in regard to religion that we do not find in the Bible. For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath Day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the Church outside the Bible.”

Thomas Aquinas, a very influential theologian, wrote: “In the New Law the observance of the Lord’s day took the place of the observance of the Sabbath, not by virtue of the precept but by the institution of the Church and the custom of Christian people.”

These examples make it clear that the Sabbath was not changed to Sunday by Jesus Christ or the apostles, but rather by those who believed they had the authority to change biblical principles. Since Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever,” it is hard to understand why a change Christ never authorized was made.

Mithraism (sun worship)

Constantine was the first so-called “Christian” Roman emperor. Though he did stop much of the persecution of Christians as a whole, it seems he did more to introduce sun worship into Christianity than any before him.

Historian Paul Johnson details some of this influence: “Constantine was almost certainly a Mithraic, and his triumphal arch, built after his ‘conversion’, testifies to the Sun-god, or ‘unconquered sun’. … Constantine never abandoned sun-worship and kept the sun on his coins. He made Sunday into a day of rest, closing the lawcourts and forbidding all work except agricultural labour” (A History of Christianity, 1976, pp. 67-68).

So, a royal decree to rest and worship on Sunday instead of Saturday was made by the Roman emperor, a sun worshipper. Now, thanks to Constantine, Christians were celebrating on the same day the Mithraics worshipped the sun. This is a blatant example of pagan influence in Christian practices.

Christians, now holding services on the venerable day of the sun, became so confused in their worship that, during the reign of Emperor Julian, Johnson notes: “The Bishop of Troy told Julian he had always prayed secretly to the sun” (p. 67). Thus Christianity took on a major facet of pagan sun worship that lives on today due to Constantine’s influence: worshipping on Sunday.”  More at:


Yes, Sir.

“The Duke of Windsor once wrote, “The thing that impresses me the most about America is the way parents obey their children.”

A family walking down a sidewalk. Emma Bauso/Pexels

Loving your children is keeping control. It is in rearing children who do obey their parents.

He had observed how little respect there was towards the elderly and one’s parents. It is not a new phenomenon that children are unruly. Isaiah 3:4 notes that “babes shall rule over them.” Adults can control children, but the fear of losing the love of our children makes it difficult for us to discipline and control them. The Bible has much to say about that matter. It is the children who are commanded to honor their parents (Exodus 20:12). Paul wrote that one quality of a leader was to rule his house well, with his children in submission to him (1 Timothy 3:4).

The fear of losing a child or the love of our children is very great. All our love is placed on the children we have. We adorn them with our affection and love without realizing that we are robbing them of the qualities that make their life full and complete. Funny as it sounds, children sense that parents who sometimes correct them and say “no” really do love them (Proverbs 13:24). Loving your children is keeping control. It is in rearing children who do obey their parents. That takes effort and time, but it prevents the use of a lot more effort and time trying to appease a child. Parents must rule well.”  From:



My week doesn’t have much to show for itself.  Chris took me to the chiropractor twice, but my back still isn’t adjusted.  Now that the bone scan showed that I do have osteoporosis, all he will do is that prickly thing, Tens?, and massage my back.  So I still have hip pain and have to be very careful not to bend my right hip when bending down or going up or down steps.

I did finally get my van back, he said that there was one bolt that was really stubborn and that is why it took so long to get the new water pump on it.  He used my Dremel with the flex-shaft attachment and a cutting wheel to cut the stubborn bolt out of that tight space.  I took it on a trial run into our town, 5 miles each way, and also for me a trial run, I mean walk, around some of the store without using an electric cart. I did OK, but I didn’t go as far as I used to.

The next day the van went on another trial run, but to the emergency room in Conroe.  Zack, my neighbor, had walked out of his back door and a loose dog bit his hand.  He was given a tetanus shot and antibiotics.  I had been cleaning it with an iodine-type cleaner so it was in good shape, and should heal well.  The police and animal control are tending to the folks who hadn’t securely tied up the dog because now it has to go into quarantine at their expense.  Hopefully they will pay Zack’s expenses, too.

For the church potluck I made a Bison Impossible Pie, and while I had the oven on, I made a Cranberry-Apple Pie, too.  I had too many cans of Cranberry Jelly, and couldn’t think of what to do with them before they expired, so I cut up some apples mixed them with the jelly and made it into another Impossible pie with Bisquik. The Bible readings were Psa. 95, Exo. 18:1-27, Isa. 61:1-6, Luke 4:14-30 and all of Matt. 18.  The subject of the teaching was “Obeying the Truth Can Be Life Changing”, based on 1 Pet. 1:22, 23.

Fellowship with the others in the congregation always makes for a great day. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

To Kill a People, Abortion and the Soul of America. Update.

For “Scripture Sunday”:

To Kill a People, Abortion and the Soul of America

“All kinds of legal protections are in place for birds, mice, turtles and the like, complete with stiff fines and significant prison time for harming their eggs or young.” 

“Recent actions by state legislators to allow the murder of full-term children forces every one of us to consider how far we have come in the culture war and where it is taking the nation.

A baby in the womb.Zffoto/iStock/Getty Images Plus

“For men will be lovers of themselves . . . unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal . . .”

Lately I’ve begun to think America has crossed a line, a point of no return, and awaits the judgment of God for the horrendous national sin of legalized abortion. More than 60 million legal abortions have been performed in America since the Supreme Court legalized abortion with its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Since this ruling, which in effect legalized the procedure in all 50 states, it has become the most divisive social issue of this generation.

Politicians seeking high office stand a precarious chance of being elected if they advocate an anti-abortion stand. Every nominee to the United States Supreme Court must avow sup-port of a woman’s right to abortion, assuring all that he or she would not seek to overturn Roe v. Wade, or face outrageous and horrendous opposition. In the meantime, clinics perform thousands of abortions each day, and a generation of children are unborn, their lives and tiny bodies ripped from their mother’s womb.

What makes me think it’s too late?

In the pages of Beyond Today we’ve covered abortion a number of times, citing scriptures showing that a life in the womb of a mother is considered by God to be human and that to take that life is murder. We’ve also done Beyond Today television programs on this subject. We have raised our voice when the annual March for Life rally takes place in Washington, D.C., on the anniversary of this horrible Supreme Court ruling. (Search for “abortion” on our website at to learn much more.)

The Supreme Court decision on abortion is an affront to God’s sovereignty over human life.  He is the Creator and Giver of life. He tells mankind, “You shall not murder.” The Bible shows that the unborn within their mother’s wombs are individual, living human beings (Exodus 21:22-23; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:39-45). God views the killing of innocent children as evil and an abomination (2 Kings 16:3; 2 Kings 21:2-6; Jeremiah 32:35)—depraved actions that are utterly reprehensible and deserving of death (Leviticus 20:2-3). The invasion of the mother’s womb to remove a developing human life violates a space created by God to nurture life until it is fully brought forth in birth. Make no mistake: The Supreme Court’s ruling has transgressed the eternal spiritual law of God.

It’s bad enough that more than 60 million legal abortions have been performed since 1973. It’s made worse by the fact that it has gone on so long in plain sight of all Americans that it has become an accepted part of our culture—a culture rightly called by others a culture of death and a “silent holocaust.” We go about our lives giving in to the “established law” thinking, as we are told, that it is a “woman’s right” and that nothing can be done to reverse the carnage.

Perhaps nothing can be done through the nation’s legal system to turn back this great evil. Marches, protests and lobbying have changed nothing. A few months ago a news report mentioned that in one recent year, abortions did go down slightly in America. For that I am glad. I pray abortion will suddenly end through our selfish, hedonistic culture turning around to acknowledge God in a true change of heart. But, hope as I might, I do not see that happening.

New York law crosses a deadly new line

In January, the New York State legislature passed what is called the “Reproductive Health Act,” which legalizes the unthinkable. To a cheering crowd of politicians, Governor Mario Cuomo signed this macabre law that allows medical personnel (no doctor required) to kill a fully formed child up to the moment of birth if needed to protect the “mother’s health”—a loophole that, when construed as including mental and emotional health, is large enough to allow abortion for practically any reason at any time.

The bill also removed all criminal penalties—meaning if a child escapes the forceps, the vacuum, and the potassium cyanide often administered for abortion and is born live, even at full term, its life can be terminated without any criminal charge. To celebrate this law, the governor ordered the Freedom Tower in Manhattan to be lit pink—signifying a “victory” for women’s rights. It should have been illuminated in blood red for the unspeakably horrible law that it is.

Not to be outdone, the Virginia statehouse a few days later saw similar legislation introduced. As it was being debated, the supposedly moderate Governor Ralph Northam, an obstetrician, went on radio to describe what the law meant:

“When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother, with the consent of the physicians, more than one physician, by the way,” Northam said. “And it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that’s non-viable. So, in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.  So, I think this was really blown out of proportion.”

Did you catch what he really said? A baby could be born alive, then “kept comfortable” while the mother and physicians decided whether it would live or die. And the newborn could then be executed with no legal consequences for its murder.

The Virginia bill would have allowed such procedures to be done in unlicensed clinics with the consent of only one physician—and as late as the end of the third trimester of pregnancy. This bill was killed in committee, but damage was already done. The brazen raw desire of abortion rights activists has been laid bare. The brutal evil will of governors, state legislators and activists who, in the name of “women’s reproductive health” and “women’s rights,” are willing to kill fully formed, live-born children is an unspeakable horror.

More to come

Vermont passed a law very similar to the proposed Virginia law. Other states will enact similar legislation. It’s said that Rhode Island Democrats will go even further with a law proposing to allow abortions up to the end of pregnancy for any “health” reason, including “age, economic, social and emotional factors,” these advocates describing all protections for unborn babies as “insidiously restrictive, harmful and patriarchal reproductive laws.”

Some conservative states like Mississippi and Kentucky have passed their own laws prohibiting the procedures allowed now by New York law. These laws have been challenged in courts and blocked for the short term. Again, as happened with Roe v. Wade, the issue will likely be determined by judges rather than legislators.

The revulsion many citizens feel at the passage of these laws seems to have created something of a backlash against these extreme acts. But it will probably be for only a short time. It’s highly unlikely that we will see legal abortions eliminated in the nation.

We have reached a point in America where it seems all restraint has been cast off regarding this issue. Gone is the restraint cautioned not that long ago by former President Bill Clinton, who said abortion should be “rare, legal and safe.”

While that statement in no way agrees with what God says about killing the unborn, in the current climate it sounds moderate— and that is the problem. The nation has become drunk on this discussion to the point that it has lost all moral and spiritual mooring. Those who want to protect life at any stage of development are not heard or not strong enough to make a difference. No leader in politics, education or religion is strong enough to lead a repentance to God and an embrace of the sanctity of life as defined by God in His Word, the Bible.

All kinds of legal protections are in place for birds, mice, turtles and the like, complete with stiff fines and significant prison time for harming their eggs or young.  But protections for innocent unborn human beings are rapidly disappearing. Thousands upon thousands of unborn infants are killed by lethal injections every year, but they draw nowhere near the protests or media coverage given to one murderer executed by lethal injection for his despicable crimes. In any sane world this would rightly be viewed as in sanity!

America and much of the world has reached a moral collapse at a level from which they seem unlikely and unwilling to return. It’s painful to write these words. But this issue of abortion has become the defining issue of our age, and God will call the nation to account for what it has done.

Hideous evil

The raw brutality of these recently passed laws, and the ever-escalating toll of young lives literally poisoned and ripped apart, should stun all who value human life and decency. That a people would put forward legislation allowing the ending of a life just minutes after leaving its mother’s womb reveals a stark level of brutality and inhumanity that’s now entered our culture—courtesy of those we’ve chosen as our leaders!

The Bible contains a graphic description of what our world today has become: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, with-out self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

Notice the word brutal used here . I think that expresses the attitude behind the current wave of abortion legislation.”   Continued at:



Because there was no church last Saturday, 11th, I went to the Neighborhood Watch meeting, and was given the name of a mechanic who lives in this subdivision.   He came by and found out what was wrong with my little station wagon, (The Puddle Jumper).  I should have had him look at my van, because it was making strange noises.

On Sunday, 12th, because I might have a new contract on the houses, Zack and I moved all my tools out of the mini-house closet where we had kept them for easy access, and brought them back over here to put away in their places in the workshop. 

That afternoon, there was water dripping on my kitchen counter.  Zack only works in the mornings, so I went up into the attic to see what was going on.  The drain on the water heater was leaking, and something had stopped up the water heater pan’s drain to the outside, so it was dripping in my kitchen.  I put a little bucket on the counter, and hoped it would be OK till morning.  Zack and I fixed it the next day by tightening the drain, and blowing compressed air with my compressor into the pan’s drain hose that goes to the back of the house.    Must have been a dirt dobber.

Wednesday and Thursday Zack didn’t show up, so Chris came over and we went up into the attic of the mini-house where the storm damage is, and we managed to put a better patch on the roof through an access hole above it.

On Thursday, when I was on my way to get a fasting blood test in Conroe, my van broke down on the freeway.  I managed to get it to safety with no power for the steering or brakes.  I could see that the belt had come off.  So I called a wrecker, Chris, Hans and the mechanic.  Hans was at a doctor in Conroe, so I asked him to call me before he went back to our town.  Chris said she would come at get me if needed.  The mechanic said he would to come to Conroe and fix the belt.  So I canceled the wrecker. 

But when the mechanic arrived he said that the water pump had gone out, that is what had made the belt come off, and so I had to call a wrecker again, and have it towed home.  The mechanic has had it since last Thursday, and I still haven’t got it back, (it is now Monday).  Then on Friday, poor Chris had to take me to the chiropractor, (yes, I finally got a referral), and then to the doctor for my annual, with two trips to Social Security in between.   Leon took me to get the water pump, so thankfully, I’ve had a lot of help.

Hans took me to church, and stayed for the service which he enjoyed.  The Bible readings were Exo. 16:11-17:16, Isa. 45:20-25, John 6:30-51 and all of Matt. 17, and the Teaching or Message was about The Glory of God in Heaven and Earth.  The Pastor’s wife and I had frozen what we had made for the previous week when the weather was too bad to have the service.  She had made a roast, and I had made a chicken and lentils dish, so we had them that day.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The 10 Commandments: A Matter of the Heart. Storm Damage.

For “Scripture Sunday”:

The 10 Commandments: A Matter of the Heart

From Learning Center \ Video Series

“Which of the 10 Commandments is the most important? Did Jesus replace them all with the command to love? What are the 10 Commandments really and truly about?

Intro video:

Ten short videos about The 10 Commandments:

The First Commandment: Gods Before God

The First Commandment lays an essential foundation that all the other commandments build upon. How can we put God first in a world as busy as ours?

The Second Commandment: Putting God in a Box

Why does the Second Commandment still matter in societies where carved idols are a thing of the past? This commandment keeps us focused not only on what we’re worshipping, but how we think about what we’re worshipping.

The Third Commandment: Carrying the Name of God

The Third Commandment isn’t just a commandment about how we should talk—it’s a commandment about how we should walk, too. Not taking God’s name in vain requires more from us than just the right words.

The Fourth Commandment: What God Calls Holy

Largely forgotten today, the Fourth Commandment is one of God’s greatest blessings to mankind. What does it mean to keep the Sabbath holy?

The Fifth Commandment: How to Destroy a Civilization

Without the Fifth Commandment, society can (and will) collapse on itself. What makes honoring your father and mother such an integral part of human civilization?

The Sixth Commandment: Murder Starts Somewhere

Can you break the Sixth Commandment without ever killing someone? The command to not murder focuses as much on our hearts as it does on our hands.

The Seventh Commandment: A Quick Way to Ruin Everything

Like the Sixth Commandment, the Seventh Commandment requires us to guard our hearts. Adultery can begin in the heart long before any action ever takes place. How can we take the offensive against it?

The Eighth Commandment: What’s Yours is Mine

The Eighth Commandment helps us focus on how we view our neighbors, and digging deeper into Scripture helps us see that not stealing requires more than just not taking what doesn’t belong to us.

The Ninth Commandment: Take it Easy, Pinocchio

The Ninth Commandment has its roots in integrity and honesty. Truly obeying the command to not lie requires changing how we think.

The 10th Commandment: Where Your Treasure Is

The 10th Commandment is the first commandment to focus explicitly on what happens within the heart. It also turns our attention back to the importance of the very first commandment.




Somehow, I missed posting last week. Things got a bit hectic around here with getting ready for the storms and then the damage. 

After the first big storm and when Zack went over to the mini-house to get something, he came back and said that some of the ceiling sheetrock was on the floor.  The main roof had sprung a leak, water had gone through the attic floor into the bedroom. So we had to clean up dripping ceiling insulation, and soggy sheetrock.  Chris came to help because she didn’t want me to injure my back any more than it already is. They moved everything out of the mini-house bedroom, and ripped up the carpet and padding.  We draped that expensive carpet over stuff in the carport to dry, as it can be saved.  The padding had to go in the trash. We all went into the attic where I had two sheets of 1/2” plywood stored up there which we put lengthways on an angle, braced on two big totes, covered that with a tarp and covered everything with plastic. It was all slanted so that any more water would go through a place to the outside.

On Monday the 29th, I finally had the bone scan in Huntsville TX, three weeks after the original order.  Here we are, nearly two weeks later, and my doctor still doesn’t have the results, or has lost them, and my chirpractor still doesn’t have the referral, so my tailbone and hip are still bothering me.  I feel very helpless, and I am not used to that.  It really hurts to bend my right hip.  I wanted to go up the ladder to look at trailer roof, but that would incur more anger from Chris than I would care to get. I can get up in the mini-house attic by keeping my right leg straight and it is a short attic ladder.

On a nice day, over in Chris’ horse pasture where I have my trailer stored, Zack got up on the roof of the Holiday Rambler and removed the roof vent that was leaking.  He scraped everything clean, best he could, and re-installed it with new butyl putty tape and smoothed a bead of Dicor sealant over the screws and the edges.  We removed the broken antenna completely, and riveted a patch of butyl putty taped aluminum over the hole, and another bead of Dicor.  The soaked ceiling was still dripping from the rain into a bucket when we left.

More storms. This is May, what happened to April showers?  On Tuesday 7th., I went for my cataract check-up.  I didn’t know they were going to dilate my eyes, and it was blinding sunshine when I came out of there.  I donned my dark glasses and managed to drive to the Kroger across the street.  There, I got on an electric cart and rode around shopping until my eyes got better.  But in the meantime the weather changed to stormy, and on the way home everyone was driving at a careful 40 mph on the freeway.  I got home here on the hill before the road below flooded.

Zack didn’t show up on Wednesday or Thursday, and more storms were forecast, so Chris came over. We went up into the mini-house attic and made some more storm preparations up there, then we went over to the trailer and she got up on the roof and did some more scraping and Dicor-ing because there had been more drips in the bucket.  After the next storm she reported that the bucket was dry. Hooray!

Because of a severe weather advisory we had to cancel the church service.  Many of the congregation live in nearby towns where if it floods they can’t get home.  At least I have a back way to get up here on this hill if the road below floods, but they don’t.  We called everyone we could, but there new people all the time, so I printed up a notice on the computer, laminated it with some clear Contact paper, and drove over to the church and taped it on the door.  Then I went by Lauri’s place down my road, to see if she would like to have a little worship service of our own, but she had another of her migraines.

Then the rains came and it was another dreary, soggy day.