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Walk as He Walked
1. THE way of the Christian life was set for us by Jesus Himself.
"He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He
walked." 1 John 2:6. "Leaving us an example, that ye should follow His
steps." 1 Peter 2:21.
2. The footprints that Jesus set for us to follow, lead unvaryingly along the way of
"I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love." John
15:10. "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments." 1
3. The pathway is the same today as when Jesus walked in Judea.
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever." Heb. 13:8.
4. When it is shown that Jesus kept the seventh day holy as our example, many ask,
"Why have not scholars and church-men found out that there is no Bible authority for
The answer is, They have found it so, and have freely declared the fact.
Testimony of Eminent Men
5. The extracts that follow are from noted clergymen, scholars, and eminent writers,
all of whom doubtless kept the Sunday as a matter of church custom. But they nevertheless
bear witness that there is no Bible command for it.
Church of England Writers
Archdeacon Farrar: "The Sabbath is Saturday, the seventh day of the week."
"The Christian church made no formal, but a gradual and almost unconscious
transference of the one day to the other."- "The Voice From Sinai,"
Canon Eyton (of Westminster): "There is no word, no hint, in the New Testament about
abstaining from work on Sunday." "The observance of Ash Wednesday or Lent stands
exactly on the same footing as the observance of Sunday." "Constantine's decree
was the first public step in establishing the first day of the week as a day on which
there should be secular rest as well as religious worship. . . . Into the rest of Sunday
no divine law enters."- "The Ten Commandments," Trubners & Co.
Canon Knox-Little, replying to those who quote the example of Christ against the
High-church ritualism, says:-
"It is certain that our Lord when on earth did observe Saturday, and did not observe
Sunday." "If they are consistent, as I have said, they must keep Saturday, not
Sunday, as the day of rest."- "Sacerdotalism," Longman Company.
Sir William Domville: "Centuries of the Christian era passed away before the Sunday
was observed by the Christian church as a Sabbath."- "Examination of Six
Texts," chap. 8, page 291.
Writers of Other Churches
Bishop Grimelund, of Norway (Lutheran) : "The Christians in the ancient church
very soon distinguished the first day of the week, Sunday; however, not as a sabbath, but
as an assembly day of the church, to study the Word of God together."- "Geschichte
des Sonntags," page 60.
Dr. R. W. Dale (British Congregationalist): "It is quite clear that however rigidly
or devotedly we may spend Sunday, we are not keeping the Sabbath. . . . The Sabbath was
founded on a specific, divine command. We can plead no such command for the observance of
Sunday. . . . There is not a simple line in the New Testament to suggest that we incur any
penalty by violating the supposed sanctity of Sunday."- "The Ten
Commandments," Hodder and Stoughton, pages 106, 107.
Dr. Lyman Abbott (American Congregationalist): "The current notion that Christ and
His apostles authoritatively substituted the first day for the seventh, is absolutely
without any authority in the New Testament."- Christian Union, June 26, 1890.
Dr. Edward T. Hiscock (Baptist): "There was and is a commandment to 'keep holy the
Sabbath day,' but that Sabbath was not Sunday. It will, however, be readily said, and with
some show of triumph, that the Sabbath was transferred from the seventh to the first day
of the week. . . . Where can the record of such a transaction be found? Not in the New
Testament- absolutely not."- The New York Examiner, Nov. 16, 1893.
Dr. D. H. Lucas (Disciple): "There is no direct Scriptural authority for
designating the first day the Lord's day."- Christian Oracle, Jan. 23, 1890.
Cardinal Gibbons (Roman Catholic): "You may read the Bible from Genesis to
Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of
Sunday."- "Faith of Our Fathers," edition 1892, page 111.
Prize Essay of American Sunday-school Union: "Up to the time of Christ's death, no
change had been made in the day. . . . So far as the record shows, they [the apostles] did
not give any explicit command enjoining the abandonment of the seventh-day Sabbath, and
its observance on the first day of the week."- "Lord's Day, ' pages 185, 186.
Encyclopedias and Church Manuals
"Dictionary of Christian Antiquities:" "The notion of a formal
substitution by apostolic authority of the Lord's day [meaning Sunday] for the Jewish
Sabbath, and the transference to it, perhaps in a spiritualized form, of the Sabbatical
obligation established by the promulgation of the fourth commandment, has no basis
whatever, either in the Holy Scriptures or in Christian antiquity."- Article
"Sabbath," Smith and Cheetham.
"Cyclopedia of Biblical Theology:" "It must be confessed that there is no
law in the New Testament concerning the first day."- Article "Sabbath,"
McClintock and Strong.
Methodist Episcopal "Theological Compend," by Amos Binney: "It is true,
there is no positive command for infant baptism. . . . Nor is there any for keeping holy
the first day of the week."- Pages 180, 181.
Protestant Episcopal "Manual of Christian Doctrine:" "Is there any command
in the New Testament to change the day of weekly rest from Saturday?- None."- Page
Protestant Episcopal "Explanation of Catechism:" "The day is now changed
from the seventh to the first day; . . . but as we meet with no Scriptural direction for
the change, we may conclude it was done by the authority of the church."
6. What influence do the Bible and history show working in the church immediately
after apostolic days?
"Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away
disciples after them." Acts 20:30.
NOTE.-"In the interval between the days of the apostles and the conversion of
Constantine, the Christian commonwealth changed its aspect. . . . Rites and ceremonies of
which neither Paul nor Peter ever heard, crept silently into use, and then claimed the
rank of divine institutions."- Dr. W. D. Killen's (Presbyterian) "The Ancient
7. What did Christ say of worship based upon I the commandments of men?
"In vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of
men." Matt. 15:9.
8. What did He say should be done with every plant not planted by God?
"Every plant, which My Heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted
up." Verse 13.
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