Sunday keepers on the MOVE.
Costa Rica in South America is suffering a Sunday Law.
In Germany Labor Unions are pushing for the same. Canada is also on the
brink of very strong blue laws. Here in the USA Protestants and other SUN-Worshipers
are also moving to destroy your freedom in the NAME OF RELIGION and goodness
for the country.
In the movements now in progress in the
United States to secure for the institutions and usages of the church the
support of the state, 'Protestants' are following on the steps of papist.
NAY, MORE, they are opening the door for the papacy to regain in protestant
America the supremacy which she has lost in the Old World. And that which
give greater significance to this movement is the fact that the principal
object contemplated is the enforcement of Sunday observance a custom which
originated with ROME, and which she claims as the sign of her authority."The
Great Controversy" by E.G.W. page 573
And let it be REMEMBERED, it is the boast of Rome that SHE NEVER
changes. The principles of Gregory VII and Innocent the III are still the
principles of the Roman Catholic Church. And had she but the power, she
would put them in practice with as much vigor now as in the past centuries.
PROTESTANTS LITTLE KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING when
they propose to accept the aid of Rome in the work of Sunday exaltation.
While they are BENT upon the accomplishment of their purpose, ROME IS AIMING
to re-establish her POWER, to recover her LOST SUPREMACY...
"The Great Controversy" by Ellen G. White page 581.
Petition to Remove Ban on Sunday Hunting in Virginia.
We the People of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Petition the General Assembly to Repeal the Ban on
Sunday Hunting in Virginia (Virginia Code Section
29.1 521; subsection 1). We believe the Ban on
Sunday Hunting in Virginia is an outdated law that is
a remnant of the historic blue laws. The blue laws
prohibited recreational activities, shopping and
other forms of commerce on Sundays. Hunting is
the only recreational activity that is still banned in
Virginia. The current law is also prejudicial to the
Virginia hunter because it allows Sunday hunting on
"licensed, commercial game preserves, but disallows
Sunday hunting for the non-commercial, licensed
hunter." Virginia is now among only ten states that
still ban hunting on Sundays. Of the ten states that
still ban hunting, five have pending legislation to
repeal or substantially modify the ban.
PLEASE SIGN PETITION! Thank you!
Mail names to:
Virginia Hunters Initiative
C/o James Pravel
200 Daingerfield Road; suite 400
Alexandria VA 22134
Or fax to: 703-549-3111
By this announcement you can see these
people don't understand what is coming.
Sunday The Wine of Babylon.
The papacy is just what prophecy declared that she would be, the apostasy
of the latter times. 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4. It is a part of her policy
to assume the character which will best accomplish her purpose; but beneath
the variable appearance of the chameleon, she conceals the invariable venom
of the serpent. "Faith ought not to be kept with heretics, nor persons
suspected of heresy" (Lenfante, volume I, p. 516), she declares. Shall
this power, whose record for a thousand years is written in the blood of
the saints, be now acknowledged as a part of the church of Christ?
It is not without reason that the claim has been put
forth in Protestant countries, that Catholicism differs less widely from
Protestantism than in former times. There has been a change; but the change
is not in the papacy.
Catholicism indeed resembles much of the Protestantism that now exists;
because Protestantism has so greatly degenerated since the days of the Reformers.
As the Protestant churches have been seeking the favor of the world, false
charity has blinded their eyes. They do not see but that it is right to
believe good of all evil; and as the inevitable result, they will finally
believe evil of all good. Instead of standing in defense of the faith once
delivered to the saints, they are now, as it were, apologizing to Rome for
their uncharitable opinion of her, begging pardon for their bigotry .
A large class, even of those who look upon Romanism with no favor, apprehend
little danger from her power and influence. Many urge that the intellectual
and moral darkness prevailing during the Middle Ages favored the spread
of her dogmas, superstitions, and oppression, and that the greater intelligence
of modem times, the general diffusion of knowledge, and the increasing liberality
in matters of religion, forbid a revival of intolerance and tyranny. The
very thought that such a state of things will exist in this enlightened
age is ridiculed. It is true that great light, intellectual, moral, and
religious, is shining upon this generation. In the open pages of God's Holy
Word, light from heaven has been shed upon the world. But it should be remembered
that the greater the light bestowed, the greater the darkness of those who
pervert or reject it.
A prayerful study of the Bible would show Protestants
the real character of the papacy, and would cause them to abhor and to shun
it; but many are so wise in their own conceit that they feel no need of
humbly seeking God that they may be led into the truth. Although priding
themselves on their enlightenment, they are ignorant both of the Scriptures
and of the power of God. They must have some means of quieting their consciences;
and they seek that which is least spiritual and humiliating. What they desire
is a method of forgetting God which shall pass as a method of remembering
Him. The papacy is well adapted to meet the wants of all these. It is prepared
for two classes of mankind, embracing nearly the whole world-those who would
be saved by their merits, and those who would be saved in their . sins.
Here is the secret of its power.
A day of great intellectual darkness has been shown 10 be favorable to the
success of the papacy. It will yet be demonstrated that a day of great intellectual
light is equally favorable for its success. In past ages, when men were
without God's word, and without the knowledge of the truth, their eyes were
blindfolded, and thousands were ensnared, not seeing the net spread for
their feet. In this generation there are many whose eyes become dazzled
by the glare of human speculations, "science falsely so-called;"
they discern not the net, and walk into it as readily as if blindfolded.
God designed that man's intellectual powers should be held as a gift from
his Maker, and should be employed in the service of truth and righteousness;
but when pride and ambition are cherished, and men exalt their own theories
above the word of God, then intelligence can accomplish greater harm than
ignorance. Thus the false science of the nineteenth century, which undermines
faith in the Bible, will prove as successful in preparing the way for the
acceptance of the papacy, with its pleasing forms, as did the withholding
of knowledge in opening the way for its aggrandizement in the Dark Ages.
In the movements now in progress in the United States to secure for the
institutions and usages of the church the support of the state, Protestants
are following in the steps of papists. Nay, more, they are opening the door
for the papacy to regain in Protestant America the supremacy which she has
lost in the Old World. And that which gives greater significance to this
movement is the fact that the principal object contemplated
is the enforcement of Sunday observance---a custom which originated with
Rome, and which she claims as the sign of her authority. It is the
spirit of the papacy-the spirit of conformity to worldly customs, the veneration
for human traditions above the commandments of God-that is permeating the
Protestant churches, and leading them on to do the same work of Sunday exaltation
which the papacy has done before them.
If the reader would understand the agencies to be employed in the soon-corning
contest, he has but to trace the record of the means which Rome employed
for the same object in ages past. If he would know how papists and Protestants
united will deal with those who reject their dogmas, let him see the spirit
which Rome manifested toward the Sabbath and its defenders.
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, (A.D. 321).
This edict required townspeople to rest on "the venerable day of the
sun," but permitted countrymen to continue their agricultural pursuits.
Though virtually a heathen statute, it was enforced by the emperor after
his nominal acceptance of Christianity .
The royal mandate not proving a sufficient substitute for divine authority,
Eusebius, a bishop who sought the favor of princes, and who was the special
friend and flatterer of Constantine, advanced the claim that Christ had
transferred the Sabbath to Sunday. Not a single testimony of the Scriptures
was produced in proof of the new doctrine.
Eusebius himself unwittingly acknowledges its falsity, and points to the
real authors of the change. " All things," he says, "whatever
that it was duty to do on the Sabbath, these we have transferred to the
Lord's day." -Roben Cox, Sabbath Laws and Sabbath Duties, p. 538. But
the Sunday argument, groundless as it was, served to embolden men in trampling
upon the Sabbath of the Lord. All who desired to be honored by the world
accepted the popular festival.
As the papacy became firmly established, the work of Sunday exaltation was
continued. For a time the people engaged in agricultural labor when not
attending church, and the seventh day was still regarded as the Sabbath.
But steadily a change was effected. Those in holy office were forbidden
to pass judgment in any civil controversy on the Sunday. Soon after, all
persons, of whatever rank, were commanded to refrain from common labor,
on pain of a fine for freemen, and stripes in the case of servants. Later
it was decreed, that rich men should be punished with the loss of half of
their estates; and finally, that if still obstinate they should be made
slaves. The lower classes were to suffer perpetual banishment.
Miracles also were called into requisition. Among other wonders it was reported
that as a husbandman who was about to plow his field on Sunday, cleaned
his plow with an iron, the iron stuck fast in his hand, and for two years
he carried it about with him, "to his exceeding great pain and shame."
-Francis West, Historical and Practical Discourse on the Lord's Day, p.
Later, the pope gave directions that the parish priest should admonish the
violators of Sunday, and wish them to go to church and say their prayers,
lest they bring some great calamity on themselves and neighbors. An ecclesiastical
council brought forward the argument. since so widely employed, even by
Protestants, that because persons had been struck by lightning while laboring
on Sunday, it must be the Sabbath. "It is apparent," said the
prelates, "how high the displeasure of God was upon their neglect of
this day." An appeal was then made that priests and ministers, kings
and princes, and all faithful people "use their utmost endeavors and
care that the day be restored to its honor, and, for the credit of Christianity,
more devoutly observed for the time to come." -Thomas Morer, Discourse
in Six Dialogues on the Name, Notion, and Observation of the Lord's Day,
The decrees of councils proving insufficient. the secular authorities were
besought to issue an edict that would strike terror to the hearts of the
people and force them to refrain from labor on the Sunday. At a synod held
in Rome, all previous decisions were reaffirmed with greater force and solemnity.
They were also incorporated into the ecclesiastical law and enforced by
the civil authorities throughout nearly all Christendom. (See Heylyn, History
of the Sabbath, pt. 2, ch. 5, sec. 7.) Still the absence of Scriptural authority
for Sundaykeeping occasioned no little embarrassment. The people questioned
the right of their teachers to set aside the positive declaration of Jehovah,
"The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God," in order
to honor the day of the sun. To supply the lack of Bible testimony, other
expedients were necessary. A zealous advocate of Sunday, who about the close
of the twelfth century visited the churches of England, was resisted by
faithful witnesses for the truth; and so fruitless were his efforts that
he departed from the country for a season, and cast about him for some means
to enforce his teachings. When he returned, the lack was supplied, and in
his after-labors he met with greater success; He brought with him a roll
purporting to be from God Himself, which contained the needed command for
Sunday observance, with awful threats to terrify the disobedient. This precious
document-as base a counterfeit as the institution it supported-was said
to have fallen from heaven, and to have been found in Jerusalem, upon the
altar of St. Simeon, in Golgotha. But in fact, the pontifical palace at
Rome was the source whence it proceeded. Frauds and forgeries to advance
the power and prosperity of the church have in all ages been esteemed lawful
by the papal hierarchy.
The roll forbade labor from the ninth hour, three o'clock, on Saturday afternoon,
till sunrise on Monday; and its authority was declared to be confirmed by
It was reported that persons laboring beyond the appointed hour were stricken
with paralysis. A miller who attempted to grind his corn, saw instead of
flour, a torrent of blood come forth, and the mill wheel stood still, notwithstanding
the strong rush of the water. A woman who placed dough in the oven, found
it raw when taken out, though the oven was very hot. Another who had dough
prepared for baking at the ninth hour, but determined to set it aside till
Monday, found, the next day, that it had been made into loaves and baked
by divine power. A man who baked bread after the ninth hour on Saturday
found, when he broke it the next morning, that blood started therefrom.
By such absurd and superstitious fabrications did the advocates of Sunday
endeavor to establish its sacredness. (See Roger de Hoveden, Annals, vol.
2, pp. 528-530.)
In Scotland, as in England, a greater regard for Sunday was secured
by uniting with it a ponion of the ancient Sabbath. But the time required
to be kept holy varied. An edict from the king of Scotland declared that
"Saturday from twelve at noon ought to be accounted holy," and
that no man, from that time till Monday morning, should engage in worldly
business. -Morer, pp. 290,291.
But notwithstanding all the effons to establish Sunday sacredness, papists
themselves publicly confessed the divine authority of the Sabbath, and the
human origin of the institution by which it had been supplanted. In the
sixteenth century a papal council plainly declared: "Let all Christians
remember that the seventh day was consecrated by God.. and hath been received
and observed, not only by the Jews, but by all others who pretend to worship
God; though we Christians have changed their Sabbath into the Lord's day."
-Ibid., pp. 281, 282. Those who were tampering with the divine law were
not ignorant ofthe character of their work.
They were deliberately setting themselves above God.
A striking illustration of Rome's policy toward those who disagree with
her was given in the long and bloody persecution of the Waldenses, some
of whom were observers of the Sabbath. Others suffered in a similar manner
for their fidelity to the founh commandment. The history of the churches
of Ethiopia and Abyssinia is especially significant Amid the gloom of the
Dark Ages, the Christians of Central Africa were lost sight of and forgotten
by the world, and for many centuries they enjoyed freedom in the exercise
of their faith. But at last Rome learned of their existence, and the emperor
of Abyssinia was soon beguiled into an acknowledgment of the pope as the
vicar of Christ...
(From the book "The Great Controversy" by Ellen G.
White. Chapter "Liberty
of Conscience Threatened)