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Chapter 4 - part 3

          "There are two kinds of spirits, she said, evil and good spirits, and we must try the spirits (1 John 4:1) to see if they are of God or of the devil. And the way to try them is told in Isaiah 8:20, which says, íTo the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.í And the Saturday commandment is right in the midst of the law with which we are to test the spirits. Therefore, any spirit that tells us to keep some other day cannot be the Spirit of God.
         "Christ said that His Spirit would come and guide us into all truth, but that the Spirit would not speak of Himself, but would speak what He hears from God. (John 16:13.) And always God has commanded the seventh-day Sabbath. And, too, the Spirit reproves the world of sin (John 16:9)ó and sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4). So, logically, the Spirit of God would reprove the world of Sabbath breaking, which would be to reprove it for Sunday keeping.
          "When I asked her why it wasnít found out before, and why learned theologians and great Christians didnít keep it, she told me some interesting history of how the Sabbath was really Ďas old as the hills,í for it was made at creation; and how it was kept very carefully by Godís chosen people up to and past the time of Christ; and then it was lost to most menís knowledge for centuries, but that always some few have kept it. The people of Christís day thought the doctrines that Jesus and the apostles taught were new, but these teachers proved to the people that what they taught was very ancient, but that the knowledge of the doctrines had been lost and only the rediscovery of them was new. Every reformer is accused of teaching something new and strange, but he is just bringing the people back to the old truths. The fact is, Sunday keeping is a very new thing compared with Sabbath keeping.
          "She said the truth of God has never been popular with the masses and the great men of earth. Christianity was once very unpopular and was despised. But we are glad now that someone espoused that unpopular truth and passed it on to us. The great and wise men in Christís day did not accept His truth, nor did they in Lutherís day accept the Reformation. We must not despise the day of small things. Every great movement for right started in a small and obscure way. The many go in the broad way that leads to destruction. Paul said, ĎNot many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.í (1 Corinthians 1:26.) Christ thanked God that He had hid these things from the wise and prudent, and had revealed them unto babes. (Matthew 11:25.) The world does not learn God by wisdom, but by simply believing in His written word.
          "She told me how and why the Sabbath was obscure for a long time, and how Sunday keeping started. I wish you could have heard that little woman reel off the history; and you would think to look at her that all she knew or thought of was making a living and keeping house. It seems that reliable histories record that Sunday was not kept as a sabbath during the early centuries of the Christian church, but that Saturday was. The apostles were dead long before a change was even suggested. And when the change did come it came so gradually during two or three centuries that people did not pay much attention to it. A number of causes helped the change: Christians turned against the Jews more and more because they had crucified Christ, and so would have nothing to do with anything Jewish; and they thought of the seventh-day Sabbath as Jewish. Sunday was held in some honor because it was the resurrection day, but was not observed at first as a sabbath any more than was Friday the crucifixion day. Then, too, the Church was trying hard to convert the heathen, and the heathen had for centuries worshiped on the first day of the week in honor of the sun god. In fact, the day was named for that god, Sun-day. The church became worldly and wanted to be popular, and it compromised with the heathen by all together keeping the Ďvenerable day of the sun,í as it was called.
          "Then Christianity became the state religion, and Sunday laws were made, and the true Sabbath was crowded out altogether. The pope didnít exactly change the day, but what is now known as the Roman Catholic Church slowly brought in Sunday keeping as a mark of its power. In Daniel 7:25 it was prophesied that such a power would think to change Godís law; and history says it did just that; and the Catholics boast they did it, and they offer a large money reward to any Protestant who will show even one text to prove from the Bible that we ought to keep Sunday. The Catholics claim authority from God to command men and make laws, and they are responsible for Sunday keeping, and they laugh at Protestants for being so inconsistent as to take the Bible and the Bible only as their rule of faith and practice, yet keep Sunday, for which there is no Bible authority. Christ said of them, ĎIn vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.í Matthew 15:9.

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