When the Roman Empire entered the Church, everything Jewish were banished. To observe the Sabbath became a criminal act.
It is interesting to read the cannons of the Laodicean Council (363–364 AD). Canon 29 in particular:
The Laodicean council specificially refers to the Sabbath: “Christians must not judaize by resting on the [Jewish] Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honoring the Lord’s Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema (excommunicated) from Christ.
Who do these Christian bishops think they can fool?
To demand that followers of Jesus must work on the day the Master rested, is a horrible mistake. Jesus was raised a Torah observant Jew, who never sinned. He surely kept the Jewish Sabbath that started at sunset on Friday evenings.
How can a Church Council demand that Christians “must work on that day”?
Are they trying to mock Jesus?
Since Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath, I guess no one can say He was wrong, when He kept the Jewish Sabbath?
Jesus surely do love people who have to work on Saturdays, and have to take rest in Sunday. But do we all have to work on the Sabbath by Church ordinance and law?
Cannon 37 and 38 is also interesting reading: This new Papal rule brand the Messiah as an heretic. Since Jesus celebrated all the Jewish feasts.
It is not lawful to receive portions sent from the feasts of Jews or heretics, nor to feast together with them.
It is not lawful to receive unleavened bread from the Jews, nor to be partakers of their impiety.
(end of Cannon)
Already in the 4th century, the official Church had become antisemitic, and completely disconnected from the faith expressed by Jesus and His apostles. They were all Jews.
What about you?
First published: September 9th, 2011
Written by Ivar