Law of God 






How much do I love you?


Let me count the ways... 

1.   I will have no other gods.

2.   I will not make or bow down to any image.

3.   I will not dishonor you and your name.

4.   I will remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

5.   I will honor my father and mother.

6.   I will not murder.

7.   I will not commit adultery.

8.   I will not steal.

9.   I will not lie.

10. I will not covet what belongs to my neighbor.


Reasons for Sunday are not Biblical #1

by Bill Wong



Reason #1 – Galatians 4:8-11 (“observing days….weak and beggarly elements”)



The Roman Catholic Church claims the Bible says the Sabbath should not be observed


The Catechism of Trent references two Bible passages when it states the following:


“Hence St. Paul, in his Epistle to the Galatians, when reproving the observers of the Mosaic rites, says: You observe days and months and times and years; I am afraid of you lest perhaps I have laboured in vain amongst you. And he writes to the same effect to the Colossians.”


Though not mentioned explicitly, the Roman Catholic Church is probably referring to Galatians 4:8-11 and Colossians 2:16-17.

We should be reminded of the warning from the apostle Peter about the writings of the apostle Paul.

Peter says many will not understand Paul’s writings and will distort them to their own destruction:


2 Peter 3:

15   and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul,

     according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,

16   as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand,

     which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.   (NASB)




The Catholic Church either does not know the meaning of, or is deliberating misinterpreting, what is in Galatians 4:8-11. Paul is not referring to the Law of God at all.


Galatians 4:                                                                                                                                            

8     But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods.

9     But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, 

     how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?

10   You observe days and months and seasons and years.

11   I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.   (NKJV)



Does the Roman Catholic Church expect us to believe that the apostle Paul is calling God’s Sabbath day a “weak and beggarly elemental thing”?  If the Sabbath day is weak and beggarly, then what does this make the Lord Jesus to be since He boldly declared that He is the Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28; Luke 6:5) and, as the Roman Catholic Church itself boasts, the Bible never changed the Sabbath day? 


To say the Sabbath is weak and beggarly is to say that Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath, is also weak and beggarly, because He is Lord of a weak and beggarly elemental thing.


Paul is concerned about the Gentiles who once worshipped pagan gods. He is saying now that they know God, how can they return to the worship of those pagan gods and the heavens? The worship of these other gods are the “weak and worthless elemental things” which consist of the observance of days, months, seasons, and years. Paul is not referring to God or God’s Sabbath at all, but the observance and worship of pagan gods/holidays and the celestial bodies and how it marks time through the year. God commands His people to worship Him, the Creator, not other gods, nor the heavens which are created:


 Deuteronomy 4:                                                                                                                                

  19   And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars,

      all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them,

      which the LORD your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage.   (NKJV)



It should be noted that worship of pagan gods usually originate from worship of nature and especially the heavens, with the sun and a sun-god being principal among them. Sunday was a day for pagans to worship the sun and hence its name. This “Venerable Day of the Sun” was chosen as the day to “replace” God’s Sabbath, by the Roman emperor Constantine and formed the basis for the Roman Catholic Church’s institution of Sunday over the Sabbath.


Constantine I (reigned 306-337): "On the Venerable Day of the Sun ["Venerable die Solis"-the sacred day of the Sun] let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country, however, persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits; because it often happens that another day is not so suitable for grain-sowing or for vine-planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost-given the 7th day of March [A.D. 321], Crispus and Constanstine being consuls each of them for the second time."- The First Sunday Law of Constantine I, in "Codex Justianianus," lib. 3, tit. 12,3; trans. in Phillip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. 3, p. 380



So, in truth, what the apostle Paul was afraid would happen to believers, that they would fall back to the weak and beggarly elements of the world and worship the heavens, has indeed taken place and is what the Roman Catholic Church has done. In creating Sunday as the “new” worship day for Christians, it has merged pagan sun worship traditions with Christianity. However, if Christianity is mixed with anything that is a lie, it ceases to be of Christ.  Sunday and worshipping on that day is what is weak and beggarly, and not the Sabbath day of which Jesus Christ is lord.


The Roman Catholic Church mentions Galatians 4:8-11 and Colossians 2:16-17 together and rightfully so – they both declare the Sabbath is holy and it is the pagan traditions of the Roman Catholic Church that is weak, beggarly, elemental, and of this world.




Please read the next article in the series -  'Reasons for Sunday not Biblical - Reason #2'



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