What kind of worship does
Christ say results from doctrines based on the
commandments of men?
worship me in vain; they teachings are
but rules taught by men.
What commandment had the
Pharisees made void?
For God said,
Honor your father and mother and Anyone
who curses his father and mother must be put to
death. But you say that if a man says to
his father and mother, What ever help you
might otherwise received from me is a gift
devoted to God, he is not to honor
his father with it. Thus you nullify the word of
God for the sake of your tradition. Matthew
Note They taught that
buy a gift of property to the Temple service a
man might be freed from the duties enjoined by
the fifth commandment.
When asked, Knowest
thou that the Pharisees were offended? what
answer did the Savior make?
He replied, Every
plant that my heavenly Father has not planted
will be pulled up by the roots. Verse
Note What is true of
the fifth commandment is true of every other
commandment. If through tradition men set aside
any other of Gods commandments, these words
are equally applicable to them. They are guilty
of making void the commandment of God.
Two Plants in the Church
When and by whom was the
For in six days the
Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea,
and all that is in them, but he rested on the
seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the
Sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus
Who claims to have planted the
Q. Has the [Catholic]
Church a power to make any alterations in the
commandments of God?
A. Instead of the
seventh day, and other festivals appointed by the
old law, the Church has prescribed the Sundays
and holydays to be set apart for Gods
worship; and these we are now obliged to keep in
consequence of Gods commandment, instead of
the ancient Sabbath. Richard Challoner, The
Catholic Christian Instructed (1853), p. 204.
Note - We Catholics, then,
have precisely the same authority for keeping
Sunday holy instead of Saturday as we have for
every other article of our creed, namely, the
authority of the Church of the
living God, the pillar and ground of the truth
(1 Timothy iii. 15); whereas you who are
Protestants have really no authority for it
whatever; for there is no authority for it in
the Bible, and you will not allow that there can
be authority for it anywhere else. Both you
and we do, in fact, follow tradition in
this manner; but we follow it, believing it to be
part of Gods word, and the Church to be its
divinely appointed guardian and interpreter; you
follow it, denouncing it all the time as a
fallible and treacherous guide, which often
makes the commandment of God of none
Clifton Tracts, Vol 4, art.
A Question for All Bible Christians,
A Special Message of Reform
When is final salvation
to be brought to Gods people?
Who through faith are
shielded by Gods power until the coming
of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in
the last time. 1 Peter 1:5.
When Gods salvation is
near to come, upon whom does He
pronounce a blessing?
This is what the Lord
says, Maintain justice and do what is
right, for my salvation is close at hand and my
righteousness will soon be revealed. Blessed
is the man who does this, the man who holds it
fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating
it, and keep s his hand from doing any evil.
Is this promised blessing
confined to any one class?
And foreigners who
bind themselves to the Lord to serve him, to love
the name of the Lord, and to worship him, all
who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
and who hold fast to my covenant these
I will bring to my holy mountain and give them
joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt
offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my
altar; for my house will be called a house of
prayer for all nations. Verses 6,7.
Note It is evident
from these scriptures that in the last day, when
men are waiting for the Savior to appear,
there will be a call for those who really love
the Lord to separate themselves from the world,
to observe the Lords true Sabbath, and to
depart from evil.
What does God tell His
ministers to do at this time?
Shout it aloud, do
not hold back. Raise your voice like a
trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion
and to the house of Jacob their sins.
What message of Sabbath reform
does He send?
If you keep your
feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as
you please on my holy day, If you call the
Sabbath a delight and the Lords day
honorable, and if you honor it by not going
your way and not doing as you please or speaking
idle words, then you will find joy in the Lord,
and I will cause you to ride on the heights of
the land and to feast on the inheritance of your
father Jacob. The mouth of the Lord has
Note The Sabbath of
Jehovah is not now, by the majority even of
professed Christians, called holy and honorable.
By many it is stigmatized as Jewish.
The Lord foresaw how this would be in this age,
and inspired the prophet to write as he did. If
thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath. This
is a strong expression, indicating that many
would be trampling upon Gods day and doing
their own pleasure upon it, instead of seeking
God and honoring Him by keeping the Sabbath day.
What will those be called who
engage in this reformation?
Your people will
rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the
age-old foundations; you will be called
Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets
with Dwellings. Verse 12.
What does another prophet say
professed teachers among Gods people have
Her priests do
violence to my law and profane my holy things;
they do not distinguish between the holy and the
common; they teach that there is no difference
between the unclean and the clean; and they
shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths,
so that I am profaned among them. Ezekiel
mortar is that which is improperly worked, and
will not thereafter hold together or stand the
test. Thus it is with the reasons advanced for
keeping Sunday instead of Sabbath, the seventh
day. They are not only unsound and untenable in
themselves, but are utterly inconsistent,
contradictory, and destructive one of the other,
among themselves. They are life the witnesses
employed by the Jewish leaders to condemn Christ.
Of these the record says, The chief priests
and all the council sought for witness against
Jesus to put him to death; and found none. For
man bare false witness against him, but their
witness agreed not together. Mark
14:55,56. The lack of agreement
among them was evidence in itself of the falsity
of their testimony. In nothing perhaps, is a lack
of agreement better illustrated than in the
reasons assigned to Sunday keeping. Note the
One says the Sabbath has
been changed from the seventh to the first
day of the week. Another says that the Sabbath
commandment requires only one day of rest after
six of labor, and that there has been no
Some reason that all ought
to keep Sunday, because although, as they affirm,
God did not appoint a particular day, yet
agreement is necessary; and to have any or every
day a Sabbath would be equal to no Sabbath at
Others, to avoid the claims
of Gods law, assert that the Sabbath
precept is one of those ordinances that were against
us, contrary to us, blotted out, and nailed to
the cross. Still, they admit that a day of
rest and convocation is necessary, and therefore
the day of Christs Resurrection, they say,
has been chosen.
Another class says they
believe it is impossible to know which is the seventh
day, although they have no difficulty in
locating the first.
Some are so bold as to
declare that Sunday is the original seventh
Others, with equal
certainty, say that those who keep the seventh
day are endeavoring to be justified by the
law, and are fallen from grace.
Another class, with more
liberal views, say they believe that everyone
should be fully persuaded in his own mind,
whether he keep this day, or that, or none at
Still again, as if having
found the great desideratum or missing link in
the argument, men credited with even more than
ordinary intelligence will sometimes declare
it impossible to keep the seventh day on a round
and rolling earth; yet, strangely, they find
no difficulty in keeping Sunday anywhere, and
believe that this day should be observed the
Lastly, and more terrible
and presumptuous than all the rest, some, like
Herod of old in slaying all the children of
Bethlehem in order to make sure of killing
Christ, go so far as to teach that all ten
commandments have been abolished, in order to
avoid the duty enjoined in the fourth. But
as in that case Gods Anointed escaped Herods
murderous blow, so in the judgment such will have
to meet God over His broken law, and will find
the Sabbath precepts stands there unchanged with
Christ said, Anyone
who breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do the same will be called
the least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever
practices and teaches these commands will be
called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew
What does the Lord say
will become of this wall thus daubed with
those who cover it with whitewash that it is
going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, an d I
will send hailstones hurling down, and violent
winds will burst forth.
When are these hailstones to
Have you entered the
storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses
of the hail, which I reserve for times of
trouble, for days of war and battle.
Under which of the last seven
plagues will this hail fall?
The seventh angel
poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the
temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying,
It is done! Then there came flashes
of lightening, rumblings, peals of thunder and a
severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever
occurred since man has been on earth, so
tremendous was the quake. The great city split
into three parts, and the cities of the nations
collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and
gave her the cup filled with the wine of fury of
his wrath. Every island fled away and the
mountains could not be found. From the sky huge
hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell
upon men. And they cursed God on account of the
plague of hail, because the plague was so
terrible. Revelation 16:17-21.
In order to prepare His
people for that terrible time, what does God
expect His ministers to do?
You have not gone
up to the breaks in the wall to repair it for the
house of Israel so that it will stand firm in
the battle on the day of the Lord. Ezekiel
Instead of trying to close
up this breach made in Gods law [the loss
of the Sabbath], and so make up the hedge, what
have they done?
Their visions are
false and their divinations a lie. They say,
The Lord declares, when the Lord
has not sent them; yet they expect their
words to be fulfilled. Verse 6.
During the closing scenes
of earths history during the seven
trumpets, what message is God sending to the
world to turn men from the false worship to the
worship of the true God?
He said in a loud
voice, Fear God and give him glory, because
the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him
who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the
springs of water. A second angel followed
them and said, Fallen! Fallen is Babylon
the Great, which made all the nations drink the
maddening wine of her adulteries. A third
angel followed them and said in a loud voice:
If anyone worships the beast and his image
and receives his mark on the forehead or on the
hand, he too, will drink of the wine of Gods
fury, which has been poured out full strength
into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented
with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy
angels and of the Lamb.
Note There is too be
one last call for Babylon with the fourth angels
message to appeal to the last few sinners that
will come across the line and be saved and
worship God before the seventh angel sounds his
trumpet and final probation is eternally closed.
Those who have passed the four step test during
the trumpets will have the seal of God upon them
and their carnal natures will be gone, but for
the wicked who have chosen to take the mark of
Satan, will be given Gods full wrath in the
last seven plagues and be destroyed at Christ
Second Coming in the clouds of glory.
What does the Bible describe
those who accept this message?
This calls for patient
endurance on the part of the saints who obey
Gods commandments and remain faithful to
Jesus. Revelation 14:12.
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