Who changed the Sabbath to Sunday?

From the time of the reformation Protestantism has become one of the major sects of Christianity. Even though fragmented in itself, Protestants count for 35% of Christianity, while Catholicism dominates with 50%. While some of the doctrinal issues were considered by the Protestants(the ones who protested), at the time of the reformation, most of the traditions of the Catholic Church still exists in almost all Protestant denominations. One, if not the main of these, would be the observance of Sunday instead of the Seventh Day Sabbath as a day of rest and worship.

In 1934, a certain Mr. J.L. Day who was perplexed by this same question, sent a letter addressed to Pope Pius XI querying about the observance of Sunday over the Seventh Day Sabbath. Question

Thomaston, Georgia – May 22, 1934
Pope Pius XI – Rome, Italy

Dear Sir:
Is the accusation true, that Protestants accuse you of: They say you changed the Seventh Day Sabbath to the, so-called, Christian Sunday: identical with the First-Day of the Week. If so when did you make the change, and by what authority.

Yours very Truly,
J.L. Day

This is the reply he received. (Highlight added by me)



Extension Magazine – Published by The Catholic Extension Society of the United States of America 180 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago

Dear Sir:

Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts:

(1) That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man.

(2) We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church instituted by Christ, to teach and guide man through life, has the right to change the Ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept the change of the Sabbath to the Sunday. We frankly say, “Yes, the Church made this change, made this law, as she made many other laws, for instance, the Friday Abstinence, the unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of the Catholic marriages, and a thousand other laws.”

(3) We also say that of all Protestants, the Seventh-day Adventists are the only group that reason correctly and are consistent with their teachings. It is always somewhat laughable to see the Protestant Churches, in pulpit and legislature, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in the Bible.

With best wishes,
Peter R. Tramer, Editor

Protestants! Maybe its time to go back to the authority of the Scriptures and finally let go of the traditions of Catholicism completely!


7 thoughts on “Who changed the Sabbath to Sunday?

  1. dianebarrios

    I have been searching in the Bible where it says that the day of rest be change to the first day of the week, which is sunday but I could not find any concrete scripture to back this up. I asked my former church mate about this and her answer was, it was changed to sunday because Jesus rose up on a sunday, she added the verse which said man was not made for sabbath. I am still bothered with what she said. By the way,I have stopped attending any christian church due to their faulty teachings of the rapture that it is only for “special” believers and it will be a secret one.

    1. rameshdesilva Post author

      Dear Diane,
      We all come from this sort of background. The moment someone questions the doctrines of their denominations, they are usually shunned or shushed. We can’t blame your friend for giving such an answer, as that is what everyone is taught. Coincidentally, what he/she said is amazing! The Sabbath was made for Man and not Man for the Sabbath! People miss the importance of what Yeshua is saying here… Firstly, He said that the Sabbath is made for Man (not that it was made for Jews). It was made for all mankind! Secondly, we are not to be slaves to the Sabbath, but it is that God made the Sabbath to give us proper rest and relationship with Him.
      Keep searching Sister! He will lead you to all Truth! And if you ever have a question, I am a short comment or Email away! Love and Shalom!
      May you be a blessing to everyone around you!

    1. rameshdesilva Post author

      Dear Steph,
      This blog has no connections with the Seventh Day Adventist Denomination. Although I agree with the SDA when it comes to the Sabbath, there are many other theological differences between us – the biggest one being that I believe no part of the Word of God is done away or abolished. I respect everyone’s opinion, and believe we must get rid of labels and Follow Christ and God’s Word.
      Be a blessing to everyone around you!

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