Why did the catholic church say that the SDA church was the only consistent protestant?

Why did the catholic church say that the SDA church was the only consistent protestant?
because we keep Saturday Sabbath and not Sunday

Catholic quote”
”The [Roman Catholic] Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right of the divine, infallible authority given to her by her founder, Jesus Christ. The Protestant claiming the Bible to be the only guide of faith, has no warrant for observing Sunday. In this matter the Seventh-day Adventist is the only consistent Protestant.” The Catholic Universe Bulletin, August 14, 1942, p. 4.

“If Protestants would follow the Bible, they would worship God on the Sabbath Day. In keeping the Sunday they are following a law of the Catholic Church.” Albert Smith, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, replying for the Cardinal, in a letter dated February 10, 1920.

The command to keep holy the seventh day is one of the ten commandments; you believe that the other nine are still binding; who gave you authority to tamper with the fourth? If you are consistent with your own principles, if you really follow the Bible and the Bible only, you ought to be able to produce some portion of the New Testament in which this fourth commandment is expressly altered.”” *Library of Christian Doctrine: Why Don’t You Keep Holy the Sabbath-Day? (London: Burns and Oates, Ltd.), pp. 3, 4.

“Protestants … accept Sunday rather than Saturday as the day for public worship after the Catholic Church made the change… But the Protestant mind does not seem to realize that … in observing Sunday, they are accepting the authority of the spokesman for the Church, the pope.” Our Sunday Visitor, February 5th, 1950

“There is nothing in Scripture that requires us to keep Sunday rather than Saturday as a holy day.” Harold Lindsell (editor), Christianity Today, Nov. 5, 1976

“We have made the change from the seventh day to the first day, from Saturday to Sunday, on the authority of the one holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church of Christ.” Bishop Symour, Why We keep Sunday.

“This ‘handwriting of ordinances’ our Lord did blot out, take away, and nail to His cross. (Colossians 2: 14.) But the moral law contained in the Ten Commandments, and enforced by the prophets, He did not take away…. The moral law stands on an entirely different foundation from the ceremonial or ritual law. …Every part of this law must remain in force upon all mankind and in all ages.”-JOHN WESLEY, “Sermons on Several Occasions,” 2-Vol. Edition, Vol. I, pages 221, 222.
Historic Denominational Statements on the Sabbath
@http://www.bible-reviews.com, i did provide a quote of that the Catholic church said, the very first statement.

The curse of the law is death (Romans 6:23). Christ tasted “death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9. Thus He redeemed all from the curse of the law (death) and in its place provided eternal life.
@Ross, we are 😀 .. we are more anti-catholic than anyone hehe:P
@Grey Tower, LOL JW literature haha, try read this, Mark of the beast? http://www.amazingfacts.org/free-stuff/bible-studies/study-guides/ctl/viewmedia/mid/453/iid/2-20/lng/en/sc/r.aspx?7=the-mark-of-the-beast.
but yah, we are anti-catholic, most SDA’s won’t admit it but it’s 100% true
but yah, we are anti-catholic, most SDA’s won’t admit it but it’s 100% true

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Answer by Ross
Is SDA really a protestant church ?
i’d categorise it with LDS, JW etc.

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16 Responses to “Why did the catholic church say that the SDA church was the only consistent protestant?”

  • A Fart in the Wind says:

    Shut up Cupcake no one cares

  • Giggity Giggity says:

    Q: Why did the cupcake crash his car?
    A: He was totally baked.


  • EddieJ says:

    Protestants say the day doesn’t matter, but don’t really explain why they’ve picked Sunday for their services.

  • HEARTS ON FIRE! says:

    Maybe the SDA leaders promised to help cover-up some scandal in exchange.

  • implumbus says:

    the catholic church is not the mouthpiece of God…..altho it thinks it is….it is not

    the sabbath is a heart issue now..not a law…we are free from the bondage of law

  • Bambootiger says:

    Why is it the Seventh Day Adventists do not obey Christ?

    (Luke 6:46) 46 “Why, then, do YOU call me ‘Lord! Lord!’ but do not do the things I say?

    (Matthew 28:18-20) 18 And Jesus approached and spoke to them, saying: “All authority has been given me in heaven and on the earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded YOU. And, look! I am with YOU all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.”

    (Acts 5:42) 42 And every day in the temple and from house to house they continued without letup teaching and declaring the good news about the Christ, Jesus.
    (Acts 20:20, 21) 20 while I did not hold back from telling YOU any of the things that were profitable nor from teaching YOU publicly and from house to house. 21 But I thoroughly bore witness both to Jews and to Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus.

    Jesus never saud that his followers would have to continue to keep the sabbath after his death, but he did say that they all had to preach the good news of God’s Kingdom, and teach “all the things that I have commanded you”.

    (Galatians 3:10-13) 10 For all those who depend upon works of law are under a curse; for it is written: “Cursed is every one that does not continue in all the things written in the scroll of the Law in order to do them.” 11 Moreover, that by law no one is declared righteous with God is evident, because “the righteous one will live by reason of faith.” 12 Now the Law does not adhere to faith, but “he that does them shall live by means of them.” 13 Christ by purchase released us from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse instead of us, because it is written: “Accursed is every man hanged upon a stake.”

  • JustAskingForAnswers says:

    Roman catholic is all about tradition. True religions are those that believe in the bible. Not those who have priests wearing shiny clothes and walking down the aisle as if they were holy. Yeah right. The bible says we should worship only one God, Roman catholic worships saints and figurines and mama mary. The hell, they deceive people. If they were really the true religion they wouldnt kill bible people before. The complain about protestants breaking the third law but theyre breaking the first

  • http://www.bible-reviews.com says:

    Please provide a quote that backs up the statement:

    “the catholic church [said] that the SDA church was the only consistent protestant because we keep Saturday Sabbath and not Sunday”

    Or are you simply and plainly lying in order to promote your faith?

    – Jim, http://www.bible-reviews.com/

    P.S. I read the statement twice. It does not state what you claim that it states. I am forced to conclude – and I do not want to do so – that you are lying, probably unintentionally because of one of these reasons:
    a – you do not understand the statement (seems most likely)
    b – you unknowingly draw an illogical conclusion from the statement

  • Tolemac says:

    The original Sabbath day is Saturday, the seventh day of the week.

    But since the inception of the New Covenant, there is no commanded day of rest that must be observed by Christians. Our ENTIRE life is supposed to represent the Sabbath.

    So whether we meet together on a Sunday or a Thursday is irrelevant. What matters is that we meet with one another on a regular basis.

    However, wider society would benefit from observing the original Sabbath day as it gives insight to the Biblical message and is beneficial to ordinary people to have a day of rest where they can focus on their families and seek Spiritual insight to what’s happening in their lives…

  • Grey Tower says:

    In the first two quotations, the Roman Catholic Church is saying Protestants have no basis for keeping a Sunday Sabbath and at least the Seventh Day Adventists have not followed the dictates of the Catholic Church in changing the Sabbath from a Saturday to a Sunday. That is why the first quotation says SDA is the only consistent Protestant faith. Well, at least I think that’s why.

    Mind you, I don’t think the Roman Catholic Church would take such a generous and forgiving approach to SDA in light of how SDA views Roman Catholicism:

    “Constantine became a “Christian” after claiming to see in broad daylight a vision of “a cross above the sun” with these words emblazoned, “in hoc signo vinces” (by this sign conquer). Constantine’s scheme was to unite Christianity and paganism in an effort to strengthen his disintegrating empire. He knew that pagans throughout the Roman Empire especially worshiped the sun on “the first day of the week,” so he developed a plan to unite both groups on the common platform of Sunday keeping and passed his famous Sunday law (A.D. 321). What spirit was behind the uniting of paganism and Christianity and Constantine’s vision?

    Revelation 13:2 says that the dragon (Satan) gave power to the beast (Catholic Church). We won’t ask who was behind this since we are told. Why did Satan do this? From sun worship in Rome came Sunday worship in the Church. The Roman Catholic Church made keeping the Seventh-day Sabbath illegal in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 364). So what spirit was behind this step by step transition to Sun-day worship? During the dark ages of Papal persecution, millions died in their determination to keep God’s Seventh-day Sabbath Holy and it was nearly murdered out of existence. And again what spirit was behind this? So now when the Protestant reformation began, all the new Protestant Churches that came from it continued keeping Sunday in ignorance. Today most Christians fight with all their heart to avoid the truth about this one Commandment that Satan went to work on right from the beginning so he could receive worship by representation in place of God as he wanted to be like the most High. Pretty obvious what spirit was behind this! What spirit is behind this? It is our adversary Satan who has deceived the entire world!”

    When I read the SDA link (below) on “the mark of the beast” and the origins of Sunday worship, I thought I was reading Jehovah’s Witness literature. My, but SDA and JW’s are of one accord when it comes to how they view the Roman Catholic Church! Not that JW’s uphold the Saturday Sabbath, of course. In this, you differ. But yes, SDA are as anti-catholic as the JW’s.

  • Renata says:

    Catholics may claim to have changed the Sabbath to Sunday; however, early Christians met together on the first day of the week. That is why this is still done. Jesus is the Sabbath rest – Christians could actually meet on any day of the week, and not be in violation of God’s commandments.

    The article quoting John Wesley is an example of selective quoting. He never advocated or practiced a 7th day Sabbath. He preached against Christians who, after worshipping in church, went about entertaining themselves or playing sports, instead of continuing to be prayerful or reflective about God.

  • Joshua says:

    Who cares? Your the only ones making a big deal about this! It does not matter what day we worship on.

  • Davids says:

    “Why did the Catholic church say…?”

    Because the Catholic Church is not aware that there are tons of other Christians who keep the (7th Day) Shabbat (Sabbath) besides the SDA.

    In this matter the Catholic Church is correct, they changed it (for Catholics) from the 7th day of the week to Sundays. And Protestants who follow that custom are simply being sheep astray (at minimum).

  • BAR- ANERGES says:


    First, your argument is fatally flawed. Proving that the SDA church is the “only consistent protestant” religion is irrelevant to identifying the true Christian religion.

    It is ludicrous to believe that Catholocism or Protestantism could represent the True Christian congregation today. Their historical record is of bloodthirsty wars, immorality, sectarian violence and factional splits (Mt.5:44;7:21-23; Jn.13:34,35; 2Tim3:5; Gal.5:19-23; 1Jn.4:20).

    So lumping the SDA with Protestants is NOT a positive thing.

    True Christians abide by all laws mandated for Christians, all of which are based on principals of the whole Mosaic Law (Rm.6:15-17; Gal.5:18-24). Laws, such as against idolatry, fornication, etc., are (re)stated as binding for Christians in the N.T. However, this is not true of the Sabbath law.

    Nowhere in the NT do we find any requirement for Christians to keep a weekly Sabbath. The only references to the seventh day Sabbath either condemns judging others by a Sabbath or places it in the category of insignificant things.

    It is quite clear in the Bible that the Sabbath was NOT given prior to the Exodus and was ONLY given to the Jews (Ex.31:16-17; De.5:3,12, 15; Ps.147:19,20, cf. Gal.3:19; Neh.9:9-14). The Scriptures clearly state that the *reason* it was created was to memorialize Israel’s release from slavery in Egypt: “Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there … Therefore Jehovah your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day” (De.5:12-15).

    And the first mention of the Sabbath by God’s people actually provides evidence that the Sabbath was a new institution. First, the very fact that some of the Israelites still went out to pick up manna on the seventh day, in spite of direct instruction to the contrary, indicates that Sabbath observance was something new (Ex 16:11-30). Next, that the there was uncertainty in handling the case of the first recorded Sabbath breaker after the Law had been given at Sinai also shows that the Sabbath had only recently been instituted (Nu 15:32-36).

    So the Sabbath was NOT given to humans in Eden. The creation account in Genesis does not refer to a “Sabbath” nor does it command humans to observe a weekly day of rest. There is not even a hint in the Bible of anyone keeping the Sabbath before the Exodus.

    ALL the Mosaic Laws including those in the Decalog are either summed up in “Love God and Neighbor” (Rm.13:10) or Christ replaced them with a higher or more intensive requirement in Mt.5. Taking selections based on both the “ceremonial laws” as well as the Ten Commandments, Jesus replaced them with a higher or more intensive requirement: Murder with hate, adultery with lust, love your neighbor with love your enemies (Mt. 5:17ff).

    If a Christian is ONLY obeying the Decalog they are not fulfilling the law for Christians. Because the Law requirements were “intensified.” The Sabbath for Christians is no longer just the one day mandated by the Decalog but they use *every* day to worship God, having ceased to work for themselves (Rm.14:5).

    The clear teaching of Scripture is that the whole Mosaic Law covenant, including the Decalogue, was done away with at the same time. The Scriptures do not say “only the ceremonial part was done away with.” So, when it comes to it’s being done away with, any separation between the “Ceremonial” law and the Decalogue is an arbitrary distinction, driven only by Theology and not scripture. Nowhere in Scripture do we find the Decalog separated as distinct from the rest of the Law given at Sinai, all were equally binding (De. 4:9,40; 5:31; 6:1-3). Neither Jesus nor his disciples made any distinction between so-called moral and ceremonial laws.

    Sabbatarians must IGNORE the facts EXPLICITLY stated in the Bible:

    1. The Sabbath was NOT given prior to the Exodus
    2. The Sabbath was given ONLY to the nation of Israel (Jews).
    3. There is absolutely no separation of “moral” laws and “ceremonial” laws in the Bible.
    4. The Bible repeatedly includes the Decalog and the 7th day Sabbath as being done away with.
    5. etc. ad infinitum…

    EVERY argument by those supporting a Sabbath requirement for Christians is based on a faulty interpretation and selective use of Scriptures.



  • OPsaltis says:

    A little tongue-in-cheek, I ask why do SDAs use the civil calender imposed by the authority of Pope Gregory — the Gregorian calendar? Until the Pope’s decree, Western society used the Julian calender, developed by Emperor Julius Caesar (getting rid of the ides and nones, for example). (For its part, Orthodoxy uses both the Julian calendar with its known flaws and the Revised Julian calendar, which corrects even the Gregorian calendar at some distant point.)

    On the Greek Orthodox website, I found interesting statements concerning Sabbath & Sunday in an article about conversions.
    ” References in St. Paul’s letters to Kyriake/Sunday indicate that the early church began to meet on Kyriake/Sunday rather than on the Sabbath to conduct the Divine Liturgy. The reason why this switch takes place is because Jesus resurrected on Kyriake/Sunday or the first day of the week. ” [1]

    For the Orthodox, the change from Saturday to Sunday was a natural and organic change in honor of the resurrection of Christ, and the separation from Judaism that took a little while. This change was not imposed by a Pope, but came from within the Church. It may be that a Pope made a definitive statement about it later, but that came after the change had already occurred. Proponents of Rome’s dominance are quick to state conclusions that make the Orthodox shake our heads in wonder.

    That same article discussed whether the Church will marry one of its members to a SDA. For the typical baptized Protestant and Roman Catholic, the answer is yes, owing to their baptism in the name of the Holy Trinity. For SDA, the answer is no – but not for that reason. Rather,
    “…because there appears to be no consensus among Seventh Day Adventists regarding [salvation, grace, law] and other topics, it has been difficult for traditional churches like the Greek Orthodox Church to determine if Seventh Day Adventist theology is, in fact, Christian.” It *does matter what one believes.

    Forgive me.
    About Orthodox Christianity: http://www.goarch.org/ourfaith/introduction
    http://www.antiochian.org/discover http://saintnicholas.ucoz.com/index/intro_to_orthodoxy/0-14

  • ~AF~ Bonanza Fan says:

    Because we (SDAs) believe sola scriptura and use textus receptus; both of which catholicism denies.

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