Series Code: FGW
Program Code: FGW000040A
00:26 I'd like to welcome you all here again today
00:29 to this third presentation in this series End-Time,
00:33 Loyalty and Love.
00:36 And also welcome those who are watching
00:37 from wherever you may be watching
00:39 around the world or listening,
00:41 a very warm welcome to you and I pray
00:43 that you too will be blessed as we journey
00:46 through the six part series together.
00:48 We're halfway through part three.
00:50 If you've missed the couple, you can catch up on that.
00:52 And we'll look forward to
00:54 the next three episodes after this.
00:57 Today's message I've entitled, "History's Holy Hoax."
01:02 Now when you take a look at the definition,
01:04 the definition of hoax
01:07 is this according to the Dictionary.com.
01:11 "A hoax is a deliberately fabricated falsehood
01:14 made to masquerade as truth.
01:16 Something intended to deceive or defraud."
01:21 Now from a very early age,
01:24 I wasn't even into my teens,
01:26 I discovered the reality
01:28 of what it's like to be taken in by a hoax to be defrauded.
01:33 I don't know if anyone here has been defrauded
01:34 or ripped off.
01:36 Anyone here had been ripped off in the past?
01:38 Okay, a couple of you have.
01:40 Let me share with you a story.
01:42 True story.
01:43 This is a picture here of me
01:47 on the left and with my sister.
01:51 That's Rachel.
01:52 And on the other side is a picture with my mother,
01:55 and myself, Rachel, and my littlest sister Lydia.
01:59 She's holding the ball.
02:01 They hanging on to that ball
02:03 and we are there
02:04 next to our beloved blue Kingswood
02:07 with no power steering.
02:09 I'm telling you, it was a good work here
02:11 driving that car.`
02:13 Not that I drive it much because I'm here today,
02:15 otherwise I wouldn't be here
02:17 if I did much driving back then.
02:18 Anyway, I remember the day
02:22 when this lady
02:24 that we couldn't wait for her to visit our home turned up.
02:29 The lady's name I cannot remember,
02:31 I just remember what she brought.
02:33 She brought with her chocolates.
02:38 She worked in a chocolate and lolly factory.
02:40 Now that was just something that
02:41 we started look forward to as kids
02:43 because my parents were into healthy eating.
02:46 And they didn't buy us any chocolates, any lollies,
02:49 no ice cream, no chips.
02:51 It was just healthy food
02:52 while all the kids had chips in their lunch box
02:55 and Snickers bars and Mars bars,
02:57 guess what I had?
02:58 I had boxes of Sultanas.
02:59 Yay! Very exciting.
03:02 And so anyway, and I remember this one day,
03:05 this lady she brought us a box of roses chocolates.
03:09 And I was just so excited.
03:11 My sisters were excited.
03:12 We all got a box each.
03:14 And we were just thrilled.
03:15 I mean, this lady was the best thing ever.
03:17 She was our favorite friend, we look forward to her
03:20 coming more than anything else in the world.
03:22 Anyway, here we are
03:24 with our box of roses chocolates,
03:26 and my sisters guess what they did?
03:28 They hide through them immediately.
03:30 Even before you could blink, those chocolates were gone.
03:35 And I told them, I warned them.
03:36 I said, "Look, who knows
03:38 when the Good Samaritan is gonna come back again.
03:40 We got no idea
03:41 when this lady is coming back again,`
03:43 save some for tomorrow and the next day
03:45 and so on and so forth."
03:46 But no, they didn't wanna listen to me.
03:48 And so they ate all their chocolates.
03:50 Well, me, what did I do?
03:52 I ate a few. Absolutely.
03:54 However, I decided that I needed to keep the rest
03:56 for another day and sparingly enjoy them
03:59 over a longer period of time.
04:02 But I knew that
04:03 if my sisters found my chocolates,
04:04 it would be all over.
04:06 So I had to hide my chocolates, and I hid my chocolates.
04:10 I hid my chocolates in my bedroom so
04:13 so well that I forgot where I hid them.
04:15 I couldn't remember where I hid them.
04:19 Anyway I forgot about the chocolates
04:20 and one day,
04:22 one day as I'm just rummaging through my bedroom,
04:25 all of a sudden guess what I come across.
04:28 I come across my chocolates, my beloved roses chocolates.
04:33 And I sit down on the bed and I'm just ready to,
04:36 ready to rip into these chocolates.
04:38 I mean, there's just saliva just pouring everywhere.
04:42 Not that you wanted to hear that.
04:43 But I'm just sitting there and I'm just ready
04:46 and I opened up the box and they're all there.
04:49 My sisters haven't found the chocolates.
04:51 Praise the Lord. I'm just so excited.
04:54 And I'm about to hove into them and I'm just so excited.
04:57 Shut the door.
04:58 Make sure my sisters are no way in case
05:00 I don't want the special moment ruined by them.
05:03 Anyway, so away I go,
05:05 I unwrapped the first chocolate.
05:07 I'm so excited. I'm ready.
05:12 Absolute horror.
05:14 It's not a chocolate.
05:15 It's a rock.
05:17 I'm like have mercy.
05:19 Wait until I catch up with Cadbury's.
05:22 I'm like, "They're gonna give me
05:23 a year supply of chocolate
05:25 for this terrible, terrible mistake
05:28 that they've made."
05:29 So anyway, I opened up the second one.
05:31 Guess what?
05:32 Another rock.
05:34 I was starting to get a bit suspicious.
05:36 But I thought, let's give it one more go,
05:38 one more go.
05:40 True story.
05:41 I opened up the third wrapping.
05:45 You guessed it.
05:46 Another rock.
05:48 Someone had found my chocolates.
05:51 And it wasn't my mom or my dad or the cat.
05:55 It was my sisters.
05:56 They had found the chocolates,
05:59 they had polish them all off
06:02 and put rocks in every single wrapper.
06:05 Every single one to the last one.
06:08 Hoax, taken in by a hoax, deceived.
06:11 My life has never been the same.
06:14 I've been to many counselors,
06:16 and they can't help me they say.
06:18 They've never dealt with anything like this before.
06:20 Now that's not part of a true story.
06:26 You know, we've all been taken in by a fraud,
06:31 by a hoax, we'd been deceived.
06:33 But today we wanna talk about something
06:35 far more important,
06:36 far more critical than a box of roses chocolates.
06:41 Today, we wanna take a look at the blessings
06:44 that God has given to the human race
06:46 at the very beginning of time in the Garden of Eden,
06:49 and how the enemy has done his utmost to try
06:52 and take away their blessing from us.
06:54 We've discovered thus far that in the beginning of time,
06:58 God created two blessed institutions
07:01 to remain with the human race for all of time.
07:05 One of them being marriage, and we thank God for marriage
07:07 and the family.
07:09 Amen. Absolutely.
07:10 We looked at that in our previous presentation.
07:12 And the second one is the seventh-day Sabbath
07:15 that God gave to Adam and Eve
07:17 and to their children for the rest of human history.
07:22 Now when it comes to these two beautiful gifts,
07:26 we've discovered that God placed these two gifts
07:29 from the Garden of Eden
07:30 in the heart of His Ten Commandment law.
07:32 You remember that from that last presentation?
07:35 The fourth commandment, "Remember the Sabbath day,"
07:38 the fifth commandment,
07:39 "Honor thy mother and thy father."
07:41 The two commandments, they are very different
07:43 in how they begin to all the other commandments,
07:47 specifically, so that God could get through the message
07:50 of these two wonderful blessings
07:52 that the enemy has tried to destroy it.
07:53 We discovered also that all the way in the Bible
07:58 from Genesis to Revelation,
08:01 the Sabbath, from when God gave it
08:04 at creation remains all the way through
08:06 to the very end of time
08:08 that we unpack this in our previous presentation.
08:10 We don't have time to do that on this occasion.
08:13 But we discovered in the beginning,
08:14 God created this Sabbath when he gave it to Adam and Eve
08:17 at Mount Sinai.
08:18 God commanded it through The Ten Commandments
08:20 that He wrote with His own finger,
08:23 with His own hand.
08:24 In His life, Jesus worshiped on it,
08:26 in His death, Jesus continued to observe it,
08:28 the New Testament Church continued to observe it,
08:31 God's last-day people will keep it
08:33 according to the Book of Revelation.
08:34 And we discovered that from one Sabbath to another,
08:37 according to Isaiah 66:22-23,
08:41 "All flesh will come and worship God
08:44 on the earth made new."
08:46 So from creation to recreation,
08:49 God's blessed Sabbath
08:51 will remain for all of eternity.
08:54 That is what the Bible teaches.
08:57 So today, we wanna take a look at from the Bible,
09:01 and from the pages of history,
09:03 how this has all changed because there is an enemy
09:08 who wants to defraud the human race of the blessings
09:13 that God has for humanity.
09:16 Those two blessings from the garden
09:19 being marriage in the family, and the Sabbath,
09:22 that work hand in hand to create happiness,
09:26 joy, peace, and prosperity for all.
09:31 Does the enemy want us to enjoy all that?
09:33 Absolutely not.
09:35 Absolutely not.
09:36 So we need to find the truth.
09:38 I've come here to find out the truth.
09:40 What about you?
09:41 Have you come to find the truth?
09:43 You wanna know the truth?
09:44 Well, today by God's grace,
09:46 we will see the words of Jesus fulfilled where He said,
09:49 "If you abide in My Word, you will know the truth,
09:52 and the truth will set you free."
09:53 So let's pause and pray
09:55 before we indeed abide in God's Word
09:57 to seek for His truth.
09:59 Father in heaven, we thank You
10:01 that we have Your Word.
10:03 We thank You, Father,
10:04 that Your Word is a lamp unto our feet
10:06 and a light unto our path.
10:07 And we thank You that in Your Word,
10:11 we have clarity of what Your will is for us
10:15 and for the entire human race, that we may indeed
10:18 enjoy the blessings of peace, happiness,
10:22 and joy that You have for us.
10:25 So bless us we pray in Jesus' name.
10:27 Amen. Amen.
10:29 I wanna begin by going to John 10:10,
10:32 where Jesus here outlines His plan for us
10:36 as well as the enemy's plan for us.
10:39 In John 10:10, Jesus said,
10:41 "The thief does not come except to steal,
10:44 kill and destroy."
10:45 And who do you think the thief might be?
10:47 That's the Devil, of course.
10:48 That's the Devil whose name is evil with a D.
10:51 That's why it's called the Devil.
10:52 That's all he's interested in.
10:54 Evil for you and I, and Jesus goes on,
10:57 "But I have come that they may have life,
10:59 and that they may have it more," what?
11:01 "More abundantly."
11:03 So God's plan for you and I is that we may have life
11:06 and have it more abundantly whereas the enemy,
11:08 he wants to take away that abundant life.
11:11 He wants to steal, kill, and destroy the plans
11:15 that God has to bless each and every one of us.
11:18 When it comes to worship, we discover that
11:22 the central issue in the entire Bible,
11:24 in fact, is worship.
11:27 Worship is not about a day, but it's about allegiance
11:31 and loyalty to our Creator, to our Savior,
11:36 and to the one that sustains us,
11:38 and that is Jesus Christ.
11:42 The very first murder in the Bible was over worship,
11:46 when Cain killed his brother Abel.
11:49 Satan has always wanted worship
11:53 because worship belongs to God alone.
11:56 You say the word worship.
11:58 It means worth ship.
12:00 Who is worthy to be worshiped?
12:02 Who is worthy to receive our loyalty,
12:05 our honor?
12:06 And the only one who is worthy is the one who created us.
12:10 And that is who?
12:11 That is God.
12:13 He alone is worthy to be worshiped.
12:15 But the enemy wants to take away
12:16 from the worship that belongs to God for himself.
12:20 And so the very first murder in the Bible was over worship,
12:23 true and false worship.
12:26 The central issue, in the Book of Revelation,
12:29 at the end of time is over worship.
12:31 That word worship appears over and over and over again.
12:35 It's about who will you give your end-time
12:39 loyalty and allegiance to.
12:40 Will it be God?
12:42 Or will it be the enemy?
12:44 They are one of two choices
12:46 that each person will need to make.
12:49 Jesus alone deserves to be worshiped,
12:52 for He alone is our Creator, and He alone is our Redeemer.
12:57 He alone deserves to be worshiped.
13:00 So the question is, if the Sabbath
13:03 from Genesis to Revelation,
13:06 where on earth did Sunday worship come from?
13:10 If it's all the way through the Bible,
13:12 where on earth did Sunday worship come from?
13:15 Well, the truth is,
13:16 as we'll discover in this presentation,
13:18 and in all other subjects,
13:20 especially relating to those
13:22 significant fundamental truths in God's Word.
13:25 For every truth that God has, the enemy has a counterfeit.
13:29 That's just how it works.
13:30 For every truth that God has,
13:31 the enemy has a counterfeit to take away the blessings
13:35 that God has for each and every one of us.
13:38 So we're gonna find out from the Bible,
13:40 we're gonna find out what God's plan is.
13:42 And we're gonna find out from history
13:46 where the changes took place.
13:49 I wanna begin by sharing with you
13:51 just an overall description
13:54 of the significance of the sun
13:57 and sun worship
13:58 when it comes to the cultures of the past.
14:02 "Throughout history,
14:04 many ancient cultures worship the sun.
14:07 Light and heat were essential elements
14:09 to cultures dependant on agriculture.
14:12 Therefore, the great force of the sun
14:14 became the object of their worship.
14:16 Sadly, on many occasions,
14:18 the Old Testament records that the chosen people of God,
14:22 the nation of Israel chose to worship the sun god
14:26 rather than the Son of God.
14:28 Often the religious leaders were responsible
14:30 for leading the people
14:32 in the pagan practice of sun worship."
14:35 And we have an example of that in Ezekiel 8:16,
14:40 where the religious leaders
14:42 are leading out in the worship of the sun god,
14:45 which was the predominant god of then known world
14:49 when Israel lived at that time.
14:53 "So He brought me into the inner courts
14:55 of the Lord's house."
14:57 We read in Ezekiel 8:16.
15:00 "And there, at the door of the temple of the Lord,
15:03 between the porch and the altar,
15:04 were about twenty-five men
15:06 with their backs toward the temple of the Lord
15:08 and their faces toward the east,
15:10 and they were worshiping the sun toward the east."
15:15 So even though God had warned His people
15:17 over and over again,
15:19 do not follow the worship practices
15:23 of the nations that surround you,
15:26 and the nations that surrounded Israel
15:29 worshiped the sun god,
15:30 that was their predominant God based on what I've just shared
15:33 regarding the whole necessary force of the sun
15:39 for their agriculture and so on and so forth.
15:42 God says, "Don't worship the sun god."
15:45 But we find here in Ezekiel that God's people,
15:49 in fact, God's leaders,
15:51 God's very leaders in the temple,
15:53 in the church,
15:55 they have their backs towards the temple
15:58 and their faces towards the east
16:00 and they're worshiping the sun god
16:01 as the other pagan nation.
16:04 So sadly, sun worship crept into God's people
16:08 and amongst God's people right there
16:11 at the very beginning of time,
16:13 way back in Old Testament times.
16:17 Notice what we read in The Faith of Our Fathers.
16:21 This is written a history of the Christian church
16:26 by James Cardinal Gibbons, who's passed away.
16:31 He wrote this epic on church history.
16:35 And notice what he had to say
16:38 regarding the day of worship,
16:42 and what the Bible has to say
16:45 regarding the true day of the worship.
16:47 I'm reading his words,
16:48 from Faith of Our Fathers, page 561,
16:51 Cardinal James Gibbons,
16:53 a prominent Catholic theologian,
16:56 this is what he wrote.
16:58 "You may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation,
17:01 and you will not find a single line authorizing
17:04 the sanctification of Sunday."
17:06 He goes on, "The scriptures enforce
17:09 the religious observance of Saturday."
17:11 So as far as
17:13 James Cardinal Gibbons is concerned,
17:14 he's a well-known,
17:16 well respected Church of Rome historian.
17:20 He states what the facts are, and the facts are
17:23 that you can read through the entire Bible
17:26 from Genesis to Revelation and you will not find
17:29 one single scripture
17:31 there authorizing the change of the day of worship
17:35 from Saturday to Sunday.
17:38 In the Old Testament,
17:40 the first day is mentioned on one occasion
17:43 and that's in Genesis 1
17:44 when God on the very first day created light.
17:49 And in the New Testament, there are eight references
17:51 to the first day of the week,
17:53 five directly in relation to the resurrection of Jesus
17:57 He was raised on the first day of the week.
18:00 And three others they're in the New Testament,
18:03 one in John, another one in Acts
18:05 and another one in Corinthians.
18:07 Don't have time to look at those passages,
18:09 you can do that in your own time.
18:10 But neither one of those eight passages
18:13 speak of any change taking place,
18:16 either in the time of Christ
18:18 or in the time of His disciples.
18:22 So what we need to ask is what was going on
18:28 during the time of Christ,
18:29 what was going on
18:30 during the time of the early church?
18:32 What does the Bible say?
18:33 And so this is a little bit of recap
18:35 from what we have already looked at
18:36 in our previous presentation.
18:38 Notice what we read in Luke 4:16.
18:42 "So He came to Nazareth," speaking of Jesus,
18:44 "where He had been brought up.
18:46 And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue
18:49 on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read."
18:52 That's speaking of Christ.
18:53 Now notice what we read next,
18:57 we read regarding the Apostle Paul.
19:00 "Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them,
19:04 and for three Sabbath reasoned with them
19:07 from the Scriptures."
19:09 We go on.
19:11 "So when the Jews went out of the synagogue,
19:13 the Gentiles begged that these words might be
19:16 preached to them the next Sabbath.
19:18 On the next Sabbath
19:19 almost the whole city came together
19:21 to hear the Word of God."
19:23 That's in Acts 13:42-44.
19:27 So here we have testimony and the evidence
19:31 from the New Testament that the Apostle Paul,
19:34 he not only went into the synagogue on the Sabbath,
19:37 and ministered to the Jews, and preached to the Jews,
19:39 and shared with them,
19:41 but he also shared with the Gentiles.
19:43 Now the Gentiles were not Jews, but He shared with them also
19:47 on the seventh-day Sabbath as the scriptures share.
19:51 When it comes to Jesus, Jesus made it very clear that
19:56 40 years after He would go to heaven,
20:01 the Sabbath would remain.
20:02 Notice what Jesus said in Matthew 24:20,
20:08 what He shared with His disciples,
20:09 "And pray that your flight may not be in winter
20:13 or on the Sabbath."
20:15 Now this is in relation
20:17 to the destruction of Jerusalem.
20:19 Jesus warned that Jerusalem would be destroyed,
20:23 the temple would be destroyed,
20:24 not one stone would be left upon another
20:27 in the words of Jesus.
20:28 And Jesus said that when it comes time to flee,
20:32 and Jesus had given warnings,
20:35 and He had given an escape plan
20:37 for those who were interested in following His instructions,
20:41 you can read about that in Matthew Chapter 24.
20:43 And He said, when the time comes to flee,
20:47 when the doors are open, and there's a reprieve
20:51 and there's an opportunity, the door is opened,
20:54 make sure you don't flee during winter
20:57 for obvious reasons or on the Sabbath day.
21:00 This is 70 AD well and truly
21:04 down the track
21:06 from when Jesus was here,
21:09 and well and truly into the New Testament period.
21:11 In Hebrews 4:4, 9, we discover,
21:16 the Apostle Paul writes,
21:18 "For He has spoken in a certain place
21:21 of the seventh-day in this way,
21:23 'And God rested on the seventh day
21:25 from all His works.'
21:26 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.'
21:30 " So the New Testament is very clear.
21:32 "There remains therefore a rest for the people of God."
21:37 The Sabbath remains for all of God's people,
21:40 all the way down through time,
21:42 all the way from the time of Christ
21:44 to the second coming and as we have discovered
21:47 and beyond.
21:48 I find it fascinating that the word for Saturday
21:52 in many languages of the Bible
21:55 literally is translated as Sabbath.
21:57 Here we go.
21:59 I have just a few here a few examples of how,
22:03 "In over 100 modern
22:05 and ancient languages of the world,
22:07 the root word for Saturday is Sabbath."
22:09 Notice these, in German,
22:12 the word for Saturday is Samstag,
22:15 which means Sabbath day.
22:16 In French, Samedi or Sabbath day also.
22:19 In Spanish, Sabado, which means Sabbath.
22:22 Italian, Sabbato, Sabbath.
22:24 Macedonian, the language that I grew up with,
22:27 Sabota or Sabbath.
22:29 Serbo-Croatian Subota, which also means Sabbath.
22:34 Arabic Sabet, Sabbath, Sudanese, Saptu, Maltese,
22:39 is-Sibt, Latin, Sabbatum, Czech, Sobota, Gregorian,
22:45 Sabati, Greek, Savvato, Armenian Shabat,
22:49 and Russian Subbota.
22:51 So can you see the word for Saturday comes to us
22:56 in all these different languages
22:58 from that very word Sabbath?
23:01 It's continued on.
23:03 Now in English, the word for Saturday
23:06 is not Sabbath that we generally use.
23:10 It's Saturday, of course.
23:12 And that comes to us from the Roman god systems
23:16 that worship different gods on different days of the week.
23:20 And so Saturday comes from Saturn,
23:23 Saturn's day and Sunday
23:25 is, of course, the day of the sun,
23:28 Monday is the day of the moon, and so on and so forth.
23:31 And you can go through all the days of the week
23:33 that are based on the planetary gods
23:36 that the Romans had that we have inherited
23:40 for our English names of the days of the week.
23:44 Now, the day of worship
23:50 from Saturday to Sunday
23:52 has been changed.
23:54 That is obvious and most Christians today
23:57 worship on the first day of the week, on Sunday.
24:01 So the question that begs to be asked,
24:03 and we need to answer is how
24:05 and when did the change take place?
24:09 How and when did the change take place?
24:11 Now that's a very important question.
24:13 Now why is this question very important?
24:15 Because this question has everything to do with worship.
24:20 What is the key issue in the entire Bible?
24:23 Worship, allegiance, loyalty,
24:26 there is nothing more important than worship.
24:30 God created Adam and Eve in His image
24:33 for them to have fellowship with Him,
24:35 for them to be in union with Him,
24:37 for them ultimately to worship Him as their Lord,
24:41 and as their God, and as their Creator.
24:45 This is so significant and so important,
24:48 in that we know from the very beginning of time
24:53 as we read through Revelation, as we read through the Bible,
24:57 as we read through the Book of Isaiah,
24:59 as we read through the Book of Ezekiel
25:01 we discover that the enemy, Satan,
25:05 who was once called Lucifer,
25:08 who was God's leading angel,
25:10 he rebelled and formed
25:12 a rebellion around him
25:14 of one third of the angels
25:16 because he wanted to be worshiped.
25:20 In Isaiah Chapter 14, we don't have time to go there.
25:22 But in Isaiah Chapter 14, he cries out,
25:26 I will be like the Most High,
25:28 I will be worshiped like the Most High,
25:31 and God alone deserves to be worshiped.
25:33 No one else, God alone.
25:36 And so this is a significant issue.
25:38 And so I wanted to know the answer to this question,
25:41 how and when did the change take place?
25:44 I wasn't interested in hearing from others.
25:46 So I decided to do my own research.
25:48 About 20 years ago or so I spent three months
25:53 researching this very subject.
25:55 I wanted to find out the truth.
25:57 And so I came across this book here
26:01 that I have up there on the screen for you.
26:05 Book written by Samuele Bacchiocchi,
26:07 in fact, it's his doctoral dissertation
26:10 and it's entitled,
26:12 "From Sabbath to Sunday."
26:16 "A historical investigation of the rise
26:19 of Sunday observance in early Christianity."
26:22 Now this book by Samuele Bacchiocchi,
26:25 as I pointed out, it's his doctoral dissertation.
26:28 It was printed there, as you can see,
26:31 at the Pontifical Gregorian University Press back in 1977.
26:37 That's in the City of Rome.
26:40 Dr. Bacchiocchi has passed away a few years ago.
26:44 However, this would have to be
26:46 the leading historical document
26:49 that we have on this subject
26:50 in order to answer this question.
26:53 This is such a significant piece of work
26:56 that it received the highest award and honor
27:01 by the Church of Rome for the historical accuracy.
27:06 You see, Dr. Bacchiocchi, he was one of the first
27:08 if not the very first, not quite sure about that.
27:11 But he was one of the first Protestants
27:13 to study and get his doctorate
27:17 from the Pontifical Gregorian University
27:20 there in Rome itself.
27:22 And so we studied these original sources
27:25 in order to discover the truth of how the change took place
27:29 from Saturday or from the Sabbath to Sunday.
27:33 Notice these words
27:35 written by Vincenzo Monachino,
27:40 I probably hashed that name.
27:42 But anyway, he is the Chairman
27:44 of the Church History Department,
27:46 Pontifical Gregorian University.
27:48 Notice what he had to say regarding this work
27:51 of Dr. Bacchiocchi.
27:53 "It is a work that recommends itself
27:55 because of its rich content, the rigorous scientific method,
27:58 and the vast horizon with which it has been conceived
28:01 and executed."
28:04 Notice this introduction to the book,
28:09 "The investigation shows,"
28:11 and I'm reading from the book, from the introduction,
28:13 "the adoption of Sunday in place of the Sabbath
28:16 did not occur
28:17 in the primitive Church of Jerusalem
28:19 by virtue of apostolic authority,
28:21 but approximately a century later
28:23 in the Church of Rome.
28:25 An interplay of Jewish, pagan, and Christian factors
28:28 contributed to the abandonment of the Sabbath
28:31 and adoption of Sunday observance instead."
28:34 So that is what took place.
28:36 It was a gradual change, the change of the Sabbath
28:40 took place gradually, and that's what
28:41 you can read in this document, and other documents.
28:44 So as I read through this book,
28:47 and as I read through many other books,
28:49 I discovered that they were probably
28:51 three significant reasons
28:53 why and how the change took place.
28:55 And I wanna share with you a summary from Dr. Bacchiocchi,
28:58 he probably has summarized that better
29:01 than most have come across.
29:02 And here they are, here are the three key points.
29:06 There was Anti-Judaism,
29:10 "During the 2nd century, Christians developed
29:12 a theology of separation from and contempt towards the Jews."
29:17 Now why is that?
29:18 What you see what is going on
29:20 is that the Jews were getting themselves
29:23 into a lot of trouble from the Romans.
29:26 You can read about that in your history books,
29:29 there were all sorts of uprisings.
29:31 And so the Romans were giving the Jews
29:35 a good old pounding.
29:36 And guess who got caught up in the crossfire?
29:39 The Christians because they both worshiped
29:42 on the same day of the week, both the Christians
29:44 and the Jews worshiped on the seventh-day Sabbath.
29:47 So they wanted to distinguish themselves
29:49 from their Jewish friends and neighbors
29:52 and so they began to keep Sunday
29:56 as well not as a holy day, H-O-L-Y,
30:00 but as a holiday, H-O-L-I-D-A-Y.
30:04 And so it was day of festivity, but it distinguished them
30:07 from their Jewish neighbors.
30:09 Number two, Sun Worship,
30:11 "The pagan Romans worshiped the sun as their chief god.
30:15 The Christians, in order to be friend the pagans,
30:17 began to adopt the symbol of the sun
30:19 and Sunday as a replacement day of worship
30:22 by reasoning that God created light
30:24 and Jesus was raised on the first day."
30:26 So that was their reasoning.
30:28 And so they began to slowly
30:30 but surely changed their day of worship
30:32 in order to try and win and attract the Romans.
30:35 And the Romans they worshiped the sun god,
30:39 and the one who especially made sun worship
30:43 or Sunday worship.
30:46 Very popular was the first Roman Emperor
30:48 to become a Christian
30:50 and that was Constantine in the year 321 AD,
30:53 Constantine he proclaimed the first national Sunday law
30:59 where he mandated
31:02 that all within his empire
31:04 would worship on the day of the sun
31:07 in order to bring about a union
31:09 between the pagans and the Christians.
31:11 That was a political move on his part,
31:14 but that was the second reason.
31:15 Now the third reason is this.
31:18 The Church at Rome,
31:20 "The most powerful church in the Roman Empire
31:22 encouraged Sunday worship rather than Saturday worship.
31:25 The Sabbath became a day of fasting
31:28 and Sunday became a day of feasting."
31:31 That's according to Dr. Bacchiocchi
31:33 and his research.
31:35 So how excited would you be
31:37 as a little boy or a little girl
31:39 during the time when this all took place
31:42 regarding the Sabbath?
31:44 It was a day of fasting.
31:46 And Sunday was the day of feasting.
31:49 So slowly but surely over time, things changed
31:53 and from the seventh-day Sabbath
31:56 to the first day of the week,
31:58 but as you go through history
32:00 and you read through the history books,
32:02 especially there in Africa, you discover that
32:05 Sabbath keeping remained
32:07 all the way from the time of Christ,
32:09 all the way through to today.
32:11 There have been Sabbath keepers,
32:12 seventh-day Sabbath keepers,
32:14 not many of them at different times,
32:17 but they have been scattered here and there
32:19 that have remained true to God
32:20 and to His Word.
32:22 When it comes to this question,
32:24 I also decided that I needed to get hold of
32:27 Convert's Catechism, which why I did.
32:29 So I got hold of this Convert's Catechism
32:32 and in this Catechism of Catholic Doctrine,
32:37 its question and answer and notice what we find here.
32:40 Here we have these words.
32:43 The question, "Which is the Sabbath day?"
32:47 The answer, "Saturday is the Sabbath day."
32:51 Another question,
32:53 "Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?"
32:56 And the answer,
32:57 "We observe Sunday instead of Saturday
32:59 because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity
33:03 from Saturday to Sunday."
33:05 So that is what the church itself says that
33:09 it is responsible
33:11 for changing the day of worship,
33:14 as far as Christians are concerned
33:16 from Saturday to Sunday.
33:17 Yes, they were these other factors involved,
33:19 as I've already put up there on the screen for you.
33:23 However, the key reason today
33:27 why not only Roman Catholic Christians,
33:31 but Christians of all various persuasions
33:34 keep holy or worship on the first day of the week
33:38 is due to this change that was made
33:41 by the Church of Rome
33:43 who openly admits that is what took place.
33:47 Now did this catch God by surprise?
33:49 Was God caught by surprise when this took place,
33:53 when this incredible change took place?
33:57 Notice what we read in the Book of Daniel.
33:59 In Daniel 7:25, 2,500 years ago,
34:05 almost 1,000 years before the change took place,
34:09 God predicted through His servant Daniel
34:11 that a power would arise
34:13 that would intend to change God's times
34:17 and His law.
34:19 Daniel 7:25.
34:22 We have played out in history
34:25 what God said would take place.
34:27 This power that would attempt to change God's holy time
34:31 and God's holy law.
34:35 The Apostle Paul speaks on this in his day
34:38 and this is what he writes.
34:40 In 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4, he writes,
34:44 "Let no one deceive you by any means for that Day,"
34:46 speaking of the Second Coming,
34:48 "will not come unless the falling away comes first,"
34:52 the word there falling away in the original
34:54 is the word apostasia.
34:56 It's where we get our English word apostasy from
34:59 or people who apostatize
35:01 they fall away from Bible truth.
35:03 That's what it means to apostatize.
35:04 We keep reading.
35:06 "And the man of sin is revealed,"
35:08 speaking of this power
35:10 that would seek to change God's times and laws,
35:12 "the son of perdition,"
35:13 here is another reference to this power,
35:15 "who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God
35:19 or that is worshiped."
35:20 There is that word, that keyword,
35:22 "so that he sits as God in the temple of God,
35:25 showing himself that he is God."
35:27 So the enemy would use a power
35:31 and that is how the enemy has always operated.
35:35 Satan has never come out in the open and done his dirty,
35:39 deceiving work in the open.
35:42 He didn't do that with Adam and Eve.
35:45 He deceived Eve through what means
35:47 and through what avenue?
35:49 Through the serpent. Isn't that right?
35:51 He used the serpent as a medium.
35:54 The angels were deceived, one-third of the angels
35:56 were deceived through his lies,
36:00 through his deception.
36:02 And he deceives you and I today.
36:05 He seeks to deceive you and I today I should say,
36:08 I pray that we will not be deceived.
36:10 If we remain in God's Word we will never be deceived.
36:13 But he seeks to deceive us in the same way
36:16 through his counterfeit.
36:18 Now the enemy is seeking that which belongs to God
36:22 and God alone and that is worship.
36:25 There is a power that the enemy uses as his front man
36:29 in order to receive worship.
36:32 And that is any and every institution,
36:35 not just the Church of Rome,
36:37 but any and every institution
36:40 that seeks to substitute
36:42 the clear Word of God that seeks to change
36:45 the clear commandments of God
36:49 and instead place the traditions
36:52 or the suppositions or the inventions of man.
36:56 Now on this point,
36:58 I have this historical document
37:03 or have these quotes from a number of the churches,
37:07 authoritative quotations on the Sabbath and Sunday,
37:10 so it's not just the Church of Rome
37:12 that is admitting to this change
37:16 and to what day is the true Sabbath day
37:19 and the significance of that, but many other churches.
37:21 I'll just put up a couple up there
37:23 where leaders of the various
37:26 Christian churches share.
37:28 Here is one from the Anglican Manual
37:31 of Christian Doctrine, page 127.
37:33 The question, "Is there any command
37:35 in the New Testament
37:37 to change the day of weekly rest
37:38 from Saturday to Sunday?"
37:40 And the answer is none.
37:42 Here is another one, this time, Dr. Edward T. Hiscox,
37:47 he is the author of The Baptist Manual
37:49 and this is what he writes on the subject.
37:52 "There was and is a commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day,
37:55 but the Sabbath day was not Sunday.
37:57 It will be said, however, and with some show of triumph,
38:01 that the Sabbath was transferred
38:03 from the seventh to the first day of the week."
38:05 He goes on.
38:07 "Where can the record of such a transaction be found?
38:11 Not in the New Testament- absolutely not.
38:14 There is no Scriptural evidence of the change
38:17 of the Sabbath institution
38:18 from the seventh to the first day of the week."
38:22 So here we have
38:24 these leading church authorities
38:29 who know their Bibles
38:30 better than you, better than me,
38:32 probably better than most people.
38:34 And they have read the Bible.
38:36 They have read the Bible from cover to cover,
38:39 and they have discovered the truth
38:41 that there has been no change
38:43 and that the Sabbath day
38:45 remains as the seventh day of the week.
38:52 This is a very interesting,
38:55 I guess document
38:56 that was put out probably more than
38:58 a century ago now.
39:00 Rome's Challenge, Why Do Protestants Keep Sunday?
39:05 And in these four articles that were written
39:09 by the Church of Rome, addressing the question
39:13 of Why Do Protestants Keep Sunday?
39:15 They ask the million dollar question,
39:19 and this is it.
39:22 If Protestants believe and teach
39:26 that they stand on the Bible and the Bible alone,
39:30 on Sola Scriptura, and if they believe
39:33 in God's Ten Commandments,
39:35 then why do Protestants keep Sunday
39:39 as their day of worship
39:41 rather than Saturday as their day of worship
39:44 according to what the Scriptures teach?
39:47 Isn't that a good question?
39:48 That's a very good question.
39:50 The Church of Rome rightly says,
39:54 "We changed the day of worship,
39:55 therefore we are allowed to worship on this day
39:58 and we don't claim to go by Sola Scriptura,
40:02 the Bible and the Bible alone,
40:03 but you Protestants do, you Protestants claim
40:07 that you live by every word that proceeds
40:10 from the mouth of God,
40:11 yet in this all important matter
40:13 that deals with one of the very commandments of God
40:16 with a commandment that begins
40:18 with the word Remember, you choose to willfully
40:21 and conveniently forget."
40:24 And so that is the challenge.
40:25 And it's a very, very good challenge.
40:28 And I take my hat off,
40:29 and I respect the Church of Rome
40:32 for being honest and upfront.
40:36 But I don't have respect for those that try
40:39 and come up with all sorts of weird and wonderful reasons
40:42 that are not in Scripture, of why they can neglect
40:47 the Word of God in such an important matter
40:49 as worship
40:51 and the keeping of God's fourth commandment,
40:56 I just don't understand, and there's just no excuse
40:59 for others to follow in that way.
41:03 Martin Luther, Martin Luther
41:07 challenged the Church of Rome
41:09 in 1517, October 31, 1517,
41:14 Martin Luther,
41:17 a Church of Rome theologian
41:20 and highly respected monk,
41:24 one who was absolutely loyal
41:27 to his church finally realized
41:31 that his church in many important areas
41:35 had strayed away from God's truth from His word.
41:39 And he wanted to follow the Bible and the Bible alone.
41:42 And so Martin Luther nailed his "95 Theses
41:46 or 95 Reasons, 95 Disputes"
41:51 with the church regarding indulgences,
41:54 regarding how you and I are saved.
41:57 And he nailed that on the Wittenberg Church door.
42:01 Martin Luther called his beloved Church of Rome
42:06 back to the Scriptures,
42:08 back to the Word of God,
42:13 back to the commandments of God.
42:15 And so we have Martin Luther,
42:20 who challenged the Church of Rome,
42:22 his church, his beloved church,
42:25 to stand on Sola Scriptura.
42:31 And so the church almost,
42:34 yeah, just over three,
42:36 just over 20 years from that point in time,
42:42 almost three decades, I should say from 1517,
42:46 almost three decades on the church of Rome
42:50 conducted what is known as the Council of Trent
42:55 from 1545 to 1563,
42:59 18 years, 25 sessions,
43:02 probably one of the
43:03 if not the most important Council
43:06 of the Church of Rome.
43:07 And at this council, the church had
43:10 two major items that are discussed
43:13 during that 18-year period.
43:16 The two main objectives of the church council
43:18 were number one, "To condemn the principles
43:21 and doctrines of the Protestant Reformation or Protestantism."
43:25 And secondly,
43:26 "To clarify the doctrines of the Catholic Church
43:29 on all disputed points."
43:31 Martin Luther had raised a significant issue
43:35 and it created absolute turmoil within the church.
43:40 One of the key issues that was discussed
43:43 and debated as these two significant points
43:46 were addressed during this 18-year period
43:49 was whether the church would go with tradition,
43:54 or whether the church would go with the Bible?
43:58 Was that possible for the church
44:01 to have both the tradition in one hand
44:04 and God's truth in the other,
44:06 was that even possible?
44:08 There was a lot of toing and froing.
44:11 And finally the church decided
44:15 that of the two tradition
44:19 and truth, of the two the safest,
44:23 the more safe course of action was to follow tradition.
44:27 And why is that?
44:29 Because there is no way
44:30 the church could remain the way it was,
44:34 would remain to teach and practice the way
44:37 it had been up until this point.
44:40 If it wanted to continue,
44:42 if it wanted to follow God's truth,
44:44 it could not remain in that same way.
44:47 The images and the idols in the churches
44:49 that were worshiped and revered,
44:52 they had to go, as well the day of worship
44:57 needed to be changed
44:59 back to the biblical day of worship.
45:01 And so, sadly, the Church of Rome,
45:04 during the Council of Trent made a decision
45:07 that it would remain with the status quo
45:10 and would no longer abide by the Bible
45:13 and the Bible alone as that it claimed,
45:15 but it would be the Bible and tradition.
45:19 What did Jesus have to say about tradition?
45:22 Notice these words.
45:24 What did Jesus have to say
45:26 about placing tradition above God's truth?
45:30 What did Jesus have to say?
45:32 Let's go to His words.
45:33 In Mark 7:7-8,
45:37 Jesus addresses this very topic and He says,
45:40 "And in vain they worship Me,
45:43 teaching as doctrines the commandments of men."
45:45 He's speaking here to the religious leaders.
45:49 "For laying aside the commandment of God,
45:53 you hold to the tradition of men."
45:57 Nothing new under the sun as Solomon said.
46:01 Sadly, in the days of Christ, traditions were followed
46:04 more than God's truth.
46:07 If you take a look at the context of these words
46:10 that we read there in Mark Chapter 7,
46:12 you will discover that Jesus here
46:14 is addressing amongst a number of other points,
46:17 the issue of honoring your mother and your father.
46:21 You see, the religious leaders had come up with a tradition
46:25 whereby you could dishonor your mother and your father,
46:29 live a selfish life and still be seen
46:33 and classed as honorable
46:35 amongst your religious community.
46:38 All you needed to do
46:39 was pledge all of your belongings,
46:42 all of your treasures
46:45 to the church after you died,
46:49 and you did not need to take care of your parents
46:52 while they were still alive.
46:55 Yet the Bible says,
46:58 honor your mother and your father.
47:01 But they had taken that commandment,
47:04 thrown it out the window,
47:05 come up with their own commandment
47:07 to encourage and invite selfishness
47:11 and self-centeredness,
47:13 and dishonoring mother and father
47:15 and not taking care of them in a day
47:17 and age where there was no Centrelink,
47:19 and there were no pensions where parents,
47:23 aged parents relied on their children
47:26 to support them.
47:28 And the church of the day,
47:29 the religious leaders of the day
47:31 had thrown out the fifth commandment,
47:34 and instead had come up with their own tradition.
47:36 And Jesus shares these words,
47:39 "In vain they worship Me,
47:43 teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.
47:45 For laying aside the commandment of God,
47:48 you hold the tradition of men."
47:52 So today you and I are faced with that same decision
47:55 that Martin Luther was faced with
47:57 that Jesus challenged His religious leaders of His day
48:03 and the people of His day will it be truth or tradition.
48:09 We must make a choice,
48:10 will it be following what God says
48:13 and keeping His commandments including the one
48:17 that begins with the word Remember,
48:19 following God's Word?
48:21 Or will it be keeping the commandments of men,
48:25 and following the traditions of men, Jesus said,
48:28 "He who is not with Me is against Me."
48:31 We cannot have it both ways.
48:33 We cannot have a foot in each camp.
48:37 Jesus says that you are with Me
48:39 or you're against Me.
48:40 You're either serving Me or you're not serving Me,
48:42 you're either worshiping Me in spirit,
48:45 and in truth, or you're not.
48:47 We cannot have it both ways.
48:50 And so Jesus today is inviting you and I
48:52 wherever you might be,
48:54 Jesus is inviting you to worship Him
48:56 in spirit and in truth,
48:58 not to ask for 10% discount, as many Christians have.
49:03 Every commandment is okay, except for the one that begins
49:06 with the word Remember, I find that hard to understand.
49:10 Why would God ask us today to forget the commandment
49:13 that He said to remember?
49:16 Try that on your wife or on your husband.
49:20 Tell him that remember means to forget.
49:24 And to forget means to remember and see how well you do.
49:29 So the question is, what will it be for you?
49:34 What will it be for me?
49:36 What will be your foundation?
49:37 What will be my foundation, for my faith, for your faith?
49:42 Will it be what man says?
49:44 Or will it be what God says?
49:46 For me I want to have the attitude
49:51 and the testimony of the Apostle Peter
49:55 and the disciples.
49:56 Notice these words from Acts 5:29.
49:59 "But Peter and the other apostles
50:01 answered and said,
50:02 'We ought to obey," who?
50:04 "God rather than, who?
50:08 I respect all people.
50:12 I respect all people, no matter what their differences may be,
50:17 to me and how I understand,
50:19 but when it comes to my loyalty
50:20 and allegiance,
50:22 when it comes to who I obey,
50:24 when it comes to who I follow.
50:29 I make it very clear, my loyalty today
50:33 and every day while God gives me breath
50:36 or until the Second Coming will be to the Bible
50:39 and the Bible alone.
50:42 To Sola Scriptura, the Bible and the Bible alone.
50:44 And I pray that
50:46 that is where your loyalty will be.
50:47 Not with what man says,
50:49 but with what God says in His Word.
50:52 God's final end time message of love.
50:55 The Three Angels' Messages, we've looked at them
50:57 in the previous two presentations.
50:59 Thy herald this cry,
51:02 this call to the entire world
51:05 at the end of time
51:06 that we find in Revelation 14:7,
51:08 "Saying with a loud voice,
51:09 'Fear God and give glory to Him,
51:11 for the hour of His judgment has come,
51:12 and worship Him who made heaven and earth,
51:15 the sea and the springs of water.'
51:16 " Words as we have discovered,
51:18 directly out of God's Ten Commandments,
51:22 out of the fourth commandment,
51:23 directly from the creation account.
51:25 Will God have a people at the end of time
51:27 who worship Him who made heaven and earth?
51:29 Those who are loyal, those who obey,
51:32 those who love Him with all of their hearts.
51:34 Notice what we read in Revelation 14:12.
51:37 "Here is the patience of the saints,
51:39 here are those who keep the commandments of God
51:42 and the faith of Jesus."
51:44 Will God have a people who are loyal and love Him
51:46 with all their hearts at the end of time?
51:48 Indeed He will.
51:50 Indeed He will.
51:51 Will that be the majority?
51:53 Sadly, the answer is no.
51:55 I wish I could stand up here today
51:57 and say the answer is yes.
51:59 The majority will follow God and will be loyal to Him,
52:02 they will be loyal to His truth
52:04 rather than the traditions of man.
52:06 But sadly, the Book of Revelation tells us
52:09 that the majority at the end of time
52:13 will follow the traditions of man,
52:15 the lies of the enemy rather than the truths of God
52:19 and show their love towards God.
52:23 What do we find in Revelation 22:14?
52:25 Here is the reward of those who are loyal.
52:29 Those who love God,
52:30 those who are showing their allegiance to Him
52:33 in doing what He has called them to do.
52:35 Revelation 22:14,
52:36 "Blessed are those who do His commandments,
52:40 that they may have the right to the tree of life,
52:42 and may enter through the gates into the city."
52:46 That's God's plan for you.
52:48 That's God's plan for me.
52:49 That's God's plan for the entire human race.
52:51 God so much wants us to enter into that city,
52:56 the New Jerusalem, but all those who enter there
53:01 will be those that have chosen
53:05 because of their love for God to show their loyalty to Him,
53:10 and there is no greater show of loyalty than obedience.
53:14 There just isn't.
53:16 There just isn't.
53:18 I wanna finish off by going back to Martin Luther.
53:22 Martin Luther in 1521,
53:25 some four years after he nailed those 95 Theses
53:29 on the Wittenberg Church door,
53:32 found himself on April 18, 1521.
53:37 Before the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
53:40 and the Church of Rome
53:42 at the Diet of Worms there in Germany,
53:45 not worms but Worms,
53:46 the City of Worms.
53:50 This speech that he made not on that first day
53:56 when he was asked to recant his writings firstly
54:01 to answer whether that were from him
54:04 and the second question was, do you recant?
54:08 He made a powerful speech.
54:11 I had the opportunity back in 2010
54:13 to go to the City of Worms there in Germany.
54:16 And I stood there at the very place.
54:20 There is a memorial there at the very place
54:22 where Martin Luther made his stand
54:24 and we'll take a look at those words
54:26 in just a moment.
54:28 Here I stand.
54:30 This is the place in 1521 when Martin Luther
54:34 made his stand where he sent shock waves
54:38 around the world through these words
54:40 that he added.
54:41 Notice the words from Martin Luther
54:44 as he was asked, "Will you recant?
54:47 Will you turn back?"
54:49 And these were his words,
54:51 "Unless I am convinced
54:53 by the testimony of the Scriptures
54:54 or by clear reason,
54:56 for I do not trust either in the pope
54:58 or in councils alone,
55:00 since it is well known that they have often erred
55:03 and contradicted themselves, I am bound by the Scriptures
55:06 I have quoted and my conscience
55:08 is captive to the Word of God.
55:10 I cannot and will not recant anything,
55:13 since it is neither safe nor right to go
55:16 against conscience."
55:17 And here are these famous words
55:19 that have echoed down through history
55:21 for the past half a millennia.
55:23 "Here I stand.
55:25 I can do no other.
55:27 May God help me.
55:30 Powerful words from Martin Luther.
55:33 "Here I stand on God's Word and God's Word alone.
55:38 I can do no other."
55:41 God is calling you and I today.
55:44 Jesus is calling you and I today.
55:47 He's calling us to make a stand,
55:48 He's saying, "My dear friend,
55:51 wherever you may be on this planet,
55:53 I'm inviting you to make a stand.
55:56 Follow me.
55:57 Follow my ways.
55:59 Follow the plans that I have for you."
56:03 You may be thinking,
56:05 I've never heard this message before.
56:07 I had no idea.
56:09 What am I supposed to do?
56:12 Notice what Peter, sorry the Apostle Paul
56:16 shared with his audience in Acts 17:30,
56:20 "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked,
56:23 but now commands all men everywhere to repent."
56:26 God is inviting all everywhere to repent.
56:30 Jesus says, "If you love Me, keep My commandments."
56:34 "If you love Me, keep My commandments."
56:36 Jesus is inviting us to make a new start.
56:40 He's inviting us to make a change.
56:41 To follow Him as the Lord of the Sabbath.
56:43 You know what it means to repent?
56:45 To repent means to do a U-turn.
56:47 Have you ever had to do a U-turn?
56:48 You're heading in one direction and you realize, oops,
56:51 I'm going the wrong way.
56:52 You do a U-turn, you repent,
56:54 and you head back the right way.
56:57 That's God's plan for each and every one of you
56:59 and I wanna pray that each and every one of us
57:01 make that decision to follow Jesus
57:03 as Lord and Savior.
57:05 Let's pray.
57:06 Father in heaven, we thank You for Your Word.
57:08 We thank You for Your message of love.
57:10 And we ask and pray
57:11 that because of our love for Jesus,
57:13 we will seek to follow Him in spirit and in truth,
57:16 and we thank You for that in Jesus' name.