Chapter 14 The First Witnesses for Sunday Origin of Sunday observance the subject of present inquiry -- Contradictory statements of Mosheim and Neander -- The question between them stated, andthe true data for deciding that question -- The New Testament furnishes no support for Mosheim's statement -- Epistle of Barnabas a forgery -- The testimony of Pliny determines nothing in the case -- the epistle of Ignatius probably spurious, and certainly interpolated so far as it is made to sustain Sunday - - Decision ofthe question The first day ofthe week is now almost universally observed as the Christian Sabbath. The origin of this institution is still before us as the subject of inquiry. This is presented by two eminent church historians; but so directly do they contradict each other, that it is a question of 382
curious interest to determine which ofthem states the truth. Thus Mosheim writes respecting the first century:-- "All Christians were unanimous in setting apart the first day ofthe week, on which the triumphant Saviour arose from the dead, for the solemn celebration of public worship. This pious custom, which was derived from the example ofthe church of Jerusalem, was founded upon the express appointment ofthe apostles, who consecrated that day to the same sacred purpose, and was observed universally throughout the Christian churches, as appears from the united testimonies ofthe most credible writers." Now let us read what Neander, the most distinguished of church historians, says of this apostolic authority for Sunday observance:-- "The festival of Sunday, like all other festivals, was always only a human ordinance, and it was far from the intentions ofthe apostles to establish a divine command in this respect, far from them, and 383
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